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OrSiSo launches new functionality enhancements GTalk Bebo and Facebook

OrSiSo launches new functionality & enhancements including GTalk, Bebo and Facebook

OrSiSo adds GTalk and Bebo to their latest release and enhanced Facebook functionality to allow people to access their published links from their Facebook stream

July 29 2009 – Global Release – OrSiSo (www.orsiso.com) announced today the release of an updated version of the social networking aggregator which includes additional features to complement a steadily growing array of tools for people trying to manage their social networks from one place.


“We are excited to announce the addition of GTalk and Bebo to our latest releases, as well as enhanced Facebook functionality to allow people to access their published links from their Facebook stream. These new features will definitely add even more value for our users who want to simplify and organize their online social networks”, founder and CEO Thorben Linneberg said.


“We have been listening closely to our user feedback and have been focusing on improving both the performance of the platform as well as taking the opportunity where possible to expand the opportunities available for social networks and services that we include in OrSiSo” he added.

The latest release of OrSiSo includes greater chat integration on top of the popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Bebo, Friendster and Flickr. “The enhanced chat functionality now lets you update your chat status across multiple IM platforms, and we have now added GTalk to our existing services of Facebook Chat, MSN, Yahoo! and AOL  after requests from our users” added Linneberg.

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OrSiSo stands for Organize, Simplify, Socialize; and is an Adobe AIR platform that runs on PC, Mac and Linux. By connecting to multiple social networks from one place, and allowing you to merge multiple identities into unique contacts, OrSiSo helps you to simplify and filter the information and updates you receive every day. At its core lies SocialCraft(tm), an adaptive algorithm that prioritizes information based on relevance and closeness to you in real time; helping you keep up to date with your most relevant friends and contacts across all your social networks to give you more time to socialize both online …. and offline!

PR Contact: Andrew Peters – The Pacific West Communications

To find out more about OrSiSo, check out www.orsiso.com. You can download the application and be connected to all your social networks in a matter of minutes, it runs on PC, Mac and Linux.

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A night for tech start-ups in Singapore | Techgoondu

Techgoondu at Geek Terminal Singapore

Start-ups who presented include: (see original post for links)

* Twinity (Jeremy Snyder): a 3D online-world that replicates real world cities in a virtual environment. The city of Berlin has already been launched, and both London and Singapore will be up later this year. According to Jeremy, they have about a 100,000 sign-ups since the launch of Twinity in September last year in 2008.

* Brandtology (Aaron Koh): a social media monitoring start-up that help companies makes sense of the big bad web by mining sentiments from it. Brandtology is founded by CEO Eddie Chao, who previously incubated managed security services player e-Cop that was acquired by Temasek in 2007.

* Makeaffinity (Thomas Tan): ever wanted to control robots over the internet to slug it out in a death match? Now you can with Makeaffinity’s robot sharing platform, which allows folks to play with and make web robots without much programming whatsoever.

* 2359 Media (Hong Ting and Wenhan): founded by a trio of passionate entrepreneurs who just finished their NUS studies and a stint in Silicon Valley. 2359 Media is an advertising platform for mobile phones utilizing location based services.

* Jorbb (Shen Heng): Most job advertising portals cater to the white-collar worker. Shen wanted to create a portal specifically for blue-collar workers — part-timers, trade promoters, temp staff — and Jorbb is the result.

* Neat Co (Sarabjit Singh): Neat co, a small US company with a second office in Singapore, was the only physical tech appliance company amongst the presenters. Showcased was their contextually aware OCR reader, a smart scanning solution for receipts and the like.

* Phokki (Sean Seah): And lastly, Phokki, a start-up which turns your photos into works of art via a platform that links artists to end users directly. I’ve written a post on Phokki before.

We had a couple of other start-ups who didn’t present like seemeCV and Airvert. Not to worry. Due to good interest in this first event from anecdotal feedback (thanks to those who gave theirs!), the Techgoondus will think about running this on a semi-regular basis once in a few months. Will keep you readers posted if we do run this again. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in ideas on this front, feel free to drop me an email.

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SPRING Singapore – offers $50 million to Tech Startups – itsReal

SPRING launches $50m programme to turn R&D concepts into businesses
1. Technology-savvy entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) keen to commercialise their R&D ideas can now tap on SPRING Singapore’s new Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS).

2. The $50 million programme is an extension of SPRING’s Technology Innovation Programme (TIP), which was launched in August 2006. Developed with the support of Agency for Science, Techology and Research (A*STAR), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National Research Foundation (NRF), TECS aims to support more than 100 ideas over the next five years.

3. Speaking at the SPRING Enterprise Conference 2008 at Matrix @ Biopolis today, SPRING’s Chairman, Mr Philip Yeo said, “New product development is highly risky – especially so for those based on new technologies and aimed at creating a new market. When successful, such innovations can enable our companies to leapfrog their competitors. We need more of such breakthrough innovations.”

4. The TECS will provide the support to enterprises and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to the market. The funding will be given in two phases.

5. The first critical phase is for Proof-of-Concept. Proposals will be assessed based on their commercial potential and technical feasibility. Successful applicants can receive 100% grant support of up to $250,000. The second phase is for Proof-of- Value. This is open to applicants who wish to carry out further R&D on the project, including the development of a working prototype. Successful applicants can receive grant support of 85% of up to $500,000 to fund the development from proof-of-concept to productisation and commercialisation.

6. “Technology projects, especially the development of in-house proprietary technology, have very high inherent risks. The support from the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme will help SMEs like Cal-Comp to mitigate some of these risks. This will encourage SMEs and entrepreneurs to embark on R&D activities, thereby contributing to the national efforts in promoting R&D activities and developing research talents,” said Mr Jeff Chan, Managing Director of Cal-Comp Technology Pte Ltd, a local company specialising in hard disk drive development, as well as design and engineering services for hard disk drive products, communication technologies and printers.

7. Mr Mike Holt, CEO of Singapore-based technology start-up, XID Technologies agrees. “XID is changing how people secure data and locations with the world’s only face recognition software that functions reliably in varying lighting conditions, like with laptops, phones and outdoor physical access systems. Proving this technology onto mass market image sensors takes this to the next level. SPRING’s Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme will enable us to make this real,” said Mr Holt.

8. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, SPRING further expanded this year’s SPRING Enterprise Conference from a half-day event into a full-day Conference, focusing on the theme: “Growing Innovative Enterprises”. Some 450 participants from leading SMEs, Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations attended the Conference.

9. As the Platinum Sponsor, HSBC believes the SPRING Enterprise Conference is an important platform for communicating with SMEs. And according to Ms Serene Soh, HSBC’s Senior Vice-President and Head of SME, Singapore SMEs have what it takes to succeed, not just at home but internationally. “SMEs are the key to our business at HSBC. That’s why we use our extensive international network and global experience to help SMEs establish themselves abroad,” Ms Soh said.

10. Highlights of the event included a keynote speech by Mr Paul Peeters, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Philips Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd, on how Philips has leveraged on innovation to grow. Parallel workshops on four key capability areas – Money, Markets, Management and Know-how were also held to provide participants with a deeper understanding of each area.

11. The SPRING Enterprise Conference 2008 was sponsored by Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and co-sponsored by SAP and Coface. The official media partner was The Straits Times.

Fact Sheet on Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS)

What is TECS?

SPRING Singapore’s Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS) can provide the vital resources to help convert breakthrough R&D concepts and proprietary IP into promising businesses.

By addressing early-stage funding gaps, TECS aims to help technology enterprises and entrepreneurs in Singapore to grow past their embryonic phase, secure third party funding and achieve growing revenues.

Who can apply?

Technology-savvy entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can all apply. They can tap on TECS if their company meets the following criteria :

  • at least 30% of the shareholding is local
  • the company’s group fixed assets are below $15 million
  • the company has no more than 200 employees (for companies in the services sector)
  • physically present in Singapore
  • registered/incorporated for less than 5 years at the time of the award
  • has at least one in-house technology engineer or scientist
  • Individual Principal Investigators, as well as research scientists and engineers from public sector research organisations are also considered for funding under the Proof-of-Concept (POC) phase

How does TECS work?

TECS is a competitive grant in which proposals are ranked based on the evaluation of a team of reviewers, and the best proposals are funded. We will invite submissions twice a year for Proof-of-Concept (POC) and Proof-of-Value (POV) proposals through the TECS website http://www.spring.gov.sg/tecs.

Proof-of-Concept (POC)

POC is for applicants who wish to develop ideas at the conceptualization stage.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for proof-of-concept of their proprietary technology ideas. All proposals will first be assessed on their technically feasibility and commercial potential. Individual applicants will be required to demonstrate commitment to continue their technology commercialisation work in the event they are awarded a grant and successfully complete the project.

Up to 100% of qualifying costs for each project will be supported, up to maximum of S$250,000.

Proof-of-Value (POV)

POV is for applicants who are keen to carry out further R&D on a technology project, including the development of a working prototype. This project must be based on a proprietary technology IP which has successfully demonstrated proof-of-concept.

Applicants are required to demonstrate proof-of-interest from a potential customer or 3rd party investor. You will also have to demonstrate the necessary business competencies to execute the project.

Up to 85% of qualifying costs for each project will be supported, up to maximum of S$500,000.

Qualifying costs include :

  • Manpower-related costs
  • Professional Services
  • Equipment/ Software
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Materials & Consumables
  • Other Operating Expenditure

What are the areas of focus?

We welcome proposals in the areas of :

  • Electronics, Photonics & Device Technologies
  • Chemicals, Materials Science, Nano Technology
  • Optical, Wireless and Hybrid Communications Systems
  • Biomedical Sciences (excluding Biotechnology)

What is deadline for submission of proposals?

There will be a Call for Proposals once every 6 months. The first Call for Proposals will begin 17 Apr 08. The deadline for submission is 30 Jun 08. Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for both Proof-of-Concept and Proof-of-Value phases. Shortlisted applicants will be informed within 6 – 8 weeks after the closing date for submission.

Where can I find more information?

For more information on TECS, please visit http://www.spring.gov.sg/tecs or contact the EnterpriseOne hotline at Tel: (65) 6898 1800 or email enterpriseone@spring.gov.sg.

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