This is my late and last post covering Leweb 2009. Like every other year (
You can watch the presentation videos of the startups which are split in four sessions of one hour on UStream:
Text and search tools
- Mendeley (UK) is a (rich client) search management tool for research papers which enables the creation of a paper bibliography and provide some recommendation on related papers. Winner of the TechCrunch Europe event Plugg in March 2009.
- The Hyperwords Company (UK) develops a browser add-on that improves the way you search on the web and adds inline insert of text while you edit it. A Firefox add-on that will be hard to monetize.
- Wordy (Denmark), an online service to copy-edit your English text for grammar, spelling, structure and punctuation. Done by real people, certainly offshore.
- task.ly (Russia) is a web based task management connected to other popular web services and available on web and mobiles. With easy task input and semantic analysis to fetch documents relevant to complete the task. Fremium based business model for $4 a month. A nice to have solution. Not sure it’ll shake the web.
Development and infrastructure
- CloudSplit (Ireland) offers real time views and graphics on what is happening on your Amazon, Azure or any other grid from a cost perspective. It helps identify optimization opportunities for your cloud code. Can help assess the cost/performance ratios of various cloud computing platforms. $10 a month per EC2 instance. They are searching for £2m to set up business in the Silicon Valley. Startup did present at TechCrunch 50 2009. It looks like this company was built from the ground up for an “exit”…
- Superfeedr (USA) connects web sites together in real-time. It’s an API-only BtoB service based on web standards. So, not a consumer tool. The idea is to aggregate RSS feeds from sites and push content real time to other sites. Sort of Wikio APIs? It also handles feeds which have no APIs and provides traffic analytics. Their business model is to share (ads?) revenues with news sites.
I’m a bit surprised by the choice of some of these startups for which the business outlook seems at best gloomy. Many presenters looked like being very stressed and lacking enthusiasm. And these companies where selected out of a pool of several hundred candidates from all over Europe and the USA…
So, this ends Leweb’s coverage for this blog. Loic and Géraldine has put the bar quite high for next year! But they still have interesting room to further improve the quality of the event. Particularly to make it even more lively and more interactive with the audience (particularly for those watching in video streaming mode).
Now, it’s time for some family meetings for Christmas / New Year. My next big report is the heaviest of all: my visit report from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan 7-10th 2010). It will show up sometime around January 21th 2010.