Highlights From NYTM’s July Event

If you’ve been around the startup block in NYC, you already know about the New York Tech Meetup. It’s a local mini conference of sorts, founded by Scott Heiferman, serial entrepreneur of Meetup fame, in 2004. Last July 6, a few interesting demos were presented in front of a packed audience.

One promising venture was Foodspotting, which focuses on dishes rather than restaurants, unlike other similar sites. With the popularity of foodie photography, Foodspotting will help you share your favorite meal with the world and hopefully help you find some good eats in the metro. Soraya Darabi of Drop.io presented.

Another is Howaboutwe which offers a unique twist on the concept of dating sites. Instead of matching interests directly, people share date ideas. Go on dates both of you enjoy doing, eliminating the all-too-familiar scenario of thumb twiddling during online match-ups. And who likes to think up of dates? It’s the women of course! So it comes as no surprise that the site boasts a 60% female membership.

Clay Shirky was also there to share his wisdom on online collaboration. NYTM meets every first Tuesday and six people get five minutes to demo their product before 700 other tech enthusiasts. Want to join in? Better RSVP quickly as slots fill up fast (the August meetup is full, sorry).

via Silicon Alley Insider, photo from the NYTM Meetup Photostream