Taap.it Makes the Rounds in the New York Startup Trenches

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New York’s evolving startup community offers a bevy of forums for fledgling companies to pitch their ideas to potential investors and collaborators. Duy Huynh, CEO and co-founder of startup Taap.it, has been to a menagerie of such events this summer, including the New York Venture Summit, NY Tech Meetup, and the NY Entrepreneurs Business Network. Huynh says he seeks these gatherings not only to get the word out about his company but to hear feedback on his plans. “One of the priorities for us over the past two months is we try to be at as many events as possible,” he says.

Five-month-old Taap.it lets users post classified ads for products they want to sell locally. The app is available on Android devices and the iPhone, and the listings are on the Web, as well.. Users can take photos with smartphones of the products and upload them to the ads. Listings for apartments and jobs can also be posted. Rivals such as Milo.com in San Jose, CA provide similar services.

Taap.it has attracted businesses users that list their wares and services, including real estate brokerages Bond New York and Exit Kingdom Reality, retailer Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique, and restaurants such as T.S. Ma and Mellie’s Seafood Restaurant. But like so many others in the New York tech community, Taap.it needs to raise money, hence Huynh’s tour of the tech-events landscape. His experience has given the entrepreneur some perspective on what works and what doesn’t.

Huynh, a native of Vietnam, says the local ecosystem continues to offer new opportunities for young companies such … Next Page »

João-Pierre S. Ruth is the editor of Xconomy New York. He can be reached at jpruth@xconomy.com and followed on Twitter @jpruth. Follow @jpruth

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