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Startup Demo Night #23 (Entertainment & Media)


Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Note: Tickets also available @ http://www.meetup.com/NYEBN/events/169439662/ Demo Night #23 focuses on Entertainment & Media Industry. 


This event showcases 11 startups in the entertainment & media space. Some of these startups have been funded and some have been featured on ABC's Shark Tank. Pizza, drinks, Red Bull, awesome founders and investors. And 4 hours of entertainment marathon at Columbia Business School. Space limited. RSVP today.



  • 6:00 - 6:20 PM - Attendee Registration (pizza + drinks)
  • 6:20 - 6:30 PM - Panel intro + Sponsor Intro
  • 6:30 - 6:45 PM - Flipps Media (@FlippsTV)
  • 6:45 - 7:00 PM - Blazetrak (@Blazetrak)
  • 7:00 - 7:15 PM - Cheek'd Inc. (@Cheekd)
  • 7:15 - 7:30 PM - Waywire (@waywire)
  • 7:30 - 7:45 PM - GoWatchIt.com (@GoWatchIt)
  • 7:45 - 8:00 PM - MAZ (@mazdigital)
  • 8:00 - 8:05 PM - break
  • 8:05 - 8:20 PM - YouAreTV (@YouAreTV)
  • 8:20 - 8:35 PM - PuzzleSocial (@PuzzleSocial)
  • 8:35 - 8:50 PM - 48Bricks Inc. (@48Bricks)
  • 8:50 - 9:05 PM - Infomous, Inc (@InfomousClouds)
  • 9:05 - 9:20 PM - Try the World (@TrytheWorldBox)
  • 9:20 - 9:25 PM - Panel Feedback + Wrap-up
  • 9:25 - 10:00 PM - Networking (pizza, drinks, red bull)





  1. Metodi Filipov - Co-Founder at Flipps Media (@FlippsTV 
  2. Nathaniel Casey - Co-Founder and CEO at Blazetrak (@blazetrak )
  3. Lori Cheek - Founder and CEO at Cheek'd Inc. (@cheekd )
  4. Steven Rosenbaum - Co-Founder and CEO at Waywire (@waywire )
  5. David Larkin - Founder and CEO at GoWatchIt.com ( @GoWatchIt )
  6. Paul Canetti - Founder and CEO at MAZ (@mazdigital )
  7. Josh Weinstein - Founder and CEO at YouAreTV (@YouAreTV )
  8. Jeb Balise - CEO at PuzzleSocial (@PuzzleSocial )
  9. Michael Jaschke - Co-Founder and CEO at 48Bricks Inc. (@48Bricks )
  10. Paolo Gaudiano - Founder and CEO at Infomous, Inc. (@InfomousClouds )
  11. Katerina Vorotova - Co-Founder at Try the World (@TrytheWorldBox)







Neil Chheda is a partner at Romulus Capital. As a former entrepreneur, Neil loves partnering with entrepreneurs to build teams and products at the earliest stages of a business.

Prior to Romulus, Neil was a product manager at Zynga, where spent most of his time building products for Farmville which have since reached hundreds of millions of users. He founded a healthcare technology company and has spent time at McKinsey. Neil is an avid scuba diver and pilot, but when he’s on the ground, he focuses on investments in internet, mobile, and healthcare companies.

Neil received an A.B. from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dreamer, Entrepreneur, Early-Stage Seed Investor. Helped shape the worldwide market acceptance of VoIP; Story teller; Chairman Zula; Producer of #140conf.

Jeff Pulver is a pioneer of the VoIP industry. A globally renowned thought leader, author and entrepreneur. In 1995 Jeff defined "VON" to stand for Voice/Video on the Net and continues today to contribute words to both the telecom and social media vernacular. From 1997 to 2008 he hosted/produced the VON Conferences.

Mr. Pulver is the founder of Free World Dialup (FWD), the VON Coalition, Vivox and +others and is the co-founder of Zula and VoIP provider, Vonage. Has influenced the creation of numerous other startups.

Active investor in (early) early-stage companies with a specific focus on Israeli Hi-Tech Startups. Jeff discovered crowd sourced motivation on Facebook and lost 116+ pounds (53+ kilos) from July 2012-Oct 2013. Advocate of healthy living.

Named by BusinessWeek as one of their 2003 Tech Gurus. Mr. Pulver is committed to the future of the Internet and is featured often in the media as an expert in his field.    

Giordano Bruno Contestabile is a mobile entertainment veteran with over 10 years of experience in product development and operations, five of which in free-to-play games. Today, Giordano is VP of Product Management and Revenue at Tilting Point, a next generation partner for independent games developers. 

Previously, he served as the executive producer of theBejeweled franchise at PopCap Games, leading the team responsible for Bejeweled Blitz, a top 10 mobile game. 

Giordano is also an active angel investor with a primary focus on B2C mobile and web startups: portfolio companies include The RealReal, Nomiku, Granify, Tonx Coffee, Invino, Kyck, Canvas and Peggsite.


Entrepreneur & public speaker, Claude Zdanow has already packed a lot of success into his 26-year life. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of the 6-year old group of companies called Stadiumred; Claude is one of the youngest music industry authorities in the world.

Claude has successfully built Stadiumred Studios (the company’s recording studio division) into one of the most prominent and fastest growing facilities in the United States. Working with clients ranging from Drake & Eminem in Hip Hop to Yo-Yo Ma & The Chicago Symphony in Classical to post-production and video game audio. The studios are associated with 24 Grammy Nominations and 11 Awards.

Claude has assembled a team of superstars as he’s launched four other successful businesses within the Stadiumred group. These include Stadiumred Music (artist development company), Stadiumred Music Publishing (a music publishing company), Stadiumred Life (branded events company) & Stadiumred Live (a technology company).

A lifetime musician, Claude is experienced in multiple instruments and toured the country as the bass player for “Patent Pending” (WPO Records) during their 2006 tour. For five months, Claude experienced life on the road with bands like Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Zebrahead, Catch-22 and Authority Zero.

A passionate and cognizant speaker, Claude talks about Stadiumred, music and business to audiences around the world. His work has landed him in numerous television, online and print publications including Bloomberg TV, Rolling Stone, MIX Magazine, Pro Sound News, MarketWatch, MSN and The Village Voice as well as participating as an industry expert for varying organizations and events such as The Recording Academy, The Organization of American States, Grammy Camp, Pro Audio Summit, Winter Music Conference and Amsterdam Dance Event.

Claude is also an active investor and advisor to technology companies Quirky Inc (Quirky.com) and DJZ Inc (DJZ.com).


Jonathan Maisel has a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a B.S. in Communication from the University of Miami where he majored in media management. He is licensed to practice law in New York State.

As a sole practitioner, Jonathan handles a wide variety of legal work in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, and corporate law. He negotiates complex business and licensing contracts, drafts joint venture and partnership agreements, and deals with intellectual property matters. 

While externing at Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP, Jonathan gained experience in the field of entertainment law. He reviewed a variety of recording and development contracts, and drafted mechanical and synchronization licenses, as well as cease-and-desist letters. In addition, Jonathan worked on numerous entertainment law cases involving breach of contract, damage limitations, fair dealing, actual and constructive notice, and statute of limitations.

Event Co-Hosts

Columbia Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO)


The Columbia Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) unites Columbia University’s innovative MBA candidates with today’s most influential entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial executives and venture capitalists. Selected members of the Columbia Business School community have access to prolific discussions and interactive workshops with the leaders who can help them convert their concepts into profitable companies.

The annual #StartupColumbia business competition, together with the Lang Fund, provides Columbia Business School students with the capital and expert guidance necessary to permeate the world of venturing. CEO also supports experiential trips, events, and the MBA entrepreneurial management curriculum. The Columbia Entrepreneurship Organization is based in New York City with the Columbia Business School, at the very center of business. Visit us at http://columbiaentrepreneurs.org/about/ 


The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center



The mission of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center is to instill entrepreneurial thinking in all Columbia Business School students and to create a community of business practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship.

Columbia’s approach to developing the entrepreneurial mindset is both broad and deep. Entrepreneurship is fully integrated throughout the core MBA curriculum, crossing all disciplines and touching all students. For students interested in launching their own ventures, the School offers a comprehensive program of specialized courses, labs, workshops, and funding opportunities. See our calendar of events for upcoming programming. 

Website: http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/entrepreneurship/ 





SourcePad - Built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.  Since 2008, we've helped 100 bootstrapped startups, small businesses, and venture backed companies turn their ideas into Web sites and mobile apps. Contact us today at info@sourcepad.com or visit us at www.sourcepad.com . 

Red Bull

 NYEBN Community - if you're interested in having the Red Bull Wings Team hook your office up, shout out to Red Bull's local twitter handle - @redbullNYC - to receive more information. Visit us at www.redbull.com


The Law Office of Jonathan H. Maisel, PC


Jonathan is a sole practitioner who handles a wide variety of legal work in the areas of media, entertainment, and corporate law.  He negotiates complex business and licensing contracts, drafts joint venture and partnership agreements, and deals with intellectual property matters. Visit us at www.nymedialaw.com. 



BOAG | LAW, PLLC is a boutique intellectual property law practice that provides a broad range of services related to patent, trademark, and copyright issues for companies of all sizes. 

David A. Boag, the founding principal of the Firm, practiced for over ten years with a large New York City  intellectual property firm  where he handled a wide range of technology-related intellectual property matters for a client base ranging from Fortune 100 multinational corporations to sole proprietors and inventors.  David's background in computer science and experience as a software developer give our practice a unique advantage when it comes to working with high tech clients. Visit us at www.boagip.com



FreezeCrowd is an interactive social experience network for college students and alumni that was first envisioned when its Founder Eric Leebow was a college senior looking at his college freshmen picture book. Fast forward years later in 2011, FreezeCrowd was launched.  Visit us at www.freezeCrowd.com 


Hidden Gems Archery


Do you want team building as usual or team building how YOU want it? Hidden Gems Archery focuses on individuals hitting their targets as a single person or in a big group. Our team building exercises are unique to our mission and we want you to try us out. We believe we can, “Let Your Dreams Fly!”. Website: www.hiddengemsarchery.com

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When & Where

Columbia Business School
Uris Hall, Room 301 (third Floor)
3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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