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As mentioned yesterday, we’re aiming for World Wide Web domination - one startup at a time. And it’s all getting started here at SxSW in Austin.
It was just over a month ago that I started reaching out to .CO-ers eager to find out if they would be trekking to SxSW this year. As the responses started to trickle in, our team began to realize that this year we’d have lots of company at SxSW. As it turns out, there are actually dozens of .CO-ers who will be at SxSW -- and we couldn't be more excited about it! Huge props go out to all of you for working so hard (- no doubt, feasting on steady diets of ramen noodles) to make it to SxSW to promote your passions, your startups.
As a startup ourselves, we know there’s nothing more rewarding than creating something from nothing, and building the future doing what you love. That's why we're thrilled to be able to celebrate the #startup life with all of you -- the cool individuals and startups in our incredible, growing .COmmunity.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to just a few of our .CO "VIP’s" (who we plan on spoiling rotten while we’re together at SxSW).
Check them out, download their apps and if you see them around Austin, say hi!
And if you want to see even more .COol companies who are building the future on .CO - just visit go.co and pop around a bit!
LUXr is an incubator that concentrates on the lean startup philosophy. Founded in 2010 to transform early stage companies, the focus of LUXr is on creating high-performance product teams in startups. LUXr’s founder, Janice Fraser, is holding a lean UX session at the 500 Startups Lean Startup event at the Hilton on Saturday 3/10.
Gamification is a dynamic and exciting industry that brings together game mechanics and marketing to create engagement and solve problems. Gamification.co (blog) is your one stop for the latest news, insight, research and commentary on gamification. Go there to find the best technology providers, read about the most exciting companies, attend one of their events and workshops,or just connect with experts. Gabe Zichermann of Gamification.co has a book signing at the Austin Convention Center (SxSW Bookstore) on Monday 3/12
Tailored is the only place where brides can find and collect inspiration, browse wedding products selected just for them, create lists of their favorite finds, and share their picks with friends and family, all in one place. Tailored gives brides personalized product recommendations based on their taste, budget, and wedding planning needs. Tailored’s co-founder, Sara Morgan, will be pitching at on stage at Friday night’s “Celebration of American Startups” on 3/9
We&Co is an iPhone app that takes "Thank You" to a whole new level. Now you can publicly praise the people who provide you with fabulous service every day - your favorite barista, that great local bartender, or even the thoughtful flight attendant you met on your last trip. Everyone deserves to get a little recognition for a job well done. We&Co’s founder, Jared Malan, will be pitching at on stage at Friday night’s “Celebration of American Startups” on 3/9
Loadout Technologies helps farmers to tap into technology to get serious business done. The company creates mobile apps that are revolutionizing the way people connect to, coordinate and manage their farms – and will likely change the face of agriculture forever. The company wanted a URL that better reflected the efficiency of the tools they were inventing. Chief Executive of Loadout Neil Mylet, will be pitching at on stage at Friday night’s “Celebration of American Startups” on 3/9.
Lets face it, the days of the Rolodex are long gone. Now, you can forget about collecting business cards because there's CardFlick.co, a mobile app that lets you create and share digital business cards. With the simple swipe of a finger, you can share your card with others. What's even better is that you can instantly save info from the cards you receive to your contacts.
Cardflick’s founder, Ketan Anjaria, will be pitching at on stage at Friday night’s “Celebration of American Startups” on 3/9.
Zamp is changing the way people trot the globe by introducing fellow travelers, providing accurate information and expert tips from frequent travelers, and giving service providers immediate, valuable feedback from their most important and influential customers. Download the app! Zamp has been selected to pitch in the Tech Cocktail pitch contest, and are also in the SxSW Interactive Accelerator program.
Imagine being able to save emails, documents, bookmarks and everything else you need in a single, shareable folder. Kloud.co lets you search across all your cloud services, regardless of the type, from Google Docs and Twitter to Dropbox and beyond, and to save everything in flexible, "hold-anything" folders. They'll be pitching their business all around SxSW.
Thirst Labs aims to transform how people interact and engage with Social Media. Thirst.co was founded in mid-2011 and are alumni of UC Berkeley's first Startup Incubator, FounderSchool. They recently closed a round of funding from top VC's and Angel Investors, and are going to be pitching in the SxSW Interactive Accelerator program.
FakeGirlfriend allows you to interact with your own customizable "Fake Girlfriend" via text messages. Simply log into the site, buy a number, set up your own responses and then text away! Since April 2011, FakeGirlfriend.co has sent over 200,000 text messages and has been covered on TechCrunch, the Huffington Post, the Today Show and CNN.
Luxogram.co – A web based Instagram client designed by Jeff Broderick, a Freelance UI/visual designer.
Fernandez.co – Personal blog of Julio Fernandez, online marketing specialist.
3-Up.co – Download this iPhone app to collect 3-up cards and get hand-picked inspiring links from people you’re interested in.
Nwc.co - New Work City launched a community coworking space in NYC where the brightest independent minds can come together and feed off the energy of each other.
Rana.co – Rana Sobhany is on the cutting edge of music and mobile technology. As the world's first iPad DJ, and recent author of Mobilize, she's hard to keep up with.
If you’ve crossed paths with a .CO that you don’t see here – tweet @dotCO and let us know so we can meet them (and of course, brag about them)!
There’s nothing we love more than meeting new .CO’s! And remember, visit www.go.co to learn more about our .COmmunity!
See you in Austin!