My Voting Guide for The Europas (TechCrunch’s European Awards)

June 30, 2009 by Lisa Oshima | Contest, Mobile, Review, Social Media

TechCrunch recently announced the nominees for The Europas, the awards ceremony celebrating technology innovation in European companies, to be held in London on July 9th.  I was excited to learn that one of my clients, ShoZu, was nominated for the Best Mobile Application in EMEA (shameless plug: you can vote for them in this category here).

While browsing the list of The Europas nominees, I noticed TechCrunch doesn’t provide company descriptions or links to each company’s website or page on CrunchBase.  I can’t imagine anyone besides the guys from TechCrunch and maybe a few VCs being intimately familiar with all of these companies (and I can’t imagine anyone besides me being interested enough to research such a long list).  So, to help you make a semi-informed decision before voting, I’ve done some company research for you.  Below you’ll find URLs, descriptions and CrunchBase listings for The Europas tech company nominees (Note: I have not included descriptions for the VC or founder awards).

<Note: Company names are hyperlinked to their website. Descriptions come from company websites or CrunchBase, where more concise.>

The Europas: Best Web Application Or Service (EMEA)

  • 3scale: “To enable solid connections, API resources need to be managed.  3scale’s systems manages these services for you – giving you full control of your API at all times.  3scale features include: Access key control, Usage limit setting and monitoring, Contract management with partners and customers, Customer metrics and tracking, API traffic filtering and caching.” Page on CrunchBase.
  • ActionBase: “ActionBase is a Human Process Management System (HPMS) managing ad hoc, human centric, unstructured processes usually handled in email and documents. With ActionBase anyone can initiate, effectively track and govern an entire process. ActionBase completely integrated into standard MS Office applications and provides end-to-end real-time visibility and a complete audit trail.” <no page on CrunchBase at time of publishing.>
  • Allyve: “allyve provides an overview of personal accounts and direct access via allyve-links with auto login deep into a user’s account like email, social networks, bonus programs, flirt portals and shopping.  allyve is a product for the average internet user without an IT-background who is still surprised seeing a google search tool bar in their firefox browser. allyve aims to save its users time, make “surfing” convenient and allow them to manage more accounts than before. allyve plays the role of a remote control with built-in preview for the internet, only displaying aggregated  content.” Page on CrunchBase.
  • Adjug: “AdJug is an online advertising marketplace. 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.” Page on CrunchBase.
  • Allyve: “allyve provides an overview of personal accounts and direct access via allyve-links with auto login deep into a user’s account like email, social networks, bonus programs, flirt portals and shopping.  allyve is a product for the average internet user without an IT-background who is still surprised seeing a google search tool bar in their firefox browser. allyve aims to save its users time, make “surfing” convenient and allow them to manage more accounts than before. allyve plays the role of a remote control with built-in preview for the internet, only displaying aggregated content.” <Note: Allyve’s website isn’t in English, but their Crunchbase page is.>
  • Amazee: “Amazee is an internet platform that empowers individuals and organizations to initiate and promote their ideas and plans in projects, to find like-minded people and raise funds. Amazee is the global action network!  Examples of successful projects on Amazee are: Building an IT learning center in Sri Lanka, planning meetings of internet entrepreneurs in Zurich or ensuring the complete supply with running water in a small South African village.  Amazee is built for globally-minded activists who want to use the web for collective action. Thus their goals become projects on Amazee and these projects come to life.” CrunchBase Page.
  • amiando: “amiando is the easiest way to sell tickets or professionally register your attendees for your own event. More than 50.000 events worldwide have already been organized with amiando.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Babbel: “Babbel is an online platform where you can develop and improve your foreign language skills — the fun way. This sophisticated language learning system automatically adjusts to your level and learning speed. With lively multimedia content on the theme of your choice, you can both be entertained and learn quickly at the same time, without fuss. Here you can study French, Spanish, Italian, English or German — if you like, all at once.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Badoo: “Badoo is a truly worldwide online community that provides its members with the ability to communicate and share their lives with people both locally and around the globe. Its many features include the next generation in photo/video sharing and social networking. More importantly, though, Badoo allows its users to gain an instant mass audience for themselves and their work.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Blip.pl: <Note: At time of publishing, there was no CrunchBase page for Blip.pl, and Blip.pl’s website is not in English.>
  • coComment: “coComment is a service for managing, powering and researching conversations online. When using coComment, you can keep track of your comments across any site, share them with friends, and get notified when you get a response.  Have you ever posted comments or questions on articles and blogs and then forgotten where you’ve left them? By tracking your conversation with coComment, you can see all your comments on one page and get notified. You will never miss a response, and will always be part of your online conversations!  If you’re blogger or site owner, you can integrate coComment to power or track your conversations, while becoming part of the growing coComment community.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Diary.com: “Diary.com is the easiest and most private way to keep a diary. Update your diary by the web, email or the cellphone (mobile).  Have as many diaries as you want, keep a secret one and share a social diary with friends too.  Add anything like text updates, photos, YouTube videos, music, or files and documents.  Explore other diaries and find new diary friends.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Dopplr: “Share your personal and business travel plans with the people you trust.  Notice coincidences when your travels overlap.  Find unique tips for cities around the world.  Get travel advice from other smart travellers.” CrunchBase Page.
  • eBuddy: “eBuddy is your online messenger for MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, Facebook, ICQ, MySpace and AIM (AOL). Whether you’re at home, school, work or traveling; with eBuddy you can chat online everywhere anytime. eBuddy is available as a web based and mobile version. eBuddy provides instant messaging on every computer, it even works when you are behind a firewall! eBuddy means no downloads, no installation of software or upgrades and no registration. Best of all it’s free.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Funambol: “Funambol’s vision is to make it easy to keep billions of smart and feature phones in sync with the Internet cloud, email systems, personal computers and other systems. We uniquely do this through open source software that provides the greatest degree of device compatibility as well as freedom, control, flexibility and risk-reduction.  In addition to supporting billions of mobile phones, Funambol works with leading email and webmail systems, including Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Gmail and Hotmail, POP/IMAP servers and Exchange and Domino via Funambol community projects. The software supports popular desktop apps, including MS Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs. Funambol performs mobile cloud sync for contacts, calendars, tasks, notes and content such as pictures as well as push email.” CrunchBase Page.
  • HammerKit: “We are one of the first companies in the world to develop a true component-based architecture that allows web applications to be created very quickly using fully reusable components through a web-based, collaborative application assembly line environment. We have spent over 18 man years developing our application development platform, called HammerKit, to revolutionise the lead-times for business solutions and to enable web applications to be built on-demand.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Hiogi: “hiogi is a community that answers mobile adhoc questions that are submitted via Twitter SMS, WAP, iPhone or wireless email.  Anybody can participate in exchanging know-how, experiences, advice, research results or plain information. hiogi brings questioners, who travel a lot and who do not have a lot of time together with the answerers, who sit in front of their computers and who are willing to help. The hiogis battle each other 8 minutes for the best answer and every question has a ranking of 2-5 coins, depending on the difficulty of the question. A third independt hiogi checks and confirms the best answer and gets one coin for that. Every coin is one chance of winning several cool prices by the end of the month.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Hobnox: “Hobnox is the entertainment network for creatives and their friends.  It is an initiative to provide networking and creation tools for self-determined artistic expression on the Internet. The Hobnox Metabolism brings all of these elements together on the one platform.  Hobnox launched in spring 2008, combining community, production and publishing functions with web TV channels Sly-Fi, CLTR/CTRL and 99stories into one online-organism. Since June 2008, the site is in its beta phase whilst development and enhancement continue.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Hubdub: “Hubdub makes news more exciting by letting you stake virtual dollars on the outcomes of real running news stories. On Hubdub you stake virtual money (H$ – Hubdub dollars) on predictions about the outcomes of real news stories. If you’re right you win more, if you’re wrong you lose what you staked. The more Hubdub dollars you have, the better Hubdubber you are (shown by your star level) and the higher on the leaderboards you climb. ”  CrunchBase Page.
  • imedo: “imedo is a German health community that enables patients to take control over their health by sharing advice on e.g. diseases or treatment options and finding people with similar health challenges. Among its popular features are a doctor recommendation service “virtual hugs” and online support groups.” <Note: This site is not in English but their CrunchBase page is>.
  • Jagex: “Jagex Ltd is an independent developer and publisher of online games. We are headquartered in Cambridge, England. With 3 offices – 2 in Cambridge and 1 in London – Jagex has over 350 employees. ” <Note: Jagex did not have a CrunchBase page at time of publishing>.
  • Jimdo: “With Jimdo everyone can show his or her interests and passion on the Internet – on his own website! In fact, it’s free and no technical knowledge is required!”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Jinni: “Jinni is a search-and-recommendation engine for movies, TV shows and semiprofessional video to help viewers find what fits their personal moods and tastes. The service is powered by the Movie Genome, created by analyzing metadata and reviews to catalog video across thousands of parameters. Jinni offers a website for users and APIs for Internet and TV content providers.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Kublax: “Kublax is a completely free, online money budgeting service that will transform the way you manage your personal finances. Our aim is to put the control in your hands. By securely registering your bank and credit card accounts and using our simple money management tools we will give you access to the transparent information you need to make sound decisions, spend more efficiently and save more fruitfully.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Kyte: “Kyte is an online and mobile video platform for live and on-demand content.  Designed for media & entertainment companies, Kyte combines the real-time, interactive and community building capabilities of the social web, with the analytics, control, and monetization features of professional video platforms.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Locr: “Locate your photos, discover the world and share with friends. locr offers geo-enhanced photo sharing for mobile phone users and hobby photographers.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • LouderVoice: “LouderVoice is all about making your reviews visible to a wider audience, wherever you write them. Choose your preferred reviewing platform for more information on setting things up (remember you can have multiple platforms).  On each page you’ll see a big orange button at the top saying “write a review”.  Just hit that to write a review any time you’re on the site.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mekanist.net: <Note: The Mekanist.net page is not available in English.  At the time of publishing, Mekanist.net did not have a CrunchBase Page.>
  • Metaversum: “Metaversum develops and operates the 3D online world Twinity. Twinity’s vision is to link the real with the virtual world by building realistic replicas of the world’s most vibrant cities in 3D. Twinity members can create a personal avatar, explore virtual cities, move into a 3D home, chat with friends, work, get creative, or just have fun together.  Twinity also offers businesses new ways of engaging with real people in real cities. Through virtual shops and branded presences, in-world ad campaigns, product placements, and sponsored events, Twinity lets you enter into a direct, emotional, digital dialog with your target group. Twinity is currently in public Beta. Founded in July 2006 and financed by leading venture capital firms, Metaversum has offices in Berlin, Kiev, and Singapore.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mister Wong: “Mister Wong is one of the leading social bookmarking services with portals in 6 languages and over 4 million visitors per month.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MoFuse: “Mofuse allows web publishers to convert their web sites into RSS driven mobile web sites. In addition to converting the web site for mobile consumption, Mofuse also allows publishers to monetize their mobile websites via revenue shares with Google AdSense and AdMob.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • mydeco: “mydeco was conceived and founded by the management team behind lastminute.com, one of Europe’s most successful ever online businesses. mydeco brings together the widest possible range of products from high street stores to niche retailers,thousands of inspiring looks to fit your budget, expert designers on hand for advice, and simple 3D tools to help you plan your room before you even open a tin of paint. You can also join our community to share ideas, swap decorating tips and show off your designs. It’s everything you need to buy with confidence.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Myfab: MyFab.com is an e-commerce solution that allows prospective shoppers to look for inventory directly from companies’ factories and warehouses. The service cuts out middlemen in the e-commerce arena by dealing directly with manufacturers as suggested by site visitors. The company claims to deliver prices at 70% of the regular price via traditional retailing or other e-commerce sites.” CrunchBase Page. <Note: This website is not in English.>
  • Nasza Klasa: <Note: This website is not in English. At the time of publishing, Nasza Klasa did not have a CrunchBase Page.>
  • Nestoria: “Nestoria is a vertical search engine. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to find UK property. ” CrunchBase Page.
  • Netlog: “Netlog is a social portal for more than 47 million young people in Europe.  Your own profile with a guestbook, blog, friends, pictures and videos. Search for friends, cool events and music. All on Netlog!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Openfilm: “Openfilm is a video sharing site and an online community of independent filmmakers, film schools, festivals and audiences who want to discover, watch and share the best web video in high-definition, for free.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Oxynade: “Oxynade is a content provider of event calendar information and a ticketing service provider. Oxynade delivers up-to-date event calendar information and related services to its customers in the tourist and cultural sector, the travel industry and to its media partners.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Passpack: “Free Online Password Manager Keep track of all your passwords in one place. CrunchBase Page.
  • Plista: “plista provides a recommendation and personalization platform based on collaborative filtering and social graph applications that allows to connect content, products, people and preferences to the benefit of publishers, users and marketers through the internet, mobile phones and other devices.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Polar Rose: “Polar Rose helps users sort, search, and share their digital photos based on the photo content. Using superior computer vision technology Polar Rose can tell who’s in a photo.  Our partners are photo sharing and media sites who use our services to activate their users’ underserved digital photo archives, grow pageviews and increase ad revenues.” CrunchBase Page.
  • PutPlace: “PutPlace gathers all your valuable digital stuff — photos, documents, email, music, videos — from all your PCs and laptops. It backs up everything, securely stores it, and organises it all so you can find or share your files from anywhere.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Radionomy: “Radionomy essentially offers everyone a chance to set up their own Internet radio station free of charge and share a personalized radio show complete with music programming, jingles and commercials with friends and the rest of the world.  Users get to tap into readily available music libraries and jingles and add custom sequences, interviews, reports and podcasts to the mix, enabling anyone to build a genuinely personalized radio show and broadcast it for free, worldwide. Radionomy takes care of the associated costs (including royalties), and shares advertising revenue with radio station creators, relative to the size of their audience.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Restox: “Restox.TV is the global video guide of online bookable restaurants. “See where you eat”.  The mission of Restox.TV is to combine professional and user-generated video to enhance the booking experience for people who would like to make a reservation in online bookable restaurants and to increase conversion.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Sclipo: “Sclipo is a social learning network.  Sclipo helps you to teach and learn just about everything, from technology to languages or cooking, and connects you with people of common interests.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Seatwave: “Seatwave is an online marketplace where fans can buy and sell tickets for concerts, theatre, sport, attractions, special events and just about any other kind of live event. Seatwave was created by a group of people who believe that buying tickets and selling tickets should be really easy and safe. Up until now, it has been neither so we’ve gone about creating the safest place anywhere to buy tickets for the widest range of events. We’re happy you’ve come to visit Seatwave and we hope we can provide the superior experience we’ve set out to create.” CrunchBase Page.
  • ShoutEm: “Shout’Em is platform on which you can easily start co-branded microbloging social networking service. Something simple as Twitter or with more features like attachments, photos, links… It is up to you :)  Networks on Shout’Em are “lightweight social networks”. They have small set of features: microblogging, links and photo sharing, geo location sharing and mobile browser support.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Sidewinder: <Note: There was no Sidewinder CrunchBase Page at time of publishing. And, given the popularity of the name, it was unclear which URL to use.>
  • Silobreaker: “Silobreaker is an online search service for news and current events that delivers meaning and relevance beyond traditional search and aggregation engines. Its relational analysis and explanatory graphics provide users with unparalleled contextual insight into the news stories of the day. More than a news aggregator, Silobreaker provides relevance by looking at the data it finds like a person does. It recognises people, companies, topics, places and keywords; understands how they relate to each other in the news flow, and puts them in context for the user. The graphical search results enables users to quickly and easily understand connections, trends and topics or navigate deeper into the most relevant stories for them. No other news search service provides such an extensive suite of contextual tools in the industry today.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Smule: “Smule is a creator of Interactive Sonic Media for mobile platforms. Smule’s first product, Sonic Lighter, is a virtual lighter iPhone application that launched on September 24, 2008. Sonic Lighter is the first application built on a new audio programming language called ChucK. Smule launched Ocarina on November 8, 2008. Ocarina transformed the iPhone into true wind musical instrument and allowed the player to hear others play the instrument around the world, and has experienced over half a million downloads.” CrunchBase Page.
  • sobees: “sobees is your social desktop aggregator. sobees integrates a large number of Internet services. sobees automatically pulls information from friends on different social networks together with news, photos, videos, and other data from the Web.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Songkick: “We believe that an amazing concert can change your life. We want to give you a way to share that experience, so the concert can live on for everyone. And then we want to help you find your next gig.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Spotify: “Spotify has created a lightweight software application that users will simply download and then log onto their service enabling on demand streaming of music.” <Note: not available in the US… Yet. I’ve used this service in the UK and it rocks (literally and figuratively)>.  CrunchBase Page.
  • Squareclock: “SquareClock is developing a new generation 3D media applications to connect individuals with design within the housing industry. SquareClock delivers an amazing experience to the end user to manage its complete home life cycle end to end, from design to deco.” <Note: This site is not available in English, but its CrunchBase page is.
  • Stardoll: “Stardoll is a virtual paperdoll community site for everyone who enjoys fashion, design and making friends. At Stardoll you can create your own MeDoll or choose from our ever growing collection of celebrity dolls and dress them up in our wide selection of fashions. Every celebrity doll has a wardrobe full of unique clothes and there are new dolls released every week. The membership is completely FREE and most of our members are girls between the ages of 7 and 17. Stardoll is one of few places on the Internet developed with an emphasis on girls’ self-expression through fantasy and fashion play. Stardoll is a great place to spend time with friends and to meet other kids from all over the world. We are committed to Stardoll as an inspiring, safe and creative environment.” CrunchBase Page.
  • studiVZ: “Studivz.net is very similar to Facebook, but primarily focuses on the German speaking market. The company was sold to Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, a German publishing group, for €85 million in January 2007.  Other investors of Studivz include the Samwer brothers, founders of ringtone company Jamba (sold for $270M) and Alando (sold to eBay for $43M in 1999).  As of July 2008, StudiVZ has 9 million active Users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Users are on three Socialnetworks: StudiVZ (4.1M Users) SchülerVZ (4.9M Users) and MeinVZ (1.8M Users).” <Note: This site is not in English, but their CrunchBase page is.
  • Stupeflix: “Stupeflix is a REST web service that turns your pictures, videos, and text into professional videos.  What can you do with Stupeflix ?Add video to your website.  Differentiate your service with video produced from your own content.  Promote your business through video.  Create one or thousands of video ads and spread them all over the web.  Start selling videos now.  Instantly expand your product line to video (mobile, web, and dvd).” CrunchBase Page.
  • tarpipe: “tarpipe is a publishing mediation and distribution platform that simplifies regular upload activities: Publishing content to multiple Web locations; Combining different media into a single blog post or article; Transforming documents on-the-fly; Managing repeatable upload actions.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Tipped: “Tipped is an online community for people to share tips on all the great, and not so great, places in their local area.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Toksta: “toksta provides highly scalable instant messenger and chat solutions for online communities such as social networks, dating sites and forums. All applications are hosted by toksta and offer a rich feature set and design customization.  Integrate IM or chat in less than 5 minutes and increase user engagement and time on site. Excite your community!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Topify: “Topify is a simple service that provides smarter Twitter email notifications. Instead of an email with no indications on the follower, Topify will provide a full user profile. The receiver will be able to follow back by just replying to the email and futher answers to direct messages from his inbox. Topify facilitates the flow of managing and interacting with new followers.” CrunchBase Page. Tripsay: CrunchBase Page.
  • tripwolf: “tripwolf combines travel tips from professional travel writers with a vast collection of travel information, experiences and reviews from a worldwide community of thousands of travelers like you. Browse through more than 400,000 locations, city guides, personal recommendations and travel blogs using the tripwolf travel map. Ask our trip gurus for very specific travel advice to find your favorite spots in any city. Then create, download and print your free PDF travel guide! Plus: Import your friends through facebook and share your travel pictures.” CrunchBase Page.
  • True Knowledge: “The True Knowledge answer engine is a technology capable of answering questions put to it on any topic (see examples). If you would like to take it for a spin you can login (or apply for a beta account if you haven’t done so already) using the box to the right.” CrunchBase Page.
  • TrustedPlaces: “Trustedplaces is a community of real people, like you and me, who enjoy discovering and sharing opinions about places of all kind. Join our community to share your opinions on places that you know, trust and recommend – or even avoid! - with all of your friends and their friends too. The pooled insights of the trustedplaces community make discovering great new places fun and easy, trustedplaces also great value as you enjoy special offers from participating businesses.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tupalo: “Tupalo.com is a social yellow pages (SYP) community where people discover, rate and review the best local businesses around the corner or around the World. Built for locals and visitors alike, Tupalo.com collects reviews and recommendations from locals in the know and shares them with those who want to find the best restaurants, clubs, bars, salons, boutiques and services a city has to offer. Founded in 2007, Tupalo.com is a privately-funded internet startup, built by an international team, with offices in Vienna, Austria. Tupalo is proudly supported by the City of Vienna’s departure fund.” CrunchBase Page.
  • TVtrip: “TVtrip is a search engine for hotels that uses unbiased videos filmed by us to help you make the right hotel choice. TVtrip displays videos of all hotel facilities and room categories, as well as detailed information and videos about the surrounding area. With TVtrip, you can find the best prices from multiple trusted booking partners to complete your booking. TVtrip is proud user of data from GeoNames creative commons geographical database.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tweetmeme: “Tweetmeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on twitter to determine which links are popular. Tweetmeme is able to categorize these links into categories and subcategories, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what your interested in.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Twenga: “Twenga is a new-generation shopping search engine. Unlike other comparison sites, Twenga does not limit itself to presenting the offers of commercial partners. Twenga uses proprietary technology to fetch data about all available online shops and products. Twenga brings together about 139 million offers, sorts and displays them in a searchable catalogue, and updates them daily.” CrunchBase Page.
  • twidox: “twidox is a free, user generated online library of ‘quality’ documents that allows individuals and organisations to easily publish, share and search for them.  Documents are accessible to everyone online, allowing people to share their knowledge and helping others with their work, learning, teaching and research. The focus of the website is on: professional and industry specific documents, research material, academic papers and articles, coursework and dissertations and, data and statistics.  Every uploaded document is archived and indexed, and searchable by others free of charge.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Twingly: “Twingly.com is a blog search engine featuring a spam-free, faceted, social search for the global blogosphere. Without any marketing, Twingly.com currently serves 25M+ search results per month, most through our API.  Twingly has been very successful in driving change in European media, connecting mainstream media with blogs. Our main offering is Twingly Blogstream, a moderated trackback function for large websites, providing measurably higher visitor engagement and greater attention in the blogosphere. Twingly Blogstream is used by 50 newspapers, magazines and television channels in 8 countries to get more attention from bloggers, generating 200M+ monthly widget views.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Txtr: “txtr helps you to handle digital text and synchronizes what you read with others.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Unlike: “unlike.net is the definitive city guide for the mobile generation. It’s where experiences are shared, styles are formed, and ideas are accelerated. unlike.net offers a fresh perspective, reinventing the city guide for the 21st century.” <At time of publishing, there didn’t appear to be a CrunchBase page for Unlike.>.
  • Viewdle: “Viewdle is a facial-recognition powered digital media platform for indexing, searching and monetizing video assets. Viewdle automatically looks inside the video, frame-by-frame, to create a real-time index of true on-screen appearances with unrivaled accuracy and relevance. With multiple patents in preparation, we are quickly building the world’s largest people-in-video reference database.  By unleashing Viewdle technology, content producers and distributors can effectively leverage their video assets to open new revenue streams and attract, engage and retain customers/visitors. Initially focused on providing internal and private-label indexing and search capabilities to news and entertainment media, we will soon launch targeted advertising solutions, developer tools and a consumer-facing search site.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Wakoopa: “Wakoopa is a social network that helps people discover the best software, games and web apps on the market. Sign-up, install a small tracker on your desktop and automatically create your online software profile that you can share with friends and the world, also through widgets. Wakoopa keeps you updated about what your contacts are using, and sends you smart recommendations. Games, audio & video players, instant messengers or office tools: Wakoopa knows what’s hot.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Watzatsong: “Do you have a song stuck in your head but wonder “what’s that song”? Record a short sample of the tune online anonymously on WatZatSong. The WatZatSong Community will listen and tell you what song it is!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Webjam: “Webjam allows any organisation, brand or group to create and encourage online communities with a professional and easy-to-use interface.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Webnode: “Launched in January 2008, Webnode (webnode.com) is a free revolutionary interactive real-time drag-and-drop website builder. Webnode allows visitors to create, design, develop and run powerful websites and web application from start to finish. Engineered for ease of use and extreme speed, it can effortlessly produce high-caliber professional web pages within minutes.  Webnode offers the broadest range of functions for any on-line website builder. There is no need to download or install anything. Webnode can be used with any domain (e.g. as www.userdomain.com). It implements plenty of website components (polls, articles, forums, lists, FAQ forms, etc.). Users can use it with any popular browser.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Wonga: “Wonga is a ground-breaking online lender based in London. We launched our first website in October 2007 and rapidly became one of the UK’s most innovative credit businesses. We’re backed by major investors including Balderton Capital, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners and Dawn Capital and our mission is to provide consumers with instant money whenever they need it.  We are transforming the UK credit market by offering small, short term loans online with more speed, convenience and flexibility than banks, high street lenders and other websites. We remove the complexity and inflexibility consumers face whenever they need to borrow some cash in a hurry. We have a consumer credit licence from the Office of Fair Trading and are members of the Finance and Leasing Association.” CrunchBase Page.
  • XING: “XING is the leading European network for business contacts. Far more than a directory of business contacts, XING makes your professional network an active part of your life, enabling members to discover professional people, opportunities and privileges through its unique discovery capability and advanced contact management tools.” CrunchBase Page.
  • YOOS: Coming Soon! “Collect coupons with your mobile phone.  Never forget your coupons, loyalty cards, shopping lists….Keep everything in your pocket – all the time – on your cellphone.” CrunchBase Page.
  • zanox: “zanox offers performance-based multichannel commerce and provides a platform that aims to efficiently market products and services on the Internet. zanox´online marketing services include affiliate marketing and search engine management as well as email marketing and customer loyalty programs.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Zemanta: “Zemanta is a revolutionary new platform for accelerating on-line content production for any web user. Any user-created text (a blog post, article or web page) is directly “read” by Zemanta, which recognizes all contextual content. Zemanta then combs the web for the most relevant images, smart links, keywords and text, instantly serving these results to the user to enrich and inform their content. What’s more, Zemanta can be deployed on all major content publishing platforms and web browsers through a simple plug-in.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zoopla: “Zoopla.co.uk is a unique property website offering users FREE information and tools to help them make better-informed property decisions. We provide the most comprehensive source of residential property market information in the UK to help buyers, sellers, owners and estate agents alike and to give them an advantage in the property market.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Design

  • Babbel: “Babbel is an online platform where you can develop and improve your foreign language skills — the fun way. This sophisticated language learning system automatically adjusts to your level and learning speed. With lively multimedia content on the theme of your choice, you can both be entertained and learn quickly at the same time, without fuss. Here you can study French, Spanish, Italian, English or German — if you like, all at once.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Hubdub: “Hubdub makes news more exciting by letting you stake virtual dollars on the outcomes of real running news stories. On Hubdub you stake virtual money (H$ – Hubdub dollars) on predictions about the outcomes of real news stories. If you’re right you win more, if you’re wrong you lose what you staked. The more Hubdub dollars you have, the better Hubdubber you are (shown by your star level) and the higher on the leaderboards you climb. ”  CrunchBase Page.
  • IRL Connect: “In Real Life (IRL) is the company behind the first visual social network that adds presence to social networks and social media. IRL Connect allows users to take their friends from any social network and visualize them on the map to find, meet and communicate. IRL Connect takes the communications features of social networking sites and makes the user’s location the most important part of the information they broadcast. IRL is a 2009 Red Herring 100 Europe winner as one of the most promising and innovative technology companies in the EMEA region and a Next Web Rising Sun Start-Up Rally finalist. The privately funded company is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an office in China.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Jimdo: “With Jimdo everyone can show his or her interests and passion on the Internet – on his own website! In fact, it’s free and no technical knowledge is required!”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Pasaj: <Note: This website is not in English. At the time of publishing, Pasaj did not have a CrunchBase page.>
  • Songkick: “We believe that an amazing concert can change your life. We want to give you a way to share that experience, so the concert can live on for everyone. And then we want to help you find your next gig.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Spotify: “Spotify has created a lightweight software application that users will simply download and then log onto their service enabling on demand streaming of music.” <Note: not available in the US… Yet. I’ve used this service in the UK and it rocks (literally and figuratively)>.  CrunchBase Page.
  • Tweetmeme: “Tweetmeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on twitter to determine which links are popular. Tweetmeme is able to categorize these links into categories and subcategories, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what your interested in.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Webjam: “Webjam allows any organisation, brand or group to create and encourage online communities with a professional and easy-to-use interface.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Wonga: “Wonga is a ground-breaking online lender based in London. We launched our first website in October 2007 and rapidly became one of the UK’s most innovative credit businesses. We’re backed by major investors including Balderton Capital, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners and Dawn Capital and our mission is to provide consumers with instant money whenever they need it.  We are transforming the UK credit market by offering small, short term loans online with more speed, convenience and flexibility than banks, high street lenders and other websites. We remove the complexity and inflexibility consumers face whenever they need to borrow some cash in a hurry. We have a consumer credit licence from the Office of Fair Trading and are members of the Finance and Leasing Association.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Bootstrapped Startup (less than 3 years old)

  • Asgoodas.nu: “asgoodas.nu is the easy, fast, and safe way to turn your used electronic gadgets into cash. Sell online directly to asgoodas.nu by answering a few questions and mailing them in free of cost. A few days later the price will be paid to your account. The price is based on a fair market value calculated from thousands internet transactions daily, very much like a stock quote.  asgoodas.nu tests and refurbishes the used gadgets and sells them “as good as new” with a 12 months warranty. The margin stems from the markup a consumer is willing to pay for a professionally refurbished device with warranty compared to a private transaction on online auction sites.” <Note: This page is not in English, but their CrunchBase page is.>
  • AskMarkets: “A prediction markets platform for hosting the wisdom of crowds.  Askmarkets provides a prediction markets web service, where everyone can sign up and submit his or her views and information on currently running markets, in a way they can also reshape public consensus and feel the impact of their actions. Moreover, each user is able to create his own market and address his/her questions to the existing community of users. This user-generated ability shall introduce a large variety of subjects in the marketplace, next to a diverse pool of active participants.”
    CrunchBase Page.
  • BaseKit: “BaseKit is a Next Generation website builder, enabling the creation of dynamic, rich and functional web sites & web apps quickly & easily – without the necessity to code.  BaseKit makes it easy to create dynamic web sites.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Billmonitor: “The BillMonitor service was developed as a price comparison tool for all UK mobile users. We use advanced statistics, developed by our team of Oxford mathematicians, to find the best available mobile plan for every one of our individual customers. BillMonitor continuously tracks the market, keeping up to date on the thousands of tariffs from UK mobile operators. We match this information with each customer’s usage and recommend the best deal available to them.  Our service is available both as a one-off Manual Assessment and as Online Billing Assessment, depending on your preference. We analyse historical usage patterns to predict future usage and keep you updated on the money you could save as the networks change their prices.  Our technology, unlike that of many price comparison sites, was developed specifically for mobile users. We spend all of our time focusing on mobile to ensure our service is the most up to date and comprehensive mobile money saving service available.” <Note: At the time of publishing, it appears that Billmonitor does not have a CrunchBase Page.>
  • BookingBug: “BookingBug is an embeddable, hosted, booking and reservation system for businesses that wish to show availability or take bookings and enquiries online.  In the same way as e-Commerce allows a product business to feed stock information out to a wider audiance then their own site, BookingBug aims to help service businesses to reach their customers beyond the confines of a single website.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Boxed Ice / Server Density: “Boxed Ice is a UK software development firm currently working on a server monitoring application called Server Density.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Clear Applications: “Clear Applications will provide technology that helps medium to large-sized businesses sort through applicants and identify the ones with superior cognitive and personal skills.” <Note: At the time of publishing, the Clear Applications website CrunchBase lists was no longer affiliated with a company. Did Clear Applications go out of business?> CrunchBase Page.
  • Crowdstorm: “We help you find “what” to buy through aggregating expert reviews, user reviews, buyers’ guides, thoughts, videos and questions and answers from a crowd of trusted people and sites.  Your crowd is your filter unto the giant world of products out there – helping to narrow your choice down to the right product for you.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Devunity: “Devunity is an online collaborative development platform, revolving around the projects code.  It is the first online social development platform out there. focused on simplicity and productivity.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Doctr: “doctr.com, founded in 2007, is an independently operated online platform. Using the internet as a communication platform, doctr.com greatly increases the efficiency and quality of medical care. The first of many innovative products is the OnlineConsultation allowing doctors to speak with patients through a secure online video chat system.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Doodle: “Doodle makes it easy to find a date and time for a group event. Doodle is a free online coordination tool which requires neither registration nor software installation. On the following pages you can find more about Doodle.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Gigulate: “<Gigulate’s> Music API 1.0 is our first step towards creating a truly valuable API for Music News, Music Blogs and (in the UK, for now) tour dates and concert tickets.  We know it’s going to be great fun to develop with. Essentially it’s going to expose the masses of data that we aggregate every moment of the day, we’ve already built Gigulate Charts on it, so we know it’s hack magique.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Kvittar: “Kvittar automatically collect your receipts and store them digitally for easy search and access.  Revenue streams come from a monthly fee from businesses on 10 euros/card/month and a set on fee on 5 euros a year for you as a private customer.” CrunchBase Page.
  • learn10: “Learn10 was built to help people create a daily learning habit. The ethos is simple – once you become a member of Learn10 you’ll automatically be sent short, daily learning tasks – such as 10 new words in a foreign language. We use the range of current web technology so you’ll see your content on Facebook, Twitter, in your email, it’s RSSable, can be plugged in to any blog or web page, it’s iPhone friendly and mostly free.  You can use the Learn10 widget to learn, revise, record, test & compete with your friends. Additional (premium) services include a virtual teacher, windows screensaver and content via SMS.” CrunchBase Page.
  • LovelyCharts: “Lovely Charts is an innovative web application allowing its users to create gorgeous diagrams (flowcharts, sitemaps, organisation charts, wireframes, …) of professional quality without requiring any drawing efforts or design skills.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Mixcloud: “Mixcloud helps connect radio content to listeners, helping content creators promote and helping users discover.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mollom: “Mollom is a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop spam on your blog, social network or community website. When site moderation becomes easier, you have more time and energy to interact with your community.” CrunchBase Page.
  • myFi: <Note: It appears that myFi was acquired by SmithBarney, and it didn’t appear to have a CrunchBase page at the time of publishing.> “myFi is a new way to manage your finances. A way to pull together the many parts of your economic life and turn them into a working meconomy – a financial life with you in the driver’s seat. Learn how financial coaching, specialists, online tools and thoughts on money can help.”
  • Folia: “Keep tabs on when you planted and when your plants are ready for harvest: Keep a journal of events in your garden, create to-do lists,  organise seed swaps, discover others growing the same things as you!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Paperc.de: <Note: This site is not in English, and at the time of publishing, Paperc.de didn’t appear to have a CrunchBase Page.>
  • ParkAtMyHouse: “ParkatmyHouse.com is a brand new and innovative service which aims to provide affordable and fine -free parking by enabling property-owners to rent out their empty driveways, garages, car parks etc to drivers needing somewhere to park.  Motorists and cyclists on their way to work, a big sports match or a hospital appointment for example, can arrange to use a property-owner’s space on a one-off or regular, short-term or long-term basis. Underground and garage spaces offer drivers the added benefits of shelter and security for their vehicles.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Peeralism: <Note: At the time of publishing, Peeralism didn’t appear to have a website or CrunchBase page.>
  • Prezi: “Create a map of your ideas, images, videos, then show overview, zoom to details, amaze, convince, take the day. And it is very simple to use.” CrunchBase Page.
  • ReceiptFarm:  “ReceiptFarm is a UK-based expenses mail-in service. Primarily targeting freelancers and SMEs, the company allows businesses to get their expenses scanned and inputted at a low cost.  Users receive a Freepost envelope into which they put all their receipts and paid invoices to send back from any post box (no queuing at the Post Office).  ReceiptFarm scans and inputs all the expenses into their web platform and sends the receipts back alongside the next month’s envelope.  ReceiptFarm’s internet platform allows users to sort your expenses, view scanned receipts, get reports to help them understand and better manage their expenses, and export their data to a spreadsheet or their favorite accounting software.” CrunchBase Page.
  • SimilarWeb: “The SimilarWeb Sidebar is an intelligent browser Add-On that dynamically provides easy access to relevant websites and content. Wherever you go on the web, our technology will work behind the scenes to discover valuable common content and present it to you in a useful way. Built on sophisticated algorithms that scout the internet and taking into account user opinions. It matters not if the user is looking at a major portal or a website of some unknown artist, SimilarWeb provides accurate results for rare sites as well as highly ranked ones, the technology excels in the long tail of the web.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Scred: “Scred is a Finnish company building tools and services to help friends, groups and communities manage their money, wherever they are. Pools are for simple tracking and balancing amongst friends, while MiniCorps allow you to track income and expenses, as well as actually sell items and receive money.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Soup.io: “Soup.io is a tumblelogging service, an easy multimedia blogging system.  With Soup.io you can upload videos and images as well as post HTML, quotes and text. Users can also import content from Digg, Flickr, Del.ici.ous, YouTube, StumbleUpon, Twitter and others, use a bookmarklet to collect content from around the web, send in posts by email, or repost what they like from their friends.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Storytlr: “Storytlr offers a single touchpoint for people’s online life in their own style. It allows them can easily post new items and aggregate their web life. From their content they can create compelling stories.” CrunchBase Page.
  • studdex: “studdex is the new global student´s online platform that was created with the goal to help students to study abroad and universities to increase their internationalization. In order to reach this goal we have created a network of accredited partner universities from all around the world that enables students to attend affordable programs in places like Dubai, Oxford, Mexico City, Rome, Melbourne, Shanghai and many more. By using this network students can apply directly to the desired university through our Free-mover program or exchange their university places for a defined period of time in a direct one-to-one exchange without quotas.  Universities will also highly benefit from the studdex network. In fact, by using the studdex network, universities will be able to manage their internationalisation easier by reducing their workload and expanding their already existing partnership network to a whole new level. The key lies in our open network which allows new universities to join the studdex network every month and thus increase the universities options to send students abroad.”CrunchBase Page.
  • Struq: “Struq is a pioneering digital media company that allows advertisers to target users with dynamic display ads, customised to the user’s interests and activities online. Through Struq’s innovative targeting technology advertisers can achieve both precise customisation of their advertising creative (delivering tailored, relevant offers to users in real time as they navigate the internet) and wide reach (accessing over 300 million impressions a month through Struq’s network of comScore Top 250 publishers). Each ad delivered on Struq’s network is unique to a user’s interests and browsing activity, allowing advertisers including Virgin, bwin and Betfair to deliver the most relevant creative to users, driving engagement and conversion.” <Note: At the time of publishing, it does not appear that Struq has a CrunchBase Page.>
  • vooch: “vooch is a location based mobile couponing solution.  Consumers find offers and coupons from their surrounding through a mobile application (available for most recent mobile phones) in a highly interactive and entertaining way. The redemption process is controlled via localization and advertisers are billed on a referral basis for every activated coupon. There is no need for the installation of hard- or software at the POS.  vooch allows companies to flexibly advertise without waste coverage in a highly measurable and controllable way. Consumers enjoy the pull-based approach and benefit directly from the coupons.”<Note: this website is not in English, but their CrunchBase page is>.
  • VouChaCha: “VouChaCha instantly delivers vouchers that you can use, where you are, direct to your mobile phone. Just download the application and we will do the rest – Delivering relevant vouchers directly to you.  We are starting with a trial in selected areas of London, but, give us a try, we are adding areas and vouchers all the time.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Wosiak: <Note: At time of publishing, I was not able to find a website or a CrunchBase page for this company.>
  • Woobius: “Woobius is a collaboration tool for architects and engineers, designed to help them cut costs and speed up the design process.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Yiid: “yiid.com wants to unify its users social identities by giving them the tools to create, manipulate, and exchange social information on the web. It aims to provide “your Internet ID.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zookel: “Our focus is on connecting great candidates with great jobs.  Sounds Simple – we like to think we’ve made it exactly that.  Prove you’re a great candidate with psychometric profiles & video CVs.  Utilise your existing Social Networks to find jobs.  Exploit our unique tools so you’re ready to interview.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Social Innovation (which benefits society, EMEA)

  • Aleveo: “Aleveo lets you listen for external ideas which are not complaints and feature requests, but constructive feedback on how your offerings and presence can be improved. While helping your innovation efforts, Aleveo engages people with your company’s brand, thus giving you access to the undiscovered world’s talents.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Amazee: “Amazee is an internet platform that empowers individuals and organizations to initiate and promote their ideas and plans in projects, to find like-minded people and raise funds. Amazee is the global action network!  Examples of successful projects on Amazee are: Building an IT learning center in Sri Lanka, planning meetings of internet entrepreneurs in Zurich or ensuring the complete supply with running water in a small South African village.  Amazee is built for globally-minded activists who want to use the web for collective action. Thus their goals become projects on Amazee and these projects come to life.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Decisions For Heroes: “We’re helping emergency services save more lives by making better decisions. Decisions for Heroes is a collaborative rescue team management tool, that helps record and analyse rescue operations. Instead of archiving information as paperwork, we generate real-time profiles of members, available resources, and experience levels. Decisions for Heroes uses this data to deliver live and intelligent information to the field.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Dopplr: “Share your personal and business travel plans with the people you trust.  Notice coincidences when your travels overlap.  Find unique tips for cities around the world.  Get travel advice from other smart travellers.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mendeley: “Mendeley combines free reference and bibliography management software (Win, Mac, Linux) and a web platform for organizing and sharing research papers.  The desktop software lets researchers generate a personal digital library from the PDFs on their computer by automatically extracting metadata, keywords, full-text and cited references. Every users’ digital libraries are then anonymously aggregated on the web platform to create research trend predictions and research impact statistics.” CrunchBase Page.
  • NewsCred: “NewsCred is a digital newspaper that allows its users to read all the world’s credible news in one place. The NewsCred community then votes on the credibility of articles, journalists and news sources.  NewsCred collects data on three dimensions: article, author, and source. NewsCred’s algorithms then present the news based on quality, not popularity. The NewsCred Analytics Module keeps an online track record of journalists and news sources, and tracks industry credibility trends over time.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Peuplade: <Note: This website is not in English.  At the time of publishing, this site didn’t appear to have a CrunchBase page.>
  • School of Everything: “School of Everything is a website that helps people who want to learn meet up with people who want to teach. The award-winning site is free to join and is available worldwide.” CrunchBase Page.
  • UnLtdWorld:<Note: At the time of publishing, this website does not appear to be up.> “UnLtdWorld is an online platform that connects social entrepreneurs to the people, information and tools that they need to change the world. UnLtdWorld provides social entrepreneurs with indispensible connections, information and insight.  UnLtdWorld is the starting point for all those that operate in the social entrepreneurship market.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Worldeka: “Worldeka is a collaborative platform for social change. Meaning one- world in Sanskrit Worldeka is a targeted social network for charities, NGOs, activists and policy makers. The aim is to help these organizations connect, share resources, communicate with their members and create cross border partnerships.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Enterprise / B2B Startup (EMEA)

  • Adconion: “Adconion Media Group (www.adconion.com) is the largest independent global audience and content network. Dedicated to true partnerships with agencies and marketers, Adconion arms agencies with customized technology and products designed in-house while delivering massive global reach across multiple platforms through a single network. Adconion reaches nearly 300 million unique users worldwide; 1/3 of the total global Internet population.” CrunchBase Page.
  • BlueWikis: <Note: At the time of publishing, I could not find a website or CrunchBase page for this company.>
  • BusinessITonline: “Business IT Online is your one-stop-shop for online software applications, office supplies and business search.”CrunchBase Page.
  • Cereproc: “CereProc has developed the world’s most advanced text to speech technology. Our voices not only sound real, they have character, making them suitable for any application that requires speech output.  CereProc is a Scottish company, based in Edinburgh, the home of advanced speech synthesis research, with a sales office in London. The CereProc team have extensive experience across the entire speech technology domain.” CrunchBase Page.
  • coClarity: “coClarity is a startup based in Limerick, Ireland. We are developing a new kind of project-coordination platform.  coClarity is in private beta with over 50 organisations in Ireland, USA and UK. We’re talking to potential investors about our next funding round.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Corebridge: “Corebridge is an enterprise software publisher in the Unified Communications sector, whose solutions make phones, PCs, business applications and communications hardware and software work together.” CrunchBase Page.
  • FreeAgent Central: “Freelancers and micro-businesses are the engine rooms of economies the world over. When we started out as freelancers, we wished we could concentrate more on doing the work we loved and less on managing invoices and crunching numbers. So we built FreeAgent.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Garlik: “Garlik aims to give consumers control over where their information appears online and provides services to protect this information.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Huddle: “The World’s Workspace: Huddle combines online collaboration, live conferencing, project management software
    and document sharing.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Knowledge Plaza: “Knowledge Plaza is an easy-to-use, open, flexible and intuitive solution for sharing information and knowledge. The Plaza is the meeting place between those who know and those who search, at the intersection of internal information and external sources.  Knowledge Plaza empowers users to share and manage internet bookmarks, documents and files, e-mails, contacts, as well as their own expertise. Through its facets, tags and contextual search box, Knowledge Plaza guarantees your knowledge will never be lost again.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • MirriAd: “MirriAd is an end to end marketing solution that can be implemented quickly, easily and cost-effectively using our online campaign management system. We provide a new and innovative way for advertisers to reach their target audiences, and for content owners to generate additional revenue. We have an ever-expanding library of content, from films and TV series to corporate training videos and user-generated material – and we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting content owners to work with.” <Note: At the time of publishing, it does not appear that MirriAd has a CrunchBase Page.>
  • Mtivity: “Mtivity is a user friendly web based system which provides valuable assistance to marketing departments, printers, print buyers and studio managers by speeding up processes, increasing efficiencies, reducing administration, ensuring brand consistency and ultimately delivering significant savings, both in costs and in time.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mydeo: “Mydeo.com is a high quality video hosting service for home Movie Makers. Upload your videos to your own private account, then play them from your own website.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MyID.is: “MyID.is is a Digital Identity certification platform. People use MyID.is to certify their digital identity, certify any content that they publish over the Internet, such as blog, website, comments, photos, videos, social network profiles, and in general to manage their digital life.” CrunchBase Page.
  • OpenX: “OpenX Market is a new service from OpenX that provides you with an easy-to-use, efficient monetization platform for selling ad inventory to a wide array of advertisers bidding competitively for your ad impressions.” CrunchBase Page.
  • PeoplePerHour: “Outsource Your Work To Rated Freelancers.  Save cost by using freelancers and home workers.  Stay flexible by hiring remotely on-demand.  Find trusted professionals and pay only for results.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Proofhq: “ProofHQ is the easiest way to get feedback and approval on design work.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Programeter: “Report Automation for Software Projects.  With Programeter reports, you can determine what are the trends of critical indicators which expose the current status of your project and see how these trends evolve through time.  Track the project status over features, tasks, bugs and even programming team’s knowledge. Avoid monotonous tasks so common in reporting by letting Programeter automatically extract key metrics from your development tools.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Skimlinks: “We convert your links into affiliate links for you.  Access to 6000+ affiliate programs with no admin effort.  Centralised reporting, showing what your users click on and buy.  Increased click-throughs by keeping natural links.  Broadest support for deep-links.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Smarta: “Smarta is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually *do* business.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Sosius: “Sosius is an online workspace, accessible from any PC or Mac, that lets you create and collaborate. No software to buy and set up. Powerful and flexible, yet easy to use.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tactile CRM: “Tactile CRM is a web based contact and sales management system for small businesses and departments. It’s great for managing your sales pipeline, contacts, notes, emails and activities in one place so you can easily share information within your organisation amongst your colleagues.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Trampoline Systems: “Trampoline Systems delivers a new kind of enterprise search. Where existing products locate documents, we connect you to people with relevant expertise and knowledge.  Our solutions are dedicated to the needs of professional services and other knowledge-based businesses where revenue depends on putting expertise to work. Customers include leading global management consultancies, systems integrators and financial services businesses.  Our SONAR technology includes a unique fusion of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). We’re based in London, UK, and backed by top global investors. Recognition includes Oracle’s partner innovation award (2007), identification by Gartner as one of five top disruptors in social software (2008) and selection by Red Herring’s as a “Global 100” top technology firm (2009).”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Viapost: “ViaPost is an alternative mail service that allows you to send physical post direct from your PC. It is a secure, high-quality and confidential way of printing and posting that saves you both time and money.  Viapost allows you to send physical letters to any UK address simply by pressing print from within any Windows application. Rather than selecting your local laser or inkjet printer from the printer list, you select “Send It Viapost”.  We print it at a location close to where it needs to go, and we print it out ready-sorted and barcoded for the Royal Mail to take the final few miles. Because we bypass a lot of the mechanical sorting and a lot of the trucking, our service actually costs less than the price of a first class stamp. There is no need for printers, ink, envelopes, stamps or franking.” CrunchBase Page.
  • VideoPlaza: “Monetizer is an ad server for managing, displaying and tracking advertising around your online video content. It provides out-of-the-box ad formats for any Flash or Silverlight video player and an easy-to-grasp interface for managing your advertising campaigns.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Woobius: “Woobius is a collaboration tool for architects and engineers, designed to help them cut costs and speed up the design process.” CrunchBase Page.
  • youcalc: “youcalc let’s you create and share custom reports and analytics on data from SaaS systems – zero coding required!  A library of analytics apps for CRM, sales, marketing, service/support and project management, and live data connection to a growing number of SaaS systems (Salesforce.com, Basecamp, AdWords, Google Analytics, Highrise CRM, MailChimp, etc.).” CrunchBase Page.
  • Yuuguu: “Instant screen sharing and real time collaboration.  Yuuguu offers cross network instant messaging, instant screen sharing, real time collaboration, web conferencing and remote support.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zenbe: “Zenbe provides solutions to email overload, without requiring you to change your email address. Every application we provide is accessible from a web browser, and securely hosted in the cloud so you can get started right away with no installation hassles.  Zenbe Mail Zenbe Mail provides teams with a complete hosted email and productivity suite. It includes Zenbe’s innovative and award-winning features that help you make the most of email.  Zenbe Lists Zenbe Lists provides collaborative todo lists on the web and your iPhone. It was one of the first 300 iPhone apps and has been downloaded over 100,000 times.  Zenbe Shareflow Shareflow is our newest service. It works synergistically with email, enabling teams and businesses to collaborate on their most important topics in a shared communication space.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zendesk: “Zendesk is a modern help desk system in a hosted environment.  The help desk is the single-point-of-contact between your end-users and you as a service provider. With very little effort Zendesk makes it possible for you to offer a professional-grade support service and capitalize on valuable user feedback.  Used in an IT department the help desk serves as the ERP system of the IT organization. It encourages and enforces well defined registration and processing of the data that makes the foundation for resource usage, -prioritization, and -strategy. The help desk constitutes the central hub for a company’s IT Service Management (ITSM) strategy, which centers on the customer’s perspective of IT’s contribution to the business.”al CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Cleantech / Environmental Startup (EMEA)

  • Alertme: “AlertMe Smart Energy and Home Monitoring allows users to visualise their energy usage in real time and real currency, as well as automating usage optimisation by utilising information such as who is in the home and when, analysing home temperatures and allowing automatic switch off of appliances. In June 2009 we took the plunge and decided to switch our focus 100% to Smart Energy, adapting all of our kits to include SmartPlugs, with a view to releasing further Energy products in the following months. As the first release on the Smart Energy platform SmartPlugs enable consumers to monitor and control home appliances, saving money and energy right now. They will be followed shortly by whole house electricity monitoring and heating control, and all will be available in a range of Smart Energy kits by the end of 2009.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • AMEE: “To measure the “carbon footprint” of everything on Earth requires a neutral aggregation platform.  AMEE is that platform.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Dopplr: “Share your personal and business travel plans with the people you trust.  Notice coincidences when your travels overlap.  Find unique tips for cities around the world.  Get travel advice from other smart travellers.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Elaphe.si: “The Elaphe team has set up an ambitious goal to lead the in-wheel motor project all the way from the innovation to the market. Our business model includes cooperation in terms of technical asistance and IPR contracts with: electric vehicles manufacturer and electric motor manufacturers.  Currently we are active in electric scoters, electric sailplanes and electric urban car projects. We are working globally and we have created many partnerships. We see our real contribution in demonstrating a way from the innovation to the automotive market!” <Note: As of the time of publishing, this site did not appear to have a CrunchBase page.>
  • Intamac: “Access your personal web portal account via computer or mobile device, and monitor & control your home from anywhere in the world. With service platforms deployed to support customers on 3 continents, we are uniquely positioned to provide: Next generation IP home security solutions, Energy monitoring & management, Bringing broadband, mobile and Web 2.0 together, Home automation & telecare service.” <Note: As of the time of publishing, this site did not appear to have a CrunchBase page.>
  • RiverSimple: <Note: As of the time of publishing, this company did not appear to have a website or CrunchBase page. However, I’ve linked to an article about it.>
  • routeRANK: “The fastest and cheapest way from A to B. Find and book now! routeRANK searches Europe’s whole road network and as far as data is available public transport schedules, and flight information of all major airports worldwide.” <Note: As of the time of publishing, this site did not appear to have a CrunchBase page.>
  • SpeedSell (for recycling): “SpeedSell exists to make selling easy. Everyone has stuff we want to get rid of, but not everyone knows how to do it or can be bothered. That’s where SpeedSell steps in: we help you sell your stuff speedily, without the hassle and uncertainty of using an auction site because you’re selling direct to us for a fixed price.  SpeedSell uses clever computer code to work out the second-hand value of your stuff. We calculate how much it will cost us to collect, check and resell, and from that we can make you an instant online offer to buy. We usually make a small profit when we resell because we’re experts in selling.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best European / Real World Gadget (EMEA)

  • Alertme: “AlertMe Smart Energy and Home Monitoring allows users to visualise their energy usage in real time and real currency, as well as automating usage optimisation by utilising information such as who is in the home and when, analysing home temperatures and allowing automatic switch off of appliances. In June 2009 we took the plunge and decided to switch our focus 100% to Smart Energy, adapting all of our kits to include SmartPlugs, with a view to releasing further Energy products in the following months. As the first release on the Smart Energy platform SmartPlugs enable consumers to monitor and control home appliances, saving money and energy right now. They will be followed shortly by whole house electricity monitoring and heating control, and all will be available in a range of Smart Energy kits by the end of 2009.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Poken: “You choose which of your social network profiles you would like to share with people when you meet them in the real world.  A small logo of each social network you choose is displayed as a link on your « Poken Card ,» which shows only your most basic information. Your contacts can view your Poken Card on doyoupoken.com, but, if they want to see more, they only have to click the logo to see your profile on the social networking site you’ve chosen to share.  On the Poken site you and your friends can view your contacts alphabetically, or chronologically in your “social timeline.” You can also send messages, group contacts with a label, write notes for yourself about each contact, and so much more.” CrunchBase Page.
  • En-Twyn: “En-Twyn with their innovative En-Compass range offers a complete high speed networking solution that enables you to connect your media devices and your environmental management devices to the same network running through the power sockets in the home whilst keeping your home free of unwanted cables.” CrunchBase Page.
  • FON: “FON is the largest WiFi community in the world. Community members, Foneros, share some of their home Internet connection and in return gain access to free Wifi worldwide. Our vision is WiFi everywhere.” CrunchBase Page.
  • INQ Mobile: “Through our platform we’ll enhance the way you use your phone to stay in touch with your friends. Our phones make using services that’d normally chain you to your desktop, such as Facebook, Windows Live, Skype and eBay, as simple as sending a text.  The result of two years of hard work is INQ mobile. We’ve got phones that feature applications which make it fun and practical to stay in touch. We’ve put instant messaging, email, VoIP and social networking at the heart of the phone. And your connection is always on.” <Note: As of the time of publishing, this company did not appear to have a CrunchBase page.>
  • Modu: “modu manufactures the world’s lightest mobile phone, 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.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • My Name Is E: “E is a privately funded startup based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. E started as a graduation project in January of 2007 and grew into a service to connect users and their online lives to the real world. The letter E stands for whatever meaning the users would like it to have. E can be emotion. Evolution. Everybody. Everything.  Our team has grown from three founders to a group of lovely, and very talented individuals. Click on their photos to meet them.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Entertainment Application or Service (EMEA)

  • 7digital: “We are the UK’s leading digital media delivery company, and power over 1,000 digital properties, including our own 7digital download stores in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Portugal.  Our B2B division powers services for record companies, artists, brands, film and TV companies as well as other digital media owners throughout the world.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Blinkbox: “blinkbox is a film and TV site that lets you watch and share the best programming on the web. With over 3000 movies and TV shows and 20,000 of the greatest clips ever, blinkbox combines top programming with tools and features that allow you to watch, share and connect with people who like the same stuff you do.  From Bogey to Bourne and Baywatch to Peep Show, lots of your favourites are free, while others you can buy or rent for less than you think. You can also clip a scene, add a message (Happy Birthday, Dexter!) and send it to your friend as a blink, or play a quiz and watch some of our Playlists – like the Top 5 Car Chases. The video quality is pretty much the best on the web – and it’s all 100% legal.  blinkbox’s partners include Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, FremantleMedia, Aardman, Discovery and speciality producers such as 3DD, Black Diamond, X-Treme, All3Media, Raindance, Revolver, Eagle Vision, Zodiak Television and Fortune Star” CrunchBase Page.
  • Bragster: “Ego is everything at bragster, the online community for daring, boasting and bragging. Upload all of your best videos, earn bragging rights and compete to get to the top of the rankings. The more insane the better, so step away from the computer, get out of the house and wreak some havoc in a city near you.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Coull: “Everything you need to start using interactive video ads comes with Coull Engage©.  Web-based interfaces are quick and easy to use and anyone who is reasonably familiar with a web browser can start creating and planning interactive video campaigns.” CrunchBase Page.
  • eRepublik: “eRepublik is a massive online social strategy game. The browser based game allows users to interact with each other and act as politicians, entrepreneurs, soldiers, journalists, etc. Users help develop their countries’ economies in the “New World”.” CrunchBase Page.
  • floobs: “Your live streaming tool.  Create and share your own live channel!  Stream live video from a mobile phone, web camera or video camera to your channel on Floobs, Facebook or MySpace.” CrunchBase Page.
  • GameDuell: “GameDuell is a German casual games community. The site offers various browser-based flash games like solitaire, quiz and pool. Users can play for free or can put up small stakes in cash competitions to win prize money. They use a special matching technology to rate and pair players according to their skill level. The cash competitions on GameDuell are not considered gambling but legal skillgaming in most countries.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Gigulate: “<Gigulate’s> Music API 1.0 is our first step towards creating a truly valuable API for Music News, Music Blogs and (in the UK, for now) tour dates and concert tickets.  We know it’s going to be great fun to develop with. Essentially it’s going to expose the masses of data that we aggregate every moment of the day, we’ve already built Gigulate Charts on it, so we know it’s hack magique.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Ipadio: “ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the internet, live.  Phone blog, commentate, collect audio data, record and update the world or simply let your mates know what you’re doing – ipadio is integrated with Twitter & Facebook. (pat pend GB0820862.1)” CrunchBase Page.
  • Joost: “Joost is a way to watch videos – music, TV, movies and more – over the Internet. We could just call it a website … with videos … but that’s not the whole story.  We’re giving you new ways to find what you’d like to watch. You can search in “traditional” ways – by title or category – or you can find suggestions from other people on Joost. They may be your friends, or they may just be people who have something in common with you – but either way, they can direct you to great things to watch.” CrunchBase Page.
  • King.com: “Do you love games? Do you enjoy playing at your best? Then King.com, the world’s largest skill gaming site, is for you. Every month, King.com hosts more than 200 million games played. We host games for millions of players from more than 50 countries and we think you will fit right in!  In Skill Gaming, players take part in tournaments where skill is decisive in determining the outcome. The players back themselves to win with small stakes, and the winner takes the pot. We charge a small administration fee for hosting the game. Because skill games are not games of chance (or ‘gambling’), King.com is legal and does not require a license in most European territories, the majority of the United States and many other territories.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MiniClip: “Miniclip.com is the world’s largest online games website with over 50 million unique users per month. It has grown rapidly through organic, word of mouth marketing, without any paid advertising. The company was founded and funded in 2001 by, Robert Small, a games enthusiast fresh out of university and Tihan Presbie, a computerized financial futures trader. Miniclip has seen dramatic growth since inception and has been profitable for seven years. It now operates in 15 languages and has a truly global presence.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Moshi Monsters: “Visitors to the site can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with. Monster owners can nuture their pet by solving daily puzzle games to earn Rox, the in-game currency. Rox can be used to buy weird and wonderful things in the virtual shop to keep Monsters healthy and happy. Monster owners can make new friends and connect with existing friends through a wide variety of safe social networking features such as Monster blogs, Newsfeeds, pinboards and buddy lists.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Muxlim: “Muxlim is an online community that fosters a friendly environment where users can enjoy fun, compelling and easy-to-use social media services. Our vision is to connect the world’s Muslim communities to each other, and to the wider world, through shared online experiences. Tens of million of users visit Muxlim every year, to enhance their Muslim lifestyle and enjoy a friendly social experience.  Muxlim is focused on the Muslim lifestyle as part of a diverse, all-inclusive world which recognizes and welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds who want to share, learn and have fun.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MUZU TV: “The new Music TV site, where you can WATCH, CREATE and SHARE music video playlists.   WATCH  music videos, documentaries, TV shows, interviews, behind the scenes, tutorials and loads of exclusive and rare footage.   Create a PERSONALISED MUSIC TV  Channel for FREE with multiple video playlists in one player.   EMBED your MUZU player on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and on your own site and SHARE with your FRIENDS.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Playfire: “Playfire is a social networking application designed entirely for video gamers. Here you can: Get a killer profile, with in-game stats, custom themes, favorite genre graphs and more; Track all your favorite games, and be notified of new discussion, videos, news stories etc for the games you care about; Follow your friends and online buddies, and stay up to date with what all your buddies are playing, saying and doing.” <Note: At the time of publishing, Playfire didn’t have a populated CrunchBase page.>
  • Playfish: “Playfish is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing social games companies. The company combines creativity, innovation and originality to create games for friends to play together over social and mobile platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Google, Bebo, iPhone and Android. Playfish’s mission is to change the way people play games by providing more social and connected experiences. Each of the company’s seven games has been a top 10 hit on Facebook, including Pet Society, which is the platform’s most popular game and enjoyed by more than 11 million people every month. Playfish is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, and has offices in London, San Francisco, Beijing and Tromso, Norway.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Quick.tv: “Quick.tv is an evolution for Interactive Video. With our advanced interactive tools, professional web video publishers can inject interactivity into videos with a quick click, drag, and drop.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Qype: “Qype was founded in November of 2005 and since then has gone on to become the largest user-generated local review site in Europe.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Sellaband: “SellaBand is the online platform where music fans from all over the world fund the albums of independent artists.  Anyone can invest in a SellaBand artist and once they have reached the goal, all investors receive a free limited edition copy of the CD. On top of that, the artists and their fans share equally in the revenues of the album.  SellaBand is an exciting way of discovering new music. We have proven that new talent is still out there, waiting to be heard. You too can be part of our Music Revolution, right here, right now…” CrunchBase Page.
  • sevenload: “Turn on sevenload and tune in to experience the television of the future. Discover sevenload today and click your way through our many exciting features such as playlists and top lists from our videos. Zap through our array of interesting channels with multiple shows and share your thoughts about your favorite episodes with other community members.  sevenload concentrates itself heavily on videos and photos, and the kinds of features and functions Web 2.0 and the web have to offer. sevenload’s large community offers an array of photos and videos ranging from exotic and wacky to spectacular and amazing. All this content is an interesting mix of amateur work, professional photography and sometimes even professional productions.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Skinkers: “Skinkers Live Notification Platform provides effective communication solutions that reduce risk and deliver bottom line value. Organisations using Skinkers technology have demonstrated significant financial returns through more effective and efficient communications with their customers, employees and business partners.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Slicethepie: “Slicethepie is a financing platform for the music industry that enables new and established Artists to raise money directly from Music Fans and Investors.  On Slicethepie, Music Fans take on the A&R role, earning money reviewing tracks, spotting new talent and ensuring the best Artists get put forward for financing.  Music Fans can then directly invest in the Artists in return for exclusive Artist access, a copy of the completed album, their name on the album sleeve and a decent share in the financial returns from album and single sales.  Investors (non-US only) can trade in and out of their Artist Investments at any time on the world’s first Music Trading Exchange, also hosted on the site.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Songkick: “We believe that an amazing concert can change your life. We want to give you a way to share that experience, so the concert can live on for everyone. And then we want to help you find your next gig.” CrunchBase Page.
  • SoundCloud: “SoundCloud lets you move music fast & easy. The platform takes the daily hassle out of receiving, sending & distributing music for artists, record labels & other music professionals.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Watzatsong: “Do you have a song stuck in your head but wonder “what’s that song”? Record a short sample of the tune online anonymously on WatZatSong. The WatZatSong Community will listen and tell you what song it is!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Wuala: “Wuala is a free social online storage which allows its users to securely store, backup, and access files from anywhere and to share files easily with friends, groups, and the world. Tens of thousands of users and thousands of communities around the world are already actively sharing millions of files, growing quickly.  Wuala is based on a revolutionary technology that was researched for the most part at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Users start with 1 GB of storage but can get as much as they want, either by trading idle disk space or by buying additional storage. All files get encrypted before they leave the user’s computer and the user chooses who gets access to which folder. No one else – including us – gets to see the files. Wuala comes as a convenient application for Windows, Mac, and Linux that can also be started directly from within the browser, elegantly bridging web and desktop.” CrunchBase Page.
  • We7: “we7 is an outstanding new music destination where you can listen to, share and discover music for FREE, legally and safely. You choose the music you want to hear and play full songs and albums online, on-demand at anytime. We also offer you the ability to buy the music you love in high quality mp3 downloads which you can play on iPods and most other digital players.” CrunchBase Page.
  • WeeWorld: “WeeWorld is a social network built for fun where you can meet and interact with WeeMees, invite friends, send messages, play games and create your own online cartoon page. What’s a WeeMee? It’s a cartoon that looks just like you. Think of it as your own personal avatar or icon.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zattoo: “Zattoo is real TV on your PC– and it’s absolutely free! It’s the football game as you chat, the news as you email, and your favorite soap as you pay your bills. Zattoo is also TV when you don’t have a TV – it’s the channels you want, when you want, where you want.” CrunchBase Page.

The Europas: Best Mobile Startup (EMEA)

  • A2dm: “Addict Digital Media specializes in the integration of online and mobile channels. They provide clients with a strategic viewpoint and develop all the marketing properties – both mobile and online- needed to communicate successfully.” <Note: This company’s website is not in English but their CrunchBase page is.>
  • Aka-aki: “Aka Aki is a Germany-based mobile social networking site that wants to let users discover and connect with members as they go about their days. They have two different versions of the site, a mobile version and a web version. The web version has all the standard features like profiles, friends and messaging, but, the mobile version is much different with its Bluetooth-sensing capabilities…The mobile version uses a combination of Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi spots to find similar users within your area and alerts you via your mobile device. You can then use you device to view their profiles and connect with them. For instance, you could be at a grocery store, restaurant or party and find people to connect with. This could be good for finding strangers with common interests but it would probably be better for running into friends you didn’t know were going to be in the area.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Apisphere: “The Apisphere Geo-Enabled Mobility (GEM) platform enables organizations to mobilize business processes with continuous location capabilities…from field service applications, mobile inspection, and mobile sales and customer relationship management (CRM), to mobile ad networks. The Apisphere GEM platform allows enterprises to integrate, extend and leverage investments in their existing IT infrastructure as they develop and deploy a mobile strategy.” <Note: At the time of publishing, there didn’t appear to be a CrunchBase page for Apisphere.>
  • Aradiom: “Aradiom Mobile Framework™(AMF) is the genius behind every Aradiom product – QuickCity, QuickOperator, QuickFlight, etc. The framework is built so that it is incredibly easy to develop and deploy mobile phone applications. The products we show on our web site are just a few examples of our existing products and possibilities. Aradiom is changing how we use phones in our every day lives. The Aradiom Mobile Framework is the world’s leading platform for developing mobile applications for any Java phone.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Audioboo: “Audioboo is a platform for the capturing & sharing of audio. Primarily aimed at the spoken word market, its mission is to become the dominant way in which consumers create audio and share it on the web.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Babajob: “Babajob.com is a Bangalore-based start up that uses the web and mobile technology to connect employers and bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) informal sector workers (i.e. maids, cooks, drivers, etc.) with the goal of creating a scalable, replicable and profitable solution to combat poverty. Babajob aims to do this by creating greater market efficiency in the informal sector through voice and web features such as SMS, UssD, automated voice systems, and operator manned call centres, enabling employers and job seekers to find each other.  The value that babajob offers to both its employers and job seekers is in its ability to provide access to critical job and job seeker information through various technology platforms. By leveraging web and mobile technology, babajob is able to scale and engage a wider audience creating greater efficiency for employers and having a social impact on job seekers. Employers can conveniently browse job seeker profiles based on salary, location, languages, employment background, skills and references. Babajob offers several fee-based services to help in the matching and hiring of seekers.  Similarly, job seekers can discover and access multiple job opportunities based on their preferences of location, salary, job category, etc. They have the added-benefit of applying to nearby-jobs using their low-end mobile phones.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Bambuser: “Stream video live from your mobile to the web: 1. Notify people when you go live; 2. Shoot with almost no delay; 3. Chat with your viewers while broadcasting.” CrunchBase Page.
  • belysio: “belysio is a Poland based startup that has created an avant-garde social mapping service that changes the way people use mobile phones to stay in touch with their friends. belysio de-virtualizes social networking between friends and allows life encounter of people in the real world.  Using location-based technologies, belysio notifies you when your friends are coming into your proximity so that you never miss an opportunity to meet. belysio lets you send messages to nearby friends and updates the data in your address book automatically. With belysio you share latest activities of your life with your friends so that they can see what you’re up to.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Biggu (Big in Japan): “ShopSavvy™ informs the shopper. It bridges the gap between shopping online and shopping at the store. With ShopSavvy™ users can scan the barcode of any product using their phone’s built-in camera. Once scanned, it will search for all the best prices on the internet.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Biolocate: “We, at biolocate, is working on a information systems to help individual like yourself to be able to make decisions before, and during your travel. We call the solution: FireAnts (For in context real time navigation and traffic systems).  Our goal is to provide our customers with a tool that provides a real time traffic condition and navigation assistance and at the same time contribute  in reporting the traffic conditions to other customers. With easy to understand visualization and high quality data acquisitions, we believe our customers will find FireAnts as valuable companion while driving.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Blummi: “A recipe for a killer application: Take Twitter add a set of social network and location-based-service features plus a set of modern technologies like microformat, push, openid and oauth, mix web application together with native mobile application and you will get Blummi, the world’s first social network based on Twitter. Some features:” CrunchBase Page.
  • Blyk: “Blyk is a new mobile network funded by advertising, targeted at 16-24 year olds. The company, based in UK, gives users free text messages and minutes in exchange for receiving messages from brands relevant to teenagers. Blyk has signed up advertisers including Coca-Cola, L’Oréal and Buena Vista, and will attempt to tap into the world’s second-largest ad market in Britain.” CrunchBase Page.
  • DeviceAnywhere: “DeviceAnywhere is the source for mobile application testing and mobile application development. The award-winning DeviceAnywhere is a revolutionary service providing a comprehensive set of end-to-end solutions for the mobile development lifecycle. With the world’s largest phone bank, DeviceAnywhere provides instant remote access to more than 2000 real devices on over 30 different carriers, available on live global networks. DeviceAnywhere empowers mobile application and content developers to create better, higher-quality mobile content and bring it to market faster than ever before!” <Note: At the time of publishing, I was not able to find a CrunchBase page for DeviceAnywhere>.
  • Dial2do: “Dial2Do lets you do common tasks by just calling a number and speaking. Use it to send EMAIL or TEXT messages, record REMINDERS to help you remember things, post updates to your TWITTER or JAIKU stream and LISTEN to your favourite internet content. It’s easy and handsfree…” CrunchBase Page.
  • DialPlus: “DialPlus enriches the standard phone call experience by automatically and simultaneously providing dynamic, contextually relevant web content, called SmartResults, about the called or calling party before the call is answered, during the call and after the call is over. DialPlus makes it easy for users to engage in mobile social networking or to get information about a business they’re speaking with, such as directions, menus and reviews.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Fortumo: “Anyone, from students and home-based workers to web entrepreneurs, can create their own SMS service in 5 minutes and start earning revenue. Moreover, Fortumo services have a number of advanced features and competitive revenue sharing, which makes it a good choice for large-volume mobile services.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Fruugo: “Fruugo is a shopping service just opening up. We want to make it easy for you to get nice things from retailers you might not have known about – and from places you might never have heard of. Shop for clothes, shoes, accessories, design, home & garden, electronics, toys, books and lots more!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Funambol: “Funambol’s vision is to make it easy to keep billions of smart and feature phones in sync with the Internet cloud, email systems, personal computers and other systems. We uniquely do this through open source software that provides the greatest degree of device compatibility as well as freedom, control, flexibility and risk-reduction.  In addition to supporting billions of mobile phones, Funambol works with leading email and webmail systems, including Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Gmail and Hotmail, POP/IMAP servers and Exchange and Domino via Funambol community projects. The software supports popular desktop apps, including MS Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs. Funambol performs mobile cloud sync for contacts, calendars, tasks, notes and content such as pictures as well as push email.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Futurlink: “FuturLink, founded in 2003 with its headquarters in Barcelona, is a leader in technology for mobile proximity marketing. The company develops and manufactures equipment for mobile marketing applications and distribution of content that enable interaction with users of mobile phones “out of home” with a variety of media and “at home” from any website, via short-range technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC.” CrunchBase Page.
  • GetJar: “Founded by Ilja Laurs in 2004, GetJar (www.getjar.com/wap.getjar.com) is the world’s most popular mobile application distribution and developer community, with over 200,000 developer and beta-tester accounts. GetJar connects mobile consumers, developers, publishers, and advertisers in an interactive environment, and gives users a unique and active role in product development.  As of October 2008, GetJar averages over 14 million downloads per month, with 300 million downloads to date.  GetJar has recently closed a Series A investment from Silicon Valley and London- based Accel Partners. The company is based in the UK, Silicon Valley, and in Lithuania.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Goojet: “Find all your favourite internet resources and services on your mobile: create your own mobile space from a selection of hundreds of services, widgets and RSS feeds. It’s easy and it’s free!” CrunchBase Page.
  • HulloMail: “HulloMail is the fastest, easiest and most flexible way to handle your voicemail from virtually any mobile device, standard landline phone or email account, no matter which operator you use. It’s free, easy and incorporates all the immediacy of email to create new, more user efficient “voice-emails” that essentially replace your existing voicemail and offer an entirely new level of communication and functionality. To access the service, visit www.hullomail.com, open an account and dial the code provided to set up the service. For users with Android phones, simply download the free HulloMail app from the marketplace and follow the instructions – HulloMail will do the rest.” <Note: At the time of publishing, it appears HulloMail does not have a CrunchBase page.>
  • Instinctiv: “We improve the way you discover, manage and listen to music by making the process easy, fun and more personalized. Our products are designed to understand what you like by observing what you naturally do. No star ratings, no thumbs up/thumbs down, no other confusing questions, settings or preferences. Just play the songs you feel like listening to and skip the ones you don’t. We’ll do the rest. And we promise, we’ll get to know your tastes and play you songs you are actually in the mood for.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Joikusoft: “Our vision is to liberate Mobile Internet everywhere on this planet through our award winning secure Mobile HotSpot software client “JoikuSpot”. Joikusoft is a largest and most rapidly growing Mobile HotSpot operator in the world with millions of mobile internet connections created up until to-date via hundreds of 3G networks globally. Joikusoft was the first in the world to unveil and bring to the market a Mobile HotSpot software solution for S60 mobile phones. Download your personal Wi-Fi HotSpot on to your mobile phone at www.joikuspot.com and carry Mobile Internet in your pocket.” <Note: At the time of publishing, Joikusoft does not appear to have a CrunchBase Page.>
  • Keynetik: “KEYnetik, Inc. is a privately held startup out of Fairfax VA, USA. We specialize in motion input technologies and have a large library of motion enabled solutions and applications. We also provide integration and customization services.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Kimia / Kimiasol: “Kimia focuses on delivering a universal mobile Internet experience. Our innovative technology allows mobile users to connect to their favourite Web content and communities, and share them with their friends, without installing software. We enable mobile service providers and content owners to distribute their content over any network or device,  Kimia works with leading mobile operators around the world, including Vodafone, Telefonica and Orange. In 2008, the company won the Red Herring 100 Europe and the Mobile Monday Peer Awards. Kimia is headquartered in Madrid, Spain, with offices in Paris.” <Note: At the time of publishing, Kimia does not appear to have a CrunchBase Page.>
  • kooaba: “kooaba was founded in November 2006 as a spin-off company from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Our mission is to unlock the information captured in images using sophisticated image recognition technology.  kooaba has strong ties to the Computer Vision Lab at ETH Zurich. Therefore, we are able to continuously embed the latest research into our products, making them unique and better than others.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Locamatrix: <At the time of publishing, I wasn’t able to locate a website or CrunchBase page for this company.>
  • Mapmytracks: “Map My Tracks is the easy way to accurately track and share your sporting activities or sports events live. In real-time, friends, spectators, coaches or sponsors can follow the action as it happens.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Note: At this point in my search, the CrunchBase crashed with a “500 – Internal Server Error”… If this post gets enough traction, I’ll come back to hyperlink the CrunchBase pages later.
  • Mippin: “Mippin is the fastest and easiest way to get your favorite web content on your mobile phone. Whether you want to follow breaking news or tech updates, from big publishers or tiny blogs, Mippin brings them all seamlessly together in the perfect format for your phone. You can quickly search and browse, see what others are reading and share your own discoveries. And Mippin is smart: it remembers exactly what you like and delivers automatic one-click updates. Just type mippin.com into your mobile browser and see just how quick and easy the web becomes.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mob4Hire: “With over 13,000 handsets on more than 300 operators in 100+ countries worldwide, Mob4Hire is the leader in real world; crowd sourced, mobile application functional and usability testing. Using Web 2.0 social networking, Mob4Hire significantly reduces mobile application testing costs and reduces time to market by connecting developers with eager, lower priced, crowd sourced testers and focus groups. Mob4Hire also provides their unique micro-payment crowd-sourced MAAP technology (Mob4Hire as a Platform) to developer networks and app stores such as O2 Litmus to allow for private labeled communities to be added to existing Carrier and Handset Manufacturer enterprise systems. Founded in 2007, Mob4Hire recently won a Red Herring 100 award and was also chosen as a finalist for both Mobile Monday Peer Awards and the GSMA Top Innovator Awards at GSMA Barcelona. Other recent accolades include an Under the Radar Audience Choice Award, Backbone Magazine’s top 20 Web 2.0 firms and a finalist for the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 – North America. Mob4Hire is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with offices in Victoria, British Columbia, and London, U.K.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • MobaNode: “MobaNode specialises in engaging with mobile consumers by delivering personal, targeted, relevant, content and messaging to mobile devices at events – music events, sporting occasions, conferences, expos and more… ” CrunchBase Page.
  • MobiLuck: “Find your friends using your mobile.  See who’s nearby. Invite them to join you at your favourite places.  Make new friends. Discover new places. It’s easy and it’s free!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mobintech: “Mobintech is a Danish based company supplying unique consumer accessories for mobile phone users. The company is specializing in design, development and production of microdisplay based products and low-power electronic products to be used by mobile phone users worldwide. Mobintech was founded in 2000 by Christian Zilstorff. The company has in the past been working together with leading technology companies in the area of display technology and optical solutions.  With the introduction of the Mobintech PDG (Personal Display Glasses) the company has taken an important step into the consumer electronic market on a worldwide basis.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MoFuse: “MoFuse is the fastest growing network of build-it-yourself mobile sites in the world. Short for Mobile Fusion, MoFuse provides a platform that enables businesses, bloggers and any other web publisher to provide a compelling mobile experience on any mobile device. Mobile publishers get analytics about viewership, tools to promote their site and the opportunity to join a network of thousands of mobile sites viewed by millions of mobile web users. MoFuse is at the vanguard of integrating the mobile web with the PC version of thousands of blogs by offering a number of integrative features such as social bookmarking and commenting. We provide a revenue path for businesses and publishers wanting to enter the mobile channel by partnering with advertisers and ad networks.  Founded in 2007, MoFuse is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.  For more information, please visit: www.mofuse.com.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Mojiva: “Primarily targeting the next generation of mobile media with a focus on Brand Management and Premium Mobile Marketing, Mojiva delivers a full-service location-based mobile advertising solution for end-users (self-service advertisers), publishers, and advertising agencies alike.” CrunchBase Page.
  • My6Sense: “my6sense connects you with the content that matters, providing you with a sharper and better way to experience your information, on your mobile and desktop.  my6sense presents to you content that is ranked according to your preferences from your various streams. You can view what’s most important to you from all of your streams, within individual streams, and even within specific categories determined by you.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MyBooo: “BoooShare on FaceBook: Ask your friends for files. BoooShare makes FB files sharing easier…BoooSync: Sync and Backup automatically your computer with MyBooo. On private beta actually!  MyBooo Mobile: Use MyBooo to store files from your mobile phone like photo, music or video. Find them on your computer thru MyBooo Desktop.” CrunchBase Page.
  • NAVX: “NAVX is a community platform of geolocalized content. We provide services for various types of GPS devices that are currently used as automobile navigation devices, and for GPS-equipped mobile phones. Our platform connects GPS with the Internet and allows customers to generate their own content, share it and upload it onto their GPS.  The installed base of GPS devices is currently booming, with double digit growth, mass distribution in retail channels and massive advertising campaigns. The market for connected navigation services is estimated to 1 billion euros in 2010. At that time, 35% of the European car fleet (that is 70 millions vehicles) will have a GPS, and a substantial part of them will buy and consume services.  NAVX is a very innovative company. It combines information push/pull protocols with billing systems, real-time information, databases and software engines. NAVX services are based on several key technological blocks: a cutting-edge technical platform, several data bases associated with CRM tools, a number of patented software engines, mobile communication enablers and APIs.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Nimbuzz: “Nimbuzz is a mobile social messenger combining instant messaging, (geo) presence, and VoIP. The free application lets users connect and interact with their buddies across popular communities, including  Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, GoogleTalk, AIM,  and social networks including Facebook and MySpace.  From one contact list users can call, chat, message and more, with all their friends in one place. All you need is an internet enabled mobile phone with an internet connection.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Orbster: “Orbster GmbH designs and publishes online entertainment products for GPS-enabled handsets.  Our current flagship product is GPS Mission, a platform for user-generated GPS games such as scavenger hunts, travels through local history, guided tours as well as crime and mystery stories.  Users have created GPS games in more than 50 countries since the launch in May 2008.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Palringo: “Palringo is the ultimate Instant Messaging client for mobile phones and computers.  Now you can chat with all your buddies, no matter what IM they use, all from one universal Instant Messenger.” CrunchBase Page.
  • PhoneTopp: Mobile collaboration services.  CrunchBase Page.
  • Playsoft: “Playsoft conceives, develops, and deploys mobile games and mobile applications for publishers in Europe and in the US. We help games publishers and internet services publishers in the implementation of their mobile strategy from consulting to deployment. Playsoft is a world leading mobile post production service provider.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Popcatcher: “Popcatcher records your favourite music from the radio. Just choose a station and go do your thing.  When you get back, PopCatcher has recorded the songs played on your favourite station. No talk, no commercials, no hassle. Just the songs as MP3s.” CrunchBase Page.
  • PushupFu / GymFu: “It’s like having a personal trainer with you in the gym or at home and every time you train. Only cheaper and more fun.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Smaato: “Smaato is a pioneering mobile advertising company that operates the mobile ad optimization platform called SOMA (Smaato Open Mobile Advertising) and partners with mobile publishers, developers, ad networks and operators.  SOMA’s unique feature is the aggregation of multiple leading ad networks globally to maximize mobile advertising ARPU. SOMA can be easily integrated with ad networks, ad inventory owners (publishers, developers and operators) and 3rd party ad technology providers.  Smaato is an active member of the Mobile Marketing Association, the dot.mobi Advisory Group and the German Digital Media Association BVDW. Smaato received a Top 100 Private Company Award by AlwaysOn Media (2009 & 2007) and was an Andrew Seybold Choice Awards finalist at CTIA 2008 for best Newcomer, among other awards.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Rebtel: “Meet Rebtel, the company that offers you the smartest way to make low-cost international calls on your mobile phone.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Realeyes3D: “Realeyes3D has the ambition to become the leading provider of advanced image processing applications for camera phones.  Camera phones are taking the mobile telephony world by storm, with analysts previsions ranging from 40% to 70% of new phones sold being equipped with a camera in 2005. Back in 2001, recognizing this phenomenon, Realeyes3D set itself on a technological course that gives it a very significant time-to-market advantage on the nascent market of handheld artificial vision applications. Our technologies have been maturing since then, thanks to our fundamental research activities, completed with field exposure through our early partnerships with key industry players.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Secufone: ” The Secufone concept has been offered in several European countries since September 2004. Secufone envelops a concept of communication (simple to use GSM), personal alarmsystem in combination with an alarmcenter and localization.  The current device combines all these properties into a complete concept and is offered through our partners in several countries.  On top of that, we are capable of realizing specific solutions, like the man-down switch.  In the last quarter of 2008 Secufone also deliverd the Phoenix concept on the Windows Mobile platform. Phoenix is a complete solution in the form of an application. Our unique concept of safety, simplicity and reliability based on Swiss quality can be used by anyone ranging from the elderly, handicapped, security guards, VIP’s and many other target groups.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Skout: “You can flirt, chat, maybe even find a date through Skout. You and other Skouters belong to a community of singles who are ready to chat online, then meet in the real world. Skout is the first-ever Social Dating Application!  With Skout, you can find interesting singles close-by, strike up a conversation, maybe grab a drink or share a cup of coffee with one of them and make a new friend. You can tell potential love interests what you’re all about by posting mobile pictures or notes. And it’s 100% up to you if you want to make contact with someone — or if you want to respond to someone who is trying to make contact with you. (You can even set your profile to “Private” if you want to see if there’s someone attractive nearby without letting anyone know you’re around. It’s all up to you!)” CrunchBase Page.
  • Smule: “Smule is a creator of Interactive Sonic Media for mobile platforms. Smule’s first product, Sonic Lighter, is a virtual lighter iPhone application that launched on September 24, 2008. Sonic Lighter is the first application built on a new audio programming language called ChucK. Smule launched Ocarina on November 8, 2008. Ocarina transformed the iPhone into true wind musical instrument and allowed the player to hear others play the instrument around the world, and has experienced over half a million downloads.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Solaiemes: “Mobile and converged network multimedia and usability capabilities for next generation networks creating net revenue opportunities and operational savings for our customers. We believe in boosting mobility with rich user experience compelling data services using mass market devices, reducing entry cost to enhanced mobility. New use cases for mobile CRM, mobile User Generated personal Content, and mobile ERP become feasible with network based solutions technology.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Soocial: “Soocial provides a one address book solution to contact management.  No matter where you add or change a contact, it will be changed in your other connected devices and web services.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Streamezzo: “Streamezzo’s Rich Media mobile products and solutions use LASeR. LASeR is a new, simple, small, fast, streamable, updatable, all-in-one Rich Media format. LASeR enables Streamezzo to develop and deliver Rich Media mobile services for all devices on all networks.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Taptu: “Search for mobile & iPhone-friendly stuff” CrunchBase Page.
  • tauyou: “Our solution is a machine translation platform that offers an almost human translation quality for the desired languages, among others Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Portuguese, German, or Italian. Our products are usually delivered as a Software as a Service, although other options are possible as well. It allows the client to obtain the following benefits while keeping the overall quality of the translations constant.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tellmewhere: “Tellmewhere.com, is your personal guide to the world. On Tellmewhere.com, you can rate your favorite places. Based on your reviews and the ratings of your friends, Tellmewhere.com will recommand new restaurants, shops or museums that you will like all over the world.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Toro: <Note: given the popularity of this name and the unavailability of the CrunchBase at time of publishing, company details were unclear.>
  • Truphone: “Make free and low-cost international calls, IM your friends, and more with our Truphone Mobile Applications.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Unkasoft: “Always in your pocket and with an always increasing demand of top of the line cellphones, becomes the most effective advertisement channel. At Unkasoft we aim for a non-intrusive advertising, joining leisure and advertisement, thus creating unique brand experiences. The contents are integrated within the mobile marketing campaign offering a complete solution to The advertiser, producing immediate benefits. The campaign results are measurable and can be checked upon at any moment.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Viamobility: “ViaMobility is a software company specialized into mobiles embedded products. Our mission is to bring to mobile users the best PC and Web based user experience, taking into consideration the mobile market heterogeneity.  Thanks to its expertise of open and proprietary operating systems, Viamobility proposes an execution environment deeply integrated into the mobile, in collaboration with handsets manufacturers, and specifically designed to face mobile widgets specificities.  ViaMobility ambition is to support major environments and make technology transparent for the users: they will choose the most appropriate services for them, independently of the environment.” CrunchBase Page.
  • ViiF: <Note: given the unavailability of the CrunchBase at time of publishing, company details were unclear.”
  • Vuclip: “Vuclip is the most widely-used mobile video search site in the world. We are the only true mobile video search and delivery solution that allows you to access any video on the Internet and watch it on any video-enabled phone. Go ahead and search for an Internet video that you’d like to watch on your mobile phone. Vuclip will find that video, transcode and optimize it “on the fly”, and then deliver it to your mobile phone in real-time. Pretty cool, and there’s no need to download any application to get it to work. Our service is free, although standard carrier data charges apply.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Xumii: “Chat and Share on your phone, no matter where your friends are.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • YouLynx: “Download free in your mobile YouLynx’s photos and videos.  Transfer photos, videos & music from your PC to your mobile. Make friends, upload and share photos & videos, send messages.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zensify: “Zensify is the new, unique lifestreaming app for the iPhone that lets you easily update, discover and keep track of what’s important to you across multiple networks.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zipiko: <Note: Zipikio’s site says it’s “on-hold” until it’s turned into a “group activity organizer”… Hmmm…>

The Europas: Best Mobile Application (EMEA)

  • Aka-aki: “Aka Aki is a Germany-based mobile social networking site that wants to let users discover and connect with members as they go about their days. They have two different versions of the site, a mobile version and a web version. The web version has all the standard features like profiles, friends and messaging, but, the mobile version is much different with its Bluetooth-sensing capabilities…The mobile version uses a combination of Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi spots to find similar users within your area and alerts you via your mobile device. You can then use you device to view their profiles and connect with them. For instance, you could be at a grocery store, restaurant or party and find people to connect with. This could be good for finding strangers with common interests but it would probably be better for running into friends you didn’t know were going to be in the area.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Bambuser: “Stream video live from your mobile to the web: 1. Notify people when you go live; 2. Shoot with almost no delay; 3. Chat with your viewers while broadcasting.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Cellity: “Based in Hamburg, Germany, cellity AG was founded in October 2006 and offers innovative mobile and online communication services based on its own software technology. The addressbook 2.0 feature within the cellity Communicator allows users to continuously update all their contacts from their phonebook, Outlook and social networks and communicate directly with them using all popular channels.” CrunchBase Page.
  • eBuddy: “eBuddy is your online messenger for MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, Facebook, ICQ, MySpace and AIM (AOL). Whether you’re at home, school, work or traveling; with eBuddy you can chat online everywhere anytime. eBuddy is available as a web based and mobile version. eBuddy provides instant messaging on every computer, it even works when you are behind a firewall! eBuddy means no downloads, no installation of software or upgrades and no registration. Best of all it’s free.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Flirtomatic: “It’s FAST, it’s EASY and of course FABULOUSLY FLIRTY! Join now and be part of the flirting mayhem!  Sign up in less than 20 seconds and get flirting instantly – it’s totally FREE online.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • fring: “fring™ is a mobile internet service & community that enables users to talk, chat & interact with other fringsters™ and their online communities, from their mobile phones.  Originating from a vision of freedom, fring was born out of a desire to fundamentally change the way people communicate. The fring founders, veterans of the mobile, internet and high tech industries, joined together to create an easy to use, consumer-centric, truly converged peer-to-peer service, enabling its users to take control of their online communications from one single place on their mobile phone, utilizing the handset’s inherent internet capabilities to do so.  fring sits at the heart of the fringsters™ online communication world allowing the freedom to communicate with all popular communities’ members (Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™, AIM®) without boundaries, and regardless of device, network operator, platform or the community(ies) to which they belong.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Locle: “Locle is a new mobile phone application that lets users see where their friends and family are without the need for GPS. Wherever you are, always find out where people are and meet them for lunch, drinks or whatever you want to do. Just make sure you don’t miss out on anything.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MAXRoam: “MAXroam have negotiated voice deals with more than 700 carriers in over 213 countries and data deals in 139 countries across the globe to get you the best deal while roaming.  With rates as much as 80% lower than roaming with your traditional mobile carrier, MAXroam puts you in charge of your mobile roaming costs and puts an end to roaming rip-off rates.”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Mippin: “Mippin is the fastest and easiest way to get your favorite web content on your mobile phone. Whether you want to follow breaking news or tech updates, from big publishers or tiny blogs, Mippin brings them all seamlessly together in the perfect format for your phone. You can quickly search and browse, see what others are reading and share your own discoveries. And Mippin is smart: it remembers exactly what you like and delivers automatic one-click updates. Just type mippin.com into your mobile browser and see just how quick and easy the web becomes.” CrunchBase Page.
  • MobyPicture: “Directly share your photos, text, audio and videos with all your friends on your favorite social sites: facebook, twitter, flickr, vimeo, and more!” CrunchBase Page.
  • MoMail: “Momail reduces the data in your emails with up to 99,9%. This gives lower data charges and quicker delivery to the mobile.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Palringo: “Palringo is the ultimate Instant Messaging client for mobile phones and computers.  Now you can chat with all your buddies, no matter what IM they use, all from one universal Instant Messenger.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Rummble: “Rummble is a location based social search and discovery tool, enabling users find recommended content for a location more easily, without a traditional keyword search. Instead, Rummble’s algorithm provides personalised results based upon a trust profile it builds for you and the content in your social network.  We’ve chosen to build our first service around location based content:  Discover content for any location (e.g. cool bars, local knowledge and the secret hangouts), Give friends automatic warning when you will be in their area, Share location based content – reviews, photos, videos and blogs, Explore with Rummble on your mobile or on the web, Meet new people nearby, Publish your Rummbles and your location to Facebook and other social software.  It works anywhere – you can use it at home or on the move via your mobile.”   CrunchBase Page.
  • Shozu: “ShoZu is the leading provider of mobile social media services that connect mobile consumers with their online social networks, personal blogs, photo storage sites and other Web 2.0 properties from the handset.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Spinvox: Voice to text technology for voicemail, blogs, memos, and more.   CrunchBase Page.
  • Spoonfed Radar: “The Spoonfed Event Radar answers the simple question: What’s on around me now? The location based application puts thousands of events at your fingertips, wherever you are whenever you want and is available to download from the iPhone app store.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tweetdeck Mobile: “Tweet on the go with all your favourite TweetDeck features on your iPhone.  TweetDeck is your mobile browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now on Twitter from your iPhone or iPod Touch. TweetDeck shows you everything you want to see at once, so you can stay organised and up to date no matter where you are.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Zipiko: <Note: Zipikio’s site says it’s “on-hold” until it’s turned into a “group activity organizer”… Hmmm…>

The Europas: Best New Startup, Summer 2008-2009

  • Aroxo: “Save time and money by simply saying what you’ll pay for thousands of items. We do all the hard work to get you a great deal from our network of sellers. Select the best deal or even negotiate!” CrunchBase Page.
  • Habit Industries: “We’re a small, agile company headquarted in London that is doing three things with advertising and interactive media: Creation of ad formats that are sensitive to the context of the social web; Integrating your brand message within truly entertaining and engaging media; Making interactive advertising scalable and convenient.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Jimdo: “With Jimdo everyone can show his or her interests and passion on the Internet – on his own website! In fact, it’s free and no technical knowledge is required!”  CrunchBase Page.
  • Kontoblick.de: <Note: This site is not in English.> CrunchBase Page.
  • OneDrum: “The first application to take the compromise out of Microsoft Office collaboration.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Plista: “plista provides a recommendation and personalization platform based on collaborative filtering and social graph applications that allows to connect content, products, people and preferences to the benefit of publishers, users and marketers through the internet, mobile phones and other devices.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Polar Rose: “Polar Rose helps users sort, search, and share their digital photos based on the photo content. Using superior computer vision technology Polar Rose can tell who’s in a photo.  Our partners are photo sharing and media sites who use our services to activate their users’ underserved digital photo archives, grow pageviews and increase ad revenues.” CrunchBase Page.
  • ShoutEm: “Shout’Em is platform on which you can easily start co-branded microbloging social networking service. Something simple as Twitter or with more features like attachments, photos, links… It is up to you :)  Networks on Shout’Em are “lightweight social networks”. They have small set of features: microblogging, links and photo sharing, geo location sharing and mobile browser support.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Smarta: “Smarta is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually *do* business.” CrunchBase Page.
  • SofaTutor: <This website is not in English.>
  • Songkick: “We believe that an amazing concert can change your life. We want to give you a way to share that experience, so the concert can live on for everyone. And then we want to help you find your next gig.” CrunchBase Page.
  • SoundCloud: “SoundCloud lets you move music fast & easy. The platform takes the daily hassle out of receiving, sending & distributing music for artists, record labels & other music professionals.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Spoonfed Radar: “The Spoonfed Event Radar answers the simple question: What’s on around me now? The location based application puts thousands of events at your fingertips, wherever you are whenever you want and is available to download from the iPhone app store.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Spotify: “Spotify has created a lightweight software application that users will simply download and then log onto their service enabling on demand streaming of music.” <Note: not available in the US… Yet. I’ve used this service in the UK and it rocks (literally and figuratively)>.  CrunchBase Page.
  • Squareclock: “SquareClock is developing a new generation 3D media applications to connect individuals with design within the housing industry. SquareClock delivers an amazing experience to the end user to manage its complete home life cycle end to end, from design to deco.” <Note: This site is not available in English, but its CrunchBase page is.
  • Stupeflix: “Stupeflix is a REST web service that turns your pictures, videos, and text into professional videos.  What can you do with Stupeflix ?Add video to your website.  Differentiate your service with video produced from your own content.  Promote your business through video.  Create one or thousands of video ads and spread them all over the web.  Start selling videos now.  Instantly expand your product line to video (mobile, web, and dvd).” CrunchBase Page.
  • Topify: “Topify is a simple service that provides smarter Twitter email notifications. Instead of an email with no indications on the follower, Topify will provide a full user profile. The receiver will be able to follow back by just replying to the email and futher answers to direct messages from his inbox. Topify facilitates the flow of managing and interacting with new followers.” CrunchBase Page. Tripsay: CrunchBase Page.
  • TrueKnowledge: “The True Knowledge answer engine is a technology capable of answering questions put to it on any topic.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tweetdeck Mobile: “Tweet on the go with all your favourite TweetDeck features on your iPhone.  TweetDeck is your mobile browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now on Twitter from your iPhone or iPod Touch. TweetDeck shows you everything you want to see at once, so you can stay organised and up to date no matter where you are.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Tweetmeme: “Tweetmeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on twitter to determine which links are popular. Tweetmeme is able to categorize these links into categories and subcategories, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what your interested in.” CrunchBase Page.
  • Wonga: “Wonga is a ground-breaking online lender based in London. We launched our first website in October 2007 and rapidly became one of the UK’s most innovative credit businesses. We’re backed by major investors including Balderton Capital, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners and Dawn Capital and our mission is to provide consumers with instant money whenever they need it.  We are transforming the UK credit market by offering small, short term loans online with more speed, convenience and flexibility than banks, high street lenders and other websites. We remove the complexity and inflexibility consumers face whenever they need to borrow some cash in a hurry. We have a consumer credit licence from the Office of Fair Trading and are members of the Finance and Leasing Association.” CrunchBase Page.
  • YOOSE: “Collect coupons with your mobile phone.  Never forget your coupons, loyalty cards, shopping lists….Keep everything in your pocket – all the time – on your cellphone.” CrunchBase Page.
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  • http://www.passpack.com/ Tara Kelly

    Good job pulling together all the site descriptions. Cheers!

  • http://twinity.com/ jeremy

    Thanks for putting this together here. We'd love for you to vote for Metaversum :-)

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    Didn't realize our info was so outdated on CrunchBase. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  • Rasmus

    Great resource – thanks!

    A little extra help, this widget allows you to analyze the funding, burn rate, etc. of any company in CrunchBase, including the above startups.

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    Thanks for the link, this app is really nice. Where did you ever find this? I have not really ever seen a App Like it.






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