- The Role of Digital Influencers in Online Journalism
"Clout Atlas: The Role of Digital Influencers in Online Journalism" sponsored by Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School. Admission is FREE but RSVP Required: http://bit.ly/RoleofDigitalinfluencers. The rise of social media platforms has created a crop of so-called digital influencers who communicate with and advertise to their audiences in more direct ways than traditional media figures. Influencers raise especially difficult questions when it comes to journalism: While some offer vital perspectives that are underrepresented in the mainstream media, others use their unique positions to advance misleading or extremist content. The Tow Center will bring together a group of journalists, academics, and industry leaders to discuss the evolving role of digital influencers within the online media ecosystem: How do influencers build audiences and foster engagement? How do the dynamics of influencer networks compare to those of the mainstream media? How do social media platforms navigate their relationships with influencers? What can be done about influencers who promote harassment or misinformation? PROGRAM 5:00pm: Introductions by the Tow Center 5:10pm: Panel 1 - What are influencers and where did they come from? Shareen Pathak (Digiday) Taylor Lorenz (The Atlantic) Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell University) More speakers TBA 6:00pm: Panel 2 - Emerging business models for influencers Max Willens (Digiday) Natalie Silverstein (Collectively) Sapna Maheshwari (The New York Times) More speakers TBA 6:50pm: BREAK 7:00pm: Panel 3 - Influencers, journalism, misinformation, polarization Lisa Conn (Facebook) Becca Lewis (Data & Society) More speakers TBA 7:50pm: RECEPTION
- Bringing IoT Products to Life w/ Indiegogo
Indiegogo helps startups raise funds and connect with an audience to bring IoT products to life. What does it take to run a successful campaign on Indiegogo? Ilan Cohen – Indiegogo's Director, Hardware Outreach – will talk about best practices for crafting great campaigns and building community on Indiegogo. If crowdfunding, raising capital, IoT, the future, or all of the above are on your radar, you won't want to miss this meetup! Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 – Beer, Pizza & Networking sponsored by Zemingo 6:30 - 7:30 – Presentation 7:30 - 8:00 – Q&A This meetup is co-sponsored by the IoT App Meetup and Zemingo http://www.zemingo.com (http://www.zemingo.com/). Zemingo helps consumer electronics companies to increase their customer's lifetime value with cutting edge technology. Zemingo turn devices into smart devices with a cloud-connected app-- not just the standard "remote control" app, but an app that enables Zemingo's customers to reach out and create a strong relationship with their user base and then turn these relationships into a revenue-generating opportunity.
- Hack Over Passover
We'd like to invite you all to attend "Hack Over Passover," a storytelling hack-day on Sunday April 17th, 2016 in NYC. Location: New York Code and Design Academy Duration: 12 Hours Ticket Price: $10 (Buy at https://hackoverpassover.splashthat.com) Who should attend? Designers/Developers/UI/UX Researchers "In a world where most communication happens through digital media, how can we enhance our ability to tell community stories and share our collective memories?" Whether you build a hack to improve the way we share podcasts with friends, develop VR games, or build tools to enable collaboration on screenplays, we'd like to explore the processes by which people "sit around a campfire and share stories" in the digital age. Grab your tickets on our SplashThat (https://hackoverpassover.splashthat.com) page now! https://hackoverpassover.splashthat.com To provide quality, leavened and kosher nourishment, we're still actively looking for sponsors to feature at our event. If you are interested or know of any potential partners please email us at [masked]. We look forward to seeing you there! Donny + Oren Kanner & The #HackOverPassover Team
- MobileWeek 2016 Conference & Event Series
MobileWeek NYC (April 11 - 16) is back for its third year and we are giving out 100 free passes! Get your Reception PLUS Pass HERE: (http://bit.ly/1RPSTo9) http://bit.ly/1RPSTo9 Use discount code: MW16-MEETUP-PASS MobileWeek is inviting 1,000 week-long participants to the conference and city-wide events, covering the newest innovations in Connected Homes, Mobile & IoT APIs, App Monetization, and App Development. Featured Speakers @ MobileWeek Yvette Pasqua, CTO at Meetup Julia Martin, Twitter Aviran Mordo, Head of Engineering, Wix Subrata Mukherjee, VP of Product Management, The Economist
- Expert Tips to Grow Your App w/ Jet.com, Delivery.com, SoundCloud, & Dashlane
Join us for an awesome discussion about how to grow your app. We'll talk with industry leaders about all kinds of things related to growth: acquisition and discoverability, deep linking and referral programs, retention and engagement, plus practical strategies to expand your reach. The evening will include plenty of time for socializing and connecting with other app developers, mobile marketers, mobile startups, and mobile enthusiasts. This Meetup is co-sponsored by Mobile Growth Hackers, Branch Metrics, LeanPlum and General Assembly, and is Free. RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/launchmobilegrowth12-17 Agenda: 6:30PM: check-in, registration, networking 7:00PM: kick-off and welcome 7:05PM: "What's New for Mobile Growth: Content Analytics" 7:15PM: Panel - "Mobile Growth Tips and Tricks" 7:45PM: Q&A 8:00PM: Happy Hour Lauren Picasso, Associate Marketing Director @ Jet.com Jet launched this past July with one mission: to become the smartest way to shop and save on pretty much anything. Lauren has used her marketing skills to grow Jet's users, which recently hit 1 million users. Abraham Kim, Senior Product Manager @ Delivery.com. As a Product Manager, he has talent for creating interactive experiences, e-commerce platforms, and mobile solutions, with 11 years of experience leading and developing software products focusing primarily on research & discovery, defining requirements, building out solutions, and iterating on improvements through rigorous A/B testing. An Expert in understanding end-user expectations to drive consumption of products and services through industry and user research. David Rostan, Head of Organic Marketing @ Dashlane. David is a marketing and technology leader with a track record of launching and growing web applications and mobile products in Fortune 100 and start-up environments. He'll pull together all aspects of marketing strategy - customer acquisition, product innovation, customer research, branding and data analytics - to accomplish business objectives. He's launched 3 SaaS applications and consulted with companies large and small on digital and social media marketing. Sridharan Ravichandran (Sridhar) is Senior Product Manager, Growth at SoundCloud. He's worked on User Growth for the last 7 years in early and late-stage startups across APAC, Europe and the US. He set up and led the first Growth & Integrations team within SoundCloud. Prior to NYC, he lived in Berlin helping growing SoundCloud from a few dozen to over 300 employees across offices in Berlin, London, New York City and San Francisco. He is also an active musician and producer with 3 album releases for his solo project Sridhar and plays guitar in Brooklyn based indie band LANTRNS. This event is FREE and co-sponsored by: Branch Metrics -- Branch Metrics is the best way to connect your app with the world. We host growth-focused, cross channel, cross platform, free, open-source links for thousands of apps everywhere. Branch provides free deep linking technology to mobile app developers. We're on a mission to help developers grow their business through deep linking, and allow users to discover content inside mobile apps. leanplum -- One platform. Millions of mobile engagements.
- Saul Orbach: Rules of Thumb for Building a Startup
Saul Orbach is the Managing Director of Elul Group and Beachhead Group LLC. Saul is experienced in launching and building Start-ups, building emerging growth companies, turning around distressed companies, and is adroit at every aspect of the venture capital equation. As a seasoned management professional with over 28 years of executive leadership experience, Saul brings a track record of multiple company exits and steering difficult situations to successful closure. In 2007, Saul Orbach co-founded Aguru Images Inc. delivering accurate 3D texture maps, meshes and visual effects in motion pictures, computer and video games, animation, and design – for improved renderings by interior, fashion, architectural and industrial designers. Prior to Aguru Images Inc., Mr. Orbach was an Entrepreneur in Residence at ANGLE where he developed and executed the entire process that created and funded Aguru Images. Prior to that, he was a member of the turnaround team at Ditto, head of the US subsidiary of Cardonet, Inc., and President of NetCall Telecom. Mr. Orbach holds a B.S. in Management and an MBA from New York University. Event Agenda: 6:00pm – Registration & Networking 6:15pm – Talk 7:00pm – Q &A 7:30pm – More Networking RSVP on EventBrite (http://bit.ly/1MXNFTI) is mandatory. No walk-ins will be allowed. Bring photo ID. Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests after registering on Eventbrite) Due to building security requirements, you must pre-register for this event. Walk-ins cannot be accepted. No Exceptions!
- David Teten: The Next Great Startup Opportunity - Identifying Market White Space
David Teten is a Partner with ff Venture Capital (http://ffvc.com/) , which specializes in providing seed-stage funding to technology companies. He is also Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York (http://hbsnyangels.com/) , the second largest angel network in New York. David formerly served on the board of Ionic Security and now serves on the board ofWhisk. He led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deals and the first-ever study of how VCs add value to portfolio companies. David writes regularly on his blog, teten.com (http://teten.com/) and contributes periodically to Forbes, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, Harvard Business Review, and elsewhere. He is a Mentor with Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Founder Institute (New York and Singapore), Lean Startup Machine, and the Startup Leadership Program. David grew up in Marin County, Northern California, and learned to program on an Atari 800. He trains in parkour, a sport in which crossing the chasm is more than a metaphor. Event Agenda: 6:30pm – Refreshments & networking 7:00pm - Talk 7:45pm - Q &A 8:00pm – More networking In order to attend, you must register on EVENTBRITE: (http://bit.ly/1DPbAyd) http://bit.ly/1DPbAyd RSVP on EVENTBRITE (http://bit.ly/1DPbAyd) is mandatory. No walk-ins will be allowed. Bring photo ID. Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests after registering on Eventbrite) Due to building security requirements, you must pre-register for this event. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.
- "Straight up Startup Advice: A Talk with Alon Cohen"
Alon Cohen is the Executive Vice President and CTO at Phone.com (http://www.Phone.com). He is responsible for developing the first commercial VoIP software at VocalTec (1989), and is widely recognized as one of the creators of the VoIP industry, for which he has received numerous awards. And yet, despite bringing inexpensive communications to more people than Alexander Graham Bell, Alon remains a humble man. Cohen co-founded VocalTec (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VocalTec) -- the Israeli hi-tech company known as the pioneer of the VoIP industry and the first company to provide Internet voice technology worldwide -- which in 1996, was one of the earliest successful Internet IPOs (NASDAQ: vocl). Alon Cohen is a respected entrepreneur and inventor, with five U.S. patents on different communications technologies, including the “Audio Transceiver” (US Patent 5,825,771 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=5825771.PN.&OS=PN/5825771&RS=PN/5825771)) which is the basis for Voice over the Internet (VoIP) technology. He joined Phone.com (http://www.Phone.com) after founding and managing a successful series of recent business ventures, including BitWine and RemoteAbility. Cohen has been named by “The Marker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheMarker)”, the leading Israeli Business Newspaper, as one of the “100 Most Influential Israelis” in Israel’s High Technology history. Cohen received an MBA and BSC.EE from Tel Aviv University (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Aviv_University), both Magna Cum Laude and resides in NJ with his wife and two sons. Event Agenda: 6:30pm – Refreshments & networking 7:00pm - Speaker 8:00pm - Q &A 8:15pm – More networking RSVP on EVENTBRITE is mandatory. No walk-ins will be allowed. Bring photo ID. Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests the day before the event.) Due to building security requirements, you must pre-register for this event. Walk-ins cannot be accepted. Registration will close on Sunday at 11PM - No Exceptions! In order to attend, you must register on EVENTBRITE (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/alon-cohen-straight-up-startup-advice-tickets-16131340273): http://www.eventbrite.com/e/alon-cohen-straight-up-startup-advice-tickets-16131340273
- Adi Vaxman, Itai Tsiddon, Ariel Michaeli discuss "Building Awesome Mobile Apps"
RSVP on Eventbrite HERE (http://bit.ly/1LzUlaQ): http://bit.ly/1LzUlaQ Panel Discussion with Adi Vaxman (Tripda -- recently raised 11 mil series A), Itai Tsiddon (Facetune - #6 paid downloaded app of 2014 and completely bootstrapped), Ariel Michaeli (AppFigures-- mobile app store data aggregation service completely bootstrapped by their own revenue.) Event Agenda: 6:30pm - Refreshments & networking 7:00pm - Panel Discussion 8:00pm - Q &A 8:15pm - More networking About the Panelists: Adi Vaxman is a co-founder and CEO of Tripda (http://www.tripda.com/) -- a super-simple to use ride sharing platform that connects passengers and drivers making similar trips who want to share the travel cost. Tripda (http://www.tripda.com/) recently raised $11 million Series A round of funding from both, Rocket Internet (https://www.rocket-internet.com/) (a German company that finances online startups worldwide) and an undisclosed New York based VC firm. Prior to co-founding Tripda, Adi held successful senior leadership roles in both startup and mature companies. Most recently, Adi worked as COO in the tech startup space and successfully launched the New York City based e-hailing app, Gett. Itai Tsiddon is a co-founder of Lightricks (http://www.lightricks.com/), the parent company of Facetune (http://www.facetuneapp.com/), the #6 most downloaded paid iOS app of 2014 (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/23/top-downloaded-apps-of-2014/). Facetune is a powerful yet simple to use portrait editing app, enabling non-professional users to quickly retouch their portraits to magazine-level perfection. Facetune consistently performs as one of the best-selling paid apps in the world, with millions of paid downloads. Facetune for iOS has been ranked as the #1 Paid App in over 100 countries, and Facetune for Android took one week from launch in July 2014 to become the #1 ranked P&V App in 113 countries. Facetune has been featured by Apple, Google and Microsoft numerous times, including in Apple's Best of 2013, and Apple & Google's Best of 2014. The app continuously receives superb reviews from users and media, including Bloomberg TV (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHvnrggl64k), BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29385577), NYTimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/technology/personaltech/an-app-to-create-your-movie-star-photo.html?_r=0), W (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/does-it-pay-to-airbrush-your-holiday-photos-2013-12-27).S (http://allthingsd.com/20130311/facetune-photo-editing-app-helps-retouch-peoples-faces/).J (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/wsj-tech-briefing-early-edition-march-12-2013-2013-03-12-61162053). and Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hillel-fuld/facetune-is-an-ios-photoe_b_3501920.html). Examples can be seen on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/Facetuneapp). Facetune was 100% bootstrapped by Lightricks (http://www.lightricks.com/), an Israeli company founded by five entrepreneurs with experience in both industry and academia (including 4 CS PhDs with experience in Google, Adobe, and Microsoft research) to bring state of the art image processing technology to mobile and enable the creator in everyone. Lightricks has also been featured as the Facebook case study (https://developers.facebook.com/docs/showcase/facetune/) for mobile user acquisition, as well as at Facebook's F8 conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8ZMj3BLwrY). Lightricks scaled to 20 employees in under two years, solely on profits and with zero external funding to date. It is currently developing additional cutting edge mobile products which have sparked interest from several of the world's largest corporations. Ariel Michaeli is the co-founder and CEO of appFigures (https://appfigures.com/).com, a mobile app store data aggregation service. Ariel turned a personal pain point into a viable business with thousands of customers. appFigures (https://appfigures.com/) was founded in 2010, has 14 employees (they’re hiring! (https://appfigures.com/jobs)) and has not taken a single penny of investor money. They are completely bootstrapped by their own revenue and Ariel says he turns down investors every week. RSVP is mandatory. No walk-ins will be allowed. Bring photo ID. Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests after registration on Eventbrite) Due to building security requirements, you must pre-register for this event. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.
- Breakfast and Conversation with Yossi Vardi, David Aronoff, and Bonnie Halper
Yossi Vardi (Godfather of Israeli high tech industry), David Aronoff (Flybridge Capital) discuss possibilities/challenges in Israel and NYC Tech with Bonnie Halper (Editor In Chief of Alley Watch) as moderator. For over 41 years, Yossi Vardi has founded and helped build 85+ tech companies and inspired an entire generation of young Israelis, creating a wave of startups. Yossi Vardi is an angel investor, hi-tech entrepreneur, and Chairman of International Technologies. He was the founding investor and the former chairman of Mirabilis Ltd. -- the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ, which was acquired by AOL, to which he still serves as an advisor. He is a former Director-General of the Ministries of Development and Energy, a former Chairman of Israel Chemicals, and the Israel National Oil Company as well as Chairman Emeritus of the Jerusalem Foundation. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and has served on the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel, on the board of directors of State of Israel Bonds, on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University and the Open University. He is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Life Achievement Award for the development of the high tech industry in Israel (twice), Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Rominisiaru prize for Economics from Tel Aviv University. David Aronoff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital whose investment interests and experience include the SaaS, cloud, mobile, data analytics, video and information security sectors. David currently manages the firm's New York City office. Prior to joining the firm in June 2005, David spent nearly a decade focusing on early-stage investing at Greylock Partners and held management roles at Chipcom, an enterprise network equipment vendor where he led development efforts in Ethernet bridges, switches and routers. While working full-time on his MBA, David co-founded the Attitude Network (acquired by TheGlobe.com), an Internet content startup with the top two game sites of the day, HappyPuppy.com and GamesDomain.com. Earlier in his career he held technical positions at Bell Labs where he developed secure network systems. David holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, cum laude and with college honors, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. Blog: Diary of a Geek VC (http://geekvc.com/) Twitter: @dba (https://twitter.com/dba) Bonnie Halper is Editor-in-Chief of AlleyWatch (http://www.alleywatch.com/) and also writes and curates the StartupOneStop.com (http://startuponestop.com/)newsletter, which focuses on startups and entrepreneurs, and is currently being read in 50+ countries around the world. Twitter: @SOSlist (https://twitter.com/soslist) RSVP: on EVENTBRITE HERE (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-conversation-with-yossi-vardi-david-aronoff-and-bonnie-halper-tickets-15843118193?aff=meetup)