4 Startups to Follow From 500 Startups Demo Day [Video]

July 19, 2012

5:52 pm

Last night, Tech Cocktail headed to the cruise-ship that is the Zynga headquarters to witness San Francisco’s edition of 500 Startups Demo Day.  Twenty seven startups from around the world (literally, 12 of the 27 are international), showcased the businesses they’ve been refining at the 500 Startups Mountain View headquarters over the last three months.

All aboard.

Of the 27 very impressive startups from this class, I selected four of my favorites, by the standard of services I would actually use or recommend to friends.  I then asked each of the startup founders to present their best 30-second pitch.

1) Twitmusic

Note: Bryan Adams, Canada’s favorite rocker (sorry Chad Kroeger), released his latest single exclusively through Twitmusic.

Website: Twitmusic.com

Twitter: @Twitmusic

2) Bombfell

Note: The Trunk Club competitor called out Brad Feld, Chris Sacca, and Dave McClure as being the perfect customers (i.e. style deprived) during their pitch.  Rather hilarious.

Website: Bombfell.com

Twitter: @Bombfell

3) Umba Box

Note:  Pitched as, “the best of Etsy”, this handmade delivery service boasts a 90% retention rate over the course of this year.  (Disclosure: Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo are advisors to Umba Box. I am not.)

Website: Umbabox.com

Twitter: @Umbabox

4) Sqoot

Note: Sqoot has added a second product since their showcase at the Tech Cocktail San Francisco Mixer.  In addition to their local deals API, Sqoot now aims to be the Klout score that ranks small businesses.

Website: Sqoot.com

Twitter: @Sqoot

Let us know in the comments which of the 27 startups you think show the most promise. 

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When Zach Davis isn’t getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail’s Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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