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TiECON 2009: Top 10 Software Startups

This is the second part of the of top 50 startups that made it at TiECON 2009. In this post I will profile top ten startups that were selected as top ten in the software segment.You can find the first part here. The top ten winners for the software segment are as follows.

Aster
Aster Data Systems provides database systems for data warehousing and analytics – The company has tightly integrated SQL with MapReduce – providing deep insights on data analyzed on clusters of low-cost commodity hardware. The Aster nCluster database cost-effectively powers frontline analytic applications for companies such as MySpace, aCerno (an Akamai company), and ShareThis. Aster is headquartered in San Carlos, California and is backed by Sequoia Capital, JAFCO Ventures, IVP, Cambrian Ventures, and First-Round Capital, as well as industry visionaries incl uding David Cheriton and Ron Conway.

Imperva
Imperva’s delivers activity monitoring, real-time protection and risk management of critical business data and applications for over 4500 organizations in over 35 countries on 6 continents. The company protects and monitors Web applications and data against sophisticated application attacks such as SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting, and Cross Site Request Forgery.

jobvite
Jobvite has an easy way for you and everyone at your company to spread the word about job openings to targeted contacts in social networks – reaching more high quality referral candidates.Jobvite social search applications for recruitment empower companies to find and hire the right talent.

kazeon
Kazeon’s The company’s eDiscovery software offers a unique solution for eDiscovery and litigation support for the demanding and complex needs of corporations, legal service providers, law firms and consultants. It offers a full breadth of capabilities for Early Case Assessments, Legal Hold Management, Analysis & Review, and Collection & Culling.

mimosa
Mimosa enables enterprises to harness the value of their unstructured and semi-structured information, and improves business process performance and productivity. Mimosa offers enterprise content archiving and addresses the evolving needs of customers around collaboration, communication, productivity and social media.

mint
Mint is an online personal finance tool. In five minutes or less, you’ll see where you’re spending your money, understand how your investments are performing, and set up realistic budgets. Set up email and SMS alerts and you’ll be automatically updated whenever there’s an important change in your finances. Mint.com finds you personalized ways to save money, using patent-pending software which analyzes your current spending.

serus
Serus provides enterprises with Intelligent Operations Management solutions, Serus’ configurable software helps global organizations integrate business processes and rule drivers among trading partners . The real time technology provides instantaneous automated transactions, co-managed inventory, and performance measurements across the company’s worldwide value chain.

xobni
Xobni offers a new way to organize and search your Outlook email. Xobni creates profiles for each person that emails you. These profiles contain relationship statistics, contact information, social connections, threaded conversations, and shared attachments.

xprotean
XProtean XProtean is revolutionizing retail management by combining cloud computing with vertical experience and domain knowledge. Their goal is to remove the barriers to deploying and maintaining retail solutions. The company’s solutions eliminate the obstacles of upgrading to new technology and bring true convergence of business solution through multiple avenues i.e. desktop, e-commerce and mobile.

zoho
Zoho.com is a comprehensive suite of on-line business applications. Customers use Zoho to run their business processes, manage their information and be more productive while at the office or on the go, without having to worry about expensive or outdated hardware or software.To date, Zoho.com has launched 19 different applications — from CRM to Mail, Reports, and Wikis.

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

jajah
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
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
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
Like.com 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.

mochimedia
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
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
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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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 2

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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
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.

Huddle
Ninian Solutions Ltd., doing business as Huddle, owns and operates an online collaboration platform. The company offers Huddle.net, 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
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
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
ibibo.com 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
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. Justin.tv, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in San Francisco, California. Mr. Justin Kan is the Founder and President of justin.tv.

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
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

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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.

Approlix
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.

comparComparsante
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
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

Devunity
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.

fyzFYZ
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.

icontentiContent
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.

jagagJagagMobile
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.

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

Qoof
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.

SekiNdo
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.

Sendm
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.

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

similarSimilarWeb
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.

syntensitySyntensity
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.

vizmoVizmo
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.

wepaperwePapers
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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Top 20 Winners of PICK 20 Startups in 2009

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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 (Twitter.com, friendfeed.com) 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.”

15 Well.ca

An online health, beauty and skin care store

Well.ca 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 Well.ca” 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.”

17 Voices.com

Online voice-over talent agency

Shende categorized Voices.com 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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Web OS With Social Media Twist

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Google is working on building a web OS for notebooks.A lot expects have predicted the emergence of a web OS in a year or two. Launched last week, Glide Engage is a stream front-end for the Glide , a Web OS which offers a suite of integrated Web Apps including docs, spreadsheets, photo and music uploading and sharing, calendar, email, Website creation and collaboration tools. Glide can be overwhelming. There is a lot there. But it has attracted its own loyal following of about one million registered users. In their own words “Glide is a free suite of rights-based productivity and collaboration applications with 10GBs of storage. Setup and administer up to six family member accounts including child accounts from your Glide settings panel. The Glide OS provides automatic file and application compatibility across devices and operating systems. With Glide OS you also get the Glide Sync App which helps you to synchronize your home and work files.”
You can even use Glide on virtually any mobile phone with a browser. To access Glide on your mobile go to www.GlideMobile.com

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Saas Startup Ideas

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Software as a service is being talked about everyday by trend experts, Industry Bloggers, and trend predictors.I have been Thinking about how best to to take advantage of this wave.But it is not that easy to build a startup to serve the businesses.I have been thinking about ideas that can fly and subsequently emerge into a company that can scale like salesforce. Salesforce is the leader of the software as a service market. The 7 Secrets to SaaS Startup Success by Salesforce is great.I am attracted to this market, but I need a lot of insight to run a company like that. Ben Yoskovitz has great insight in the saas market. What Do SaaS Companies Have to Prepare for 2009? has a lot of advice. .
For all the trends and companies taken saas to the next level visit. .

A couple of ideas I have stumbled upon whilst surfing the web:

• Professional Virtual Office Easily manage your data (emails, contacts, meetings, documents, tasks,…) in your virtual office from any computer with a Web browser and an Internet connection. Share yourdata and access shared data efficiently in the context of work or leisure groups. Your data are safe andavailable anytime on the Web, on a PDA (online or offline) or on a WAP capable cell phone.

• Simplify your Online Life . develop tools that improve Internet user’s digital lifestyles. Tools make it easier to communicate online, whether that means one web-based inbox for email and social networks or some other method the community has yet to dream up.

• Contact Management Easily create, manage, and search an unlimited number of contacts, export to vcards, even share contacts with any email address. On the run? Seamlessly download and view your contacts on your phone, laptop, or iPod. Gone are the days of business cards piling up and sticky notes on your desk, Keepm makes everyone you know searchable, shareable, and always accessible.keepm.com (good concept)

• Segment: “Platform as a Service”. Product: a web-based development & hosting platform allowing small businesses to model , build and manage autonomously their own information system, for a small monthly fee.

• Web hosted Virus scanner for enterprises instead of relying on downloadable software. Enterprise subscribes to scan their computers automatically.

• As search engine that crawls and searches for reports on Africa and developing countries. Information aggregated are bundled as reports and sold to companies that needs market analysis and other info for business decisions.

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