Good morning, All, and hope to see you tonight and it’s high time we were together in the same room, so to make sure you’re in the room, RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1553028149.
Or just show up! We do have a few things planned for the evening – or just come network, socialize and meet some people:
On Digital Media (http://odmcast.com/) will be there doing videos of your elevator pitches – or whatever you’d like. Want to do a short video for your website/beta launch? Go for it! Just talk to the camera, tell us what you’re doing and the video is yours to have or to submit or post wherever you’d like.
Also, CEO Coach and Pitch Doctor McAdory Lipscomb Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be there to give you a few pointers on your pitch or video. Most technologists only talk about their solution but not their business! Working with 400+ startups including coaching the IPO road show for Live Person, Mac, a former venture capital firm operating partner (RRE, no less), Accenture partner and Cable TV Pioneer, has developed a template that will help you retain control of your own presentation.
Next, Murat Agtihonaglu will be on hand and happy to answer any questions you have about the ER Accelerator program,
And a special thanks to our sponsor Joe Daniels, who currently represents over 40 startups in the NYC metro area – and is now partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP (http://www.loeb.com/). In fact, your first beer or wine is on him – and feel free to ask him questions and advice.
Of course we will be there and will happily make introductions to anyone in the room you’d like to talk to. Just ask! Again, to RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1553028149
Oh, the guys – or at least one or two of them – from http://48hourapps.com/ will be there and yes, they’ll help you build your apps in 48 hours – or you don’t have to pay them. But they’ll get it done, not to worry!
The deadline for the inaugural ER Accelerator this week – April 30th, in fact. For more information and to apply: http://eranyc.com/ And by the way, there are now 170+ mentors participating, including Fred Wilson, Howard Morgan, Esther Dyson, Jeff Stewart, David Pakman, Brian Cohen, John Frankel, Anil Dash and more. You’ll also get startup $$, free office space, hands-on help and more. You don’t want to miss out: http://eranyc.com/apply/
NYC TechStars is doing a summer program. Early application deadline is May 15th. Apply here: http://www.techstars.org/apply/
Finally, Hacking Education: A Contest for Developers and Data Crunchers. Ten years ago, a teacher in the Bronx launched DonorsChoose.org. Since then, more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools have posted over 300,000 classroom project requests, inspiring $80,000,000 in giving from 400,000 donors. We’ve opened up that data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape your school system’s budget by revealing what teachers really need. Build the first mobile app for hyper-local education philanthropy. We’ve got a list of suggestions to help get you thinking. We hope to build a community of developers and data crunchers, so we’re launching a contest! Deadline is June 30th, and more information is here: http://www.donorschoose.org/hacking-education
Streaming Media East comes to NYC May 10-11, and if you’d like a free exhibit hall pass, now’s the time to sign up for it. http://bit.ly/exN3Zj
BarCampNYC6 takes place May 21st and 22nd and tickets go fast. BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. The event is free, but there is a price: all attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. When you come, be prepared to share with barcampers. When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world. RSVP: http://barcampnyc6.eventbrite.com/
Someone’s always watching:
In case you missed it, skynet became self-aware on April 19th, 2011 according to the television series, but in the movie, the date was actually August 29th and who you going to believe? Ok, don’t answer that. What got the tech world all abuzz – besides which was the actual date, of course and the fact that AWS suspiciously went offline that day – was the announcement that your iPhone (and 3G iPad) is tracking your location and reporting back up to 100 locations a day. Now, don’t get all paranoid, iPhone/iPad owners: Android users are being tracked as well. If you’ve had enough, Android users, go here: http://bit.ly/fKLsRC. iPhone users, here: http://tnw.co/eGYvQ5. Sort of. More good news: According to the WSJ (via TNW), even disabling location services won’t stop your iPhone from tracking your location: http://tnw.co/go4cGx. More information on the ins and outs of iPhone tracking here: Stay Calm: A Guide to iPhone Location Tracking and You (http://tnw.co/e7mMTz)
Now, about all those video cameras tracking you on every street corner everywhere in the world, well, don’t know if there’s an app for that. Yet. Although, GPS satellites are in the process of getting a serious upgrade, and will soon be able to track your location within 2-3 feet , rather than the curent 20 feet, so if you’re one of those people who can find your keys, well, make sure to always leave them next to an electronic device: http://bit.ly/fC5cjO.
But wait! There’s more! Get ready for The Really Smart Phone. For almost two years, Alex Pentland at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has tracked 60 families living in campus quarters via sensors and software on their smartphones—recording their movements, relationships, moods, health, calling habits and spending. In this wealth of intimate detail, he is finding patterns of human behavior that could reveal how millions of people interact at home, work and play. Not only that, by analyzing changes in movement and communication patterns, researchers could even detect flu symptoms before the students themselves realized they were getting sick. Story is here: http://on.wsj.com/gY3tfS And we’re sure that there’s more to come on this tracking story.
More pieces we like this week:
How to Conduct References on Your Investors. Your investors do their due diligence and you need to do the same: http://bit.ly/dKrYNl
How to Use Competitive Intelligence to Gain an Advantage. Hey, investment may be at an all-time high, but let’s face it: it’s tough out there. Here’s a guide to ethically gathering intel on your rivals: http://bit.ly/gQsE2P
Startup Launch Lessons from Color. Some good advice about what to do – and what not to do, and the example being a company that raised $41 million, launched beta – and forgot that they had a story to tell. Besides raising the $41 million, of course. Short and sweet: http://bit.ly/ev32dj
Finally,and because we can always use a chuckle, this week we have two: What Monty Python Taught Me About the Software Industry. Does the computer industry seem just a little too strange? Never fear: Monty Python encapsulated several nuggets of wisdom years ago that summarize exactly what is behind the sometimes-tawdry behavior. Classic clips included and they just never get old. http://bit.ly/g7BY9R
Inbound Marketing Rap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkhN4L7Mn74
We do hope to see you at Connolly’s tonight and until then, as always, help is on the way…