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BlahGirls and the TechCrunch50


BlahGirls didn't win TechCrunch50, but I still like 'em.
"Blah Blah Blah" is a new original content web property that delivers a unique perspective on popular culture from the vantage point of the Blah Girls. The Blah Girls are an animated clique of teenagers who enjoy providing their commentary on the latest entertainment themed news and happenings. With this initial foray into the digital medium, Katalyst Media is applying their expertise in content creation in a new form, and providing a compelling offering to advertisers. Katalyst Media was started by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg.
The TechCrunch50 has the stated goal of finding the best start-ups and launch them in front of the industryís most influential VCs, corporations, fellow entrepreneurs and press. This year's winner of the TechCrunch50 start-up shoot-out is Yammer.
Yammer is Twitter with a business model. Created by an existing company, Geni, to scratch its own itch, Yammer takes the familiar Twitter messaging system and applies it to internal corporate communications. There is such a huge demand for this type of service that 10,000 people and 2,000 organizations signed up for the service the first day it launched on Monday. Anyone with a corporate email can sign up and follow other people in their company. But if a company wants to claim its users, and gain administrative control over them, they will have to pay. Itís a brilliant business model.† (Watch a video of the the winning demo).
Info about all the participants can be found here, including background info, press releases and in most cases, videos of their presentations. Over on CenterNetworks, Allen Stern shared his thoughts on TechCrunch50 and Demo (another start-up conference that takes place at the same time).

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