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PTM Newsletter - June 18, 2012

From: Rohan
Sent on: Monday, June 18, 2012 5:57 PM

Thanks to everyone who made it to the June 2012 Philly Tech Meetup! For those of you who missed it, we had some great startup demos. Continue reading to find out more.

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Philly Tech Meetup ("PTM") exists to advance entrepreneurship and innovation in Philadelphia and the tri-state area. We convene technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader innovation community regularly to learn and share. Each month, hundreds of innovators gather to see demos, launch products, and meet their future co-founders, partners and funders.

Since its founding in January 2011 by Rohan Mehta, PTM has rapidly grown to include 2,000+ members. It is the premier launching pad for tech startups in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the largest tech meetups in the USA. With this inaugural PTM Newsletter, we hope to keep you informed of the latest and greatest coming out of our community.

Keep ideating, keep building.


Here's a recap of the exciting demos from the June 2012 PTM.

Find videos of the demos on our Facebook page.

According to the latest ComScore data, Pinterest grew a staggering 4,377% in one year. That equates to a lot of photos being pinned and shared. If you are a brand, how do you make sense of all those pins and determine who are your biggest brand advocates? Cue Curalate.

Curalate steps in where Pinterest's own analytics are deficient. This Philly-based venture funded startup helps brands measure and monitor Pinterest activity. Curalate relies on image recognition algorithms to match and find images related to your brand, gathers data points around who and how frequently these images are being pinned, and displays it in a user-friendly dashboard. The demo showed how marketing managers could benefit from using their service to find who is most interested in your brand.

There is a modest fee to use the service, which already counts 300 top brands as customers. Take a test drive today.

Pyro-E Technologies
Humans consume a lot of energy, which we need to produce; a byproduct of the energy generation process is waste heat; ergo, there is much waste heat. Dr. Kevin Lu and the scientists at Pyro-E Technologies are working on a transformational technology to recover and reuse waste heat, thereby increasing energy-use efficiency. It's a big idea, and if it works, a big opportunity.

Pyro-E is still ways away from a working prototype, but Dr. Lu walked us through the big idea and showed us the synthetic plastic material his company has created that is central to their technology. Applications for this technology stretch from fuel cells, to utilities, to transportation. Dr. Lu was vague at some points to hide his company's trade secrets, but showed the audience the first rendition of a prototype pyroelectric system that has been submitted to the Army and could capture waste heat from vehicle exhaust pipes. Find out more at

Riak / Basho
Riak is an open-source, highly scalable, fault-tolerant, distributed database. But how do you live demo a distributed database?

This was the challenge posed to the team at Basho when they got the nod to demo Riak at PTM. Tom Santero accepted the challenge and attempted to do something he had never done before. He rigged six Mac Minis to simulate a distributed database, began writing data, and then unplugged one to exemplify a disaster. Because Riak is distributed, there should have been no hiccups with respect to the data being accessed. Unfortunately, the demo didn't work out as planned; however, we applaud Tom for finding a creative way to explain Riak and are confident it works despite the demo glitch.

From what we saw, Riak's interface was clean and intuitive. Riak has 1000's of customers, including Comcast, Yammer, Boeing, and GitHub. Check it out.


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WHAT: June 2012 Founders Happy Hour
WHEN: Wednesday, June 27,[masked]:00 PM
DESCRIPTION: Networking happy hour
SPONSOR: Kembrel is hosting and providing libations and light fare.

WHAT: July Philly Tech Meetup
WHEN: Wednesday, July 11,[masked]:30 PM
DESCRIPTION: Demos, demos, demos
SPONSORS: Duane Morris, Quorum and Robin Hood Ventures


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  • IBX Game Changers Challenge - Enhancing Health and Wellness Through Innovation
    Do you have a great idea that would help improve the health and wellness of the Philadelphia region? Then enter it in the IBX Game Changers Challenge, and you could win $50,000 towards making your idea a reality! Hurry, the deadline for entries is July 10,[masked]:00 PM EST. Find more info at
  • ReadySetWork acquired by PrimePay
    West Chester based ReadySetWork, who demoed at PTM in March, 2011, has been acquired by PrimePay, a leading provider of payroll, tax, HR, and benefit services. According to PrimePay CEO William Pellicano, "Through the acquisition of ReadySetWork, PrimePay continues its drive to provide a full suite of business solutions for small and medium-sized companies." Even though this is older news, we wanted to congratulate Jacob Dreyfuss, Joel Frisch, and the rest of the ReadySetWork team and celebrate another win for the Philly tech community.


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TITLE: Ruby on Rails Developer
TYPE: Full-Time
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WHAT: TechCrunch in Philadelphia
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19,[masked]:00 PM

WHAT: Angel Education - Social Entrepreneurship
WHEN: Thursday, June 21,[masked]:30 AM

WHAT: Drupaldelphia 5
WHEN: Friday, June 22,[masked]:30 AM


Silver Sponsor: Duane Morris

Location Sponsor: Quorum


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