It’s been a while since I published the last blog post on my blog. A lot have changed since then. NYEBN has become much much bigger. Our startup demo night competition has become more and more popular. My latest project has something to do with Ed Tech (We’re currently fundraising on Indiegogo). I believe education IS the future. And we’re lucky enough to live in the 21st century. That means we must use technology to make education more efficient and scalable.
Most of my friends know my story. I was raised in Shanghai and came to the US to finish college (Indiana University, class of 2008. Go Pacers!) when I was 21. Life has been pretty challenging and fulfilling on a day-to-day basis because there is always something new to learn. Thankfully, there is no lack of insightful posts and fresh knowledge given the widespread use of content delivery tools such as Twitter, blogs, Instapaper reader, etc. We are lucky to live in this knowledge economy. However, it’s a completely different story when you look at the rest of the world. The lack of educational opportunities is a huge concern, especially for people from developing countries. Tinyworld is conceived to help global citizens feel more connected and make knowledge sharing a bit easier.
Tinyworld is essentially a social e-learning platform for language learners around the world. It offers the best of what a traditional classroom provides and combines that with modern e-learning concept. We are currently doing a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund the project. If you are passionate about education and technology, you owe it to yourself to check it out at http://igg.me/at/tinyworld/x/4112406. Support us by making a contribution or spreading the word.
Tinyworld has tons of advantages when compared to other language learning tools. Here is how it compares.
Currently, our Indiegogo campaign is off to a great start. All the money we raise will be used to complete some final features of the website and roll it out to the mass market. Please support us and help us make the world a better place for learners!
David S. Rose is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor, described by Forbes magazine as “New York’s Archangel”, and by Red Herring as “patriarch of Silicon Alley.” As an entrepreneur he has founded half a dozen companies, and as a ‘super angel’ technology investor, has funded over 80 others. He is the founder and CEO of Gust, the entrepreneurial finance industry’s infrastructure platform; founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; Managing Principal of Rose Tech Ventures; a partner in True Global Ventures (an international super-angel venture capital fund) and Founding Track Chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.
I asked David to write something for NY Business Expo (in Association with NYEBN). As always, he was very generous and went ahead to write the following article titled “The Ten Steps To Raising Money from Angel Investors.” This article originally appeared in the NY Business Expo 2012 Magazine. Here I’m reposting. Enjoy!
Note: This post was first published on the StartEngine blog here.
LA-based startup accelerator StartEngine will host a Demo Day at the upcoming NY Business Expo 2012 for 14 of its startups. The demo will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 8:30AM at 69th Regiment Armory in New York, NY. The invite-only event will feature presentations from a variety of startups, including a number that are in stealth mode. The companies hail from industries including: mobile, social, big data, gaming, education, entertainment, and e-commerce.
Here are the companies presenting at the Demo Day:
TheStyleClub– Catering towards teen shopping, TheStyleClub provides affordable high fashion in a social setting. Will offer limited edition designs, a celebrity curated catalogue and Flash Sales.
Hoonto– Allows members at every level of an organization to view, track, and talk about the data that is important to the company by making it simple, secure, and social. For better data driven decisions, Hoonto will work within a browser for drag and drop data organization on a real-time dashboard.
Enplug– Seeks to introduce interactive, social displays in high traffic areas allowing anyone to advertise at the locations they want within minutes. Updateable through smart phones to create advertising in real time.
MotionDispatch– A radically new approach to digital distribution – Virtual Distribution. SaaS scalable cloud platform for digital media.
oSurv– A social comparison platform that analyzes sentiment through mobile-distributed A/B testing.
Outlisten– Collects, synchronizes and auto edits digital content posted by fans to create a complete concert going experience online.
Overhead.fm– An affordable app that provides a customizable stream of music for businesses, bypassing middlemen holding public performance rights and their clunky dedicated hardware.
KoKoChe– Enables local flash commerce for cash-based communities. Alerts go out in real-time, rewards scale based on response time, and downtime becomes a thing of the past.
MyRight– Helps people learn their rights by simplifying the law and making the experience interactive.
WhereMyDogsAt– Aims to solve every problem a dog lover might face. From restaurants, parks and pet stores, to apartments, hotels and vets, WhereMyDogsAt is a social app for dogs and their owners.
PageWoo– Tackles the problems encountered in mobile advertising through automation, optimization, and machine learning.
Smilu– Developing cross-platform video games and a proprietary network allowing people on different devices to play live action games together, redefining their social aspect.
GonnaBe– Aggregates and organizes what all of your friends are planning to do at a glance, giving you the option to opt in or share your plans as well.
Flinja– Dedicated to connecting students and alumni through jobs by providing a safe place within their college network to hire each other. Flinja won the Genius award at StartEngine’s Demo Fall 2012.
StartEngine (www.StartEngine.com), a rapid accelerator focused on helping Los Angeles-based technology startups, helps new entrepreneurs build a solid foundation for success in 90 days. Created by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, one of the most prolific investors in Los Angeles, Start Engine will provide local startups with the essential resources and counsel they need to become successful, self-directed businesses.
About NY Business Expo 2012 NY Business Expo 2012 is an interactive B2B trade show that focuses on showcasing innovative products and services from startups and small businesses in the tri-state area. The event will take place at the 69th Regiment Armory on November 14th and 15th.
NY Business Expo is a highly inclusive trade show that includes startups from every corner of the world. StartEngine Demo Day is a special component that involves StartEngine, the largest startup accelerator in LA, flying their startups out to New York to showcase their disruptive technologies to the New York investors.
While the show proves to be a highly valuable platform for the StartEngine startups, the fact that the Demo Day will be included as a part of NY Business Expo can provide great value to New York startup ecosystem as a whole. This partnership will be highly beneficial to expo attendees and exhibitors because it means there will be a whole lot more quality people and companies you can meet at the expo.
For more info about StartEngine Demo Day at NY Business Expo, refer to our blog post here.
Last week, I got a chance to sit down with Nihal Mehta at his Local Response NY HQ. We discussed why mobile (iPhone, Android, etc) is such a hot topic these days. His seminar, History of Mobile Advertising, is targeting small business owners and mobile entrepreneurs. If you are in this sector, make sure you register for his seminar at NY Business Expo. You can find out more about Nihal here. To find out more about Small Business Classroom, a critical component of NY Business Expo 2012, visit http://nybusinessexpo.net/schedule/. Enjoy the video!
We have been hard at work preparing NY Business Expo 2012 that’s coming in November. We want to find a way to document our progress and feature some great speakers, mentors and sponsors prior to the event. The best method to accomplish this seems to be starting an expo video series. Last Friday (August 3), we were finally able to execute this idea – a sneak preview of what Peter Shankman, one of the expo speakers, will be speaking about for his seminar on November 15. Check it out.
Register for Peter’s seminar here or buy a pass for all 32 seminars here. We will see you at the next episode!
At NYEBN, we keep trying different things to offer valuable and fresh content to our community members. Last Thursday, there were many things noteworthy about Startup Roundtable 14. We co-hosted the event with Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization on the Columbia University campus. It was an excellent turnout and people really loved the venue! Most importantly, the panel content really proved to be valuable. Five business owners discussed about the success secrets for their Kickstarter campaigns. The panelists were (from right to left of the below pic) Stefan Loble (Bluff Works), TJ Lutz (Pwnee Studios), Albert Chao (AirQualityEgg), Mariquel Waingarten (HICKIES), and Bill May (Limb.al). Enjoy the videos!
Last Tuesday (May 29), we did a Startup Roundtable event with David S. Rose, a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor. The event was held at the NYU Stern Kaufman Management Center, one of the favorite venues of NYEBN members.
We kicked off the conversation by simply discussing David’ first entrepreneurial venture when he was 10. The following topics were also discussed:
New York Angels
mistakes startup entrepreneurs tend to make
how to raise funds
how he transitioned from being an entrepreneur to doing angel investing
1o things you should know before you pitch a VC (Rose’s TED talk)
As human beings, we are born as infants. Then we learn to crawl, walk and run. Some go on to start a career by working for others. And others take on more risks and embark on their own entrepreneurial journeys. NYEBN just turned three. I believe this organization fits into the latter category. To grow, we must be willing to change (one of the community rules here) and adapt to bigger things. That’s just the very nature of living and making progress. If you don’t move forward, you go backward.
We announced NY Business Expo 2012 earlier today, a highly anticipated trade show event in New York that will attract thousands of attendees through a two-day period. I’m just going to simply copy and paste the entire announcement here. You can find the original post here. If you’d like to reserve a booth, fill out this form. For all press or partnership inquiries, contact us here.