Sharalike, rival to Facebook ‘Look Back’ videos, wins Boston TechJam

Sharalike, a Cambridge-based mobile app that allows users to design slideshows similar to Facebook’s “Look Back” videos, was the winner of a startup pitch competition event held in Boston on Thursday .

Sharalike will receive a package of prizes including a session with SHIFT Communications to help with their messaging and elevator pitch, a free month of co-working space, $250 towards a General Assembly class and personal training with George Foreman III, according to a TechJam spokeswoman.

“We’re very happy,” said founder and CEO Aymeric Vigneras about the win.

Sharalike was one of six New England startups that participated in the competition.

 

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Boston TechJam: Entrepreneurial Spirit at Its Best

I don’t know how big Mark Lorion and Christine Nolan thought this celebration of entrepreneurial success would get, but the two co-founders of Boston TechJam have to be thrilled at what they’ve built in just two years time.

Thursday afternoon things kicked off at “The Pitch Heard ‘Round The World” at the Faneuil Hall Building, where six companies pitched their product to a room full of curious minds. Mixed in with the pitches were inspirational speeches from 5 highly successful Boston entrepreneurs – Richard Doyle, Harpoon; Brian Kalma, Blade; Andy Miller, Constant Contact; Susie Kim, Aquto; Donna Levin, Care.com.

The Tech Talkers stepped up to lend their advice and knowledge and share some key insights to their success. One unanimous piece of advice was to focus on people; build the right team for your company!

 

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BOSTON TECHJAM: AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A TECH PARTY

If you don’t have plans today after work, head on over to City Hall Plaza in Boston for the 2nd Annual TechJam Block Party. It’s an event that gives anyone who loves tech or innovation the opportunity to see what’s coming out of Boston that will hopefully, one day, change the world. You should come and check it out. I’ll be there, find me and say hi! I got a chance to to speak with Christine Nolan, one of the co-founders of the event, who also works closely across the tech community through her role as director of communities at MassTLC.

 

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Boston Tech Jam to bring brightest minds, best inventions to the city

Boston Tech Jam to bring brightest minds  best inventions to the city

Watch Boston TechJam founder Mark Lorion and Sherry Handel, chief operating officer of Energy Harvesters on NECN

Thursday there is a great opportunity to see into the future with the “Boston Tech Jam,” where innovative companies get to share their ideas.

One of the features is a shark-tank-style competition for the best new idea.

Mark Lorion, co-founder of Boston Tech Jam, and Sherry Handel, chief operating officer of “Energy Harvesters,” who has one of the products competing for the top prize, joined us for more on the fun event.

Lorion said 3,000 will be going to Boston City Hall and 75 companies showing off their inventions.

He said the judges look for promising business model, the team’s ability to execute the idea, and a variety of other factors.

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Startups Will Showcase Their Inventions During the ‘Pitch Heard ‘Round the World’

A music, tech, and innovation festival this week will give six area startups looking to grow their business a chance to stand before some of the top venture capitalists in the city and pitch their ideas.

On June 12, the second annual Boston TechJam, which bills itself as a networking opportunity void of the stodgy practices usually seen at tradeshows, will feature 75 booths where companies will set up shop under small tents and showcase their businesses to the public, as bands play in the background.

“Networking is a major motivator of people attending and people exhibiting. For some it means a job search, for others it means selling their product,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of Boston TechJam.

 

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Highlights from BetaBoston

Boston TechJam on the plaza

Last year, a group of startup folks, including Apperian’s chief marketing officer, Mark Lorion, and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam. Thanks to last year’s success, TechJam, taking place this year on Thursday, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the tech scene.

The event will feature a “Shark Tank”-esque pitch contest, the “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World,’” where six early-stage companies will present to a panel of venture capitalists. This year’s panel features Chip Hazard, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners; James Geshwiler of CommonAngels; Project 11’s Katie Rae; and Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst and Rough Draft Ventures.

 

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More details emerge for the Shark Tank-like contest at next week’s TechJam

Last year, a group of local startup folks, including Apperian’s chief marketing officer Mark Lorion and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam.

With the success of last year’s event, this year’s TechJam, taking place next Thursday June 12, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the Boston tech scene.

Like last year, the event will feature a Shark Tank-esque pitch contest, the“Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World,’” where six early-stage companies will present their ideas to a panel of local venture capitalists. This year’s panel features Chip Hazard, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners; James Geshwiler of CommonAngels; Project 11′s Katie Rae; and Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst and Rough Draft Ventures.

 

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Six startups to compete in Boston TechJam this month

Six local startups will compete for a slew of prizes including free workspace at the Boston TechJam event to be held on June 12.

The startups will kick off the event by pitching their business plans to a panel of high-profile local venture capitalists including James Geshwiler, managing director of CommonAngels, Chip Hazard, general partner of Flybridge Capital Partners, and Peter Boyce II, co-founder of Rough Draft Ventures.

The winner will receive a package of prizes including a session with SHIFT Communications to help with their messaging and elevator pitch, a free month of co-working space, $250 towards a General Assembly class and personal training with George Foreman III, according to a TechJam spokeswoman.

 

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Boston’s giant block party for tech start ups

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Boston’s City Hall Plaza is set to turn into a massive techie start up celebration soon.

Boston TechJam 2014, a kind of giant block party for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, legal, PR and marketing experts – starts June 12.

Mark Lorion of TechJam says organizers expect 3,000 people to show up.

“Seventy-five companies and start ups will be exhibiting, and they’ll be showcasing some of their innovations and hosting fun festival-style games that makes networking fun and easy,” he said.

 

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5 reasons to celebrate the Boston tech scene at TechJam

When it comes to tech hubs, the spotlight usually shines on Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley in New York City. Despite our own rich history in technology and innovation, Boston, to be quite blunt, has lost top billing. In the last few years, there’s been a perception, both internally and nationally, that the city had flat lined, or as PandoDaily put it, was “in a rut” and had “lost its mojo.”

But guess what? We’re back, and there is a renewed energy pouring throughout the city and the Greater Boston area.

 

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