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LeWeb – Startup Competition Finalists: Cloudsplit, Stribe, Tiger. So the Le Web Startup Competition is over for another year.
Instead of sitting on the sidelines reporting the event, as I was last year, this year TechCrunch Europe was asked to co-organize it with Le Web. So, with together with Loic Le Meur, Ben Metcalfe and Geraldine Le Meur we filtered down the hundreds of applicants to the final 16. Although we didn’t concentrate exclusively on it, it was nice to fit in startups that were broadly releated to the realtime theme.
Stribe. (Update: December 10, 2009: Stribe won top honors at this week's Le Web in Paris) It all started with sports.
After running a semi-marathon a few years ago, Kamel Zeroual wanted to keep in touch with the community that had been created at the event. But there was nothing online, not even a Facebook page. “We said ‘OK, it’s a pity. LeWeb: Stribe’s plug and play social networks – with a differenc. [FRANCE/US] Stribe is a plug and play service to instantly create a social network on any website — not unlike competitors Ning, socialthing and meebo.
LeWeb: Cost-control for cloud computing from CloudSplit. [IRELAND] CloudSplit, a real-time analytics tool working towards private beta, helps businesses understand where their cloud computing costs are going and hopefully saves them from the shock of a massive bill when the PUT and GET requests come thick and fast.
This is pretty exciting stuff, when you consider that Amazon itself doesn’t have a solution like this for its own customers. Watch the CloudSplit pitch at 00:01:05. Cloud Split (CloudSplit) TIGERLILY. Apostol Apostolov: If I had money to put into...