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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: HootSuite, Vancouver, British Columbia

Posted on Monday, May 9th 2011

Mashable perhaps says it best: “So many statuses, so little time.” Social media can be an excellent tool for small businesses to collaborate and to build and maintain relationships with new and returning customers, but managing multiple profiles, commentary, and brand mentions – and keeping social media assets secure – can be a daunting task. HootSuite, which builds and markets a social media dashboard for Web and mobile platforms, aims to help individuals and organizations manage multiple social profiles including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, among others. Users can also monitor brand mentions, schedule updates, and track results with modular reports that integrate with Google Analytics and Facebook Insights.  The product includes security features to prevent account hijacking and mistakes when posting to corporate profiles. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: CapLinked, Manhattan Beach, California

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 27th 2011

My regular readers may be surprised to the see the subject of today’s 1M/1M Deal Radar. For the past three years, Deal Radar has been covering companies that have at least $1 million in annual revenue. It’s an important milestone that we take seriously. So why CapLinked, a pre-revenue company? Well, primarily because it’s a company that has been misunderstood as financing exchange, and to give the 1M/1M entrepreneurs a clear view of what they really do. CapLinked is an online platform for private companies, investors, and their advisors to collaborate, manage a capital raising or asset sale, and exchange updates. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: mopay, Palo Alto, California

Posted on Monday, Apr 25th 2011

According to Mashable, the global combined market for all types of mobile payments is expected to double from its current value to reach more than $600 billion by 2013. The mobile payment market for goods and services, excluding contactless near field communication (NFC) transactions and money transfers, is expected to exceed $300 billion globally by 2013. This is good news for companies such as mopay, which develops payment solutions that allow consumers to buy goods online via their mobile or landline phones. Online retailers can also use mopay instead of relying exclusively on credit card merchants. The aim is to offer consumers a better way to pay for online goods and merchants a safe and reliable option. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: Spigit, Pleasanton, California

Posted on Monday, Apr 18th 2011

Regular readers will be familiar with The 1M/1M Deal Radar’s coverage of crowdsourcing through companies such as crowdSPRING, UserVoice, and the 1M/1M partner CrowdEngineering. Today’s post looks at a different kind of idea management: innovation management. Pleasanton, California–based Spigit makes social business collaboration and innovation management software. This software is designed to tap into the collective intelligence of an organization and transform it into actionable, predictive information. By incorporating incentives, idea graduation, idea trading and real-time analytics, Spigit helps companies to harness the social capital within their organization. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: VirtuOz, Emeryville, California, And Paris, France

Posted on Monday, Apr 11th 2011

The February 2011 victory of IBM’s Watson, a “question-answer computer,” over two human competitors in the popular trivia game show “Jeopardy” was a milestone in artificial intelligence that caught the attention of scientists and the general public alike. Today’s Deal Radar company, VirtuOz, points to Watson’s humanlike reasoning capabilities as a testament to the viability of natural language processing (NLP) for commercial applications. VirtuOz provides intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) for customer service and sales to large and mid-market enterprises. The agents are designed to be an online channel for improved access to customer service and a high-quality user experience that avoid the high costs associated with traditional customer service channels such as search and human agents. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Digital Photo Academy, New York City

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 23rd 2011

Typical studies of of the economic contribution of the arts tend to focus on the income jobs in the field produce. This approach is wrong, says Financial Times columnist John Kay, and reveals only a poor understanding of wealth creation. As funding for libraries, museums, and public school programs in art and music is cut, sometimes severely; as uninformed or weakly reasoned comments about the lack of value of a fine or liberal arts degree circle the blogosphere, it is more important than ever to try to truly understand the role of the arts and humanities in the economy, education, and public life. (For a more thoughtful debate than most, readers may want to see this week’s New York Times Room for Debate piece Career Counselor: Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?) To this end, the 1M/1M Deal Radar is seeking stories of entrepreneurs in these fields. But we want to do more than simply give examples of artists, writers, and others who have been successful in setting up a business; rather, we want to show, through their business’s story, what has made it work. The first such Deal Radar company is Digital Photo Academy, a workshop series that delivers 960 digital photo workshops and 80 photo retailer demonstrations a year in 25 cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. Workshops focus on both techniques in the field and the use of plug-ins and software for photographs. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Hatsize, Calgary, Canada

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 16th 2011

The 1M/1M Deal Radar heads north to feature Hatsize, a cloud automation software company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From its place at the intersection of buyer and seller, Hatsize provides hands-on demos, proofs of concept (POC), and training to technology companies’ prospects, channel partners, and customers by using virtual private cloud technology to fully automate scheduling and provisioning over the Web from anywhere in the world. The goal is to make sales more efficient; that is, to help customers make decisions faster, accelerating revenue growth and expanding market penetration while reducing travel and equipment costs as well as the time a sales engineer spends per customer. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: JouleX, Atlanta, Georgia/Munich And Kassel, Germany

Posted on Monday, Mar 14th 2011

JouleX develops sustainable energy management systems for the enterprise. Its flagship solution, the JouleX Energy Manager (JEM), provides Global 2000 companies and government agencies with the ability to monitor, analyze, and manage energy usage for all network-connected devices and systems, including in distributed offices, data centers, and facilities. JouleX says that JEM decreases energy costs by up to 60% while ensuring availability and providing reporting that helps companies to comply with emerging carbon monitoring requirements. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: The Betty Mills Company, San Mateo, California

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 9th 2011

The Betty Mills Company is an Internet top 500 e-retailer that has taken a traditional low-tech business online by selling cleaning and facility products directly to business customers. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Act-On Software, Beaverton, Oregon

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 8th 2011

Last week we did a spotlight on entrepreneurs in the Northwest, and today we are featuring Act-On Software, based in Oregon, on Deal Radar. Act-On is a SaaS online marketing company focused on the “Fortune 5,000,000” – one of its goals is the commoditization of marketing automation so that it is available to businesses of all sizes. Last week, the company launched its online platform for SMBs and small marketing groups within larger organizations. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Orabrush, Provo, Utah

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 1st 2011

Orabrush is an e-commerce business that has made extensive use of social media to create demand for what can be an overlooked product – a tongue cleaner – among a variety of consumer demographics. We showcase it in today’s Deal Radar as an example of how new products can be brought to market using Internet marketing channels. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Systems In Motion, Fremont, California/Ann Arbor, Michigan

Posted on Monday, Feb 28th 2011

Joining the blog’s ongoing conversation about outsourcing, nearshoring, and IT services is Systems In Motion, a U.S.-based technology services company that was founded to create a competitive and complementary alternative to the trend of offshore outsourcing of IT work. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Cantaloupe Systems, San Francisco, California

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 23rd 2011

From machines that dispensed holy water at temples in first-century Greece to the mini tech stores containing iPods and other electronic gear at airports, the contents of vending machines have changed greatly since their invention. But the technology behind managing them was for a long time an inexact process based on intuition. Cantaloupe Systems, which develops wireless and cashless vending solutions in the United States, is making the vending machine business more efficient through the use of cellular networks and the cloud. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: AlertBoot, Las Vegas, Nevada

Posted on Monday, Feb 21st 2011

In October of last year, Keystone Mercy, Pennsylvania’s largest Medicaid managed care program, reported a lost USB drive. The drive contained personal health information on 28,000 Medicaid recipients. In the UK, there was an outcry when the Guardian and other newspapers reported that members of the Ministry of Defence had lost or had stolen, among other electronic devices, 340 laptops worth £612,000. While it’s difficult to pin numbers on the true cost of data loss and related problems such as identity theft, the need for encryption and other protection is clear. SaaS developer AlertBoot offers a managed disk, USB, and e-mail encryption services for businesses of all sizes. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Pontiflex, Brooklyn, New York

Posted on Thursday, Feb 10th 2011

If you have ever clicked on a mobile ad by mistake, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, almost half of mobile app users say they click or tap on mobile ads more often by mistake than on purpose, meaning that a lot of the effort gone into the ad was wasted. Pontiflex, which powers a new kind of digital advertising called sign-up ads, is trying to change this. With sign-up ads, users opt in to connect with advertisers they like without leaving a publisher’s website or mobile app. Advertisers pay only when someone signs up for their ad, not for wasted clicks or impressions. Users like this approach better, says Pontiflex, and developers and publishers of websites and apps make more money from it. >>>

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