A quick explanation: I’m working on a fuller write-up about the first TechCrunch Pitch! event in London last night, which will appear on TechCrunch.com. In the meantime, please go and check out the photos and videos kindly recorded by Moblog on our TechCrunch UK account, set up specially for the event. Also check out the Flickr photos from Benjamin Ellis, and Steve Bowbrick and video from World TV (if you have any pictures and video, please email me links when they are online). The short story is that WatZatSong won the pitch prize of an Asus Eee PC by a hair’s breadth, as competition from the rest of the top 5 runners-up was fierce: Weblin, TIOTI, Amazee and Tactile CRM.
Thanks again to all the other startups for pitching: Wigadoo, MyMart, Qajack, Kappa Prime, Notely, Babbel, TagMan, Kazoome, Betaface, Zendesk, Snagsta, Phreadz, Phonefromhere and Moblog. Overall the feedback I got was that people enjoyed the event.
They generally said that they liked the fast pace and the slightly “punk” concept (perhaps the beer handed out during the pitches helped!). Some made the point that pitches tended to be better when they were shorter, so I’ll be working on refining the idea even more. Thanks to everyone for coming and to our sponsors, Iperium Consulting, Heller Ehrman, Sun Microsystems Startup Essentials, Flexiscale, Huddle, Bview.