TechCrunch’s Disrupt convention in NYC this week has showcased a log of really cool new companies. Here are 9 of our favorites from the expo in no particular order:
You have an antivirus software that monitors your computer, why wouldn’t you have something monitoring your credit cards for ‘spam’? It’s simple, input your credit card information and Bill Guard will scan your card for, “hidden charges, billing errors, forgotten subscriptions, scams and fraud, and alerts you via email when your attention is required”. If it can save you money, I can see people going crazy over this one.
Rexly claims to connect you with the music that moves you the most. They do this by making you select six of your friends who you trust and then aggregation that information. This way, instead of getting a ton of new music recommendations on your news feed like you do on Twitter or Facebook, you only get recommendations from the people that matter to you. Don’t worry though, the list is private so no one will know that you don’t like their musical taste!
Do@ is changing the way that you search on a mobile device. When you make a query it doesn’t return with a lot of links, it returns with a list of apps and your results within that app. For instance, if you searched for a movie in Do@ it wouldn’t return with the links to those pages, it would return with results from web-optimized versions of flickster, imdb, and fandango (though the list of apps would change based on your preferences). See the video below for more information on this cool product.
What Square does is simple: it allows you to accept credit cards from your smart phone. Though this company has been around for a little bit, I put them on the list because they just recently announced that you will soon be able to make purchases with your name. You will, in essence, be able to open up tabs with your Square account! A couple of weeks ago if your friend owed you money and didn’t have cash you could just say, “That’s OK I accept credit cards as well.” Now you can just say, “I’ll put it on your tab” and actually do so.
Luckily I got my invitation to join Weotta (say it out loud) yesterday and was happy by how easy it was to navigate and how simple it was to get recommendations for things to do. You just pick what type of crowd your going with (date, business, solo, etc.) and what the vibe is (hip, casual, classy, etc.) and BOOM! Weotta tells you what’s going on near you (or at least right now in New York City or San Francisco) as well as a ton of advanced search settings so you can customize exactly what you’re looking for. Can’t wait for the next version of Weotta when they include Syracuse, NY!
Spenz is a cool application that lets you track what you spend without being as intrusive as a company like Mint.com (for instance, Spenz will never ask for you bank account number). Track what you spend by inputting the information in a Twitter-like fashion and then Spenz will track what you’ve spent and where you’ve spent it. If it seems like you’re a little heavy in one department it will even compare what you spend on certain things to what your friends do, so hopefully you can break out of your bad spending habits.
What if the person sitting next to you at the movies last night knew your college roomate? Or what about if the cute girl standing in the line at Dunkin with you shares your enthusiasm for Charles Bukowski? With Sonar you are able to see the connections that you have with people that you might not be able to connect with otherwise. I think that this is a great use of a location based app and think that this one will take off.
Instead of texting twenty people when you touch down in Chicago, wouldn’t it be nice if your phone automatically let those people know? That’s what Arrived does: when you get to a specified location it automatically lets those who need to know that you arrived. Another cool take on the location-based application.
I like to think of this as a ‘reverse-ebay’. You only get a certain number of ‘peeqs’, and each time you use one on a product it enables you to see the price of that product. It also reduces the price by a certain percentage. The more people that ‘peeq’ the lower the price, but the lower the price the more likely people are to buy. Very interesting concept, now I just want to see some men’s clothes.
We hope that all of these startups are successful and think that they all have a lot of potential, best of luck!