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The game industry today offers plenty of development engines to choose from. Unfortunately, there is no technology that allows all devices to plug into the same game server in real time. Almost 69 million Americans will be playing social games in 2012, according to analysis firm eMarketer. Within the Rackspace Startup Program there are several companies that cater to social games, the new buzz word in the industry, but it’s limited to device specific social play. To Digital Harmony Games, that’s not social at all. That’s just online play with social features, stuck in its own device.
Many times we know a small business in need of recommendations and business help. Business owners almost always ask, “Am I the most efficient and profitable company I can be?” Perhaps they are a one or two employee shop and often wonder, “What tools  can I use to help determine these cost-saving opportunities?” As businesses grow and mature, these are often questions we see in the Rackspace Startup Program and we love sharing how one startup can truly help another.
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.
Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology and education. Nicknamed “The City of Angels,” it is the second largest city in the United States, and LA is ranked the third richest and fifth most powerful and influential city in the world. Los Angeles is now a hot bed for the startup community with the inception of Start Engine, a rapid accelerator program created by Howard Marks, Co-Founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, Principal and Founder of Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC, and one of the most prolific investors in Los Angeles. The Rackspace Startup Program was there for the launch of Start Engine last week.
Travel is a key priority for the Rackspace Startup Program. We are constantly on the go visiting with startups and key partners. Keeping track of and using frequent flyer miles to save the company in travel expenses can be confusing at times. The Space Cowboys would like to introduce you to GoMiles.com who helps travelers take control of their frequent flyer and loyalty points once and for all, and help them get things travelers really care about…like free travel. It is the easiest and best way to manage your frequent flyer miles.
It’s no secret that Rackspace loves startups! Enough so that the company launched the Rackspace Startup Program this year and we’re committed to helping entrepreneurs drive the next generation of businesses by providing Cloud Computing hosting and coaching through select incubators, accelerators, investors and others who share our passion for startups. We are now over 30+ partners and 300+ companies strong in the program and growing. Every day, we meet these great startups that join the program and work hand in hand with our key partners in the startup community.
PayPerks is an educational rewards platform for the financially underserved and part of the Rackspace Startup Program.  Their patent-pending rewards model fuses online education with sweepstakes-based incentives in order to fuel positive behavior changes among the lower and middle income segment.  Users can earn PayPerks points through a variety of actions such as taking PayPerks’ graphical, story-based educational curriculum, adopting prepaid debit cards to eliminate their check cashing fees or accumulating a rainy day fund in a prepaid account.
Building and operating a backend is really hard and time consuming. The Rackspace Startup Program is proud to introduce you to Kinvey, the first Backend as a Service (BaaS) that makes it ridiculously easy for developers to setup and operate a Cloud backend for their mobile apps. At Kinvey, they are motivated to take something that is really difficult and are making it easy and elegant for their customers to operate at scale and provide value to all their end users, which could potentially be billions of people.
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