Show & Tell: The Story Behind the Startup

Come see three of NYC's hottest startups present their technical road map from idea through execution. Hear from six-month old early stage startup, maturing and growing technical company and the large scale established technical firm. You'll learn directly from CTO's exactly what languages, frameworks and environments they're using and why they're using them. It will be an exciting, interactive and highly technical discussion about the trials and tribulations of building a startup in today's fast-paced technical landscape.

Food, Beer, and Wine will be provided as well.

We have a short list of finalists interested in presenting the technical road map for their startup. If you are interested in participating in the presentation or the panel, please contact:

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Announcing our first presenter: Froilan Mendoza, CTO @ Mirror.co

Mirror is a new social media technology that revolutionizes two markets which haven’t progressed much in the past decade: online dating and online people search.  Mirror launched in March 2012 and is currently in its content-seeding phase.  Their technical team is led by CTO Froilan Mendoza.  Froilan has 15 years of start-up experience and is an expert in building scalable web applications for early-stage startups using the latest PHP/LAMP/MVC technologies.  He leads a team which uses Yii, memcache, jquery in an agile/scrum environment.

Before joining Mirror, he was the CTO of JWed/Frumster and StyleHop.

Froilan is also an adjunct professor at Monroe College.

Announcing our second presenter: Gavin Cowie, CTO @ Voxy.com

Voxy is the only language learning program that is based 100% on your real-life daily activities.  By using mobile technology and gaming mechanics, Voxy turns the media that you consume, the conversations that you have, and the activities you do into powerful contextual language lessons that are available anytime, anywhere. Voxy launched in public beta at TechCrunch Disrupt in September 2010 as one of the most disruptive technology Startups of the year and has been recognized for its innovative approach by The New York Times, CNN Money, Veja, Venturebeat, and others.  Voxy’s iPhone application has been the #1 ranked Education app in 13 countries around the world for most of 2011.

Gavin's web journey began in 1996, in Edinburgh, Scotland making websites 1.0. He moved to Finland to go do web stuff for a Finnish software company, then moved to San Francisco in 2000 to do software development at a variety of bay area startups. Moving to New York in 2005 he began to lead teams building out high capacity websites in publishing and social networking verticals, before becoming head of tech at Voxy in October 2011.

Announcing our 3rd and final presenter: Bob Matsuoka, CTO @ CityMaps.com

CityMaps was founded by Elliot Cohen in 2010 with the simple premise:  Today’s online maps are great at helping you get from point A to point B – but what about the journey in between? Life in dense urban areas is different than other places. More people. More choices. More hidden gems. Public Transportation.  More people looking for deals. More businesses competing for customers.  More young people. More opportunities.  More expertise to gain and share. CityMaps was created to help.

CityMaps' technology team is lead by CTO Bob Matsuoka.  Bob has been leading web development teams since the heady days of Mosaic.  His team of 8 developers support a broad range of technology initiatives implementing mapping technologies on the web, mobile, and dedicated clients.  Technologies include Symfony, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Riak, AWS, Leaflet, jQuery, and our own special sauce.

Prior to CityMaps, Bob was a founding partner and principal at Mokamedia Partners, LLC, and President/CTO of RunTime Technologies.

 

Announcing our first of 3 panelists: Anna Khan, VC @ Bessemer Venture Partners

Anna Khan is an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners (http://www.bvp.com) in New York City. Prior to joining Bessemer, Anna was a Business Associate to the CEO/Chief of Staff at 4INFO, a mobile advertising platform. She co-founded and served as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Palindrome Advisors, a nonprofit advisory firm focused on board matching, startup mentorship and nonprofit education for executives. Anna has also spent time in finance at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Anna is a triple major and holds a B.A. with honors in Political Science, English Literature,and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) from Stanford University. She spent a quarter researching information technology expression and durability in South Asian markets and wrote her honors thesis on the consumption of religion through web-based communication.

Announcing our 2nd of 3 panelists: Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CTO @ Cinchcast

Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy is a CTO of Cinchcast (http://www.cinchcast.com ) , where he oversees Engineering, QA, TechOps, Telephony, and Product teams.

The Cinchcast makes it easy to host a town hall, departmental meeting or live corporate event at a fraction of the cost of traditional conferencing. Alex helped scale its patented technology to power thousands of hours of audio content each day by world's leading corporations.

Prior to joining Cinchcast, Alex was a Head of Security and Compliance at Gilt Groupe companies, responsible for all aspects of IT infrastructure security, secure application development, and PCI compliance. Before that he worked at Goldman Sachs, Oracle, and Microsoft, where he was a lead technologist building large-scale, performant enterprise software focused on IDM, SSO, authentication and authorization. He’s been cited in New York Times, ComputerWorld, Observer, and other media. He’s a published author and speaks regularly on security and software development processes.

He is an organizer of NYC Technology Startup and NYC Redis meetups.

You can visit his blog at http://www.ctothoughts.com or follow him on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ayampolskiy

Announcing our final of 3 panelists: Andy Parsons, Co-Founder/CTO @ Happify

Andy Parsons is co-founder/CTO at Happify which launches this summer. He has been a fixture on the New York City technology startup scene for many years, running engineering at Digital Railroad, Shrty, Outside.in (acquired by AOL) and Bookish. His software passions are building scalable systems and happy teams, polyglot programming, and Natural Language Processing. Andy advises several startups and is a frequent speaker at events including Pivotal Labs Tech Talks, O'Reilly MySQL Conf, and Surge. He is a SeedCamp mentor and IBM SmartCamp panelist, and an instructor in startup technology at General Assembly. Andy is a saxophonist and composer, living in Brooklyn with his family.



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  • tugce

    Great seminar.. It is not easy to find technical structure of Startup.. Thank you Tech in Motion, organizers and sponsors...

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    CTO from citymaps was exceptional. His presentation was totally inspiring to me and made for a great event. Great content, questions, awesome insights all around, and unforgettable stack review with higher level illustration of the start-up tech experience.

    June 28, 2012

  • Mandy I.

    Great event! Presenters were well prepared and their presentations were filled with inspiring information about their startups.

    June 28, 2012

  • Carole S.

    Pivotal Labs has an really great space! The presenters from Mirror, Voxy and Citymaps had amazing presentations and everything was put together seamlessly! Thanks to @nycsloane @jobspringNYC and @workbridgenyc for a great night!

    June 28, 2012

  • Kristina N.

    Great presenters, good questions posed by panelists. Comfortable venue. Thought the wine 'tasting' was a little weird, just give me a regular glass please.

    June 28, 2012

  • Chris Daniel B.

    I thought the first 2 presenters had a little too much background/explaining that they did and not enough talk about the actual product, problems they faced, how they overcame them, and why they did what they did.

    June 28, 2012

  • tugce

    Thank you Mandy.. I will be there..

    June 27, 2012

  • Mandy I.

    Hi Tugce! The presentations and panelist speakers will be finished no later than 9pm. Hope to see you there!

    June 27, 2012

  • tugce

    Hi, what's the duration of this event

    June 27, 2012

  • Sloane B.

    Announcing our first of 3 panelists: Anna Khan, VC @ Bessemer Venture Partners

    Anna Khan is an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners in New York City. Prior to joining Bessemer, Anna was a Business Associate to the CEO/Chief of Staff at 4INFO, a mobile advertising platform. She co-founded and served as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Palindrome Advisors, a nonprofit advisory firm focused on board matching, startup mentorship and nonprofit education for executives...

    May 31, 2012

  • Sloane B.

    Announcing our First Presenter! Mirror - Real Perspectives on Real Relationships...

    Mirror is a new social media technology that revolutionizes two markets which haven’t progressed much in the past decade: online dating and online people search. Mirror launched in March 2012 and is currently in its content-seeding phase. Their technical team is led by CTO Froilan Mendoza. Froilan has 15 years of start-up experience and is an expert in building scalable web... (see above for full text)

    May 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're looking forward to seeing everyone there! If you have any questions that you would like the CTO's to answer during their presentation please feel free to suggest a few!

    May 23, 2012

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