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.

Shelby.tv: 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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik