Top 10 Startups to Watch In 2008

From a DNA decoder to mini-Googles
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2007 6:46 AM CST
FON founder and CEO Martin Varsavsky walks to Allen and Co.'s annual media conference Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Wired nominated Fon one of the top ten startups to watch in 2008 (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A web startup that checks your DNA for predisposition to a spectrum of disease - and finds you a date (23andMe); a GPS system that can thread its way around traffic (Dash);  A P2P download service that may revolutionize online video (BitTorrent); social networking designed for the workplace (LinkedIn); they're among the top ten startups worth watching in 2008, according to Wired.

There's a frenzy of startup activity, despite all the grim talk of tight credit, tighter belts and a risk of recession. Wired says it's actually a good time to launch because there's plenty of techbiz capital about. Other companies to watch include:

  • AdMob - a mobile advertising play
  • 37 Signals - business software
  • Powerset - "natural language" search tech