Start-Up Village at South By Southwest 2013


(B) Every year, I am noticing a bigger crowd from Silicon Valley going to SXSW in Austin. Besides Le Web in December in Paris, this is probably becoming one of the most “must see” and “must be” conference for technologists. SXSW is about music and film where technology is called interactive (probably not the best word). But with the evolution of computing technology becoming more consumer-oriented over the last 15 years, SXSW is probably a good framework to get the state of the art in social media, games, mobile apps, and web entertainment. Twitter, in its early days, got a significant boost from SXSW.

SXSW has a Start-up Village and even a Start-up Accelerator forum during the conference. Following are the new ventures that were part of Start-Up Village this year:

A Knowledge sharing tool for the modern workforce. Bloomfire helps you capture, display, save, and share information, connecting people who have the knowledge with those who need it.

Citybot is a mobile app that creates personalized itineraries for visitors both new and familiar to a city.
Bringing true relationships together in a fun new way.

Build, run and manage your Java apps in the cloud with the CloudBees Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Taking the BS out of getting a custom site and managing it. We’re going to make businesses better and save them time and money. We’re not stopping until we’re everything to everyone. $20 a month. Websites for the rest of us.

A new approach to serendipitous discovery for collaboration. Collaborizm offers intelligent matchmaking for projects and collaborators, simplified project management and communication tools and a diverse community based on shared values.

Crowd Act
Crowd Act Inc is a Calgary, Canada based start-up and launching the beta version of, a subject-based social media, and network in SXSW.

eevzdrop is a fun, new way to share your day-to-day life experiences with the rest of the world through audio recordings.

Glocal provides stories to the world’s communities from the people who represent them.

Guide turns your favorite online news and social streams into a video. Guide’s TV news style format allows you to watch your favorite content instead of having to read it.

A mobile app that allows you to share the things you Hate. Hate on celebrities, politicians, bad service, too much traffic, and annoying Facebook “friends.” Simply, your random daily Hate.

“Crowdsourced Hiring” Jobhuk helps leverage the human network to Hire and Get hired via Referrals. Pays referrer on successful hires.

Light of Creativity
Light of Creativity is a startup company that presents LIGHT, a Web System that helps record, organize and share your life.

Not it Labs
Not iT is a smartphone app that helps groups of people who live, work or play together to delegate real-world tasks from a gamified hub.

Social ID
Social I.D. presents ASKIE, your personal mobile “Ask the Audience”. Askie is an app that is all about advice, whether you’re giving it or getting it.

Speeker is a mobile social network where people can openly share pictures, news, and opinions based on proximity.

Talentwire powers talent acquisition for the #open era. Leverage your team’s expertise and culture to attract and engage a higher level of better-matched candidates.

Transporter is an online, but off-cloud social storage solution for privately sharing, accessing and protecting all of your valuable files.

Userify is a mobile and agent-based platform for secure public cloud User Management and supports both SSH and API role-based authorization and authentication.

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