Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Picks from LAUNCH exhibitors floor

I attended LAUNCH in San Francisco (conceived by Jason Calacanis and picks up where he left off with TechCrunch50).  Good show, Jason et al.  There were some really cool startups there.

While many of the suits (investors) were busy watching the entrepreneurs pitch on stage, I did what I love doing -- relentlessly chatting up the entrepreneurs.  Feels like I must have talked with 95% of the exhibitors over two days.  For the benefit of those who couldn't come, here're my picks of budding startups from the trenches (not ones which got a lot of press):

  • Either TopDish or SporkHub.  Dish-resolution Yelp.  It's about time!  Opens up many new possibilities -- I see much more dynamic menus coming, and new restaurants which chose their menus based on cherry-picking these sites.
  • TripBod.  Hook up with local curators/guides for your travels.  Oppty to disrupt the travel industry.  It takes a moment for the market space of this one to set in.  But then it hits you like a ton of bricks!  Those are the best kinds of ideas.  And this is my favorite from the entire conference.
For a fun pick:
  • Zazu.  Wake up to your relevant info aggregated, alarm clock app.
Happy investing.  Let me know if you want picks from future conferences...

Disclosure: no positions

1 comment:

elizabeth_sutcliffe said...

Thanks for reaching out in the demo pit Kevin and giving us the opportunity to share our vision with you. Disrupting an unfairly monopolized industry is a key motivator of ours, and you're right, if done well the market implications are huge. By reconnecting and re-empowering the people at the grassroots on both sides of the equation we're confident of a fairer deal for all - along with much better experiences of course. It all boils down to the execution - we're happy you'll be watching this space!