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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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Seedcamp :Top Six Startups For 2009

Seedcamp is a programme created in Europe by connecting next generation developers and entrepreneurs with over 400 mentors from a top-tier network of company builders; including seed investors, serial entrepreneurs, product experts, HR and PR specialists, marketers, lawyers, recruiters, journalists and venture capitalists.

Seedcamp has announced its Six Winning Startups For 2009.The profiles of the companies are on techcrunch.You can read about them here.

The video of the highlights can also be viewed here:Seedcamp Week 2009 Day 4 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo.

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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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RedBeacon Wins TechCrunch50 2009

Redbeacon allows consumers who need a service performed to find and interact with local businesses and professionals.Redbeacon goes beyond returning business listings with ratings and reviews by helping consumers determine the right service provider for their specific needs and allowing them to compare price quotes and book appointments online.

TechCrunch50 Winner Announcement

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 and GroupCard is the largest platform for collaborative gifts and cards, and is profitable and used in thousands of offices. Today they’re launching The company says it costs money for businesses to send consumers rebates 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 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 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 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 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.

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. 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 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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Capital Factory: Top 5 Startup Finalist


Capital Factory, an early stage technology incubator in Austin, Texas, announced investments in five emerging technology startups selected to participate in its inaugural 2009 summer program. Each company will receive a cash investment of up to $20,000, more than $20,000 in free services, and mentorship from some of the top entrepreneurs in central Texas. The free services include office space, legal counsel from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatti, public relations support from Porter Novelli, and accounting support from The Accounting Group and vCFO, among many other benefits. Capital Factory will be producing Demo Day September 9, 2009 . The Top five startups selected are profiled below

PetsMD provides broader access to comprehensive pet health information and pet care resources that will help pet owners take a more active role in managing their pet’s health. Current trends in pet health and nutrition, decision support services, symptom checkers, treatments options and a growing list of pet care providers.

HourVille is an online social marketplace where people can buy and sell virtually anything that can be priced by the hour. The services, rentals, classes, and places that are transacted via HourVille make people’s lives easier, let them learn new things, create memorable events, and save and make money

Mobile games that bring the family together.The company is yet to fully launch.Contact them at

Cubit Planning
Environmental reports at the click of a button

SpareFoot makes it easy to search for storage by location, unit size and cost, all from the convenience of a single location on the web. In addition to browsing the marketplace, Sparefoot users can also submit a request for storage space to receive offers from storage providers trying to fill their vacant units.

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