All posts by Eric Skiff

5in5NYC Ep 07 – 10Gen & Friends: MongoDB, Bitfloor, NextBigSound, Crowdtap, & Art.sy

http://blip.tv/5in5nyc/5in5nyc-ep-07-10gen-friends-mongodb-bitfloor-nextbigsound-crowdtap-art-sy-6214028

We’re extremely excited about this episode of 5in5NYC – not only did we get a chance to speak with Meghan Gill from 10Gen (who make the insanely popular NoSQL database MongoDB), she helped us put together a star-studded show of amazing NYC startups building on MongoDB themselves! Huge thanks to Meghan and to each of the participants.

  • 10Gen  – the MongoDB company!
  • bitfloorProfessional bitcoin exchange
  • nextbigsoundActionable intelligence for the music industry
  • crowdtapEnabling leading brands to easily identify, activate and manage their influential consumers
  • artsyDiscover art you’ll love, featuring work from leading galleries, museums and private collections around the world

5in5NYC Ep 06 – NeverLikedItAnyway, FloatSchedule, Bizodo, and Contently

http://blip.tv/5in5nyc/5in5nyc-ep-06-neverlikeditanyway-floatschedule-bizodo-and-contently-6175053

On this episode:

NeverLikedItAnyway – a marketplace to sell gifts from ex-lovers, buy break-up bargains, and find relationship advice and tips.

FloatSchedule – Schedule your team’s time to your client’s projects. Built from the ground up for agencies, studios and firms.

Contently – Empowering And Connecting Quality Writers And Brands.

Bizodo – A point and click online form builder that helps you collect and manage info with ease.

Huge thanks to Adam at Rackspace for connecting 5in5NYC to amazing NY startups.
Rackspace provides amazing discounts (read: free hosting!) and programs for startups through it’s RackspaceStartups program, you should check it out.

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5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters: get organized and get employed

5in5NYC Ep 05 – Handshake, Easybib, InsuranceZebra and ShuttleCloud

http://blip.tv/5in5nyc/5in5nyc-ep-05-handshakeapp-easybib-insurancezebra-and-shuttlecloud-6158852

Handshake – Beautiful B2B sales on your iPad. Never write another order by hand.
Easybib –
 Free automatic bibliography and citation maker.
InsuranceZebra –
 Compare car insurance instantly.
ShuttleCloud – 
The easiest way to migrate email to Google Apps and transfer data between Google Apps accounts.

Huge thanks to Adam at Rackspace for connecting 5in5NYC to amazing NY startups.
Rackspace provides amazing discounts (read: free hosting!) and programs for startups through it’s RackspaceStartups program, you should check it out.

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5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters: get organized and get employed

 

 

 

5in5NYC Ep 04: Docracy, Smallknot, FundingGates, and Moveline

http://blip.tv/5in5nyc/5in5nyc-ep-04-docracy-smallknot-fundingates-moveline-6144355

Docracy
Open Legal Documents, Provided and trusted by people like you

Smallknot
Smallknot lets you fund neighborhood businesses in exchange for goods and special benefits.

FundingGates
A one-stop-shop to manage your receivables. Get paid & increase your sales.

Moveline
Tools and info you need to make smart decisions when moving long distance.

 

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5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters. Get organized, and get employed faster!

5in5 Reviews: Timehop gives you a daily blast from the past

@Abe, Timehop's mascot

Unless you, like Heromine Granger, possess a Time Turner, I think you would find it hard to travel back in time to see what you were up to a year ago.  We all are constantly updating our social media outlets with the happenings of our daily lives – the toast you burnt on a Wednesday morning, who attended the much needed happy hour with you on a Friday and the concert you saw and where it was. Some of these events are trivial, yes, but you found it important enough to tweet about and add to the digital history that you’ve created for your life through these social networking sites.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads, but an email address would be helpful because Timehop goes through all of your social media sites and sends you a daily recap email reminding you of your life a year ago.  Much more convenient and a preventative measure against the carpel tunnel that you would sure develop if you were to scroll through all of your Twitter posts.  For those of you who are thinking, “whats the point?” Ponder this…what’s really the point of Twitter, or checking in on Foursquare or pinning on Pinterest?  To connect, to share and to stay updated.  Should all that information just get lost out in cyberspace to be forgotten about? Ah, and the point of Timehop emerges – to make all of those tweets, pins and check ins relevant.

Timehop’s reach has stretched beyond just Foursquare and now includes your Twitter and Facebook updates as well as Instagram shots, essentially gathering your entire digital history. I get my first email tomorrow and I’m excited to see what I was doing last year, without all the mess of time travel.

What were you doing/pinning/tweeting/updating about a year ago? Reconnect with your digital past and tell us about your Timehop experiences in the comments. 

 

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Jenn Kish (aka @StartupJenn) reports on the companies featured on 5in5NYC and covers other NYC tech news. You should hire her!

5in5NYC episode 3 – inSparq, SiteSimon, FancyHands, and VisualRevenue

5in5NYC features 5 startups in 5 minutes each! 5in5NYC is a new, positive outlet for NYC startups. We feature 5 startups each week, and give them a chance to share what they’re building, answer questions, and interact with each other.

If you’d like your startup featured on an upcoming episode, send us an email to: me AT ericskiff.com

http://blip.tv/5in5nyc/5in5nyc-episode-03-insparq-sitesimon-fancyhands-and-visualrevenue-6131483

Alternate formats:
Mobile friendly video 
Audio only

Featuring

inSparq – Grow sales through sharing

SiteSimon – Reading recommendations while you browse

FancyHands – Personal assistants for everyone

VisualRevenue – A real-time decision support platform for front page editing

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5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters. Get organized, and get employed faster!


It’s time for tech news to route around damage. Again.

The ViewYou’ve likely heard the phrase “the internet routes around damage” and in many ways it’s true. When a node can’t handle the traffic going through it, traffic finds another way around. The network heals itself, and information continues to flow.

For a long time, the same was not true with news. TV channels and large publications grew huge audiences and amassed the power that goes along with it. As they became gatekeepers of information dispersal, the PR industry grew around them and began to charge for inside access.

The advent of blogging turned a good chunk of the news industry on it’s head. News audiences, dead-tree paper readership, and nearly every other metric for influence for old-media news have been on their way down for over a decade, while blogs have sprung up on every possible topic. The largest among them amassed massive readerships, pulled big sponsors, and sparked acquisitions. New empires have grown around style, gossip, tech, and more.

The cycle of disruption is endless, though. Wherever there is more information than there are channels to spread it, there is power. Where there is power, there is money to be made, and a whole ecosystem of middlemen springs up.

As it becomes easier to start companies and build apps, there is more and more news to cover. Simply put, the tech news landscape has not kept up with the amount of news that is being generated, and many startups are struggling to find their way into today’s tech publications.

It’s time to shake things up again and put the power (and responsibility) of dispersing that information back in the hands of people that are truly connected to and passionate about their subject. The existing giants in tech publishing have done well, but it’s time for a new generation of smaller, more focused publications to stand up alongside them.

That’s what 5in5NYC is, and it seems that we’ve struck a chord. Our show is booked solid with amazing startups for this week and filling up for next week already. New York needs this. The startup landscape needs it.

So, we’ve stepped up to provide this service to our fellow entrepreneurs, but I’m putting out a call for others to join us. Do this for your city, or for whatever particular niche you’re passionate about. Find the people creating new, amazing things, and give them some time in the spotlight.

Help the news route around damage. Again.

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Follow @5in5NYC to get updates when we publish shows, featuring 5 NYC startups each week.

Eric Skiff is one of the co-founders of 5in5NYC, a hacker at QLabs, and co-founder of NYCResistor and Postkin and makes free 8bit music.

5in5NYC is here to serve the NY Startup community – if you’d like your startup featured on our show, please get in touch at me AT ericskiff.com

 

5in5NYC Episode 02 – Favorly, Huntsy, InsideDigs, KoPoint, and MuckRack

5in5NYC features 5 startups in 5 minutes each! 5in5NYC is a new, positive outlet for NYC startups. We feature 5 startups each week, and give them a chance to share what they’re building, answer questions, and interact with each other.

If you’d like your startup featured on an upcoming episode, send us an email to: me AT ericskiff.com

http://blip.tv/5in5nyc/5in5nyc-episode-02-favorly-huntsy-insidedigs-kopoint-and-muckrack-6118869

Mobile friendly version

Featuring

Favorly – Crowdsource help for your projects.

Huntsy – Tools for job hunters. Get organized and get employed.

InsideDigs – Peer to peer apartment rentals. Digs before they hit the market.

KoPoint – Hard news, dirty politics, and civilized propaganda.

MuckRack – Easily find journalists talking about your company, competitors, and industry in real time. 

The theme that emerged during this episode was that each of these startups provide help. Favorly helps you find people who want to help out with your projects. Huntsy helps you stay organized when finding a job. InsideDigs helps you find your next apartment (and help others by listing your own). KoPoint helps you make sense of the news by provide a real, human-focused discussion around it. MuckRack helps you connect with journalists in a real way so when you have news to share you’re not just another press release.

Every startup seeks to ‘solve a problem’ but it’s fantastic to see so many NYC startups being built from the founder’s desire to make things better.

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5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters. Get organized, and get employed faster!

How Shapeways’ announcement on yesterday’s 5in5NYC changes the game for 3D printing.

Launching 5in5NYC yesterday was exciting for a number of reasons – new show, great lineup, the tech worked beautifully – it really was an amazing thing… but in the middle of the show there was a hidden gem that you might have missed.

Brad Dickason from Shapeways dropped a HUGE announcement in his demo at around the 5 minute mark that has implications for the entire landscape of 3D printing.  Continue reading How Shapeways’ announcement on yesterday’s 5in5NYC changes the game for 3D printing.