Publishing Startup Showcase

Linda Holliday (Semi-Linear, New York Angels), Mark Jacobsen (O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures), Tyler Newton (Catalyst Investors)
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This year at TOC, we’re hosting our first ever Publishing Startup Showcase. Highlighting the startup ecosystem’s creativity and variety, the Showcase will give you a chance to see the newest publishing related companies entering the market.

On Tuesday evening, February 15, we’ll have approximately 25 publishing and publishing-related startups demoing in one large room. TOC attendees and a panel of judges from the investor community will have 50 minutes to visit the demos and listen to their pitches—we’ll sound a chime every five minutes, letting people know it’s time to circulate. At the end of the hour, the judges will announce their top picks. These winning startups will then each give a pitch and have an on-stage conversation with the judges.

The Winners

Linda’s Pick: LEXPAPER

Mark’s Pick: Figment

Tyler’s Pick: Good in Bed

Audience Favorite:

Participating Companies


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Linda Holliday

Semi-Linear, New York Angels

Linda Holliday is a media, internet and marketing veteran, serial-entrepreneur and active angel investor in digital media companies including Comixology, ScrollMotion and Organized Wisdom. She recently formed a start-up to publish serious non-fiction mobile apps. Founder and former president of Medical Broadcasting Company, now Digitas Health, a Publicis Company.

The company, a digital pioneer, built more than 1000 web sites, ran complex relationship programs on and off-line, designed robust educational programs and led industry efforts with major media and search companies. In addition to general executive responsibilities as President of MBC, Linda also led marketing, media, innovation, and business development. Digitas Health now operates with more that 500 employees out of 4 cities.

Linda’s digital communications passions include search, user experience and information architecture. A contributor to TED conference founder Richard Wurman’s Understanding series, she has been recognized for bringing fresh thinking to traditional and new media. Linda is an active advisor-consultant whose interests still center on the intersection between old and new media.

In addition to helping clients such as Johnson and Johnson launch various new products and businesses, She also successfully created and exited a thought-leading internet business intelligence company (ePharmaceuticals) as well as a production business that produced syndicated television programs (including Bodysense hosted by Mike Rowe.)

After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School, Linda led marketing for a nationally known commercial, film and Imax film production company and for several Cablevision sports channels.

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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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Tyler Newton

Catalyst Investors

Tyler Newton leads Catalyst’s research efforts and is responsible for evaluating industry sectors, formulating sector investment strategies, generating deal flow in target sectors and providing strategic support to Catalyst portfolio companies. He is also responsible for sourcing and executing transactions in the software-as-a-service, internet infrastructure and digital media sectors. Tyler serves on the boards of Codero, MINDBODY, BLI Messaging and Catalyst Repository Systems, and previously served on the boards of TCP Communications, Oneida Communications and Nine Systems.
Prior to joining Catalyst in 2000, Tyler was a Vice President in TD’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. He received a BA with honors from Middlebury College and is a CFA Charter holder.

Tyler blogs about economics and the investment markets at and invites you to follow him on Twitter @tylernewton.

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Kat Meyer
01/18/2011 4:46pm EST

We’re announcing the showcase participants very soon (no later than Friday, probably sooner). Thanks for your patience, everyone. And, thanks to everyone who sent in proposals. The response was so wonderful, we’ve actually decided to increase the number of showcase participants from 20 to 25. Stay tuned!

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Antony McGregor Dey
01/18/2011 4:38pm EST

We’re looking forward to hopefully presenting at this showcase, it’s going to be a great night!

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Amir Koren
01/15/2011 8:30am EST

Good luck all!

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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