And the winner is: RedBeacon, a startup that helps people find local services precisely tailored to their job requirements. They’ll start small with gardeners, personal trainers and maids in five markets. The client posts the job on RedBeacon and then service providers bid on when they can do the work and for what price. First up is the San Francisco bay area. RedBeacon will vet service providers and open the site to requests on October 1 according to the official blog.
Principals include former Google employees Ethan Anderson, who was a Product Manager at Google responsible for launching and managing the Google Video product outside the United States prior to the YouTube acquisition and Yaron Binur, former Product Manager at Google, where he led the product development of Google News and Aaron Lee, one of the founding engineers on Google Video. He later became the Tech Lead on YouTube monetization. Sounds like a solid trio.
The runners up cover a broad range of online interactive services. Second place went to Threadsy, an aggregator of individual e-mail and social networking feeds.Third place went to CitySourced, a mobile app that lets residents report problems like graffiti or potholes to their local government. Fourth runner up was AnyClip, a movie search engine to find quotes and memorable moments based on user-generated tags.
TechCrunch50 was held in San Francisco, September 14 – 15, the third TechCrunch conference dedicated to finding the best start-ups and launching them in front of industry VCs, corporations, fellow entrepreneurs and press.