Startup Showcase will be returning to TOC 2013, giving groundbreaking startups a chance to show their stuff to the world. Highlighting the startup ecosystem’s creativity and variety, the Showcase will give young companies in the publishing space a chance to get their company in front of a global community of leaders in the publishing and technology industries, as well as potential investors. And this year we’re changing the format slightly and allowing the public to choose the finalists, giving startups even more exposure in the publishing industry.
Watch video of the three winners being announced (and giving their 1 minute pitch) onstage at TOC in New York
Congratulations to these 10 startups who will be joining us in person at TOC in New York City to demo their products and services in the Startup Showcase.
Who qualifies to participate?
How it works:
If selected as a finalist:
All Startup Showcase submissions due: December 6
Semi-finalists notified by: January 3
Semi-finalist voting opens: January 7
Semi-finalist voting ends: January 11
Finalists notified by: January 15
Mark is a co-founder and managing director of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (“OATV”), which has raised two funds and has over $100M under management. Prior to OATV, Mark was the EVP for New Ventures and Business Development at O’Reilly Media, and managed its investment portfolio. While at O’Reilly, he also had extensive operational experience including managing two startup companies, and overseeing O’Reilly’s conferences business, as well as responsibility for most business development and strategic relationships. Mark is currently a board member of CollabNet, Instructables, O’Reilly Media, TripIt, AMEE, Path Intelligence and LocalDirt, and a board observer of Chumby Industries. Mark holds a J.D from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.
Otis is the founder and CEO of Goodreads.com – a social network for book lovers. Launched in late 2006, the site has since grown to over 1.7 million members, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised an angel round in 2007, and is otherwise privately owned.
Along with a passion for building websites, Otis is also a voracious reader. He started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more books, and watch less TV, and has found a large core group of people that love reading, and have helped drive the direction of Goodreads. He is an engineer at heart, and loves tinkering and listening to customers in order to make the best product possible.
Before founding Goodreads, Otis was a Software Engineer and Product Manager at Tickle.com. Monster Worldwide, the leading purveyor of online jobs, purchased the company in 2004. At Tickle, Otis was in charge of LoveHappens.com, a top ten online dating service. Otis credits all his knowledge of building successful online media websites to his experiences at Tickle. Otis graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he always believed he would one day build cars.
Liza Daly is the Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online and an experienced software engineer in digital publishing. In 2012 her companies Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader were acquired by Safari. Liza is a strong advocate for experimentation, agile development, and innovation in publishing.
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