On June 4, 2013 in Mountain View at Microsoft, SVForum held “Launch: Silicon Valley.” Futurist Ray Kurzweil of Google gave the opening keynote on innovation and the rate of changing technology. Guy Kawasaki of Garage Ventures gave the second keynote on how to create a successful startup. Dr. Mike North of Discovery Channel’s “Prototype This!” gave the closing keynote on his collaboration developing technology and making a difference in the world.
Peter Delevett of the San Jose Mercury News moderated panelists Ryan Caldbeck of CircleUp, Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital, Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures and John Gardener of Nokia Growth Partners. They discussed the future of venture investing.
Kelly Dempski of Accenture Technology Labs spoke about how “Every Business is a Digital Business.”
Arturo Duram of Digital First Media held a fireside chat with previous Launch winning leaders for HearPlanet, Intelen, Kiverdi and SocialIQ Networks.
The afternoon was a series of presentations from startup category ranging from clean tech, life science, mobile to next generation internet. The winners are:
Next Generation Internet 1 category:
Algorithms, predictive analytics algorithms, Mountain View, CA, www.algorithms.com Leverages cloud computing, open source software and proprietary technology delivering predictive analytics as a service.
Next Generation Internet 2 category:
Bugcrowd, crowdsourced bug identification, Santa Clara, CA, www.onebillsoftware.com. Provides crowdsourced security for web and mobile applications, by matching the crowd of bad guys with a crowd of curated good guys.
FLASHiZ, mobile payments, Luxembourg, www.flashiz.com. Provides mobile payment solutions in Europe using both NFC and QR codes for payments in shops, online, paper invoices and peer-to-peer payments.
Life Science category:
WHILL, next generation personal mobility, Menlo Park, CA, http://whill.jp. Designs and creates new generation of personal mobility, sidewalk EV (Electric Vehicle).
Clean Tech category:
E3 Clean Technologies, Nox scrubber technology, Athens, OH, www.e3cleantechnologies.com. Provides devices that cost effectively clean up smog forming NOx emissions in diesel and power plant exhaust and contamination in wastewater while producing clean hydrogen fuel as a free by-product.
OnFarm, farm decision support, Fresno, CA, www.onfarmsystems.com. Integrates agriculture information in a cloud based decision and management system to increase yield and quality while reducing fertilizer, water, labor, and energy.
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