http://startupchile.org is working with startups in Chile to help them get to the next level. Here Executive Director Horacio Melo tells me why Chile is a great place to start a company and why it is seeing an explosion in startups.
http://www.saya.im/main/index.php was started by Robert Lamptey to bring messaging to low-cost phones in Ghana. He’s an impressive entrepreneur and it’s interesting to hear him talk about the differences between his market and the United States one. His app is being used by hundreds of thousands of people.
http://bougue.me is a startup that helps people — living in Brazil — find a local professional to help them do things like house cleaning, plumbing, and other trades. What I found interesting here was talking about what’s happening in Brazil.
http://www.maluuba.com/ says it’s a “do engine.” A new way to search, organize, and connect. Here I get a first look at it at Techcrunch Disrupt 2012 with the founders who are building this powerful contextual search assistant (think of a better Siri) for Android users.
http://www.expectlabs.com Tim Tuttle of Expect Labs came and visited the Rackspace studio at Techcrunch Disrupt. Om Malik of GigaOm.com called its app, Mind Meld, out. So I wanted to find out more about this app, which is being designed for iPads first. What does it do? It listens to your voice in a meeting and then brings you information about what you are talking about. This contextual app is like a new kind of search, or, really, an assistant that listens to you and tries to serve you with information that you need just now.
San Antonio’s RackSpace is about to take over a million-square-foot mall in a bad part of town. Why? Well, in this two part presentation, Graham Weston, chairman, Dirk Elmendorf, Chief Technology Evangelist and Founder and Lew Moorman, SVP of Strategy and Corporate Development, tell me why, give us a tour, and discuss the future plans of its business. Hear how Weston convinced 1, 400 people to move after they all were against the idea.
Joel runs Stack Exchange and Trello and is a famous entrepreneur in New York. He discusses how he builds a great company culture while at Techcrunch Disrupt. Read Joel’s blog on entrepreneurism and programming at http://www.joelonsoftware.com/
Parker Harris is one of the cofounders of Salesforce, which has 90,000 people at its Dreamforce event this week. Here he talks with me about the future of Salesforce. Why does he know about that? A lot. He’s vice president of technology at Salesforce.