SAP performed a slam dunk by bringing together a super set of Seattle startups for the July 24, 2012 SAP Startup Forum - Seattle. The event was kicked off with a fantastic write up by Geekwire’s John Cook @johnhcook. Geekwire is Seattle's premier startup publication. In his article SAP arrives in Seattle, looking for hot analytics startups - GeekWire, John Cook states the following:
"SAP’s goal is to get early adoption of its newly-launched high-performance database program known as HANA. But it also hopes to learn from startup companies that might be able to more nimbly attack business problems."
I attended as a representative of the SAP Vancouver Labs and as a judge of the presenting startups. I was impressed. Each presenting startup a was on the ball delivering a clear and concise success story. It was super to see our guests get more and more excited as the day progressed. The questions asked during the deep drive showed that these startups have a passion for what SAP HANA offers. Personal highlights for me were learning from Crowd Computing Systems and PayScale.com. Crowd Computing Systems provides a powerful and unique combination of amazon.com’s mechanical turk and machine learning. Payscale, which already has a relationship with SAP, presented their sophisticated engine that helps employers and individuals with compensation data & analysis. I look forward to seeing these startups harness SAP HANA's speed and power.
The Best of the Best:
The day would not have been complete without a celebration of the best of the best. The Award winners were as follows:
Best 140 Character Pitch Award: nFluence, http://www.nfluence.com - "With nFluence, consumers simply swipe up or down a few times to create rich (700 dimensional) universal personas that help advertisers and publishers increase content relevance across TV, PC, Tablets & Mobile."
Best Big Data Solution: Yottamine Analytics http://www.yottamine.com/ - The Yottamine Predictive Platform employs the most advanced data-mining techniques to provide high-precision model building. Coupled with the flexibility and scalability of cloud computing, the platform is set to deliver accurate and timely predictive analytics to help businesses maximize the true potential of their data.
Most Innovative: Xprevo - http://xprevo.com/ - the evolution of expression
Congratulations for these outstanding presentations. Find out more: http://spr.ly/SAPStartups
This special event would not have happened without the active help and guidance of Naya Ventures' Gowri Shankar. Special thanks also to Prasad Illapani from the SAP HANA Product Management team and to Adrian Smith from Ignition Partners.