Launch Pad

Launch Pad

Launch Pad takes place on Thursday, April 2 in the keynote room.

The Opportunity

For 2009, we continue the tradition of showcasing innovative and promising new companies at Web 2.0 Expo. While the definition of a launch has gotten cloudy in this age of public betas, we're looking for new companies or products that make us take notice. And while venture capital has been the focus in past years, the reality of the market is that companies must gain the attention of customers. So our judging panel and criteria this year focus more on what is essential and transformational in today's market than on ability to get funded. Along the way, we're sure the VCs in the crowd will find several startups they'd like to talk to! .

The Approach

  • Entrants do not need to launch their company or a major product/service to qualify.
  • All proposals will be reviewed before Web 2.0 Expo by our panel.
  • The judging panel will be comprised of industry experts who will review Launch Pad companies for their value to their market (consumer, enterprise, etc.).
  • Judges will select about five finalists, each of whom will have five minutes to pitch on stage, in front of the Web 2.0 Expo audience (the largest gathering of the innovators in the Internet industry) and the panel.
  • Each company will receive feedback on its presentation from both the panel and the audience.

Launch Pad Finalists - The Chosen Five

These five companies will be chosen by a panel to present on stage at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, April 2, 2009. Each will have five minutes to present their company or product and will receive real-time feedback from a panel of industry experts and the audience.

80legs provides a web-scale platform for content discovery and analysis. Developers will use 80legs to analyze the Internet at blazing fast speeds (2 billion pages/day on a 50,000-node supercomputer) and very low costs ($2.00 per million pages crawled; $0.03 per CPU-hr). With 80legs, the Internet is yours.

zeaLOG is a place to collect and visualize personal data. Users graph their data alone or in groups, tracking everything from weight and exercise to drinking habits, mileage, movie watching, even sexual activity. Collaborate, compete and measure up. If you can quantify it, you can zeaLOG it.

Created by Nitobi at iPhoneDevCamp 2008, PhoneGap is an open source development framework for building mobile applications with JavaScript. With PhoneGap, you can author apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of native mobile device capabilities like geo-location, camera, vibration and sound. PhoneGap applications run on iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Bantam Networks
Bantam Networks
Bantam allows business teams to create secure social workspaces to share information, track activity, and manage contact and company relationships inside and outside the organization. Status updating, auto-posting, following, notifying, messaging, and profile pointing features weave purposefully into business workflow objects (activities, CRM, events, project management, etc.) for users to become aware and interact with their colleagues and contacts.

DUB gives you a simple, smart way to exchange contact information from your mobile phone. Your contact’s info loads directly into your existing mobile address book and is automatically updated whenever your contact changes their information (phone, email, address, etc.). Create your mobile business card with DUB.

Please contact Natalia Dugandzic for more information on Launch Pad at or 415.947.6709.

  • 3Tera, Inc
  • Ascentium
  • Awareness
  • HiveLive, Inc.
  • ImageSpan
  • Jive Software
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kapow Technologies
  • Keynote Systems
  • LithiumTechnologies
  • Nokia
  • nomee
  • Qtask
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Remy
  • TamTamy
  • Vignette
  • Yola (fka SynthaSite)
  • Znak
  • IBM
  • eBay
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • EffectiveUI
  • Germany Trade & Invest
  • NeuStar
  • ONEsite

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Natalia Dugandzic

Media Sponsor Opportunities

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