This Week in NYC Apps (Aug. 26-30)
— Summer is winding down, and school is going to be back in session before you know it. But for app developers, designers and other techies, school is always in session. The key to being a successful entrepreneur in such an intense market is diligence. You have to know how to power through development delays, funding issues and anything else life decides to throw at you. Just as importantly, people in the app game need to continuously seek new ideas, trends and remember that life is a big classroom, and there’s always more to learn.
The best part about working at Appular is we get to see a lot of the perseverance developers and designers have, and we are honored to be a part of their creative process. Watching men and women chase their dream of creating an app and getting it in the hands of consumers is always a thrill. Sometimes we’re even lucky enough to meet our clients at the beginning of their journey at meetups and demo nights. Before we take a look at some great upcoming events, let’s see what happened last week.
Speaking of getting back to school, the phenomenal meetup group NYCApps held an education-themed meetup that featured app-makers and other tech companies. Between the apps, pizza, drinks and great speakers, it’s easy to see why this event was well-attended and a wonderful time for everybody involved.
A Look Ahead
Demo nights are the best. Developers and designers get up in front of a group of mostly strangers and present their hard work in hopes of starting buzz, piquing the interest of VCs or finding collaborators. This demo night focuses on apps and other tech companies related to health care. CareWrite, an app that allows caregivers to manage appointments, track medications and take careful notes, will be giving a presentation. Also, for those who like to minute and breathe deeply in order to concentrate, the good people at Personal Beasties will be showing off their app. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in AOL Ventures at 770 Broadway.
NYESN: Startup Pitch & Raising Capital through the Crowd with Jonathan Sandlund
Almost equally as fun as watching a demo, is listening to developers pitch their creation — especially if it’s an app. This event from the geniuses at the New York Entrepreneurs & Startup Network gives people one minute to pitch their idea to the room. That’s it. Sixty seconds. So, if you’re ready for primetime and you can be calm, clear and concise, head to this meetup and secure some funding, or at least a meeting with a possible investor. The networking and registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building, so it shouldn’t be hard to find.
Hot Tech Connecting Shoppers Online and Offline
Not everybody sits on the couch and shops online. Sometimes it’s nice to get into civilization and actually go to a store (crazy concept, I know). But if you’re going to do that, you might as well have some sweet apps that help you along the way. This event will feature demos from Styloola and Shopkick — two apps that will make your shopping experience even more fabulous than usual. The meetup starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 in the new Grind office on the 22nd floor at 1412 Broadway.
Startups Disrupting the Legal Industry
The term “Disrupting” has gained a lot of traction as a cool buzzword people use to describe new, better ways to do stuff. No industry is safe from technical advancements that give average people access to things they used to rely solely on professionals to get. Well, the legal world is no different. This meetup and panel discussion will feature Abe Geiger, the founder of Shake, an app that aims to give users the power to create, sign and share legally-binding documents from their mobile device. The event starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 in the beautiful General Assemb.ly space at 902 Broadway.