NY Video 2.0 Comes of Age

Webster Hall, New YorkThere was a different buzz to NY Video 2.0 at Webster Hall in Manhattan last Thursday – it was the buzz of money. Although there was a sparse showing when Yaron asked for VCs and financiers to raise their hands - they were engaged, it was real and the ‘money’ contingent is growing. Nothing sharpens your focus like the smell of money. That was evident in the sharp presentations and the pace of the show.  At its second turn at Webster Hall, NYV2 has settled into being a show, as it should be. And since this is New York the audience embodies a high degree of skepticism and discernment.  As it should.

Trickster Makes This World may be the Koran of the PR business but Slikstr mocks the web 2.0 phenom with such aplomb that it took a while to figure out it was a big goof on social media. A “customer generated company” looking to raise $2 million in backing, with a vague business plan and a slick video pitch – seemed real enough. To spoof without Webster Hall, New York City, NY Video 2.0insulting is a talent that escapes many of us, including some in the audience who nervously laughed when they realized the joke was them – all of us really.

Matt Feldman of neovids.tv presented Slikstr like Philip Marlowe if he was 20 years younger, born 50 years later, and was determined to be a macher in the space where the web and video and entertainment converge – the space we would all like to live in.  

Slikstr has positioned itself as the world’s first user-created and -controlled company in the world and, as such, is poised to usher in a new generation of web-related businesses. – from the Slikstr business plan

The question is – can you make money in that coveted video-web-entertainment triangle? Consider Damon Wayans’ big move to web TV and his belief that Hollywood-caliber talent has a big growing market on the web.  He calls “his legacy” Wayout TV, a multiplatform production company that has been incubating shows for the internet. (See Madison + Vine story).

Update:  http://nyvideo.org  is now a portal to the Meetup site, the Ning has been deactivated.

RELATED: Jan 30, 2008 PRBlogNews: NYC Video 2.0 Finds the Perfect Venue

- photos of Webster Hall by Mark Rose

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