Rob McCord took to the podium and spoke quickly.
The state treasurer since 2009, McCord, whom we interviewed last month about Philadelphia as a low-cost entrepreneurship center, was the opening keynote for last night’s Mobile Monday event, the occasional gathering of mobile and technology professionals. McCord was the warm up for the group’s demo night, where seven companies had seven minutes each to demo what they have been working on.
McMord spent much of his speech imploring the room full of young technology entrepreneurs to be more involved in the political process (see video below).
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“If you have all the entrepreneurs retreating from the political table, they are on the menu [for budget cuts],” said McCord. “[Older entrepreneurs] rotate through their third wives and get into their flying jets … but they aren’t going to waste five grand on a political race.”
McCord emphasized a need to continue to trumpet Philadelphia’s strengths while improving on its weaknesses.
“It’s important to remain the buckle on the money belt between New York’s private capital and DC’s public capital,” he said, imploring the audience to tell friends about the cheap urban living available in the city.
After McCord left the stage, King of Prussia-based EverComm Technologies kicked of a night packed with demos (though most were more in the “pitch” department), including a locally-based Groupon competitor and an app that has the backing of a Phillies outfielder. Highlights and videos of all the demos after the jump:
Presented by founder Marty Urquhart EverComm is a mobile child monitor that clips on a child’s belt loop. Parents can call the monitor and listen in on the child’s surroundings at anytime.
“Not only will our children be safer, but we can collect usage fees from a whole new demographic,” said Urquhart, pointing out that the age group from one to eight is the only remaining untapped demographic for mobile carriers.
“There is no stronger force in nature than a mother’s love for her child.”
Nearverse, who splits time between New York and Philadelphia is a “proximity Internet company.” The company’s first app, LoKast, is Bump for every kind of file. Users can share the media on their phone that other users can view and download.
Founder Boris Bogatin said the application creates a “disposible social network” based on location.
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With the hypothisis that most people watch TV within arm’s reach of some sort of interactive device, MobileReactor allows broadcasters and advertisors to extend their reach from the TV to the smart phone.
Using an HTML5 platform views can have their phone automatically update with polls and videos that are timed with the TV show being watched.
The company says it will be going live in eight weeks.
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Now boasting 2,242 active clients, Ticketleap founder Chris Stanchek and VP of technology Keith Fitzgerald demoed its Android application that allows event organizers to easily scan tickets and reject duplicates. The presentation was voted the winner of the event, earning the company a contract-free Windows phone from Microsoft BizSpark.
In a fast-paced presentation, Fiberlink demonstrated how its web-based aplication can allow large organizations to keep track of all the mobile devices of its employees. The company’s Maas360 platform can even allow IT managers to remotely lock down lost devices.
“Guys, how many of you have received a deal for a bikini waxing?” asked founder Matt Balin. Dozens of hands went up. “Exactly.”
The local answer to Groupon and Living Social, MyChinoki is a more business-friendly deals services that only sends deals via SMS. The key difference maker is that users can filter out the companies and industries they’d like to hear about, while businesses can follow up with customers who have previously cashed in a coupon.
The business was started with less than $5,000 and has 40 clients, including acclaimed Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec Fin.
Designed for use during – you guessed it – emergencies, EmergenSee’s free iPhone application will instantly record audio, video and broadcast your location to a selected group contacts at the press of a button.
“Most companies hope you use our app, Not us.”
The company says it is speaking with FBI, FCC and Secret Service and has even signed Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino as a spokesman.