|NYTM's Jessica Lawrence|
(No wonder tickets are so hard to come by. Sure glad to have that livestream.)
|Playing hooky in the mountains of VT|
|Dashlane's Daniela Perdomo|
The three consumer-facing startups I especially liked -- Consmr, Dashlane and Social Bicycles (Sobi) -- all took a novel and technology-driven approach to addressing issues we face individually or as a community.
Ryan Charles's cleverly named Consmr app allows CPG shoppers to use their mobile devices to scan product bar codes via a proprietary reader. It returns both essential pre-purchase information and includes a searchable social layer that provides consumer ratings of the scanned products, tens of thousands of them. One review for a condom brand: "Well, she didn't get pregnant."
The second startup that caught my fancy was Dashlane. Who knew that your Chrome form auto-fill extension fell short more than half the time? Wouldn't it be great to have your "IDs, addresses, payment info, notes and passwords" appear instantly and 95% accurately when checking out on English and French-language e-commerce sites?
Well, this is what Daniela Perdomo and Nishant Mani shared with the NYTM audience. The secret sauce: very sophisticated semantic analysis that recognizes virtually any form.
Finally, for the second time in a couple of weeks, I had a chance to hear Ryan Rzepecki's vision for how bike-sharing can work in cities or on college or corporate campuses. Rzepecki, who has a Masters Degree from Hunter College in urban planning and who worked at the NYC DOT, had presented at a NYTM-sponsored event as part of Consumer Electronics Week in New York where I served as a judge alongside Union Square Ventures' GM Gary Chou and Shelby.TV's Reece Pacheco.
|Social Bicycle's Ryan Rzepecki|
|Crowdfunding Future Coders|