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

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
A virtual world for kids

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

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

4. Cambrian House
The home of a large crowdsourcing community

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

6. Octopz
Online collaboration built for creative professionals

7. Open Text
An enterprise content management company

8. Kaboose
Crafts, recipes, games, health, holidays, parenting and more

9. Standout Jobs
A suite of Web-based recruitment tools

10. NowPublic
NowPublic is a crowdsourced media outlet

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

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

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

14. Mob4Hire
bidding system for mobile application testing

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

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

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

18. ThoughtFarmer
An intranet for intranet-haters

19. Protagonize
A collaborative fiction Web site

20. Store Ops-Center
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.


  1. Stephen Joyce
    Stephen Joyce July 30, 2008

    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
    Kate Trgovac July 31, 2008

    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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