|New York Tech Meetup|
As we settled into our seats, I had a chance to chat with Kelly who was seated next to me and attending her first NYTM. She told me she worked at Moveline, a startup, but I thought she said Movieline and then Moodline, both of which sounded par for the NYTM course. She actually worked for Moveline, a site that "...makes it easy for people who are preparing for a long-distance move to quickly gather the information they need to save money and make smart moving decisions." Perhaps we'll see Kelly and her moving industry-disruptive colleagues on this stage before too long.
We also saw the 24-hour hackathon creations Audigram, the music playlist discovery site germinated at my #3 son's university, and Sensible Text, a "psychic text editor" that auto-fills your sentences using prose from pre-selected sources, e.g., Google Search or "Pride & Prejudice."
Attendees also had a chance to hear from the founders of Folio, which makes it easy for graphic designers or anyone in the content creation business to monetize their own digital content.
|Plum Perfect's Asmau Ahmed|
Having personally stood on the stage of the New York Tech Meetup to showcase a new media search engine for PR professionals, I took special interest in a startup from "the first father and son team to co-present at NYTM."
|Launch.it: "Dad, don't hog the mike."|
PR pro and NY tech entreprener, used the meetup to Launch.it, I mean to debut their socially driven, self-publishing platform for PR pros called Launch.it.
The platform takes the owned media model a step further by allowing PR peeps to craft, post and socialize original stories about their clients' new product and services, thus bypassing the media filter for direct customer engagement. I'll be keeping an eye on this.
Finally, and clearly the crowd favorite, we were treated to a demo of Aereo TV by its CEO Chet Kanojia. If you've been living in a cave on Fiji these last few months, you've likely missed the uproar this little Brooklyn-based TV startup, buoyed by IAC's Barry Diller, has created for broadcasters, MSOs and those in DC who regulate such things.
|Aereo's Antenna (actual relative size)|
|Aereo's Chet Kanojia makes the case|
"Consumers are legally entitled to access broadcast television via an antenna and they are entitled to record television content for their personal use."Video of the evening's presenters can be found here.