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VentureBeat :Top 10 Best Startup Companies.

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


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TiECON 2009: Top 10 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 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’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 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’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 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 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. finds you personalized ways to save money, using patent-pending software which analyzes your current spending.

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 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 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 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, has launched 19 different applications — from CRM to Mail, Reports, and Wikis.

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Top 20 Groups for Entrepreneurs/Business People On LinkedIn

LinkedIn Groups

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

Groups for Entrepreneurs/Business People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groups for Marketing/Sales Professionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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