Which New York Techies Will Be Joining MC Hammer and Charlie O’Donnell at the SXSW Accelerator Judging Table?


This morning, Hustler VC Oren Bennett pointed Betabeat’s attention to a list of judges and emcees for the annual SXSW Accelerator, a competition sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark that culminates in awards for four lucky startups. Not as coveted a prize as the Breakout Award–which helped catapult Twitter, Foursquare, and then GroupMe to fame, financing, and an acquisition–perhaps, but a nice trophy all the same.

We already introduced you to the four Made In NYC companies that will be competing, but here’s a look at who’s deciding their fate. Read More


SXSW Made GroupMe Break Out

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As if they weren’t smug enough already. New York’s GroupMe was voted the Breakout Digital Trend of South By Southwest by people using the official SXSW mobile app. I have no idea how many people that was, but GroupMe seemed to have the widest adoption and the loudest voice in a very Read More


Foursquare Throws a Party, People Check Into Line

“I’ve never seen so many people on their phones,” one Austinite sneered as he walked by. A few dozen young and youngish partygoers in little black dresses and company T-shirts crushed around the entrance to the Cedar Street Courtyard bar in Austin, grabbing the arms of the red-shirted bouncers, pointing at the thick stack of lists and bracelets and flashing the names at the ends of their lanyards. Read More