Cloud Computing: Cloud Startups Prevail at Under the Radar Conference
Best in Show: Judges
Dealmaker Media's twice-yearly Under the Radar conference showcases some promising startup companies, and there's a lot of competition by entrepreneurs to get into it so they can show off their latest ventures. DM's spring event was held April 26 at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, Calif. Each of the 32 companies selected gets six minutes on stage with the all-important PowerPoint, SlideRocket or video presentation to try to impress a group of skeptical venture capitalists looking for companies with good ideas and at least the potential for good execution. The theme this time was "Consumerization of IT," reflecting the surging trend of bringing consumer devices and cloud services into enterprises. Most of the companies showed cloud-service-related products. Chances are good that if a company is a finalist to present at UTR, it will receive funding of some kindwhether from a venture capitalist, an angel investor or other source. These are companiescarefully selected by Dealmaker Media founder Debbie Landa and her teamthat are likely to be serious IT influencers in the months and years to come. Following are short descriptions of 10 of this year's award-winners, as voted on by the judges and audience members. eWEEK will examine many of these in closer detail in the weeks and months to come.