|Good morning, All,
our October Breakfast with an Angel is tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 15th, and our guest investor is Jason Klein. We keep the group small, so everyone will have a chance to talk to Jason, 1-on-1 and always worth the price of admission and remember: our guest investors are always well-connected – and are always happy to make introductions for people who make it a point to show up.
Jason Klein has a background in media, consulting, and healthcare. He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an advisory and investment firm specializing in digital media and marketing. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels (the second largest angel group in NY, with more than $4 million invested across 25 companies), and a member of the New York Angels, the largest angel group in NY. Register here, and hope to see you there!
For all of the so-called disruption going on, it seems we need to either redefine the term ‘disruption,’ or set the bar higher.
As an SOS reader wrote to us last week, what we’re seeing is a “lack of substantive innovation. Only incremental, nothing resembling a game changer.”
Using the word 'disruption' doesn't make it so, and it's certainly contributing to startup fatigue.
We understand that there are very few Elon Musks in the world: people who come along and completely rethink an industry. Tesla Motors is disruption. Coming up with a form that allows doctors to be reimbursed more easily is a ‘nice to have’ and no doubt will make money for the company that created it, but it’s not disruption. It’s disintermediation. So as you’re crafting your elevator pitch, see if you can’t replace the word ‘disruption’ with ‘disintermediation.’ If you can, that’s what you’re doing – disintermediating. You’re not going off-road and creating something that the world has not seen before, in some form or another. You haven't pushed the envelope.
What’s missing from the industry in general and has been for quite a while is the sense of wonder. Equally importantly is that we don’t have an ecosystem that supports radical change readily, and if it does, it’s only rarely. Musk had a somewhat easier time of it, because he had a track record. On balance, investors are not radical thinkers and somewhere in their food chain is a bean counter who thinks inside very little boxes on a balance sheet. The system isn’t broken because of the wild valuations that have gotten so much attention as of late. The disconnect is more systemic and has more to do with misalignment of ideals/goals. Who decided that we’re living in the Age of Social and Big Data – almost to the exclusion of all else? Although the bigger problem is that a true out of the box thinker – someone who does go off-road as a matter of course – would be roundly dismissed. Here’s this week’s must read: Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future. Says the writer, “In Zero to One, a book mostly about startups, Thiel makes the argument that ‘we have to find our way back to a definite future, and the Western world needs nothing short of a cultural revolution to do it.’…“political barriers have in fact made it harder to innovate with atoms than with bits.”
And therein lies the problem: social has driven us towards a world driven by popularity/correctness over truth/facts. And money/power over innovation. True disruption is just that: it brings about upheaval, and upheaval is messy.
But it’s what rises out of the heap that’s interesting and novel and truly disruptive. It’s disintermediation that’s causing startup fatigue. Yeah, been there, heard that. It’s always much more interesting – and more difficult – to go off road. It’s time. And make no mistake about it: if you do go that route, you’ll be in for a bumpy ride. But the scenery will be breath-taking. Onward and forward.
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Andrew Weinrich’s Roadmap to Entrepreneurship is coming up and I’m happy to announce that, in addition to getting 20% off the ticket price, the first 5 people who sign up will also get a free hour of personal consultation from Andrew to hone their financing pitch. Just use the code STARTUPPITCH at check-out. Once those 5 tickets are gone, you can still use the code ONESTOP20 to get 20% off the course. If you’d like to see a sample of the materials Andrew is offering in the course, sign up here for a free Business Plan template.
With 14 hours of lectures, 17 document templates, and plenty of networking opportunities, Roadmap to Entrepreneurship is a deep dive into the 8 essential disciplines for creating a scalable company. The course includes Q&As, case studies, and break-out sessions, covering everything from writing a marketing plan to creating cash flow projections. Attend and be prepared for the entrepreneurial journey ahead.
It’s a crash course hosted by Silicon Alley veteran Andrew Weinrich. Andrew has been a leader in the technology space for over two decades, founding 7 startups, completing 4 exits, and advising numerous entrepreneurs. We do happen to know Andrew personally (he really does know his stuff, btw), and got feedback from an SOS member who attended his last workshop – big thumbs up.
Each Roadmap course features over 14 hours of lectures, 17 business document templates, and plenty of networking opportunities to prepare entrepreneurs to build successful startups. The course is designed for startup founders of all stages whose companies aren’t venture-backed.
The October course is from October 18th - 19th. Discount code [onestop20]
The November course is from November 8th - 9th. Discount code [onestop20]
You can see the full course agenda here. If you have any questions about the course, sign up for a free Founders’ Hours session or send Andrew an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every month, the Awesome Foundation gives away $1000 – no strings attached. Check them out, in a city near you. And go for it!
CALL FOR TOP INNOVATORS! New England Venture Summit - December 10th. Register now and save 50%
The 9th annual conference will showcase more than 50 of the hottest early stage and emerging growth technology, life sciences, edtech and clean-tech innovators If you are a Startup seeking capital and/or partnerships, submit your plan for the opportunity to present at The 9th Annual New England Venture Summit, the premier venue connecting emerging growth companies with active Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Corporate VCs and Investment Firms. Presented by youngStartup Ventures, The 2014 New England Venture Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity for startups to meet, network and showcase their innovative investment opportunities to a leading group of investors.
NEW Y Combinator, deadline October 14th. Y Combinator is now accepting applications for the Winter 2015 funding cycle. It will take place in Mountain View, CA from January through March 2015.
ER Accelerator Winter 2015 – Early deadline October 16th, Final deadline November 13. You know the drill. 4 month session, $40K in funding, and the help and mentors you need to build a business. Go for it! (And yes, yours truly is one of the mentors.) 10 Reasons You Should Apply to Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Techstars NY Class of 2015, Applications now open, deadline October 19th. The class will kick-off mid January, finishing off with Demo Day in April. To date, we’ve done five programs in NYC, and graduated over 60 companies including Contently, Timehop, Crowdtwist, Moveline, Lua, ClassPass, Plated, Placemeter, TriggerMail, Tutum, and MakersKit. 7 Things to Make Your Techstars NYC Application Standout
The 19th Annual Webby Awards! Early deadline October 24th. Need we say more?
NEW VillageCapital USA: Health IT Accelerator, deadline October 27th. VilCap is in the process of identifying game-changing healthcare innovations. Entrepreneurs have enormous potential to create businesses which lower the cost and increase access to quality health care for all Americans.
5th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Festival, applications now open. January 21-22 at NYU, but you must apply now.
Blueprint Health, deadline on a rolling basis. Next session begins January 12th.
Thiel Fellowship, deadline January 15th. $100k over the two year program. You have to be a young ‘un. As Mark Twain said, ““I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
For your edification this week:
The September 2014 NYC Venture Capital and Angel Funding Report
When the man behind PayPal and Facebook talks, we listen. Peter Thiel was at Columbia a few weeks back. Here’s what he had to say.
Elon Musk: a Machine Tasked with Getting Rid of Spam Could End Humanity. Tesla and SpaceX C.E.O. Elon Musk said he was worried that people didn’t understand how fast artificial intelligence was progressing, and expressed his concern that, in a worst-case scenario, a “super-intelligent” machine might decide to destroy human life.
Change Your Password: Hackers Claim Hundreds of Dropbox Passwords Leaked
Edward Snowden¹s Privacy Tips: Get Rid Of Dropbox, Avoid Facebook And Google
CA Water Crisis Caused by Policy, Not Shortage. While we’re on the subject of disseminating facts, it has nothing to do with climate change denial: it’s about looking at the facts.
The Advice All Entrepreneurs Should Ignore
Did AT&T hit you with illegal text fees? Now you can demand a refund.
Elevator Pitch/Member News
Hint, hint: Feel free to tell us what you're working on, or if you've been featured in the press...Share, and we will, too!
9 NYC Entrepreneurs Who Are Reshaping Fitness. The holidays are coming. Time to get in shape. One of them is Deekron (Motiontraxx), who is an SOS member.
That’s it from us this week. Hope to see you at our breakfast with Jason Klein tomorrow morning. And now, as always, help is on the way…
I Need Help
If you need something, let us know. To post, just go to http://startuponestop.com/ and follow the link.
Summary: Graphic Design Help Needed
Name: Tiffany Guarnaccia
Hi, I'm looking for a graphic designer to help with some small projects for Communications Week (www.CommunicationsWeek.org). Help needed ASAP. Open to bartering design services for brand exposure on the Communications Week website. Contact me at Tiffany@KiteHillPR.com if you are interested. Thanks!
Specific Region: NYC
Summary: R/GA Accelerator is Hiring Design Engineering Hackstars
The hardware and IoT Techstars accelerator - the R/GA Accelerator is now hiring contractors for upcoming program that begins October 20th.
Currently hiring Hackstars who have the technical skills to help the companies in the program do more faster. Are you an industrial designer, a mechanical engineer or an electrical engineer? Do you want to work alongside ten of the leading IoT companies, with support from R/GA's technical, product and marketing teams and at one of the nation's top startup accelerators? Do you have what it takes?
Apply for one of the paid Hackstar positions, and less technical, but equally important, associate position at http://www.techstars.com/rga-accelerator-hiring-design-engineering-hackstars/
And If you have questions, you may ask Techstars - R/GA members in person, during the Internet of Things (IoT) Meetup / Gotham ( http://iotmu.com ) on October 2nd at Pivotal Labs.
Specific Region: NYC
Compensation: Market Rate
I Can Help
Summary: Special Pricing for Startups at getgeeked New York
Name: Barry Myers
We’re offering NY-area startups the opportunity to be part of getgeeked New York for just $899!
The event takes place on Thursday, October 16th at Metropolitan West.
getgeeked New York combines a press event from 4pm to 7pm with a showcase for tech enthusiasts from 7pm to 10pm so participating companies can meet with both of today's key influencer groups at one affordable event.
The $899 package includes a 6' table with linen to demo, WiFi access, electricity, branding online and onsite including a 2'x2' company sign at your demo area, a collection of photos of your area you can share after the event and the results of their post event attendee surveys. The package typically costs $3,000.
getgeeked New York is a unique opportunity to attract press, build relationships with tech enthusiasts, and generate great buzz heading into the holidays all at one affordable event.
For more details, including a current list of participating companies, visit http://getgeeked.tv/. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, email email@example.com.
Summary: NYC Business & Entrepreneur Grade-A Networking Mixer, October 14th
Name: The NYC Business Networking Group
Join The NYC Business Networking Group (NYCBNG) for our monthly networking opportunity.
At our events, we focus on helping you create long term relationships, not just hard selling your products and services. This helps you build social capital among the members of our local community on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to leverage these relationships to enhance the value of our events and your business.
Meet a high calibre of individuals and company attendees. Members include business professionals & executives, business owners, investors, lenders, entrepreneurs and startups from a diverse range of industries.
Network with members and interact with our sponsor companies who will showcase their business-related products and services.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WHERE: Pranna NYC, 79 Madison at 28th St, NYC, 10016
COST: $10.00 prepaid (100 available) or $20 cash/door
NOTE: Looking for extra exposure for your business? Vendor tables available. Check out benefits and costs on the invitation page
Specific Region: NYC
Compensation: Market Rate
Summary: Meet The Innovators: Tattly, October 15th
Name: Kelly Hoey
Tired of putting poorly designed temporary tattoos on her daughter’s arm, Tina Roth Eisenberg took matters into her own hands in 2011 and launched Tattly, featuring temporary tattoos designed by an all-star lineup of professional designers and illustrators. Join me at the Apple Store in SoHo on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm for a Meet the Innovators conversation on the Tattly story from inspiration to execution with Tina. FYI, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock: Tina, the force behind Tattly, is also the editor of swiss-miss.com, co-creator of TeuxDeux, and founder of CreativeMornings. Find Tina on Twitter @swissmiss.
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Location: Apple Store (SoHo)
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free and Open to the Public. Seating is first come/first serve.
Summary: NUI Central presents, "Do That Crazy Hand Jive: Skeletal Hand Tracking for VR and Beyond!" Monday, October 20th
Name: NUI Central
NUI Central Meetup - Monday, October 20th at 6:30pm in NYC
NUI Central presents, "Do That Crazy Hand Jive: Skeletal Hand Tracking for VR and Beyond!" sign up at: http://bit.ly/1ogNEh1
Think of a mashup of Kinect and virtual reality with possibly the most robust hand tracking in the world and you've got the idea of what 3Gear Systems is coming from SF to present/demo at this event. Look out Leap!
You must sign up ( http://bit.ly/V3XZBJ ) in order to attend the Meetup!
Specific Region: NYC
Compensation: Karma Points
NOTE: we try not to include events that are sold out or wait lis
Tuesday, October 14
Bitcoin, No Boundaries: Investing in Bitcoin, 6 pm, Free
Fireside Chat: My First Job as a Developer – Ben Horowitz, 6 pm, Free
October Business & Entrepreneur Grade-A Networking Mixer, 7 pm, $10 –GOOD ONE!
Wednesday, October 15
SOS Breakfast with an Angel (Jason Klein), 8.30 am, $15
ERA Winter 2015 Happy Hour at Connolly's, 6.30, Free
Meet the Innovator: Tattly, 7 pm, Free
Thursday, October 16
Getgeeked, 7 pm, Free
Enterprise Tech R&D CIO Panel, 6.30, Free
October NY Video Meetup, 6.30, $10
Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 18
Roadmap to Entrepreneurship, October 18-19, SOS discount code: [onestop20]
Monday, October 20
NUI Central presents, "Do That Crazy Hand Jive: Skeletal Hand Tracking for VR and Beyond!" 6.30, Free
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 75, 6 pm, Free
SOS Breakfast with an Angel (Jason Klein), October 15th, 8.30 am, $15
Roadmap to Entrepreneurship, October 18-19, SOS discount code: [onestop20]
NUI Central presents, "Do That Crazy Hand Jive: Skeletal Hand Tracking for VR and Beyond!" Monday, October 20th
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 75, October 20th, 6 pm, Free
Wearable Wednesday NY - Wearables empower the Music/TV Star (and Audience), October 22, 6 pm, $15
Hardware Workshop – New York – 2014, October 23-24, $99 (includes meals)
ERA Hackathon Fall, October 25-26, Free
Ingenuity Conference, October 27th, $varies
Cross Screen Advertising, October 28th, 8.30 am, $40
Orrick TOTAL ACCESS Panel Event: "Breaking Down the Series A", October 28, 5 pm, Free
Revolutionizing Healthcare with the Internet of Things (IoT), October 30, 6 pm, Free
2014 HallowMEME Costume Party: NYC, October 30th, 8.30 pm, Free
NYXpo for Business, October 30th, Free
Engadget Expand NY 2014, November 7-8, Free
Roadmap to Entrepreneurship, November 8-9, SOS discount code: [onestop20]