Finalist for Seattle 2.0 Award: “Best Bootstrapped Startup”

BigOven.com is a Finalist in the 2009 Seattle 2.0 Awards, for “Best Bootstrapped Startup”, against very formidible folks at Picnik, UrbanSpoon and Appature:

BigOven.com, the social network about food, was started in 2004 with initial capital of $25,000, and, thanks to great support of its members, we haven’t needed additional investment.   We’re currently serving well over 3 million unique users per month, have 400,000 registered users (up 500% year over year).  BigOven makes the leading Windows-based recipe software and the leading recipe search app for the iPhone, which was downloaded over 1 million times in its first 90 days.  BigOven has been featured in The New York Times Dining Section and the Saveur 100 in late 2008, and was named one of Apple’s 100 Most Popular Apps for the iPhone for 2008.
We’ve got lots more in store for 2009 and 2010.  Thanks for your support, and happy cooking!

Report: “Recipe Websites Get Fat in Lean Times”

Good report from www.emarketer.com:

"Recipe Websites Get Fat in Lean Times"

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I'm actually pretty surprised how rapidly BigOven.com is sneaking up on the venerable leader in recipes.   (In October 2008, BigOven had approximately 3 million unique visitors, roughly 30% of AllRecipes.com.)

AllRecipes.com reports that their annual survey of cooks indicates that 80% of respondents plan to cook more at-home meals this year (most likely due to budget reasons). 

BigOven in the Saveur 100 for 2009

BigOven was mentioned as one of Saveur Magazine's "100 Favorite Things" for the New Year, in the 2009 edition of the Saveur 100.  At #65 on the list, BigOven was as a favorite recipe app.

65 Brave New World
We love our broken-backed cookbooks and
our recipe boxes stuffed with index cards, but the truth is that these
days many home cooks are taking inspiration from the Internet as often
as they are from paper and ink. And that poses an interesting problem:
short of printing out and filing away every online recipe that piques
your interest or creating a bookmark drop-down menu on your browser
that's a mile long, how do you conveniently store, organize, and share
your electronic recipes? Enter our favorite Web development in recent
memory: ONLINE RECIPE-MANAGEMENT TOOLS. Software packages such
as MacGourmet (macgourmet.com) and BigOven (bigoven.com) save and
catalogue recipes in formats that allow users to sort and search by
theme ("family meal", say) or ingredient ("fennel bulbs"); to e-mail
recipes with ease; to print recipes onto index cards or preformatted
recipe book pages; and, in some cases, to upload recipes to an iPod or
a PDA. Some of them let you rescale recipes to make bigger or smaller
quantities, convert measurements to or from metric, and compile
shopping lists of ingredients you'll need. We've also gotten hooked on
Delicious (delicious.com); no, it's not a food blog or a recipe tool.
It's a "social bookmarking" site that lets you collect online bookmarks
(in our case, for recipe pages) from all over cyberspace, share them
with others, and see what recipes like-minded users have discovered out
there in the boundless banquet that is the World Wide Web.

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BigOven.com Moves into the Top 10 on the Seattle Startup Index

The Seattle Startup Index (SSI) is a monthly ranking of Seattle-area based startup companies. 

It’s just for fun, and it simply uses public measures of web traffic (Alexa/Compete.com) to stack-rank startups in the Seattle area.  There are many problems with this data, since it ignores things like Mobile Website (e.g., iPhone), doesn’t measure data from actual web logfiles, etc.  But it uses what is publicly available…

Looks like BigOven.com has moved into the Top 10 position for November 2008.  Now, since November is a prime cooking month, I don’t expect it to remain there with some stiff competition, but it’s fun to be in the #9 slot, ahead of many more heavily-funded startups!

Marcelo Calbucci created the SSI; the full November 2008 list is here: 

http://www.seattle20.com/startup-index.aspx

Techflash.com covers it here:

http://www.techflash.com/venture/Zillow_remains_top_of_startup_heap35767389.html