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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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!

5in5 Reviews: Scroll Kit makes the web your blank canvas

I love the internet.  I spend most of my time on the internet.  But don’t ask me how the websites get so pretty.  I dabbled in website production in the past, and I know your basic HTML – I used to make my MySpace page pretty groovy.  But for me, coding always seemed like an impossible task. But Scroll Kit has come along to help all of us internet users, not internet makers make beautiful professional looking websites without coding!

Scroll Kit’s editor really is easy to use and straight forward.  You have the control.  Even if you have never made a website before, if you have basic computer knowledge, I promise that you can create something from nothing using this service.  It is essentially your blank canvas but instead of painting you’re coding without knowing (and I’m a poet and didn’t know it!).  Sites like Tumblr and WordPress have given everyone their own blog and several templates to pick from.  Scroll Kit can give you your own website and unlike other websites, it gives you the “kit” you need to create your own not pick its look and layout from a list.

I took a test run to see for myself just how easy it is to use, and it really couldn’t be any easier.  If you can use a mouse, you can use Scroll Kit.  Below is what I made in 5 minutes (in keeping with 5in5NYC theme). 

Scroll Kit offers the ultimate in website creativity paired with the added bonus of its user friendly platform.  The advantages to Scroll Kit really are endless as are the possibilities for your website.

Want to see what you can create with Scroll Kit? Take a test drive and share your experiences and what you’ve made in the comments.

5in5 Reviews: Songza gets you in the mood

Have you ever wanted to listen to music but just couldn’t decide what you wanted to hear?  Scrolling endlessly through your iPod or shuffling through cd’s?

I know you have because it happens to me all the time, and in those moments I wish someone would just come along and put something on for me that I feel like listening to.  Songza has come to save the day!  Their “Music Concierge” feature is what separates it from its competitors – Songza brings new meaning to the phrase “setting the tone.”  It suggests certain playlists for you based on the time of day, your mood and specific genre preferences – and will only get smarter the more you use it.  For example, what I listen to when I work out is very different than what I listen to when I’m cleaning the house on a Sunday afternoon. And a Friday night sure has a different feeling than a Monday morning.

Along with playlists contributed by listeners, Songza has enlisted music experts to curate each playlist giving you a unique song experience, its not an algorithm choosing songs and artist it thinks you like, they KNOW you’ll like it. But in case it doesn’t strike your fancy, there is a skip limit of six but, based on my personal experience, you won’t have to worry about that because the playlists are that good.  There is also a thumbs up and thumbs down selections to customize your listening experience.

Songza has also partnered with brands to give them yet another way to connect and engage with their audiences.  The men’s lifestyle website Thrillist has created the ultimate summer playlist with an assortment of new, cool songs that they think are the perfect accompaniment “for driving with the windows down or pre-gaming for a festival (but not at the same time).”  Listening to it now, I have seemed to develop an overwhelming urge for a cold beer and a hot dog.

Like Nietzsche, I believe that life without music would be a mistake, and like Songza I also believe that good music makes good times.  Songza’s insight into the importance of a great soundtrack to any day or occasion is what gives this site a leg up on the otherwise stiff and limiting competition. And if the expert playlists and endless supply of music isn’t enough for you, how about the fact that its 100% free and there are no audio ads!

So, what music suits your mood?

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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.

5in5NYC Episode 01 – Shapeways, Songza, Scrollkit, Graphient, and Timehop!

5in5NYC features 5 startups in 5 minutes each!

We created 5in5NYC to provide a new, positive outlet for NYC startups. We’ll be featuring 5 startups each week, and giving 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/play/AYL0wCwA.html?p=1

Featuring

Shapeways – On demand 3D printing, with a HUGE announcement in this episode!

Songza – Awesome curated music playlists for any moment in your life.

Scrollkit – Instant drag & drop webpage creation.

Graphient – Advanced graphing for any time-based data.

Timehop – Instant nostalgia in the form of daily emails replaying your life from a year ago.

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

The first 5in5NYC taping is Friday (at 5!)

5in5NYC, a new show featuring 5 NYC startups. will be taping this friday at 5pm. If you’d like your startup featured in this episode, drop a comment on this post, or get in touch directly at me AT ericskiff.com.

This show will be a chance to shine more light on the ever expanding NYC startup scene and provide positive exposure to up-and-coming startups. We’re passionate about tech and entrepreneurship (we’re hackers and entrepreneurs ourselves).

Participating is easy – we’ll be using Google+ Hangouts to assemble the hosts and the 5 startups, so all you need to join in is 45 minutes, a webcam, and a quiet spot.

The inaugural show is filling up with amazing startups, so get in touch soon if you want to be part of this weeks show!

5 NYC startups, 5 minutes.