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

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’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 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 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.

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

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 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.

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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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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Red Herring Series:Top 100 Technology Companies In Europe, Pt 1

Red Herring is a global media company uniting the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine; an online daily technology news service; technology newsletters, and major events for technology leaders around the globe. The 2009 winners in Europe were unveiled and featured at Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 in Berlin ,Germany.I will profile the companies some of the companies that made it to the top in this post and the rest in the subsequent posts.The first ten companies include :

Abiquo is a company that was set up in Barcelona (with division in Madrid and frequently presence in San Francisco) in 2006. It has a global vocation, developing an open-source cloud-computing platform. With their technology, clients can create and manage their complex architectures of information systems from one unique platform (such as physical and virtual servers, networks, applications, storage, and so on). Abiquo’s Cloud Computing platform is released as an open-source license and it allows everyone, regardless of the size of their organization, to enjoy its benefits.

Accedo is a privately held company founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson primarily backed by Swedish VC Industrifonden.Accedo Broadband is a provider of applications for IPTV and Connected TV. Accedo Broadband provides application store for IPTV and Connected TV containing, for example, IPTV games, quizzes, puzzles, video art, comics, karaoke, lifestyle, niche sports, weather, social media and communication services. Accedo’s Funspot gaming service is the most widely deployed IPTV gaming service in the world. Accedo Broadband is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with branch offices in London, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Actimos is focused on developing the mobile travel friend Wipolo designed to simplify travelling. Actimos provides business travellers with useful tools before, during and after their trips.Travellers are free to choose their travel providers. They often have different providers for flights, trains, hotels or rental cars. After they have made their bookings on travel websites Actimos propose to centralize their reservation details and enable to consult them very simply on their mobile. More than that customers give them a licence right to collect information on their name from different web sources as a real pesonal assistant.

ActionBase offers companies a framework that can be leveraged across multiple areas of organizations to provide a broad base of solutions. Business specific solutions include :Audit.Tracker – Internal Audit. Compliance.Tracker – HSE and compliance tracking.Decision.Tracker – Corporate Decisions Management.Contract Tracker -Contract.Tracker –Fraud.Tracker – Fraud escalation and customer care.

Acumem is a provider of intelligent software which analyzes and helps optimizing the computing performance in single- and multi-core environments. Acumem contributes to their customers’ success in maximizing the benefits of multi-core technology, achieving the full potential of their systems. Acumem has partnerships with leading companies in the multi-core market such as Sun Microsystems, HP and Microsoft. Acumem is a privately held company based in Uppsala, Sweden with sales office in Boston, USA.

Adactus is a software company offering solutions for delivery and presentation of adapted multimedia for mobile terminals.With base in the ISO standard MPEG-21, they control the delivery of content into detail with respect to Quality of Service and Quality of Experience.They deliver custom designed and easy to use applications for mobile terminals, and offer improvements in functionality and user experience.

AdJug is an online advertising exchange. It connects buyers and sellers of online advertising and provides them with transparency, control and choice.Publishers can take control of their online inventory to increase their earnings and advertisers can run better campaigns because they know where each conversion and traffic is coming from.AdJug was founded in 2007 by Satish Jayakumar and Michael Stephanblome.

Ads-Click is a market leader in solutions for contextual and mobile advertising. The company’s technology is used by major Internet players and mobile operators and serves over 5 billion pages views per month. Since its inception in January, 2004 Ads-Click has acted as an innovative force in the world of online advertising by providing a game-changing level of transparency and control over ad prices and content types compared with other providers.

ammado is the global online community of people who care. We connect nonprofits, socially responsible companies and engaged individuals dedicated to positive change on a global and local level. Ammado provides companies with a state of the art global community engagement and giving platform. Our online community engagement platform allows companies to set up their own interactive CSR profile; share their values, goals and activities; use the media tools available such as articles, photo albums, videos, document libraries etc.

Animasher is a place where you make animations. Users can Make their own by Choosing a picture (your friend, a dog, whatever) and drag it around.Add some sound effects and Save animation. Share it on Facebook, MySpace, etc

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BusinessQ :Top 10 Startups To Watch Utah


Meet 10 local startups worth watching in Utah.These startups were porfiled in businessQ magazine.

Zoobie Pets
A creator of patent-pending stuffed animals that turn into pillows and blankets.Zoobie® Pets embody an innovative and patent pending 3-in-1 concept. Each pet is a plush toy, a soft pillow, and a comfy blanket all in one—the perfect childhood companion.Zoobie Pets manufactures the pets and has a collection of pets for children.Collections comes in a bright, multi-colored sets.Founded in 2007

KS Marketing, Inc.
KS Marketing, Inc. is a privately held company. They sell retail and wholesale products primarily in the scrapbook and craft industries. KS Marketing ships and distributes to all 50 states and to over 40 countries worldwide.KS Marketing, Inc has several divisions, including Retail, Wholesale and Product Education. The company was founded in 2008.

A developer and marketer of mobile and Web applications, particularly with Apple products.Avantar is a sister company to Yellow Pages, Inc. and is focused on local advertising. Millions users users conduct local searches for businesses and entertainment advertisers on a monthly basis through their mobile and web applications.They promote business, products or entertainment ads. The company was founded in 2008.

A provider of online HR/talent sourcing software and services.EnticeLabs utilizes and builds technology for sourcing and recruiting. EnticeLabs’ flagship product is TalentSeekr: a multi-pronged technology solution that empowers employers to target top talent while reducing recruiting cost. TalentSeekr is a one-stop platform that reaches out to the best candidates through websites online (social networks, niche blogs, trade sites, user groups, forums, job boards, etc.) using targeted advertisements in every available format. EnticeLabs was established in 2007 with backing from the founders of Omniture.

A company that connects businesses with consumers in the marketing arena. Services include : DataInsight™ segments your data by 300 data variables.DataAppend™ includes contact information missing from your database. DataScore™ highlights high-conversion opportunities within your data.DataAdd™ delivers high-performing data for your marketing efforts. DataManage™ provides full service data management and direct marketing.Founded in 2009.

Direct Pointe, Inc.
Direct Pointe, Inc. (DirectPointe) is a Utah-based Managed IT Service Provider offering a full suite of managed IT services to both businesses and now individuals. DirectPointe commenced operations in March of 2000 .The managed IT service solutions provide one payment and one point of contact for customer’s complete computing needs.

Infuse Medical .
Infuse Medical provides exposure to medical device manufacturers . They have developed a category of agencies to respond to the continual need for measurable education and online digital marketing.Whether it’s professional education, sales training, trade show loops, or digital direct-to-consumer marketing.Founded in 2007.

A Restaurant with a huge web presence .A gourmet slider joint inside the newly-built Timpanogos Harley-Davidson resort.

Get Limed
A full-service graphic design firm With prestige in Utah

Haws Mechanical
Haws Mechanical is a fully integrated mechanical contractor bringing experience to projects in various niches of specialty mechanical contracting and systems assembly. Areas of specialization include recreational residential, resorts, condo/apartment complexes, environmentally controlled production areas, food processing plants and areas, pharmaceutical production, medical centers and facilities and schools.

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Silicon Alley Insider:Top 10 Startups in 2009

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