Startup Riot 2008, painstakingly organized by Sanjay Parekh, went down yesterday and I must say this was the first big tech event in Atlanta that I have been to or heard about. There have been some tech events by the Technology Association of Georgia and SoCon 08 but nothing as in touch with the local tech community as Startup Riot has ever graced Atlanta.
Image taken from Sanjay's Startup Riot Flickr set.
Startup Riot was held at the Twelve Hotel ballroom in Atlantic Station, not more than a mile from Georgia Tech's campus. It was a top-notch networking event bringing together many tech entrepreneurs, job seekers, investors and people in the industry to talk about startups. Just shy of 60 startups presented in a strict 4 slide, 3 minute format throughout the day. The day started with a speech by Fark founder Drew Curtis. Someone will have to fill me in on that as I didn't make it to Startup Riot until noon. Videos of each pitch will be posted online eventually and I'll update this post when that happens.
I pitched for Skribit. While I had prepared something elegant to say, I think it came out as awkward and abrupt, especially as I speak way too fast (a habit picked up from being the youngest of three and having to speak fast to get my point across). However, after talking to some people afterwards, my pitch was well-received. Most presenters at Startup Riot had suited up, while I was wearing shorts and a "That's what she twittered" shirt. It was a change of pace from the other presentations; I was to the point and even managed to get a good laugh from the audience.
Based on the conversations I had with people afterwards, they were most interested in Skribit's growth. With a small, completely bootstrapped team (Calvin, Erik, me and Lance as advisor), Skribit has grown to serving over 100,000 pageviews per day. Props to Darren Rowse for getting the ball rolling. We have many things planned for Skribit in the future, so please bear with us if you are a Skribit user.
- Dash Navigation - I know, they're not exactly new but I've been using their unit for a while and love it. Review coming soon, I promise.
- Tag6 - An interesting take on social networking. You can only add friends if they give you a physical tag with a code on it. After someone gives you a tag and you use it, you get 6 more from the site and build out your physical social network that way.
- I'm Honest - You put a small sticker with a unique ID, phone number and URL on your prized gadgets. If it gets lost, people can find you. Lost and Found 2.0 if you will.
- Feature Frame - A video platform affording the ability to "engage viewers to respond to your content and interact."
- Jungle Disk - Everyone already knows about Jungle Disk's Amazon S3 storage front-end app, but they might not know how cool Dave Wright is. This guy found some XSS exploits in the chat room everyone was using (backnoise) and rickrolled everyone.
- Masten Space Systems - Send soda cans into space for 99. How about my MacBook Air? Imagine the resale value on "has been in space."
- Quantum XML - Parse and process XML faster than anything out there, even big shots like IBM. It means you'll need less servers to process TBs of data.
- Sneaky Sunday - Something to check the next time I'm looking for a good local bar or club.
After the event wrapped up there was an after-party at Nelson Mullins law firm, on the top floor of their building no less.
Be sure to check out Lance's coverage of Startup Riot as well.