September 16, 2011

4 Israeli startups that made waves at TechCrunch Disrupt

Blonde 2.0 on TechCrunch Disrupt from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaIt has become something of a tradition for me to interview my Socialmedia.biz partner Ayelet Noff, aka Israel’s Blonde 2.0, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, which ended Wednesday.

This year Ayelet headed up the communications and social media for four Israeli startups, which were fairly representative of the fledgling Web 2.0-style companies that showcased at the seminal tech conference in San Francisco:

Tonara: This was one of my favorite discoveries: an iPad application for musicians that provides interactive sheet music. Tonara will show you where you are on your sheet music, and it will flip the pages for you. As Ayelet notes, until now, sheet music hasn’t changed much since Mozart’s time. As the pièce de résistance, on Monday they brought in a string quartet with ex-Facebook honcho Randi Zuckerberg as lead singer. (Who knew that Randi can warble like an angel?)

uTest: Looking for someone to kick the tires of your new website or app? uTest uses crowdsoruced testing for usability testing, loading testing — “anything, anywhere, in any circumstance” testing, says Ayelet.

Farmigo: One of the more ambitious efforts, Farmigo is an effort to create a global network that lets consumers find and purchase locally grown, fresh produce.

TapTank: Use your social networks to achieve goals and build relationships in real life. Sign up for early access to the online service.

Watch, download or embed the 6-minute video on Vimeo

A production note: At 3 am, I gave up on trying to correct the white balance, which went kablooey about 3 minutes into the 6-minute interview. The Color Correction filter in Final Cut Express just flat-out refused to work after a dozen attempts. So I opted for timeliness rather than high production values.

October 13, 2009

Meaningo explores the next generation of search

Ayelet Noff

meaningo-325px2-300x108In today’s world where we have an option of which search engine to use, we find ourselves perplexed regarding the question: Is Google the best that search can be? Even for those of us who consider ourselves to be Web savvy, finding the right search term can often be tricky. And once we get the search results, we must screen through an abundance of information in order to find one or two truly desired results.

To understand a little more about the world of search, let’s go through our time machine, and check back on how search started. Continue reading