This morning BusinessWeek published a list of the top 22 “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2009.” On that list were 2007 TechStars alumni BrightKite and 2008 alumni Foodzie.
They write about BrightKite and founder Martin May:
Dozens of startups offer mobile location-based applications, but few have gained wide traction. Brightkite amassed a big enough following that by April it was bought by Limbo. Now, Brightkite founder Martin May is charged with merging the two products, both of which let users add notes and see others’ posts on such locales as restaurants or music festivals.
Not on the list was cofounder Brady Becker who missed the age cutoff by just a year. Here are both founder pictured last year at the TechStars Boulder office:
Also highlighted was Foodzie:
Friends since their first year at Virginia Tech, the founders of Foodzie reconvened after college to build an online outlet for artisan food. Chief Marketing Officer Olson had worked at a specialty food retailer and saw how tough it was for local producers to get shelf space.
Here is the Foodzie team after their presentation at the Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup in 2008:
Congratulations to the teams!