Startup Showcase

Joanne Wilson (Gotham Gal), Judge, Mo Koyfman (Spark Capital), Judge
Location: Central Park West Level:

After a huge success last year, we’re bringing back Startup Showcase. Highlighting the startup ecosystem’s creativity and variety, the Showcase will give you a chance to see the newest Web 2.0 companies entering the market.

We’ll have all of the startups listed below conducting demos in one large space. You’ll have an hour to check them all out and vote for your favorites. At the end of the hour, two judges – Joanne Wilson and Mo Koyfman – will each announce their top pick along with the audience favorite. These three startups will then each give a pitch and have an on-stage conversation with our judges.

Startup Showcase Participating Companies

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Joanne Wilson

Gotham Gal

Joanne has had several careers starting out as a buyer at Macys to running a company in the rag trade eventually leading to spearheading sales for a start-up magazine/e-zine/events company called Silicon Alley Reporter. On to the non-profit world where she chaired MOUSE (Making Opportunities in Upgrading Schools in Education) an organization focused on technology in inner-city schools. She has sat on a number of profit and non-profit boards and has been involved with a variety of real estate transactions from beginning to end.

Joanne has been blogging since 1994 under the name Gotham Gal. She is involved with the start-up community as an angel investor and adviser. She has been a champion of women in tech by starting and co-chairing the Women’s Entrepreneurial Festival with the ITP division of NYU. Many of the companies she is working with are owned or started by women. The tech companies are Food52, Catchafire, Dailyworth, Editd, Editions 01,, Red Stamp, Curbed (Eater/Racked) as well as Ricks Picks, Gotham Gym, The Moon Group and Cacao Pietro. She also sits on the board of Hot Bread Kitchen and the Highline.

Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising her three kids, Jessica, Emily and Josh.

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Mo Koyfman

Spark Capital

Mo Koyfman is a Principal at Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on disruptive investments in the media and technology industries. Prior to joining Spark, Mr. Koyfman spent six years at IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) in a variety of strategic, transactional and operational roles. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Connected Ventures, parent of, and, and previously held the roles of Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Koyfman began his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Mr. Koyfman joined Bear Stearns after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in English from The College of Arts & Sciences.

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Christina DiLaura
10/13/2011 5:35am EDT

Thanks everyone for coming by to speak with and hear about all the delicious new things we’re doing. It was an honor to be selected as a judges fav and share our story.

David Merel
10/12/2011 8:28pm EDT

Just wanted to thank everyone for voting us (Social Passport – their favorite start-up of Web 2.0 Expo 2011

Kathy Yu
10/09/2011 7:30pm EDT

@Jeff – it’s updated to WishGenies now. Good luck!

Jeff Deville
10/09/2011 6:42pm EDT

Could you please change Personalizr LLC to WishGenies? (I’m the owner) Thanks!

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Sarah Milstein
09/14/2011 9:00am EDT

Here’s last year’s list and winners:

Aneil Singh
09/13/2011 1:03pm EDT

Is there a list of past Startup somewhere? Would be interesting to see who/what type of companies have been there.

Thanks Simply Appointments

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Sarah Milstein
08/31/2011 6:49am EDT

The CFP opens right after Labor Day. Stay tuned!

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Dennis Yu
08/30/2011 4:47pm EDT

Looking forward to the startup showcase! We’d like to showcase, if it’s not too late.

Giuseppe DAntonio
08/17/2011 2:07am EDT

We ( are very interested in participating. Looking forward for the details!

  • Visa
  • IBM
  • HP
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • dynaTrace
  • EffectiveUI
  • Elastic Path
  • FireHost
  • IBT
  • Litle & CO
  • Plimus
  • Quest Software
  • Research In Motion
  • SoftLayer
  • Yottaa

Ally Parker

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(415) 947-6306

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