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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 2

The ten companies below is the next ten startup companies in Businessweek’s radar.

Fusion-io, Inc
Fusion-io, Inc. provides enterprise storage architecture and I/O solutions. It offers ioDrive, a non-volatile solid state storage device based on NAND technology. The ioDrive protects data integrity, as well as improves server performance. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FON Technology, S.L. is the WiFi community. It operates a network of WiFi hotspots worldwide. The company enables its members to share the wireless Internet access at home for free WiFi wherever they find another Fonero’s access point. FON Technology, S.L. is based in Madrid, Spain.

Ninian Solutions Ltd., doing business as Huddle, owns and operates an online collaboration platform. The company offers, a network of online workspaces that include file sharing, project management, virtual meeting organization, and online collaboration and real-time communication tools. Ninian Solutions Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Inrix, Inc. offers real-time, historical, and predictive traffic information solutions. It offers services, such as INRIX Connected Services, a suite of content services providing navigation OEMs and location-based service application developers with private label and go-to-market solutions for in-vehicle, PND, wireless phone, and other connected devices; INRIX Total Fusion, a traffic data service that combines real-time, predictive, and historical traffic information; INRIX Real-Time Flow that helps to develop real-time traffic data and traffic speed maps; and INRIX Nationwide Traffic Alerts that provides real-time congestion alerts for freeways, highways, and arterials. Mr. Bryan Mistele and Mr. Craig Chapman are the Co-Founders.

JAJAH, Inc., a communications company, provides telephony solutions for consumers and businesses internationally. It serves include conference calls, scheduled calls, and text messages. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California with an additional office in Luxembourg. It has a research and development center in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Mr. Roman Scharf and Mr. Daniel Mattes are Co-Founders of jajah.

Ibibo is India’s first entertainment and talent based social network. It gives the youth of India a unique platform to showcase their talent, express themselves, create their own social network, audience and fan club and hence get recognition. The ibibo community uses a plethora of powerful communication tools to connect and share their expression, ranging from instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, photos, videos, asking and answering questions, exchanging free SMSs and chatting.

Justin.TV, Inc., a video site, is an online community. It enables people to broadcast, watch, share, and interact through live videos. The company offers various channels to browse that include producers, social, entertainment, gaming, sports news and events, animals science and technology, and educational., Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in San Francisco, California. Mr. Justin Kan is the Founder and President of

Komli Media
Komli is a digital advertising and technology company enabling marketers to reach and acquire their audiences and publishers to maximize their revenues. Komli Media powers India’s ad network platform with solutions across lead acquisition, audience targeting, rich media, online audience measurement and brand impact measurement. Komli Media also represents premium content channels in Autos, Lifestyles, News, Sports, Technology, Entertainment, Youth and Business and Finance segments over the Internet. Headquartered in Mumbai, Komli Media is also located in Delhi (India) and New York (US).

Livescribe, Inc
Livescribe, Inc. provides a mobile computing platform. Its platform includes Pulse Smartpen, a computer in a pen that records everything the clients hear and write, as well as synchronizes audio to the written notes; Livescribe Dot Paper, a paper printed with a pattern of tiny micro-dots, which enables the infrared camera at the tip of the Pulse smartpen to track the written notes; and Livescribe Desktop that allows the digital transfer of notes and recordings from the Pulse smartpen to the personal computer. The company sells its products through distributors. Livescribe, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Oakland, California.

Kosmix Corporation operates as a content categorization engine for topics on the Web. It searches the Web to automatically generate home pages for topics, including health, autos, and trips. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Mountain View, California.

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SeedCamp Tel Aviv:Top 20 startups in 2009

Startup companies from Israel have been making waves on the international seen in the last two years. Conferences for startup demonstration purposes are exposing the talent from Israel. Seedcamp begun it in the early part of the year and shortlisted the following startups.

Mobile advertising and B2C loyalty platform. ApProlix helps retailers increase loyalty by offering customers visiting a chain store to install the store’s mobile widget. The solution is composed of a SaaS Location based-CRM (LB-CRM) for the retailer side and InProximity interactive mobile engagement clients on the consumer side (mobile handset).

Clear Applications
Online recruiting platform that enables employers to assign each candidate an evaluation score by conducting cognitive, personality and professional tests. This is particulary attractive to employers who wish to save costs on testing centers and shorten the cycle of due dilligence on a job applicant.

A health focused user generated content site that displays ranges of prices for drugs, consultations & surgeries as well as additional health products & services. The company plans to increase the transparancy in drug related research by publsihing studies and collecting feedback on health services and products from users

Corbomite Games
founded in 2006, Corbomite Games is a casual game development studio focused on story telling adventure games. The company has released two games to date: “Pizza Morgana” and “Zbang” in cooperation with Israel’s leading cartoonists.

Coretal develops Configuration Management Solution for databases, tailored for teams that require synchronization between source codes and database structures. The company was founded in 2006

A social collaboration platform, that provides a collaborative development environment online. The platform operates on the cloud and lets coders deploy their developments to cloud services such as the Google App Engine and Amazon Cloud Services. Devunity is a TC50 Finalist and has been backed by Yossi Vardi

freeFree Way
Aiming to connect existing navigation services and applications into one big shared network. Using that connection, Free Way plans to offer device agnostic, accurate traffic condition & social localized information in real time. Big idea in early stage. Founded in 2009.

Develops a management platform targeted at municipalities and local governments. The system is a mashup of services, aggregating geo-coded events, thus helping municipalities address problems in a timely fashion. Founded in 2008 and developed in .Net and Silverlight.

Semantic advertising technology. iContent analyzes the semantic meaning of the text on a page and delivers semantically matching ads. As I understand, this takes Google Adsense a step forward since the matching is not based on the actual keyword, but on the semantic meaning of the page.

An easy to use mobile site creation platform for consumers and businesses, enables the creation of WAP sites in minutes. Jag and Go promotes the sites through a link at the end of text messages sent from the site. The company is already live with 35,000 mobile sites already as well as a hosted white label mobile service for affiliates.

A social network for musicians and music lovers focused on music creation and sharing.

brings video to the eCommerce world by producing online videos on products, inserting sales information into videos and promoting them through a distributed, multi-channel, targeted and personalized video commerce network. Qoof is one of the more experienced start ups on this list, and is already working with 500 retailers. Most recently, Qoof won of Mashable’s open web awards in the embeddable widgets category.

Brings more transparency to the online advertising process. Sekindo provides a marketplace of ads, providing publishers the ability to choose ads for their websites based on targeting and pricing, and advertisers simply approve publishers’ choice. An automated system, automatically displays an ad whenever manual chosen ads are not available. SekiNdo’s ad network currently serves 300K daily impressions in the Israeli market after launching the Israeli platform 3 months ago.

A many-to-many SMS messaging solution. Users can send group text messages to their phone contacts AND social network connections using Sendm’s network agnostic technology (supports GSM, CDMA, EDGE, UMTS). Similar to Facebook messages, users who received a Sendm SMS can see the recipient list and choose who they reply to. Sendm has strategic partnerships with IBM, SUN and Gemalto.

Developer of social mobile apps. SenseMatic’s first product is GetSweet, a location based aggregator of social network information and a mobile chat platform.

Think of Similar Web as an improved Stumble Upon. SW is a browser Add-on that analyzes surfing characteristics and offers the user easy access to related sites.

Developing a technology-rich platform for virtual worlds and online 3D games. The company’s innovation is in the improved efficiency it brings to the virtual worlds games, providing a better user experience and lower deployment costs. Founded in 2008, still in stealth, but check out these videos.

Claims to cut the phone-based customer service interaction costs by up to 90% with its mobile self-service platform. The technology presents on screen information and navigation menus to mobile callers upon placing a customer service call.

Think of Scribd meets Slideshare. wePapers is a content sharing platform, aimed to help university students, lecturers and researchers to publish, share and find academic documents

Read more: The chosen start ups of mini seedcamp Tel Aviv

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The Summit Series: 5 Best Startups of 2009

The summit series is a community of the world’s most influential innovators.The summit is inspired by events like the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and Davos.The latest conference in Aspen recorded 115 top young entrepreneurs and inspiring philanthropists under the age of 35. These five startups were most impressive at the conference has a web-based downloadable library containing a variety of advice and entertainment content to meet the needs of consumers. These audio and video podcasts can be uploaded to iPhones, laptops, desktops or most popularly to iPods from Apple Inc.. “We’re all living a mobile lifestyle… shorter content, that you can take with you, are the trends,” says Murray Hidary, CEO of iAmplify. With over 30 categories of quality content published by high-profile experts such as Martha Stewart of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) and Suze Orman, it is easy so see why this startup has been featured by CNN, New York Times, LA times, NBC, and Time Magazine to name a few.

iContact is an industry leading email marketing service with 47,000 customers and 400,000 users. Delivering a cost-effective and organized online interface that provides custom e-mail marketing services for both small businesses and large corporations. With a choice of over 300 templates, iContact caters to experts and amateurs alike, allowing them to add features to meet their needs such as subscription management, autoresponders, open and clickthrough tracking, spamcheck, bounce-back handling, integrated surveying, and other advanced analytics. While giving customers the tools to implement efficient e-mail marketing, iContact also has a database of free educational content, training sessions, and live chat support.
If you hate wasting your valuable time listening to voicemail, this latest product may just be the answer. Phonetag will send you a text and e-mail with the exact message received from your home or cell phone within 3 minutes. The phone number can be easily added to your contact list and you now have a searchable and dated note. Say goodbye to your assistant, because this service has it all! Phonetag also compiles an unlimited inbox for you, available through your personal webpage. You can e-mail or text directly from the transcribed message, as well as play the audio version attached to the e-mail.
This upcoming fashion website caters to all your shopping needs with a personalized portfolio dedicating every angle of their platform to the user. While enhancing the consumer experience, Stylecaster also caters to businesses through targeted branding and product integration. While displaying a 360 degree view of your daily outfits from your wardrobes, they also deliver style ideas that coordinate with the local weather and events you plan on attending. With editorial advice from the most prominent experts, trendsetters, and stylists in the industry, Stylecaster offers a collection of videos, interviews, and blogs to further expand your fashion education.

XG Technology, Inc
XG Technology, Inc has been developing an innovative product that may potentially revolutionize communication systems through Xmax, their proprietary 4G technology. It is a FCC approved VoIP (Voice-over-internet protocol) that utilizes low frequency radio waves, deploying from South Florida. The consumer will benefit from a low-power, low-cost, long-range telecommunications XG Flash Signal.
The handset device, called the xMax TX-60, is equipped with the essentials of a cell phone with the addition of the patented xMax VoIP ability.

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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 1

technology startups
BusinessWeek and market researcher YouNoodle have teamed up to identify 50 tech startups flying under the radar. The list includes fledgling tech companies—most started in 2005 and later—from the U.S., China, India, Israel, and Russia that are attracting some early buzz and are poised to grow beyond their regional or niche-market origins.

Adconion Media Group
Adconion UK Limited operates as an online advertising network. It offers various marketing campaigns, pricing models, yield campaign management, and reporting tools. The company serves advertising agencies, direct advertisers, and marketers, as well as Websites from various sectors. Adconion UK Limited was formerly known as EuroClick. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom with additional offices in Hamburg, Munich, London, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Toronto, and Santa Monica.T. Tyler Moebius is the CEO.

AdMob, Inc. is a mobile advertising marketplace. It offers ads across various mobile content channels, including contextual search, contextual search, downloads, entertainment, and portals, as well as sports, news, and information. The company allows advertisers to reach customers on the mobile Web and publishers to increase the value of their mobile sites. AdMob, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in San Mateo, California. Omar Hamoui is the founder.

Better Place
Project Better Place builds a transportation infrastructure that supports electric vehicles. It develops battery exchange stations and charge spots to provide electric power for cars. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in the Palo Alto, California. Mr. Shai Agassi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy, Inc. provides solid oxide fuel cell technology and products for distributed electricity and hydrogen generation. Bloom Energy, Inc. was founded as Ion America, Inc. and changed its name to Bloom Energy, Inc. in September 2006. The company is based in Moffett Field, California. Dr. K. R. Sridhar is the Founder.

Boxee TV, Ltd. develops media center software. The company’s software enables its users to control media programs stored in the personal computer or the Internet domain, and brings them to the television. It enables its users to view, rate, and recommend content to their friends through social networking features, as well as its social component allows sharing with friends. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in New York, New York. Avner Ronen Co-Founder and Chief Executive. Officer

Cloudera, Inc. engages in the distribution of Hadoop software for data processing and analysis. It also provides enterprise-level support and training services. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Burlingame, California.

Cotendo, Inc. operates content delivery network. The company also provides a suite of content delivery applications for Internet content providers. In addition, it offers Cotendo Dynamic Site Acceleration that enables content providers to maximize the performance of dynamic data-based sites and Web applications; and Cotendo Advanced DNS (Domain Name Service), which enables content providers the control of DNS services integrated with Cotendo’s distributed CDN delivery platform. In addition, it offers Cotendo CDN Balancer that enables content providers to implement a multi-source CDN strategy for resiliency, expense control, and business agility; and Cotendo RT Reports that gives real-time. Mr. Ronni Zehavi ,Co-founder .

Daylife, Inc. operates Daylife, a content services platform. The platform provides Web-based news and information sources in real time. The Daylife has various pre-built topic pages, including news, sports, celebrity gossip, and proprietary and third-party content and graphics applications. Its curatorial and content creation tools help publishers in building new pages, sections, and sites. The Daylife platform also offers Daylife Select, which enables the clients to create content port; and Enterprise API that helps in building an API. The company serves enterprise broadcasters and publishers, bloggers and independent producers, and tool/developer sites. Daylife, Inc. was founded in 2005. Mr. Upendra Shardanand is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Etsy, Inc. operates as an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade products. It offers handmade products under various categories, such as accessories, art, bags and purses, bath and beauty, books and zines, candles, ceramics and pottery, children, clothing, crochet, everything else, furniture, Geekery, glass, holidays, housewares, jewelry, knitting, music, needlecraft, paper goods, and patterns. The company also provides products under pets, plants and edibles, quilts, supplies, toys, weddings, and woodworking, as well as under clothing, music, furniture, software, robots, and jewelry categories. In addition, Etsy offers non-handmade crafting supplies and vintage items.
Mr. Haim Schoppik, Mr. Rob Kalin, – jared, and Mr. Chris Maguire are Co-founders.

Evernote Corporation offers handwriting recognition and digital ink software and technologies for users, system integrators, value added resellers, and original equipment manufacturers in California. The company’s products include ritePen, a handwriting recognition and navigation software for Microsoft Windows-based pen-enabled computers, which converts text for use in various Windows applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and others; and riteForm, a software developer tool for multi-platform handwriting recognition on pen-enabled devices, as well as for the mobile enterprise and small business markets. Its products also comprise riteShape, a protected shape and chart recognition technology. Dr. Stepan Pachikov is the Founder and Chief Product Architect.

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Seed Funding Legal Documents from Techstars and Y Combinator

Startup Incubator

Techstars and Y Combinator (startup Incubators) have both released the various legal documents that they use as a starting point for seed stage financing for the companies they fund.These include Termsheets, Stock Purchase Agreement , Board Consent,Stockholder Consent, Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Investors’ Rights Agreement, ByLaws, Subscription Agreement and Election Concents.
You can Download the documents from Y Combinator and Download Techstars Legal Documents here.

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Top 20 Groups for Entrepreneurs/Business People On LinkedIn

LinkedIn Groups

I am not a fun of groups, but lately I have been conducting research on the impact of software as a service on small and medium businesses. I needed to talk to prospective customers. Connections played a major role on who to contact. If I were a member of any of the groups listed below, I could have gotten the message out easier and faster. I am now leveraging the groups as an entrepreneur.

Groups for Entrepreneurs/Business People

1. On Startups – The Community For Entrepreneurs (75,000+ members) – On Startups is the biggest LinkedIn group for entrepreneurs and business owners.

2. (60,747 members) – A networking group for LinkedIn Open Networkers (Lots of top connected LinkedIn business professionals are from this group.)

3. Startup Specialists (32,083 members) – A group for people who believe they are startup specialists and love the challenges of being with startups.

4. The Indus Entrepreneur, aka TiE (7,134 members) – Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 by successful entrepreneurs and professionals with roots in the Indus region, TiE is spread over 48 chapters in 11 countries. Over 12,000 Members and 1,600 plus Charter Members – entrepreneurs, VCs, Private Equity, Angels, Law Firms, Tech & Mgt.professionals.

5. Linked Business Strategists (6,247 members) – A business network for professionals, exchanging knowledge and helping entrepreneurs and start ups find and evaluate the right strategies for their business worldwide.

6. Start-up Phase Forum (5,860 members) – A FREE community for the entrepreneur and small business owner in the start-up phase of starting their own business.

7. Linked Strategies (5,702 members) – Linked Strategies focuses on strategies for creating professional success on LinkedIn for entrepreneurs and business owners.

8. Band of Entrepreneurs (4,007 members) – A non-profit organization of, by and for entrepreneurs. It is formed to facilitate and accelerate the development of the entrepreneurial/startup ecosystem.

9. GoBigNetwork Startup Community (3,235 members) – A community for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and others who have an interest in facilitating the rapid growth of startup companies.

10. Linked Business (2,847 members) – A business advisory group for small business owners, entrepreneurs, startup businesses, attorneys, accountants, marketing & PR professionals, etc.

Groups for Marketing/Sales Professionals

11. eMarketing Association Network (148,264 members) – It’s the largest marketing group with 148,000+ members. It is managed by the eMarketing Association, and open to all professionals interested in Internet Marketing.

12. Innovative Marketing, PR, Sales, Word-of-Mouth & Buzz Innovators (60,225 members) – Innovate with innovative marketing, public relations, promotions sales & selling professionals skilled at using creative marketing methods. Organized by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman.

13. Media Professionals Worldwide (49,982 members) – Media & Entertainment group for media professionals from USA (America), Europe, Asia (China & India), Australia etc..

14. ThoseinMedia (48,410 members) – A group for Social, Online, & Broadcast Media, Ad Sales, Marketing, Buying/Planning, Interactive, Gaming, Print, TV, Radio, Mobile, Internet, Animation, Newspaper, PR, SEM, Paid & Organic Search, SEO, CPM, CPC, CPA, Analytics, Publishing, Ad Agency.

15. Inbound Marketers – For Marketing Professionals (35,261 members) – Online group for marketing professionals. A community for those looking to reach their best customers online through techniques like inbound marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and social media.

16. ! Sales Best Practices (34,997 members) – Topics involved in this group include business strategy, sales development, productivity, trade performance, team management, marketing, etc.

17. Social Media Marketing (33,133 members) – A decent and very active social media marketing group on LinkedIn. It is intended for interactive advertising and marketing professionals who are actively engaged in social media and community-oriented websites.

18. True Wealth Marketing & Communication Group (23,903 members) – A great group for marketing and sales professionals

19. Digital Marketing (19,167 members) – A group for people who want to engage in debate and exchange information on best practice digital marketing. It’s ideally designed for Digital marketing, internet and e-commerce professionals.

20. (19,138 members) – Sales & Leadership Blog. Related topics include sales, leadership, management, marketing, CRM, recruiting, business development, selling tips, training, networking, etc.

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The Top Ten Startups in Green Software

Green Technology

I have always had my doubts about green technology.Michael Kanellos of Greentech Enterprise has put up a great list of green applications.Green technologies may be capital intensive, but there are a lot of ideas I am getting out of this list.

1. eMeter
The company, which has raised $57 million in two rounds, has created a system that crunches the data from electrical meters for the benefit of utilities. It can monitor power consumption, maintenance issues, trends, outages, billing management, etc.

It has an in-home thermostat application too, but it’s not really the interesting part. It’s how eMeter manipulates data for utilities that makes it valuable. Plus, it can pave the way for dynamic pricing schemes. Customers include Southern California Edison, TorontoHydro and CenterPoint Energy, among others.

2. Sustainable Spaces
Sustainable currently gets its revenue from energy efficiency retrofits, but the heart of the company is a complex application that allows contractors to determine the optimal repairs for a building.

“It is an expert system for decision support in the field,” said president Matt Golden. “We have software meetings all the time.” A number of the company’s employees came from Google. The company’s next task is to certify third-party contractors (i.e., not those working on Sustainable’s crew) to get trained on the system. The retrofit market may become as crowded as building management, but for now Sustainable has a head start.

3. Autodesk
Product and building design. In terms of overall impact, the company will likely have a greater influence than anyone else on the list in terms of improving energy efficiency in buildings, reducing the amount of raw materials in manufactured goods, and replacing fossil fuels. But be honest, seeing Sustainable on this list is more of a surprise.

Honorable mention: Bentley Systems, which makes simulation and design tools for HVAC engineers.

4. Intermolecular
Think drug discovery software meets batteries and ultracapacitors. The company harnesses highly parallel computing techniques to devise materials and processes for semiconductor manufacturers and material scientists.

Biosciences companies have used these sorts of programs for years for protein folding simulations. Intermolecular exploits similar techniques to determine, for example, the optimal placement of atoms in a cathode and the potential results from various processing techniques. To date, Intermolecular has mostly worked with chip makers like AMD and Elpida, but it likely become a name solar and battery makers get to know.

5. Architectural Energy’s SPOT
Not SPQR, SPOT. It stands for Sensor Placement and Orientation Tool and helps architects place sensors so that occupants can capitalize on daylight. Daylight saves energy-lighting consumes 22 percent of the electricity in the U.S. – but it can also improve worker productivity, moods and retail sales because of the improved quality of light. Ever wonder why everyone looks like a serial killer in a gas station bathroom? It’s the poor fluorescents! Sunlight Direct, UC Davis and others also working on this issue.

6. GeoMation
Hitachi’s GeoMation crunches satellite data to determine the optimum time to harvest wheat and rice. In tests on the island of Hokkaido, where farmers saw carbon dioxide output during harvesting reduced by 30 percent. In a world plagued by drought and hunger, this will come in handy. Expect to see a lot of lifestyle and heath applications come out of Japan too – weight loss tips, sleep monitors etc.

7. The Building Management 25
Building control systems used to mean the janitor. Now, it’s a booming cottage industry with companies offering various combinations of hardware, software and services for curbing power inside commercial buildings, homes and university campuses.

At this point, it’s hard to say who will win. Because of the varying customer needs, some sectors of this market will not rapidly consolidate: software for skyscraper management will likely be served by several vendors. The companies that provide software for thermostats may experience a quick bloodbath in the near future.

Here are some of the more interesting ones: Cimetrics (software and simulation for campuses); Tririga (same); Adura Technologies (lighting controls-moving to total building management); Optimum Energy (air conditioner control) HydroPoint Technologies and Greenleaf (sprinkler systems); Advanced Telemetry (fast food outlets) and Tendril (home energy management consoles).

8. Hara
Why do I like Hara over the other carbon management companies? Because they don’t yammer on about the importance of carbon accounting, which, in most parts of the world, remains voluntary.

Instead, the company tries to give a comprehensive view of the “organizational metabolism,” according to CEO Amit Chatterjee said. If a company is mostly concerned about reducing energy costs, or water consumption, the remedial recommendations will be skewed toward the desired result or a blend of goals.

9. Toyota’s Prius Dashboard
Until the Prius came out with its eco-friendly dashboard, consumers could only estimate their mileage by dividing the miles they drove by gas purchases. Toyota’s dashboard made it dynamically available. It also helped popularize eco-driving techniques. The console will one day be standard in nearly all cars.

10. Sungevity , Global Solar Center and SolarCity
Tie! All three have devised software to reduce the cost of installations. Sungevity and Global have come out with pretty accurate online applications for estimating solar jobs (see the revi ew here). Sungevity works as an installer but has begun to license its application. Global, which only started its beta 90 days ago, has 60 installers in its network already.
11. GridPoint
The company’s SmartGrid Platform aims to become a nerve center for utilities: swapping power loads, monitoring renewable production, allowing safe charging for electric cars. Ideally, it is the sort of system that could put demand response companies out of business by giving utilities the tools to control consumption. XcelEnergy selected the company to participate in SmartGridCity. In a lot of ways, you could say it’s equal to emeter.

But it’s not without controversy. GridPoint got its start making energy management systems for high-end homes. That didn’t take off, but GridPoint discovered that its software could scale to handle larger projects. Skeptics – i.e., executives at competing companies – say that that needs to be proven. GridPoint has raised over $200 million since 2003. On one hand, it’s a great cushion. On the other, that sort of money tends to bring out critics.

12. Fat Spaniel Technologies
The company monitors PV and thermal solar system performance. It was one of the first companies to identify the software opportunity for solar. Although it now faces competition from building monitoring companies and others, the pioneering has to be acknowledged.

13. eSolar
It’s a solar thermal company on paper, but a pillar of its strategy is the software that orchestrates the movement of reflective heliostats to optimize the production of heat in a boiler on top of a tower. The heat needs to remain even, sort of like making a crème brulée. BrightSource Energy has created similar software but the odds are far greater that eSolar will transform itself into a software company. Brightsource has power plant deals and the execs all come from the energy world. eSolar’s Bill Gross hails from the internet. But the question is who buys it: Are there customers beyond the handful of solar thermal vendors?

14. GreenRoad
It puts a piece of hardware in your car that studies your driving habits. The data is then downloaded to a software application that tells you on ways that you can save gas and reduce accidents by changing your driving habits. Don’t accelerate so much, it might say, or why don’t you clean your floor mats. They’re gross.

The tough part is justifying the payoff. Commercial companies pay $400 a year for a subscription but can save $1,828 a year in lower insurance premiums, saved gas, etc. A consumer pays $302 a year, but can save $310. Would you put up with an electronic mother-in-law for $8 a year?

15. Verdiem
The company’s software cuts power consumption on PCs. Dull, yes, but it works.Clean

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Top 20 Winners of PICK 20 Startups in 2009


Pick 20 is Created by Backbone and KPMG, the PICK 20 is the only national ranking of its kind In Canada. To compile the top 20 they assemble a crack panel of judges and asked them and the public to nominate worthy companies or projects that are driving innovation and changing the way we use the Internet.

1 FreshBooks

Online invoicing and time-tracking service

FreshBooks landed in the number two spot last year and now climbs into first place. The company scored with the judges for innovation and use of social media: Trgovac said it continues to “go where its customers are, develop its app and reach out on social media channels.” O’Connor Clarke said, “FreshBooks continues to lead both in the implementation of its system and its approach to support and community participation.” Napier praised the site’s benchmarking facilities: “This includes a quarterly report card which tracks revenue, average invoice size and expenses, and can [compare] that data against other companies in the industry. Companies can also compare number of staff, salary, location and LinkedIn connections or software in use, which can provide valuable feedback and best practices for running a successful company.”

2 Myca Health

Online communication platform linking patients and doctors

Myca Health is a platform of services, which includes Hello Health, a system that mixes “in-person office visits, text messages, e-mail and video chat.” The mix impressed Geist (“An important entry in an important area”) and O’Connor Clarke (“A superb implementation of an idea whose time has come”). Napier agreed: “The problem Myca is addressing is acute. With doctors and patients increasingly mobile, online and strapped for time, a better process is needed to provide flexible and valuable services to patients, while reducing the burden on health care professionals so they have more time to care for their patients. Myca is well-positioned to do just that. Patients familiar with consumer and corporate social networking sites will feel at home with this solution.”

3 CoveritLive

Real-time blogging software

“These guys are simply the best at what they do,” O’Connor Clarke said. “The UI is intuitively easy, the feature set is terrific and they’ve done an exceptional job of marketing themselves within both the obvious blogger community and, more importantly, the international mainstream media. CoveritLive is…a national treasure.” Geist said the company “sets the standard for real-time blogging and reporting,” while Trgovac said the company is “still in the early stages of its business model, but they seem to have a realistic picture of their options.”

4 Viigo

Smartphone content delivery software (news, weather, flight status, etc.)

This “exciting Canadian startup has a chance to get significant global visibility,” according to Geist. O’Connor Clarke points to the site’s use of RSS, “one of the defining Web 2.0 technologies,” and said it “bridges the gap between the desktop feed reader and the mobile world. Viigo is the most important app on my BlackBerry after e-mail, and with some of the new channels they’re adding, it’s only going to get better.”

5 Radian6

Real-time social media monitoring and analysis

Companies need “simple tools to sift through the (social media) clutter and make sense of it all,” according to Shende. And Napier put numbers to that: “Radian6 provides extensive coverage of social media sites, including more than 100 million blogs, tens of thousands of forums, more than 20,000 online mainstream news sources and more than 450 rich media sites (YouTube, Flickr, Google Video), macromedia sites (, and LinkedIn Answers.” The company is, according to O’Connor Clarke, “one of the very best solutions currently available for comprehensive online reputation monitoring. They offer a terrific set of tools and keep adding value with new features.” And, Napier added, the future looks bright: “Radian6 is in a favourable position to transition from early adopters in PR and advertising to more mainstream corporate customers.”

6 Filemobile

On-demand social media content management and application development system

Trgovac called this “the company I wish I had founded. White-label social media components that other companies can use: super smart.” O’Connor Clarke called Filemobile a standout player in a crowded market because of its “breadth of solution offering, the flexibility of the UI, the quality of the analytics and the availability of functional APIs.” Napier highlighted brand management: “Filemobile’s solution enables brand management with editing tools to let customers moderate their media services and approve and deny content, so they can protect their brands while simultaneously extending themselves to find and engage customers.”

7 BoardSuite

Board-level governance and compliance solution

The judges saw promise in this solution, but also challenges. “It’s a good idea but it does not answer the question of the target demographic’s (generational) reluctance to adopt new technology,” Shende said, with Geist adding, “The company may have identified a solid entry point in Web 2.0, but the challenge will be migrating bigger corporate players. The strongest opportunity is with SMEs with governance issues, but will they (ever) pay?”

Napier, however, said “BoardSuite’s go-to-market strategy sets it apart: the solution is free for SMEs and NFPs, while BoardSuite’s network of partners pay for the solution as a way to improve and streamline their own processes in dealing with these organizations and create an ecosystem of essential services for corporate boards. It’s a win-win situation.” However, she added, “the company has already established partnerships with notable organizations and it will need to continue building upon those partnerships to increase its visibility and reach in the market.”

8 NowPublic

Crowdsourced/participatory news gathering

A winner last year, “NowPublic continues at the forefront of the reinvention of news media,” according to O’Connor Clarke. “They continue to impress with the rate of their growth, their constant innovation and their overall leadership in defining the future of citizen media.” Napier said the company’s “scan tool, which acts as a filtering system, appears to be positioned to help readers get the information that is most valuable and relevant to them,” but Trgovac, while impressed by the company, is “still not sure how they make money.”

9 Tungle

Online scheduling software that works across companies, systems and time zones

It’s safe to say Trgovac is a fan: “I can’t deal with how great this app is. The cross-platform/cross-calendar integration is phenomenal and this solves a very real business problem in the multi-platform reality of business.” This is echoed by Napier: “Tungle has addressed a key pain point: the time-consuming process of coordinating multiple schedules with attendees inside and outside of the office. Tungle’s solution is simple to use and intuitive. The company is in a good position to partner with complementary solutions such as conferencing services, social networks and productivity tools.

Trgovac said her one worry is the business model. O’Connor Clark has an answer to that concern: “I can see this getting picked up by Microsoft or Google sometime in the next 12 months.”

10 HootSuite

A Twitter toolbox that manages multiple Twitter profiles

“Once again,” O’Connor Clarke said, “Canadian innovation in the social media universe blows my mind. HootSuite is one of those solutions that’s so good you don’t really realize how much you need it until you start using it.” Napier said there are “a number of applications on the market right now designed to improve the Twitter experience, which will create competition for HootSuite, but the company has an intuitive and attractive user interface that makes it easier to manage a Twitter account, and it has identified an approach to monetize Twitter by integrating AdSense.”

Trgovac (“I really adore HootSuite”) is also eyeing the revenue stream: “This is a service I would pay for, and that’s another monetization path for them.”

11 ThoughtFarmer

Intranet software which incorporates social networking features

A winner last year, ThoughtFarmer “is still great, although they’ve got some tough competition. Still, it has a solid team, smart products and really cool marketing,” according to O’Connor Clarke. Trgovac also sees “lots of competition in the marketplace” but also calls ThoughtFarmer “one of the best social intranet applications I’ve seen, with a great interface and features.”

12 AfterCAD Online

Enables viewing and publishing complex data sets over the Web

The judges felt Aftercad offered a good product but it faces stiff competition: “real potential” (Geist); “cool widget, and I can see this possibly getting picked up by Autodesk and rolled into their portfolio, but given that they already have something fairly similar in place I’m not sure how likely that is” (O’Connor Clarke); and “since there are a number of competitors serving the CAD collaboration market with SaaS-based low-priced solutions, emerging companies need to emphasize those aspects of the solution that differentiate it in the market” (Napier).

13 TeamPages

Web site creation and management service for amateur sports teams

A solid niche product and “a great tool for quickly and simply creating a space for sports teams; it’s like a community centre 2.0 for the coaches and teams to drop into anytime,” Shende said. Napier added: “TeamPage’s solution has the specific features and functions to optimize team communication. With players and coaches using the site to post pictures, message team members and plan activities, it will be essential that the site continue to provide a high level of security to protect players’ privacy.”

14 The Manufacturing Innovation Network

An online network built for Waterloo Region manufacturing companies

Geist said the site does a “nice job of mixing Web 2.0 with area economic promotion” and O’Connor Clarke said this is “exactly the kind of thing the read-write Web should be fostering more of. This is a terrific use of Web 2.0 tools.” Napier commented that Igloo, the company behind the site, “boasts experienced technology leaders that it can leverage to grow its visibility both in North America and abroad. Still, there are an increasing number of companies offering corporate social networks in the market that will make it difficult for vendors like Igloo to stand out from the crowd. Igloo’s pricing allows it to differentiate itself as an affordable solution, which will be particularly important.”


An online health, beauty and skin care store generated high marks for its design and functionality, but a lack of extensive Web 2.0 features hurt it a little. O’Connor Clarke is “a fan and follower of” but added the site is not really “a 2.0 Web solution. They’re getting there—with the addition of more commenting, rating and community features—but they’re not there yet.” Napier, however, pointed to the company’s “chat application called imWell, which enables customers to ask a live pharmacist questions through the Web site. The smart recommendation engine was designed in-house to recommend products to individual customers based on other items they are viewing or purchasing. The system leverages an interconnected hyper-graph of all its products, learns about them and builds relationships with other products.”

16 Clarity Accounting

Online accounting for small businesses and the self-employed

A solid offering, according to many judges, but not among the most innovative. Geist said Clarity operates in a “crowded space, but it’s good to see a Canadian entrant” and Trgovac said it’s “a little me-too, but the implementation is straightforward and relatively intuitive.”

Napier is looking for future growth: “The company’s agility and responsiveness are strengths: it has a customer request page where customers can make suggestions for future developments, vote on other customer suggestions and see which features Clarity is working on. If the company continues to work on the product features and increases its visibility, it could begin to attract a larger customer following.”


Online voice-over talent agency

Shende categorized as “voice agency and casting 2.0. Well executed,” and Trgovac said the site is “a good niche social network.” Overall, though, the judges would like to see more aggressive use of Web 2.0 tools.

18 Taglocity

Enterprise e-mail management and knowledge sharing

By working to manage the flood of e-mail, Taglocity “targets a real problem using innovative solutions,” Geist said. According to Napier, “a solution like Taglocity, that combines both e-mail management with collaboration and knowledge-sharing tools like micro-messaging, enables knowledge workers to capture, organize and share information from within Outlook without having to jump to or learn a different platform or application.” O’Connor Clarke concurred. “Taglocity addresses the problem right inside the knowledge worker’s main desktop environment: Outlook. It requires only small changes to existing behaviour to show immediate productivity benefits. Excellent stuff.”

19 PollStream

Interactive-engagement and community-building solutions

PollStream offers an “interesting niche and solution to collaborative business communications” (Shende) and is a “very solid entry with a clear vision of target market and strategy” (Geist). According to Napier, “one of PollStream’s strengths is the attention it pays to customer project implementations to ensure its solutions deliver ROI in the long run.”

20 Pixton
A site where people create, publish, share and remix comics

Geist enjoyed seeing something “new and creative” and Shende said Pixton “outputs creativity, collaboration, crowdsourcing and community all in an innovative new spin on an old, previously non-democratic medium.” The judges hope Pixton can monetize the service. “If the company can continue to attract classrooms willing to try the solution, and highlight the value delivered to entice institutions to pay for the subscription, the company could turn a fun comic-strip tool into something that’s really adding value and providing a revenue stream,” Napier said.

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5000+ Web Resources to Do Just About Anything Online

Web Resources

The 5000+ Resources to Do Just About Anything Online link contains the biggest collection of resources I have ever stumbled upon on the internet.The category of resources includes :blogging and podcasting,communication tools, photo and video tools,tools for work, tools for personal productivity,web browsing tools, web development tools,web search search and bookmarking and miscellaneous tools. Enjoy.

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Y-Combinator Launches 9 Startups

Y Combinator
YCombinator, the Silicon Valley start-up incubator, launched its ninth class of companies yesterday. Here is the initial list of companies.

FlightCaster: Predicts flight delays up to six hours before airline notifications (pictured right). The team of 11 uses algorithms incorporating weather reports, earlier flights and FAA notifications to predict when flights will arrive. The company plans to focus on consumers at first and help companies track their corporate passengers. Later on, the plan is to offer the service to airlines that want to improve their customer relationships.

RethinkDB: This company offers a database engine that’s designed for solid-state drives, which use flash memory chips and are several times faster than traditional hard drives relying on rotating disks or platters to store data. RethinkDB says databases today are slower because they are designed for that older generation of hard drives. They optimize for high-seek latency, or how long it takes for a rotational drive’s platter to move, which costs valuable time.

DailyBooth: This start-up is a “Twitter for pictures.” Instead of using 140 characters to describe what you’re doing at the moment, you snap a picture instead. The site has rapidly become popular among teenagers, who use it to take pictures at least once a day and round up comments from followers. Founder Jon Wheatley says the site has zoomed past 3 million unique visitors a month.

JobPic: Have secret yodeling skills you want to teach? JobPic is a marketplace where service providers auction off what they can do. It’s kind of similar to Elance or Odesk, but what makes it different is that sellers can suggest services instead of leaving all the power to buyers to define what the market demands.

Mixpanel: Any developer that’s creating applications for Facebook, the iPhone or other platforms probably wants to keep track of how their users are engaged with their work, whether that’s convincing consumers to buy goods or battle zombies. Mixpanel is a real-time analytics platform that tracks how users work with these applications. The developers can define whatever actions they want to track by inserting Mixpanel’s script into specific places in their code. Mixpanel targets that middle-market of developers who might find Google Analytics too basic and high-end services like Omniture too expensive.

JobSpice: Making resumes are a pain. You have one format for print, for which you’ve used the same Microsoft Word template for years. Then converting it to PDF is another hassle. And then if you want to send it online, you have to worry about messing up the formatting. JobSpice is an online tool that pledges to solve that by giving you pre-made or user-generated templates that work both online and offline. JobSpice prompts you for the basic information like your address and work history and formats it into the template of your choice. The company plans on partnering with university career services or working with companies who want a more unified application process.

HighlightCam: This start-up takes long videos and automatically condenses them to the most interesting parts. Founder Michael J.T. O’Kelly, an MIT physics Ph.D. student developed the product because he and his wife wanted to see what their pet rabbits were up to while they were gone. O’Kelly and his partner Mike Katsevman are hoping to target mommy bloggers who want to keep tabs on their babies, the security camera market and content providers with large video collections that need highlight reels of their libraries. The company has a free version and a premium product that costs $8.99 per month. Their software works by giving each frame in a video two ratings: one for motion and another for audio. If there are sudden changes in the frame’s composition or sound, it will highlight them.

Olark: This company has created a chat widget to make it easier for visitors to engage with the business behind a Web site. Users will stop by a Web site and see a chat prompt hovering in the corner, asking them to communicate with business if they want. For example, a real estate agent might want to make it dead-simple for a homeowner to contact them. Instead of digging out the real estate agent’s contact information, they can type into the floating chat prompt and reach the business owner if they’re available on the other end. Olark works seamlessly with a number of chat clients including GTalk, iChat and AIM.

Bump Technologies: This company got a bit of viral attention earlier this year when it launched an iPhone app that let you share contact information just by bumping your phone against another one. Bump Technologies, however, has far more in mind than just sharing contact details. Founders David Lieb, Andy Huibers and Jake Mintz see it as a platform for sharing content like your favorite music and as a ubiquitous standard for physical interactions between mobile devices.

RentHop: This site tries to outdo Craigslist in the apartment rental market with more specific search features and a function that lets you schedule showings. You can narrow down your search by specifying how many bedrooms you want or your price range. There’s also a drag-and-drop feature for limiting your search to a particular area on a map. The site has multiple payment structures. It can charge by listing or by actual conversions, meaning when the site helps a landlord finalize a deal with a tenant. The site is already profitable: it’s made close to $15,000 in its first 30 days.

FanChatter: This start-up tries to bridge the gap between big-name brands and their consumers through social media. The company focuses on sporting events, concerts and conferences. They’ve designed marketing promotions like a user-generated photo campaign for the Minnesota Twins. Fans e-mailed photos in from their mobile phones to appear on the scoreboard during a real game. FanChatter then turned that around, creating online galleries that fans could turn around and share on social networks. They’ve also supported Twitter chat boxes on sporting Web sites.

Listia: This company is trying to be the eBay of free stuff. It’s a site where you can give away belongings that are too nice to throw away but too much of a hassle to try and sell. Listia is a place where you can auction off these goods, and either keep the proceeds or donate them to charity. Prospective buyers bid on goods with Listia credits, which they can purchase outright or earn by referring friends or auctioning other items.

Directed Edge: This start-up is trying to get past search as a way to find content that’s meaningful to users. Directed Edge sees itself as a real-time recommendations engine fueling product, social application and ad suggestions. The company has a number of potential product lines. It works with online retailers, analyzing consumer purchasing and product ratings data to recommend goods to customers.

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