— October is one of the best times of the year for sports fans. Collegiate and professional football are in full swing, and the MLB playoffs annually deliver some of the most nail-biting competition of the entire year. While football has dominated television ratings the last few years, there’s something about playoff baseball that makes fall a special season.
Ballplayers have been on the grind since the first day of spring training, and to make it to October means they have the opportunity to reach the pinnacle of their sport. Not only that, but the majority of playoff games are played in front of a national audience, so everyone has a chance to see a team succeed or fail. There’s drama, pressure, triumphs and defeats.
In the world of mobile apps, it always feels like playoff time. Developers know they have to raise capital, meet deadlines and, oh yeah, actually create a product that people will care about. There are coding issues, branding issues, design issues and any other kind of issue you can imagine. It can sometimes feel like Murphy’s Law was specifically geared toward app development, but still, a ton of entrepreneurs brave on with their projects in hopes of making it to the big time.
That leads us to NYC’s amazing culture of tech meetups. If you want to witness the playoff pressure in-person, here’s your chance. Much like Major Leaguers, these developers get up and show their stuff in front of a primetime audience. Admittedly, the audience might be a little smaller, but the feeling of presenting a project you’ve dedicated your life to has to be exhilarating.
Apparently, app developers are in the playoff mood, as we’ve found several demo nights for people to check out what’s next in the App Store from NYC. But before we take a look at the next batch of demo nights, let’s recap a great event from last week.
Venmo / Cover / NYC Bike Buddy / SpotHero
The meetup group NYC Apps and other organizers billed this event as “Less demos, more lessons learned,” and they delivered the best of both worlds with some of the best homegrown apps in NYC. The meetup featured Chris Maddern, of Venmo; Andrew Cove, of Cover; Jeremy Smith, of SpotHero; and Brian Papa, of NYC Bike Buddy. Venmo hosted the event, and we hope to see and hear more from these awesome developers soon.
A Look Ahead
Silicon Alley’s 1st Reverse Demo Night
The global law firm Orrick is sponsoring a unique twist on the “traditional” demo nights in NYC. Instead of app developers selling themselves and their product to a bunch of investors, this event will be the exact opposite. Venture capitalists and investors will sell themselves to entrepreneurs. This event is a can’t-miss, as it should be interesting to see the shoe on the other foot for both parties. The reverse-pitching will take place at the Orrick offices in Midtown, and of course, there will be time for plenty of networking.
NYESN: Startup Pitch & Tech Demo Night
The New York Entrepreneurs Startup Network has been doing great work with their monthly Pitch and Tech Demo Nights. It’s only $5 to attend, it’s on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building and you’re sure to see some great apps and hear from accomplished investors. For those who have never attended, entrepreneurs get up in front of a panel of professional investors and venture capitalists and pitch their product (often an app) in 60 seconds. This month’s panel will include Donald Coolidge, CEO of the development company Majestyk Apps. It’s a great experience for everyone in attendance, and we highly recommend it.
DJing with Sencha Touch
App creators can use a myriad of tools when developing their project. One powerful set of tools for creating mobile, web or desktop-based apps is Sencha — specifically, Sencha Touch. The people at Sencha are teaming up with the meetup group NYC.JS to put on this event. Attendees will get a look at how the development tool helped created one of the coolest music mixing apps on the market: Touch DJ Evolution. And if an app development demo and discussion about a great DJ app isn’t enough to bring out the party, there will be free pizza and beer.