Ten Start-ups Selected for Innovator Spotlight at Privacy Identity Innovation

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Company founders invited to demo their technologies on stage at the pii2012 conference in downtown Seattle on May 15, 2012.

Ten start-ups have been chosen to participate in the Innovator Spotlight program at the 3rd annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference (pii2012). Taking place May 14-16, 2012 in downtown Seattle, pii2012 will explore where innovation is heading in areas like geo-location, mobile and social media, and what it means for the future of digital privacy, identity and reputation.

Founders of the 10 Innovator Spotlight start-ups will demo their technologies the morning of May 15th to an audience that consists of over 250 leading technology executives, entrepreneurs, investors, marketing professionals and policy experts. Conference attendees will then get a chance to learn more about the companies in the pii2012 Technology Showcase expo area, and they will decide which start-up will be presented with the Audience Choice Award.

The 10 companies selected for the pii2012 Innovator Spotlight are:

  • About One – Founder and CEO Joanne Lang created this online family organizer that turns your phone into a remote control for your life so you can automatically organize, store and share family memories and household paperwork. Based in Paoli, PA.
  • Alohar Mobile – Co-founders Alvin Lau and Sam Liang developed an ambient sensing and location platform that enables developers to build a whole new class of mobile applications that understand a user’s behavior automatically and provide highly customized services to the user at the right time and right place. Based in Palo Alto, CA.
  • BrandYourself - Founded by Syracuse University classmates Patrick Ambron, Pete Kistler and Evan McGowan-Watson, BrandYourself is the first do-it-yourself platform that makes it easy for anyone to take control of their own search results. Based in Syracuse, NY.
  • BYNDL – CEO Lori Salow Marshall created a mobile transaction platform company—the only one that supports any device, any technology and any payment method. Basically anything that you’d carry in your wallet can now be organized and managed in BYNDL. Based in Issaquah, WA.
  • Couple Fire – Founders Emily Marshall and Kiran Gollu created Couple Fire to offer couples a private repository for things they want to share with one another such as photos, notes, links, events and ideas. Based in Seattle, WA.
  • Gliph – Co-founder and CEO Rob Banagale developed Gliph, a digital identity platform featuring communication tools that protect privacy. Gliph’s mobile apps help you stay in touch with acquaintances without unnecessarily revealing your personal information. Based in Portland, OR.
  • Safe Shepherd – Founders Robert Leshner and Geoff Hayes created this venture-backed start-up that is making it easy for anyone to understand and control their personal information on and offline. Based in San Francisco, CA.
  • secure.me – Founded by Mario Grobholz and Christian Sigl, secure.me helps people keep sensitive information private, take control over the apps they use and avoid oversharing. Based in San Francisco, CA and Munich, Germany.
  • Sidebark – Founded by David Cho and Nickolay Stanev, Sidebark is designed to enable private and easy sharing to help you stay connected with the people who matter most. Based in San Francisco, CA.
  • tapTank – Founder and CEO Alisha Outridge’s life game website enables individuals to design the life they want to “Be-Do-Have” and take advantage of their social graph to achieve those goals. Based in New York, NY.

Next week’s pii2012 conference in Seattle will open on May 14 with a workshop for mobile apps developers and a consumer panel hosted by technology journalist Larry Magid. The conference will continue on May 15 and 16 with over 80 speakers, including: Del Harvey, director of trust and safety at Twitter; Andrew Keen, author of the new book Digital Vertigo; Anne Toth, head of privacy for Google+; Fran Maier, founder and chair of TRUSTe; Allison Cerra, co-author of Identity Shift; Linda Avey, co-founder and CEO of Curious, Inc.; Amber Case, co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi; Damien Patton, CEO of Banjo and Andreas Weigend, director of the social data lab.

Sponsors for pii2012 include ACT, Google, Xbox 360, Cooley LLP, TRUSTe, Ensighten, Personal, Experian, GeekWire, IAB Europe, Internet Identity Workshop, LunaWeb, Data 2.0 Summit , Online Trust Alliance, O’Reilly Media, Privacy Camp, ProgrammableWeb, Rapleaf, TechAmerica, VentureBeat, WTIA and Women 2.0.

For more information on the agenda and the speakers participating in pii2012, visit the conference website at http://PrivacyIdentityInnovation.com.

About SageScape
Privacy Identity Innovation and pii Labs are independently owned and produced by SageScape. Founded in 2003, SageScape is passionate about promoting innovation and exploring how technology impacts, and is shaped by, culture, policy and business. In addition to the annual Tech Policy Summit and Privacy Identity Innovation conferences, SageScape works on leading industry events for a variety of clients – ranging from early-stage start-ups to top global brands. To learn more, visit our sites at http://PrivacyIdentityInnovation.com and http://TechPolicySummit.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @TechPolicy.

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