9 Cool Silicon Beach Startups – Startup World, Santa Monica

Teachmeo at Startup World

Natalie Novoa pitches Teachmeo at Startup World at ROC in Santa Monica

Wondering which new startup will be the next frothy IPO?  Startup World – a global competition to find the next hot startup – is a bit like American Idol applied to tech startups. This worldwide competition tours 36 cities in searching for the best of the best. Regional winners will be flown to Silicon Valley for a final round of judging to select "the world's best startup."

We caught the Los Angeles stop of this tour at ROC in Santa Monica on March 6, 2013.  There, nine Silicon Beach Startups were given 3 minutes to pitch to judges and another 2 minutes for Q&A.


TeachmeoA marketplace for finding and obtaining skilled online teaching through peer-to-peer networking and via one-on-one live video instruction sessions. Now people with specialized skills can earn extra income by teaching people across the country and even around the world. Likewise, anyone will have access to instructors with specialized skills from the comfort of home.   http://www.teachmeo.com/


Creator Up!

Is a service created by University of Southern California film graduates to help people learn how to write, producer, distribute and market their own web television shows. Now, would-be creators don't have go to film school or live in a creative hotbed like Los Angeles, Austin or New York to learn how to make their shows. https://creatorup.com

ArtKive (the winner of this round)


A platform to store, chronicle, archive and share your children's artwork. While people can also do this on Facebook and Flickr, Artkive seeks to do better by making children's art their primary focus. This is the artistic equivalent of your kid's "permanent record."  http://www.artkiveapp.com/



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    Dinesh A.

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