SOURCE: Twiistup

December 17, 2008 12:21 ET

Twiistup 5 Announces the Top 10 Start-Ups to Watch at Southern California's Hottest Tech Event

Tech Community Comes Together to Celebrate the Best New Companies

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - Twiistup, Southern California's premier technology and media event attracting the creative elite, unveils the 10 companies selected to carry the honor of being appointed to Twiistup's esteemed showcase of "Showoffs." On February 12, 2009, the Showoffs will demonstrate their products and services to an audience of more than 1,000 of Southern California's most prominent business members.

Twiistup's panel reviewed more than 100 companies, the majority early-stage start-ups, all vying for the opportunity to hold one of ten coveted Showoff spots at Twiistup 5. Known as an event for spotting great talent early, past Twiistup Showoff's include (1) Good Reads, named by Time magazine as a Top Ten Web site; (2) Goowey Media which AOL went on to acquire; and (3) Mint.com, that later won first place at TechCrunch40.

"Showoff finalists consistently represent the most innovative companies spanning the technology industry. Building off of our previous success and Los Angeles' start-up energy, Twiistup 5 has emerged as the premier event bridging the gap between media, entertainment and the investment community," said Twiistup Founder Mike Macadaan. "In looking at the massive growth and recognition Twiistup receives at each event, it's no surprise that this is seen as the definitive event to attend in Southern California if you're interested in being on the cutting edge of what's new and upcoming."

All Showoffs are eligible to win two awards to be announced before midnight on February 12: the prestigious "Fan Favorite," selected by popular vote and the Judges Choice, a new category.

Judges include blogger and author Sarah Lacy; BillShrink CEO Peter Pham; Somewhat Frank founder and editor Frank Gruber; Devlyn Steele, CEO of Twiistup 4 Showoff winner ToolsToLife.com; digital media pioneer and investor Richard Wolpert; Jackie Peters, co-founder of Heavybag Media; Mixergy.com founder Andrew Warner; Brian Solis, publisher of two top Technorati blogs, PR 2.0 and bub.blicio.us and Citrusbyte founder Will Jessup.

The selected finalists are (in alphabetical order):

1. Causecast
www.causecast.org
Santa Monica, CA
Causecast, dubbed "a one stop philanthropy shop" by TechCrunch, is a
platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and
education converge to serve a greater purpose.

2. Cogi
www.cogi.com
Santa Barbara, CA
Cogi set out with a simple goal -- give professionals a way to effortlessly
recall and track everything in their important conversations through the
use of an intuitive, browser-based service that seamlessly transcribes the
important parts of conversation -- the 'COGent Ideas' or Cogi.

3. eHow
www.ehow.com
Bellevue, WA
More than 17 million people visit eHow.com each month to search more than
180,000 articles that are professionally written with clear and concise
directions on how to do things. It also has a rapidly-growing library of
articles created by eHow's members.

4. FixYa
www.fixya.com
San Mateo, CA
FixYa empowers individuals to repair and improve upon their already-
purchased possessions. The company also offers business services to
manufacturers and retail businesses through its custom partnership
opportunities.

5. GoGreenSolar.com
www.gogreensolar.com
Los Angeles, CA
GoGreenSolar.com is a global group of professionals dedicated to improve
the distribution of renewable energy products, services and financing for
people everywhere.

6. Meebo
www.meebo.com
Mountain View, CA
Meebo is a new communications and media company that's re-writing the way
people have conversations and communicate on the Web.

7. RoboDynamics
www.robodynamics.com
Santa Monica, CA
RoboDynamics is built by passionate people who want to use technology to
shift the status quo and leverage state-of-the-art technology in robotics
to change the way people live and work.

8. TheScene
www.thescene.com
Venice, CA
The Scene connects individuals to the hottest places, people and events in
their area. The Scene's trendsetting community is on the pulse of nightlife
and entertainment in various cities throughout the world.

9. Viewdle
www.viewdle.com
Santa Monica, CA
Viewdle is a facial-recognition powered digital media platform for
indexing, searching and monetizing video assets.

10. Yammer
www.yammer.com
West Hollywood, CA
Yammer is a tool for making companies and organizations more productive
through the exchange of short frequent answers to one simple question:
'What are you working on?'

Twiistup 5 will be held at Private Hangar West in the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, Calif., at 7:00pm on February 12, 2009. Tickets are on sale now at www.twiistup.com/getin.

Twiistup 5 sponsors include bub.blicio.us, Chi.mp, CyberCoders, Heavybag Media, Marketwire, Mashable, Virgin America and TechZulu.

A limited amount of passes are available for established media and bloggers. Media who would like to be considered for a complimentary ticket should email twiistup@lewispr.com

About Twiistup

Twiistup is the premier LA technology and media event, attracting the creative elite from all business verticals and horizontals in the area. Thousands of technologists from across the U.S. have turned out for Twiistup events, including: entrepreneurs, investors, media-planners, business development executives and content creators from the web, gaming, film, TV, live-events, music, print and mobile industries. Twiistup has been featured in media including LA Weekly and LA Times, among many others. For more info please visit twiistup.com.

Contact Information

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    LEWIS PR for Twiistup
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    Steph Macadaan
    Twiistup
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    925 408 7412