The Boston edition of Jason Calacanis’ Open Angel Forum is taking place next week in Boston and we have the six startups that will be pitching investors come June 18. Calacanis established the Open Angel Forum (OAF) recently to provide entrepreneurs and startups with free and open access to angel investors. OAF has held sessions in LA, New York, Silicon Valley and Boulder.
Below are the six startup finalists:
Textaurant’s web-based waiting list management technology allows restaurant patrons to get stuff done nearby while they wait for a table. Textaurant will alert people on a restaurant’s wait list via a text message when a table is ready.
Keenkong, which debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt a few weeks ago, helps manage the social media overload for marketers. Keenkong semantically segments the conversations taking place on Facebook and Twitter by topic (what), by intentions (why), by network size and more.
Zazuba is an appointment booking service that allows consumers to view appointment availability at local businesses in realtime.
Venalytica develops an SaaS product, Consumer Preference Analytics, that gives retailers greater insight into the way consumers find and purchase products online and in stores. The product allows consumers to indicate the strength of their preferences for product or service features resulting in a ranked list of choices on a retail or consumer research website.
Tasted Menu aims to provide a centralized, structured destination addressing two of the most pressing questions regularly faced by diners: “What’s good to eat here?” and “Where do I find the best…?”
Hello Vino’s mobile apps give consumers custom wine recommendations on the go. Since June of 2009, the app has made over 5 million recommendations.
keenkong delivers intentions and topics from social media conversations to make them actionable. keenkong’s INTENT processing engine is designed to extract why people are talking to you, what are they talking about, who they are and it GROUPS messages accordingly. Through its proprietary language analysis engine, keenkong automatically identifies & groups conversations according to the WHY, WHAT and WHO - hoping to make conversations clear & easy to respond to.
Wait Online - Not in Line! Textaurant is changing the way patrons wait - and restaurants fill seats - by allowing customers to wait online, not in line. Patrons can see wait times from any computer or mobile smartphone and can join the queue from anywhere, and restaurant hosts use a web-based waiting list that allows them to contact patrons via text or voice message when their table is almost ready. Textaurant restaurants lose fewer patrons because of long waits,...
Zazuba is a centralized portal where businesses can take and customers can make appointments free of charge. Users can search for businesses based on appointment type, price or prior reviews. Reviews can only be submitted after a user has completed a confirmed appointment. Appointments can be made via an iPhone or Android application. Zazuba also has a robust open API that allows anyone to enable their site or mobile app to instantly book appointments.