Liz Gannes

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TechStars Hatches First NYC Start-Up Class

TechStars on Thursday held a Demo Day for its first class of New York companies to present themselves to investors and the press.

I wasn’t able to attend in person, but wanted to post the list of companies as part of NetworkEffect’s coverage of spring Demo Days from other major start-up accelerators. (See: Y Combinator, AngelPad, 500 Startups.)

From an outsider’s perspective, there are some very trendy topics in here: loyalty and rewards, social classifieds, one that sounds like a sort of Priceline for Gilt Groupe. There’s also some non-typical incubator fare: Immersive, for example, says it can detect faces in order to target digital ads in retail stores.

These are the companies and their taglines:

Nestio: Best Web and mobile platform to organize your apartment search.

ThinkNear: Yield management for local merchants.

Immersive: Advertising technology for smarter digital signs.

Friendslist: Social classifieds.

OnSwipe: Platform for easy tablet publishing and advertising.

CrowdTwist: Social loyalty and rewards platform.

MigrationBox: Cloud data migration.

ToVieFor: Fashion plus e-commerce plus gaming.

RedRover: Peer-to-peer learning platform for enterprises. Best way to discover and enjoy Web video.

Veri: Learn, teach, play. Online.

More detail can be found in these Xconomy, GigaOM and Business Insider reports.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus