Past Meetup

Spotify / Sunrise / Toca Boca / Shindig

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98 people went

Price: $5.00 /per person
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Tis' the season to be thankful. We're thankful for the NYC Apps community ( and our awesome November lineup.


7:00 pm – Drinks, Dumplings, and networking.
7:30 pm – Discussion on the latest in the mobile landscape.
7:45 pm – Presentations: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of building, designing, and executing an app from NY's best. Less demos, more lessons learned.
9:00 pm – Drinks and networking at a nearby pub.

Our Startups:
Ardit Bajraktar (, Mobile Engineer, Spotify (
Ardit is mobile developer since the very early days of mobile development. His first app was a stock and charting app done for the first J2ME phone back in 2002 while interning for Fidelity Investments. He then moved in San Francisco, where he worked at MobiTV on creating the first mobile streaming music/radio and TV service in the US. He has worked on the Amazon Kindle and Yammer (acquired by Microsoft).
Now, Ardit spearheads Spotify's mobile discovery and radio.

Jeremy Le Van ( & Pierre Valade (, Co-founders, Sunrise (
This team of former Foursquare designers pivoted from an email app to a must-have calendar app this year. Upon launch, people quickly went gaga over it for its elegance and ease of use.
Sunrise is a calendar startup aiming to redesign your calendar experience. Our first product is an iOS app which draws upon the best of what other calendar apps have to offer in addition to improvements we've invented. We rebuilt the calendar backend from scratch, as opposed to relying on Apple's implementation, which gives us the freedom to greatly improve the user experience. As the team grows, we will be looking into expanding to the web and other mobile platforms.

JP de Pedro (, Play Designer, Toca Boca (
Jens Peter, also known as JP, is a Play Designer at the digital toys studio Toca Boca. He is the master mind behind apps such as Toca Hair Salon, Toca Band, Toca Kitchen, Toca Train, and Helicopter Taxi. Jens Peter has worked for organizations such as WGBH Boston, Swedish Television and The United Nations. He has been an expert advisor to the EU Commission's Safer Internet Programme.
Jens Peter has a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, 1999.
Jens Peter likes cheap food, playing basketball, rhyming and going for walks in desolate industrial areas. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
Harry Raymond ( & Nicholas Manning (, Co-founders, Shindig (
Have you ever looked at a drink list and had no idea what to order? Shindig helps you discover new beers, wines and cocktails around you. We're a community of thousands of drink explorers who keep track of what we drink, share recipes and recommend brands.
Graduates of the Entrepreneurs of NY accelerator program and winners of the 2013 Startup Jackpot (a pitch event sponsored by Google & Microsoft), the Shindig team is on a mission to make taste exploration fun and easy.
So join the club ( and raise a glass to everyday exploration.
P.S. - Harry and Nick met at NYC Apps.
Twitter accounts to follow for this event:
@Spotify (
@Sunrise (
@TocaBoca (
@TasteShindig (
The official NYC Apps Twitter accounts:
@nycapps (
@mobiledivide (
@harryraymond (
The official NYC Apps Twitter #hashtag:
#nycapps (
We look forward to seeing all of you soon.
-NYC Apps