- Learn the marketing strategy used by Uber, Hubspot and Infusionsoft
Join us for our monthly speaker series sponsored by Engage Marketing and KOI Creative Space. This month Jeff Loehr will take us through the marketing strategy behind companies like Uber and Hubspot. You, know how annoying digital marketing can be? Hours spent on content that goes nowhere and websites that look pretty but don’t actually convert anybody to anything? Well, digital marketing shouldn’t be that way. Marketing should lead prospects through a journey so that they cannot wait to do business with you. Join us to learn the framework to engage prospects and create predictable sales. Not only will you gain incredibly useful information but you may meet a few other business people along the way. Join us to learn something about marketing, network and have a slice of pizza. This is the first in a monthly series, stay tuned for upcoming speakers.
- A New Take on Networking | White Plains
Most networking is a waste of time. We go around talking about what we do, why we are special and launch into a case study from which the listener is supposed to somehow, in some way, figure out why they care and maybe remember to make a referral in the future. Everybody’s 30 second time slot is more like 11.5 minutes and half the people are on their phone not listening anyway. It turns out that this is pretty ineffective. But there is a much better way. It doesn’t involve pink slips, house calls or enforced referrals, you just need to introduce yourself differently so that the people you are talking to are interested and actually remember who you are. Join us and learn how 15 undifferentiated and boring stylists became uniquely interesting and how you can as well. We will practice this, have some fun and make connections.
- Podcasting Explained
Join KOI Podcast Studio for our first podcast-focused event and panel discussion. The Panel will discuss topics: - Subject focus - Interview process - How to find guests - Image and marketing - Distribution and monetization Following panel discussion will be Q&A and networking. There will be refreshments and snacks. Panelist info to come! For additional information or to get involved please email Joe at [masked] or go to koicreativespace.com/podcast
- May WTM - Business Builders
JOIN US to network and learn from a panel of executives and investors in the startup and small business space. Please RSVP to the event via the Eventbrite invite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westchester-tech-meetup-business-builders-tickets-45490222480
- April WTM - Growing Your Business
REGISTER at Eventbrite by visiting this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-wtm-growing-your-business-tickets-44634284346?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button JOIN US at KOI Creative Space for presentations and networking focused on growing your business in Westchester. A G E N D A // 6:00 to 6:15 PM - Welcome 6:15 to 6:25 PM - Introduce new WTM concept, Growing Businesses 6:25 to 6:30 PM - Select Judges for Presentations 6:30 to 7:00 PM - Pecha Kucha Presentations (4 total) 7:00 PM - Wrap-up 7:00 to 8:00 PM - Networking Pizza and drinks will be available to attendees. $10 to attend, including presentations and networking. FAQs How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact Jeff at [masked] or Danny at [masked]. What's the refund policy? No refund will be provided/given. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes, please bring your printed ticket with you to the . . . . . . . . . . This is the first WTM in a couple of months. We took some time to reflect on 2017, and to figure out how we can grow this community in 2018. We made progress, and generated interest and energy in the area, but still have a ton of good work to do to help businesses grow and scale. A couple of insights: 01. We were focused almost exclusively on startups in Westchester 02. There are not enough startups in Westchester (at least that came out to join us and participate). 03. We could not keep bringing startups primarily from NYC and other ecosystems. 04. The format of each event was not sparking enough engagement for members and participants. 05. The team was not big enough to tackle logistics for events. We think it is really, really important to meet our community where we are at, and grow together from there/here. To do this, we need to experiment with an enriched model focused on growing businesses in our region. A couple of new focus areas: 01. Startups, Small Businesses, Medium Businesses 02. Presentations and Panels 03. Newsletter and highlights 04. Special events and/or outings Everything we do with will be focused on providing business owners and operators, and those looking to launch and grow their businesses (e.g. students, researchers, career changers, founders, etc.), with two keys to growth: TOOLS EDUCATION The new WTM, which will most likely be run under a new name in the coming weeks/months, will be a better resource for the community and businesses who are growing here (and want to grow here). Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jeff at [masked] or Danny at [masked]. Cheers.
- OCTOBER WTM
A special Westchester Tech Meetup / WTM in collaboration with Iona College. Established in 2017 through the generosity and record $15 million gift to Iona from James and Anne Marie Hynes, the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (https://www.iona.edu/academics/hynes-institute-for-entrepreneurship-and-innov.aspx) is an emerging program that aims to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to move the world. Students + the community will benefit from: 01 Interdisciplinary curricular focus in entrepreneurship and innovation for all students in any major 02 Co-curricular programming such as student clubs, speaker series, workshops, competitions, community engagement, internships, as well as coworking, mentoring and networking opportunities 03 Mentorship opportunities to work with Hynes Faculty Fellows, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, accomplished alumni and visiting entrepreneurs 04 Accelerator accessto start-up support, mentorship and funding, and a newly established community incubator B R E A K D O W N // 6:00PM Networking, with light fare 7:00PM Iona Presentation 7:15PM Iona Student Demo 7:30PM BingeWave Demo 7:45PM Community Announcements 8:00PM Networking Iona College Christoph Winkler, Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is going to give an overview about how the Hynes Institute is going to support student entrepreneurs and innovators at Iona, as well as entrepreneurs in the New Rochelle and Westchester community. Project Bully The goal of Project Bully is to develop a software which allows preteens a way to develop skills that help prevent future bullying incidents. Studies have shown that people who were bullied during their early years struggle more with depression and anxiety, leading to possible suicidal tendencies. Project Bully aims to bring awareness to the issue at hand, through the use of virtual reality. Children will be placed in the role of the victim, where they will interact with the bully by verbally responding from a set of choices. In this manner, the child can practice social and conflict resolution skills, which could then be applied to real life. It also provides a personal experience in a bullying situation, for those who may have never been bullied, helping to develop a sense of empathy for those in that situation. With this technology, children will understand the issue bullying poses on others and in turn, help create a new social norm where bullying is no longer accepted in a school, or any other, environment. BingeWave BingeWave is an exciting and newer VOD service that better allows content creators to market and have more control over monetization of their projects through subscription based packages and advertising fees (Content creators, you decide the prices!). The mission of the company is to specialize in showcasing content created by and focused on underrepresented and misrepresented groups, therefore the content is more accurate and depictive in its representation. Cheers, Danny [masked] O R G A N I Z E R S // FINIS Ventures (https://www.finisventures.com) is a business strategy consultancy providing acceleration + growth expertise to teams launching companies + new capabilities. We enable founders and innovators to gain and grow positioning at the cutting-edge of the market. The DAE (https://www.thedae.com) provides kids, students and adults with cutting-edge STEAM education and instruction, and access to fully equipped classrooms featuring the latest creative software, a makerspace with 3D printers and scanners, a photo and video studio, a recording studio and more.
- SEPTEMBER WTM
Members, We had scheduled a collision meetup with our neighbors, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, to take place in Orange County, NY, on Saturday, September 22 10am-2pm. Due to a sponsor backing out, we had to cancel. We are exploring opportunities to host a collision in March 2018, focusing on Ed Tech. W T M + S P I R I T of B U S I N E S S // JOIN US at KOI Creative Space on Tuesday, September 19 5:30-9:00pm for a collision event with Nahmias et Fils Distillery (Yonkers, NY). There will be networking, pizza, beer and wine, tastings from the Distillery, tech demos, and more networking. 5:30PM Networking, with pizza, beer + wine 6:30PM Nahmias et Fils Distillery startup presentation, with tastings 7:45PM Tech Demos, including FixFix + BingeWave 8:15PM Networking Nahmias et Fils Distillery Hudson Valley Master Distiller David Nahmias and his wife, Dorit, hand-craft their award-winning spirits with the finest, natural ingredients. They are proudly the sole producers of Mahia in the United States. FixFix FixFix is an on-demand service platform that enables customers to summon a geographically close,qualified and background-checked Fixer (service provider) to perform a variety of jobs at a fixed price with a money-back guarantee. FixFix also provides great value to the Fixers. Instead of providing Fixers with leads – which areoften sold to multiple professionals and are often too expensive for smaller businesses to purchase – FixFixprovides Fixers with real jobs! BingeWave BingeWave is an exciting and newer VOD service that better allows content creators to market and have more control over monetization of their projects through subscription based packages and advertising fees (Content creators, you decide the prices!). The mission of the company is to specialize in showcasing content created by and focused on underrepresented and misrepresented groups, therefore the content is more accurate and depictive in its representation. Cheers, Danny // [masked]
- June WTM at KOI
Teammates, Looking forward to coming together again to showcase area startups and help them grow in Westchester. Join us at KOI Creative Space to network with founders, technologists, students, and other entrepreneurs in our community. A tech lead from Buzzfeed will share updates on their tailored apps, and three early-stage startups will live demo their solutions. We will have pizza, beer and wine for all attendees. Remember, tickets are $10 per person. S P O N S O R ++ Verna Law, P.C. is a full-service intellectual property law firm with a focus on patent, trademark, copyright, domain name, and advertising/promotion law. Verna Law can help your business protect its products, brands, work, and help in keeping customers coming in the door. Verna Law can offer your business a consultation to do a full intellectual property review to make sure that your business is properly protected. S U P P O R T >> Every startup that demos at WTM gets a free session with a mentor/investor from the Westchester Angels. The Westchester Angels is an investor group whose mission is to provide financial and strategic partnerships to entrepreneurs in the Westchester area. Our interest in companies goes beyond capital. We work with, and mentor, the companies we invest in. We provide both the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and the infrastructure to facilitate individual assessments. We enjoy building businesses, seeing them succeed, and are committed to helping new and innovative companies prosper. B R E A K D O W N // 6PM NETWORKING 7PM DEMOS 8PM ANNOUNCEMENTS D E M O S !! Shelf.io is your knowledge hub to curate, organize and easily find your most important content. Shelf is the result of our team’s labor of love and desire to push the boundaries of group learning, particularly how to properly capture, store, organize and share what was being learned across teams. Learn more about Shelf.io (http://shelf.io) today. BuzzFeed has breaking news, vital journalism, quizzes, videos, celeb news, Tasty food videos, recipes, DIY hacks, and all the trending buzz you'll want to share across your networks. Paola Mata, Software Engineer + iOS Developer, will walk through the Buzzfeed app and share new features and other updates with the community. True Studio (https://spark.adobe.com/page/c9oGOcF4Rod1e/) is a shared work space that provides more than internet and coffee. A place that can catalyze your efforts. A turn key 'expertise as a service' location for Architects. True Studio provides enterprise-level infrastructure, veteran IT support with years of AEC knowledge. Every client gets a technical review including security, disaster recovery, technical ability-as well as a walk-through with all of our amenities. Providing office space to boutique firms in NYC and branch offices for larger firms desiring a New York presence, True Studio has the premiere infrastructure seen only at top firms. BreatheAware offers a new, behavioral approach to stress reduction and performance enhancement that is practical, accessible, motivating and grounded in science and medicine. We work with employers, physicians, hospitals, schools and coaches to create integrated, branded solutions that improve population health. We also provide BreatheAware to consumers! You can read about our team and product advisory board, below. If you have any questions, send us a note! (https://www.breatheaware.com/contact) See you on June 20 at KOI! Cheers, Dan / [masked] O R G A N I Z E R S // KOI Creative Space was conceived by creatives for creatives. The space is built, managed and curated by the professionals that founded it- enabling an ideal environment for members to work, connect, and grow their own business and projects. FINIS Ventures is a business strategy consultancy providing acceleration + growth expertise to teams launching companies + new capabilities. We enable founders + innovators to gain + grow positioning at the cutting-edge of the market, focusing on the rapid development of key elements to drive opportunities with clients, partners + investors.
- May WTM at KOI
Members, Join us at KOI Creative Space to explore what is happening in the AI + Machine Learning + Data Analytics space in Westchester. A leading expert from IBM will present lessons and ideas, two rockstar TECH startups will live demo their solutions, and a representative from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses will present information on the program. We will have pizza, beer and wine on a night that will offer tons of insights into the future of tech development. S P O N S O R ++ Verna Law, P.C. is a full-service intellectual property law firm with a focus on patent, trademark, copyright, domain name, and advertising/promotion law. Verna Law can help your business protect its products, brands, work, and help in keeping customers coming in the door. Verna Law can offer your business a consultation to do a full intellectual property review to make sure that your business is properly protected. S U P P O R T >> Every startup that demos at WTM gets a free session with a mentor/investor from the Westchester Angels. The Westchester Angels is an investor group whose mission is to provide financial and strategic partnerships to entrepreneurs in the Westchester area. Our interest in companies goes beyond capital. We work with, and mentor, the companies we invest in. We provide both the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and the infrastructure to facilitate individual assessments. We enjoy building businesses, seeing them succeed, and are committed to helping new and innovative companies prosper. B R E A K D O W N // 6PM NETWORKING 7PM DEMOS 8PM ANNOUNCEMENTS D E M O S !! All things AI + Machine Learning + Data Analytics. Burbio is launching a new capability after just closing an investment round, while Nonnatech is growing pilots and deployments after graduating from Batch 18 at 500 Startups. Bruce Weed / IBM Bruce Weed is the Global Leader for IBM Watson and Big Data Business Development & Strategy. Passionate about Big Data, Watson, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud, and Analytics, Bruce works with startups, entrepreneurs, developers and innovators. He has extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing, as well as product and brand management, operational strategy, IT strategy and software development. Bruce runs two LinkedIn groups, IBM Big Data and Analytics (which looks at both use cases and technology trends around Big Data) and the IBM Watson Group. He is also a big data evangelist who keynotes at major conferences around the world. Bruce has vast experience in emerging technologies, including his leadership around the launching of e-commerce for IBM back in the early days of the internet. Follow Bruce on Twitter at @Mr_Big_Data (https://twitter.com/Mr_Big_Data). Dennis + Julie Roche / Burbio Burbio is now on Amazon Alexa so you can "Just Ask" Alexa about upcoming school, library or local community events. And ANY local group can put their calendar on Burbio and then have their events on Alexa too! https://youtu.be/4qtKV_XtGc4 Burbio.com is a calendar driven community platform that makes it easy for residents to organize their lives and for local organizations to communicate with members by focusing on the all-important “When.” Burbio streams public calendar feeds, has a calendar creation feature for local groups, and a website calendar widget to help groups to promote their events, Burbio’s networked calendar platform connects residents with their communities by giving them one place to find, sync, share and stream important local events. Gary German / Nonnatech Nonnatech is the first digital health solution focusing on the early detection of physiological changes by yielding valuable real-time data showing changes in behavior or the absence of behaviors of those being monitored. Nonnatech's connected health sensors are able to communicate with other devices in a smart environment, providing clinicians with a pathway to lower level interventions, thus containing costs and preventing avoidable emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and admissions into higher levels of care. https://vimeo.com/122281898 Nonnatech's advanced rules-based algorithms enable notifications not only when thresholds are reached, but also when concerning trends are detected. We provide the ability to adjust threshold levels and rules per population, per data feed, and per patient. Paisley Demby / Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative at LaGuardia College Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. With 33 sites across the United States and United Kingdom, 10,000 Small Businesses has served over 7,700 small business owners. The program has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the program. To learn more about the program and meet Alumni, please visit http://www.goldmansachs.com/10KSB To apply to the program please visitwww.10KSBApply.com (http://www.10ksbapply.com/) See you on May 23 at KOI! Cheers, Dan / [masked] KOI Creative Space was conceived by creatives for creatives. The space is built, managed and curated by the professionals that founded it- enabling an ideal environment for members to work, connect, and grow their own business and projects. FINIS Ventures is a business strategy consultancy providing acceleration + growth expertise to teams launching companies + new capabilities. We enable founders + innovators to gain + grow positioning at the cutting-edge of the market, focusing on the rapid development of key elements to drive opportunities with clients, partners + investors.