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TechCrunch Meet-Up at August Capital is Tonight

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So today’s the big day for our second-annual TechCrunch meet-up at August Capital.

The Guest List is here – it is now full, and we wish we had more space to accommodate all the ticket requests. We’re planning additional events this year and hope you can join us next time. Due to the size of the guest list, we will be checking individual IDs for entry into the party.

Time: 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Location: 2480 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park (for directions delivered directly to your cell phone, dial “DIR-ECT-IONS” or 347-328-4667 courtesey of Dial Directions, a meet-up sponsor)
Flickr Tag: Please Tag photos “TechCrunchAugust2007″

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the great things awaiting you at the meet-up:

  • Plenty of food and drink. Thank you to Stormhoek for sharing their wine and to PerkettPR for their margarita stand :-)
  • SideStep will hold a drawing for a $1000 American Airlines award and the much coveted iPhone
  • Ooma will be giving away several next-generation telephony devices for its P2P VOIP service ($400 retail value each)
  • Jaman will host a movie corner, complete with popcorn
  • Gaping Void’s Hugh Macleod has hand-signed lithographs for each guest to take home

If you want to check on the meet-up remotely, visit TechCrunch channel on Kyte.tv and real-time photo uploads courtesy of Zenfolio. Podtech and Ustream
will be there too helping to provide coverage of the evening’s festivities.

We’ll be hosting over 20 start-up demos on the deck. Profile Builder will launch at tomorrow evening’s event and a number of sponsors are setting up cool ways for you to interact with their technology and services directly at the party.

Thank you to our event sponsors who are making tomorrow evening’s event possible. Please take a few minutes to learn about each of our sponsors in advance of tomorrow’s event. Special promotions are listed below. Also, thank you to Pandora for supplying awesome music, Wallhogs for cool signage at each of our demo stations and to EventBrite for flawlessly managing our ticketing process. We’re very grateful for your support.

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Product Launch Sponsors:

DOmedia: Connects the buying and selling of alternative and unique media inventory. People, places, things…you name it. DOmedia’s online marketplace and community connect asset owners and advertisers in the most efficient way possible. The community provides a vehicle to promote creative ideas, facilitate industry discussion and identify best practices. The marketplace provides transparency in value, monetization to assets and visibility into available inventory. Through the site, advertisers are able to find relevant options they may never have known existed or were too difficult to coordinate across multiple locations. Asset owners can use the site as a virtual sales force, reaching out to a broader audience than they have been able to reach to date.

Profile Builder: Online identities can be created, managed and consolidated with Profil.es, a breakthrough web product that gives individuals a centralized platform to manage and enhance their online presence. Users can customize their Profil.es and control visibility and access, while tracking in-depth statistics on performance and activity. A unique Profil.es icon can easily be added to emails, blogs, websites and anywhere HTML code can be placed – including sites such as eBay, MySpace, Facebook and Match.com. Currently in beta, Profil.es was created by Profile Builder, a company that develops products to enhance your online identity. Profile Builder will be launching at the TechCrunch meet-up.

Real Time Matrix: “the matching company” will launch their new iJ.am Vortex builder at the Meetup. Got a clock that tells the weather? Who cares? The next evolution of the widget is the Vortex. Profitable, Useful, and Viral. The Vortex uses the power of the Web to bypass the clutter of the Web, matching fresh content directly to interested users, and marketers directly to an audience dedicated to their product category. See the Vortexes we have created for TechCrunch, the DC United Major League Soccer and FaceAids. Want youw own Vortex? Contact us and the first 20 TechCrunch readers will get their own at the Meetup:

Product Sponsors:

PeerMe: Turbo charge your mobile communications! It’s mobile browser-based IM works on any Internet connected cell phone ― IM with your Yahoo, AOL, and MSN buddies. Also includes a Java version with one-click photo upload, Voice Bombs. See the exclusive beta launch of Video conferencing at Tech Crunch Meetup (see Droplet description nearby)! Integrate our API and distribute your mobile apps. Windows Mobile 5 and desktop versions available.

Droplet Technology: Powerful new embedded video software platform that enables high quality video capture, playback, sharing, and networking, on any PC or cell phone, without dedicated and expensive video processors. Together with leading VoIP service providers, mobile operators, and Internet portals, Droplet is enabling video to overtake audio and text as the predominant communication and interaction mode in telecommunications and social networking.

JumpBox: Packages web applications into a simple downloadable unit, opening a new realm of opportunity for server software developers. JumpBox takes away the complexity of installation and management allowing web applications to be distributed for use on a user’s internal network without requiring deep technical knowledge. Check out the JumpBox Marketplace for a list of available applications.

Genius.com: Recognized as “invaluable” by PC Magazine and lauded in the Wall Street Journal, Genius.com’s SalesGenius® instantly and easily turns corporate websites into interactive marketplaces where reps can immediately track individual site visits to qualify and then serve prospective customers through personalized Web greetings and instant live chat sessions, all without IT involvement.

coComment: Discover and enable great conversations anywhere on the Web. It provides users with comment tracking, management and sharing technologies. coComment is the window into all online conversations and the place where users can share, contribute, consume and enrich. For integrating partners, we enable a seamless way of powering, filtering, and encouraging conversations around their content. The company recently launched coComment v2.0.

LongJump: Online application catalog and community-driven marketplace for SMBs and teams within large companies to better manage people, information and processes. LongJump’s catalog of highly customizable applications provides users with enterprise-level functionality enabling them to securely exchange information and collaborate with colleagues, workgroups and partners, far more efficiently. TechCrunch readers can sign up for a private beta.

Wikiyou: WikiYou is the unauthorized biography of every person on earth. People content is presented in the form of biographies and stories. WikiYou allows anyone to add a bio, and all bios can be freely edited by the WikiYou community.

Jaman.com: Online film community and global media network that is revolutionizing the way people consume and share media. Jaman provides a secure way to distribute and market films worldwide and delivers high def movies to Macs, PCs or home entertainment systems via a sleek, device-independent player. Register here and get 4 free movie rentals.

Kyte.tv: Share your experiences as the star, director and producer of your own TV channel, wherever you are and however you want. Broadcast on a website, blog, social network or mobile phone and chat live with your audience. See and share pictures and video from the TechCrunch Meetup here.

Zenfolio: Creates the best online viewing experience for your hosted photos. Galleries are displayed with uncompromising quality featuring a selection of elegant page designs and intuitive, easy to use organizational tools. Zenfolio provides photographers with the best user experience in the industry including flexible access options and a shopping cart supporting several print labs. Official photographers and photo Web site for the TechCrunch Meetup.

Dial Directions: Turn your cellphone into a free GPS! Dial Directions is a free, new, first-of-its-kind, voice-activated service that provides driving directions to all cell phone users. Just dial the number “DIR-ECT-IONS” (347-328-4667), say your start and end locations – any street address, intersection or chain store. Directions instantly arrive via text message! Try it out for directions to the TechCrunch Meetup! 1) Dial DIR-ECT-IONS, which is 347-328-4667. 2) Say “TechCrunch Party” when you hear the question “Are you calling for directions or store locations?” 3) Provide your start address or intersection. 4) Receive driving directions via text message.

Ooma: Bringing VoIP to the masses. The evolution of telecom bridges the gap between traditional home telephone service and the new and still evolving VoIP technology. Free your dial tone.

AdaptiveBlue: Develops personalization technologies that leverage semantics and attention. The BlueOrganizer browser extension and SmartLinks products are helping users get to the relevant information faster by offering contextual and personalized shortcuts.

Wishpot: Free, personal and social shopping service that makes it easy and fun to save, share, review and discover interesting products from any store or website. Items are managed with simple online lists that can be kept private or shared with others. Learn how Wishpot works.

CollegeWikis: The ultimate information source for students. In its first 3 months, more than 10% of enrolled undergrads at many schools have registered. It’s a new, more viral wiki paradigm – in short, it combines wikipedia with Yahoo! Answers. To see exactly how it works, check out a 1-minute intro here and its award-winning Facebook application here.

PerkettPR: Provides results-based communications solutions for emerging and established technology leaders. We deliver creative and effective PR campaigns for global clients at every stage of growth. Our exclusively senior-level team has the foresight and strategic experience to stay ahead of rapidly evolving markets – ensuring our clients consistently reach their business goals.

Mashery: Get on-demand business and technology infrastructure for web services providers. Services include API access security, throttling, business rules enforcement, metrics, reporting and community management.

VelvetPuffin: Integrates all the elements of social networking – video, photos, blogs, IM, SMS, and polling – and lets you view, create and share your content instantly and seamlessly. Import all your IM buddies from Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, GTalk, MySpaceIM, and ICQ to create a private community of friends, (even if they are not yet VelvetPuffin members). View and select your favorite videos and photos from YouTube, Metacafe, Google Video and Flickr instantly. You don’t need to launch a browser and you can do it from your mobile phone or computer. The new release of the VelvetPuffin QuickLaunch feature gives users the option of accessing VelvetPuffin without a download.

AdBrite: Use AdBrite to manage ALL your ad networks (AdSense, etc.). Choose “Reserve Pricing” on step 5 of publisher signup, and AdBrite guarantees to always show the network that earns you the most money.

SideStep: Leading travel search company that delivers the most comprehensive selection of travel choices at the best prices to more than 6 million consumers each month. SideStep searches more than 200 sites and provides relevant information regarding travel products from more than 600 airlines, 170,000 hotels and 30,000 car rental sites worldwide to ensure consumers find a solid deal.

Event Sponsors:

Kiptronic: Patent-pending technology service for rich media content publishers. Kiptronic provides dynamic, targeted ad insertion for video and audio files downloaded to disconnected devices such as mobile phones, iPods and laptops. Major media publishers and independent content producers no longer have to manually insert ads into their content ― Kiptronic does it on-the-fly!

Azureus, Inc. / Vuze: An open platform that enables users to search and discover digital entertainment and allows independent and commercial media producers to connect directly with their audience. Azureus has licensing deals with several major networks, and its premium and free content is viewed by a growing worldwide community of millions.


Visible Path
: The social networking tool for people who mean business. Through a simple Outlook plug-in, Visible Path helps busy professionals quantify the quality of their relationships to determine who they know and how well they know them, while maintaining best-in-class privacy protections.

Phonezoo: Helps people create custom ringtones and send them to their phone for free. This easy-to-use service enables users to turn their audio content into personalized ringtones, and builds a community where people can create, discuss and share user-generated content for mobile devices.

King.com / MyGame: Create, share and profit from casual games. Upload your games to MyGame and share them with your friends. Brought to you by King.com, the world’s largest skill games community.

Pandora: A personalized radio service, available anytime and anywhere on the PC, in the home and on mobile devices. Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project, the most thorough analysis of popular music ever undertaken. Each song in this massive collection is analyzed by one of more than 50 trained musicians, and assessed against up to 400 distinct musical attributes.

Riviera Partners: Revolutionary search firm combining the best assets of large, boutique and solo providers to deliver search work for venture-backed technology companies.

Yapta: Travelers use Yapta to “tag” online flight itineraries offered at leading U.S. airline websites or online travel agents and to alert them by email if the price drops.

Event Beneficiary
100% of the proceeds from the TechCrunch meet-up tickets are being donated to Kipp Bayiew Academy, a public charter school in south-east San Francisco. The donation will be used to help supply new computer equipment at the school. Learn more about Kipps Bayview here.

Want to see who’s coming?
See our guest list here.

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