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DemoCamp 30: October 12th, 2011 with Elmer Sotto

#DCT30 Details

Date: October 12th, 2011

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM EST

Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University: 55 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON

Live Stream: Will begin at 6:30 PM at http://startmeupryerson.com/video/democamp.

Register to Attend:


Keynote Speaker – Elmer Sotto

Elmer Sotto (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) is the Head of Growth for Facebook Canada, where he is responsible for setting strategy to further grow and engage the Canadian user base. He also helps key strategic partners understand and leverage the Facebook platform.

Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Product and Operations for JumpTV. Mr. Sotto also spent more than five years at eBay Canada as Director of Marketplace Development.

We are very excited to be hosting Elmer as the keynote speaker for DemoCamp 30 and looking forward to another exciting event! Please make sure to register before tickets are sold out.

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs & demos

The goal at DemoCamp is to provide a platform for local companies to launch, get product or pitch feedback, establish a presence for recruiting as well as help with PR and social media awareness. We aim to gather highly connected and talented entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, investors and others to watch and critique entrepreneurs in a safe environment.

We are looking for up to 5 startups or entrepreneurs to demo a new technology. Selected presenters get 5 minutes to show us the best of their application and then ask the audience for feedback, coaching, and insight. You get market, technology and pitch/presentation advice. The condition here is to actually present and demo your product, not use powerpoint or slide decks!

apply to demo

Sponsors

 

 

 

 

June 9, 2011 – Howard Lindzon

#DCT29 – The Dirty Details

Date:
June 9, 2011
Time:
5:00 – 9 PM EST
Location:
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Register to attend:

Keynote Speaker – Howard Lindzon

Howard LindzonHoward Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits® – a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine.

Mr. Lindzon has more than twenty years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, he is the Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. Howard continues to manage a hedge fund he started in 1998.

He created Wallstrip, and more than 400 original web video shows, which was purchased by CBS Corp. in 2007. He is an active angel with many success angel investments including: Rent.com, (purchased by Ebay in 2005 for $415 million), Golfnow.com (purchased by Comcast in June 2008), and Lifelock (lead investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers). Mr. Lindzon’s new media and internet business investments also include: Limos.com, Blogtalkradio.com, Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Assistly, Bit.ly and Tweetdeck.

Mr. Lindzon received an MBA at Arizona State University and an MIM from The American Graduate School of International Management.

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs & demos

The goal at DemoCamp has been to provide a platform for local companies to launch, get product or pitch feedback, to establish a presence for recruiting, to help with PR and social media awareness. We try to get a group of highly connected and apparently highly cynical entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, investors and others in a room to watch entrepreneurs in a safe environment. It’s something between a graduate seminar and a show. The goal is to demo your product and get feedback about your demo, your design, your market, etc. You decide. (It’s a work in progress, but it’s a social event).

We’re also looking for up to 5 startups or entrepreneurs to demo a new technology. Selected presenters get 5 minutes to show us the best of their application and then ask the audience for feedback, coaching, and insight from a highly connected cynical crowd. You get market advice, technology advice, pitch/presentation advice.

Startups seeking advice should apply to demo.

apply to demo

Sponsors

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • National Angel Capital Organization
  • KPMG
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • StartupNorth
  • StartMeUpRyerson

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Ping david at davidcrow dot ca for details.

DCT28 – February 22, 2011

The next DemoCamp Toronto is happening on Feb 22, 2011.

Mark Ruddock (@markruddockLinkedInblog) is going to kick off the night. Mark is going to talk about “Important Lessons learned after 10 Years of being at the helm of VC backed Startups”. Every entrepreneur can learn from Mark’s experience pitching to VCs, maximizing the value of a company at sale, and just building, growing and running a successful startup in Toronto.

#DCT28 – The Dirty Details

Date:
February 22, 2011
Time:
6:30 – 9 PM EST
Location:
Engineering Lecture Hall @ George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street
Register to attend:
Sold out!

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs & demos

The goal at DemoCamp has been to provide a platform for local companies to launch, get product or pitch feedback, to establish a presence for recruiting, to help with PR and social media awareness. We try to get a group of highly connected and apparently highly cynical entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, investors and others in a room to watch entrepreneurs in a safe environment. It’s something between a graduate seminar and a show. The goal is to demo your product and get feedback about your demo, your design, your market, etc. You decide. (It’s a work in progress, but it’s a social event).

We’re also looking for up to 5 startups or entrepreneurs to demo a new technology. Selected presenters get 5 minutes to show us the best of their application and then ask the audience for feedback, coaching, and insight from a highly connected cynical crowd. You get market advice, technology advice, pitch/presentation advice.

Startups seeking advice should apply to demo.

apply to demo

Sponsors

  • KPMG
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • StartupNorth
  • StartMeUpRyerson

Wrestlemania 26

CrowdReel.com DemoCamp

Wrestlemania 26 happened on Sunday, DemoCamp 26 was on Monday. Coincidence? Probably. We had some fun tussles with technology and time last night. Thank you everyone for coming out to DemoCamp Toronto # 26 last night. It was a great night. We’re always happy to get your feedback, suggestions and comments. The list of demos included:

There were a number of other links mentioned. You can find local tech calendar information at StartupNorth and YouSayYeah!.

If you are hiring or looking for a new gig, make sure you check out:

April added her presentation and commentary for startups. It’s really worth reading and walking through.

The Schedule for DCT#25

What is your preferred order for DemoCamp?

Donation Matching

We have raised $2930 ($2330 + $600), that Gurbaksh has generously agreed to match. There are 2 options for making a donation.

  1. Make a donation directly to MSF and publish your receipt tagging #democamphaiti (it’s also really helpful if you send me the link, but this is the easiest option)
  2. donation matching closed

Demos (in no particular order)

I also managed to offer Greg Balajewicz, Realm of Empires a spot, thinking that I had invited him after sending email to the also invited Greg Thomson of Tall Tree Games. Realm of Empires team has been fantastic in cutting me some slack on a mistake and will present at the next DemoCamp.

Silver Anniversary – DCT25

Gurbasksh 'G' ChahalIt’s the 25th DemoCamp special edition in Toronto. We’ve been very lucky to have Yossi Vardi, Gary Vaynerchuk and now Gurbaksh Chahal join us for DemoCamp. Don’t know who “G” is?  Check out the Request for Help for details.

For the Chahal family, as for many immigrants, education was paramount, but G left high school at sixteen to form Click Agents, an Internet advertising company, which he sold two years later for $40 million. In January 2004, he launched a second company, BlueLithium – the next generation in Internet advertising. The company was focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer of behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, it received highest honor as Top Innovator of the Year. (Previous winners included Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com.) On September 4th, 2007, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.

How do I present?

Preference given to social gaming and virtual world companies (think Facebook, Myspace, Zynga, Playfish, etc.). We will not be excluding other companies, but G will be apart of the selection process and he has indicated this is his personal area of interest for both gWallet and angel investing.

Demos are 5 minutes long. There is an opportunity for a question and answer period after the demo. The recommendation, it’s a very strong recommendation, is that you present functioning software, i.e., no slide ware. The goal is for entrepreneurs, startups, developers to get on stage and show what you’ve been working on. It’s okay to have a couple of slides to explain your market opportunity, the stage of corporate development, identify your competitors, but it’s really key that you show us working software, hardware, network services, etc.

DemoCamp Toronto 25 Details

Calendar

DemoCamp Toronto 25 iCal

DemoCamp Toronto 25
When:
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:00 PM
Where:
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
55 Dundas St West, Room 1067
Toronto, ON Canada

Sponsors

  • SIFE Ryerson
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  • Ontario Centre of Excellence
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  • StartupNorth
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Gary Vaynerchuk at DCT#24 on Dec 3, 2009

We’re really lucky to have Saul Colt working his ass off in Toronto. He’s done a great thing. He’s invited his friend Gary Vaynerchuk to come to Toronto and talk to startups about his book, Crush It, and his demand generation (read social media usage) for WineLibrary.

That’s right, Gary Vaynerchuk in Toronto on December 3, 2009 for the next DemoCamp Toronto (which will be number 24 for anyone keeping track).

Sponsors

Zoocasa, Saul Colt, Rogers Ventures, OCE and StartupNorth are working together on this one.

Tickets

Presenting

Demos are 5 minutes long. There is an opportunity for a question and answer period after the demo. The recommendation, it’s a very strong recommendation, is that you present functioning software, i.e., no slide ware. The goal is for entrepreneurs, startups, developers to get on stage and show what you’ve been working on. It’s okay to have a couple of slides to explain your market opportunity, the stage of corporate development, identify your competitors, but it’s really key that you show us working software, hardware, network services, etc.

An Evening with Yossi Vardi

Geo Perdis was a busy guy last night, he was at both DemoCamp and the Future of Media events. The venerable Tom Purves was kind enough to live blog the Yossi Vardi chat at DemoCamp Toronto 22.

Yossi Vardi quoting Paul Getty, an oil man: there are three rules for success
1. rise early,
2. work hard,
3. strike oil.

I had a great time at DemoCamp last night. The event ran a little long (6:30pm start; 9:26pm finish), but I really wanted to give the audience an opportunity to arrive and I did not want to cut short Yossi. It was 37 minutes to answer the first question I asked.

  • I really liked having a "guest of honour”, it’s particularly great when the guest is as engaging as Yossi.
  • Mark Evans suggested that a new goal, every entrepreneur should leave the stage better from the experience and feedback
  • Providing feedback and commentary is critical. I’d like to experiment have 1-3 local experts that provide feedback. I’m thinking marketing/pr; tech; finance. Or something.
  • We need to have more fun. Be less serious about the feedback. Yossi reminded me how much play there can be in engaging with startups and entrepreneurs. I used to call this the “heckle”. We need to bring this element back to the events.
  • The crowd and question and answer is still my favourite. Regardless of the experimenting with “experts”, there needs to always be time for open Q&A.

Do you have an opinion on the format? the venue? How can we make the experience and the event better? You feedback is always appreciated. 

DemoCamp Extreme, Bright and Shiny Edition

Yossi Vardi is coming to Toronto, more details about Yossi are available on StartupNorth.

Yossi Vardi is one of the leading individuals in the Israeli software/Internet industry.Yossi was the founding investor of Mirabilis, inventor of ICQ – the well known Internet-wide Instant messaging product. Among the companies he invested in, or helped to build are Answers.com, Gteko (sold to Microsoft), Airlink, Tivella, Scopus, CTI2, Foxytunes, Tucows (Toronto based), and Starnet.

We’re still working out the details about the presentation schedule. Yossi will be talking about building healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems and talk about the work he has been doing on Kinnernet.

Local startups from BrightSpark Ventures, Extreme University and Rogers Ventures will be pitching/demoing their solutions, including:

  • AgileBuddy
    Agilebuddy is a powerful suite of software tools for implementing Agile project management online. Agilebuddy is a full-featured Scrum application that provides superior collaborative tools to let you create, estimate, plan, track and manage software projects in real time.
  • iStopOver
    iStopOver is the place on the Internet for direct rental of excess capacity in homes and offices. Guests (Travelers) use iStopOver to find accommodations in someone’s home as an alternative to paying high hotel rates.
  • Thoora
    Thoora is a service that helps people discover the news attracting the most attention and social making it easy for users to find valuable information.
  • Assetize
    Adsense for Twitter. Assetize exists to help users turn accounts into assets. Your online account more than just a virtual identity. It’s an asset. Currently, Assetize offers a new service that can help you monetize this asset.
  • Uken Games
    Uken Games is a social game developer building highly addictive social games on Facebook, Myspace, and iPhone. Their first game, Superheroes Alliance, has 50K monthly active users on the Facebook Platform.
  • Locationary

DemoCamp Toronto # 21

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Photo by Hyfen

It’s time for a DemoCamp Jefferson’s-style. That’s right, we’re moving on up! Mike Lee from Rogers Communications has volunteer the awesome theatre at One Mount Pleasant.

Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored and survived DemoCamp Toronto #20. It was a great event, we collected your feedback. And we are going to try to make a few changes to help improve the event, the hosting and the networking opportunities. First, there will be more food. Y’all are a hungry bunch, and appropriately we’ll double the food order. Second, we’re working to improve the timing and flow of the presentations. It felt a little long and disjointed. Third, we’re going to change the questions and reduce the random banter. And we’ll make it easier to submit events, job postings and requests for help from the community. Thank you. This is a work in progress.

Important Details

  • What: DemoCamp Toronto # 21
  • When: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Where: Velma Rogers Theatre, 333 Bloor St. East, Toronto, ON
  • Submit: Apply to present
  • Attend: Register to attend

Who should attend?

DemoCamp Toronto is a show-and-tell for Toronto’s entrepreneurial developers, designers, and marketers. The goal is to see new technology, meet other interesting in emerging technology, early-stage companies, and making Toronto a better place.

How do I present?

Everyone who wants to present must submit an application. We are looking for submissions that :

  • inspires us;
  • challenges our notions of software, user experience, business models, funding sources;
  • something that is not derivative or a copy (if you’re thinking “we’re the next YouTube/Facebook/MySpace/TagCloud/TechCrunch” – DemoCamp might not be a good fit).

The goal is to find projects, people, applications and companies that will inspire, challenge or educate people who have seen the latest and greatest on the web and around the world.

Presentation Formats

At DemoCamp, presentations are limited to 5 minutes. You get 5 minutes on stage to convey your revolutionary ideas in either a demo or an Ignite presentation.

Demos are limited to 2 slides and showing functional code or a lightning talk that is a presentation with auto-advancing slides. Ignite presentations are 20 slides by 15 seconds per slide (total 5 minutes).

Sponsors, Tickets & Free Tickets

Why do we need sponsors?  Where are the free tickets?

All very important questions. Sponsor tickets are available through EventBrite. I don’t know about you, but an event between 6pm-9pm is right during the dining hours for me. We like to provide pizza/food to help offset the beverages (aka social lubricant). Sponsorship dollars will be put towards the event costs.

There are free tickets. However, in an effort to continue to keep these tickets available, they will be announced a few days before the event. What we don’t want is a land grab, we’re trying to encourage a strong sense of community through participation. Read Joe Thornley’s thoughtful piece on why he is charging a registration fee for Third Tuesday.

Don’t forget that you may want to separately apply to present, it’s a great way to gain exposure, find employees, gather feedback, show your stuff.

Corporate sponsor tickets

  • Logo on event materials including DemoCamp.com web and presentation
  • 2 tickets to attend

Community donation

  • Help pay for pizza/food (yes, not enough at DCT20, order being changed)