Launch @ GROW Startup Profiles: Vancouver's Summify

by Bryce Tarling | Startups

Techvibes is a media sponsor of the upcoming GROW Conference in Vancouver and will be highlighting the 15 Canadian startups that are selected to showcase at the conference's opening reception at Launch @ GROW on August 17th.

Vancouver's Summify is one of the fifteen startups that has been selected and may be one of four chosen to pitch live on stage at the GROW Conference on August 18th.

Summify creates a periodic summary of the most relevant news stories, from all of your social networks, and delivers it by email and on the web.

"Summify distills the social web, boiling down the torrent of daily information from Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader into a summary of the top five or ten most important and relevant stories that day. An easily consumable summary arrives in email or on the web, with mobile coming soon."

Summify uses a refined algorithm that analyzes, among other things, what people you interact with most, what stories your friends are sharing most, and global reaction in social media to important stories worldwide.

Techvibes has been covering Summify since it pivoted into a Social News Reader and rasied a seed round from Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures in August 2010. In March 2011 Summify raised additional capital and launched the latest iteration of its social news reader.

Summify co-founders Mircea Paşoi and Cristian Strat hail from Romania and have resumes that include internships at Google and Microsoft. Instead of taking on jobs at Google and Facebook, the young programmers opted for entrepreneurship and relocated to Vancouver to be part of Bootup Labs (originally named ReadFu).

Techvibes included Paşoi and Strat on our Digital Media People to Watch in BC list for 2011 and they haven't disappointed.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Summify is a "social news reader" that helps you consume your river of news in minutes, rather than hours. People are increasingly getting their news mainly from the social networks they're part of, but this is rapidly getting overwhelming. If you're connected with a few hundred people and companies it's hard to stay on top of the news they share. There's currently no way to get the important... more

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Bryce Tarling

Bryce Tarling

Bryce is currently studying in the Douglas College Print Futures Program in pursuit of a career in writing and editing. He has worked as an English teacher both in the Lower Mainland and in Japan. He has also served brief stints in the restaurant industry. In his free time he enjoys photography, consuming media in the form of books, film, and music, and finding delectable places for trying... more

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