Demo Day: TechStars Cloud Unveils First Class of 11 Startups

April 11, 2012

3:28 pm

Today, TechStars Cloud launched 11 companies in San Antonio, all using the power of the cloud to make it easier to build websites and apps, manage your web services, and get analytics.

TechStars Cloud is the first themed accelerator program in the network, complementing TechStars Boston, Boulder, NYC, and Seattle. Today’s demo day is the pinnacle of a 3-month program where startups received $118,000 in funding (upped in September), mentorship, and office space.

Here are the 11 startups:

Appsembler (Cambridge, MA): Handles the backend infrastructure for app developers, including hosting, billing, and operational support. Founder Nate Aune wanted to ease the pain of deployment so developers could focus on their apps. (Boulder, CO): Audience and engagement analytics for digital media. The team, Michael Sitarzewski, Richard Jones, and Travis Silverman, already raised a seed round led by DFJ Mercury.

Cloudability (Portland, OR): A platform for businesses to track cloud service spending and identify ways to save money. Their 9-person team is headed by Mat Ellis.

Cloudsnap: A drag-and-drop tool to manage your apps in one place – apps like MailChimp, Zendesk, and Twilio.

Conductrics (Brooklyn, NY): Makers of mPath, which uses AI to update a business’s website or app in real time in response to user behavior. For example, it might change marketing language based on which phrase gets more customers to buy your product.

Distil: A network that protects your digital content from theft and data harvesting by distinguishing humans from bots. Distil has 4 cofounders: Rami Essaid, Engin Akyol, Sean Harmer, and Andrew Stein.

Emergent One (San Antonio, TX): A tool for building APIs in minutes. Previously, cofounders Kevin Pfab and Mike Taczak both worked at Rackspace.

Flomio (Miami, FL): Helps you add NFC (near-field communication) to your app. They provide a tiny NFC reader that plugs into a phone’s audio jack, APIs, and analytics; example uses include letting customers check in with a tap or scanning badges to shorten lines at conferences. Founded by Richard Grundy, who worked as an engineer at Motorola for 12 years. (San Francisco, CA): Helps you “record every action your users take,” from clicks to swipes to purchases.

Tempo (Chicago, IL): A database service that stores and analyzes time-series data.

Vidmaker (Madison, WI): A service for editing and collaborating on video online.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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