Real-Time Data Start-Ups Carve Out Niches as Revenue Question Looms

With Twitter exploding–and the focus on real time data exploding along with it–there are a number of new companies that are seeking to develop more specific applications of this technology.

Several such companies presented at a conference in San Francisco last week organized by TechCrunch.

Hot Potato organizes real-time content about specific events, which can be big public events such as a conference or sporting event or private events such as a person buying a car. The company is backed by $1 million from First Round Capital and RRE Ventures.

Using the service, people can see a stream of the text updates for the events, as well as photos directly in the stream of news. People can participate in the events whether they are at the event in person or watching remotely.

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