TechCrunch goes Open Coffee: The place (to be on July 1st)

You already know what you’ll be doing in the evening of July 1st. And we all are pretty much excited about that. But while you knew what and when, you didn’t know where! Here are the details: 

  • What? 

In a few words, the greek start-up community meets up with the biggest tech blog on the planet. Techcrunch goes Open Coffee Greece and Mike Butcher, editor of Techcrunch UK, will be among us to feel and share our love and passion for technology and the web. 

  • Where?

We told you, the place will be unique. The whole event will take place at Bocca Beach, the new hotspot of Athens, right by the Alimos sea-side, just next to the well known Ostria cafe. Bocca is 30 minutes from the city centre by car, while it is also reachable by tram (station: kalamaki). 

  • When?

You might want to come early, to enjoy a frappe or cocktails at Bocca or to dive into the sunset. The official part of the evening starts at 20.00 and should be over by 22.00. 

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    • You’ll have half an hour to meet and greet and take your first drink. Then,
    • at 20.30 you will watch the best and brightest of greek web start-ups making their pitch for 5′ each. All presentations will be held in english.
    • afterwards, you’ll have plenty of time to network… till.. well, you know there are no closing hours in Greece, so party away!
  • How? 

Participation is free for everyone, just do us the favour and sign-up for the event either by leaving a comment or by RSVPing on the Facebook / Upcoming event’s page.


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See you all there!

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TechCrunch goes Open Coffee: The sponsors

A very big thank you to our precious sponsors, who helped us bring this event into reality.

Gold

Wadja is a device independent communication platform, offering all its users secure email messaging, free global sms delivery, communication with friends on popular social networks, and a fresh look at the way media content can be managed, viewed, and shared. Wadja is accessible on any PC or mobile web browser, from anywhere in the world. A free communication service that truly goes where you go, keeping you connected to friends, family, and trusted contacts. With its high growth rate and dedicated, fanatic, user base, Wadja has been recognized as a leader in the young and exciting mobile web industry, with millions of users worldwide, in over 200 local communities and 20 language specific interfaces. Wadja pioneers in the mobile web space, bridging the gaps of interface and service features between PC and mobile devices, and since its beta launch, in September 2006, has scooped up quite a few awards as well.

First Elements is a leading consultancy services provider and fund manager with a focus on entrepreneurship development and new venture creationt. FE uses its unique operational model, which includes consultancy services, but also accumulated know-how and an international network of collaborators, to emerge as a key player in SE Mediterranean & MENA region, especially in those sectors that aim to promote and develop entrepreneurship, innovation, competitiveness and technology. FE applies hands-on management methods and is actively involved in the strategic development, operational and financial management of projects and companies under its supervision. In supporting these entities, the FE team immerses itself in their operations retrieving data and acknowledging their “modus operandi” (mode of operation), mapping the environment and establishing their needs. Having successfully done so, FE prepares strategic roadmaps and feasibility studies that will shed light to their future prospects. Finally, business / strategic plans are prepared that are dynamic in nature, as the environment and the factors surrounding the company and its operations are also dynamic; ever changing. FE maintains a strong international network of strategic partners and associates that come from a wide range of fields ranging from academia to consultancy and from financial organizations to NGOs and International Industry Associations.

In an effort to foster local innovation and support the growth of the Greek software economy, Microsoft Hellas recently inaugurated the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in Athens, Greece. With a vision to become an “innovation accelerator” for Greece, the MIC will focus on supporting two main groups: students and start-ups. The support will materialize in the form of tools, offering software to support the creation of innovative applications and solutions, as well as training, offering e-learning on technical and business topics. At the same time, the MIC will act as a gateway between innovators and the vast “social network” of Microsoft itself, offering them unprecedented access to internal resources, Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, local and global organizations, industry experts as well as investors and VCs. Finally, the MIC will use Microsoft’s established, worldwide marketing and PR engine to promote local innovation both within the country as well as globally, ensuring Greece is clearly visible on the world-wide “innovation map”. We’ve seen great potential, passion and talent during our day-to-day activities in Greece and we are here to offer our support in order to help local innovation take off! Please join the initial conversation and give us your feedback and ideas at our “Microsoft Innovation Center Athens” group in Facebook.

Silver

In this contemporary economy of ideas, knowledge and creativity, VC funds should support any promising and innovative business endeavor. The success of any entrepreneurial venture should be founded upon human capital as well as proper use of financing. A firm by using VC funds is bound to exhibit spectacular growth vis-a-vis its competitors. For us in TANEO, VC funding is not just a pure financial injection; is the grass root for building solid and growth enhancing businesses. It is the vehicle for visions to come true and the way to identify and promote the intrinsic values within any business initiative.

Attica Ventures, established in 2003 is currently the most active VC company in Greece in the SMEs sector and manages a €30m fund, namely Zaitech Fund. Attica Ventures has 9 investments, two of which, Mastihashop and Doppler are listed in the ENA Market of ASE since February 2008. Our aim is to invest in SMEs that are in start-up or early development stage. We are mainly focused on cutting-edge sectors, i.e. telecommunications, IT, energy, e-commerce, biotechnology, new materials, logistics, real-estate but also on companies, existing or under establishment, from a broader range of sectors, having competitive advantages through the use of technology and innovation.

Bronze

ACE-Hellas was founded in 1979 and started activating in the area of
IT and software solutions. A series of acquisitions, strategic
partnerships and investments enabled the company to evolve into one of the most rapidly developing providers of high-tech, integrated
solutions with profound knowledge of the market, extensive know-how and excellent financial structure.

Media

Pathfinder.gr is one of the leading portals in Greece since 1997. The site attracts a huge community of users, providing a range of services that cater to most online activities: search engine, blogs, IM, email, content aggregation and more. The list of services provided grows rapidly, as a means to provide an even better experience to users.

 

PC Magazine is the leading technology magazine globaly, in Greece also, beeing No1 regarding sales and readership with 211.000 readers monthly. Its online presence, www.e-pcmag.gr is the most popular Greek technology community providing unique, free online services, including tube.e-pcmag.gr . Also publishes DailyResellersNetwork, a daily newsletter for the Greek IT Distribution Channel.

 

Pegasus Interactive is the New Media arm of Pegasus group, a leading Greek media group, publishing several daily newspapers and magazines and also major stakeholder at Mega TV, the leading Greek tv channel. With 100.000 unique users daily, the Pegasus Interactive network includes sites like ethnos.gr, imerisia.gr, e-go.gr & womenonly.gr, some of the most popular Greek online destinations.

 

Social Media

(a tiny bit of link love back to the weblogs that spread our word; if you don’t see your post included, just mail us)
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Start-up to present at TechCrunch / Open Coffee event: Photo Frame Show

a guest post by Aris Filokostas, Likno Software founder and general manager

Photo Frame Show aims to become the “Flickr for Photo Frames” and not only. Our company, Likno Software, is now investing its gained experience from the development of niche web-related products to create a community-driven service for the largest collection of international photo frames. Additional photo-related designs (albums, etc.) and services are planned for a second stage.

The vision is not to re-create another Flickr. The vision is to develop a niche platform where users can easily find, tag, download, upload and attach frames on their photos for every possible occasion, event or category, for every country/region of the world; all frames selected from the largest repository of designs in various art forms (2d, 3d, pixel art, comic, manga, etc.).

The community-driven aspect lays in both the consuming and producing user involvement. Through easy-to-use software and processes users will not only be able to find, download and use frames for every occasion but also design, upload and release their own frames for the community, through credit mechanisms; eg: students creating their own university-related frames, fans creating frames for their bands, teams, parties, events and so on.

Through web services, users can easily embed E-Cards Services on their websites, particularly targeted to their own interests (eg: baby-related frames only). A demonstration of this being our just released Facebook E-Cards application“Select from loads of frame designs and categories and make your photos come alive; because every captured moment needs its frame!”

Likno Software is a privately-held, self-funded company in Athens, Greece, developing and marketing web-related products to an international customer base.

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Start-up to present at TechCrunch / Open Coffee event: Transifex

A guest post by Dimitris Glezos, Transifex creator and Indifex co-founder

Transifex

19 out of 20 people on this planet speak a native language other than English. This fact is well understood by book authors, bloggers, software developers and webmasters, who all want their content available in many languages in order to have larger user bases.

Transifex is a platform that simplifies the translation of content accessible through the Internet. It helps producers of software, documents or web services to reach out to established localization communities to receive high-quality translations which are then stored directly on the source repository of the product. Professional and volunteer translators are provided with a distributed web service that accepts translation data and forwards it to the right projects. Transifex focuses on ease of use and scalability, and minimizes the maintenance overhead for the translators, the content providers as well as the system administrators.

Transifex is already in production use. Red Hat, Inc. and the Fedora Project rely on it for the internationalization infrastructure of its software with its millions of users. In six months, Transifex served more than 2500 translations to 80 projects from 400 translators speaking 70 languages.

The next steps of Transifex are to embrace more projects and localization communities and to continue working in making it the translation platform for the Web.

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Start-up to present at TechCrunch / Open Coffee event: askmarkets

a (~)guest post by George Tziralis, askmarkets co-founder

Askmarkets UnLtd, founded in 2007 by George Tziralis and Efthimios Mpothos, provides a web service for prediction markets, which consists of a virtual marketplace for information trading. Ok, let me tell you the story instead.

Markets are institutions that are everywhere. From the stock market in New York to the fish market in Tokyo to the flower market in Amsterdam, markets are used for a variety of purposes. But, while stock markets, for example, seem to be so different than betting, or fish and flower markets, in their core all those institutions are essentially the same: Markets bring traders together, they sum up their information and transmit it through prices.

Askmarkets intends to bring this functionality to the masses. We provide a web service with which anyone can create a virtual market or trade on markets created by others. In other words, we provide a tool which can aggregate the opinions and knowledge of the many and dynamically transform these into a meaningful result. Markets arise as the ideal tool to crowdsource cognitive tasks and arrive at consensus results, which are typically proven to be more accurate or correct than the opinions of the few experts.

The service, limited in its global competition, while absolutely unlimited in its potential and uses, is built from the ground up (that is, from the algorithms to the interface) with simplicity and intuitiveness in mind and, while yet in private beta, you’d better get ready for a secret sneak peek during the TC/OC event.

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Start-up to present at TechCrunch / Open Coffee event: Qualia

a guest post by Iason Demiros, Qualia co-founder

Qualia is an on-line media monitoring studio established in Athens in 2004. The company aims to fulfill the market need for media monitoring which in effect translates into searching in audiovisual data that has been recorded from TV and radio broadcasts and in textual data retrieved from the Web. 

Qualia’s media monitoring system, aino, is a witty combination of business, art, computer science, language technology and artificial intelligence. It tells the brief story of a few researchers who set an ambitious technical and business target to create a spin-off company based on sound scientific know-how and a clear vision at the cutting-edge of technology on an international scale.  

At the moment serving the Greek market, Qualia has developed and owns the software system it uses (with a language independent core technology for imminent multilingual applications) to locate, process, store, access, retrieve and present precise and relevant information existing within a TV program, a radio program, a website, a blog or a published hardcopy press article. Clients have nothing more to do than to open a designated website to access the exact information they’ve requested. This is indeed “good to know” as the aino slogan conveys.

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