Canada’s Web 2.0 Pioneers – KPMG and Backbone Magazine Announce the Pick 20 Winners

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Pick20_logoAt the beginning of July, KPMG and Backbone Magazine announced the first Pick 20 Winners – Canada’s up and coming pioneers who are leading the Web 2.0 evolution on the web.  I had the privilege of serving as one of the judges for these awards, along with seven other esteemed colleagues of mine in marketing, technology and venture capital.

The full list of Pick 20 winners is below.  Of the winners, One Degree has interviewed Kaboose, BlogTO and Fresh Books, had contributors from MovieSet, quoted Cambrian House, and showcased Thought Farmer.  You can meet the Pick 20 Winners at the 1st annual Pick 20 awards on September 16th in Vancouver and September 22, 2008 in Toronto.

The PICK 20 Winners

1. Club Penguin
www.clubpenguin.com
A virtual world for kids

2. FreshBooks
www.freshbooks.com
An online invoicing and time tracking service that “saves you time and makes you look professional”

3. ConceptShare
www.conceptshare.com
An online design collaboration space that allows users to share, discuss and mark up designs for online review

4. Cambrian House
www.cambrianhouse.com
The home of a large crowdsourcing community

5. Smallthought Sytems’ Dabble DB
www.dabbledb.com
A site that helps people create online databases

6. Octopz
www.octopz.com
Online collaboration built for creative professionals

7. Open Text
www.opentext.com
An enterprise content management company

8. Kaboose

www.kaboose.com
Crafts, recipes, games, health, holidays, parenting and more

9. Standout Jobs
http://standoutjobs.com
A suite of Web-based recruitment tools

10. NowPublic
www.nowpublic.com
NowPublic is a crowdsourced media outlet

11. blogTO
www.blogto.com
A daily blog about Toronto covering “music, film, arts, people, places and other happenings”

12. Jiibe
www.jiibe.com
For people considering a career move, “making better decisions for a happier life”

12. Something Simpler
www.somethingsimpler.com
Unique functional applications that process vast streams of
real-time Web information

14. Mob4Hire
www.mob4hire.com
A
bidding system for mobile application testing

15. MovieSet
www.movieset.com
Premier online destination for behind-the-scenes access to films in production

15. b5media
www.b5media.com
A blog aggregator that claims
more than 350 blogs and 15 vertical channels 

17. SmartHippo
www.smarthippo.com
A community-created site that compares rates on U.S. mortgages and other financial services

18. ThoughtFarmer
www.thoughtfarmer.com
An intranet for intranet-haters

19. Protagonize
www.protagonize.com
A collaborative fiction Web site

20. Store Ops-Center
www.opterus.com
On-demand service enabling two-way communication/task mgmt. between head-office & retail locations

Hat-tip to Sean Moffitt from whose post I copied the HTML links.

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2 thoughts on “Canada’s Web 2.0 Pioneers – KPMG and Backbone Magazine Announce the Pick 20 Winners

  1. Stephen Joyce

    Great to see we’re doing this in Canada. This award sounds a lot like the TechCrunch 50 in the U.S. There’s lots of really good technology coming out of Canada, so I’m happy to see us patting some of our own on the back. Did these companies apply or were they specifically chosen by the judging committee?

  2. Kate Trgovac

    Hi, Stephen .. nice to see you on One Degree!
    As judges, we were given a list of companies/websites/applications .. 37 or so, I think. Companies could self-nominate and others could nominate them as well. There was a nomination period early in the Spring.
    Next year, I’m hoping that we can get even more companies engaged during the nomination period.
    Cheers .. Kate

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