Taking More Control of Photos

Bunchcut lets teams of professionals collaborate on and manage large masses of images, said CEO and co-founder Nat du Preez.

Keeping an Eye on APIs

Developers and others can use API Fortress to test and monitor APIs to spot problems and errors, said Patrick Poulin, CEO.

Getting Brands On People's Calendars

CEO Sameen Karim said Eventable is an automated platform that lets brands promote their events, including sports, sales at retailers, and television shows, by adding them to consumers' personal calendars.

Better Connections for Alumni Groups

Alumni Spaces is a platform that university alumni associations can use to more efficiently reach out to potential donors, said co-founder Nick Trusty.

Marking Family Milestones with Video

Ex-Googler Emma Weisberg said she founded Blinkbuggy to develop a quick way for parents to capture video snippets of their families and collect that content to share with others.

Seeing the Digital Neighborhood

Scott Lang, CEO, said Place Pixel's mapping app includes local information and details about locations on maps not found on other digital maps.

Another Approach to Credit Card Rewards

SELECT is a membership service that turns any credit or debit card into a black card that provides perks at hotels, events, restaurants, and other venues, said CEO Carlo Cisco.

Deeper Context for News Stories

Ketchup lets publishers add a widget that shows a timeline of the development of a story, giving more context to topics, and more opportunities for monetization, said Kevin Li, CEO.

Become a Travel Booker

CEO Michael Nobiletti said Rollinglobe's platform lets people create online stores for recommending and selling trips and travel packages.

Getting a Mobile First Opinon

uGO Health is a mobile personal health assistant that helps people better understand their symptoms, which may cut spending in healthcare by reducing visits to the ER, said Karim Farag, CEO.

ERA Demo Day and Growing Signs of New York’s Startup Hub Maturity

The latest demo day for New York’s Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator was a step forward, but more work lies ahead for the program and the city.

“A lot has changed since 2011 for all of New York tech,” said Jonathan Axelrod, a managing director with ERA.

He shared a few thoughts Tuesday at the start of demo day for the winter 2015 class. The 10 startups in the group—the accelerator’s eighth batch—included tech-heavy ideas such as API Fortress, which monitors errors in code, and Bunchcut, an image management and collaboration platform for businesses. (See slideshow for details on on 10 startups.)

With a look back at ERA’s beginnings in 2011, Axelrod said the program has evolved alongside New York as a tech hub. “Back then, Wall Street IPOs were things that companies from other places came to do in New York,” he said. “Now we’ve seen New York tech IPOs starting.”

When Brooklyn-based Etsy went public this month—raising more than $267 million—it sent a message about New York’s tech community. Coupled with last December’s $200 million OnDeck IPO, it added to a growing list of examples of the city’s tech legitimacy.

Obviously only a handful of startups will climb such heights; accelerators such as ERA try to give them a start on that path. ERA’s first class of graduates is expected to generate $30 million in revenue this year and employs more than 150 people, Axelrod said.

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