Techcrunch Disrupt brought over 100 new startups to Brooklyn NY from May 9th the 11th 2016 for three days of presentations, meet and greets and new ideas. Media Jobs talked with a number of them.
Here is our first sampling of some of the interesting innovations we came across:
Lumenus @lumenuslife started by an avid mountain biker, Jeremy Wall, is all about bike safety. Jeremy and his partner created clothing and a Bluetooth app that communicates your route to other motorists using lights in your outerwear. Jeremy launched the business by selling his first 325 jackets in a Kickstarter project that raised $55,000 which paid for the app and the development.
How would you like to spend the same amount of money this year on your credit cards but earn three times the points? That’s lots more free trips for doing nothing different. Except one thing of course, joining Birchfinance. According to Alex Cohen @alexcohenbirch, founder of Birch with his partner Alex Whiteside, the Chief Technology Officer, there is a very lucrative audience of points aficionados’’ who will be very interested in their program. If the results subsequent to their presentation at Disrupt NY 2016, where 186 people signed up within an hour after they left the stage, were any indication Birch Finance could be the key to your next free vacation.
If you thought that drones only flew then you never heard of this presenter, SeaDrone. Here is a craft that focuses on underwater exploration. Controlled by a tablet app the SeaDrone is primarily intended for work more than play being focused on maritime and sea based farming applications. According to Eduardo Moreno, co-founder of O‑Robotix, they are primarily focused on “…aquaculture, because they’re the ones that require the most frequent dives,”
But the big winner at Disrupt NY 2016 was a company tied to one of the most ubiquitious of activities, gaming. Beam was founded by 18 year old, Matt Salsamendi @MattSalsamendi, who is the CEO (and this was not his first startup which he founded when he was 14), is all about improving the online experience by providing a low-latency chat platform for live streamed games which also lets viewers interact with the games. Some consider Beam like a Twitch WePlay that actually works. Matt and his team walked away with a check for $50,000 and lots of notoriety.
However my bets are on the use of the new low-latency technology for other live events including sports, theatre, television and other entertainment. I’ll be on the lookout for future stories about Matt visiting Hollywood.
There were many more companies at Disrupt NY 2016. Look for our upcoming series of podcast interviews in the next few weeks.