LivingSocial is an online community that connects more than 85 million people and powers group buying through Deals, its social commerce program. Through Deals, LivingSocial users and their friends can save 50%–70% or more each day on restaurants, spas, sporting events, hotels, and other local attractions in major cities. The company is also the creator of the Facebook application Visual Bookshelf and the flagship LivingSocial, a comprehensive place on the Web for people to engage with others around topics such as entertainment, food, fashion, and technology. >>>
Appirio is a cloud solution provider that offers products and professional services to help enterprises accelerate their adoption of cloud platforms and services. Moving any business into the cloud or even deciding whether to do so can be confusing, as ReadWriteWeb’s Audrey Watters points out. Through its professional services package and cloud connectors, Appirio aims to ease the transition. >>>
Coupa is an e-procurement and spending management provider with a mission to build “procurement for the masses” through its SaaS solution. It says that existing solutions were developed to support a model characterized by scarcity of information, mandates from management, and a centralized bureaucracy that placed buyers in each business unit to purchase on behalf of others; market dynamics that foster the free flow of information and a self-service mentality have rendered existing models obsolete. The Coupa cloud spend management (CSM) solution includes e-procurement, expense management, executive dashboards, and benchmarking modules. Collectively, they provide companies with visibility into and control over all nonpayroll indirect spending. >>>
Nautilus Environmental is an environmental consulting and testing firm that specializes in toxicology, biology, and ecology and integrating its understanding of those areas with chemistry and hydrology to answer questions with a science-based approach. Says founder Marilyn O’Neill, “We are very much applied scientists and work predominantly where land touches water – streams, oceans, estuaries, rivers.” The company aims to take a broad, multi-disciplinary perspective and thinks that this approach strengthens its science, adds value, and moves the field forward. Collectively, the laboratory and consulting divisions offer a bridge between laboratory tests and real-world conditions that ensures accurate and useful interpretation and application of environmental data. >>>
Fantage (short for “Fantastic Age”) is a virtual world created specifically for young computer users from about age 6 to age 14 but is accessible to everyone. Developed as a flash game, this virtual playground requires no download. The site offers “towns” to explore through a user’s avatar, games to play, and ways to chat safely and meet new friends. >>>
Trademarkia is a startup search engine providing the largest free global search engine for registered trademarks on the Internet. The company has licensed the trademark database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and provide all of that office’s data, updated daily, in a graphical context. It has also licensed historical trademark data dating back to 1870 that is unavailable on the USPTO’s site. Trademarkia’s integration of services and content enables existing brands to monitor marks and new brands to design and register new marks at a much lower cost than using an intellectual property (IP) attorney or to select from among expired marks. >>>
Nextrials offers a hosted software solution for the data collection and project management of clinical trials. Prism, its award-winning electronic data capture (EDC) solution, has been used at over 1,200 research sites around the world to streamline clinical research and bring products to the market faster. >>>
Cheezburger Networks is one the largest humor networks in the world. The company has more than 50 humor sites, including I Can Has Cheezburger?, FAIL Blog, Failbook, Oddly Specific, Failbook, Pundit Kitchen, ROFLrazzi, and There, I Fixed It. It also publishes books and sells t-shirts through its LOL Mart. The company specializes in Internet memes – jokes, gags, or ideas that appear on the Internet and spread rapidly from person to person. >>>
What matters to you right now? Whatever the context, that’s the question xMatters tries to answer. xMatters (formerly known as AlarmPoint Systems) is a pioneer in relevance engines. As AlarmPoint, the company built a reputation as a provider of IT alerting solutions. Now, it has broadened its scope and developed relevance engines, a new technology for delivering information. Relevance engines connect people, processes, and information and thus help people become more and capable and organizations more agile and competitive. >>>
We were in Montana and Wyoming recently, and as we walked through downtown Bozeman, we came upon a company called Bozeman Watch Co. As we looked at their beautifully crafted watches, I started asking questions about the business.
Christopher F. Wardle, CEO of Bozeman Watch Co. is a self-trained professional and has been a watch fanatic since he first discovered his grandfather’s modest Wittnauer mechanical watch at the age of 12. As he grew older and his own collection of both antique and modern watches grew, he discovered the unique history of American watchmaking and was disturbed by the abrupt end of American involvement In the industry. The knowledge that America dominated the watch industry from 1850 to 1950 and then disappeared with the introduction of quartz watch movement led Wardle to the idea that America needed an industry revival. >>>
According to some analysts estimates, nearly 20,000 entrepreneurs open online storefronts every week, and the growth in e-commerce sales continues to outstrip that of sales in physical stores. Early online players such as Dell and Starbucks are now joined by luxury watchmaker Longines and clothing designer Roberto Cavalli. With so many businesses now on the Web, there is a strong need for e-commerce products. Volusion makes software and offers design and marketing services for entrepreneurs setting up online stores.
nCourt is a provider of judicial e-commerce solutions specifically for pro se litigants (litigants who represent themselves) to interact with lower-level courts. The system enables users to file documents such as small claims and eviction proceedings and pay traffic fines over the Internet with a credit card quickly and cost effectively, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Woodstock, Georgia-based company helps courts to collect more money and spend less money on follow-up collection efforts such as warrants. >>>
Imagination Engines, Inc. (IEI) is a rapidly expanding company based upon a new and patented artificial intelligence paradigm called the “Creativity Machine,” wherein artificial neural networks autonomously engage in brainstorming sessions with one another to invent new ideas and plans of action. People such as Dennis Bushnell, NASA Langley’s chief scientist, have called this idea of “dreaming neural networks” monitored and controlled by other more “alert nets,” the best bet for those working in artificial intelligence (AI) to create human to transhuman level intelligence in machines. >>>
Jobscience makes Force.com-based recruiting and talent management applications that help companies to improve the quality of their talent base by helping them find, train, and retain the most highly qualified employees. >>>
Riskonnect provides enterprise-class technology in risk management. The company sells directly to large organizations to help them manage their strategic, operational, and insurable risk. Riskonnect’s solutions are delivered entirely through cloud computing, utilizing the Force.com platform, an approach the company believes enables it to offer superior solutions to the risk management marketplace. >>>