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Ami Ben-David is Trying to Beat Google in Mobile Search

Ami Ben David

I tend to think entrepreneurs are crazy if they’re trying to build a new social network. So Ami Ben-David and co. must be really crazy – they’re trying to beat Google at search. Everything.me, or “The Everything Project,” is a mobile search engine that delivers easy-to-view, highly visual results. It evolved out of Do@, which… Read more »


Interview with Jeff Dachis: Social Media Tips for Startups and What You’re (Probably) Doing Wrong

Jeff Dachis

Jeff Dachis cofounded digital marketing firm Razorfish in the ’90s, raising an IPO of around $50 million in 1999. Nowadays, he’s working as the CEO of Dachis Group, a social media consultancy that serves 30,000 brands – including AT&T, Disney, HP, Nokia, and Target. They also maintain the Social Business Index to rank the performance… Read more »



Intel’s Ekaterina Walter: Fail Your Way to Amazing Things

Ekaterina Walter

As you’ll see in the video below, Intel social media strategist Ekaterina Walter is excited by the power of social media to connect us and help us “co-create” the products we buy from brands. A self-proclaimed “restless soul” with a passion for transcending cultural boundaries, Walter shared her excitement at our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration. She discusses… Read more »



Logan LaHive of Belly on Starting a VC-Incubated Company

Logan LaHive

Loyalty reward apps for small businesses is a rapidly growing marketplace.  One of the first companies in this space was launched by Logan LaHive, CEO of Belly, who stopped by our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration Saturday to talk about life as an entrepreneur. LaHive launched Belly while he was a Founder-in-Residence at Lightbank, a Chicago-based VC… Read more »



Bo Fishback of Zaarly: We Didn’t Even Exist at SXSW Last Year

Bo Fishback

Bo Fishback’s background is a bit different from most entrepreneurs’ – after studying biomedical engineering, he started two research-heavy drug delivery and genome sequencing companies. He also served as vice president of entrepreneurship for the non-profit Kauffman Foundation. But these days he’s helping dinners get delivered, boxes moved, and friends picked up as the CEO… Read more »




Juan Diego Calle of .CO: The Most Exciting Part of SXSW Is the Number of People Starting Companies

juan diego calle

If you’ve scored a .co domain name, you can thank Juan Diego Calle, CEO of .CO Internet. His company launched .co in July 2010 and has since seen over 1 million domain names registered. Calle also invests through STRAAT Investments and learned some entrepreneurial lessons starting Latin American pay-per-click network TeRespondo.com (sold to Yahoo! in… Read more »