The British Tech Invasion

English Tech Makes A Splash In NYC

April 6 - April 12, 2013

Highlights from the Event

 

On April 7, 2013, VentureOutNY launched The British Tech Invasion, a week-long NYC market accelerator, for a delegation of British tech companies that included graduates of premier accelerator programs, winners of many prestigious awards, and even one team that won a chance to pitch Richard Branson in his living room.  

 

 

Working with Tech City UK and UK Trade & Invest, we hosted a demo night networking party, featuring these startups.  With a focus on entrepreneurs looking to cross the pond and join our great NY Tech community, these startups vied for the attention of our investor panel, which included Kathleen Utecht of Comcast Ventures, John Frankel of  ff Venture Capital, Thatcher of DFJ Gotham Ventures, and Angela Lee of 37 Angels. The night highlighted the awesomeness of the UK tech scene and some of the hottest startups coming out of one of the fastest growing technology hubs on the planet. 

 

 

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Welcome & Introductions

Brian Frumberg

Founder, VentureOutNY

Brian Frumberg is the Founder of VentureOutNY, an Entrepreneur-At-Large with DFJ Gotham Ventures, and a startup mentor with iCatapult, a CEE-focused technology incubator. With vast experience in sales, business development, and product management, Brian's career has spanned finance and technology, startups and venture, and now he is firmly planted as a member of the New York technology community. Driven by a passion for technology and startups, Brian has been immersed in New York’s technology community since 2009 and now, as the Founder of VentureOutNY, is helping to foster and grow that community by recruiting the world's best technology startups to New York City.


Danny Lopez

British Consul General, New York

Danny Lopez was appointed British Consul General, New York and Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA in July 2011 and has responsibility for promoting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy and national security priorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He is on the Board of UK Trade & Investment, the foreign commercial arm of the UK Government, and leads its operations across the USA. Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Danny enjoyed a varied career in the UK’s public and private sectors. From 2009 to 2011, he worked for the London Development Agency, the Mayor of London’s economic development arm, as Group Director for Business Support and Promotion. During this time, he was responsible for creating London & Partners, the UK capital’s promotional agency for business, visitors and students and was its inaugural CEO. From 2006 to 2009, he was Managing Director, Marketing & Communications at UK Trade & Investment. Previously, he worked at Barclays Bank for ten years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in economics and a master’s degree in international economics and finance from the University of Essex. He is married to Susan Lopez, and is a big fan of running, tennis, football (soccer) and Formula 1.


Investor Panel

Thatcher Bell

Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures

Thatcher is a Managing Director at DFJ Gotham Ventures. He works closely with DFJ Gotham portfolio companies Sailthru, AdStruc, Fynanz, Altruik, EXPO, Lumeta, Verterra and Widetronix Thatcher also led DFJ Gotham’s successful investment in SinglePlatform, which was acquired by Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT). In addition, Thatcher serves on the Board of Directors of the NY Tech MeetUp and is Co-Chair of the New York chapter of Wharton Private Equity Partners. Thatcher’s background includes venture investing, operating and consulting roles with software, Internet, and financial services companies. Thatcher has a B.S. cum laude in Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Thatcher also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City.


John Frankel

Partner, ff Ventures Capital

John Frankel has been an early-stage venture investor since 1999. Mr. Frankel was one of the earliest investors in Quigo Technologies, which was purchased by AOL in December 2007, and in Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ), which had a successful IPO in March 2011. He has also served and/or now serves on the boards of 500px, Adcade, Apparel Media Group, AppyCouple, Alerts.com, Centzy, ClearPath Immigration, Infochimps, InteraXon, Gobbler, Klout, Patents.com, Parse.ly, Phone.com, Quigo Technologies, StrongTech, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, Track.com, VolunteerSpot and Voxy. He is also a Mentor with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program.


Kathleen Utecht

Senior Associate, Comcast Ventures

Kathleen is an investment professional in the NYC office of Comcast Ventures doing seed to growth equity technology investments. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Kathleen worked in venture capital for Core Innovation Capital and WVP Ventures. Prior to her venture roles, Kathleen invested in and led Green Rock Entertainment, the start-up toy/game manufacturing company whose main product was Cahootie. Before her operational adventure, Kathleen was an investment banker in the financial services group of Raymond James and a graduate of General Electric Capital's Financial Management Program. Kathleen holds a bachelor's degree from Babson College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.


Angela Lee

Founder, 37 Angels

Angela Lee is the founder of 37 Angels, a community committed to funding early stage startups and educating women investors. Angela started her career in product development and digital marketing, and moved on to consulting at McKinsey and a boutique innovation consulting firm. She is passionate about education, and has started several companies in that space. She also teaches at Columbia Business School, UC Berkeley, and General Assembly on the topics of Strategic Consulting Skills, Executive Communication, and Entrepreneurship.


Startup Pitches

Love Home Swap

Debbie Wosskow, CEO

Love Home Swap marks the coming of age for home exchange for vacations. Home swapping has been around for decades. Cameron Diaz swapped with Kate Winslet in the film ‘The Holiday’. But Love Home Swap is the first site to do it in a stylish, socially connected way for savvy holidaymakers worldwide. Love Home Swap is part of the revolution that’s taking place in travel – why book an expensive hotel or villa when you can stay in homes as nice as your own for free? With Love Home Swap, you can holiday like an insider and swap as many times as you like, wherever you want to throughout the year.


Platter

Will Hodson, CEO

Platter helps cooks share ideas in their simplest format - photos. But unlike Instagram, we reveal the creative process behind the pictures. All uploads are tagged by ingredient. So if you tell us what's in your fridge, we'll feed you possible dishes from cooks around the world.
Cooks also tag their 'influences'. Thus Platter surfaces forgotten cookbooks and local shops – unknown gems whose best marketing comes from loyal fans. Platter's mission is to become the world's social graph of taste. The place you go for inspiration on what to eat. And the place brands go to understand that inspiration.


Footfall123

Ben Chesser, CEO

Footfall123 creates tools to allow businesses to manage their loyalty and offers from a simple to use web platform. The platform uses Email, Social Media, SMS, Web integrations and Plastic loyalty cards to distribute offers to the business’s customers, tagging each communication with a unique code, which is used to track customers into a physical store. This allows a business to measure their marketing activity and communicate effectively with their customers, based on their past behaviour. Footfall123 is used by thousands of small businesses, but larger businesses are also increasingly seeing the value of the system, including Time Out, L’Oreal and Kraft Foods.


Blottr

Adam Baker, CEO

Blottr is a user generated news service created to empower anyone to break and make the news. We believe the best news stories come from people at the scene, able to capture and report on stories as they unfold. Stories that aren’t just crafted by one, but developed by many. We love discovering, collaborating and sharing content with others and welcome anyone to do the same through Blottr. Have a look around, get involved and experience the excitement of being able to create your own news and help others develop theirs.


Storygami

Heidi Lindvall & Guy Gunaratne, Co-Founders

Storygami is an online authoring tool that allows users to 'layer' interactive elements over online video. We aim to solve a problem for content creators; how can we produce stories of real meaning within an online attention economy that doesn't cater for depth? The art of origami gives us a thousand possibilities from a single piece of paper, why not for video? Imagine watching a news report from Sudan and being able to bring in articles or data from around the web and fold them over the video itself, creating layers of meaning. Storygami wants to add context to our content.


HipSnip

Phil Woodward, Co-Founder

HipSnip is a shopping Q&A platform used by retailers and publishers. It gives shoppers an easy way to get great shopping advice.

We help retailers and publishers drive new revenue, increase audience engagement and get new data insights into their shoppers.


Sanona

Adam Davies, CEO

Launched in Oct 2012, Sanona is already the UK’s leading PPV internet Video-On-Demand service for Indian film (Bollywood, etc). Our aim is to be a multinational destination of choice for all mass-markets of non-English films (Indian, African, Latin American, Chinese, etc) through high-quality online streaming and community engagement.


Blooie

Mark Ryan, CEO

Blooie knows what your customers are doing online, and helps them have real-time discussions about things that matter most. These conversations could be with the site owner, content creator, manufacturer, advertiser or other users - whatever is most helpful. Blooie then matches real time behavioural analytics with data from these conversations to deliver business-critical information. This includes user profiles, engagement levels, topic trends - enabling site owners to maximise content and discussion points to improve engagement and conversion.


Startup Highlights

Prepict

Joshua Mora, CEO

Shoppers go online seeking variety and deals, but frequently get overwhelmed by clutter and leave empty-handed. This is ‘Choice Overload‘ — and our mission is to eliminate it. Last year, shoppers spent $55Bn buying clothes online in the US & UK alone. We estimate an additional $11Bn in sales were lost to overload. Our Prepict recommendation widget for fashion retailers eliminates overload by showing shoppers what they are looking for – right now. Applying our DARPA-funded research to consumer choice, Prepict’s adaptive curation works without requiring history or questionnaires — and we keep a cut of the attributable sales increase.


Incredibli

Lauren Hine, Co-Founder

Incredibli is a white label platform for businesses that facilitates the management and organisation of internal activities, groups, clubs and events. Many businesses use these activities as a method of boosting employee engagement, however this often can be a hassle, and time consuming, to organise whilst also detracting from core work duties. Incredibli streamlines organisation, collection of payments and communication across the organisation whilst enhancing the employee engagement benefits. Incredibli empowers employees to network with their peers and interact further with the business. Through extracurricular activities at work productivity can significantly increase – Incredibli facilitates this without time consuming organisation.


What Users Do

Nick Imrie, Managing Director

WhatUsersDo is for eCommerce, marketing, customer insight and digital people who want to remove their hunches and act to improve their digital assets with “why” based analysis and insight that compliments their existing “what” based analytics. Clients include Tesco & Virgin and have said “its like Omniture for user experience insight ”


Makerble

Matt Kepple, Founder

Change™ by Makerble is like Klout for charitable impact. We create optimism and we’re starting with charity. That’s why we’re creating the world’s first platform to communicate charitable impact. Our gamification engine converts charities’ impact statistics into a unit called Change™ visualised through interactive infographics overlaid with rich media content. Our Change™ Store has charities’ projects for donors to fund, follow and share. As projects create impact, donors personally earn Change™. Their Change™ content is pushed to their mobile devices, Facebook Timelines and aggregated into a regular digest email. Our commission fee on Change™ Store transactions is market rate 5%.


Juice.me

Kevin Waller, CEO

Juice.me is an online network designed to encourage individuals, professionals or artists to see their goals and projects through to completion. Simply state your goal(s), break them down into manageable chunks, each represented with its own timescales, and update your projects with your progress. We then connect similar projects, so like minded people can encourage and mentor each other to success. Our goal management platform makes users publicly accountable for achieving their dreams, and inspires others to state their own goals and work towards achieving them. The site is designed to show the development of your journey towards the completion of your goals. Join Us In Creating Excitement with Juice.me.


DeadSocial

James Norris, CEO

DeadSocial is the social media tool that enables us to send out scheduled messages to our Facebook and Twitter accounts once we have died. In doing so it helps to ensure that our end of life wishes are met and for us to say “goodbye” to our wider friendship communities in our own time. DeadSocial are based in London and were a final four startup in The Next Web & Microsoft’s Startup Rally Competition. They are in the US in the wake of their launch at South by South West (SXSW) last month.


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