SXSW Accelerator: Enterprise & Big Data Tech
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors. Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Enterprise and Big Data Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Sunday, March 9. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of the day as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Enterprise and Big Data Technologies category encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use.
Professor of Innovation
The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is an Internet Society Hall of Fame Pioneer. He started work on the Internet in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. He invented Ethernet at Xerox Parc in 1973. In 1979, the founded 3Com Corporation, which became part of HP in 2010. Today, more than a billion Ethernet ports ship annually, if you include WiFi, which Bob does. After 3Com, Bob spent a decade as a publisher-pundit and another decade as a venture capitalist. Bob is now Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
Ball State University
I'm a little bit country; I'm a little bit rock-and-roll. A former Wired and MIT Technology Review reporter, editor, and producer. Co-author of Dungeons and Dreamers. You can find out more about my life as a professor here: http://www.thedudeman.net/2008/02/22/about/.
David S Rose
Founder & CEO
I am a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor, based in New York. As an inveterate startup guy, I’ve founded half a dozen companies since my first at age 10, and as ‘super angel’ technology investor, I have funded over 80 others. I am the founder and CEO of Gust, the entrepreneurial finance industry's infrastructure platform; founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels, one of the leading angel groups on the East Coast; Managing Principal of Rose Tech Ventures, an early-stage ‘super angel’ fund specializing in Internet-based business; Partner in True Global Ventures (an international super-angel venture capital fund) and Chairman of Egret Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm.
In 2009, I joined artificial intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil and X Prize founder Peter Diamandis as an associate founder of Singularity University, where I founded the Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics track, and served as its chair and primary instructor for the first three years. Last year I hosted the online reality web series Second Chance on MSN, in which four entrepreneurial contestants competed in a series of educational business challenges to win $200,000 in prizes to fund their second chance at business.
I’ve been involved in the development of the Silicon Alley technology community in New York for many decades, including working with online data services in the 1970s (Sysop of several Compuserve forums, if anyone still remembers that term), founding an early personal computer training company in the 1980s (the Computer Classroom), a wireless data information network in the 1990s (AirMedia Live) and an international angel investing platform in the 2000s (Angelsoft, now Gust.com).
Among the fields in which I have been actively involved as an executive, board member or investor are: wireless communications, technology-enhanced real estate, consumer electronics, international finance, social networking, space tourism, bicycle sharing, user-generated content, robotic pets, online video, mobile network security, biological testing, electronic music, citizen journalism, out-of-home advertising, fiber-optic networking, concierge medicine, online marketing, interactive voice response, and many others.
Gust, my full-time day job, built and operates the global collaboration infrastructure for the early stage entrepreneurial economy (we run the official angel investing platform for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, France, Portugal, Turkey, India, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and several other countries, connecting 250,000 startup companies with 50,000 investors, and processing thousands of business plans a month.)
I serve on the boards of directors of Comixology, KoolSpan, Pond5, Magnify Networks, Social Bicycles and Por ti Familia (Peru), in addition to those of several philanthropic and public service organizations.
I have just finished writing "Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups", which will be published in April, 2014 by Wiley.