June New Tech Meetup
Another month and more tech! And more people! This month’s tech meetup, again meeting in the Metreon Theater auditorium with it’s triumvirate of projectors and screens, was a packed event and all of the pizza was gone by the time I got there. Fortunately (and mysteriously) the beer was plentiful. The presentations moved along well and nearly all of the technical snags from last month were solved.
Here’s a quick recap of each presenter:
VEODIA – Veodia was present last month streaming the event and this time took center stage to talk about their product. CEO Guillaume Cohen gave a good to the point presentation showing his product and how it was, at that very moment, streaming the event live. It worked, it made sense, and, consequently, there was an awkward silence during the question section, which I took as a good sign. Having been a beta tester for Veodia I can say it simply works. It does what it says it does. Cohen did tell us that they’ve hooked up with WebEx to provide the video streaming of their system. There big competitor, UStream, was out of the gate earlier and have gotten some high profile users (like Chris Pirillo and GreenTeaGirlie). But hopefully lower profile users (like ME!) can do some good work with Veodia.
LUCKY OLIVER – Offering high quality stock photos, Lucky Oliver hopes to propagate itself by getting photographers to like them who will in turn attract customers with there quality images. They offer FTP uploads for easy batch uploads and good metadata. The carnival theme was kind of cool, but I still don’t understand why they needed the microeconomic system of tokens (I HATE that Wii does the same thing). Founder Bryan Zmijewski said that their top photographer would make about $10k this year which is a number that really has no context. They are young, so we’ll see. However, I was very pleased and intrigued to hear Zmijewski, a veteran or several other startups, say that he thinks the golden ratio for development is to have two user-interface guys per engineer. I like that focus on the user.
WRIKE – Battling Microsoft’s Project Wrike is working to become a versatile project management tool. Currently, this is a crowded space and I look forward to some good and easily deployed software coming out to replace e-mail as the project management tool of choice because my inbox is waaaay clogged. Wrike’s timeline visualization looked useful and pracitical but I think they need more to “wow” me.
ATTEN.TV – Giving the best and most scattered demo, founder Seth Goldstein showed off his many products including Atten.tv and Trakzor (a counter-stalker Facebook/MySpace app). To showcase Atten.tv’s potential, he showed us Justin.tv’s streamcast which was cute. The issue of streamcasting’s one’s porn surfing was entertaining and showed off how people really would watch this. Don't think of it as a privacy problem. Think of it as a publicity solution.
coRank – Need your own Digg.com? Here you go. Easy to use and distribute coRank is a cool tool to make your own social news network. It offers some good customization tools and I think this tool would be very useful in conjuction with a group blog or wiki.
However, it was the 60-Second Soapbox presenters that stole the show. Izimi.com had a great bit of freestyling from "Tommy.” Mobouy.com gave a whole standup routine. Mizpee.com had no shortage of great toilet humor punnery. Colloquial laughs and self-promotion go well together.I definitely look forward to next month's meetup.