TechCrunch Pitch! @ FOWA – the Runaround version

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On the final day of FOWA last week I realised that there must be lots of interesting startups and web apps wandering around in the form of delegates – people who didn’t get their moment on stage during the conference . So I Twittered that we’d hold an impromptu TechCrunch Pitch! event outside the MySpace bus at 3pm. Luckily, about 100 people turned up and we had, I think, 8 startups pitch in the end. The reason I’m vague on the number is that I was relying on my audio recording of the pitches to inform this post. But somewhere between then and leaving FOWA (straight after Live Diggnation) my podcast recorder went missing. So until I can get back to the Excel centre later this week, all we have to go on that the pitches happened are the below videos from some kind people. If you were one of the startups who pitched, then please leave a comment so I can get back to you. For those who weren’t there, we decided the winner of Mark Zuckerberg’s FOWA bag would be BookingBug (one of the gaggle of startups Sun Startup Essentials is helping out), via the highly scientific method of getting the crowd to physically line-up behind the startup they liked the most. If I say it was a little like a 1980s kids British kids TV show called Runaround, you’ll know what I mean (see the last video). Meanwhile, the videos…

TechCrunch @ FOWA pitch – Part1

TechCrunch @ FOWA pitch – Part2

TechCrunch Pitch FOWA 2008 from Paul Kane on Vimeo.

  • Nick Donnelly


    Thanks for the pitch thing – good idea.

    Im with Trust Profile (we pitched – public beta live in 2 weeks).

    Hope you can find the audio!

    • Ivan Trajkovic

      Good idea behind Trust Profile. How do you plan to monetize? Do you have an exit strategy?

  • Sam Downie

    the audio of the beginning of the TC Pitch, is coming :) luckily I recorded some of it too..

  • PJ Evans

    Hi Mike,

    I pitched MessageBunker. We are invite-only beta at the moment but would love to open up invitations to TechCrunch UK readers.

    The pitch was great fun. Maybe an idea that could be expanded upon? It led to to some great discussions with like-minded people.

    • Ivan Trajkovic

      Why not use Gmail?

      • PJ Evans

        MessageBunker never, ever deletes your email and creates a ‘Time Machine’-style backup service for any accessible email account (Exchange/Gmail/IMAP/POP3). It provides disaster recovery and regulatory compliance for small businesses as well as an extra copy of every email for users who don’t necessarily want to share their emails with Google or do use Gmail and would like the security of a second copy of the data.

        We were partially inspired by this:

  • Stewart Townsend

    I sadly remember runaround lol….and glad that Glenn won, wait to see the blog postings later, or anyone who know Startup Essentials will know why …

  • James Broad

    Was a great event, i presented a tool to show you your incomings and outgoings broken down in a friendly way.


    • Ivan Trajkovic

      Lovely! Do you have an option of using some Government provided Web Service for the calculations or you have to modify your algorithm on the run (in case that the State changes taxation often…)?

  • Luke Stanley

    roflol. I should have been watching Twitter ;D

  • Nick Donnelly

    by the way:


  • steveballmer

    My, my, that was boring!

  • BookingBug opens it’s doors at FOWA thanks to Sun Startup Essentials « The Bookingbug Blog

    […] The great thing about this is that on the second day we took part in a pitching competion organized by Mike Butcher fron Tech crunch – which we then won ! (  […]

  • Nappy Rash

    Just signed up for a trial of MessageBunker, great idea and can’t wait to start using it. Now I use Carbonite but it uses a lot of bandwidth on the data modem.

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