Under the Radar 2013 Picks 10 Most Innovative New IT Ventures

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-05-28 Print this article Print

Venture capitalists, investors and journalists enjoy the twice-yearly Under the Radar conference showcases. This is because there are always promising startup companies to scout and because organizer Dealmaker Media knows how to do a presentation. There's a lot of competition by entrepreneurs to get into the conference so they can show off their latest ventures. Each of the startups 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. As has been the case for a few years, most of the companies at this spring's Under the Radar event, which was held May 23 in San Francisco, 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 kind—whether from a venture capitalist, an angel investor or another source. Here are brief descriptions of 10 of this year's award winners, which were voted on by the judges and audience members. eWEEK will examine many of these in closer detail in the weeks and months to come.

  • Under the Radar 2013 Picks 10 Most Innovative New IT Ventures

    by Chris Preimesberger
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  • Armor5, Santa Clara, Calif.

    Armor5 is a cloud service provider that's solving the problem of secure mobile access to enterprise data and applications in a new way. The company serves enterprises, cloud solution providers and any organization struggling to secure network access for mobile users. Armor5 offers the only zero-touch, 100 percent cloud service that accesses a client's network, virtualizes enterprise data and applications, and provisions secure and compliant access for every end user using any mobile device.
    2 - Armor5, Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Bitcasa, Mountain View, Calif.

    Bitcasa, a developer of secure storage across all devices, provides infinite storage, streaming access and automatic backup with built-in client-side encryption to ensure privacy. Bitcasa simplifies storage with the Infinite Drive, which works like a magic external hard drive that never crashes or runs out of space.
    3 - Bitcasa, Mountain View, Calif.
  • Catchpoint, New York City

    Catchpoint, founded in September 2008 by former DoubleClick/Google veterans and backed by Battery Ventures, helps companies better understand the performance of their online services so they can ensure a fast, glitch-free online environment to improve user satisfaction, reduce quality management costs and protect revenue. Delivering insight through organized and visualized information, Catchpoint's Web performance and application monitoring tools provide real-time analytics to help IT quickly discover and resolve performance issues.
    4 - Catchpoint, New York City
  • Cloudant, Cambridge, Mass.

    Cloudant provides the world's first globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for loading, storing, analyzing and distributing operational application data for developers of large and fast-growing Web and mobile applications. Cloudant's DBaaS is a managed service that helps developers eliminate the delays, costs and distractions inherent in working with databases and their administrators, while providing scalability, availability and performance. This capability accelerates time-to-market and time-to-innovation because it frees developers from the mechanics of data management so they can focus exclusively on creating great applications.
    5 - Cloudant, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Clustrix, San Francisco

    Clustrix has built a database with no limits: no limits to database size, no limits to table size, no limits to the complexity of queries and no limits to performance. The Clustrix database offers dynamic online scaling, seamless fault tolerance, full relational and transactional capabilities, and MySQL wire-line compatibility in single instance database.
    6 - Clustrix, San Francisco
  • Continuuity, Palo Alto, Calif.

    Continuuity delivers what it claims is the industry's first big data application fabric, fueling the next generation of big data applications by making it fast and easy for any developer to build, deploy, scale and manage such apps. Continuuity offers a unified experience across the entire application lifecycle from development to DevOps. Its prepackaged building blocks with higher-level APIs, datasets, tooling and documentation make creating big data applications fast. The cloud-based Continuuity AppFabric, the first scale-out application server for Hadoop and HBase, is built on top of Hadoop open-source components and shields developers from the complexity of big data and cloud infrastructure.
    7 - Continuuity, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • FeedHenry, Burlington, Mass.

    FeedHenry's mobile application platform enables enterprises to simplify their mobile initiatives and empowers them to engage more effectively with employees, customers and partners through the mobile channel. The cloud-based FeedHenry platform supports app development and integration to back-end systems, and it enables deployment to multiple devices as well as app management and reporting. FeedHenry's approach is to offer an open and flexible mobile application platform that can easily be deployed to different cloud and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments—public, private and hybrid.
    8 - FeedHenry, Burlington, Mass.
  • Happiily, San Francisco

    Having run several experiments to learn more about the frictions that exist around honest conversations within the workplace, Happiily builds tools that facilitate more honest conversations in the workplace. MeetingLess, which Happiily has launched into private beta, is built to make meetings more effective by providing anonymous feedback to participants about the meetings they have attended.
    9 - Happiily, San Francisco
  • MobileSpaces, Washington, D.C.

    MobileSpaces helps enterprises mobilize their applications, govern their data and respect the privacy of their employees. MobileSpaces' BYOD Policy Management solution protects enterprise apps and data against loss and leakage. MobileSpaces' App Virtualization technology secures any app on any device, letting the enterprise choose the apps it needs while allowing employees to choose the devices they want. MobileSpaces is the only solution that allows the enterprise to secure built-in apps, public app store apps and enterprise app store apps with no friction.
    10 - MobileSpaces, Washington, D.C.
  • SiSense, San Francisco

    SiSense is seeking to democratize big data analytics by pioneering a new approach that enables organizations of all sizes to make sense of their business data. SiSense Prism, powered by its Elasticube analytics technology, is designed to deliver performance, agility and value to businesses. SiSense has customers in 48 countries, including global brands such as Target and Merck.
    11 - SiSense, San Francisco

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