The SXSW accelerator, in its sixth year, always draws a great crowd as entrepreneurs give lightning pitches before a talented panel of industry-savvy judges. I listened in on some of the pitches Saturday coming from finalists with solutions in the enterprise and big data space. AddSearch, from Helsinki, pitched their solution for single-line-of-code site search in a space that could be considered stagnant but still competitive. It takes some serious chutzpah to make the case you can improve search, but AddSearch claims their easy installation, mobile support, stats, and lightning results will open some eyes.
addy, from San Francisco, pitched a web app that lets anyone, anywhere share locations using simple, custom URLs. Their B2B products include a rich API and real-time location tracking functionality for delivery and other end-to-end services.
Databox, from Boston, wants to change the way you access your company’s business data from your mobile device. Their pitch was about about connecting to data and surfacing key metrics on the spot, so you can fully execute conversations with prospects in realtime.
Evosure, from Austin, pitched a speed-dating service for commercial insurance space connecting providers with those seeking underwriters. It benefits both the buyer by speeding up and expanding their awareness of targeted options and the providers by expanding their prospect pool and keeping them more aware of competition.
More to come …
The IBM BlueMix party in the IBM Social Lounge at SXSWi will be a great place to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and IBMers who can tell you about BlueMix, a next gen cloud platform based on IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture and Cloud Foundry. BlueMix enables developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. I’ll be there Monday as well, providing 90 minutes of entertainment with my fellow jazz/blues axemen from Austin-based Church on Monday. Register HERE, click on Enter promotional code, and use this code (SMAC_at_SXSW) to register for free.