News Prediction Website, Hubdub.com, Selected for Web Mission 2008

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Hubdub.com, the news prediction website, is selected to take part in Web Mission 08, a prestigious showcase of the best of the UK's internet start ups to be held in Silicon Valley next month.

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We launched Hubdub at DEMO 08 in Palm Springs just six weeks ago, so this really is a golden opportunity for us to return to the States to show what we've achieved since the launch, and to pick the brains of some very impressive people. I'm delighted to be part of it.

Hubdub.com is one of 20 UK companies hand-picked to attend Web Mission 2008, a new initiative set up to enable successful UK-based entrepreneurs to build relationships with influential people in Silicon Valley and explore possible future opportunities.

Launched in January 2008, Hubdub allows users to make predictions on the outcomes of news events and to challenge their friends in fantasy league style competitions. Unlike other news sites, Hubdub only tracks news that users think is worth creating a question on, such as "Will Obama be the next President of the United States?", "Will Microsoft successfully acquire Yahoo?" or "Will Trace Adkins win Celebrity Apprentice?".

"Hubdubbers", as Hubdub users have started to call themselves, can not only create such news-related questions and stake Hubdub dollars on them, but they can also set up their own personalised leaderboard to compete against their friends. Co-founder, Nigel Eccles explains, "We're bringing the thrill of fantasy sports to politics, entertainment and general news junkies."

Being chosen for Web Mission is an exciting opportunity for the young company, founded in Edinburgh in November 2007. It will give them access to a vast font of Silicon Valley knowledge, from investors to other start ups, journalists to high growth success stories.

Eccles is thrilled, "We launched Hubdub at DEMO 08 in Palm Springs just six weeks ago, so this really is a golden opportunity for us to return to the States to show what we've achieved since the launch, and to pick the brains of some very impressive people. I'm delighted to be part of it."

Since launching at DEMO 08, Hubdub has garnered a substantial and loyal following, with around 50,000 unique visitors to date. Some users are spending several hours a day on the site, with many of them confessing to a definite Hubdub "addiction" on the site's forum.

"We've been blown away by the response from our members", admits Eccles. "We've had more visitors than we could have possibly hoped for, and the quality of the debates they're having is staggering. People are so competitive on the site -- I've even had some members email me asking me to close their account because it is too addictive!"

Hubdub is mainly focused on the US market for now, although it has strong regional categories covering news and predictions from the UK, Europe and further afield.

About Hubdub
Founded in November 2007 by Nigel Eccles, Tom Griffiths, Rob Jones and Chris Stafford, Hubdub is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK. For more information, visit http://www.hubdub.com.

About Web Mission 2008
Runs from 19-25th April 2008, in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.webmission08.com

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