RedBeacon is a new service making its public debut today at TechCrunch50 that further streamlines this process by bringing the OpenTable model of online transactions to much broader spectrum of services.
Using the site will be easy for anyone who has used a local review service like Yelp. Simply type whatever service you’re looking for (be it plumber, gardener, or hair stylist), and the site will present a list of recommended service providers in your area. RedBeacon also employees natural language processing so it can figure out exactly what you’re looking for (for example, “Cupcake maker” would search for any bakers in the area). The site will then present a list of profiles for each match, featuring reviews and comments from other users, basic information like their hours, and star reviews imported from Yelp.
So, how did our three Canadian startups fare against the competiton? You be the judge.
Story Something – TC50 Story Something Maximizes Story Time for Time Starved parents
Based solely on the buzz around their presentation (blog comments and retweets on TechCrunch), Story Something seems to be the run away leader with 54 comments and 97 retweets in comparsion to Thoora with 1 comment and 53 retweets and Radiusly with 7 comments and 61 retweets.
Of the three Canadian startups that made it onstage, who do you think is going to make it BIG someday?