OnDemand 2013: 10 Most Promising IT Startups That Emerged at the Show
Tony Perkins, founder of AlwaysOn Network as well as Red Herring and Upside magazines, knows how to put on a good IT conference. His AlwaysOn and OnDemand events, held at various locations around the United States, can be counted on to attract thought leaders and smart entrepreneurs. The OnDemand 2013 conference, held May 20 and 21 at Hewlett-Packard's refashioned Executive Business Center on the main campus in Palo Alto, Calif., drew a packed house, as relatively new startup companies were selected to talk about their ideas to venture capitalists and potential customers. This two-day event treated attendees to a high-level debate and discourse on top trends and opportunities in the software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud, on-demand and mobile enterprise sectors. AlwaysOn editors select the OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies and identify the Power Players in On-Demand Computing—the investors, corporate buyers and dealmakers championing the on-demand and cloud entrepreneurs. This slide show spotlights 10 of the most promising companies showcased in this year's OnDemand summit.
OnDemand 2013: 10 Most Promising IT Startups That Emerged at the Showby Chris Preimesberger
Taulia, San FranciscoTaulia helps buying organizations become more profitable through automating and maximizing supplier discounts. The company works to give suppliers the ability to get paid faster in exchange for early payment discounts, to inject vital liquidity at a fraction of the cost of alternative short-term loans and to give suppliers visibility into the invoice process. CEO: Bertram Meyer.
Sprinklr, New York CitySprinklr provides a cloud service platform for social media management. The platform is designed to help global companies engage across multiple divisions, countries, accounts and channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, Slideshare and blogs. Features include the ability to assign and track workflow and content management; audience management tools, such as influence and engagement scoring; custom profile properties and tagging. CEO: Ragy Thomas
Badgeville, Redwood City, Calif.Badgeville has a platform as a service (PaaS) designed to connect user reputation across all of an enterprise's digital touch points. Badgeville claims to be the only gamification platform that can surface this portable reputation across every user experience a company owns, including Website, mobile applications, communities, CRM systems and support desk programs. Its cloud connectors and ISV programs enable integration into dozens of top enterprise and social applications. President and CEO: Ken Comée
Insidesales.com, Provo, UtahInsidesales.com provides software, training and consulting solutions for organizations that want to transform the productivity and professionalism of their sales teams. The company's flagship PowerDialer has been proven to double agent productivity while prospecting, and its counterpart, the PowerDialer for Salesforce, is the only cross-platform, cross-browser dialing solution integrated directly into the world's leading CRM. Chairman and CEO: David Elkington
B2B CFO, Los AngelesPeoplealong with just about everything else in the IT worldare being virtualized. Now you can subscribe to a cloud service that gets you the chief financial officer function. It's not a robot; it's a group of experienced former CFOs who work remotely but just as hard as a CFO in your office. Everything is handled through the cloud. This could be a good service for startup companies. CEO: Jerry L. Mills
Evolve IP, Wayne, Pa.Evolve IP virtualizes desktops, servers, call centers and phone systems. Its OneCloud platform integrates world-class IT from EMC, VMware, Cisco and Broadsoft with Evolve IP’s proprietary OSSmosis cloud-management system. Evolve IP’s nationwide data centers are geographically redundant, active-active and SSAE 16 SOC II/III compliant with N+1 network connectivity to provide complete survivability. Chairman and CEO: Thomas J Gravina
Mocana, San FranciscoMocana controls application security in non-corporate mobile devices and simplifies wide-scale deployments by securing apps automatically. The company's Mobile Application Protection app-shielding software is designed to cure the complexities of mobile management and free developers from tedious, costly security-coding projects. Chairman and CEO: Adrian Turner
Cvent, McLean, Va.Cvent provides online software for event management, Web surveys and email marketing, as well as a global event venue directory with more than 150,000 venues. Customers in more than 100 countries use Cvent software to plan events, find venues, manage membership data, create mobile apps, send surveys and develop strategic meetings management programs. CEO: Reggie Aggarwal
Whoknows, Mountain View, Calif.Whoknows automatically solves the problem of accurate expertise discovery and knowledge retention. The Whoknows engine was built after several years of extensive R&D, and the company continues to enhance its proprietary algorithm, currently having the highest accuracy rate in the industry. CEO: Toufic Saliba.
Engajer, Mountain View, Calif.Engajer is an online platform that communicates complex and rich content in a personal, easily digestible way. By displaying short bite-sized video bursts in an interactive manner, viewers "choose their own adventure" to quickly zero in on the content that interests them most. Engajer tracks viewers' identities, interests and all of their clicks for analysis inside a robust analytics dashboard that also funnels data to leading CRM packages. CEO: Michael Castellano