Past Meetup

Philly New Technology Meetup #1 - May 2014

This Meetup is past

90 people went

Duane Morris LLP

30 S 17th St · Philadelphia

How to find us

Morris Cafe, on the first floor in the main lobby, no need to check in with security.

Location image of event venue


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.