January 2009 NY Tech Meetup - "Built on Twitter"

  • January 6, 2009 · 7:00 PM
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January's NY Tech Meetup is themed as "Built on Twitter." Increasingly, developers are building their applications "on top of" (vs "into") Twitter. Come check out some of the latest and greatest startups using this platform, such as:


Also, after the presentations, the Meetup will be capped with a short video about the future of the NY Tech Meetup by the new Organizer, Nate Westheimer. See you there!

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  • Brian Driscoll

    Like that all the presenters were from one segment of the industry. Nice critical mass for networking related to theme.

    January 8, 2009

  • Steven Lehrburger

    I enjoyed the other presentations a lot! I'm very excited to see the different ways people are using Twitter as a platform to creatively solve existing problems.

    January 7, 2009

  • Kev

    I think the meetup was very well organized. Presentations were done in a timely manner showcasing some awesome projects happening in or around New York. I think it would be nice to have general technologists panels so that the audience can inquire more questions about trends within a specific tech industry (playing on the themes concept, it would've been really interesting to hear what the twitter guys had to say about the trends they are seeing within their niche industry)

    January 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meeting iand overall impression was goo.

    NOTE: the cons: are MINOR
    con: Very large crowd so this was clearly an event (watch) not really a meeting (participate)
    con: Could not get to ask questions twice (stocktwit, cotweet) due to short q&a period [I did raise hand]
    con: sound system could be a little better I was directly in front of speaker stage about 40 feet away and a lot of time could not clearly hear what was said (I think this may be the speakers fault though)

    pro: Made two contacts during the (5?) minute break.
    pro: Enjoyed the presentations

    January 7, 2009

  • Kristin Maverick

    The new energy around this group is fantastic. A packed house to kick off 2009 is just what this group needs. Here's to 2009.

    January 7, 2009

  • Chris Munns

    Good presentations, and pretty quick flow which was good. The less this group changes, the better.

    January 7, 2009

  • Joshua Mack

    I'm wondering why at the last two meetups there haven't been that many questions. No one is shouting "what's your business model" which actually would have been very appropriate in these cases. At last night's the first presenters talked about the difficulty of transforming the twitter data but the presenters doing advanced things with it didn't address that. Are we less engaged or is something else going on? I liked the introduction of a theme, the swearing-in. Also very excited to see the new structure come to life on such solid foundations.

    January 7, 2009

  • Julia Kaganskiy

    Great job on the first meetup Nate! Could have done without the @shakeshack bot and TwiTerra presentations, but I feel like I get why they were included.

    January 7, 2009

  • David Oliver

    Excellent first meetup for 2009 and Nate W. Best wishes, too, to Scott for getting the group to this point. Overall, great content and a great chance to meet members of the NYC tech community.

    January 7, 2009

  • Whitney Hess

    A stellar first meetup with Nate at the helm. I really like the themed events -- I actually got much more out of seeing "competitors" or similar companies using the same platform. Helps to synthesize what's going on in the space. Thanks, Nate!

    January 7, 2009

  • Brock Busby

    Good. I def like that we have a topic each month; helps keep a focus on the presentations and audience. It was a little too long last night but that was because of the transition and speeches, etc. I did like the 5 min break to talk to people around you.

    January 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The presentations were pretty good, though a lot of them were just "neat features" with no mention whatsoever of a business model. I would expect a presentation by an entrepreneur to at the very least describe how he or she plans to make money from their venture. There was also too much mutual back-patting by the organizers at the beginning and end - acknowledging their hard work is great, but we don't need to spend 20 minutes (out of a 90 minute event) doing it.

    January 7, 2009

  • Domenick Cilea

    Overall the presenters were good but some of the applications fell short on having a viable business model.

    January 7, 2009

  • Bill Ryan

    need to ask " how will this product make money" , shorten to under an hour

    January 7, 2009

  • Cindy Gallop

    A great start to the new year for NYTM. Nate was an inspiring, enthusiastic and dynamic leader and I'm very much looking forward to NYTM's reinvigoration of NYC on behalf of the tech industry.

    January 7, 2009

  • Chuck Gehman

    It was interesting. Out of all the presenters, only the Co Tweet guys seem to have a real business. I would like to see people explain their business a little bit, i.e., why are they doing this; that is just as valuable as cool technology demos, if not more. We all have good ideas, making money from them is a little harder. Even if the goal is not to make money, its nice to know why people build things, contrast the re-tweet tracker (PH.D candidate doing research), with Botanicall which seems to have no real purpose at all, other than teaching people how to solder.
    My other comment is that I don’t see why this cool group has such a burning desire to try to become something greater—it’s great already. The group seems to me to have a terrific purpose in its current incarnation and is serving its members well. Just focus on great programs.

    January 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just loved the enthusiasm of the organizers and the warmth and good humor of the crowd. Presenters were very good too.

    January 7, 2009

  • Ilya Zatulovskiy

    A lot of interesting companies as always

    January 7, 2009

  • Jim C

    Theme nights are a good idea

    January 7, 2009

  • dawn barber

    congrats nate!!! you did a great job on your first nytm!

    January 7, 2009

  • adriane stewart

    the pacing was good, but the idea of a pure Twitter presentation was difficult to understand. It was hard to figure out what each of these new apps was trying to accomplish and why they decided to create the platforms that they did. I neede a more comprehensive explanation of how brands could make use of them. Fortunately, there was a variety of companies to hear from, and some were quite clever. They all needed about five more minutes of demo time to truly sell me.

    January 6, 2009

  • axel kramer

    I think the quality of the meetings are going down. To me it seems it is becoming too professional and less quirky, less cool/innovative, loosing its startup feel. I liked the direct questions from the past: how do you expect to make money? where do you see this 5 years from now? what's so special/cool about the way you use technology? I also liked that in the past people could do shout-outs for help/open positions, etc.

    There was much less Q&A after the presentations than there used to be, and it was not that the audience did not have more questions, it seems... Granted it takes a while to get into the MC role, I hope it will get better down the road.

    I loved the twittering plant presentation...

    January 6, 2009

  • Alex Iskold

    Awesome, well organized & to the point.

    January 6, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was amazed at the creativity of the platform and was struck by the possibility that it could be the next Facebook!!

    January 6, 2009

  • Randi Himelfarb

    nice meetup - nice after party

    January 6, 2009

  • John Clark

    Overall pretty good - the sound was spotty at times, but I was sitting in the back.

    January 6, 2009

  • Jeremy Hlavacek

    Good job by Nate taking the reins...

    January 6, 2009

  • Robert Yingling

    informative, some interesting ideas

    January 6, 2009

  • Bora Celik

    Great event! Saw potential in all products. StockTwits could add real value in its niche, Shorty Awards might really be the next Oscar or Emmy, CoTweet looked like the most solid app which we might even use at the office, Twiterra could help track virality of marketing campaigns, liked Klout's approach to individuals' influence, ShakeShack's creative thinking and my fave Botanicalls could be huge once made in a small box, I bet Target would sell that for $7.99. Looking forward to the next event!

    January 6, 2009

  • Amy Moses

    Congrats on taking over. This one was okay. The second speaker was a total dud (but that happens). I had no idea what his invention is about. I know this is a forum for the geeks to show off their stuff but it would be great to understand just a bit more what the presenters plan to do with the their tech and to provide a little more background on what they're odng (beyond the tech functionality). I'm glad you're getting people together after

    Can you set up a forum for people to post positions? You may have thins but I don't see it.

    January 6, 2009

  • Mark Chackerian

    I like the grouping of presentations very much, and hope that we continue to do that. I'm also somewhat optimistic as to the new direct the group is going.

    January 6, 2009

  • nikhil

    couple presentations weren't as interesting

    January 6, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A theme-based session is a good idea, but we risk squeezing out people with niche or revolutionary concepts and products. I suggest that we alternate every other month.

    January 6, 2009

  • Greg Schwan

    I'd like more time allotted to Q&A and the presos. There have been lots of announcements, so I understand, but I hope to hear more from the presenters and audience going forward.

    January 6, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have confirmed that Twitter is hype and do not see business value. Great Venue

    January 6, 2009

  • Darren Herman

    Looking forward to attending.

    January 6, 2009

  • Chris Pallé

    +1 for coTweet

    January 5, 2009

  • John Mullaly

    Rsvp by blackberry worked. Looking forward to another NY tech meetup.

    January 3, 2009

  • Eric Hoffert

    Look forward to my first meetup. My interests include software-as-a-service, digital media, and alternative energy. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a Twitter newbie / skeptic and hope to be proved wrong and learn something new about a viable business model and overall utility for Twitter and its ecosystem. Likewise look forward to checking out the NYC technology scene having spent 12 years living in San Francisco, working at Apple, and starting ventures out West. See you soon...

    January 3, 2009

  • Christian Busch

    let's all follow each other on twitter to celebrate the occasion - i'm @christianbusch and @takkle

    January 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Considering how much I've been blogging about Twitter, I'd be a twit to miss this one.

    http://thenoisychannel.com/?s=t...­

    January 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    this meetup doesn't seem to actually bring any value to the people in new york who work in "tech" / interactive / digital / whatever and can actually tell you what they do for a living. i'm tired of rooms full of 'entrepreneurs', "consultants", experts in irrelevant terms, people who call themselves 'social media something-or-others', and other folks who make a living by getting 'investors' to pay them to poorly execute bad ideas. i'm DONE ranting. the guilty know who they are, happy new years!

    January 2, 2009

  • Darren Herman

    Looking forward to attending. Bring in 2009 strong!

    January 2, 2009

  • Steven Lowell

    Wow! Time flies! Its been too long! I cant wait to come back again.

    December 31, 2008

  • Nate Westheimer

    Can't wait for this Meetup! If you have cool tech you want to show off, feel free to sign up on the Forum (there are still a few slots open!): http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/m...­

    December 30, 2008

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