I have already weighed in on my top picks from the Launch conference ( , ), but I was also part of the conference's Grand Jury panel that picked the winners from the show in categories more standard than mine. The full rundown follows.
Also at this conference, more than a million dollars of prize money was committed to investing in these startups, with, again, Space Monkey being the big winner. My favorite Demo Pit company, Scoot Networks, also made off with $50,000, and That's Suspicious Behavior nabbed a much-needed seed round.
Launch is a great startup conference. If you're able to make it next year, I highly recommend it.
1.0 Company winnersThese were companies that have never been seen before:
Best Overall: Space Monkey
I was delighted, and not at all surprised, so see this new grid storage company take the top spot. (Read .)
Best Design: MinBox
Fantastic new e-mail client. Coming soon, and not a moment too soon, either.
Best Business Model: AppStack
Builds mobile apps, and advertising campaigns, in a snap given just a business' phone number
Best Technology: Captricity
Turns a sea of paper forms into electronic data records.
Diamond in the Rough: Copper
Very interesting micropayment platform for "tipping" content providers. Secret sauce: the technology figures out who the content owner is and how to pay them.
Best Presentation: That's Suspicious Behavior
A smartphone app version of the neighborhood watch, with the benefit that other people can see what's being reported. Makes it easier for neighbors to spot potential crime patterns early.
2.0 Company winnersThese were new products from companies that we've heard from previously:
Best Overall: AllTuition
A Web app for discovering what aid programs are available for the colleges you want to apply to. It also helps with the paperwork. Should save a lot of parents and students a lot of headache.
Best Design: Wanderfly
Updated version of the social trip planner. Just a mature, beautiful, and dialed-in interface for dealing with a complex task.
Best Technology: YouEye
Webcam-based tool for doing gaze tracking as well as emotion assessment when a subject is using an application or watching a video.
Best Presentation: Vocre
Near-real-time translation app for smartphone video calls.
Best Business Model: License123
From DocStoc, a single place to find out which licenses you need--and then get the PDFs of them--when opening a small business in any city. Another big headache solver.
And a little moreFinally, of the more than 100 "Demo Pit" (non-presenting) companies, one got an award:
Best Demo Pit company: Scoot
It's a ZipCar for electric scooters. Google guy Don Dodge says, "I've looked at the numbers. This is a great business."
I sat through every single on-stage Launch pitch and filed quick impressions on all of them. Check out the Tweets to relive the moments.