Monday Dec 14, 2009

LeWeb Picks Most Promising Startups in Europe

Each year, the LeWeb startup contest brings together the best of Europe's startup community to decide which will be named the crème de la crème.

The competition, which was co-organized by TechCrunch Europe, took place in Paris this week, boasting some 135 entries to vie for the LeWeb gold. The sixteen finalists, each of which took part in a Q&A session and a Demopod presentation, included the Shutl e-commerce platform, to-do manager, friendbinder social networking service, and Mendeley research management suite.

Co-host Mike Butcher wrote on TechCrunch Europe that "it was nice to fit in startups that were broadly related to the realtime theme. It was great also to see the Le Web startup event veer back to its roots as a venue for very early stage, rough and ready startups, as well as a launch-pad for more fully-formed plays that have literally launched for the first time at this event." The site live-blogged the event, and provided profiles of each of the finalists.

Of the three winners, two are social networking-related startups - a reminder, perhaps, of the importance of the medium - while the third provides management options for the cloud computing market. That entry, the Dublin-based CloudSplit, took bronze in the competition with its CloudSplit Cost Counter, which promises analytics of a company's cloud computing resources in real-time along with spending alerts and even automated cut-offs to keep costs under control. The service, which is currently seeking $2 million in venture capital, just entered private beta.

The silver prize went to Tigerlily, a Facebook management application for "media groups, large brands and their agencies and marketers." The service, which offers both free and paid versions, allows users to manage their Facebook pages, run sweepstakes, import content from other social media sites, and interact with other users. The paid version provides additional branding options as well as statistics, specialty widgets, professional support services. Despite having launched just days before the competition, Tigerlily claims some 500 users already, though it is only available in the French market at the present time. The Paris-based company has plans to expand into other European markets in the coming months.

Gold-winner Stribe offers a different form of social networking tool: private-label networks themselves. As Butcher described it, "site administrators can copy and paste a bit of javascript, and hey presto, they have a customizable, freely branded social network for their sites." Separating it from some of its competitors is the ability for cross-community interaction, leaving users free to participate in multiple Stribe-based networks. Like Tigerlily, Stribe offers free and paid versions - it will also be providing the obligatory developer application programming interface. Stribe, which launched in September with $600,000 in funding, is in open beta, and maintains offices in Paris and Silicon Valley.

Sunday Aug 31, 2008

Even more FREE tickets to RailsConf Europe!

CONGRATULATIONS to those already signed-up and booked their FREE full-conference passes.

Get in quick if you would like a FREE ticket too!

Friday Aug 29, 2008

Interested in a 30sec promotion in Rails Conf Europe 2008 ?


Thursday Aug 28, 2008

FREE Tickets to RailsConf Europe! - Giving even more to the community

Have you ever heard the expression "There's no such thing as a free lunch?", well....

...forget about lunch, how about a totally FREE, yes, as in, no cost, full conference entry ticket to RailsConf Europe in Germany next week?!  A 1000EUR value, for zero cost, courtesy of Startup Essentials!

We have tickets to give away to the first four new sign-ups to the also free, Start-up Essentials program.

All you have to do is be sure you can make it to the conference, sign-up below, then send me an email : matt dot hosanee at sun dot com .  We have rolled out Start-up Essentials to many countries but will be expanding rapidly in the coming months. [can I announce that Ed?! :-o ]

If you can't make it - sign-up anyway and keep an eye here for our next community event where you could quite literally get a free lunch :-)

More about Sun @ RailsConf here

Hope to see you there!

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

RailsConf Europe 08 Berlin, Germany

RailsConf Europe 2008

We hope to see you at the upcoming RailsConf Europe in Germany, where Sun is proud to be a Diamond sponsor.

People often ask "What is Sun's interest in participating at these events?" and "what can Sun do for us?" - well...come and chat with me at the StartUp Essentials area in the exhibit hall!  I will have some great demos, some amazing discounts to offer and best of all free 'stuff' too!

Here is list of Sun's presentations:

13:30 Take the JRuby Challenge: Deploy Your Rails Application with JRuby and Taste the Difference
10:45 JRuby: The Other Red Meat
13:40 Achieving High Throughput and Scalability with JRuby on Rails
16:45 Plenary Meet the Sun You Don't Know
10:45 Developing Ruby and Rails Applications with the NetBeans IDE
13:40 Rails Powered by GlassFish

The night before I'll also be here:
Bratwurst on rails

Hope to see you there!

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