Entrepreneurs have their say in bid to secure funding

The venture capitalists need firms with interesting ideas that might make money and the White Bull conference wheeled them out in front of the audience to make their presentations, and fast this afternoon. Here’s a few of the firms that are looking for those extra dollar to transform them into gazillionaires. And to help the investors realise their dreams of billions, no doubt.

Q-Go is in the business of online customer care and website experiences suck, said the CEO,  Marcel Smit. Bad online experiences mean people give up or move to competitors. Companies have started realising this. He said that nine out of 10 answers Q-Go gives are relevant to questions a customer asks, said Smit.  It’s delivered in many different languages and available on ATMs.  Q-Go provides online feedback, contextual banners and the like. Visa, Air France, Lufthansa, ING, ABN-Amro, Deutsche Telekom and other large corporations are using Q-Go. Smit claimed the semantic and natural language search algorithms make it very advanced.  Its average deal size is between $100K and $700K – it’s targeting WCM, CRM, Knowledge Base, Analytics, Speech, Search and Portals.

Dominik Matyka from Plista said his company offers ad formats to publishers and advertisers and self-service white label ad booking platforms for publishers. Publishers can integrate the ads through a Java widget, supplies a video ad in a widget, picture ads – which give one line of Javascript code. It also ofers classified sites. Publishers get the service for free.

Hey, it’s sunny in Sitges today after striking thunderstorms last night when we watched the lightning hitting the sea.

View of Sitges from the Dolce (c) Mike Magee 2010

Mark Pors, from WatchMouse, monitors web sites 24×7 from 50 locations worldwide and gives information about performance, uptime and functionality. Slow websites lose readers and downtime is even worse.  It offers custom reporting, an API, and public status pages. Customers include Twitter, ING and Symantec. It is self funded and has over 600 paying customers, said Pors.

Kjell Fischer, for Apprupt has two investors, Deutsche Telekom and Nehaus Partners. It’s based in Hamburg and the UK. Central app stores don’t reach their users because there’s so much of it. Apprupt gives contextual app listings, segmented into application areas.  The company wants to make it a recommendation rather than an advert. It has over 50 partners including magazines, businesses, gaming sites and gaming.

Philipp Spangenberg from Baimos we saw earlier today. The product is BlueID – a digital set of keys for the mobile phone. BlueID allows you to open doors using a mobile phone. It’s used to unlock data centres with a key costing 29 euro cents, the key expiring immediately after use. Its revenues in Germany are around eight million euro a year. It’s signing deals with car manufacturers. It has apps for Blackberry, iPhone, Android and other phones.  It has filed several patents and it’s useful for Bluetooth and GSM. Partners include Microsoft, Siemens, ELV and Knurr in vertical markets.

Aito Technologies
is an analytics company from Finland. Data collected is too difficult to analyse and there aren’t enough automated tools. It provides tools to handle and monetise data and to provide automated findings. Customers include Elisa,TDC and Blyk as well as Muxim, a  Muslim site with 10s of millions of page views. The software can collect data, analyse, search, click, refine, drill down and then produce automated actions. It estimates it will break even by the end of this year. It’s looking for a B round of financing.