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TechCrunch50 highlights mobile, text input tools

TechCrunch50 highlights mobile, text input tools

Startups detail their newfangled products and concepts at conference

Devunity touted its cloud-based collaborative coding platform for developers, uniting programmers from around the world. "With just a few clicks, they can start developing with you," said Alon Carmel, CEO at Devunity.

"You don't have to mess with versioning. You can see what everybody's doing in real time," Carmel said.

Other technologies covered on Tuesday were in the collaborative and finance and statistics spaces. Sometimes, panelists offered sharp rebukes, such as Cuban's assessment of ImindI, which proposed a service to help like-minded thinkers connect on the Web. The service features a thought engine and artificial intelligence. The monetization plan involves rich contextual advertising.

"Maybe I'm missing something, but that just sounded like the biggest bunch of b******* I've ever heard in my life," Cuban said.

"I don't get what the return is for making the investment in time" to use the application, Cuban said. IMindi CEO Adam Lindemann defended the project as seeking to connect information to thoughts.

Panelists gave a thumbs-up to iCharts, which provides a platform for online charting.

"I think it's a very interesting idea, maybe because I spend too many hours slaving over Excel," said panelist Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital.

"Anytime you can make something simple and easy, you've got a winner," said panelist Don Dodge, of Microsoft.

"ICharts is your YouTube for interactive charts," said Seymour Duncker, CEO of iCharts.

Also presenting Tuesday was Tingz, which offers tools and services to gather Web content and distribute it to digital devices and social networks. Cross-platform, shareable widgets are featured. Applications are enabled such as browsing of movie listings.

Another presenter, Emerginvest, analyzes emerging financial markets with its application. And products for managing e-mail were shown both on Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday, the TechCrunch crowd heard from Joshua Baer, CEO of OtherInbox, which provides a service intended as a cure for e-mail overload. The platform offers a free e-mail account that organizes newsletters, social networking updates, coupons, and receipts from online purchases. Users can find the most interesting items and ignore the rest.

OtherInbox helps e-commerce vendors send more targeted, relevant e-mails, Baer said.

Tuesday's e-mail technology presentation featured Postbox, a desktop e-mail application geared to help users spend less time managing e-mail. Cataloging everything in e-mail from text to Web links and pictures, Postbox provides a searchable platform and displays messages by topic.

Postbox connects to content from any e-mail account, said Sherman Dickman, a founder of Postbox.


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