The Launch Festival is held once a year and is widely considered one of the best places to get your startup company off the ground. This year the festival housed 40 different companies on the main stage alone and gave each one the chance to win awards in categories like Best Design, Best Technology, and Best Overall. Not only will the winners of these competitions get the recognition they deserve, but they will also be seen and approached by investors who can really help them get their product off the ground. Past winners have been companies such as Dropbox, which won in 2008 and raised $257 million dollars, and Yammer which was sold to Microsoft back in 2007.
This year’s festival has seen some amazing products and as it wraps up we begin to patiently await the announcements of this year’s winners. In the meantime, here are just a few of the highlights from the festival.
This is a startup company based out of New York who has created an app that will allow the user to view the analytics of their business on an easy to use platform. When talking about Tycoon, Monica Pereira said, “Tycoon is a newsfeed for your business. We make marketing data simpler to understand, so that teams can focus on what ac tually matters, share insights and ask questions in context.”
Bebo was created in 2005 as a social media network and rose to greatness in the United Kingdom even overtaking Myspace in popularity. Soon after their success Bebo was sold to AOL for $850 million dollars with the expectation of continued success by AOL. This however was not the case and Bebo slowly began to suffer giving its creators, Michael and Xochi Birch the opportunity to buy it back for a fraction of what they sold it for.
Bebo has now been re-launched and is being showed at Launch with a new video app named Blab. Blab is said to be similar to a walkie talkie app that allows its users to easily send videos back and forth to all of their friends.
Described as “the first search engine startup