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Issue N°64
February 04, 2009
Vator Updates
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We listened to your feedback and released a "thumbs up" button for the "Company updates" micro blogging feature. By following startups in our "Company updates" beta program, you can now receive one customized daily update summary from the companies you care about and let them know you liked it. See an example of the "thumbs up" feature on the Vator profile. Team
Competition Corner
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Recent Competitions
First Place: Recipe Key
Second Place: Tatango
Third Place: Gamepe LLC
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Second Place: appssavvy
Third Place: DialPlus
Featured User
Andrei Dumitru Piftor
Meet Andrei Dumitru Piftor, social media marketing associate for mobile interaction site Nimbuzz. Andrei has been a prolific micro-blogger within the Vator community. By being this active, Nimbuzz now has 257 followers. Way to go, Andrei! Thanks for all of your updates.
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Featured Companies
Buddy Media
Every brand needs a buddy
Aggregating fans
SizeXchange Limited
Online clothing exchange
The Financial 411
Online financial advisor
Featured News
Buddy Media

It seems difficult to believe, but it hasn't been a decade since the establishment of auctioned-based, CPC (cost per click) pricing for search results pages. Prior to this new model, many search companies, including Google tried different forms of monetization, including licensing out search listings. Now the search is underway for a model behind social apps. Is Buddy Media's $1 per subscriber the business model? [read more]

Marissa Mayer

The recent explosion of awareness tools like Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook are without a doubt, changing the way people are interacting and socializing with one another. Bambi Francisco interviewed Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience at Google, on her thoughts about the subject. [read more]

Erik Stuart

ChannelAdvisor, which helps merchants determine where to sell their wares across marketplaces, search engines and shopping sites, is the largest providers of seller tools to eBay's biggest sellers. Some 20% to 30% of the largest merchants using its service. It's a SaaS (software as a service) startup that's raised some $80 million since it began earlier this decade. [read more]

Martin Zwilling

Every new startup I know dreams of being touched by an angel investor. Yet according to the latest data from Angelsoft, only about 1 out of 100 companies who initiate the formal request process actually get funded.The Angelsoft 2008 Deal Funnel indicates is that 75% of the interested companies never make it past the initial screening process. [read more]

Steve Vachani is a site that lets you log into several social networks at once. Currently Power integrates Orkut, MySpace, and Hi5. Earlier this month, Bambi Francisco reported that, Facebook filed a law suit against Power for infringing on Facebook's trademarks and copyrights, and its unauthorized solicitation, use and storage of Facebook's users' login information to gain unauthorized access to Facebook's network. [read more]

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