Startup of Month

Clef Won Startup of Month April follow by Taggto & TalentXp

Clef won Startup of Month, the  judge panel also selected Taggto & TalentXp as runner. Cheers!

header_logo  clefAbout: Clef

Clef is a replacement for usernames and passwords on the internet. We’ve built a mobile app (available for iOS and Android) that lets a website recognize users by their smartphones. All you have to do is hold your phone up to the screen and you’re logged in. Check out our demo or try the app at

Founder’s profile: Brennen Byrne

Brennen is the CEO and co-founder of Clef. He is a recent graduate of Pomona College who previously spent time at Adobe and H. Bloom and has a passion for mobile products.

Message from Founder:

” Thanks so much everyone for coming out to this event, it was great to present to such an awesome crowd. Any developers who are interested in getting Clef set up on their site, please send me an email at, we’d love nothing more than to help you get set up!”

Job Opening:

Clef is looking for someone to lead our marketing efforts, we’re a small team focused on growth in the developer community. No coding experience is required, but the position will require cultivating relationships with developers. Candidates with experience promoting a very early stage company preferred. Email

Runner: TaggTo


TaggTo introduces Picture Product Reviews, a simple and fun way for consumers to share their product related stories and opinions. Different from traditional product reviews, TaggTo uses “tagg”s to make each post short and focused, and always in the context of product pictures, which makes the experience of content creation and consumption more interesting and mobile friendly. On the other hand, TaggTo also socializes the community by connecting consumers to their personal friends, other trusted users and interested products.
TaggTo iPhone App:
Founder’s profile: Yuchen Wang

Yuchen Wang, CEO and founder of TaggTo Inc, a Silicon Valley based on startup focusing on reinventing consumer product reviews. As the leader of this small startup, Yuchen is responsible for leading product direction and product designing, developing key relationships with business partners, and team development. Yuchen is also responsible for TaggTo’s iPhone app development, and actively participating technical discussions.

Prior to TaggTo, Yuchen had various experience at several successful startups including, and
Albert Yu, CTO and Co-Founder of TaggTo Inc. Albert enjoys building systems, from setting up technical infrastructure to implementing product features. As an expert on how to scale e-commerce and mobile infrastructure for more than 10 years, Albert has taken an essential role on designing and implementing the TaggTo infrastructure.

Prior to TaggTo, Albert worked for MobiTV and Albert also received a Ph.D degree in Biophysics from Harvard University.

Message from founder:

“Thanks for the acknowledgement as Startup of the Month, April, 2013. It’s such an incredible experience to pitch in front of this group of great audience, and the judge panel with such high caliber. This acknowledge is a huge encouragement to us and will definitely give us the energy to keep pushing forward.”

Job Opening:

1. Backend guru with extensive knowledge of Java, Search Engine and NoSQL
2. Front end wizard who knows the magic of HTML5, query and node.js
3. Designer who is crazy about building most the beautiful mobile apps and website
4. College graduates or interns who’s willing to spend time to cultivate the community, and learn new things in a small startup.

If you are interested, please send email to admin [at]

Runner: TalentXp


TalentXp is a Social recruiting platform that helps small and medium business connect with top talent by leveraging their own employee social network. TalentXp provides easy to use tools in hands of employees and hiring managers/ recruiters. It engages and motivates employees by adding gamification and reward them with smaller prizes like Amazon certificate. Employees are rewarded on each milestone for e.g phone screen , in person interview etc and not just the end result.

Founder’s profile: Mukta Goel – CEO & Co-Founder

Mukta Goel is a CEO and co-founder of TalentXp. Her mission is to make hiring process simple, effective and user friendly. She brings domain expertise and has worked in the recruiting industry for 8 yrs. She has experienced the recruiting challenges first hand and bring in industry knowledge along with business and marketing skills. Prior to TalentXp she was a founder of Silicon & System Pros. She has successfully ran and managed recruiting firm from inspection to profitability. In her spare time loves hiking and spending time with her kids.

Message from founder:

“Talk to the customers first, iterate your product, then again talk to the customer and iterate.”

 Job Opening:

1. We are looking for “Social Media Intern”, you will be paid on basis on blogs / content you produce. You must be creative in writing . Please send me a blog post on social recruiting, trends etc. If we use your writing we will pay for it and it will publish under your name.

2. Ruby/ Rails developer Intern — Looking for someone who has some development experience and eager to work in the startup. You will be working on core development and you will be learning a lot.

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