Om Malik, Emily Chang, Pete Cashmore, Guy Kawasaki, Brian Solis, Chris Brogan,
Deborah Shultz...if all or any of these names sound familiar, it's because they
are some of the leading Web 2.0/technology experts on the Web today. In their
various positions, they have all recognized a strong connection between Web
2.0 and Israel. Most recently, they were part of a panel of judges that selected
ten of Israel's most promising Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 startups who presented
Startup 2008 competition.
The.co.ils is the leading Hebrew blog on the Israeli Web startup scene and
is authored by Yaron Orenstein and Yami Glick. This year's competition, which
took place in Tel Aviv, had over 280 entrepreneurs, VCs and other industry members
in attendance. Om Malik of GigaOm
gave the Keynote. While some of the selected startups cater directly to the
enterprise and the enterprise 2.0 concept, the others represent the blurring
boundary of information access between devices that IT professionals should
also know about and understand.
The 10 Websites that were selected and presented include:
Wix is an authoring platform
that allows users to create striking and easy-to-build web content in flash
(web sites, widgets, blogs, etc.), and publish it anywhere they want online.
Users can create content without coding in flash/html or being constrained by
templates. At the heart of the product is the drag & drop editor that allows
users to pull in any content from the web or from their own media files (video,
audio, animation, text, etc.) and create web content.
and markets a line of server products that allow organizations to do more business
securely, using popular consumer Web 2.0 tools and technologies like iGoogle,
Windows Live, Netvibes, Facebook, and others. Through WorkLight, employees,
channels, partners, and consumers connect to protected enterprise data (and
to each other) using Web 2.0 services.
HiveSight helps marketers
discover new facts about consumers. The technology sifts through and analyzes
millions of social media profiles and blogs to construct consumer profiles.
Customers use the online application to write simple queries that define consumer
panels, and get instant reports on demographics, consumer interests, trends
and more. It's the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to explore consumer
markets and discover new insights.
Qoof is the video commerce
platform that bridges the world of Online Shopping, Internet Video, and Direct
Response TV to create a distributed, targeted, and personalized video commerce
network. Think QVC for the Internet. The most powerful way to sell a product
online is with video, and as more merchants are looking for video solutions,
the Qoof Platform is their answer. Companies currently using our platform include
Dell, Ice.com, & DrugStore.com. Qoof plans a major product release further
converging the worlds of DRTV and e-commerce this September.
WikiAnswers gives you
useful answers about anything by harnessing people's collective knowledge, but
with a wiki-twist.WikiAnswers' mission is to grow a collaborative answers resource;
anyone can ask, answer or edit questions, building a global Q&A database
covering all topics.
Dapper's vision is to
allow people to consume the web where, when and in whatever format they choose.
Dapper users point and click on the content viewers want from a website, and
Dapper turns this content into a live semantic feed that can be used in a variety
of formats (RSS, widget, XML). Dapper is leveraging its core technology to create
live content-based ads (MashupAds) that combine publisher and advertiser content
within an interactive ad -- creating the world's first content ad network.
Mo'Minis is a revolutionary
platform for the development and publishing of mobile games. The platform allows
advanced as well as non-skilled developers to rapidly create original games
from scratch and have them seamlessly supported on a wide range of handsets.
Furthermore, developers can collaborate and share game assets on Mo'Minis developers'
community and enjoy distribution and monetization services through various on/off-deck
Kaltura provides the
first open-source video management platform, empowering any site with online
video. With Kaltura, web publishers can seamlessly and cost-effectively integrate
interactive and collaborative rich-media functionalities, including uploading,
importing, editing, remixing, and sharing. Kaltura also offers its global network
of publishers content hosting, transcoding, advertising, merchandising, and
MocoSpace is a mobile
social network that allows anybody with a web-enabled phone to have a full social
networking experience on their most trusted device, the mobile phone, whenever
and wherever they want. Users enjoy expressing themselves and staying connected
to friends by setting up a profile page, sharing photos and video, chatting,
inboxing, instant messaging, blogging, debating in forums, sending mobile cards
and playing games.
Nuconomy Studio is the
world's first "performance insight platform," built from the ground
up to provide completely new ways to measure today's interactive Web. Go beyond
the old page view model and start to measure the new metrics of the web -- your
users, site engagement and contribution metrics.