GoodGuide, Inc. Announced as Web 2.0 Summit's Launch Pad Winner
Six Companies Unveil Tools from the Web to Address Change
Nov 7, 2008
TechWeb and O'Reilly Media, Inc., co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit, today announced the "Best in Show" winner of Launch Pad, a unique public forum designed to uncover the most promising Web startups. GoodGuide, Inc. was chosen as the audience's top choice for best pitch presentation via a real-time SMS voting system, provided by Mozes, on Thursday, November 6 during Web 2.0 Summit at the Palace Hotel.
The theme for this fourth edition of Launch Pad was Web Meets World. Each company selected to participate in the Launch Pad program exemplifies how to use the Web as a platform to connect the Web's culture with the real world and address the world's need for change. Six companies participated in the Launch Pad competition and prepared an on-stage presentation for audience members and judges, who then cast their vote in real-time. Participating companies include: Carbonetworks Corporation, GoodGuide, Inc., EveryScape, Inc., Predictify, Inc., Qik, and Sungevity.
GoodGuide, Inc. strives to provide the world's largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental and social impacts of products and companies. Good Guide offers ratings on over 65,000 products commonly found in your home, making it quick and easy to find safe and healthy products that are right for you and good for the planet.
"We're incredibly excited to be launching at Web 2.0 Summit where the focus of Web Meets World is exactly what we're doing," said Dara O'Rourke, CEO of GoodGuide, Inc. "The congregation of thought leaders who voted for us and their commitment to this year's theme, evidences that little startups like ours can truly change the world."
"It was a particularly difficult Launch Pad competition this year, with over 150 submissions from around the world. Six esteemed Bay Area venture capitalists reviewed applications and narrowed down their selection in five intense rounds," said John Battelle, Web 2.0 Summit Program Chair. "Each company has really demonstrated how they are working to improve the complex problems facing our world and outside industries. We'll be watching GoodGuide, Inc., as we anticipate great success and continued innovation from them."
The Launch Pad event is sponsored by Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), Omidyar Network and Panorama Capital. VC judges include: Chris Albinson, Erik Straser, Mike Goguen, Patrick Chung, Todor Tashev, and Vinod Khosla. In conjunction with the Web Meets World theme of this years Web 2.0 Summit event, Launch Pad focused on startups in the fields of alternative energies, social entrepreneurialism, microfinance, developing economies, political action, renewable technologies, and other innovative areas. For more information visit: www.web2summit.com.
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