This month’s New Tech Meetup in Boulder featured five presenters as well as an interesting product review by the crew at One Button Life. Of the 350 people in attendance, about a third self-identified as newcomers to New Tech Meetup. Continuing in the vein of informal audience interaction, Robert Reich, founder of New Tech Boulder, began the event with a lighthearted debate about the merits of the yet to be release iPhone OS 4.0 and Google’s new Froyo OS. The iPhone overwhelmingly won the “aesthetics” category. Google, not surprisingly, won the “flash” category and they mostly split the other categories up for debate. As the room quieted down and the temperature inside pushed north of 80 degrees, the first presenters took the podium:
Push.io- Founded just over a year ago and recently moving into the black, Push.io provides back end infrastructure for iPhone apps with a special focus on sending out push notifications. They have sent out over 100,000,000 push notifications to date including breaking news, real time scores, photos from sporting events among countless others.
GNIP: Jud Valeski from Boulder-based GNIP stopped by to give an update on the company’s revamped tool that helps businesses collect and monitor social data. Valeski explained that GNIP ultimately makes integrating with multiple API’s much easier. “We distill data integration down to pointing and clicking,” Valeski said. GNIP relaunched near the beginning of this year.
One Riot: Yannis Pavlidis and Alessio Signorini did a presentation titled “Hot Topics Discovery” in which they talked about how One Riot is improving real time search queries by aggregating trends from across the Internet in order to provide more relevant search results. By working to not just analyze single words but mapping relationships between key words and topics, One Riot is able to provide results which better reflect what the user is actually searching for.
CPB Group: Crispin, Porter and Bogusky is an ad agency that strives to integrate developers with the advertising side much earlier in the ad campaign process. CPB has been involved in the “I’m a PC” campaign as well as the new Burger King campaigns featuring a costumed king. The presentation focused primarily on the way which advertising has changed rapidly over the past few years. Developers are now more involved in earlier, developmental stages of advertising campaigns rather than simply creating websites and banner ads for campaigns that already exist.
Everlater: The 2009 TechStars alum gave an update on the company’s progress and used their allotted time to talk about the publishing aspect of Everlater. Originally just a web based way to document vacations, Everlater now offers a simple solution for turning online content into glossy, high quality coffee table books. The trio, who have decided to stay in Boulder since they finished Tech Stars last summer, claimed that the publishing aspect adds a new dimension to Everlater. “This is a big piece of the puzzle of what Everlater is,” said one of Everlater’s co-founders Natty Zola.
June’s New Tech Meetup for Boulder lasted about an hour and the event was, as is almost always the case, at capacity. New Tech Denver will be Tuesday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Turnhalle in Denver. The next Boulder New Tech will be Tuesday, July 6th at 6 p.m. at the Wolf Law Building on the campus of CU Boulder.