The New Media Exchange was one of the more energetic pitch events that I have recently been to with a good pace, plenty of breaks, and hordes of interested potential strategic investors. AOL, Cox, Microsoft, and Turner all had an obvious presence.
The emerging companies that presented generally fell into the category of web app or nextgen cotnent delivery network. The quality of the companies (complete list) was strong with Arootz, Asankya, Gumiyo, PLYmedia, and SimplyGen all standouts for me. I was a little disappointed that only two companies were from the Southeast. The vast majority were Israeli based.
But it is easy to understand why. Why Turner certainly deserves the props I gave them previously, the real driver behind this event is the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Like Turner, I commend them on their ongoing efforts.
I am looking forward to being part of future events.