Tech + Creative

Start-ups Show Off At DUMBO Demo Day

The NYU-Poly Incubator hosted its first DUMBO Demo Day with Digital DUMBO this week – featuring some of DUMBO’s premier start-ups. The event opened to a packed house of tech connoisseurs, eager to digest info about and interact with some of DUMBO’s newest start-ups.

Micah Kotch, Director of Operations for the NYU-Poly Incubators, says “D3 showcases some of the best tech innovation that NYC has to offer. We wanted to produce an event that would show off what is being built in DUMBO, and shine a spotlight on the entrepreneurs who are building an industry.”

The inaugural DUMBO Demo Day had presentations from five DUMBO companies (future events look to expand to demos from companies beyond DUMBO). Here’s what we learned about each from their presentations:

Knod.es – Knodes (from previous DUMBO entrepreneur Ron J. Williams) provides rich social data-based insights about your users across all of their networks in order to help you better understand your app users, readers, supporters, advocates and friends. Knodes powers better context that can turn any person into a super connector, super supporter or just a super happy user. Knodes gives every piece of content a chance to become a conversation that attracts more productive engagement.

Docracy – Docracy is an open source site designed to make legal documents more accessible for those of us without a law degree. Users can share and sign legal documents. Co-founders Matt Hall and John Watkinson talked a bit about their start providing a product at a TechCrunch hackathon in reaction to Matt and John’s challenges in finding reasonable legal documents while they were running their previous business. We love Docracy because they’ve go a lot of love to share. Especially on Valentines Day… read more about their marketing efforts here.

HowAboutWe – HowAboutWe.com is one of the nation’s fastest growing online dating services and the authority on all things romantic in New York City, due in large part to the analysis of the more than half a million dates members have posted on the site. Co-founder Brian Schecter created a profile while Director of Community, Jess Tom narrated and we watched. He also mentioned their date report including their DUMBO picks, pricing models and more. We even found out about their first HowAboutWe wedding: two water sport lovers connecting to scuba dive together.

SpotlessCity – Spotless City provides a platform that allows customers to handle all of their dry cleaning and laundry needs online—for free. Founder Nosheen Chaudhry talked about her prize pilot dry cleaner, DUMBO’s own Bridgestone Cleaners. She talked a lot about the awesome sized market they are tapping into – a $1billion dry-cleaning industry in NYC alone, and how they are smartly using the models of Seamless Web.

StereoGrid – StereoGrid is a music distribution and song management platform started by Andrew Zarick from Digital DUMBO that allows artists to distribute their music directly to StereoGrid’s network of highly influential music websites and blogs. Their platform announces new promotional music to their network, provides music publishers and artists with the media player widget, monitors where the song is published and shared across the internet, and reports back the analytics in real-time.

DUMBO Demo Days will be a regular thing – so stay tuned to for details on the next iteration. For more information or to get your business involved, contact the NYU Poly Incubator at: nyupolyincubators [at] gmail [dot] com.