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This is a guest post written and contributed by Ross Ingram of Orbotix, maker of Sphero, a robotic ball gaming system. Orbotix is part of the Rackspace Startup Program.
The Space Cowboys from the Rackspace Startup Program were in Silicon Valley for the last couple of weeks visiting startups and helping spread the word on the next generation Rackspace Cloud.
At SXSW on Sunday, Cerealize was crowned the winner of the StartupBus 2012!
The StartupBus Grand Finals are today at 3 p.m. at SXSW in Hilton Salon A. Part of the finalists’ prep was some warm-up pitching on Friday at the Castle, our home in San Antonio.
On Thursday, December 1st Rackspace celebrated the grand opening of its San Francisco office and the Space Cowboys from the Rackspace Startup Program were there to witness. It was a grand affair hosted by Robert Scoble, technology evangelist, and Chief Learning Officer at Rackspace Hosting, who is building a new community of people fanatical about tech startups. Special guests at the event included GoPro, Loggly, New Relic, Foodspotting and the Honorable Ed Lee who shared his thoughts about the San Francisco tech community and proclaimed it “Rackspace Day,” honoring the company’s commitment to investing its resources in his city.
 
What happens when you bring 40 aspiring entrepreneurs together over a weekend, create a space for ideas to flow, load in cases of caffeinated beverages, mix in three squares a day, and provide mentoring from some of the brightest in the business who have built successful startups? The entrepreneurial exploits of 3 Day Startup, where dreams come true and companies are conceived in a mere 50 hours. The weekend is designed with 2 specific goals in mind: kick starting new companies and building entrepreneurial capabilities for students and their university communities.
The Space Cowboys from the Rackspace Startup Program are on the road most of the time visiting with startups over the globe. Finding the best travel deals and booking them can be time consuming and frustrating. Are you frustrated with booking travel online? Introducing myTab, an online travel gift card where you can create trips for any occasion.  Save funds on your gift card, have friends and family give you cash on your gift card and then redeem the funds towards travel on myTab. It’s faster and easier than scrambling around trying to find the best travel deals.
Over the summer of 2011, Capital Factory in Austin, Texas was nurturing a group of startup companies including the Rackspace Startup Program sponsored Storymix Media who creates stories from your personal video.  They make it easy to create a beautifully edited video as it is to design a photo book. Storymix Media is a great value when you need a wedding video that won’t bust your budget. Your guests can capture every special moment of your wedding; you add your personal touch and the editors at Storymix Media create a video that captures those memories forever.
Green is everywhere these days. It’s in the news, politics, fashion, products, and technology and its here within the Rackspace Startup Program. Introducing ecomom, founded to address the connection between the health of our children and the vitality of our environment.  The e-commerce site committed to providing parents with solutions for healthy living. ecomom does the research every mom would do if she had the unlimited time and resources, and only provides the healthiest products to go in, on and around your family.
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