Yesterday’s Tech Day NYC event, held at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s west side, was jam packed with the kind of bustling energy we’ve come to expect from this annual event, with countless start-ups showing their smart ideas off for potential investors (and each other). Once you made your way in and onto the exhibition floor – no mean feat, even early in the day! – you were met with an overwhelming throng of baby businesses as well as some established companies.
I was happy to see some familiar faces getting their worthy wares out there. Rachel Trobman of our client Ouchie was too busy to chat because of all the interest at their booth. I also bumped into friend-of-the-company Geoff Scott who was pitching in at the Jade Insights booth; Jade, who have developed a business intelligence tool for licensed cannabis operations, is one of several New York cannabis-centric businesses that Geoff has begun advising and assisting.
I got to see demos by several start-ups in the social media, music, and ed tech spaces. One of the stand outs was Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson of Raceya whose presentation of her company’s STEM-learning-friendly toy made me wish my kids were young enough to use them!
If I have any complaint at all about Tech Day 2018, it’s that Pier 94 is such a lackluster venue. It’s testament to how good the exhibits were that this unremarkable warehouse space worked at all. The Javits Center feels truly 5-star – and convenient! – once you’ve attended an industry event at Pier 94. Still, I’m looking forward to Tech Day next year!