Tech Cocktail SXSW Accelerator Kickoff Preview

March 13, 2011

11:30 am

Today is our SXSW Accelerator Kickoff in Austin, and we can’t wait. We will be showcasing 29 startups that we are extremely excited about, so come on over to meet the teams behind the companies see all the cool things happening in the tech community.
In no specific order, here is a rundown on the startups:

Udemy – They democratize learning and publishing so anyone can learn or teach anything online.

GotoCamera – Providing free and easy home, pet, and small business monitoring using web cams.

BreakoutBand – Unleash your inner rock star, have fun, and win awards.

Sphero – The world’s first robotic ball is controlled by your smart phone and boasts an open API for developers.

NeighborGoods – Save money, live more sustainably and strengthen your local community by sharing goods and skills with your neighbors.

Rootmusic – Their BandPage Facebook app allows musicians to interact with their fans, book shows, connect with labels, and more.

Smartling – Through a cloud-based software model, Smartling provides an entirely new, automated method to translate websites and web applications into multiple languages.

QONQR – The geosocial game that combines RISK, Farmville, FourSquare, and Starcraft, with a dash of WarGames thrown in for good measure.

Exfm – The best way to find, organize, and share music on the web.

Owni – A new media hub for investigative journalism in politics and tech supported by a huge community of bloggers.

TwoChop – This content gamification platform enables partners to turn any content (text, images, music, videos, and data) into games.

Flixlab – The fast and fun way to turn your videos and pictures into great movies to share with your friends.

Roqbot – A social jukebox for your favorite bar or restaurant.

TinyVox – Record audio files for quick and easy sharing.

Metabeam – Metabeam apps deliver smart remote control, search, preview, social networking and more for Flash users.

YAPPER – An online self-service for publishers to build their own mobile apps.

GadgetTrak – GadgetTrak tells you where your laptop, tablet, or smartphone is and who has it and it has the ability to secure the data on it.

MuckRock – is the easiest way to request, analyze and share government documents, making politics more transparent and democracies more informed.

Votizen – Provide tools for voters to communicate with their government officials, backed by the power of their voting history.

Tango – Use Tango to make mobile free video calls to your family and friends wherever you are.

Storify – Mix together Tweets, photos and videos to create dynamic stories that can be embedded anywhere.

Kabbage – Kabbage provides working capital to the millions of online merchants that sell on marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.

Crowdmap by Ushahidi – Collect, aggregate, and visualize geospatial data from on-the-ground sources with this crowdsourcing application.

GazeHawk – Low-cost eye tracking service uses ordinary webcams to show you where on your site users look so you can optimize design/copy.

Sifteo – Sifteo cubes are 1.5 inch computers with full-color displays that sense their motion, sense each other, and wirelessly connect to your computer for interactive game playing that gets your brain and body engaged.

Compass Labs – Generate qualified leads and achieve brand engagement on Facebook and Twitter using Compass Labs’ precision targeted social ad solution.

Portalarium – Bringing premium games to the social web across social networks, web browsers and both desktop and mobile devices.

ViKi – A play on video and wiki, ViKi is an international video site for the best of world TV series and movies, translated in 100+ languages by a community of avid fans.

DocumentCloud – DocumentCloud makes it easier for journalists to publish and analyze more document source material and keeps those documents available for future research, reporting and review.

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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