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Silicon Alley Insider:Top 10 Startups in 2009

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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
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
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
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
Globefunder is a Consumer Healthcare and commercial financing solutions company. The company’s innovative healthcare solutions, IOUSOS.com™ 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
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
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

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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
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 Scribd.com 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.

RockYou
NetPickle, Inc., operates RockYou.com, 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
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
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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Slidesharing Tools: Top 10 startups you should Know

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I needed to make a presentation to a prospective customer this week.These tools were the best options I has to be able to pull off the slideshow.Try them and make a choice.

Google Presentations
Whether imported from existing files or created using the slide editor, slides are listed alongside documents and spreadsheets in the Google Docs document list. They can be edited, shared, and published using the familiar Google Docs interface, with several collaborators working on a slide deck simultaneously, in real time. When it’s time to present, participants can simply click a link to follow along as the presenter takes the audience through the slideshow.

SlideShare
SlideShare is probably the best known and most used presentation-sharing platform. LOTS of presentations to view, and options for posting your own either publicly or privately. There are easy connections to LinkedIn and Facebook. SlideShare accepts PowerPoint, Open Office and Keynote presentations, but does not preserve animation, transitions, or narration, and does not support embedded audio or video.

SlideBoom
SlideBoom converts PowerPoint to Flash, and will preserve movement and sound. The site offers search-and-share capabilities similar to SlideShare, along with a Blog Sidebar Widget and a free PowerPoint add-in (iSpring) that enables you to convert a presentation to Flash in PowerPoint. A basic SlideBoom account is free, and there is also a Pro account that includes more storage and added features for $99 a year. SlideBoom also offers sophisticated business solutions.

Scribd
Scribd is quite different from the first three platforms listed. It’s a very popular (50 million viewers a month) document publishing site that enables users to upload all sorts of file formats—including PowerPoint presentations–for conversion to iPaper, a beautiful online reading format. Scribd also provides sophisticated community and search tools, plus an iPaper viewer that can be embedded on your own website. Scribd does not support any transitions, animation or embedded media in presentations.

208 Slides
208 Slides is something of a hybrid, and the main goal seems to be simplicity. It lets you create and share slides via its online application–which is pretty basic–or you can upload a PowerPoint presentation and then enhance it, using a streamlined interface and tools that let you gather media easily. Then you can send the finished presentation to SlideShare, or download it to PowerPoint. No transitions or animation.

SlideRocket
SlideRocket is intended as a replacement, not an accompaniment, for PowerPoint. It offers a fully functional presentation development application, with stunning 3-D transition effects. Although you can store and share presentations via Slide Rocket, there is no social platform—the focus is on creation. The basic account is free, with additional account levels (that include extra features like web meetings and presentation analytics) available at $10 and $20 per month.

Slide
Slide doesn’t create conventional slideshows at all, and has nothing to do with PowerPoint. It lets you create a “show” containing images (which you upload or select from a social media site), then apply an effect (such as rotating the images, collaging them, melting them, etc.) and optionally add audio from Slide’s music library. The images then play in the slide space, which is inside a “skin” that can be customized (for example, the images can play on a drive-in movie screen). Finally, you post the show on one or more social media accounts, or get the code and embed it on your own site, or email it. Slide defines itself as a “social entertainment application.”

Zoho Show
Zoho Show is part of the Zoho suite, which provides a long list of online alternatives to desktop applications (Zoho Write, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Project, and so on). Show can start with a PowerPoint presentation, but provides a nice toolset for creating slides directly, including some attractive themes. It replicates much PowerPoint functionality, but transitions and animation are not yet available. Zoho makes it easy to export (to HTML, PDF, PPT, etc.), publish, and share presentations.

SlideServe
SlideServe is a free service which gives users the power to easily share, discover, view powerpoint presentations online. Everyone can view Presentations on SlideServe. People can see the latest presentations of speakers at latest events, find slides about their hobbies and interests.when you register with SlideServe you will get a free software client – a powerpoint add-in based on the powerful PowerFlashPoint engine, which allows users to seamlessly convert PowerPoint to Flash from within powerpoint.

authorSTREAM
authorSTREAM is a platform for sharing PowerPoint presentations on the Internet. authorSTREAM makes it easier to share your PowerPoint slideshows through blogs, websites, on YouTube and even via iPOD.authorSTREAM protects your private content, and makes sure that it is seen only by you and the people whom you handpick. Your private presentations don’t show in the search results, or in your public profile.

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Plugged Startup Rally: Top 20 Startup Finalists,Pt 1

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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.

Preszi
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.

Wix
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
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.

Anyvite
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
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
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
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.

Moneyio
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
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.

TinyChat
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

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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.

Solazyme:
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
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

Seambiotic:
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
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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SiliconIndia : Top 30 startup Presenting Ideas

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Siliconindia is organizing Startupcity on Saturday September 12, 2009 at Hotel Rangsharda, Bandra (West), Mumbai. Confirmed startups will be presenting live demonstrations of their products.

Confirmed startups include :
Adoroi, Aegis, Ashvatec, Auxano Technologies, Bolohealth.com, Content Syndicate, Colayer, Crederity, Indictrans Technologies, Iken, Jiobindaas, Mapmy India, Mind Technologies, Mobien Technologies, Mobiwik, Naaptol, Nitman Software, Neev Technologies, plugHR, Prescient Technologies, Quantum Pages, Rudraksha Technology, Sampada Software Solutions, Signure Technologies, Soft Script Solutions (Find Guru), Web Bazaar, Virtual Rack, Viral Technologies, VelaiSMS, YoKnowledge.com (Hayagriva Software), YoPedia

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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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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 3

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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
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
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
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
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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Facebook Fund : Top 22 Startup Winners for Demo Day

Facebook fund

Facebook Fund is a $10M seed fund and joint venture run by Facebook, Founders Fund, and Accel Partners. Investment capital for the fund is provided by both Accel and Founders Fund. For the current fbFund REV 2009 incubator program (September 1st, 2009) , selected companies are eligible to receive up to $100K in equity investment.

Funji
Funji is an avatar-based social networking app for the iPhone and iPod touch, satisfying users’ desire to express themselves and communicate with others in a fun, creative way. The team has more than five years of experience in the mobile market in both South Korea and the US.

Gameyola
Gameyola is a distribution and monetization platform for casual Flash games. Flash games currently monetize poorly, but Gameyola solves this problem by providing Flash developers tools to sell virtual goods and to acquire users through social channels.

Life360 (private beta)
From keeping track of your kids to protecting your identity and getting back your lost stuff, Life360 is the place you go to keep your family safe, secure, and prepared for daily life.

MyChurch.org
Churches create their own social networks on MyChurch.org. They extend their community between Sundays with tools to connect and engage their members. Over 30,000 church congregations are represented on MyChurch.org.

Navify
Navify is a visual encyclopedia that combines Wikipedia articles with images, videos, and comments. It is the only general encyclopedia that allows you to listen to music videos, watch movie trailers, and browse news and celebrity photo galleries.

Nutshell Mail
Simplify the way you manage Facebook and other social networks. NutshellMail consolidates activity from all your accounts into a single email digest delivered on your schedule. Don’t let email alerts clutter your inbox. Get informed, not interrupted. Get the Nut!

Networked Blogs
Bring your blog to Facebook, and Facebook to your blog. Pull your Feed to your profile and business pages, add widgets to promote your network, and read the news from blogs you follow on the largest community of bloggers and blog lovers on Facebook.

Paradise Paintball 3D
Paradise Paintball is the first game developed on Cmune’s next-generation social gaming platform. It is the first casual, 3D multiplayer FPS game on Facebook, Apple Dashboard, and Mac and PC. Play with up to eight friends and buy virtual items to enhance the gameplay.

photosilove
photosilove is a media sharing app that users use to send bite-sized media to show their friends that they care about each other — things like small images of teddy bears, or a frog holding a sign that says “I care”. The app didn’t originally plan to focus on this kind of friendly sharing, but it’s what their users tended to use it for. At this point the startup hasn’t done much in terms of monetization, but the company points out how many large companies are successfully tapping into this market.

RentMineOnline
Combines the success of resident referral programs with the power of social networks. Residents refer their community to friends through social networks like Facebook, and email to earn rewards and live with friends

RunMyErrand
RUNmyERRAND is a social networking inspired web and mobile marketplace that provides people and businesses an easy and trusted way to get everyday tasks done in their own hyperlocal community.

RunThere
RunThere is a social-networking service for runners and cyclists. Users can map and measure their favorite routes (no GPS required), keep a running/biking log, and find athletes and routes nearby

Sortuv
Sortuv lets you start with something you like, and discover more. Instead of searching for a “great restaurant” just say what you mean: “Find me a place sortuv like Spago in Seattle”. Check them out on the Web, on the iPhone, and on Facebook.

Samasource
Sama is Sanskrit for “equal” – Samasource finds and trains reliable QA professionals to test Facebook apps with a user-friendly interface that lives on Facebook Platform. With Samasource, developers lower costs, reduce poverty, and improve their applications.

Zimride
Zimride is a service that helps companies and universities create communities for carpooling. Users log in (you can use Facebook Connect to verify that you belong to a certain company or University), then indicate where they’re loking to go and the date. The service then matches users so that they can share the cost of the drive. The company has a partnership with Zipcar, has $180k in recurring revenue and will be break-even by the end of the quarter. For more, check out our post on the startup here, when it described it as a “carpooling startup that actually makes money”.

GroupCard
GroupCard and Cash.io. GroupCard is the largest platform for collaborative gifts and cards, and is profitable and used in thousands of offices. Today they’re launching Cash.io. The company says it costs money for businesses to send consumers rebates Cash.io is a platform that lets businesses issue codes that consumers redeem however they want. It uses PayPal, Amazon, and Facebook Payments in the future (maybe). Customers can fulfill rebates on services like Facebook. Businesses will be able to issue payment codes over Twitter.

Vittana
Vittana.org is “Kiva for student loans”. One of two non-profits in this round of fbFund. Loans are 6-24 months in length, $500-1500 in total amounts. Bank teller is currently the top profession. The company says that until the student loan model is proven, other organizations are hesitant to do it. Says that for every $800 loan, the student will earn $20k more in incremental income over their lifetime.

FriendRadio
FriendRadio brings an integrated music player to Facebook in a interesting way. Rather than just embed music players into the site, users can use FriendRadio to create a nifty music player that resides tucked at the side of the screen as you browse Facebook. The company is building a browser plugin to bring music to Facebook profile pages as well (you’ll see your friends’ music when you visit their profile).

Geckogo
Geckogo brings user generated content from social travel sites and brings them to more traditional travel portals. The service can take content from services like Facebook and Twitter, and then bring them to sites like Travelocity or Expedia in embeddable widgets.

Sociable
Sociable says that retailers are not driving significant sales from social media (e.g. from Facebook and Twitter). The company says brands need to evolve from B2C communication, to word of mouth, C2C conversations. Sociable tries to optimize the retailer’s “viral loop” through a variety of ways, including syndicating events published to Facebook to other Facebook Connect-enabeld sites. The service is currently live on every concert page on LiveNation and plans to expand to other verticals. Projects to break even by the end of the year.

Backlight
Everything has a backstory, but where can you share that online? The company says that there’s an opportunity for “Inspirational content”. Points out success of brands like Chicken Soup for the Soul and Causes. Says Twitter is great for sharing, identity creation, but they don’t offer a platform for inspiration/meaning. Backlight allows you to upload any piece of media and provide a backstory, including ability to take photos on Facebook and add another layer of meaning to it. Working with Stanford, Cal, Santa Clara University to help showcase student work.

Thread.com
Thread.com helps users on Facebook meet possible matches for dating using Facebook. Rather than revolving around meeting strangers, the site allows you to browse through singles who are friends with your friends. You can see our full introduction to the site here

Wildfire
Wildfire is a self-service platform that allows companies to create social marketing campaigns for Facebook, Twitter, and their company websites. The company left private beta last month, and is profitable. Clients have included 3M, Facebook, and Pepsi. The platform helps companies who are looking to engage social network users using proven campaign formats (the service offers wizards that companies can use to create their campaigns). Companies can get the campaign started though advertising, and they generally continue to grow through viral channels.

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