In January 2012, entrepreneurs from all over the country arrived for the first ever TechStars Cloud accelerator hosted at Geekdom in the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. The program centered around startups working exclusively on cloud computing, cloud infrastructure and OpenStack. TechStars Cloud was completely focused on investing in and mentoring the best talent building businesses that fall within the cloud vertical. And the Rackspace Startup Program was there to welcome them to the Alamo City.
Today was the culmination of three months of hard work, sleepless nights and a few tears for the startups. Introducing Demo Day at TechStars Cloud! Under the tutelage of Jason Seats, Managing Director of TechStars Cloud, and Nicole Glaros, Managing Director of TechStars Boulder, who temporarily relocated to San Antonio with her family; 11 companies presented their ideas to a packed house at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater.
“TechStars Cloud is a three month boot camp for startups,” cited Seats in the opening welcome to the show. “It’s actually early days for the Internet and there is so much more to build. We are excited about the infrastructure technology that has been developed in San Antonio over the last three months.” David Cohen, founder and CEO of TechStars, followed Seats by saying, “TechStars was born to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit. I’m super proud of these companies.”
Between the TechStars Cloud company pitches, Sean Elliott was on hand to introduce the entertainment; First Robotics from San Antonio demonstrated their basketball playing abilities with robots. And Sean let us in on a little secret: he is a technology geek, as well as a San Antonio Spurs NBA champion and current sports caster with Fox Sports Southwest.
Here’s a look at the companies that were born out of the inaugural class at TechStars Cloud in San Antonio:
Appsembler – A platform that allows software companies to rapidly launch Software as a Service (SaaS) products. They supply scalable hosting, billing, support ticketing and everything else needed to turn code into customers.
Team Appsembler: Nate Aune
Contact Appsembler @ email@example.com
Callisto.fm – Provides real-time analytics to media creators and distributors. Callisto.fm will tell them who’s engaged and for how long, no matter which device, platform or service is used. Their data will revolutionize the way they create and monetize their products.
Team Callisto.fm: Michael Sitarzewski, Travis Silverman, Richard Jones
Contact Callisto.fm @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Cloudability – Monitors and manages spending for companies across the entire spectrum of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud services. Find out who in your organization is using the cloud, how much they are spending and identify ways to save money. Cloudability helps over 1,870 companies manage more than $45 million of cloud spending.
Team Cloudability: Mat Ellis, J.R. Storment, Jon Frisby Contact
Cloudability @ email@example.com
CloudSnap – Provides users with the ability to easily integrate multiple web apps and services together, without having to worry about their underlying APIs.
Team CloudSnap: Colin Loretz, Chris Yoder, Steve Byrd
Contact CloudSnap @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Conductrics – Helps companies increase their customer conversions via an API platform that makes it simple to build adaptive testing and customer personalization directly into any type of online application.
Team Conductrics: Matt Gershoff, Nathaniel Weiss
Contact Conductrics @ email@example.com
Distil – The first Content Protection Network that stops malicious web scraping and content theft. Distil protects data in order to prevent the loss of visitors, SEO ranking and revenue.
Team Distil: Rami Essaid, Andrew Stein, Engin Akyol, Sean Harmer
Contact Distil @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergent One – For the millions of existing applications that need an API to enable mobile access or integrate with partners, Emergent One’s platform instantly generates and scales a customized REST API.
Team Emergent One: Mike Taczak, Kevin Pfab
Contact Emergent One @ email@example.com
Flomio – Making it easy to build NFC and RFID enabled applications. Use Flomio’s API, tags, readers and software to create web based solutions that respond to real world interactions.
Team Flomio: Richard Grundy, John Bullard
Contact Flomio @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Keen – Giving mobile developers the data they need to optimize their applications. Keen makes it simple to collect all the event data their users are generating and get that data into the analysis tools they already use.
Team Keen: Kyle Wild, Ryan Spraetz, Dan Kador
Contact Keen @ founders@keen.
TempoDB – The database service for time-series data. TempoDB makes it possible to store and instantly analyze the massive streams of measured data that break traditional databases.
Team TempoDB: Andrew Cronk, Justin DeLay, Michael Yagley
Contact TempoDB @ email@example.com
Vidmaker – Making it easy to manage and edit video on any device, anywhere and with anyone.
Team Vidmaker: Dale Emmons, Ryan Bolyard, Yuri Zapuchlak
Contact Vidmaker @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the TechStars Cloud inaugural class of 2012! These companies are now part of the prestigious TechStars family and ready to take on the cloud. And the Rackspace Startup Program was there to help the TechStars companies build their businesses on a world-class cloud computing platform. Drop the Space Cowboys a note and let us know if you need any help facilitating the dream of your startup from ideation to implementation. Our mission is to provide rocket fuel for the startup movement!