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Where to Find Startups at SXSW 2014


SXSW Interactive attracts over 32,000 attendees (along with Film), scattered across a handful of venues in downtown Austin. Some people are corporate employees, some are individuals, and others are startup entrepreneurs. Here’s where to find the startups. SXSW Startup Village Located on the fourth floor of the Downtown Austin Hilton, this is where a lot… Read more »

SXSW Sessions You Might Possibly Want to Attend

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If you’re attending SXSW Interactive, the mega-festival that takes place from March 7-11, you’ll have over 1,000 sessions to choose from (not to mention the parties). You may give preferences to the parties, but here are some sessions you might want to check out. Friday, March 7 Gary Vaynerchuk Tells You How to Rock SXSW… Read more »

My Last SXSW

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Editor’s note: In her essay “It Is Never Too Late to Change Everything,” released this week as part of Kindle Serial The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women, Leslie Bradshaw uses candor and humor to break down how difficult it can be to build and scale a company, while also landing large clients and… Read more »

A Few Tips for Your First Time… At SXSW.


SXSW has become the launchpad to all things cutting edge and creative in Interactive, Film and, Music. Twitter launched, or ‘blew up‘ according to co-founder Evan Williams, at SXSW in 2007. Prince performed a six-hour comeback concert last year. Chelsea Clinton will be a keynote this year. The experience can be fulfilling, albeit a little daunting…. Read more »

Who is SXSW’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

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There’s this tech conference held in Austin, Texas every year called South by Southwest.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Of course you’ve heard of it.  Because it’s been around for 27 years and continually getting bigger.  Because it’s home to world class parties, music, talks, and personalities.  Because if you’re a tech startup, it’s where… Read more »

Who are the Challenge Cup Austin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

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In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. On January 17th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to Austin, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional… Read more »

Transforming the Cancer Care Ecosystem With Livestrong’s Cancer Hacks

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On November 20 the Livestrong Foundation launched its Cancer Hacks tool, This technology engagement platform is dedicated to compiling the Foundation’s expert knowledge about dealing with cancer’s daily burdens and combining it with hacks. The hacks, or tips, are submitted by people from around the world who have their own ‘daily cures’ for conquering… Read more »

Inside the Company Culture of Austin’s SpareFoot


It’s not always easy to get people’s attention when your industry is self-storage – and SpareFoot freely admits it. Instead, they’ve infused personality into their brand with a slew of antics: giving away a fully stocked fridge of Monster energy drinks, creating a tongue-in-cheek version of the firefighter pin-up calendar, and offering $500 for the… Read more »

Revolution Growth Invests $40 Million in Austin’s Bigcommerce

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Today, DC-based Revolution Growth announced its biggest investment ever, $40 million for Bigcommerce. Chairman Steve Case will join the Austin startup’s board. This is Revolution Growth’s second announcement in July, following Optoro, and the third ecommerce startup in their portfolio. Bigcommerce hopes to leverage Case’s expertise in small business, partnerships, and international expansion, gained during… Read more »

WigWag Puts The “Thing” In The Internet of Things


The Internet is changing from a medium that moves bits from computer to computer to an Internet of things. Ordinary devices like lights and sensors become Internet-enabled, environmentally aware, with the ability to interact with their surroundings.  Are you ready for the Internet of things? WigWag wants to help you be an early adopter of these… Read more »

The Austin A-List Announced Today, Features 19 Diverse Startups


The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, along with South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), today announced the Austin A-List, which features 19 promising Austin tech startups. Compiled with insight from venture capital, private equity, and angel investors, the members on the list are representative of key sectors of innovation in Austin. The idea behind the Austin… Read more »

Demo Day: Austin’s Incubation Station Showcases 6 Startups


Incubation Station marks their second annual Showcase Day event today in Austin, Texas. Six consumer packaged goods (CPG) startups, after a 12-week mentorship program, are getting the opportunity to present their final pitches to Austin’s entrepreneur and investor communities. These startups spent their 12 weeks at Incubation Station focusing on funding, team building, mentorship, and… Read more »