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The trade show at this year’s SXSW is more international than ever before. Germany, Ireland, Canada and Argentina are all sponsoring booths to showcase their nation’s startup scene, but the Japanese expo space takes the cake.
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.
Last night I kicked off SXSW at Capital Factory (@capitalfactory) with the Rackspace Startup Program and ObjectRocket as stops on the Austin Startup Crawl (@ATXstartupcrawl). It was AWESOME. There were so many great companies to visit and everyone who stopped by the booths was building something.
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.
March brings us International Women’s Day on the 8th, with the theme of “Inspiring Change.” Inventor Alexander Graham Bell, artist Michelangelo, illusionist Harry Houdini and the world’s favorite soft drink, Coca Cola were all born in March. The Ides of March fall on the 15th. Twitter had its first ever tweets go out in March of 2006. We look forward to the first day of Spring on the 20th of the month. And in the words of author, scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold, “One swallow does not make a Summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.”
Endao is a platform for building Business Process Management (BPM) software with the goal of  improving the design and deployment experience. Most BPM tools either limit what a designer can do in the name of simplicity or flexibility, but the tools are complex, expensive and time consuming to deploy. The Endao platform allows you to build powerful BPM applications very quickly and cost effectively.
Naruby Schlenker is a co-founder of Ordoro, a web application that helps small-­ and medium-sized e­commerce retailers manage their orders, inventory and shipping. Founded in 2010, Ordoro streamlines everything that happens after a shopper checks out on an online retailer’s website, including inventory management, drop shipping, supplier integration and the creation and printing of packing lists and shipping labels.
Helping people learn more in less time is the mission behind Knowji, a passionate education technology (EdTech) company and a member of the Rackspace Startup Program that strives to empower people through education, focusing specifically on language acquisition.
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