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Fast Company:Top 8 Financial Startups You Must Know

The latest issue of Fast Company (Oct 2009) features six promising Finovate startup companies. The article written by
Dan MacSai Profiles these startups and their impact in the life of financial consumers.

tempo
Tempo is revolutionizing the debit card market by enabling organizations, both businesses and non-profits, to quickly and easily offer open loop, affinity debit cards to their customers and members. The cards are rewards-based, affinity partner-branded, and linked to the consumer’s existing checking account.Tempo provides its partners with a Web-based solution that makes it easy to launch and market their programs. The partners benefit by generating new revenue, and building loyalty through the delivery of enhanced cardholder value.Tempo is privately held and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA.

bancvue
BancVue, is a provider dynamic marketing, and data-driven consulting solutions to community financial institutions. BancVue creates and executes a comprehensive, integrated, and entirely localized marketing plan for each community financial institution.The company’s famous product Kasasa, gives community financial institutions the marketing scale they need to compete with the megabanks.

marketriders
MarketRiders empowers average investors to protect and grow their wealth by taking control of their investing.

mpower
MPOWER Labs, Inc. is a research and development incubator and business accelerator founded in 2006 as a portfolio company of MPOWER Ventures, LP — a double-bottom-line venture capital fund whose mission is to empower the world’s underserved. By working in partnership with MPOWER Ventures to accelerate the development of its portfolio companies as well as to identify and develop new product ideas in the same market space.

secondmarket
SecondMarket is the largest centralized marketplace and auction platform for illiquid assets, such as auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, collateralized debt obligations, limited partnership interests, private company securities, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, restricted securities and block trades in public companies and whole loans.

brightscope
BrightScopeTM, Inc. is an independent provider of 401k ratings and financial intelligence to plan sponsors, advisors, and participants in all 50 states. They help increase the retirement security of America’s workforce by bringing transparency and efficiency to the 401k plan market.They maintain a comprehensive database of information on the 401k plan market and add additional value and insight by quantitatively rating each 401k plan across critical metrics.

jwaala
Jwaala was started in 2006 with a simple goal in mind – to use creative thought and technology to provide great solutions to Banks, Credit Unions and their customers. Jwaala’s product MoneyTracker promises to revolutionize the way consumers interact with their financial data, by giving them to the tools they need to easily see what they need to see to better understand their finances.

The receivables
The Receivables Exchange makes it fast, easy and efficient for small and medium-sized businesses to gain quick access to working capital at a competitive cost.

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TechCrunch 50 : Top 47 Startup Companies,Pt 1

The following 47 companies were selected from a pool of over 1,000 applicants. They presented their business plans at the TechCrunch50 conference on September 14th and 15th.

Dataxu
DataXu offers the first real-time ad optimization platform for advertisers. Unlike any other online advertising service, the DataXu platform values, bids manages and buys ads on an impression-by-impression basis, across the ad exchanges operated by Google, Yahoo and others.

udorse
Udorse allows you to link your Facebook profile to your account using Facebook Connect, enabling the web service to fetch all the photos that you share on the social network as well as the ones that your friends have shared with you. Items in the photos can then be highlighted using the Udorse dashboard, after which they function as actual online product endorsements.

Healthywage
HealthyWage has one goal: to use incentives and goals, technology and your own personal health and wellness record to empower you to live a better life. HealthyWage helps you live the HealthyLife by keeping track of your health in three categories: HealthyBody, HealthyMind and HealthyCare.

rackup
Rackup offers a dashboard where people can manage and see the history of their auction activity.basically people bid on the value of gift cards in very fast auctions. The person who bids first, gets the advantage of gaining more value on his or her gift card the more bidders join in. As long as the person stays in the top 10 for a gift card, there’s an additional bonus on top of the value of the gift card.

thesworp
TheSwop helps startups and other growing companies trade ‘favors’ to each other, in whatever fields they specialize in. These can range from advertising and business planning to graphic design and development, other resources like office space.TheSwop features one-on-one videos of each of its subscribers so that you can see the other person behind the clicks before you consider a deal.

refmob
RefMob enables people to share paid referrals that they know of for a variety of business categories, like bonuses for getting new apartment tenants or driving more job applications to a company looking to hire, instantly on Twitter and Facebook. The general idea is to let people leverage the tools they’re already using to keep in touch with each other for sharing referrals and consequently making arrangements for splitting the financial gains between them.

mota
Mota has a database of car listings from multiple used car sites, which you can browse through much as you would on a site like Autotrader. But rather than simply aggregating these listings, Mota adds a layer of intelligence to the process. Say, for example, you happen upon a sedan that you’re interested in purchasing. Mota will analyze the text of the car listing and suggest questions t hat you should probably ask the seller.

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oDesk iPhone application allows project administrators to monitor the work stream of their team members while they’re on the go. The stream features photos of your team’s workplace, keystroke events, and lets you know when your workers are checking in and out.

yourversion
Yourversion is a real-time discovery engine that lets you easily discover, share, and bookmark new, relevant web content tailored to your interests.Discover news, blogs, webpages, Tweets, videos, and products.Easily share pages via email, Twitter and Facebook. Bookmark and auto-organize pages by interest.

localbacon
Localbacon removes the clutter from the inboxes of many a manager or HR professional looking for the right person to put to work while at the same time giving job seekers the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in their quest to land a good position. The way they want to achieve that is by both increasing the quality of applications and decreasing their amount by charging potential candidates

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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:

Droubi:
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.

Glocalizer:
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.

eSpace:
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
framework.

MobiLaps
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.

Talasim:
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.

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

Vertex:
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.

SilMinds:
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.

Kindisoft:
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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The Art of Pitching

Pitching to investors takes a lot of time to get it right.There are so many things that may go wrong.As an entrepreneur in training,I have presented a lot of ideas to my colleagues,developers,and investors.With all the experience I have gained I want to believe that investors are looking for

    The idea that can scale to be company
    The idea with the right team
    The idea that can serve a bigger market

Listen to these pitches uploaded on techcrunch and judge for yourself.

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Africa catching up

Since i started exploring startups from my continent,the numbers has not  been very encouraging.I want to establish  a high tech business in Africa.I was motivated by startup Africa.

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