FlowChart.com is a Web-based collaboration tool that allows teams to work together from anywhere with an Internet connection -- no software download necessary. The FlowChart user interface works with any browser on any operating system. An extensive image library plus image uploading, drawing tools, multi-page flowcharts, file exporting in popular formats such as PDF, and record/playback functionality highlight some of the tool's key features. And FlowChart's API allows for additional development and customization for those that like to get under the hood and tinker with the engine. While FlowChart is still in beta, you can request an invitation on their Web site.
Read on for capsules on the four finalists from each location: A bit about what they do and why they made the grade. You'll notice themes of efficiency, productivity, simplicity -- in other words, these developers are building software to help people do their jobs better. Whether that means meeting and collaborating from anywhere in the world, sharing knowledge effectively throughout an organization, or simply helping time-strapped folks better manage their email, these companies earned their Launch Pad recognition by not being satisfied with today's tools and developing applications for how you'll do business tomorrow and beyond.