Social Media and Web 2.0 Companies a Hit at Fusion

Posted by Victoria Revay

Panel is back after a delicious lunch of sandwiches and dessert. Up now is the Web 2.0 and Social Media presenters. A number of familiar faces are going on stage and here are the summaries of all the pitches:

Arcalife: Paul Taylor, CEO

Paul presented his destination online site called Arcalife. It's one place to preserve family history and archive it. It's a secure way to share your "rich family content in a lasting digital estate." Services three markets: scrap-booking, social media and family history. Highlights of products include a family tree, family history and time line and capsule feature. The scrap booking option puts all these elements together. The services are all well-monetized and they now have 12,000 live members.

Muutu: Ashish Anand, CEO

Muutu is a real time search engine. Almost 60% of search is for local content and 4 out of the 5 search people do is vertical search, they're also doing this to make a purchases. Muutu has localized and focused search, aggregates and organizes information and all this is done in real time. Another Vancouver-based success story!

My Wedding Match: Angel Pui, CEO

My Wedding Match is the ultimate wedding marketplace. Angel has a history in the wedding market so she decided to mix that experience with her entrepreneurial spirit. She wowed the panel by her confident and educated presentation. What makes her site different from others? She offers relevance and a focused-search for brides. She helps brides find exactly what they are looking for. Although there are visitor costs (she is using humans to make sure the vendors arewhat she wants) her visitor costs are still low. Old brides will be able to sell their old wedding dresses etc , while connecting with new brides. She has a Facebook App and does online advertising, as well as utilizing offline marketing.

EveryStockPhoto: Jonathan Yapp, CEO

Vancouver-based everystockphoto is a free stock media photo site. Currently, it's free media that is license specific. Jonathan says they index the material in a source and license specific ways, like searching Flickr for Creative Commons. They aggregate content from them web and make it easily searchable and available from the consumer to professionals. They have 5 millions photos under 14 licenses and have about 60,000 people to sign up.

Wantsa: David Strebinger, CEO

Wantsa monetizes social media platforms by delivering what their members want. It's a viral search and advertising application.

The Wantsa Engine is an application found within social networks that lets you and your friends exchange recommendations on trusted businesses, services and organizations. In return, you enjoy exclusive discounts and incentives from a valuable network of recommended companies.

You can find Wantsa on Facebook now.

 

Company:
Vibrant Software
Website:
http://www.vibrant-software.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vibrant Software is a full service web development agency located in downtown Vancouver. Vibrant specializes in building social networks, ecommerce platforms, digital asset management solutions, streaming media and search. Vibrant typically develops custom web applications for clients, as well as developing proprietary products, such as everystockphoto.com. Vibrant uses mostly php, mysql, jquery, linux and apache... more

Company:
arcalife
Website:
http://www.arcalife.com
Location:
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Memories fade & moments are forgotten. arcalife is a unique community where you can bring together your life experiences, events, stories, family tree, family history or genealogy research, all in one place. Share the most important emotional gift of all with current & future generations of your family - a rich & engaging living history of your feelings, adventures, memories, views on life, & likes or dislikes.... more

Company:
Muutu
Website:
http://www.muutu.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Muutu is a new search engine for finding ALL local classified ads in one place. It offers the simplicity and elegance of Google with the marketplace tools of eBay. Muutu is currently in closed beta. You can request a beta invite at muutu.com and try it for yourself. more

Company:
Wantsa
Website:
http://www.wantsa.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

We are a private company owned and operated by social entrepreneurs who are focused on positively impacting the world through partnerships and delivering strong triple bottom line results. Wantsa is currently held by a small number of founding partners, key executives, and initial funding partners. We envision a world where businesses, causes and consumers are united in creating abundance for all. Our mission is... more

Company:
Weddingful
Website:
http://www.weddingful.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Started in September 2009, by Angel Pui in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Weddingful is a Social Community with thousands of local brides, grooms and vendors that provides the easiest Wedding planning experience. From Wedding Photographers and Cakes to Venues and Live Music, Weddingful connects tens of thousands of couples and Wedding service professionals across Canada and the US. With the most detailed and relevant... more


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Victoria Revay

Victoria Revay

Like many, freelance journalist, Victoria Revay is ambitious and adventurous by nature.  Since leaving television news, Victoria has worked for Nowpublic.com, she has been published in Western Living Magazine, Blackbook Magazine’s Jet Set Travel Guide, Western Living Condo and Travelmuse.com, and she’s hosted an online entertainment show. She recently returned from her travels, blogging across... more



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