CEO & co-founder of Karma, Steven van Wel

Startup Essentials aims to provide new and aspiring members of the New York tech community, who are ready to start their own businesses, with an eclectic network of experienced entrepreneurs who can help to refine the process of arriving at a viable mission statement to selecting the right collaborators for a founding team to building a company's brand equity and managing operational growth.

This 12/18 event will be the third in a 10-event series.

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Use promo code "StartupsNY" to receive 50% off tickets!



Steven van Wel - image

Our featured speaker for the Wednesday, 12/18, event will be the CEO and co-founder of Karma (@YourKarma), Steven van Wel. Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Steven started his first company when he was 19 years old. He is the co-author of the book Elastic Beanstalk, published by O'Reilly in 2011, and previously founded cloud printing startup Marvia (acquired by PostNL). He is currently based in New York, where Karma was launched while in the TechStars program. 

Karma - logo

Karma began with one simple idea: everyone should be able to get online, everywhere they go. Karma is revolutionizing the way we access the Internet, starting with the first WiFi hotspot that is Made for Sharing. The Karma Hotspot introduces the first peer-to-peer WiFi device that allows you to share access to the Internet, but pay for your own personal data. With Karma, you pay-as-you-go, with absolutely no contracts or subscriptions, and earn free data when you share. The more you share your Karma connection, the more free data you earn. It's good karma, all around.



AlleyNYC - logo

AlleyNYC (@AlleyNYC) is the newest shared workspace geared especially for the New York tech community. Within a modern 16,000 square-foot space, AlleyNYC provides private offices and co-working rooms for companies of all sizes. Additionally, clients of AlleyNYC take advantage of outstanding networking opportunities and special events hosted by ‘The Alley,’ such as speaker series with angel investors and experienced entrepreneurs as well as hackathons and sponsored happy hours. With a goal to help startups bridge the gap between innovative ideas and profitable businesses, AlleyNYC is where human talent, ingenuity, and capital come together. For more info, visit:

Toro-Labs - logo

Toro-Labs (@ToroLabs) serves its clients with specialty in the latest in programming technologies and in Lean Startup business methodology. With offices in New York, NY and Bogota, Colombia, Toro-Labs has designed and built web, mobile, and tablet app solutions for brands such as Coca-Cola, Subway, and Frito-Lay, and consulted with aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses on how to best translate their app ideas from conception to the marketplace. For more info, email at hello@toro-labs or visit:

SpacesNY - logo

SpacesNY (@SpacesNY) specializes in representing small businesses and startups in their quest for office space in Manhattan. Whether you're looking for a co-sharing space, dedicated desk, private office or a full floor or two - we know where to find it and stay within your budget. Offices in Manhattan are all we do and we don't charge any fees. Subscribe to our newsletter and learn valuable tips on how to make your business grow. For more info, visit: to sign up today.

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  • Hemanth

    He is a Smart/Clever guy ....he really answers questions well..

    December 19, 2013

  • John B.

    Hi all,

    We're looking forward to having you attend the Startup Essentials event at AlleyNYC.

    Please remember to confirm your ticket below (and to use promo code "StartupsNY") in advance of your arrival so your name is part of the RSVP list:


    December 18, 2013

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