How do tech startups and networking mix in New Jersey? Pretty, well. Last week I attended the NJ Tech Meetup at the Babbio Center at Stephens Technical Institute in Hoboken. The place was filled with more than 100 entrepreneurs, business service providers, investors, students and others who were there to network, to learn and to share ideas. Maybe even to connect with an investor or find a hot new startup to fund.
Having not been to a this Meetup group before I was a little apprehensive, not knowing what to expect from a group I found on the Internet.
I'm glad I went.
The networking was great. I met a number of interesting people including a few students, designers and technologists working on startup projects, several investors and a couple of potential business partners. One interesting site you may want to check out is Advisoray, which connects startups with the service providers they need to get their startup off the ground.
After the networking were 3 five-minute startup pitches from Memori.al, an online obituary site, General Machines, an early stage startup that leverages machine learning to facilitate communication between deaf and hearing users, and Silver Living, which is introducing transparency to the senior care industry through independent research. General Machines was voted best pitch of the night.
The keynote and final speaker was Peter Shankman, author, speaker and angel investor. He was very entertaining, sharing stories of the early days of AOL, his Ironman exploits and expanding on his Four Rules for an Effective Social Media Campaign.
I learned some things that are sure to help me at future networking events and presentations:
What networking groups do you recommend?