Guest blog by Brett Laffel

What’s better than Dave McClure and the hottest NYC startups in the same room? Not much.

On Friday, September 23, Microsoft hosted 275 peeps at the 500 Startups’ SMASH Summit in our New York City office in midtown Manhattan. 500 Startups has been a partner of BizSpark since January 2010; their first batch of startups graduated earlier this fall, and their new class just started. SMASH Summit was primarily focused on marketing, with a particular emphasis on online platform strategies and tactics used by successful online companies to acquire and retain customers.

In addition to speakers from First Round Capital, Foursquare, Union Square Ventures, turntable.fm, GroupMe, Facebook, YouTube, Twilio, Gilte Groupe, Meetup, HubSpot, Visual.ly, Birchbox, Jetsetter and DailyWorth, we also had BizSpark One company Flite there.

Pictured on stage here is Fred Wilson (http://www.avc.com/), Dave McClure and Robert Scoble (@scobleizer)

You can read more about the event here.

Next up for Dave and the 500 Startups team – Warm Gun: Designing Happiness