Meet the 3rd TechStars NYC Class – and Why Teams Matter More Than Ever

March 13, 2012

10:10 am

Yesterday, the TechStars accelerator announced its Spring 2012 NYC class. The 14 startups are diverse – from social platforms to iPad-specific apps to collaboration tools – but what they have in common is insane passion and commitment, says TechStars NYC managing director David Tisch:

“As the landscape becomes more and more noisy in so many spaces, it is solely about finding the right team for THAT space/idea more than anything. And passion, thinking, and experience are huge factors in determining that team.”

The teams will be moving into the new TechStars NYC office – the Village Voice building at 36 Cooper Square, former home to Foursquare. Demo day is mid-June at Webster Hall.

Here are the 14 startups, selected from over 1,500 applicants:

10 Sheet (Vancouver, Canada): An automated bookkeeping service.

Bondsy (Brooklyn, NY): “The social network of things.”

Classtivity (New York, NY): A platform to discover and book classes online. One of the 5 companies this round with female CEOs.

Condition One (New York, NY): An immersive video player for the iPad, geared at media companies and brands who want to embed content in their apps

Droptype (Miami, FL): “Simple content publishing.”

Karma (Amsterdam, Netherlands): “Simplified mobile provider for travelers.”

Lua Technologies (New York, NY): A tool for entertainment producers to collaborate and communicate while making movies, TV, and more.

Markover (New York, NY): A platform for creative professionals to get feedback and discuss their projects.

Moveline (Blacksburg, VA): A web app that helps peopling moving long-distance make decisions on transportation and other factors.

Pickie (New York, NY): “Social commerce.” (Philadelphia, PA): An app that helps you track, make sense of, and get inspired by your past – whether it’s accomplishments, restaurants you love, or concerts attended.

SmallKnot (Brooklyn, NY): A social lending platform where you can fund local businesses for as little as $25 – and get rewards.

StockTouch (New York, NY): An iPad app for visualizing financial data.

Wander (New York, NY): The most stealthy so far, but their Twitter bio reads “Oh, the places you’ll go.”

Let’s see how much these startups change before demo day in June.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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