If you’re familiar with TechStars and watched the recent reality TV series by the same name on Bloomberg Television, the New York City class of Winter ’11 are no strangers. What’s been happening in their world since the show wrapped? I talked to Managing Director of New York City, David Tisch, about the graduates that have been funded this year:
Given the recent reality series, this class is likely the most known to the public. What isn’t easily visible is their hard work and unrelenting drive that has propelled these founders and their companies to where they are today. Everyone is making big, brave moves and it’s so gratifying to watch them progress. My expectations for these companies and founders has only grown since Demo Day in April.”
CrowdTwist • @crowdtwist / Facebook
A social loyalty and rewards platform that activates your audience wherever your brand may be.
Funding Raised: $6,750,000
In their words: “It’s been a busy summer and fall since the Techstars program ended. We closed our Series A with some fantastic partners and also launched programs for a few Sony artists, X Factor & FOX as well as a campaign for JC Penney. There’s much more to come on both the client and product side and we’re excited!” – Irving Fain, CEO and co-founder
TechCrunch – Social Loyalty and Rewards Platform CrowdTwist Raises $6M from SoftBank and Others
Immersive Labs • @immersivelabs / Facebook
Funding Raised: $810K
In their words: “On the web you have resources…ways to measure the effectiveness of ads and impressions online. Now we’re able to provide (traditional media) advertisers an ROI so they know, my return on investment was X, I know how many people looked at my sign ,” Jason Sosa, CEO, told Fox Business News.
nestio • @nestio / Facebook
The easiest way to organize your apartment hunt.
Funding Raised: $805,000
In their words: “TechStars was a life-changing experience for our team. The program provided us with the necessary support we needed to take our business to the next level, introducing us to the best group of mentors possible. Those relationships continue to live on long after the program ended. Since TechStars, we’ve completed a round of financing, secured a number of strategic partnerships, and launched our product nationwide. We couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead for Nestio, and we owe it all to TechStars.” – Caren Maio
nestio – We’re national, we’re newly designed, and we’ve partnered with eBay Classifieds!
TechCrunch – Two More NYC TechStars to Watch: nestio and ThinkNear
Shelby.tv • @onshelby / Facebook
An amazing way to experience videos your friends are sharing.
Funding Raised: $1,725,000
In their words: Reece Pacheco weighs in– “Since demo day, our team has been working hard to build our vision for Shelby.tv – the best way to discover and enjoy video. To this end, we raised money from great investors so we could add awesome people to our team, we moved into a super-fun new office and we proudly launched our product. It’s been a hell of a ride and we still have a long way to go, but we’re confident in our ability to execute and of course, it helps to have the support of our TechStars mentors and fellow alums.”
Reece Pacheco – Expect nothing. Earn everything.
Thinknear • @thinknear
Smart marketing – customers when you need them most!
Funding Raised: $1,630,000
In their words: “We started ThinkNear because we love local businesses and didn’t think there were any good marketing solutions out there that helped get customers at the right time, with the lowest cost, and with zero effort.” – via the ThinkNear.com website
TechCrunch – Two More NYC TechStars to Watch: Nestio and ThinkNear
The next TechStars program begins March 12, 2012. The early application deadline is January 10, 2012. If you’re in NYC and reading this before November 22nd, you can attend TechStars NYC Spring Program Happy Hour, free! RSVP here.