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The amount of time between the moment I heard about StartupBus to the minute I stepped on the bus was about eight hours – and I was asleep for about six of that.
I’d heard about StartupBus in 2011 from Anthony, the boss of a friend who worked in Cleveland. Anthony was one of the original members of the first 2010 StartupBus trip. At the time, I had been to several meetups and had gotten to know a lot of the programmer type folks in the Cleveland area. I had actually met Anthony briefly at a previous hackathon weekend.
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.
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.
Seven teams that created startups in just 72 hours while on a bus headed to San Antonio pitched their ideas yesterday to a panel of celebrity tech judges at Rackspace’s Castle headquarters. The top two StartupBus Buspreneur Battle finalists will compete tonight at the StartupBus All-Star Finals against two teams from the StartupBus Alumni bus and two teams selected by an online audience. The final competition is tonight at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant in Austin, which is Rackspace’s headquarters during SXSW Interactive.
Startup mania has taken over Central Texas as SXSW Interactive officially kicks off tomorrow (Friday, March 8) in Austin..Startups from all over the globe will converge on the Lone Star State, including entrepreneurs who arrived at Rackspace yesterday participating in StartupBus, where groups of Buspreneurs created, built and pitched their startup ideas in the span of a Spring Break road trip.
The arrival of the StartupBus to Rackspace’s Castle headquarters – and the more than 150 coders, designers and marketers that were aboard – signaled the start of SXSW Interactive activities for Rackspace.
Launching a startup is a challenge. From the initial idea to the logo to a prototype product to marketing plan to launch to first customer it can be a daunting road. Imagine doing all of that in just three days!
SXSW Interactive is coming to a close and The Next Web will be broadcasting two show to close out the event. Back today with Hermione Way is Sarah Austin and Anastasia Emmanuel.
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