5 Microsoft BizSpark Startups Showcased at SXSW

March 14, 2010

11:29 am

This week we are hosting at TECH cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday, presented by Microsoft BizSpark and Volusion. As part of its sponsorship, Microsoft BizSpark elected to continue to help the startups in the program by offering five of them an opportunity to showcase their stuff at the event. The startups include:

DubMeNow – Based in Washington, DC, this company has created a new way to connect and exchange information among people by offering an electronic business card system. DubMe is also responsible for the official SXSW iPhone application, which is powering everyone’s schedule at the event, as we covered previously. DubMe has been a TECH cocktail showcase startup by demoing at one of our DC events in the past.

OneRiot –  This Boulder, CO-based startup offers a realtime search engine that seeks to unearth the most interesting content on the web – what people are talking about, sharing, and viewing right now. OneRiot crawls the links people share on Twitter, Digg, and other social sharing services and indexes the content on those pages in seconds. The end result is a search experience that allows users to find the freshest, most socially relevant content from across the real-time web.

Wild Pockets– This company, a spin out from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, makes it easier to develop 3D games and media.  If offers an end-to-end solution, currently in beta, that supports creators throughout the life cycle of 3D game development. The company is working on creating an entire ecosystem that simplifies the process of creating 3D games and media, distributing this content, and building lasting businesses and communities around the content.

Piryx – A “social fundraising and real-time giving platform,” Pyrix offers a powerful combination of payment processing, analytical marketing tools, and APIs for deep integration to give nonprofits, political organizations, and social advocacy groups the ability to identify and connect with donors and social advocates. As a result, organizations can use these connections to raise more money. The company has offices in Austin and San Francisco.

RedCritter – This Dallas-based company offers a cloud computing platform that supports “software as a service” aimed at delivering “information at a glance.” RedCritter apps can pull information from anywhere on the Web or from a company’s Intranet. The apps are “context and preferences aware” and support rich media, interactivity, and animation. RedCritter also allows Silverlight developers to create desktop-based apps for Microsoft Outlook users.

Find out more information about how Microsoft is helping startups through the BizSpark program and how you might be able to get involved here.

Disclosure: As per the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that Microsoft BizSpark is a sponsor of TECH cocktail SXSW and has sponsored previous events in other locations across the country.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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