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Your Time to SHINE!

This week, Seattle recognizes its tech startup and small business communities in two distinctive ways:

Seattle 2.0 Awards
On May 7th, the sold-out Seattle 2.0 Awards recognizes the accomplishments of the best of over 300 Seattle area technology startups. Awards will be handed out for: Best Startup, Best Boot-strapped Startup, Best Startup CEO Best Startup Technologist, Best Venture Capitalist Best Angel Investor, Best Startup Product Designer Best Service Provider to Startups. Best Blog from/about Startup and Best Social Event for Startups. Congratulations to the winners!

Your Business Story in Motion PIxels

On May 6th, Biznik will undertake the largest collaborative social media film project Seattle has ever seen by bringing together a dozen professional videographers, scores of expert interviewers and hundreds of Seattle’s small entrepreneurs in Seattle’s largest film production facility, Fremont Studios.Why did you start your business? What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? How do you define success?. The world needs to hear your story. And for one huge night, the cameras will be rolling for YOU. It’s your chance to shine.

Make history on May 6, 2009. Visit the site for more info. [24×7]

IAC Buys UrbanSpoon
Urbanspoon, the Seattle startup behind the popular restaurant recommendation application on the iPhone, has been acquired by Web giant IAC. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch reported it was in the millions of dollars.

The startup founded bvy three ex-Josbter employees found its biggest success with an app that uses the iPhone’s GPS features and WiFi/cell tower triangulation to provide recommendations based on your exact location. It also uses the device’s Accelerometer to create a fun interface, with users shaking the iPhone to get their recommendations.

Last Month, UrbanSpoon said the app is on 4 million iPhones, and has provided recommendations for 200 million “shakes.” It’s also ranked 11th on Apple’s recent list of the most popular free apps. [24×7]

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