StartupDemo Was a Huge Success!

Oct 01, 2010 • Events, Startups
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We would like give a huge thank you to Social Media Week and the supportive startup community here in Los Angeles.  StartupDemo was a hit, with a completely sold out (over 400+ tickets sold) venue and tons on the waiting list (all of which where able to participate).  For those who ever said there is no startup community in Los Angeles I most certainly beg to differ.  In attendance we had startups galore with VC’s and Angle’s mixing and mingling all through the night.  One of which I saw was taking startup after startup meetings at a booth during the event until he was literally told the event was over.

For those who missed out, you really missed out!  However, you know we always bring a little something back just in case.  TechZulu captured the entire VC/Angle panel and we also had a chance to interview every StartupDemo startup company that participated.

Sit back and enjoy all the great content below and once again thank you all for making this possible :)

VC/Angel Panel

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Panel speakers:


Topic discussion:

  • Impact of social media on startups and on funding leads for investors
  • Investment trends in startups that are about or related to social media
  • How startup can leverage social media to get investors attention

The Startups

CapLinked lets entrepreneurs focus on what they do best, while making sure their investors always stay in the loop. They make it easy to collect investment funds, track ownership, and provide targeted updates to investors.

Vokle is an embeddable Internet microsite application that allows speakers to broadcast their live video and audio to a virtual auditorium of viewers and take live video calls and text questions from the audience

Social Rewards helps leverage your existing loyalty program and turn it into a distribution platform via social media. Your loyalty program members are your most engaged consumer and chances are they have a social media presence on Twitter, Facebook etc.

Novimap is an online and mobile mapping platform. You can use it to quickly turn your location data into a complete mapping website and companion iPhone app. Import your content from a Google Maps Account, KML file, or create it from scratch using their content management system.

SimplyEvents is a social media website that enables a community of members to shout out location based events and stay connected by tracking fellow friends, family, public figures, organizers, bands, artists etc. Members not only can search for happening events around areas they are situated in, but they can create personalized online invitations, share their opinions about events and places they have attended and ultimately promote an immediate buzz among their community members, thereby increasing the exposure of their activities and places they go to creating a true social community that moves beyond status updates.

IngBoo is an online marketplace for information updates-where consumers receive timely updates on relevant topics and web publishers compete effectively for consumer attention. We facilitate the most productive business-to-consumer relationship with a pioneering solution that finally makes proactive information updates useful. enables developers to sell cross-platform web-apps that optimize to your mobile device.  In addition, Appr’s web-based springboard launcher lets you access your web apps from multiple phones and operating systems.  You can now switch your phone and take your apps with you.

Neerg is an ecommerce store and community where consumers and merchants can “be and buy green” products and connect with like minded individuals.  Neerg puts the spotlight on all the great ecopreneurs and merchants creating products that will help us easily lesson the impact we have on our wold.

Bring your products to your Customers, their social network and their influencers with DoTogether Hosted Facebook Applications

InVenture has created a market for “micro venture capital,” whereby everyday investors can provide expansion capital to developing businesses. Free from debt and high interest payments, the business can operate independently and with an eye towards long-term growth. is the easy, fun and social way to get together with friends.  Organizing a group of friends is hard! Current event planning tools (Facebook Events, Evite, Socializr) aren’t useful for casual events, and don’t let friends plan collaboratively. Organizing even simple events like dinner or drinks is a time consuming and frustrating experience. Most people facing this problem resort to mass text messages, and long, frustrating email chains.  By allowing friends to collaborate during the planning process using a mobile app or SMS, Volly takes the burden of organizing casual gatherings off of one person.

We also have some very exciting sponsors who really believe in the startup community and have jumped on board to show their support.  We give a hugeThank You to the following sponsors:

Venue Sponsor

The Wokcano Restaurant Group is a contemporary Asian Restaurant and Lounge venue with six locations currently operating throughout Southern California. Featuring fresh sushi and creative maki rolls as well as modern riffs on traditional fare, Wokcano offers guests a broad and savory tasting tour of popular Asian cuisines.

The Sponsors

Demand Media is a leading online media company that informs, entertains and connects millions of people every day. Through a portfolio of vertical web properties reaching more than 80 million monthly visitors, a global network of digital partners, and a breakthrough content studio, Demand Media publishes what the world wants to know and share. Founded in 2006, Demand Media is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA with offices in Bellevue, WA, Austin, TX, New York, NY and London, UK.

Tech Coast Angels is ever-mindful that some of the world’s greatest companies began with angel investments and we take our commitment to that tradition seriously. The nearly 300 members of TCA collaborate with each other on due diligence and then make individual decisions regarding potential investments. Not limited to the technology industry, our members invest in exciting companies in a wide range of industries including biotech, consumer products, Internet, IT, life sciences, media, software and environmental, among others. TCA is a not-for-profit organization.

Ruder Finn PR is paving the way for virtual and real-world technologies, products and services that serve to connect individuals, businesses and societies across networks, communities and borders.

A co-working space based out of Santa Monica, CA, Coloft feels that Entrepreneurs are of a different breed; put them in a room together, and they are just that much more effective. Together they do amazing things. Together they are even more brilliant than they are alone… and that’s saying a lot. They bounce ideas off one another, brainstorm, create, and prosper.

Coloft will also be giving away $1000 worth of co-working space!

Endeavor Ads is an invite / referral only Affiliate Ad Network with a unique offering for its trusted clients. Endeavor’s partners, advertisers, and publishers will reap the rewards of the company’s long-standing industry relationships. Standing out in this highly competitive field, Endeavor Ads seeks to revolutionize the Performance Marketing space by building unique lead-gen offers targeted at the rapidly growing baby-boomer niche. With exclusive properties and brands, Endeavor goes beyond traditional network services to provide strategic data-monetization plans for it’s clients.

Want to Sponsor?

We have very few spots left If you would like to be part of this amazing night and show your support. You may go to the Signup page and signup for sponsorship or for special arrangements contact

Event Details:

  • When: Wednesday,  Sept 22nd, 2010 – 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Where: Wokcano, 1413 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA
  • What: A Startup Demo event
  • Price: FREE
  • RSVP:

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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