TMCnet Feature
September 09, 2011

Five Early-Stage Companies Selected to Pitch at StartupCamp4 in Austin

Norwalk, CT, September 8, 2011: Five early-stage companies have been selected for coveted presentation slots at next week’s StartupCamp4: Comms Edition, collocated with ITEXPO (News - Alert) West, taking place September 13-15, at the Austin Convention Center, in Austin, Texas. StartupCamp is produced by Embrase Business Consulting,in partnership withTMC, a leading global media company.

The fourth installment of StartupCamp for communications companies is a fast-paced, “ready, set, pitch” event that gives early-stage entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their communications innovations to an audience of industry leaders, media and investors. A panel of experts along with the live audience will actively provide feedback, and help choose a winner of the night.

The companies’ chosen range widely in their offerings, evidence of how rapidly the communications sector is changing:

  • brings voice and video communication to a new level, by simplifying the way we start and perform calls. By bringing telephony in the browser enables a whole set of new use cases including one time disposable calls, one click conference calls and much more.
  • netBlazr is a radically different fixed Broadband Internet access provider where participants help build the infrastructure -- think Skype for Broadband. Our unique business model, cloud-based software platform and novel combination of metropolitan fiber with point-to-point wireless links enables us to do an end run on the phone company, the cable company, the FCC and Congress.
  • Radish offers ChoiceView™ to allow smart mobile callers to instantly see and hear information delivered during a call with a ChoiceView-equipped business, thereby transforming hated interactive voice response (IVR) systems into visual IVRs.
  • Flash Valet is a mobile solution that enables valet parking customers to use their mobile phone to request their vehicle, pay, earn rewards and more and valet parking operators to streamline their business. Customers can text, call an IVR or use an app to interact with valet attendants, while valets use a mobile app to handle requests and manage the operation. 
  • Spindows is video-speed networking for the enterprise that allows you to quickly and efficiently meet relevant colleagues in your large organization. Skype is high value, low serendipity. Chatroulette is high serendipity but low value. Spindows is high-value, high serendipity.
  • StartupCamp kicks off with an open reception at 4 pm, sponsored by RackSpace Hosting and hookflash, followed by a keynote presentation by Bob Metcalfe. Metcalfe, now an Austin local and Professor, co-invented Ethernet and founded 3Com. With Voice over IP such a significant backdrop to ITEXPO, Metcalfe brings enormous context and experiences to the event. View the StartupCamp4: Comms Edition Agenda in its entirety.

StartupCamp4 is supported by returning sponsors Rackspace Hosting (News - Alert), open tok™ by tokbox, Skype and Twilio. New sponsors this year include hookflash, Starview Solutions and Speek.

StartupCamp co-founder Larry Lisser said that once again a wide variety of startups jockeyed to receive the presentation slots. “The diversity and sheer number of ideas being commercialized in our arena never ceases to surprise me; this year may be the best crop yet” he said.

Registration for ITEXPO is now open, your ITEXPO Registration allows you access into StartupCamp. If you are interested in sponsoring StartupCamp, contact TMC’s (News - Alert) Joe Fabiano at 203-852-6800 x132. Media inquiries should be directed to Todd Keefe at For Immediate Release PR. 

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EMBRASE is a boutique consulting firm that provides positioning, corporate development and go-to-market services to companies in communications sector. With its extensive expertise and knowledge in emerging communication and telephony markets, Embrase has assisted a cross-section of communications solution and service providers in closing funding, entering new markets and growing revenues.

Embrase Contact :

Larry Lisser (News - Alert)
Embrase Business Consulting

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person, and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, NGN and InfoTECH Spotlight magazines. TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world’s leading B2B communications event., which is read by two million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries.  In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: 4G Wireless Evolution; Smart Grid Summit; M2M Evolution; Cloud Communications Expo; SIP Tutorial; VIPeering; Business Video Expo; Regulatory 2.0 Workshop, HTML5 Summit—A DevCon5 Event; CVx; Asterisk World; StartupCamp; MSPAlliance MSPWorld and more.  Visit TMC Events for a complete listing and further information.

TMC Contact
For Immediate Release PR
Todd Keefe (News - Alert)
617-262-1968 x 101

Edited by Rich Steeves
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