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10 European Startups To Watch in 2011

10 European Startups To Watch in 2011
When you hear Silicon Valley discuss the European startup scene it’s often negatively. Some say that the investors aren’t brave enough, some say the entrepreneurs aren’t bold enough. Whether there’s any truth in these accusations or not, the fact is that there are startups across Europe that are brimming with original ideas and creativity. Following on from our 10 Exciting European Startups from 2010, here are 10 startups to look out for in 2011. Pearltrees Visitors to the LeWeb conference last month couldn’t have failed to spot Pearltrees. Pearltrees makes organising groups of links to content incredibly easy. Recent additions to the service include real-time group collaboration and a touch-screen based interface which will be ported to the iPad soon. Planely The idea behind Planely is a certainly niche one, but the Danish startup could well be onto something that frequent air travellers will love. Geomium LikeOurselves Storific Datasift SuperMarmite Viewdle Screach Shutl

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New online storytelling tools: Curating/collaborating with Pearltrees Pearltrees could be an interesting take on curated and collaborative storytelling. I discovered the site via Mo Krochmal, who hade made a paella tree using the Flash tool, and I liked the idea so much I wanted to try it out. Basically, Pearltrees allows users to collaborate on just about anything that exists online. Word Lens More Than Pays for Two Years of Bootstrapping With Its Impressive Launch It was an app two years in the making, but a blowout week more than made up for the time and money Otavio Good spent bootstrapping Word Lens — the first arguably useful augmented reality experience. Almost perfectly fit for Arthur Clarke’s famous saying that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” Word Lens is a translation app. If you open it up on your iPhone and hold it up to any sign in Spanish, it automatically translates it, replacing the foreign words in the viewfinder with English. But besides its magical demo, the impressive thing about the company is that Good and his partner built the optical character recognition and translation technology from scratch.

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