June brings us World Juggler’s Day on the 17th, presented by the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA). Henry Ford made his first operational car this month in 1896. Celebrating birthdays in June are Superman; the Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley; Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street; and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Father’s Day is celebrated on June 15, along with the first day of summer on the 18th. And, in the words of English philosopher Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”
For some, expressing your true feelings to someone you know is a tough thing to do. Enter TrintMe, a member of the Rackspace Startup Program that makes an award winning social app that lets you express your true intentions, or “trints,” to friends and friends of friends. Whether just asking to hang out, grab a cup of coffee or start a romantic relationship, TrintMe keeps your true intentions secret unless the recipient feels the same way.
May brings us Mother’s Day on the 11th. Dr. Benjamin Spock, President John F. Kennedy, Jim Thorpe (the world’s greatest athlete) and Frank L. Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) were all born in May. International Museum Day is celebrated May 18; this year’s theme, chose by the museum community, is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” The first Kentucky Derby ran this month in 1875. World No Tobacco Day takes place on the 31st of May. And, in the words of Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith, “But winter lingering chills the lap of May.”
When you travel from city to city, it’s always nice to find out about local attractions, happenings or cool places to visit. What if you could turn your smartphone into your own personal tour guide in the cities you visit?
Clayton Selby and his team started SocialREST in fall 2012 at a startup event at Geekdom, a collaborative workspace for technologist in San Antonio. They built a tool that aims to close the referral loop on social media. SocialREST uses conversion metrics information to tell the difference between posts that are simply driving up vanity metrics and those posts that are driving conversions. It uses valuable customer insights to determine which users are the top brand advocates and which are the most engaged influencers.
Querium, a Rackspace Startup Program member, offers a mobile learning software platform that delivers personalized, bite-sized lessons to help students master critical skills to prepare them for college and beyond. The startup was founded with the goal of helping 24 million students master critical math and science skills and enable them to achieve their career goals. Querium’s unique software products are designed for digital natives and hosted on the Rackspace Cloud.