October 9, 2015
The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is visiting 11 US cities to spread the word about their accelerator programs that run in 7 cities(Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle, and Tel Aviv) around the world. More specifically, this tour is to promote the Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle which is currently accepting applications for their new class beginning on February 2, 2016.
On October 14, the tour will be rolling into Austin, TX, home of SXSW, and keeping it weird. Aside from the yearly mega-conference, tech startups are flocking to Austin for a number of reasons including the low cost of living, no state taxes, and strong local talent and support.
One particular startup from Austin also happens to be a Microsoft Ventures Accelerator alum. Let me introduce you to CloudCoreo:
CloudCoreo is a platform that enables you to quickly and easily deploy to any cloud. After deployment, upgrades are added and rolled out automatically. This ensures that your infrastructure stays up-to-date. It is in fact the only community driven DevOps framework that is combined with a deployment engine.
The founders are Cy Megnin and Paul Allen. Megnin is a serial entrepreneur. Past ventures include Trugets and OCPS, a real estate investment firm, concentrating on environmentally conscious building practices. While at OCPS he was named in Professional Remodeler’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Allen has a background in software QA and DevOps engineering.
At the center of CloudCoreo is a CLI is based on Git-style subcommands. It allows the user full control over their CloudCoreo account, as well as the stacks maintained within your account. “Stack” in this case means everything in a cloud deployment including networks, managed services (databases, queues, search, email services), hard drives, network cards, email services, etc. If you need further explanation, they do a really good job of spelling it all out.
All in all, Austin is pretty much the perfect city for a Microsoft Ventures tour stop. Info on this stop and all other events on the tour can be found here.
Also, if you’re a startup looking to gain access to this stellar accelerator program, here is everything you need to know to apply.
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