Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight: Welcu.com

The key to organizing a Rackspace Startup Program event is working with a plethora of people with specific roles in the planning process. How nice would it be to organize everything for your upcoming event to allow your team to focus on creating value for your guests and being responsive to speakers, suppliers, and support personnel? Welcu.com helps manage high-end, unique events by providing an end-to-end self-service solution for event planners.

High-end events are all about knowing your guests and precisely where they are coming from. Welcu.com can integrate with your current website to pull your guests in by allowing them to connect their current networks and take advantage of that by connecting people. It’s an easy way to manage your guests by providing simple but powerful lists that you can share with your partners and embed in all involved parties’ sites.

Take a tour of Welcu.com

Welcu.com started its event planning business in Santiago, Chile. In March of 2011, Nico Orellana, Founder & CEO of Welcu.com and his team moved to Silicon Valley. The move was two-fold – first, to establish a U.S. address for the company and secondly, to prepare for the 500 Startups accelerator experience. “We’re very excited about our next steps (post Demo Day at 500 Startups). We’re launching a new version of the product and we want to start testing pricing. We want to be a real SaaS solution for event planners,” says Orellana, and “we want to keep our technology base in Chile.”

“We’ve been geeks and event planners for the last four years putting on the biggest tech conferences for entrepreneurs in Latin America and we’ve discovered that the biggest pain for event planners is to work with multiple tools because it sucks…too much to manage, too much money and time wasted.” Nico goes on to say “We decided to change this and build our own technology and then companies like Coca-Cola, (worldwide advertising agency network) BBDO, Xerox and others started to call us. They love how simple it is to manage their events end-to-end using our platform.”

“We saved a lot of time and money, and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Welcu.com to others”

– Yerka Yukich, Managing Director, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Chile.

Welcu.com is striving to have a solid customer base and disrupt the way event planners manage their events today. The disruption for the event planner is technology and taking it out of their way allows them to be focused on putting on a great event. Very similar to the way that the Rackspace Startup Program is striving to build a solid foundation for the startup and disrupt the way entrepreneurs focus on their business by helping them out with their technology worries. Contact the Space Cowboy’s today for help with your startup tech needs.

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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