October 19, 2011
TechStars showcased its second graduating class in New York City on Tuesday, with mayor Mike Bloomberg in attendance.
“I hope you all work hard to make a lot of money, hire a lot of people, and pay a lot of taxes!” said Bloomberg, during his time on stage. TechStars’s previous NYC class is currently being featured on a reality show on Bloomberg TV.
Here are 5 takeaways from the event:
- Education is still a hot industry, where the established players are the ones to beat.
- Food is still a hot industry, and startups are branching out from dish recommendations for diners.
- B2B can be cool: a bunch of these startups are delivering sleek, valuable services targeted at businesses, many focusing on engagement.
- With a plethora of ways to access content, we begin to need tools that bridge those platforms.
- It’s great to be in TechStars: almost all the startups have already raised money, with Coursekit bringing in $1 million from IA Ventures, Founder Collective, and Shasta Ventures.
And here are the 12 startups, selected from 1,200 applicants:
Wantworthy: A tool that lets shoppers on any site click “I want this” to save to their wish list.
Ordr.in: An e-commerce platform for restaurants that lets users order straight from food blogs and websites, apps, and hotels.
Ambassador: A platform for companies to reward “ambassadors” for promoting their brand on social networks. Solving a similar problem to AdbyMe.
Urtak: A Q&A widget for sites that promises to bring in more responses and participation.
MobIntent: An analytics tool to optimize mobile advertising campaigns along metrics like user time, downloads, or purchases.
ChatID: A chat platform for companies to talk with customers on any site or device.
Coursekit: A social network for education, and a jab at Blackboard.
Contently: A network that lets freelance journalists build a portfolio and connect with publishers, and lets publishers manage their editorial operations. An attempt at buoying a floundering media industry.
Piictu: A mobile social network for communicating with photos.
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