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VentureBeat :Top 10 Best Startup Companies.

56 DEMO presenters and 14 DEMO Alpha Pitch companies made presentations at the conference in San Diego this week, The official list of the top winners is different from this list presented by venturebeat.This is a selection especially made by venturebeat. These are the profiles of the companies that made it to the top 10 list of venturebeat.


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TiECON 2009: Top 10 Consumer Web Startups

TiEcon is an annual event and its a convention in the world dedicated to entrepreneurs. TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network. Since its founding in 1992, TiE has grown to become one of the world’s largest organization for entrepreneurs and professionals, with membership spread across 11 countries. Membership includes thousands of experienced entrepreneurs and business executives.The 2009 competition was fierce with nearly 1200 highly qualified companies nominated. . Ten companies from each of the five focus segments(-Internet Infrastructure, Wireless, Cleantech, Software, and Consumer Web) were selected as winners.I have profiled the top ten startups in the consumer web segment below.

Buzzintown is a one-stop-shop for all information related to events and happenings – musicals, plays, book reads, concerts, sports, live bands, exhibitions and expos, and, very importantly, those that are personal/social in nature.

Intent is a destination for capturing and sharing peoples intentions – personal, social, spiritual and environmental.

JAJAH, is a communications company, offers internet based telephony solutions for consumers and businesses. JAJAH’s services make it easier for people to stay in touch using any device, on any network, anywhere. Leveraging a universal open telecommunications platform, JAJAH’s managed services allow mobile operators, landline carriers, cable companies, technology companies and other businesses to adopt its voice solutions.

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.Kiva is a person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

Kosmix is a guide to the Web. Kosmix lets users explore the Web by topic, presenting a dashboard of relevent videos, photos, news, commentary, opinion, communities and links to related topics. Kosmix’s categorization engine organizes the Internet into magazine-style topic pages, enabling people to navigate the Web.

like is a visual search engine, where the contents of photos are used to search and retrieve similar items.Like allows users to search and purchase items from thousands of leading and boutique brands. Like features include Likeness Search™ – the ability to search by image instead of text. Like Detail™ – finds items that have a specific feature you like (such as a buckle, straps, bezel, etc). Like Color™ – find color variants of the item you desire. Like Celebrity™ – find clothing, shoes and accessories similar to those worn by your favorite celebrities.Like This™ – the ability to upload your own photo of your favorite item and find the same or similar products.

Mochi Media is a San Francisco, CA based company that helps game developers around the world to monetize and distribute their games. MochiAds,their core product provides independent game developers with game analytics, distribution, tools and monetization while providing advertisers with turnkey opportunities to reach Internet users who play online games.

offerpal Media
Offerpal Media is a virtual currency monetization for online games, virtual worlds and social networks. The company’s turnkey payment platform gives consumers the opportunity to earn or buy virtual currency by completing targeted advertising offers or by purchasing it through direct, global payment options.

PlaySpan provides monetization solutions for online games, virtual worlds, and social networks. Social network payment solutions are available through Spare Change. Featured on over 700 applications, across Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, Spare Change empowers developers to successfully monetize their applications through micro payments.

Tonchidot is a Social Reality Mobile Location-based Service: The client-side software(Sekai Camera) and web service enable camera-equipped mobile devices (such as iPhones, Android “Google Phones”, and other smart-phones) to access informational and entertainment services by creating a “Clickable World” via the use of Augmented Reality (AR) hyper-tags. The user-clickable tags, called “AirTags”, are location-based and mapped in the real world and can be seen and accessed through the camera view of mobile devices with the Sekai Camera software.

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Red Herring Series:Top 100 Technology Companies In Europe, Pt 1

Red Herring is a global media company uniting the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine; an online daily technology news service; technology newsletters, and major events for technology leaders around the globe. The 2009 winners in Europe were unveiled and featured at Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 in Berlin ,Germany.I will profile the companies some of the companies that made it to the top in this post and the rest in the subsequent posts.The first ten companies include :

Abiquo is a company that was set up in Barcelona (with division in Madrid and frequently presence in San Francisco) in 2006. It has a global vocation, developing an open-source cloud-computing platform. With their technology, clients can create and manage their complex architectures of information systems from one unique platform (such as physical and virtual servers, networks, applications, storage, and so on). Abiquo’s Cloud Computing platform is released as an open-source license and it allows everyone, regardless of the size of their organization, to enjoy its benefits.

Accedo is a privately held company founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson primarily backed by Swedish VC Industrifonden.Accedo Broadband is a provider of applications for IPTV and Connected TV. Accedo Broadband provides application store for IPTV and Connected TV containing, for example, IPTV games, quizzes, puzzles, video art, comics, karaoke, lifestyle, niche sports, weather, social media and communication services. Accedo’s Funspot gaming service is the most widely deployed IPTV gaming service in the world. Accedo Broadband is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with branch offices in London, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Actimos is focused on developing the mobile travel friend Wipolo designed to simplify travelling. Actimos provides business travellers with useful tools before, during and after their trips.Travellers are free to choose their travel providers. They often have different providers for flights, trains, hotels or rental cars. After they have made their bookings on travel websites Actimos propose to centralize their reservation details and enable to consult them very simply on their mobile. More than that customers give them a licence right to collect information on their name from different web sources as a real pesonal assistant.

ActionBase offers companies a framework that can be leveraged across multiple areas of organizations to provide a broad base of solutions. Business specific solutions include :Audit.Tracker – Internal Audit. Compliance.Tracker – HSE and compliance tracking.Decision.Tracker – Corporate Decisions Management.Contract Tracker -Contract.Tracker –Fraud.Tracker – Fraud escalation and customer care.

Acumem is a provider of intelligent software which analyzes and helps optimizing the computing performance in single- and multi-core environments. Acumem contributes to their customers’ success in maximizing the benefits of multi-core technology, achieving the full potential of their systems. Acumem has partnerships with leading companies in the multi-core market such as Sun Microsystems, HP and Microsoft. Acumem is a privately held company based in Uppsala, Sweden with sales office in Boston, USA.

Adactus is a software company offering solutions for delivery and presentation of adapted multimedia for mobile terminals.With base in the ISO standard MPEG-21, they control the delivery of content into detail with respect to Quality of Service and Quality of Experience.They deliver custom designed and easy to use applications for mobile terminals, and offer improvements in functionality and user experience.

AdJug is an online advertising exchange. It connects buyers and sellers of online advertising and provides them with transparency, control and choice.Publishers can take control of their online inventory to increase their earnings and advertisers can run better campaigns because they know where each conversion and traffic is coming from.AdJug was founded in 2007 by Satish Jayakumar and Michael Stephanblome.

Ads-Click is a market leader in solutions for contextual and mobile advertising. The company’s technology is used by major Internet players and mobile operators and serves over 5 billion pages views per month. Since its inception in January, 2004 Ads-Click has acted as an innovative force in the world of online advertising by providing a game-changing level of transparency and control over ad prices and content types compared with other providers.

ammado is the global online community of people who care. We connect nonprofits, socially responsible companies and engaged individuals dedicated to positive change on a global and local level. Ammado provides companies with a state of the art global community engagement and giving platform. Our online community engagement platform allows companies to set up their own interactive CSR profile; share their values, goals and activities; use the media tools available such as articles, photo albums, videos, document libraries etc.

Animasher is a place where you make animations. Users can Make their own by Choosing a picture (your friend, a dog, whatever) and drag it around.Add some sound effects and Save animation. Share it on Facebook, MySpace, etc

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Silicon Alley Insider:Top 10 Startups in 2009

These 10 emerging online startups survived rounds of scrutiny from a panel of VC judges and were selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants as stated by Silicon Alley Insider

Adzoomi is a managed viral advertising exchange that connects advertisers, creators and promoters/publishers to create measurable User Generated Word of Mouth Video campaigns.They enable video content creators to get paid for the work they are now uploading for free.

Expensify still offers the “electronic payment card,” which is essentially an Expensify-branded MasterCard that is linked to your original credit card (which doesn’t have to be a MasterCard). When you use this card, business expenses are immediately charged to the linked credit card’s account. Not only does this allow you to still rack up any frequent flier miles associated with your primary credit card but it takes only a week to get the Expensify card and you don’t have to undergo a credit check.The process of using Expensify is in three steps:Import expenses and receipts(Direct online import from 94% of US credit cards.Guaranteed eReceipts for card purchases under $75).Submit paperless Expense Reports(Send full-color PDF expense reports, receipts and all.Submit by email to anyone, no integration required.) Reimburse entirely online (Pay and receive by direct deposit or credit card)

Article One Partners
Article One Partners is a global research community that provides premium compensation for submitting prior art evidence for selected patents. The patents selected have a large impact on the public and might already be tied up in litigation and dispute.ARTICLE ONE PARTNERS leverages the collective intelligence of their global community of Advisors to uncover new prior art. And when the global search does NOT uncover new patent validity evidence, patent claims for truly original innovations are intrinsically strengthened. Better access to prior art means a stronger patent system.

BeliefNetworks™ was founded by Silicon Valley and Microsoft executives to assist businesses and organizations to transform real time, structured and unstructured data — such as marketing campaign data, customer behavior information and social network conversations — into actionable knowledge for improved customer experience.

Globefunder is a Consumer Healthcare and commercial financing solutions company. The company’s innovative healthcare solutions,™ and FlexPay Rewards™, increase cash flow for caregivers, while helping consumers save money on medical bills.Globe Funder partner with Healthcare providers and financial Institutions to help patients pay their medical bills.

Good Health Advertising Good Health Advertising is an online Health and Medical advertising services company representing a collection of Health and Medical Web sites, Email lists and applications targeting Patients, Health Care Professionals and Health focused consumers reaching millions people per month.They offer Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Pharmaceutical Marketing Programs.Direct-to-Patient Medical Marketing Programs. Direct-to-Physician Advertising and Marketing Programs.Condition-specific medical advertising programs. Condition-specific Email programs.Lead Generation.Search Engine Marketing for Health Care Professionals. CPM, CPC and CPL programs and Web site representation.

Micronotes connects brand marketing dollars to consumers; improving the relevance and yield of outbound marketing.Micronotes’ communication platform uses the efficiencies of the Web to pair online consumers with relevant offers at a critical moment: online bill payment.

Path101 is a community powered career discovery site.The Resume Genome Project crawls millions of resumes in an attempt to map out what real careers actually look like. The service is in three modules.The Career Advice Network is a community driven, syndicated, decentralized approach to getting great career content.And a Personality Tests which is data-focused, social media optimized on-ramp to career discovery

Portfolio Monkey
Portfolio Monkey is an investment site dedicated to leveling the playing field for the average investor.The company educates and provides investors with simple-to-use and powerful tools that will help them create more efficient portfolios with higher expected return and less risk.Portfolio Monkey seeks to fill the “quantitative void” in investors’ research and due diligence process.

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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 4


Part one,two and three were focused on the top thirty startups profiled by Businessweek and Younoodle. Part four is focused on the next ten that made it to the top forty.These companies are poised to grow beyond their geographical boundaries.

Positive Energy, Inc
Positive Energy, Inc. provides energy efficiency and conservation solutions. The company offers home energy report, which motivates customers to participate in utility programs and reduce consumption; energy Websites; carbon calculator that is designed to educate customers about carbon emissions; insight engine services; and application management interface analytics platform. It also provides energy efficiency programs; and demand response, time of use, and other programs. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Arlington, Virginia.Mr. Daniel Yates and Mr. Alex Laskey are Co-Founders

Raydiance, Inc.
Raydiance, Inc. develops and produces commercial-grade ultrafast laser by integrating photonic, computing, and software technologies. The company offers Smart Light MD, a software-controlled ultrafast laser for manufacturing cardiovascular stents, drug delivery systems, guide wires, valves, and needles; and femtosecond fiber laser for the U.S. Department of the Navy. Its products has applications in nitinol stents manufacturing, thin film photovoltaic cells machining, microelectronics, machining novel materials, noninvasive Lasik surgery, tissue transplant, materials interrogation, dermatology, dentistry, genomics, heart diseases, fighting diseases and nanotechnology.Founded in 2004.

Proclivity Systems, Inc.
Proclivity Systems, Inc. develops revenue optimization platform and consumer behavior bank for marketers and merchandisers. It offers Proclivity Mail, a Web-based application module that leverages the consumer behavior bank to create targeted email programs. The company’s consumer behavior bank also provides information to clients about their customers’ shopping interests, purchasing likelihood, and level of expenditure for an offer. It serves retail, travel and hospitality, e-commerce, financial services, and news and media sectors. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in New York, New York.

SecondMarket, Inc.
SecondMarket, Inc. operates an online trading platform. It provides a centralized marketplace for illiquid assets, including auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, collateralized debt obligations, structured products, limited partnership interests, private company securities, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, warrants and restricted stocks, and whole loans. The company serves financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity firms, mutual funds, corporations, and other institutional and accredited investors.
Founded in 2004.

Scribd, Inc. operates as a social publishing company for readers, authors, and publishers. It enables users to publish, discover, and discuss original writings and documents. The company provides iPaper, a document reader solution that enables users to upload and share their original works on or other Websites, and transforms PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and other file formats into a Web display. It also offers books, brochures and catalogs, illustrations and maps, magazines and newspapers, puzzles and games, recipes and menus, research works, resumes and CVs, school works, sheet music and lyrics, how-to-guides and manuals, business and law materials, and creative writings.

NetPickle, Inc., operates, creates and distributes widgets and applications on the social Web. The company offers customized branding and advertising opportunities on various social networks; and RockYou, an advertising platform for brands and advertisers to reach application users. Its widgets include photo slideshows, glitter text, and voicemail accessories that enable people to refresh their online style. NetPickle, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Redwood City, California.Founded in 2006.

PBworks, Inc
Coceve, Inc., doing business as PBworks, Inc., provides hosted collaboration solutions for law, creative service, professional service, and educational enterprises in the United States. It provides hosted business and educational workspaces; and partner/client share and collaboration, project management, intranet, extranet, knowledge management, and classroom collaboration services, as well as acts as host of other business processes and workflows. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in San Mateo, California

Pelago, Inc. provides Whrrl, which enables to connect to people, places, and events around through an integrated Web/mobile application. Whirl v2.0, an application for phone and bipod touch that enables people to capture and share the moments of their lives, as they happen, in story form. Through location, photos and text updates, users can easily turn everyday life experiences into lasting stories that can be remembered, organized and shared. Each user controls exactly who can view their story, ranging from public to private, and includes the option to broadcast status updates on Face book and Twitter.The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Palantir Technologies
Palantir Technologies, Inc. designs and delivers platforms for integrating, visualizing, and analyzing information. The company’s products include Palantir Government, a platform that integrates structured and unstructured data sources, and facilitates collaboration in intelligence, defense, and law enforcement communities; and Palantir Finance, an analytical platform for hedge funds and financial institutions. It serves organizations in the United States and internationally. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Quebarato is a retail directory of products that that serves the Latin America Market. But they have versions for America that categorized by cities.The directory is in spanish.

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Plugged Startup Rally: Top 20 Startup Finalists,Pt 1


Plugg is a one-day conference with a clear focus on celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe and raising global awareness for those European start-ups in the Web / Mobile 2.0 field that stand out in the crop.The following startups were selected among close to 126 others.The technologies these companies are using for the companies are impressive.

BeeBole is an online tool helping small and medium companies as well as freelancers to manage their business.Track your Time, Manage your Expenses, Invoice your Customers Plus many other Tools, also from other Providers, all Integrated in One Place.

ApSynth provides a Software Development Kit (SDK) to build Rich Internet Application available on demand in the ApSynth’s marketplace.They are still in development stage.

Bukbok is an online on-demand publishing company. Customers can publish and sell their work for free and worldwide, both paper and e-books.

Byburt is a software that helps ad agencies to better understand and leverage technology to create more entertaining, clever and efficient campaigns.Their first three products are COPYBOX:The Photoshop for copywriters,MEME MACHINE: dynamic ads, RICH :Campaign analytics for insightful creatives.

ContextIn offers a unique semantic technologies, improving the performance of online display advertising.Their multi-lingual semantic algorithms increase relevancy and targeting to deliver the most valuable, targeted advertising inventory and traffic quality.

Desktop Reporting
Desktop Reporting brings Google Analytics to the desktop, with a host of features that help you understand how your web site is performing and where you can improve. From tracking your visitors, referrals and campaigns to viewing your AdWords ROI metrics, Desktop Reporting is a must-have for every Web business.

CannyBill is a web based invoicing and billing solution for businesses and web designers. Easily create, send and manage invoices and accept payments online via credit card. You can also sell your products and services using order forms which your customers can signup to and even link to live API’s such as Plesk, cPanel/WHM, Geotrust, Enom, Basecamp etc

HammerKit was founded in 2006 in Helsinki, Finland with the goal of making designer-friendly tools for the creation of dynamic web services. This year, the company launched services business targeting creative agencies, media companies and web designers with the offer of a complete online studio for the production and maintenance of dynamic web services.

AlertFox is the first web application monitoring service that offers complete transaction monitoring for all types of web applications and is based on the iMacros technology. AlertFox is an in-depth monitoring service for Web 2.0 and SaaS web applications. It takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to website monitoring.For example, AlertFox records and reports not only the uptime of an ecommerce store, but also monitors all the complicated steps of the complete checkout process (transaction monitoring).

Jinni’s social search-and-recommendation engine uses our Movie Genome, a big, ongoing project with the Jinni community to describe video more complexly. Using proprietary technology, a Jinni search takes you inside plot elements, atmosphere, and more – for search that reflects how we think and talk about movies.

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15 Startups You May Not Know

I use a lot of applications.some of them I try their free versions.I have also registereg fora couple of them.Others I stumble upon whilst looking for solutions that will solve my personal or business needs.
These startups or web applications came across to me as worth exploring.Check them out.One of them may solve your needs or wants.I must say I have been impressed with prezi.

With the help of Prezi you can create maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings and present in a nonlinear way. Move beyond the slide, it only takes 5 minutes to learn how to use Prezi.

With Wix, you can create stunning flash websites for free, all from your internet browser! It offers you a simple powerful online platform to make flash websites, MySpace layouts and more. No downloads or programming needed.

WobZip is an online tool which lets you uncompress compressed files online. It supports many formats including the major ones as Zip, RAR, 7Z, Gzip, TAR, ISO and other file formats.

Create an invitation in seconds, add entries from mobile, twitter, email, iCal, gCal or Outlooks. And of course, send them with ease from withing the app. It leverages today’s technologies (mobile, IM, SMS) and the idea that less is more, to enable people to quickly and easily invite their friends to events.

SlideRocket is an online, flash based tool for creating slides and presentations. It brings together a complete package of online slide making with features such as an intuitive interface, themes, flickr integration and much more.SlideRocket was founded in 2006 by Mitch Grasso.

Ziddu is a new free file hosting solution with features such as unlimited storage space, fast uploads and downloads, file management, a sharing community a referral program and the ability to earn money with your downloads. Ziddu mainly concentrated on Unlimited Storage space Fast Uploads & Downloads ,All Free Accounts ,Easy File Management ,First Online Sharing Community ,Personalized cards using Photos , All instant downloads.

Survs is a collaborative tool that allows you to build, deploy and analyze online surveys. With a great user interface, Survs is currently in private beta, though a single request fetched us an invitation.

This great little tools can help anyone to see how much money they have left over from their salary and outgoings. It will calculate your incoming and outgoing break down so anybody can plan their spending in a better way.

LucidChart allows users to create, collaborate on, and publish attractive flowcharts and other diagrams from a web browser. LucidChart was designed to fit comfortably into the workflow of someone currently using Google Docs or Zoho.

With TinyChat you can create your own chatroom and invite people through one simple link. Chat rooms are disposable and can be created within seconds.Tinychat delivers dead simple video conferences without the extraneous ad-ons and inconvenience, making video conferencing an accessible, uncomplicated experience. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux; with Firefox, IE, Safari, and Chrome; and there is a version available for iPhones

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10 Biofuel Startups you should Know

I am not an expert in Biofuel and this is how the experts define biofuel. Biofuel is a solid, liquid or gaseous fuel obtained from relatively recently lifeless or living biological material and is different from fossil fuels, which are derived from long dead biological material. Various plants and plant-derived materials are used for biofuel manufacturing. Globally, biofuels are most commonly used to power vehicles, heat homes, and for cooking. Biofuel industries are expanding in Europe, Asia and the Americas. I have not come across a lot of biofuel startups, but these startups are doing something significant.The following startups are were worth profiling.

GreenFuel Technologies:
The startup builds algae bioreactor systems, which use recycled CO2 to feed the algae, which is then converted into biofuels; it uses the containers to carefully control the algae’s intake of sunlight and nutrients. GreenFuel is backed by Polaris Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Access Private Equity and has been working on raising a Series C funding.

The five-year old firm uses synthetic biology and genetic engineering to tweak algal strains for better biofuel yields. Based in South San Francisco, the company grows its algae in fermentation tanks without sunlight, by feeding it sugar. The company is one of the few that have managed to do deals with a major oil company — Chevron — as well as biodiesel maker Imperium Renewables. Backers include Blue Crest Capital Finance and The Roda Group.

Blue Marble Energy:
The Seattle-based company finds algae-infested polluted water systems, cleans up the environment, and turns the algae into biofuel. “If the future of biofuels is algae…you’re never going to get enough volume in bioreactors or ponds…It has to be something with greater volume,” the company told the Guardian .

Inventure Chemical:
Also out of Seattle, this startup is working on an algae-to-jet fuel product, and told the Seattle PI that it has already created algae-based fuel in 5- to 10-gallon tests and plans to set up a test plant to see if it can produce between from three and 15 million gallons of biofuel each year. Inventure Chemical closed its first round of funding mid-2007, and investors are reported to be biodiesel company Imperium Renewables, Cedar Grove Investments, Brighton Jones Wealth Management and undisclosed angel investors.

Solena uses high temperatures to gasify algae and other organic substances with high-energy outputs. The Washington state-based company is talking with Kansas power firm Sunflower to build a 40-megawatt power plant run on gasified algae, according to the NYT; the algae would be grown in big plastic containers, and fed by a combination of sunlight and the sodium bicarbonate biproduct of the adjacent coal plant.

Live Fuels:
Instead of attempting to convert algae directly into ethanol or biodiesel, this startup is trying to create green crude that could be fed directly through current refinery systems. The Menlo Park, Calif-based startup uses open-pond algae bioreactors and plans to commercialize its technology by 2010. Investors include the Quercus Trust (David Gelbaum’s well-known environmental funding group) and Sandia National Labs.

Solix Biofuels:
Like Live Fuels, Solix is also working on a biocrude, but using a closed-tank bioreactor set-up. Based in Fort Collins, Colo., and founded in April 2006, the firm is backed by Colorado State University’s Engine and Energy Conversion Laboratory. CO2 waste produced during the beer-making process will be used to feed the algae.

Aurora Biofuels:
The company uses genetics ally to isolate modified exclusive algae strains that can efficiently create biodiesel. The technology can create biodiesel fuel with yields that are 125 times higher and have 50 percent lower costs than current production methods.Angel investors include Auttomatic CEO Toni Schneider

The five-year-old Israeli startup produces algae for applications, including the budding biofuel industry, and is working with Inventure Chemical. The firm has been working with Israeli Electric Company, utilizing IEC’s smokestack for a source of CO2 and grows algae in eight open algae ponds.

Bionavitas has developed proprietary patent pending technology for the high volume production growth of micro-algae. This technology has placed Bionavitas at the nexus of revolutionary changes in energy production, global warming prevention, production of new pharmaceutical and nutraceutical compounds, and remediation of our environment.I am yet to find out what they can do with it.

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Arab technology startups:Top 10

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These startups were selected among 33 others who pitched their idea to Investors.The event “The 6th Investing In Technology Forum” aimed to be a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, regional corporate CEOs, and all technology leaders in the Arab region to get together to share experiences, develop relationships and explore business opportunities. The top ten startups that came up on top were:

A company that has invented and patented a new method of dental surgery.Centre aims at producing expanders together with all implantation requirements’ subject matter of our Letters Patent, which presents a new method for implantation, and avoids traditional methods which require costly equipment
with limited uses, in addition to the need for high expertise and qualification by a dentist, which, accordingly, result in high cost of implantation and limited spread out.

The company being formed will provide various integrated and multi‐tiered set of services to
consumers visiting numerous out‐of‐home outlets (e.g. cafés, hotels, hospitals, clinics,
banks, etc.). The services provided include audio and video media together with free
wireless Internet connectivity.All services of will be provided by a single hardware box (Localizer Plus™) and a single service supplier.The provided bundle of services will be used as a vehicle to serve commercial adverts to the consumers from multiple sources. Video broadcast will be complemented with embedded commercials in various forms. Audio playback will be supported by inter‐track commercials. Internet access will be supported by web‐based sponsored ads. All ads served by Localizer will be demographically tailored to suite the corresponding audience.

Applied Research Institute:
A company that works on new technologies for water treatment and organic food.
ARIJ is working on three products:
1. Environmental Technology: ARIJ is producing small scale waste water treatment, which is used for treated the household waste water and reuses it in agriculture. In addition ARIJ producing small scale wind energy unit to be used as a source of electricity in the household level.
2. Producing all kind of organics food, such as olive oil.
3. Creating software application, our product in this field: E‐Office and other application to be used for the financial and administration.

weNear is a framework that facilitates development of Proximity Based Services mobile
applications. The main focus of weNear is to be a backend for LBS/PBS applications that will
be developed using weNear APIs. weNear is a server side framework where you can store the
geographical location of the users, and hook an announcement to a certain location while the
proximity between the different users and announcements will be calculated by the

MobiLaps’ product is an online network appliance, placed on ISP premises, that performs value added customization of web content and web services. The customization is based on personal and contextual information that web‐users entrust with their ISPs. MobiLaps’ first commercial application is Web‐Based Emergency Alerts: if a web‐user is in an area affected by an emergency/disaster, they will receive an alert in the form of an interstitial web‐page while they are browsing the web; without requiring them to install special software on their computers.

An online social network and photo gallery for comedy/funny content. Its a photo collection, from funny spelling mistakes to eccentric acts, it is a collection gathered over years from fans across the globe.

A company that works on technology to produce biofuel and silicon carbon from environmental waste.

A company that builds customised three-dimensional virtual worlds for education, real estate …etc.
Online 3D Virtual World, a futuristic open‐standard platform that transforms the lifestyle
and the work experience of millions of the internet users, whether they use it for business or
leisure. The virtual world will enable its users, to meet other users; network with peers;
communicate Effectively and elaborately; share information securely; document projects in
detail and on various abstraction and granularity levels; do business transactions,
conveniently and efficiently; collaborate on projects easily; innovate in designs and
productions naturally and freely; visualize products realistically, establish a presence that
reflects strong identity; market their products and services; advertise their offerings; and sell
products and services.

A company that provides hardware acceleration technology thats speeds up intensive computing processes for Telecom Operators.SilMinds provides the world with the solution for
accelerating these operations by a factor of more than 50 while cutting down energy
simultaneously with a factor of more than 60 times.

A company that helps businesses to better protect their Rich Internet Applications based on Adobe Flash.Their flagship product, secureSWF, protects Adobe’s Flash applications from reverse engineering and decompilation.

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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 3


This is the third part of fifty startups you should know. Refer to part one if you want to know startups that made it to the top ten and part two for the top twenty.Again these startups are under the radar of businessweek.

KupiVIP is an online shopping portal in Russia, operated by Privat Trade Ltd. The site organises designer brand online sales in fashion and fashion accessories with discounts of up to 70% off boutique prices. The company was founded in 2008.

Loopt, Inc. provides a social-mapping service. The company provides a new way for friends to connect, share, and explore in the mobile environment. It shows users where friends are located and what they are doing via detailed, interactive maps on their mobile phones. The company also helps friends connect on the fly and navigate their social lives by orienting them to people, places, and events. In addition, it allows users to share location updates, geo-tagged photos, and comments with friends in their mobile address book or on online social networks, communities, and blogs. The company was formerly known as Flipt, Inc. Loopt, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Mountain View, California.

Metaweb Technologies, Inc
Metaweb Technologies, Inc. designs and builds Web infrastructure technology for Web application developers and publishers. Its technology powers commercial and open-source applications with focusing on organizing and managing data structures. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Mr. Danny Hillis is the Founder and Chairman.

Mochi Media, Inc
Mochi Media, Inc. provides tools and services to support game developers. Its products include MochiAds, an online games network for game developers, advertisers, and publishers; MochiBot, a traffic monitoring tool for flash content; and MochiLand that provides articles, tutorials, and updates for the gaming community. The company’s online game network enables developers to monetize, track, and distribute games across the Internet, as well as enables advertisers to reach engaged audience through games; and publishers to access gaming content to engage and monetize users on their site. Mochi Media, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Mr. Bob Ippolito and Mr. Jameson Hsu are Co-Founders of Moch

Modu Mobile
Modu manufactures one of the lightest mobile phones in the world, with a vision of bringing a fundamental change to the dynamics of the personal communication world. modu has developed a tiny, modular and sleek  mobile phone, which enables users to personalize their mobile experience in a simple and affordable way. Users can customize the look and features of their phone by inserting the modu™ phone into other devices in its ecosystem, including a range of stylish phone enclosures, called modu™ jackets, as well as enhanced, modu-enabled consumer electronics devices, called modu™ mates. modu was founded in 2007 by Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB Flash Drive and other ground breaking per-sonal storage solutions , and is headquartered in Kfar-Saba, Israel, with offices in Austria,  Croatia, South Korea and Russia.

Monitise Group Limited
Monitise Group Limited provides mobile banking and payments services. The company’s mobile banking and payments platform allows consumers to perform banking and payment transactions using a single consistent interface. It also offers ACCODE, which provides a two-factor authentication solution for securing desktop, remote user, and portal access. In addition, the company enables its consumers to manage their card based accounts using a secure application on their mobile handset. Monitise serves banks and other financial institutions, card issuers, card schemes, processors, operators, merchants, charities, and transit operators in the United Kingdom and the United States.The company was founded in 2004 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

Nila provides lighting system for media houses that enhances video and graphics effect.Location ready durability- Reconfigure size of light in the field- No bulbs to burn out or replace- Vary the beam angle with quick-change lenses- DMX controllable on board dimmer- Universal power supply (90-250 volts 0~67 Hertz 0.55 Amps)- Cradle to Cradle design by seasoned lighting experts- Manufactured in Southern California.

Ning, Inc.
Ning, Inc. provides web hosting services. The company’s platform supports online communities and offers Internet networking solutions. Additionally, it owns and operates online blogs and forums. The company markets its product under the Ning brand name. Ning, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Coceve, Inc.
Coceve, Inc., doing business as PBworks, Inc., provides hosted collaboration solutions for law, creative service, professional service, and educational enterprises in the United States. It provides hosted business and educational workspaces; and partner/client share and collaboration, project management, intranet, extranet, knowledge management, and classroom collaboration services, as well as acts as host of other business processes and workflows. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in San Mateo, California.

OpenDNS, LLC provides security and infrastructure services for Internet safety to homes, schools, small and medium businesses, and enterprises in the United States and internationally. The company provides Web content filtering, anti-phishing, DNS infrastructure, and navigation services that enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats and enforce Internet-use policies. It serves its clients business services, communications, educational, entertainment, financial services, food services, government, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, law, library, managed services, manufacturing, non-profit, real estate, retail, technology, transportation, and utility sectors. OpenDNS, LLC was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California with a server location in London, the United Kingdom.

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