9 Coolest Startups from TechCrunch Disrupt


Yesterday I wrote about some of the trends I noticed at TechCrunch Disrupt.  Today I want to tell you about my favorite startups. Criteria for being a favorite include:  innovation, useful to me, potentially applicable beyond the Silicon Valley elite and/or useful to a do-gooder sort of organization.  Also, I got to demo each of these products.  In random order, my favorites are:

  1. Producteev: Producteev is simple cloud based task management platformfor groups.  I recently started using with with AZAP Mobile and I’m loving it.  It integrates well with any other tools you use and it’s intuitive to use.
  2. Voxy: Voxy is a new language learning platform that teaches language using the news you care about.  Their initial angle is teaching English to Spanish speakers.  And their work includes a text based cell phone application.  This was one of the only startups I encountered that didn’t assume everyone owns a smartphone.
  3. Qwiki: Winner of the Startup Battlefield, Qwiki aims to re-design how people get information.  Their algorithm creates quick audio-visual presentations for any topic. The result is a much more engaging experience than reading a Wikipedia page.
  4. ParticleCode: Having recently delved into the mobile industry, one of the biggest challenges I’ve noticed is that there are many competing operating systems that require separate coding, which is expensive and time intensive.  ParticleCode aims to solve that by enabling one set of code to operate across a fragmented landscape of mobile operating systems.  I am hopeful and I imagine we’ll need more than one start-up to tackle this.
  5. Praized: Praized has a product called Needium that lets small local businesses create leads from social media.  So if someone if tweeting about hankering for pizza, Needium will alert them to your nearby pizza place.
  6. Clp.ly: I mentioned these guys yesterday.  As a blogger, I see their service as having huge potential.  Basically it enables anyone to clip content and quotes from one place on the web and use them elsewhere legitimately and in a visually engaging manner.
  7. Clixtr: Clixtr lets you create photo albums for an event with others.  Brilliant.  Eliminates the hassle of sharing photos.
  8. Pinger:  Pinger’s iPhone app TextFree gives you free texting.  Enough said.  It also works with Mexico.
  9. Art.sy: Art.sy is doing to art what Pandora did to music.  Enables you to find art you love, based on characteristics (like Pablo Picasso, blue, under $5000).

What other tech startups have you seen at TechCrunch or otherwise that have potential to move the needle, shake things up, and otherwise add value to our lives?

Amie runs Cobblestone Solutions, LLC, a consultancy focusing on business development, marketing, communications and strategy for mission driven companies. Previously, Amie served as Director of Business Development for Viv (a Bay Area environmental start-up), Program Manager for Social Venture Technology Group (a boutique consulting firm focused on measuring social and environmental impact), and Associate Consultant at Bain & Co (a global management consulting firm). She is particularly interested in innovations that reduce waste, altering consumer behavior for good, and leveraging the power of business to solve the climate crisis. You can read more from her on her blog, on GreenBiz.com, and on JustMeans.

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