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TMCNet:  VerbalizeIt Wows Crowd with Perfect Pitch, Wins StartupCamp7 at ITEXPO Miami 2013

[February 07, 2013]

VerbalizeIt Wows Crowd with Perfect Pitch, Wins StartupCamp7 at ITEXPO Miami 2013

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First-time StartupCamp 'Judges Choice' award goes to ThruView
NORWALK, CT. - February 7, 2013 - Mobile language translation company VerbalizeIt and video-enabled troubleshooting company ThruView took home the top prizes at StartupCamp7: Comms Edition. StartupCamp is a unique forum for early-stage entrepreneurs to pitch their communications offerings to a discriminating audience of industry influencers, media, potential investors and customers. Hosted by Embrase Business Consulting and TMC, StartupCamp7 took place at ITEXPO (News - Alert) Miami on January 31 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida.

VerbalizeIt, which provides instant phone and Web-based access to a community of human translators to facilitate global conversations, was announced as the audience favorite once the real-time SMS voting was complete. VerbalizeIt, which helps users traveling in foreign countries connect with human translators from a crowdsourced pool, was conceived based on the founders' own experiences dealing with foreign languages while trying to seek medical help.
For the first time, StartupCamp7 awarded a Judges Choice award, which is chosen independently of the audience selection. The judging panel of Craig Walker, CEO at Firespotter (News - Alert) Labs, Jeff Uphues, vice president of Cbeyond, and Gerry Dehaven, Senior Partner of QAdvisors, selected ThruView. ThruView enables customer service agents at large consumer service providers to establish a video connection, using the customer's mobile device. With a live view into the customer environment, troubleshooting is more intuitive, truck rolls are reduced and customer satisfaction is improved.  
"With our biggest crowd yet, this group of entrepreneurs engaged the audience with their pitches and enthusiasm," said Larry Lisser (News - Alert), cofounder of StartupCamp. "The Judges Choice Award also added a new dimension to the event. The audience and judges selected two very different winners tells us that we are offering startups the benefit of convincing everyday customers and potential partners, but also to discriminating judges who may see their pitch through a different set of filters."
John Sculley, former CEO at Apple / president of Pepsi, kicked off the event as keynote speaker in a session moderated by serial entrepreneur Gary Pudles (News - Alert), CEO at AnswerNet.
StartupCamp8 will be held at ITEXPO Las Vegas, taking place August 27-29, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
StartupCamp7 was proudly sponsored by: Momentum, UberConference, Twilio and Phone (News - Alert).com.
For information about exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Joe Fabiano, 203-852-6800 x132 or Maureen Gambino, 203-852-6800 x109. For media registration, contact Ashley Baster.
About Embrase Business Consulting
Embrase is a boutique consulting company offers market strategy and a range growth-focused solutions to Telco Service Providers, and to Entrepreneurs innovating the communications industry. Since 2003, Embrase has assisted a cross section of companies around the globe to make strategic decisions, successfully enter new markets and accelerate commercial success.
About TMC
TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients' goals by building communities in print, online and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including CUSTOMER, INTERNET TELEPHONY, M2M Evolution and Cloud Computing. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. TMC produces a variety of trade events, including ITEXPO, the world's leading B2B communications event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; DevCon5-HTML5 & Mobile App Developers Conference; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobile Commerce Zone Conference & Expo; StartupCamp; Super Wi-Fi Summit; SIP Trunking-Unified Communications Seminars; Wearable Tech Conference & Expo; WebRTC Conference & Expo; and more. Visit TMC Events for additional information.
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Edited by Braden Becker

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