Publishing Startup Showcase

Mark Jacobsen (O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures), Otis Chandler (Goodreads.com), Liza Daly (Safari Books Online)
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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.

And the winners are…

Watch video of the three winners being announced (and giving their 1 minute pitch) onstage at TOC in New York

The 10 Finalists

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.

View the list of the 20 semi-finalist companies

About Startup Showcase

Who qualifies to participate?

  • Relatively young publishing (and publishing-related) startups that aren’t drowning in investment (yet)
  • Established companies incorporating new technologies and/OR innovative business models in their approach to publishing

How it works:

  • Our team of investors, VCs, and industry analysts will select 20 leading publishing startups from all the submissions we receive. (Note: call for submissions ended December 6)
  • The 20 semi-finalist companies will then be put up for a public vote by the publishing industry
  • The 10 companies with the highest combination of public vote and judges’ score will then get the opportunity to demo their product/service and tell their story in-person at the TOC Startup Showcase on Wednesday, February 13 in New York City.
  • On February 13 during TOC, we’ll have the 10 finalists demoing in one large room. TOC attendees and two judges from the investor community will have a chance to visit the demos and listen to your 5-minute pitch. We’ll then ask everyone to vote on their favorite startup
  • The three winners (two judges picks and the audience favorite) will be announced the following day during the afternoon keynotes. Each of the winning companies will then give a one-minute pitch and have a short conversation with the judges onstage.

If selected as a finalist:

  • We’ll provide you with a small table and room for two people to demo
  • You’ll supply your own laptop for the demos (we won’t provide power, so we recommend bringing two laptops)
  • Wireless internet access will be available, so web-based demos are okay
  • You’ll bring a maximum of two people (at least one of whom must be a founder or C-level equivalent)
  • The week prior to the event, you’ll supply us with a presentation of 2-4 slides that includes screenshots for your onstage pitch in case you are selected
  • You’ll receive a complementary 2-Day Pass that will get you into all keynotes, sessions, and events

Important Dates
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

  • To get started, complete our complete our Startup Showcase application before December 6.
  • Once we’ve received all the applications, we’ll review them and contact the finalists by DATE TBA. If your company is chosen, you’ll receive up to two 2-day passes to TOC 2013 for the members of your company who will be pitching.
  • You’ll have a space in the showcase to try and win over the judges.
  • The winning startup will be chosen onsite at TOC 2013.
  • To be a finalist, you need to be in New York on February 13, 2013.
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Mark Jacobsen

O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures

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.

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Otis Chandler

Goodreads.com

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.

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Liza Daly

Safari Books Online

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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