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Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Tune in today for the live stream from TechCrunch Moscow, our third annual event in the Russian capital. Today is Demo Day, where we will see 44 companies pitch in one afternoon. Tomorrow will feature a plethora of speakers both from the Russian and from international markets.
Co-organized by Digital October, Kite Ventures and AOL Tech Media, and backed by numerous partners, the third TechCrunch Moscow will tomorrow feature some of the world’s leading technology entrepreneurs, including Brent Hoberman, founder of Lastminute.com and Mydeco.com, Lukasz Gadowski, founder of Team Europe, Dmitry Stavisky, VP of Evernote, Arkady Volozh, co-founder and CEO of Yandex, Christian Saller, Managing Director of Kayak Europe and many other leading names.
TechCrunch Moscow will be held at the first Russian private tech incubator, Digital October, located in the historical manufacturing building Krasny Oktyabr. For history buffs, this building was part of the “Red October” building (Красный Октябрь in Russian) named after the Russian Revolution. Pretty appropriate for revolutionary entrepreneurs, right? There’s a dedicated Twitter feed and Facebook page and we use the hashtag #TCMoscow.
In 2010 and 2011, TechCrunch Moscow only featured early startups as participants of the Startup Battle. This year, we are dedicating the full day of December 9 to demos and pitches. Winners of the Demo Day will be invited to take part in the Startup Battle on the main stage of TechCrunch Moscow 2012, on December 10.
To meet the requirements of an exhibition participant, the startup has to be less than 3 years old, having raised no more than $3M investment, able to demonstrate at least a demo version of the product, and working in the field of IT (Internet, Mobile).
In addition to the Startup Alley, on December 10th selected startups will be able to announce important releases of new products or upgrades.
Here is a quick run-down of the startups as they describe themselves:
4Fingers is a mobile social network for your personal ratings of places and events. Use swipe gestures to rate restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, hotels, shops, sights, museums, movies, shows, concerts and other moments of your life. Use ratings made by your friends and expert tastemakers to discover new awesome places and events and avoid disappointing ones.
The fastest, easiest way to directly sell premium ads. AdEasy is a turnkey solution and a toolkit for publishers to power up direct advertisement sales. In three easy steps and in less than five minutes advertisers interactively create beautiful ads, choose display options and pay for their order — you set the price and approve which banners are published.
Antikvarus introduces the main tool for collectors in today’s fast-moving world with dynamic antiques and art markets and the growing interest for investments in eternal values that are out of touch of turbulent economy.
App in the Air is an iPhone app that helps you fly smarter with everything you need to make the most of your flight experience. Know where to find the best food in the airport and how to connect to free wireless internet. Learn the best ways to spend free time and find the
best coffee. Don’t be late with online check-in and keep your friends and family updated by sharing your flight status.
The service is aimed at people`s desire to make profit. Identification and motivation of large scale e-commerce target audiences. An instant access to the social groups with common features for more effective implementation of users` commercial, business and everyday life initiatives.
Leading Russian personal finance management solution with over 75k users. Our mission is to help out clients control their cash flows and plan their financial future. The service has been integrated with major consumer banks (including Alfa Bank, Russian Standard Bank, VTB24, Citibank, Bank24.ru). At TechCrunch Moscow 2012 EasyFinance will introduce its unique smart reports and graphics.
Innovative social marketplace for tours and activities. Travellers and locals alike can connect with private guides and tour companies all over the world to find, personalize, book and pay for their individual experiences and activities. Excursiopedia is the easiest way for local providers to increase the demand for their offers and showcase them to an audience of millions!
Hello World is a dynamic medium for communication and sharing. You can get the latest news from locations or people, restaurants and boutique offers, useful contacts and much more.
Hello World gives you access to all the interesting events happening nearby.
InFlow is an iPhone app that helps you to better understand yourself and your ever-changing mood, keeping your friendships healthy and happy along the way. Even though we know what makes us feel good, we tend to spend our time doing absolutely different things.
Labbler is a new music network for both professionals and fans alike.
It is a community where professionals can look for new business opportunities, browse potential partners, find out what’s fresh and new in the industry, get in touch with other key industry players and run their business within one network.
Labbler allows fans to keep track of their favourite artists, clubs, media and
promoters, keep abreast of the news, new music and events.
Octopod offers a powerful tool that helps developers and startups simplify and speed up mobile app building and integration. This is an enterprise-level solution already proven by European clients and available for any mobile developer in the world for free. Unlike the competition, Octopod makes native mobile apps. With Octopod you can develop your App once and deploy it on all mobile platforms.
Podarkov combines gift-giving with targeted marketing, social metrics and mobile apps. If you want to give a gift to someone, Podarkov will determine how valuable they are to Podarkov merchants and give recommendations. You might get a $20 gift card and give it your friend, at no cost to you. Merchant gets a good potential customer for a very reasonable expense of only $20. Smart merchants collect data on who’s connecting with whom along the way.
Runfaces is a video platform that allows you to find friends with common interests.
The company develops strategically in two directions:
1) Web site and mobile application (iOS, Android) – matching interests social video platform (video chat, video recording, social networks sharing, new friends search), and
2) Widget integration for partner web sites (video chat, video comments, public video conferences) – simple and easy way to make any web site interactive.
RuTuner is a new media environment that employs the entire potential of telephone calls and connects cell phone users into one social network on the principles of targeted communications and confidentiality.
Mobile tickets app where you can find & buy tickets to the best show & concerts in Moscow.
And soon: cinema, sport events, theaters and museums!
Just couple touches in your iPhone, and mobile ticket is in your pocket.
Crowdfinancing platform that allows you to be both an entrepreneur and an investor. You can finance startups with micro-investments, getting in return lots of benefits ranging from potential revenues to practical experience of being in business. We allow to not only donate money, but exchange financing for a share in equity.
Start-Up Market is a crowdsourcing platform to fund Russian startups by foreign and Russian investors.
The platform provides an opportunity to make oneself known among relevant VC audience. Dozens of projects have already received funding from $100k to $2.5M with the Start-Up Market. This is a real platform to support Russian startups by international audience.
A cloud office, including html5-based online document editors, collaboration tools for project and document management, crm system and email-aggregator.
Teamlab new version will be released at Techcrunch Moscow, on the 10th of December.
Start collecting comic strips in Brussels, fall in love with port in Porto, fly in a balloon over the “Valley of Love” in Cappadocia, have a battle of flowers in St Helier, or choose any other experience, which exists in the world and turn them into a real trip with Travolver – that’s the best way to travel.
Social travel-planning discovery platform. Trego.travel combines unique content based on real travel experience, social connections, booking engine, trip planner and becomes a start-point for every independent traveler. In addition trego.travel is a marketplace for local travel-friendly services.
Uploadcare allows developers of web services and mobile applications receive files from users quickly and easily. UC handles uploading, storage and processing files, storing them on Amazon S3 cloud servers and serving via CloudFlare CDN. Uploadcare resembles Dropbox in its simplicity and usability, but it is made for developers.
Zingaya enables voice calls through any computer, right from a webpage. No download or phone is required. Simply embed a “Call” button into your website. All you need is a website; all your visitors need is a browser and microphone. It’s that easy.