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Four useful startups I found at The Next Web Conference

I was recently in New York City last week for The Next Web Conference and found some pretty cool startups. Here are some of my favorites!

Do you know what I was up to this week? Here’s a hint: I was in the Big Apple, and it had something to do with tech. Shocker, I know. But seriously, I was there for The Next Web USA conference at the iconic corner building on 23 Wall Street, right across the street from the New York Stock Exchange.

23 Wall St

The Next Web conference is a place where over 1,000 professionals come to discuss the latest technology trends, share successful business practices, discover emerging startups, and network with the web’s leading influencers. These are just some of the many reasons to attend, so for me, it was a no-brainer.

If you’re into the web and anything tech, then this is the place to be – just in case you’re thinking of attending next year.

There are a lot of things to do at these types of conferences, but in particular, one of my favorite attractions is “Startup Alley.” For those of you who are not familiar with the term, it’s pretty much a place where a group of startups pitch their ideas to attendees. Think of it as the modern day equivalent of carnies inviting you to come check out the bearded lady. However, these are executed with a little more class.

Luckily, I got the chance to pound the pavement at Startup Alley and I rounded up some of my favorites here to give you the first look at some of these amazing startups.

Here’s what I found:



Lalalama, in a nutshell, is WhatsApp for lazy people. Instead of typing everything out, Lalalama allows users to record voice messages (really helpful for people like me who don’t like to type every thing out). Sure, there are a ton of these apps out there, but Lalalama sets itself apart from the rest by offering additional features like a voice recorder and the ability to record podcasts. Lalalama is currently only available on iOS, but is expected to hit the Google Play store sometime soon.

Seat Serve

Seat Serve

This is one that every sports fan will fall in love with. How many times have you been to a game only to stand in a concession line for 20 minutes. You spend a lot of money to get tickets to the game, so it only makes sense that you enjoy every second of it. Seat Serve is the answer. Instead of waiting like sheep in the “beer line,” place the order on Seat Serve’s app, and someone will bring it out to you! This way you can see the big play instead of watching it in the highlight reels the next day. Seat Serve isn’t available yet, but expect to see them soon!

Fly Labs

Fly Labs Logo

If you’re into creating and editing videos, Fly Labs has an ecosystem of apps for the taking. Fly Labs has three apps available on iOS that put the gift of movie creation right at your fingertips. They have everything for video editing, video cropping, and more. Fly lets you craft videos really quick, Clips allows you to edit them in a super simple format, and Crop is the cure for vertical video syndrome. I was given a live demo, and honestly, I was really impressed at how easy it was to make a good looking video.



How many of you hate looking for a parking spot? It’s no secret – it sucks. What if you had someone keeping a vigilant eye on available parking spots throughout the city? The urLeaving app is looking to solve that solution. This social app finds you free parking spots at the swipe of a button, while collecting points and perks. It’s a crowdsourced solution, meaning you participate in the app’s growth. Say, for example, you’re leaving your parking spot. You enter in your location, essentially broadcasting to the community that your spot is available. I hate looking for parking spots, so anything that helps the cause deserves a spot on your home screen.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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