So the Techcrunch 40 is now over, with Mint going home with the $50,000 first prize.

Most notable to me as a Korean is the presence of two Korean companies - Storyblender and MusicShake.

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Musicshake - I didn't know this company very well, but they rocked the stage on Day 1. About 95% of people thought they were the clear winner at the end of the first day. I'll probably look into this company more.

Storyblender is run by Mr Yongjun Hyung, the original Cyworld founder. I've known him for quite a while and we spent some time together in Japan last May. I'll always envy him for the "original Cyworld founder" tag that will perhaps be attached to him throughout the rest of his life.

This is what I call M. Night Shamalan advantage - if your first film becomes a smash hit, the fact that your second, third, and fourth films actually failed doesn't really matter that much. People always remember you for the huge hit. Reputation certainly goes a long way, and that's why you should have your own Sixth Sense, i.e. the first truly huge success. For Mr Hyung, Cyworld was one. Hope all will go well for him and Storyblender.
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