|Flushing Meadow Tuesday evening (via Reuters)|
|A be-shorted Nate Westheimer|
In the days leading up to the September #NYTM, a couple of reps for presenting startups reached out to put their companies on this blogger's radar. Most journalists ignore such overtures, but having been on the other side of this media equation, I certainly empathized with and appreciated the pro-acticity of the folks at MoveableFeastMedia and CalorieCount.com ("Hack-of-the-Month").
So I made my way down to my usual spot in the auditorium in the left front orchestra seats adjacent to the special area filled with fidgety presenters in their logo'd t-shirts awaiting their star turns. A few seats to my right was a relatively young boy sitting next to his Dad whom I recognized immediately. It was former NBCUniversal chief Jeff Zucker attending his first NYTM.
Across the aisle, I also recognized former Paine Webber chief Donald Marron who now chairs and heads the investment committee of Lightyear Capital, a PE firm with a good book of business in technology. Very cool. I mentioned to Zucker that I also had brought my son to a NYTM earlier this summer to which he replied that it was his son who actually brought him. (Future coder, I imagine.)
But the real stars of the evening's event were the ebullient presenters and their coded creations. Here are some of my faves (in no order of preference):
|TaskRabbit founder/CEO Leah Busque|
|GoJee's answer to CalorieCount|
Kikin - As a new owner of an iPad2 and an avid user of Chrome and occasionally Firefox, I have issues getting used to the iOS default browser Safari. Enter Kikin, now in the iPad App Store, whose founder Brian Rogers audaciously called Safari's iPad browser experience "barbaric' compared to his browser app. It was also good to hear him answer my question about Kikin's ability to easily copy or share the page URL (in addition to text on the page).
"SimpleCV is a Python interface to several powerful open source computer vision libraries, in a single convenient package. With it, your software can have access to high level algorithms in feature detection, filtering, and pattern recognition without wrangling with separate libraries."I'll take their word for it.
|CalorieCount: See how svelte?|
All in all, another great showing. Very curious to know how Mr. Zucker and Mr. Marron felt about the evening.