TechCrunch 50 - Who was the top Canadian startup?

by Rob Lewis

TechCrunch 50 is in the books and San Mateo's RedBeacon picked up the $50,000 top prize yesterday. 

RedBeacon is a new service making its public debut today at TechCrunch50 that further streamlines this process by bringing the OpenTable model of online transactions to much broader spectrum of services.

Using the site will be easy for anyone who has used a local review service like Yelp. Simply type whatever service you’re looking for (be it plumber, gardener, or hair stylist), and the site will present a list of recommended service providers in your area. RedBeacon also employees natural language processing so it can figure out exactly what you’re looking for (for example, “Cupcake maker” would search for any bakers in the area). The site will then present a list of profiles for each match, featuring reviews and comments from other users, basic information like their hours, and star reviews imported from Yelp.

TechCrunch also recognized Threadsy, AnyClip, and CitySourced as the three runners up and gave the best international award to Trollim.

So, how did our three Canadian startups fare against the competiton? You be the judge.

Story Something - TC50 Story Something Maximizes Story Time for Time Starved parents


Radiusly - TC50 Radiusly aims to put Twitter in a more professional setting


Thoora - TC50 Thoora Brings the Days News Cycle into Clouds of Content


Based solely on the buzz around their presentation (blog comments and retweets on TechCrunch), Story Something seems to be the run away leader with 54 comments and 97 retweets in comparsion to Thoora with 1 comment and 53 retweets and Radiusly with 7 comments and 61 retweets.

Of the three Canadian startups that made it onstage, who do you think is going to make it BIG someday?

Story Something
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Story Something is going to be the world's biggest and best community for children's stories - but with a twist. It's designed for busy parents of children aged 3-8. Parents, like us, who love their children 10x more than the time they have to spend with them. Story Something is looking to fill the following positions. more

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Coming soon... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thoora helps people discover What the World is Talking About by delivering the news that is attracting the most interest and reaction – making it easy for people to filter through the noise to find the content that offers the most value, insight and perspective. Thoora’s real-time algorithm takes a unique approach to delivering news by focusing on the stories that everyone’s talking about,... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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