New Director Takes the Stage

New Director Takes the Stage

Andrew Ackerman hosted his first demo day as DreamIt NY's managing director.

photo by João-Pierre S. Ruth

Fashion Commerce Meets Pinterest

Fashion Commerce Meets Pinterest

Sonali Pillay, CEO of Browsy, said her app makes Pinterest shoppable by linking images to retail sites that sell the items at the lowest available price.

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Gathering Data from IDs

Gathering Data from IDs

CEO Ben Silber said Bar & Club Stats validates IDs at bars and other venues, then gathers anonymous demographic data for promotions and marketing.

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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Gabriel Otte, CEO, said the Acorn app lets users set location-triggered reminders and messages for themselves and others.

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Easier Presentations

Easier Presentations

Jose Cayasso, CEO, said Slidebean lets users create presentations more quickly than with PowerPoint or similar software.

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Order, Dine, and Pay via Mobile

Order, Dine, and Pay via Mobile

Obinna Emenike, CEO, said uVore lets restaurant patrons order and pay for meals by using their mobile devices.

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A Picture Worth Many Sales

A Picture Worth Many Sales

CEO Ofir Almagor said picSell makes it easy to sell items you no longer need, by listing the photo on multiple online marketplaces at once.

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Faster  Economic Data

Faster Economic Data

Robin Lahoud, co-founder, said Investormill makes it easy to find and chart economic and financial data from reliable sources.

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Event Planning Gets Digital

Event Planning Gets Digital

Stefanos Missailidis, CEO, said Fiestah helps event planners find and book caterers and other event services.

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On-Demand Tours

On-Demand Tours

For travelers looking for last minute activities and tours, Varun Khona, CEO of Tourlandish, said his platform can find discount prices.

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Hotel Management in the Cloud

Hotel Management in the Cloud

Ronak Patel, CEO, said Zairge brings cloud-based software to hotel management, letting guests check themselves in.

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Feedback and Answers

Feedback and Answers

SuperSolver lets businesses respond to customer feedback online, said CEO David Montoya, before bad reviews hit the Web.

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The DreamIt Ventures accelerator brought its show to Times Square this week, hosting a demo day for eleven startups from its latest New York class.

A highly mixed bag of companies took the stage, including fashion and e-commerce startup Browsy and Acorn, whose app triggers reminders and messages based on the user’s location (Read about the demoing companies in the slideshow above). A twelfth company, Balloon, is not currently seeking funding and chose not to demo with the rest of the batch.

This was the first New York demo day with Andrew Ackerman in the driver’s seat. In February, he was named managing director for DreamIt New York. Ackerman told me he was already very familiar with the accelerator, having served as a mentor, and he also has a history as a consultant, entrepreneur, and angel investor. “I’ve mentored for a number of companies and a number of different accelerators,” he said. “I’ve had a bird’s eye view of all the moving parts.”

Drawing on his experience as an investor, Ackerman said it is important for the accelerator to introduce potential backers as early as possible to the startups. “One of the things I hated about demo days,” he said, “I’d just find out about a company and then was expected to make a decision within two weeks if I wanted to invest or not.” By the time this week’s demo day came around, Ackerman said, some of investors had already met with the founders several times.

That familiarity—and a sense of whether the startups were gaining traction—prior to demo day was useful for J. Skyler Fernandes, managing director with Simon Venture Group. “It helps de-risk what we’re doing,” he said. “They have validations beyond just an idea.”

Fernandes said he is interested in seeing new ideas emerge in e-commerce, particularly on the supply side in contrast to demand-side platforms such as Amazon.com. “We’ve had the growth of Amazon and PayPal, but there hasn’t really been any other really big multi-billion dollar companies that’ve come up,” he said.

Though the DreamIt program is largely industry agonistic, Ackerman said a financial technology track is in the works for the future for the New York accelerator. “When we do focus on a sector, it’s usually because we have a partner who wants to go after [it],” he said. “We’re in discussions with financial services providers who might want to sponsor that.”

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