Inside TechStars Cloud with the Rackspace Startup Program

Filed in by John McKenna | January 19, 2012 11:30 am

The Rackspace Startup Program is fortunate in the fact that we get to help entrepreneurs make their dreams come true daily. We have a wealth of world class accelerators as strategic partners who provide us with the cream of the crop startups for our program. It’s exciting to us when a world class accelerator comes to our home town to set up shop. San Antonio, TechStars Cloud is here with eleven companies making their dreams come true.

TechStars Cloud is a vertical startup accelerator and the first thematic accelerator in the TechStars program focusing entirely on Cloud Computing, Cloud infrastructure and Open Source companies. “We’ve taken eleven companies and we’re providing them with funding and mentorship and an intense three month boot camp experience to get them as far as we possibly can and deliver them out into the world with awesome new Cloud products,” explains Jason Seats, Managing Director of TechStars Cloud. “My expectations for this group of companies are very high. I see a lot of interesting things being worked on and a lot of great ideas. I think we are going to see great things from this group of people.”

The inaugural TechStars Cloud program will run from January to April 2012 within Geekdom on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. Geekdom is a new kind of collaborative workspace where entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, makers and creatives help each other build businesses and other cool things together right here in San Antonio.

“It is a real honor for me to give back and mentor startups for TechStars Cloud. I believe this is great opportunity for Cloud Computing and San Antonio. It’s an awesome proving ground that mentorship is the new classroom for technology and education throughout Texas and the United States,” says Nick Longo, Director of Geekdom and Strategic Initiatives with Rackspace Hosting.

“Mentorship – that’s what this program is all about. We have these mentors come in and volunteer freely of their time just to help these companies get started and it’s fantastic. The diversity of opinion that gets shared is having people that ‘have been there, done that’ come and really help these guys figure out what they’re doing. It’s great,” continues Jason Seats. “We break the program structure into three phases. The first phase is really a ‘get to know you’ phase. This is the time when mentors and companies meet each other and feel each other out. The second phase is really about ‘rolling up your sleeves’ and getting to work. The last third of the program is a big ramp up for our ‘final goodbye’ in getting them ready for what’s coming next after they’re done and make sure their companies have long and successful lives.”

Nicole Glaros, Managing Director of TechStars Boulder, is here in San Antonio as well to assist Jason Seats with the inaugural TechStars Cloud. “We love these companies! We’re really working with them to get them to the next level. I’m here because I want to be here in San Antonio, I love these companies and I’m looking forward to working with Jason.”

The Rackspace Startup Program loves working with the TechStars Cloud team and the companies within as well. Our hats are off to the eleven companies that comprise the inaugural TechStars Cloud program for 2012 right here in the Alamo City.

Is your company involved in an accelerator program in 2012? Would you like to know more about managing your new business venture and letting Rackspace manage your Cloud? Contact the Space Cowboys today.

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