We all love Google maps for helping us get from one place to another on the road. But what happens when we’re inside a large building such as a stadium and we’re looking for a particular restaurant or souvenir shop? That’s where Micello comes in. This application supports user-generated maps of large public places that will eventually help you find a public restroom no matter where you are.
Company: Piryx, Inc.
Think of Piryx as sort of a PayPal for politics. It essentially lets users send contributions to political candidates, action committees and non-profit groups. DEMO praises the Piryx platform for bringing “smart payment processing technology to the $300+ billion non-profit sector.”
Company: Answers Corp.
Answers Corp, which already maintains the popular WikiAnswers, is launching this new Web site as a way to provide “one-stop answers about anything, combining the world’s best licensed and user-generated content.” The site will incorporate similar features to WikiAnswers, where users ask questions and rely upon a team of open-source writers and editors to answer them. DEMO says that the new site’s strength is that it integrates “the depth of ReferenceAnswers with the breadth of WikiAnswers.”
Company: Symform, Inc.
Product: Symform Cooperative Storage Cloud
This is new approach to cloud storage that Symform describes as a “storage potluck.” When users sign up for the Cooperative Storage Cloud, they can get as much storage space as they want within the cloud as long as they contribute an equal amount of storage space on their own premises for Symform to use as storage for other customers. As Kevin Brown, the vice president of sales and marketing for Symform, explains it, the customer “contributes what they consume.” So for example, Brown says that a customer “can contribute from an internal drive or some external drive, e.g., a $100 USB drive, and backup an unlimited amount.” This cooperative approach to storage makes Symform’s cloud storage cheaper than other kinds of cloud storage.