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Philly New Technology Meetup #1 - May 2014

Guest speaker, spotlight company, demos. Like Philly used to have, but now new and improved. Food.

6:30 Networking and food
7:00 Guest speaker (Nicole Gravagna)
7:30 Lessons Learned (Michael Chasen, SocialRadar) 
7:45 Spotlight company (NextFab presents BioMeme) 
7:55 Company demo (Choosito) 
8:05 Community discussion 
8:15 Networking and finish whatever food is left over

Guest Speaker

Nicole Gravagna is Chief Visionary at Rocky Mountain Patent and co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies. She is active in the startup and investing communities in Colorado through her work as Advisory Board Member of Coalition for a Connected West and previously Director of Operations in the Rockies Venture Club. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado, a M.S. from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. from Washington College.

Nicole will speak about her current project. She is visiting various cities in the US and abroad to meet with people involved in local startup communities. During these trips, she talk with those who have been devoting their lives to startups, looking for local fears and local points of pride. As Nicole goes from city to city, she finds similarities , uncovers warts, and is highlighting the things that are working. This project builds on the work and writings of both Brad Feld, “Startup Communities” and Richard Florida, “Rise of the Creative Class.” Her book documents the dawning of the age of the startup, the birth of democratized entrepreneurship.

Follow Nicole on twitter @NicoleGravagna or through her blog posts at NicoleGravagna.

Lessons Learned

Social Radar - Michael Chasen

Michael Chasen is an entrepreneur who is focused in the technology, education and SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) space. After co-founding Blackboard, Michael led the company as CEO for 15 years and successfully sold it to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion in 2011. He is the current CEO and co-founder of SocialRadar, a company focused on the mobile location services space. 

When you walk into a room, enter a restaurant, attend a conference, or go to an event, SocialRadar tells you: who is there, how you are connected to them, and what they have been up to. It works by combining your phone’s location info with the chatter from your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+).

Spotlight Company by NextFab

BioMeme - Jesse vanWestrienen

Biomeme's platform transforms the smartphone into a mobile lab for advanced DNA diagnostics and real-time disease surveillance. The low-cost, user-friendly system enables mobile testing at the point-of-need for health care (mobile clinics, disease tracking, home use), agriculture (plant disease tracking, food safety), vector surveillance (Malaria, West Nile, Lyme disease), veterinary medicine, environmental monitoring (soil and water safety), and even education and citizen science.

Company Demo

Choosito! - Eleni Miltsakaki, Tad Turpen

Choosito is the world's first real time web curation tool. Choosito analyzes the reading level and subject category of any website, automatically, in real time. Learners can engage with educational resources that match their evolving reading level, background and interests. Their innovative technology offers unprecedented opportunity for differentiated learning.

Three companies present each month after our guest speaker. Apply here to demo at Philly New Tech Meetup.

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  • Jesse B.

    Thanks, Mike and Brad! Delighted to connect and reconnect with local technologists and those who support Philly-based technology companies. See you next month!

    May 15, 2014

  • Jonathan

    Great job to everyone involved last night. I got a tremendous amount of value from the presenters and attendees. Thanks Mike and Brad!

    May 15, 2014

  • Rick O.

    Enjoyed the event, great presentations and interesting people. Great job Mike and Brad!

    May 15, 2014

  • Stephen H.

    Last night's meetup was a refreshing look at what the future of philly's tech scene holds. Loved the speakers and the demos. I'd like to see a hand out with some vitals on the companies we are seeing and their Contact Info and I would have loved to have the open mic discussion period at the end. Looking forward to the next one and can't wait to demo our startups platform in the future !

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup! Enjoyed the speakers, demos, and networking before/after!

    May 15, 2014

  • Gabrielle B.

    Great event and speakers! Looking forward to the next one!

    May 15, 2014

  • Eleni M.

    Great meetup. Great community. Looking forward to the next one.

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup! Thanks to everyone that made it happen and thanks for all the great feedback. I am excited for the next one!

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Janice P.

    Great presentations, great venue, great community!

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Jessica Roazzi M.

    What a group... still excited this morning about all the innovation in Philly. Keep it coming!

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Shaun

    Good speakers, good content, good location

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Joseph D.

    Great first NPTM! Thanks to Duane Morris for hosting and the great speakers!

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Eamon G.

    great group of people and speakers!

    May 15, 2014

  • Dave B.

    Thanks to Mike and Brad for pulling this together. I thought the meeting was great. My only suggestion might be to have each of the demo companies suggest how the audience can help them. (e.g. looking for connections in xyz, trying to get the word out over Twitter) Seems like the Philly thing to do.

    3 · May 14, 2014

  • Robert S.

    Great speakers, great networking, great snacks and drink. Can't wait till the next meeting.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Dorothy

    Nice event. Love new tech startup demos, keep them coming. Maybe add a format so we get consistent basics for each company (business model, market, funding stage, product stage, team, etc)

    May 14, 2014

  • Joseph D.

    Looking forward to my first *new* ptm - looking forward to the presentations

    May 14, 2014

  • Satyajeet S.

    Mike and Brad - Thanks for putting this together.

    2 · May 13, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Thanks to you all for coming! Together, we'll put Philly back on the tech meetup map :-)

      3 · May 13, 2014

  • Satyajeet S.

    And of course - Thanks to Duane Morris

    May 13, 2014

  • Shana P.

    Darn. I regret I've got to retract my RSVP... my graduating high school student is getting a prestigious award the same night. Looks like a great lineup here, hope those who go enjoy, and I'll see you at the next one!

    May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very excited about the great team of organizers behind this meetup, its well thought out format and lineup, and the strong list of attendees. This is going to be a fantastic night for Philly Tech!

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Janice P.

    Kudos, Mike & Brad, for revitalizing the tech ecosystem here!

    1 · April 27, 2014

Our Sponsors

  • Duane Morris

    Providing support, facility and food for the Philly New Tech community.

  • EisnerAmper

    Leading full-service advisory and accounting firm, among largest in US.

  • Kopelman Foundtion

    Support to qualified not-for-profit organizations for selective projects

  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners

    Providing capital, counsel & connections.

  • Trajectify

    Growth coaching, peer groups. Consultation, invitation to try a group.

  • Seed Philly

    Registered members welcome to come try out a day at Seed Philly.

  • ic3401

    The Innovation Center @3401 is a place to hone your ideas

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