Most Promising Startups
at SxSW 2013
Each year, the digital world sets its sights on Austin, TX – where the SXSW film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences take place. Every edition of the event attracts a smorgasbord of digital startups from all corners of the globe, ready to compete for fame, glory and bragging rights.
We at M-Brain did not go as far as try to predict the next Twitter, Foursquare or Highlight. We simply took the liberty of selecting the companies that, in our humble opinion, deserve a few minutes of your precious time at this maddest event in the global digital calendar.
Note: We are not officially connected to SXSW. We simply wanted to do this to save you a bit of time in Austin!
We took a detailed look at each of the 48 SXSW 2013 Interactive Accelerator finalists and selected our very own Top 10. We then used our handy monitoring and analysis tool M-Adaptive to track the buzz around these startups in social media and ranked them.
Synaptop is an operating system on the cloud. On it, users can collaborate in any application in real time.
Younity creates a personal cloud for all your files, built from your devices and your online services, so that all your devices work as if they were a single device. All your files on all your devices without storage limits.
This service allows businesses to track the reviews they receive on all the main review sites, such as Yelp, TripAdvisor and Foursquare among others.
Ever been nervous the minute before a big meeting because you didn’t know much about the person you were meeting? This app gives you a full brief on who will be sitting on the other side of the table.
Gui.de takes news and other online content and turns it into news format video. That way you can watch your favorite content instead of having to read it.
We love this one! Imagine being able to micro-crowdfund those guilty pleasures at the shop. It’s kind of like the Kickstarter for shopaholics.
This is the future of news consumption. Curate your own showreel by dragging news segments from some of the world’s best news outlet. We hope it looks amazing on tablets!
Wanderu is a journey planner on steroids. In addition, it introduces a service to a car-dependent nation, multiplying its value.
Meograph strikes us as a remarkably interesting storytelling tool that's able to draw from different content sources on the cloud. For now, the angles are journalism and education.
This service focuses on helping people make healthy choices in their everyday life, and we love it for that. The fact that they have just been acquired by Practice Fusion did not hurt them at all.
Being from Finland, we absolutely had to pick our favorite startups from this cold country that are making the trip to SXSW. Okay, there is also a Swedish company here. Be sure to check them out!
CubiCasa creates realistic and interactive virtual models of structures being built so that they can be marketed effectively.
The Playmysong app turns your playlist into a social jukebox that you and your friends can control with your smartphones.
Delicode is a Helsinki-based developer specialized in designing software and UIX for Kinect-like technologies.
Zee.do creates what's called Discovery-to-Deal brand games, making out-of-home advertising interactive through a mobile phone lens.
This iOS app provides a very transparent way for customers to rate businesses. The app helps everyone speak up and makes it easier for managers to solve customer problems.
A government-backed evangelism project that brings the leading edge Finnish computer-generated imaging industry to the world. Project head Mikko Honkakorpi is a veteran of the Finnish digital landscape.
Reaktor Polte is a hands-on startup accelerator. It provides startups with access to a community of 200 technical & business developers and creatives.
The FourChords app combines guitar and karaoke in a new way, and makes playing guitar easier than ever before.
AppGyver revolutionizes the way HTML5 hybrid apps are built.
Plotagon is developing a tool that lets anyone create an animated movie directly from a written movie script.
Ninchat is an innovative 'social workspace', powered by seamless video.