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The next big things

The next big things

At a September conference in San Francisco, the technology and Web 2.0 blog, TechCrunch ( showcased 50 promising technology start-ups — all looking for investors or in early stages of getting funding. Like TechCrunch40 in 2007, last month’s TechCrunch50 was another opportunity for innovative start-ups to sell their concepts to potential investors. It was also a chance for geeks to get a glimpse of what could be the next big tech brand or idea. We picked our 10 favourite ideas, besides Atmosphir, from the conference:

# Angstro

If you have a large online social network, professional or personal, it can be a challenge to keep track of what’s happening with who. Angstro pulls together news and information updates about all the elements in your social network in a single place.

# DotSpots

Have an opinion about a news story? Want to add your own perspective? DotSpots lets you overlay your own edits to online news stories with text, photos and blogs. Publishers get to tap into outside perspectives and bloggers get their inputs heard.

# OtherInbox

With so many online services to sign up for, users either get their primary inboxes overwhelmed with email—and eventually spam—or are forced to create and maintain several email ids. OtherInbox lets you create email ids on the fly so that you can sign up for any number of online services without fear of exposing your inbox to the cruel online world.

# OpenTrace

A comprehensive database of product materials and their environmental load. So, when you want to buy a product, you can compare between brands on the environmental impact of every element that went into the manufacturing of the product.

# Yammer

Twitter for organizations! Yammer, the top rated product at this year’s conference, lets employees within an organization share dynamic updates on their activities. Much of that incessant email chatter within teams can now be offloaded to Yammer.

# Emerginvest

Pull financial information on stock markets, funds and individual shares together on this comprehensive finance portal. Perfect for investors looking for a simple, easy-to- understand and manipulate site with focus on emerging markets

# Fitbit

A tiny device keeps constant track of your physical activity, even while sleeping, and then uploads it wirelessly to an online profile when it comes in proximity to a docking port. Lets users analyse their fitness levels, sleep adequacy and exercise intensity.

# Dropbox

Extremely easy-to-use file management system that synchronizes folders across multiple computers and an online repository. The Dropbox app runs quietly in the background, updating files across locations as you make changes to them.

# Swype

From the people behind the T9 predictive text input on your cellphones, Swype is a revolutionary way to input text on touch-screen devices. Run your fingertip over a touch keypad — no tapping involved — and the app automatically predicts the words you are trying to input.

# Grockit

And finally, a massive multi-player online game that — wait for it — helps you get better SAT scores! Grockit brings together multiple test-takers to play each other in contests that improve learning.

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