TechStars Launches 10 New Companies at Boulder Investor Day

Boulder, Colo. - TechStars, a mentorship-driven investment fund launching early-stage technology companies, presented 10 companies that participated in the 2009 session at its Investor Day in Boulder.

The 10 companies were selected from more than 527 applying companies to participate, a 35 percent increase from last year. TechStars companies participated in more than 40 mentorship sessions with some of the premier technology business leaders in the country including Matt Mullenweg of Automattic, Dave Morin of Facebook, Tim Ferris of The 4-Hour Work Week, Howard Lindzon of Wallstrip and Eric Marcoullier of Gnip.

"Investor Day is one of the many advantages TechStars presents because we're connecting them with some of the top angel and venture capital investors from across the country," said David Cohen of TechStars. "In our third year, companies that have participated in TechStars continue to thrive, and we expect the same level of success from 2009 participants."

TechStars launched in 2007 and was founded by investors Brad Feld, David Cohen, David Brown and Jared Polis. Thirteen of the 20 TechStars companies are now angel or venture backed; two companies (one from each class) are now profitable, and three companies from the first class have been acquired for positive outcomes.

In 2009, TechStars also launched a Boston TechStars campus, which had nine teams participate in its three-month session. This summer also marked the launch of TechStars TV, a series of short documentaries giving insight into the week-to-week life of a TechStars startup.

In addition, TechStars will have Investors Days in Boston and San Jose in September.

2009 TechStars Boulder Companies

Everlater makes it simple to beautifully document and remember travel experiences. We enable easy sharing with family and friends by connecting to all major social networks and printing scrapbooks, postcards and photo albums. We also aim to connect people with better travel ideas and information by exploring friends experiences.

Next Big Sound measures the growth and popularity of bands across the major web properties and sells actionable insights around that data to band managers and industry professionals.

Mailana brings your real social network to life - the people you communicate with on a regular basis. By understanding your strong relationships across multiple communication channels, Mailana lets you share what really matters with the people who really matter.

ReTel Technologies helps stores and restaurants optimize their operations and customer experience. ReTel's system analyzes in-store security camera feeds to uncover, analyze and report on metrics and trends that directly impact the bottom line.

Rezora is the only Software-as-a-Service marketing platform specifically designed for the real estate industry. We enable brokerages and their agents to focus their expertise on what they do best: helping their consumers buy and sell real estate.

SendGrid is an email service that solves the problems faced by companies sending transactional email. We enhance every outgoing email so they are not caught by spam filters and to provide a better understanding after the emails have been delivered such as email clicks and opens.

Spry is insight into software projects. We monitor the tools and services used to develop software, analyze the data in real-time, then produce personalized notifications. This enables managers and developers to make better decisions.

Take Comics brings comics into the on demand age by rapidly transforming the original file formats into cross platform digital media to be sold through their own digital market place. Take has a full end to end solution that focuses on readability and user experience across all devices and requires no additional work or cost on the part of content provides.

TimZon is the easiest way to share visual feedback. By combining audio, video, whiteboard and screen capture it enables companies to establish high quality engagement with their customers while lowering support cost.

Vanilla is open source forum software that is already used to power discussions on hundreds of thousands of sites on the web. With the release of the new and improved Vanilla 2, Vanilla is also moving into the SAAS space with a hosted solution.