Amidst all of the breathtaking SXSW chaos happening at bars, hotels, and in the streets, the Austin Convention Center provided their own form of chaos, albeit in an ordered fashion, at the 2014 SXSW Tradeshow. For a first-year attendee like myself, having the organized chaos with aisles and booth numbers helped a lot.
And I needed all the help I could get because I was on the prowl for eye-grabbing, interest-igniting startups and I didn’t really know where to look for them. I was able to navigate my way to the back corner in one of the exhibit halls where I could feel the entrepreneurial spirit burning brightly before I even saw anything.
Every startup there was working hard to stand out and get recognized amidst the big names and their flair. All in all, there were 8 different startups that caught my eye, and I thought you should know about them and the work they’re doing.
My 8 favorite startups from the SXSW Tradeshow were:
ShipStation: A web-based software designed to help e-commerce retailers process, fulfill, and ship their orders from all the most popular marketplaces and shopping carts using all the top carriers.
WannaGo: A mobile platform that helps you track and share your favorite places to eat, stay, shop, and travel in a city.
GetChitter: An app that rewards you with free offers and special discounts for doing something you already do: posting photos to your social media.
Planet Jockey: They operate as growth agents, working with companies to crystallize their growth activity to align, train, and mobilize their people to achieve.
Neon Mobile: They take the elements of your business that matter the most and bring them to life by combining 3D facades with eight built-in HTML 5 applications.
TentSquare: A fully crowdsourced film production studio with an integrated social network. From the earliest development phases all the way through post-production, the users weigh-in.
Squerb: They have built an opinion platform that goes beyond the binary “like” and adapts by presenting the right language to any subject, interest, or thought about everything from movies to articles on politics.
Threespot: They work for organizations that are creating positive change in the world by improving public policy and government, informing the public, enriching life and culture, saving lives, creating social change, and supporting thought leadership.