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.
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.com 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 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.