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Laurie Meadoff, 55, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist
New York, N.Y.
Full-time employees: 5
2007 sales: n/a
Her pitch: "Web publishers across the world are missing an enormous opportunity and losing revenue when their audiences leave their sites to engage in the social and truly sticky aspects of the Web. Chat Ventures, a dialogue company, addresses that problem by licensing publishers a tool called the Qwidget that engages more of their audience than the 1% on average that currently participates through comments. The Qwidget places provocative opinion questions next to publisher content which sparks cross-Web dialogue between visitors on any participating site."