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Blue Jeans Network Brings Its Video Conferencing Software To Salesforce.com

Sep 11, 4:01AM

blue-jeans-networkCross-platform video conferencing company Blue Jeans Network announced today that it will integrate with Salesforce.com. Blue Jeans developed a cloud-hosting video conference service that makes it possible for people using different video conferencing and telepresence systems to talk to each other. So far it works with products from Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize and others, as well as software systems, such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, and Google Video Chat. The new integration will bring video conferencing directly into the Salesforce.com application so that users don't have to switch into another application to do a video conference on any of the supported systems.

Startup Alley Day 1: The Ectoplasmic Goo Of Innovation Oozes Out At Disrupt

Sep 11, 3:38AM

Screen Shot 2012-09-10 at 18.06.31Instruments on iPads and Minority Report-style gesture applications. Yes the variety of startups exuded like an ectoplasmic goo from Startup Alley today, where the atmosphere was electric with people pitching their companies to the passing VCs, investors, and journalists. There's nothing like running around with a microphone and a camera crew to get these people on video, so that's just what we did today. Enjoy. The companies we spoke to were:

Recapp Wants To Be The Hulu For Your Sports News

Sep 11, 3:00AM

tumblr_m42ymiaTDl1r0930jRecapp wants to make it more convenient to read sports news curated around your favorite sports and teams. The iPhone and iOS app, which I saw in TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Alley today, cracked the Top 50 in the App Store for sports a few weeks ago. "Think of RECAPP as a Hulu or an iTunes," Recapp's blog reads. "You don't go to all your favorite bands' websites when you want to listen to their music. You use iTunes. And when you want to watch TV shows, you don't go to the NBC website and then the ABC website. You go to Hulu."

FoundationDB — Not Your Standard NoSQL Database

Sep 11, 2:03AM

IMAG1829FoundationDB, here at Disrupt San Francisco 2012, is a modern database with features that have been the foundation for databases since the 1970s. The result, they say, is an infinitely scalable database that goes beyond what most NoSQL databases offer. By adopting the inherent strengths of NoSQL and integrating what they call "YesACID," FoundationDB executives believe they have a database that is industrial strength, scalable, and fault tolerant. The service can scale across a distributed infrastructure without the worry of a single point of failure, making it simpler to scale.

Startup Alley Day 1: Social Planning, Saving Money And Making Mommy

Sep 11, 1:53AM

Screen Shot 2012-09-10 at 18.08.58In amongst the 160 Startup Alley companies exhibiting in San Francisco each day of Disrupt, there are an enormous variety of companies. It's possible to switch from a startup aimed at new moms to a new enterprise cloud start-up in the space of just 3 feet. And every time you will find something brand new. Check out the video above for a whirlwind ride through some of the companies in the show today and our previous video here.

Here Are The TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield Startups From Day 1

Sep 11, 1:52AM

IMG_9553Day one of Disrupt SF is officially over, and what a day it's been. We kicked things off this morning with Bill Campbell and Ben Horowitz who were followed by Jack Dorsey, Brian Lee and Jessica Alba, and Michael Arrington and Reid Hoffman. Dave Morin, Cory Booker, and so much more took the Disrupt stage today as well. And that was all before the Disrupt Battlefield! This afternoon we kicked off our first day of Startup Battlefield presentations, where 15 companies fought it out in front of 3,000 people or so to win the ultimate prize of the TechCrunch Disrupt Cup and $50,000, who will be decided on Wednesday. Be sure to check out below all of the Startup Battlefield companies who presented today; one of those companies below may be the new winner! Also, make sure to come back and join us again tomorrow, as we kick things off with Ron Conway, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and then later in the day, for the first time since his company's IPO, Mark Zuckerberg.

NetPlenish Launches Amazon Prime-Like Price Comparison Service On Everyday Products

Sep 11, 1:17AM

IMG_9774We're all familiar with price comparison shopping on high value items but less so on day-to-day consumables like groceries or household items. In effect it feels like just too much work and most of us do online grocery shopping with one store. Amazon Prime is looking at disrupting this space and ShopRunner has been aggregating stores for a while. However, NetPlenish thinks it can crack this market. Picked out by the TechCrunch Disrupt audience today as the best startup from the Startup Alley, NetPlenish offers a service on an Andorid, iPhone and Web app for shopping that finds the best prices on everyday items like toothpaste and toilet paper. We're talking price comparison plus automatic replenishment on everyday products. The new product they launched today is NetPlenish Premier.

Saya Mobile Has A Message: It Wants To Be The Whatsapp For The Feature Phones Of The World

Sep 11, 1:17AM

robert sayaWhatsapp has emerged as the leading, cross-platform messaging app among smartphone users, reaching the 10 billion messages per day mark a couple of weeks ago. But when it comes to offering cheap messaging services to the billions of people in the world who use mobile devices that are not smartphones (arguably people who could really benefit the most from a low-cost solution), the game is wide open. Ghana's Saya Mobile, which offers an instant messaging and SMS service to feature phones, geared specifically to emerging markets like Africa, is launching today at TC Disrupt to be that solution. Saya is doing this with a product that is based on Java that combines some of the features users are getting in smartphone apps like Whatsapp, RIM's BBM, and Facebook Messenger and then some: social network integration, location-based chat and group chat across different feature phone platforms. And to serve the small but growing number of smartphone users, Saya will be launching iOS and Android apps as well.

Undrip Takes All The Nonsense Out Of Your Social Feeds

Sep 11, 12:53AM

Screen shot 2012-09-09 at 6.08.39 PMIf you're reading this article, chances are you're pretty well connected, at least in terms of your various social networks. But it can be overwhelming: there's Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram. And those are just the major leaguers. But Undrip, which has just launched out of private beta on our Disrupt stage, is ready to clear out all of the clutter to show you the very best of what's in your social feeds.

Dispatch: A Messaging Service That Connects Dropbox And Other Cloud Apps

Sep 11, 12:43AM

dispatchlogo-1Dispatch reached a milestone today. More than a year ago it became one of the winning hacks at the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011 Hackathon. Today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012 the company showed what that hack has become with an online workspace that connects Dropbox, Google Docs, and Google Contacts for people to manage and collaborate on work projects. With the service, people create "dispatches" that serve as a place to privately post and discuss links, notes, and files. Dispatches can be for any kind of project. Its value is in serving as a central hub to share from different cloud services. Additional cloud providers will be added over the next few months.

Livestar's Personalized Recommendation Service Wants To Disrupt Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes & Co.

Sep 11, 12:29AM

Screen Shot 2012-06-20 at 11.52.50 PMLivestar, which is officially launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, wants to help you find personalized recommendations from your friends and authoritative sources around the web. Livestar, which is currently only available on the iPhone, argues that most of the major review sites like Yelp and Amazon are due for disruption, because they don't offer personalized ratings and often suffer from low-quality reviews. The best sources for recommendations, the company says, are your friends and professional critics you already know, but finding their opinions is often tough. Livestar currently focuses on restaurants, movies, and music, but the company plans to add apps and wine recommendations soon.

Citrix Acquires Cloud-Based Customer Support Technology Startup Beetil

Sep 11, 12:02AM

Screen Shot 2012-09-10 at 4.57.50 PMCitrix Systems announced today that it has acquired Beetil, a Wellington, New Zealand-based startup that makes cloud-based customer service management software built on the ITIL framework. According to LinkedIn, Beetil, which is headed up by CEO Dan Lee, has fewer than 10 employees and was founded in 2009. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Gyft Is Moving The Plastic Gift Card Industry To Your iPhone

Sep 10, 11:48PM

IMG_9654Gyft, a new mobile application launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, allows you to buy, save and redeem gift cards using your mobile phone. Unlike the numerous mobile gifting applications currently available, Gyft isn't attempting to carve out a spot for itself in the new "social gifting" market; it's taking the existing $100 billion market for physical gift cards and moving it to the phone. As co-founder and CEO Vinny Lingham describes it, "we're focusing specifically on trying to be the mobile gift card mall for consumers."

Fitiquette: Online Clothing Measurement Never Looked So Good

Sep 10, 11:45PM

fitiquette andyIf clothes make the man, you might say that the equivalent for fashion e-commerce sites is that they are made (and broken) by how well they can sell you clothes. Fitiquette, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, is a company that hopes to help fashion sites do just that by virtualizing clothing measurement in a way that's never been done before. Started by Andy Pandharikar and Anant Kumar, ex-colleagues from Cisco, Fitiquette has devised a way of "trying on" clothes that is, perhaps, the most tailored experience yet in this category.

Social Bill Payment Platform PayTap Goes Live At Disrupt SF, Offering A Flat $1 Fee Per Transaction

Sep 10, 11:38PM

IMG_9649PayTap, a shared social bill-payment platform, launched today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Users can chip in to co-pay bills online and use social features to aggregate financial resources from friends and family for a flat $1 fee per transaction. The company aims to reduce the cost of transferring money, take advantage of existing social networks to help users communicate, and allow users to track who has paid which portions of bills. Users can pay using credit, debit PayPal or bank transfer, and PayTap sends the money directly to the biller.

GoDaddy Is Back Up, Thanks To Rival Verisign? Asana's Moskovitz Calls It The Final Straw

Sep 10, 11:28PM

godaddy twitter iconEarlier today we reported how GoDaddy suffered a major outage, affecting millions of websites and hosted e-mail accounts that are run through the hosting and domain registrar's DNS services. Now it looks like the sites are coming back up, but GoDaddy has yet to confirm whether the outage was due to a distributed denial of service attack -- the reason claimed by a member of the Anonymous hacking collective -- or how many sites and emails and overall customers were actually affected. It has, however, stated that no sensitive information was breached as a result of the outage. Meanwhile, one high-profile site, Asana, is now making its migration from GoDaddy a top priority. GoDaddy reports that it's making progress but is still investigating the problem.

ImpulseSave Nudges You To Save Toward Your Financial Goals

Sep 10, 11:20PM

impulse-save-2So many of the financial startups from the last several years have been geared toward getting consumers to buy more. Think Blippy, Swipely, and the glut of flash sales and group buying sites. But it's a harder problem to get consumers to move in the opposite direction and save their money, especially considering the broad debt overhang that still lingers from the 2008 financial crisis. However, ImpulseSave, launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, is attacking just this problem with a new technology platform that's linked to a real savings account where users can squirrel money every week for goals, such as a vacation or a new iPad.

Brazilian Startup Queremos Is A Kickstarter For Concerts And Other Live Events

Sep 10, 11:11PM

IMG_9599Queremos was founded in Rio de Janeiro to increase the number of concerts held there. Many big-name bands from the U.S. and other major markets wouldn't perform there despite the city's high population and cultural status, because concertgoers there frequently wouldn't plan ahead to see shows. Most would wait until the last minute to decide whether or not they wanted to attend a live event. That made life difficult for concert promoters who couldn't predict attendance for events and, as a result, meant that many artists wouldn't tour there. Queremos, launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, seeks to solve that by creating a platform where fans interested in seeing a certain act could pledge money upfront to get a concert funded. Once a minimum threshold was reached, the concert was planned. Those early supporters who participated in the initial funding ended up getting first dibs on tickets before they went on sale to the general public. That way, artists and venues would be guaranteed to make money.

Kuyam Is A One-Stop Shop To Find & Schedule Appointments With "Lifestyle" Businesses

Sep 10, 11:05PM

kuyam_logoKuyam is an online marketplace dedicated to empowering busy women, working moms, and their families to discover and schedule  appointments with local lifestyle businesses. By "lifestyle," they mean things like salons and spas, companies offering tutoring and educational assistance for kids, health and fitness businesses, and more. Simply put, what OpenTable does for restaurants and ZocDoc does for doctors, Kuyam wants to do for the entire "lifestyle" genre.

In First Earnings Report Post-IPO, Palo Alto Networks Beats, Sees Q4 Revenue Up 88% To $75.6M

Sep 10, 11:00PM

palo-alto-networksToday, security company Palo Alto Networks reported its first earnings since becoming a public company in July. Revenue for the fourth quarter grew 88 percent year-over-year to $75.6 million, compared with $40.2 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011. The company saw a GAAP net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter of $4.6 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted share, in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income came in at $1.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.34 per basic and diluted share, in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011. Analysts expected revenue of $71.4 million, and for income per share to break even.

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