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DEMOfall 09: Your guide to VentureBeat’s coverage

docbrownWe’re in the middle of DEMOfall 09 today in San Diego, where 56 tech companies will launch new products, and another 14 will give sneak peeks of the products that they’re working on.

This probably hasn’t escaped your notice, since VentureBeat’s front page is plastered with our stories about launching companies. Dean Takahashi, Kim-Mai Cutler, and I have each written in-depth posts about some of the launches, and we’re going to be covering many more over the next two days of the conference, which is co-produced by VentureBeat.

If this all seems overwhelming, don’t worry. Just come back to this post, where you’ll find links to all of our DEMO coverage. In the list below, you’ll see all of the launching and pitching DEMO companies. If there’s a link to a “full profile,” one of us has written a full post about the company. If it’s a link to a “limited profile,” it’s just bare bones information that we’ve pulled from the company’s press materials — the post is a placeholder, which we plan to update with more information once the company presents on-stage. (The companies were selected by DEMO’s executives producers, but they also paid the conference a fee to appear here.)

Meanwhile, we’ll continue publishing our main DEMO coverage on VentureBeat’s front page. You can also find all our DEMO posts, including some of the shorter company profiles, in the new section of our site, DEMOBeat. As the name implies, DEMOBeat will be our section for coverage of the DEMO conference, as well as additional updates from the DEMO community throughout the year.

Oh, and the Twitter hashtag for the conference is #demo09.

demofall_091Anyway, let’s get to the news. First, here’s an announcement that VentureBeat Editor in Chief/DEMO co-executive producer Matt Marshall made on-stage: We’re launching a new site called VentureBeat Profiles, where you can find information and buzz different companies. The site is based on TradeVibes, a database of private companies that we acquired last month.

And here are the launching companies:

80legs; Houston, TX — 80legs is a powerful, easy-to-use web crawler that makes large-scale crawling affordable and accessible to small companies. Full profile.

Anaplan; Redwood City, CA — Anaplan delivers online business applications for faster collaboration.  Full profile.

Answers Corp.; New York, NY — Answers.com combines licensed content with user-generated answers to try to create the definitive site for users to find the answers to their questions. Full profile.

Armorize Technologies; Santa Clara, CA — Armorize Technologies has created HackAlert to deal with the “drive-by download” problem, where hackers inject malware such as links to malicious software into web sites. If your web site is under attack, HackAlert will notify you in real time. Full profile.

Article One Partners; New York, NY — Article One Partners uses crowdsourcing to determine if a patent under review is valid or not. Advisors can earn up to $50,000 and share in Article One’s profits if they participate enough. Full profile.

Burt AB; Gothenburg, Sweden — Burt is launching a new analytics service called Rich, which it says is aimed specifically at creative agencies. Full profile.

CallSpark!; San Francisco, CA — CallSpark tries to give you the information you need for phone calls, particularly business calls, by delivering data from social networks and elsewhere to your phone. Full profile.

Cazoodle; Champaign, IL — Cazoodle is launching a shopping search service that uses semantic technology to connect consumers with offers. Full profile.

Cortera — Cortera is launching a credit exchange where community members can view the credit scores of small businesses, and write their own reviews of a company’s credit-worthiness. Full profile.

Digitrad Communications; Paris, France — A new service called OrganIP makes it possible to talk anyone’s name and have your web browser call them using voice over IP technology. Full profile.

dotSyntax; Rochester, NY — Better-known as social aggregation startup Digsby, the company is launching a Twitter application that gives the microblogging service a more conversational feel. Full profile.

Emo Labs; Waltham, MA — Emo Labs says it has developed speakers that deliver great stereo sound, despite the space limitations imposed by high-definition TVs. Full profile.

Enthusem.com; Tampa, FL — Enthusem wants to reinvent greeting cards by making it easy to print real cards that are tied to online content. Full profile.

ePulze; Petaling Jaya, Malaysia — ePulze has created a search engine for monitoring public opinion and sentiment. The service is aimed specifically at advertisers. Full profile.

Faculte; San Bruno, CA — Faculte is launching a product called Broadcast Studio that should make it easier for business professionals who aren’t experts in video to create video broadcasts. Full profile.

Freeddom Tecnologia e Serviços S/A; São Paulo, Brazil — Freeddom says it can allow retail stores, telecommunication companies, and banks to turn consumers’ phones into credit cards. Full profile.

Fuze Box; San Francisco, CA — Fuze Box is launching a web meeting service called Fuze Meeting that it says goes far beyond your standard desktop sharing. Full profile.

Glam Media; Brisbane, CA — Advertising company Glam Media is launching Tinker.com, an application that helps brand advertisers engage with the real-time conversations on social services like Facebook and Twitter. Full profile.

Gogrok Technology Corp.; Alhambra, CA — Gogrok is launching a better way to work with others on documents, which combines real-time co-editing with voice over IP phone calls. Full profile.

Hand Eye Technologies; San Francisco, CA — Hand Eye Technologies has a software platform that allows mobile phones to interact with digital media in a number of ways, such as buying items you see on the television, searching, and voting. Full profile.

Hashwork; New York, NY — Hashwork socializes the communications of an entire company by integrating Twitter into the enterprise. Full profile.

Hevva; Madison, WI — Hevva’s site LocalDirt connects buyers and sellers of locally-grown produce and meat and dairy products. Full profile.

Hewlett-Packard Co.; Cupertino, CA — HP already ships the Halo video conferencing system that displays images on an entire wall and has picture-perfect quality. Now it is introducing SkyRoom, an inexpensive high-definition video conferencing system for smaller groups. Full profile.

I.ndigo; Sao Paulo, Brazil — I.ndigo has developed Dekks, a Twitter-like social app that lets businesses and enterprises develop better internal communications. Employees can use the app to ask questions of the work force and quickly find experts on particular subjects. Full profile.

Intelius; Bellevue, WA — Are you worried that your date might have a criminal record? Intelius’ DateCheck can tell you instantly with a quick background check whether you need to make an excuse and back out as soon as you can. Full profile.

Kryon Systems; Tel Aviv, Israel — Kryon Systems says it has developed a better version of the Microsoft Office Paperclip called LEO or “Learn, Evolve, Operate,” which not only answers questions but actually carries out the tasks needed to resolve them. Full profile.

LeapFILE; Newark, CA — LeapFILE says it has developed a product to ease the pain of anyone who has struggled with business file-sharing, where every team member install a LeapFILE folder on their computer desktop, and its contents are updated in real-time. Full profile.

Liaise; Sunnyvale, CA — Liaise is an Outlook plugin that tries to find to make your inbox more useful. It looks for the action items in your inbox and converts them into a sharable to-do list. Full profile.

Lunchster; San Francisco, CA — You tell Lunchster which people you want to remain close to and where they work. Then Lunchster automatically schedules lunch dates at convenient places for both parties. Full profile.

Micello; Sunnyvale, CA — Micello is launching a new iPhone application that tackles one the last areas still not covered by established mapping applications — the insides of locations like shopping malls, college campuses, and convention centers. Full profile.

MicroAssist; Austin, TX — MicroAssist is launching an e-learning program targeted at preventing sexual misconduct. Full profile.

MoLo Rewards; Sanford, FL — Molo Rewards lets you redeem coupons at the checkout stand with a swipe of your mobile phone. It uses near-field communications technology to transfer electronic coupon data when you hold your phone inches away from a reader. Full profile.

MyOwnRealEstate.com; San Jose, CA — MyOwnRealEstate.com is a service that tenants and landlords log into so they can communicate with each other in real time on rent payments and maintenance requests. Full profile.

MyVocal Holdings; Paris, France — Too many boring channels on the radio? MyVocal hopes to liven up your commute-time listening. You dial a number and can get access to your favorite content, from audio books to podcasts. Full profile.

NativeTung; Los Angeles, CA — NativeTung is a platform that automatically translates web sites and feeds back analytics. Full profile.

Piryx; Austin, TX — Piryx is a commerce platform for non-profits and political organizations. Full profile.

Point of Wealth Systems; Portland, OR — People paid in cash don’t get the financial rewards of using bank accounts or credit cards. Now Point of Wealth Systems will place kiosks at places where people are paid in cash and let them deposit money into accounts which they can use to make payments, invest their money, or handle other transactions. Full profile.

Rseven Mobile; Dublin, CA — If you simply must record your random moments in life for posterity, Rseven has a service for you. It offers phone call recording and geo-tagging for the purpose “lifecaching.” It records and backs up everything on your mobile phone, but also lets you search through it all chronologically to view your past activities. Full profile.

RumbaFish Technologies; Palo Alto, CA — RumbaFish provides an easy way to set up online campaigns involving contests and user-generated content, then update them with a single click. Full profile.

Scientific Media; New York, NY — Scientific Media is launching Dotgo, a tool that makes it easier for anyone from individuals to large corporations to publish content through their mobile devices. Full profile.

Symform; Seattle, WA — Symform lowers the cost of cloud storage by asking its customers to contribute their own local storage. The company gives customers the benefits of cloud storage, such as accessing data from anywhere, in exchange for space on the customers’ hard disk drives. Full profile.

Third Iris Corp.; Campbell, CA — Third Iris has launched a cloud-based video surveillance system that lowers costs and makes it easier to manage security cameras from afar. It uses intelligent tracking to send video only when you request it or it detects suspicious movement. Full profile.

TotalTrainer; Laguna Niguel, CA — TotalTrainer helps you plan your diet and exercise together. Health clubs often keep your focused on your exercise sessions. But TotalTrainer combines both with a support system to keep you on track. Full profile.

Traackr; Boston, MA. Traackr wants to harness the information in social networks, blogs, and Twitter by launching its “A-list” or “Authority List,” which can give you a list of the most influential people online for any given subject Full profile.

TravelTrac; Irvine, CA — TravelTrac lets you create your own online travel magazine. It automatically uploads your photos, videos, and text to a web site. The data is geotagged and chronologically organized so your friends and family can watch your adventures unfold as you’re still traveling. Full profile.

TuneWiki; Milpitas, CA — TuneWiki debuted an updated version of its mobile app for Nokia phones that lets you bring lyrics to your music and browse popular songs from friends and around the world. Full profile.

Tungle Corp.; Montreal, Canada — Tungle offers is a scheduling application that helps users find the best time to meet. It’s launching an iPhone application that you can shake to find the best meeting times. Full profile.

Twirl TV; Los Altos Hills, CA — Twirl TV is launching its browser gateway that “brings the virtual living room to the YouTube on-demand generation via a four-foot social TV experience. Full profile.

VicMan Software; Alexandria, VA — VicMan showed off Pho.to, an online photo editing service. Full profile.

Waze; Ra’anana, Israel — Waze is a mobile driving application that uses crowdsourced data to suggest the best route for your commute. It’s adding voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, as well as new devices. Full profile.

Webroot; Boulder, CO — Webroot is an established security firm that is launching a new way to protect consumers who sign on from multiple computers. Full profile.

Weels Corp.; Milton, MA

WhoDoYouKnowAt; Dallas, TX — WhoDoYouKnowAt is a social networking service for professionals that allows users to share old and new contact information. Full profile.

YiqYaq; Redwood City, CA — YiqYaq is launching an online radio service called RadioWeave, which it says offers new, 21st-century model for listening to the radio. Full profile.

Zorap; Falmouth, ME –Zorap delivers video chat rooms where friends can hang out, chat, and share video or audio. Full profile.

Zuora; Redwood City, CA — Zuora provides online software to help companies manage subscriptions and billing, and no it’s launching a service tailored for newspapers and other news organizations to help them charge for content. Full profile.

And here are the Alpha Pitch companies, which aren’t launching yet, and instead giving sneak previews of their products:

Cardagin Networks; Charlottesville, VA

Diditz; College Park, MD

Dubzer; Pune, India — Dubzer makes it easy for business owners to translate their web content for international audiences.  Full profile.

Enroute Systems Corp.; Bellevue, WA — Enroute Systems is launching an online system that tracks shipments across many vendors, to optimize delivery times and lower costs for businesses.

Gelato Dating; Austin, TX — Gelato is a startup that wants to marry the real-time stream with online dating (not to mention maybe real people). Full profile.

Infochimps; Austin, TX — Infochimps has a repository for the world’s free and commercial data, labeled by content, meaning and source. It lets users sell their commercial data on their own terms. Full profile.

Keen Systems; San Francisco, CA — Keen Systems is a web-to-print service that lets commercial printers take orders online and serve a broader group of customers. Full profile.

Melior Technologies; Austin, TX — Melior created GuruStorms, which helps businesses crowdsource ideas and offers rewards of up to $5,000 for responses from highly specialized experts. Full profile.

Nubli; Sunnyvale, CA — Nubli helps you organize your email inbox, like a good assistant would. Limited profile.

Pinyadda; Boston, MA —

Ringful; Austin, TX — Ringful provides personalized healthcare through your smart phone. Full profile.

Sarithi LocalMart; Manchester, CT

ShareGrove; San Mateo, CA

TrafficTalk; Great Falls, VA — TrafficTalk delivers real-time traffic information to your mobile phone. It reduces driving hazards through audio reports. Full profile.

And here are some other stories from DEMO:

Numenta and Vitamin D want to bring us out of the ‘dark ages’ of web video

Internet spreads sexist tweets faster than ever


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