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Seedcamp, is the European-wide competition for seed-stage startups,  each winners gets €50,000 seed funding from Seedcamp’s conglomerate of venture backers, but the stake in each startup varys, along similar lines to the Y-Combinator model. This year a record seven winners were named rather than the five  originally set out to award.

For a full write up check out Check out TechCrunch UK for a fuller write-up but the winners were:

BaseKit (UK)
This is a deceptively easy way to create complex web sites and applications, which saves time building simple apps and demos.

Kyko (UK) (no site yet)
Currently in stealth mode, but from what I’ve seen it’s pretty good for a 21-year old founder.

Mobclix (US)
A “comscore with an ad network for iPhones apps” said the judges.They were also a TechCrunch 50 company. They are considering moving to Europe where the mobile scene is hot right now.

Soup (Austria)
This is Tumblr for the rest of us. It has a Twitter-like interface enabling feed imports/ lifestreaming, bookmarklets, you name it.

Stupeflix (France)
This is similar to Animoto but where that site takes hours to convert video Stupeflix does it in real time on a massive scale.

Toksta (Germany)
This is white label IM and video for social networks, so socnets don’t have to create it themselves. This adds stickiness and increases user activity.

uberVU (Romania)
uberVU keeps track of context from all over the Web (responses, comments, trackbacks, diggs, etc.) around a story so you can see what people are saying about it on different sites and services. The founders say they are “mapping the conversational graph” – pretty cool stuff for three guys from Romania, not known for many startups.


Written by portablekate

September 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm

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Hive Logic Enkoder

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You guys may aready know about this, but it was news to me. The Hive Logic “Enkoder” is a really handy little utility that converts email addresses into encrypted Javascript code which hides them from bots and scrapers, but keeps them visible to humans. Run the enkoder to generated the javascript code and paste it into your sites. No more ugly name [at] email [dot] com addresses!


Written by narindajane

September 28, 2008 at 9:07 am

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Hack the Debate: Current TV & Twitter

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Current TV and Twitter have teamed up for the first time around the US presidential debates. Viewers comments, dispatched via real-time Twitter messages/tweets, will be placed over major portions of Current TV’s coverage of the upcoming debate series over and Obama and McCain..

More here.

Written by alsays

September 27, 2008 at 12:46 am

The Rise and Fall of Muxtape

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Justin Ouellette, the head honcho of one of my favourite, now dearly departed, websites, Muxtape, recently intimidated into non-existence by the RIAA, tells all about its conception and crash here.

Makes for interesting reading, especially the part when Ouellette describes a meeting he had with EMI about the future of Muxtape:

“I walked into a conference room and shook eight or nine hands, sitting down at a conference table with a phonebook-thick file labeled “Muxtape” laying on it. The people I met formed a semi-circle around me like a split brain, legal on one side and business development on the other. The meeting alternated between an intense grilling from the legal side (“you are a willful infringer and we are mere hours from shutting you down”) and an awkward discussion with the business side (“assuming we don’t shut you down, how do you see us working together?”). I asked for two weeks to make a proposal, they gave me two days.”

It’s this kind of mentality that suggests that models like Muxtape remain an unknowable center of growth or diversification for major labels…

And being backed into a corner, Muxtape’s future now lies in a redesigned functionality offering upload and hosting direct to bands. Which, as much as it pains me to say it, is shit.

Ah well, at least there’s still Mixwit, which I’m listening to while writing this; check out this hip hop listing, it’s a good ‘un.

Written by alsays

September 27, 2008 at 12:41 am

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G1 Google Phone

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Today T-Mobile G1 with Google announces the T-Mobile G1 $179. The first phone powered by Android, an Google’s mobile software platform. The T-Mobile G1 included a 3-inch touch-screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a one-handed navigation button. It also has a 3-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G radios. It features let you experience web service that includes popular Google services such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others. The T-Mobile G1 will launch on October 22 for $179 with a two-year contract.

Written by deejmark

September 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm


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FFFFounnd is this awesome website my flatmate showed me yesterday while I was looking for something to wow the Portable Blog with.

It allows users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!

So User Today,Tomorrow posted this great image and when I click it, I get recommended with a selection of other similar images posted by other users. If I click on one of those the process continues.

Andy Gilmore

There is some cool stuff out there and FFFFound is a really easy way of exploring some of it.

Written by portablekate

September 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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The google future of mobile

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“There are currently about 3.2 billion mobile subscribers in the world, and that number is expected to grow by at least a billion in the next few years. Today, mobile phones are more prevalent than cars (about 800 million registered vehicles in the world) and credit cards (only 1.4 billion of those).”

A number of mobile trends outlined in the google blog. Always interesting to hear people’s thoughts on the future of the internet.

Written by stewartmatheson

September 21, 2008 at 11:07 pm