Israel’s Shaker wins TechCrunch

It’s a place to hang out and meet people but without the tongue-tied introductions or awkward silences. The place, of course, is Shaker – a virtual bar located on Facebook. http://youtu.be/1RZgJnLTNoM Shaker is an Israeli made application that lets people …

It’s a place to hang out and meet people but without the tongue-tied introductions or awkward silences. The place, of course, is Shaker - a virtual bar located on Facebook.

http://youtu.be/1RZgJnLTNoM

Shaker is an Israeli made application that lets people use a virtual character to move around a bar and speak with other people or join existing conversations.

And it’s this year’s winner of the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield 2011.

“Shaker is a mixture of Second Life, The Sims, and Turntable.fm all mixed together using your Facebook data and connections. Your Facebook profile becomes a walking avatar, your pictures are placed on a virtual wall, you can choose what music is playing in the room for everyone to hear and you can even buy people drinks,” writes TechCrunch.

Shaker beat out 30 other start-ups to take the $50,000 Disrupt Cup prize.

Israel’s Soluto, a software download that checks PC’s boot problems, won the top trophy last year. 

Shaker has raised $3 million from Pitango Venture Capital so far, and is likely to raise more capital following the TechCrunch win.

About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.