The TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco came to an end yesterday crowning Shaker the winner of the intense startup competition. Shaker is an Israeli-based startup that created a very slick social game for Facebook. I was actually able to get-into the closed beta and test Shaker out this week and it is a pretty cool idea. The basic concept behind the idea is that you can socialize with other Facebook users in a virtual bar full of interactive features. One of the most innovative concepts behind Shaker is finding things you have in common with other people in the room.
Shaker competed with other hot startups in the Startup Battlefield taking place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Shaker has already received $3 million in funding which is how they’ve been able to get to where they are right now. The Shaker platform has already taken-off with more users than they can handle. With absolutely no marketing or PR the company was able to not only attract customers, but get them hooked. Earlier customers have been found to spend a lot of time on the platform and many people think this could be a big competitor to social gaming platform Second Life.
The runner-up for Disrupt SF 2011 was Prism Skylabs, a company that helps business owners get videos online and share data from those videos. It’s actually a very cool idea, the company has an algorithm that will identify your business establishment in photos and videos and help you access and share the data, while protecting customer privacy. The company has some big-name supporters already like SV Angel, Crunch Fund, and Eric Schmidt to name a few!
If you’d like to share in the excitement of last night’s grand finale to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 you can check-out winner’s presentation below: