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April brings us International Children’s Book Day, celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday on the 2nd. Webster’s Dictionary was first published this month in 1828. Educator Booker T. Washington, aviator Wilbur Wright and seismologist Charles Richter were all born in April. The MP3 audio format was patented in Germany this month in 1989. On April 10, “Encourage a Young Writer Day” is celebrated followed by “Tell a Story Day” on the 27th. And, in the words of Mark Twain, “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
Five early-stage startups will showcase what they’ve built this Friday at Spartups Demo Day 2014 at Rackspace San Francisco (SFO).
On a daily basis, in many areas of our lives, we use project management without even realizing it. If you’re jumping in the shower to get your morning started or at the job site building an apartment complex, you’re project managing. And with many projects, collaboration with others is paramount.
Waves of palpable excitement moved through the throng of developers, musicians and media as Slash took the stage at the end of the epic 12-hour Slashathon hackathon and aptly proclaimed, “That was a hell of a lot of fun!”
TrueAbility, a member of the Rackspace Startup Program, is a technical assessment platform that allows tech professionals to prove themselves in a live environment. The startup leverages the Rackspace Cloud to spin up servers, then apply and break technologies on them, and deliver questions to the end user, which they are required to solve by performing real work. The TrueAbility system grades the tech pros’ work and delivers results.
With the launch of Rackspace Digital last week at the W Hotel, we introduced our team of digital specialists laser focused on content, commerce and mobile. Over the weekend, as more of SXSW 2014 came alive, Rackspace deployed additional teams of specialists on the ground to engage with event goers at festival venues inside the Austin city limits.
The Startup Village is coming alive at SXSW 2014. On the 4th floor of the Austin Hilton, we’ve set up a studio to interview startups. One of the first to drop by was Felt, a new iPad app that takes the pain out of buying and selling greeting cards.
At Rackspace, we’re always on the lookout for ways to trigger creativity and innovation, both in the workplace and with our Startup Program. Sometimes, cultivating inspiration requires bringing together some of the industry’s most talented techies and then giving them a tight deadline to come up with a plan.
Asset monitoring and protection solutions are becoming critical to corporations and industries globally. One member of the Rackspace Startup Program has been developing hardware and cloud software designed to manage and protect business assets. Austin-based Nuve focuses on the emerging field of asset management and fraud prevention. The company has developed a new technology based on sensors, a cloud-based platform and a mobile application that allows its customers to better protect, control and monitor their property.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The StartupBus finalists have been selected. They are: Nutfund, Bridgefy, On The List, TrustMail, MiniMap, Smart Host and Beander. The finalists present their pitches starting at 2 p.m. CST today (Thursday, March 6). Tune in live here.
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