One of the companies from the New York Startup Bus just won the Startup Bus competition, ish. The panel of judges, which included superinvestors Dave McClure and AngelList founder Naval Ravikant, liked team TripMedi (Yelp for medical tourism) as well as WalkIn, a real-time reservation system that would replace those buzzers at Shake Shack. Read More
The breakneck Startup Bus competition, which challenged entrepreneurs from five regions to launch a company on a bus to South By Southwest, has permanently changed a life; Christopher Laco, an engineer from Tallmadge, OH who rode in on the Cleveland bus, has had the logo inked on his wrist above a binary inscription:
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Judges won’t decide the winner of the Startup Bus competition until tonight, but investors at South By Southwest are already jumping on the bus companies.
Three incubators have offered spots to Startup Bus companies, including one which suggested automatic entry for the winner or at least an invitation, which would mean a $25,000 investment. Read More
The finalists in the ongoing Startup Bus competition are: TripMedi, an information and recommendation site for medical tourism (New York), MyNewman, the “anti-social network,” (Miami); Mom and Pop Coops, group buying that helps small businesses achieve economies of scale (Cleveland); Shotput, an SMS-based newsletter service (Chicago); Read More
No term sheets have been signed, but a team from one of the companies that rode buses from San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Miami and Cleveland has been offered $10,000 in angel funding. The team did not want to publicize their name because the deal is still in the very early stages. Read More
6:35 p.m. — The Startup Buspreneurs are at Vast, an Austin and San Francisco-based start-up, coding but gradually motivating to go drinking. They have until 6 a.m. to produce promo videos and the rest of the weekend to tweak their apps before the contest concludes with pitches and demos on Monday. The Observer will have the Read More
The Startup Bus carrying 31 entrepreneurs from New York to Austin for South By Southwest just crossed the border into Alabama on day two of the three-day hackathon. Six companies have been launched and the entrepreneurs are building mobile apps, websites and A.P.I.s as well as working on marketing and partnerships. Read More
The Startup Bus competition was once a beery, half-serious idea that become a reality that was more like a reality T.V. show. Thirty-one entrepreneurs board a bus in New York City and ride it to Austin, Texas with the challenge of building a startup on the way. The best startups from each of six buses from different cities will pitch a panel of investors who will choose the winner; BETABEAT/The Observer decided to ride along.
Brand new start-up Hyperpublic is taking a novel strategy to wooing tech talent by gamifying the process with a two-part programming challenge.
“We just felt like there is so much noise out there,” founder Jordan Cooper told The Observer. “Tons of companies with no real engineering culture begging for engineers to come work with them.”
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At this point in his career, Toby Daniels‘ biggest challenge is keeping up with his own creation. Two years ago, the fast-talking Brit launched Social Media Week as a small New York conference featuring forty events. He was the founder, CEO and sole employee.
By the next year, the conference had expanded Read More