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Hoot.me Delivers Top Pitch at StartupCamp3 at ITEXPO.

Early Stage Companies Enjoy Record Turnout of 500+ Attendees in Miami

MIAMI -- TMC and Embrase Business Consulting today announced that Hoot.me took top honors at StartupCamp3 Comms Edition for making the best pitch last week at ITEXPO in Miami.

StartupCamp is a high-energy, innovative forum that offers early-stage communications companies an opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience of industry leaders, media and investors.

After Google greats Craig Walker and Wesley Chan kicked off last week's third edition of the dynamic, "ready, set, pitch" event, five entrepreneurs took the podium in front of almost 500 people at ITEXPO East in Miami:

* SatCourier pitched their intent to extend satellite networks to smartphone users all over the world.

* Call Loop talked up bringing the ease of email marketing to SMS and voice messaging.

* Hoot.me declared that their platform will turn Facebook into study mode.

* Hookflash launched a company that will sip-enable any mobile end-points for enterprises anywhere.

* FastCall411 taught this industry-heavy audience that telephony will in fact play a vital role in the exploding local search market.

Afterwards, the audience used real-time SMS voting to declare University of Texas student and Hoot.me CEO Michael Koetting the evening's best at communicating what counts: a problem worth solving, a way to solve it, along with a way to make money doing it. Hookflash's CEO, Trent Johnson, came in a close second.

Koetting launched the company live at the event and explained that it's through integrated technologies such as video conferencing and smart chat that users of Hoot's Facebook application collaborate, while turning their social networks into knowledge networks.

"I'm grateful to the Embrase team for putting together a truly innovative networking event for young startups in communications, and for their help in preparing Hoot.me for the pitch. It was a truly phenomenal experience," said Koetting whose company leaned heavily on open API's from Facebook and OpenTok to get to market on next to no funding.

"The third installment of StartupCamp was the largest and most successful to date. We're grateful to our sponsors - RackSpace Hosting, OpenTok, Skype and Twilio - and we congratulate not only Hoot but all the companies for taking center stage. We can't wait for StartupCamp4 in Austin," added Embrase Partner and event co-host Larry Lisser.

ITEXPO West 2011 will take place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on September 13-15, 2011. Collocated events include: 4G Wireless Evolution Conference; M2M Evolution Conference; Cloud Communications Summit; SIP Tutorial 2.0: Bringing SIP to the Web; VIPeering; Business Video Expo; ChannelVision Expo (CVx); StartupCamp; Super WiFi Summit, and others. Visit www.itexpo.com for more information.

About Embrase

Embrase is a boutique consulting firm that provides positioning, corporate development and go-to-market services to companies in communications sector. With its extensive expertise and knowledge in emerging communication and telephony markets, Embrase has assisted a cross-section of communications solution and service providers in closing funding, entering new markets and growing revenues.

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person, and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, NGN and InfoTECH Spotlight magazines. TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world's leading B2B communications event. TMCnet.com, which is read by two million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: 4GWE; Smart Grid Summit; M2M Evolution; Cloud Communications Summit; Social CRM Expo; SIP Tutorial; VIPeering; Business Video Expo; CVx; Digium|Asterisk World; StartupCamp; MSPAlliance MSPWorld and more! Visit TMC Events for a complete listing and further information.
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