TECH cocktail Boston 2 Storms On

July 25, 2008

8:56 pm

TECH cocktail Boston 2 at Tequila Rain was a bit of a wet one as a summer storm sprung itself on the Boston area making it problematic for us to even get to Boston. Luckily we made it out and so did a couple hundred dedicated Boston TECH cocktailers. Thank you to everyone that made their way out through the rain.

The event was sponsored by TripAdvisor, ChicagoMicro and Genotrope. Word on the street is that Newton, Mass. based TripAdvisor is hiring product managers so you might want to reach out to them if you are looking for a new gig.

Check out the TECH cocktail Boston 2 photos from the event taken by the talented local photographer Sooz. Also special thanks to Thomas Summit for all his help being out guy on the ground in Boston which helped us make this event go off without a hitch.

The six Boston area startups demoing at TECH cocktail Boston 2 were as follows:

AmpIdea – Founder Praful Mathur, a student at University of Illinois, has been dedicating his summer to developing and deploying the AmpIdea interactive taxi cab advertising platform in the Boston Area. AmpIdea offers an impressive interactive touchscreen device. It sounds like the next step for them is to get some funding so if you are VC you might want to check them out.

Modiv Media – Modiv Media is taking a different approach to self-checkout systems in grocery stores. Modiv founder Matt Volpi showed off its shopper device software which empowers grocery shoppers to scan the products they are going to purchase while they shop. The product serves behavioral targeted product deals and savings while shoppers shop. Currently the product is rolled out in a number of stores so be looking for it in your super market soon.

Totspot – Are babies blogging? Well not exactly though that would be amusing, Totspot offers an great way for parents to blog and share photos and memories with the rest of the Web or privately to family and friends. It is like a baby book online for your baby. If you have a baby on the way you may want to get your baby’s blog setup today.

VendorCity – Startups listen up as this could be helpful as VendorCity offers a place to find, rate and recommend local vendors. Let’s say you run a business and you need to find good legal help, VendorCity could be of assistance. VendorCity is not your classic directory site as it leverages sophisticated technology to assist in recommending the best vendor for your needs. VendorCity is currently taking on the east coast but with time looks to expand to the rest of the US markets.

WebNotes – WebNotes’ mission is to revolutionize the way people collect, organize, and share information on the Internet. With WebNotes, users can annotate web pages with highlighters and sticky notes, organize their notes into projects and categories, and share annotated web pages with friends and colleagues. WebNotes is a great tool for anyone reviewing products online, gathering market data, or conducting any type of web research. Currently in private Beta, WebNotes opened up its registration to TECH cocktail participants during the event.

YouCastr YouCastr is making following sports more personal and social by enabling anyone to broadcast live audio commentary, create sports talk shows, and interact with other fans in real-time. YouCastr is platform to broadcast live audio (and soon video) for long tail sports, such as high school and amateur sporting events. So if you want to cover the glory days of high school or college sports YouCastr is the place to go.

Social designer Josh Porter of Bokardo also made an appearance at TECH cocktail showing off and signing copies of his new book Designing for the Social Web. Josh collected some business cards to give away some books but the evening got away from us and we did not get a chance to do the drawing in person. So Josh was going to reach out and contact the book winners.

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Frank Gruber is the founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech Cocktail. He is an entrepreneur and new media journalist focused on sharing his tech product expertise and analysis on emerging technologies. Previously he built products for millions of users while at AOL and Tribune Company. He is a startup advisor and investor. He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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