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Startup Crawl at SXSW Presented by Booz Allen Hamilton

Grab your fanny packs, water bottles, and portable chargers. That’s right — visitors far and wide will soon be visiting Austin yet again for the ever-thrilling SXSW Festival, and Capital Factory has the honor of hosting the official pre-kickoff celebration: Startup Crawl! On March 13th, prepare to tour the latest and greatest of Austin’s startup community. Last year, we had 200+ companies and 17,000+ registered crawlers, and we’re expecting to have even more participation in 2020. body[data-twt...
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SXSW Pitch Finalist: Praxis Labs

The Praxis Labs team, which uses research-backed VR learning experiences to improve outcomes of diversity and inclusion training. Left to right: Heather Shen, CTO; Melina Lopez, CPO; and Elise Smith, CEO The Forrest Four-Cast: February 25, 2020 As the saying goes: Before you judge a person, walk a mile in their shoes. One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Praxis Labs adds virtual reality to that concept and helps organizations increase inclusion and belonging in their workplaces.Praxis adv...
Tags: Startups, Gabrielle Union, Stanford, Startup, Diversity, Palo Alto, Cannes, Sxsw, Bay Area, Inclusion, Bryan, Stevenson, Palo Alto palo alto, Hugh Forrest, Bryan Stevenson, SxSW Pitch


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Waycare

An example of Waycare at work, making driving better and safer. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 25, 2020 Waycare is tackling the ever-increasing issues of traffic congestion and fatalities with a cloud-based platform powered by Artificial Intelligence that provides traffic management solutions for cities around the U.S.By integrating data from sources such as city infrastructure, connected vehicles, and external data partnerships, they provide users with powerful insights to improve traffic a...
Tags: Startups, Los Angeles, Startup, Earth, Traffic, Las Vegas, Mars, Sxsw, Ohio Florida, Hugh Forrest, Babson College, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups, Summa Cum Laude, Artificial-intelligence, Waycare


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Lofty AI

The Lofty AI team includes (from left to right) Jerry Chu, Alysia Silberg, Mark Keane, and Max Ball The Forrest Four-Cast: February 24, 2020 Lofty AI serves both full-time and part-time real estate investors by helping them make more data-driven decisions yielding higher returns.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Lofty AI shows potential buyers in 30 markets properties primed for rapid appreciation. As Jerry Chu, CEO and one of the Lofty AI Founders, explains, “our results speak for the...
Tags: Startups, Spacex, Elon Musk, Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, Startup, Earth, Barclays, Npr, Mars, TechCrunch, Sxsw, Max, Andrew Carnegie, Hugh Forrest, Real-estate


SXSW Pitch Finalist: PurePlus

Amy Keller’s startup PurePlus transforms produce that would be wasted into healthful candy The Forrest Four-Cast: February 24, 2020 If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the U.S. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources: seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital, and generates greenhouse gases at every stage.In fact, the food we waste is responsible for roughly 8% of global emi...
Tags: Food, Startups, Entrepreneurship, China, Los Angeles, Startup, Sustainability, Earth, Jaden Smith, Mars, Sxsw, Keller, Al Gore, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Plum Organics


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Virsix Games

Virsix Games created St. Noire, the world’s first Alexa-powered murder mystery board game. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 23, 2020 One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Virsix Games reimagines how people play together by remixing analogue play with cutting-edge emerging technologies such as AI, voice-activated smart speakers, augmented reality, near field communication, machine learning techniques and more.Co-founded by Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari) and Zai Ortiz (Hollywood creative d...
Tags: Startups, Los Angeles, Startup, Creativity, Innovation, Alexa, Nolan Bushnell, Sxsw, Ortiz, Amazon Alexa, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Hilton Austin Downtown, Austin Startups, Board-games, St Noire


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Syndio

The equitably compensated Syndio team. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 23, 2020 Seattle-based Syndio has a bold ambition: to eradicate unlawful pay disparities in the workplace.This SaaS company, one of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, enables global organizations to analyze and resolve pay gaps due to gender or race and stay in compliance over time. Syndio has over 60 enterprise customers including Nordstrom, Match Group, Target, Adobe and PagerDuty and already more than 1.3 million employe...
Tags: Startups, Workplace, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Earth, Equality, Mars, Seattle, Sxsw, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups, Microsoft Starbucks, Smith Tower, Seattle coffee, Syndio


SXSW Pitch: Collective Liberty

Rochelle Keyhan, CEO of Collective Liberty, spent six years as a prosecutor of gender-based violence crimes in Philadelphia. A first generation Iranian-American, she also speaks conversational Farsi. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 23, 2020 Of all the many horrors that persist in 2020, the fact that human trafficking continues is one of the hardest to accept.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Collective Liberty has as its mission to eradicate human trafficking. They collaborate across i...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Earth, United States, Philadelphia, Mars, Sxsw, Polaris, Farsi, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups, Female-founders, Human-trafficking, Rochelle Keyhan CEO of Collective Liberty


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Hemafuse

A demonstration of Hemafuse at the launch event with Amref Health Africa in Kenya. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 20, 2020 Technology impacts all facets of human life, and sometimes it can save it. That’s the mission driving products like Hemafuse, one of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020.Because of a global donor blood shortage, particularly in emerging markets, clinicians and patients don’t have enough access to donor blood. Carolyn Yarina, Co-Founder and CEO of Sisu Global Health. “Right...
Tags: Health, Startups, Europe, Entrepreneurship, China, India, Africa, Startup, Aol, Innovation, Kenya, Michigan, Baltimore, University Of Maryland, Steve Case, Sxsw


Saturday Startup Spotlight: Juuk

Capital Factory’s Saturday Startup Spotlight series features intimate chats with some of the latest founders taking hold of the startup ecosystem today. We’re returning this week with the co-founder and COO from Juuk: Stephen Dodds and Vanessa Wu. Juuk creates robots that play with you— utilizing AR, multiplayer real-life games, smart robot games, and computer vision.Learn more about how they create fun and interactive games to get people moving around, all while implementing the newest tech in...
Tags: Startups, Toys, Games, Startup, Austin, Robots, Stephen, Vanessa, Capital Factory, Austin Startups, Augmented-reality, Juuk, Stephen Dodds, Vanessa Wu Juuk, Vanessa Ever


Building Bridges for the Texas Innovation Ecosystem: Two programs, One State, One Summer

MassChallenge Texas’ first two years were big. During that time, we successfully ran three accelerators in two cities and convened more than five hundred resources, experts, partners, business leaders, and investors to support 181 startups from all corners of the world.This year, we’re looking to turn the startup support industry on its ear. This year is going to be huge.As we enter year three, we are excited to announce that both accelerator programs in Austin and Houston will run simultaneous...
Tags: Startups, Texas, London, News, America, Startup, Austin, Dallas, WeWork, Houston, Sxsw, Lone Star State, Houston Houston, MassChallenge, Austin Austin, Austin Startups


SXSW Pitch: NeelAgil Technologies

Neelam Dwivedi of NeelAgil Technologies Private Ltd aims to help millions of people treat their diabetes The Forrest Four-Cast: February 19, 2020 The next time you’re out in a crowd, look around. Imagine one out of every 10 people you see has a debilitating and often fatal disease.In the United States, in 2018, a stunning 10.5 percent of the population had diabetes, 34.2 million Americans. The global prevalence has jumped as well, going from 108 million adults worldwide in 1980 (4.7 percent) ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Earth, Diabetes, United States, Fda, Mars, Einstein, Hyderabad, Sxsw, Hyderabad India, IIT Bombay, Chetan Bhagat, Hugh Forrest


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Votem

Pete Martin, founder of CEO of Votem, and classic rock drummer The Forrest Four-Cast: February 20, 2020 Paging Iowa elections officials! Votem promises to make voting more accessible, to restore trust in elections, and to serve election management bodies and their constituents.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Votem is a revolutionary election management company that aims to give democracy back to the people. They leverage a blockchain-based mobile voting platform to let everyone’s voi...
Tags: Startups, Elections, Voting, Startup, Earth, Fbi, Iowa, Mars, Cleveland, Department Of Homeland Security, Blockchain, Sxsw, Neil Peart, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Quantstamp

Richard Ma, CEO and Co-Founder at Quantstamp, says, “We focus on helping our customers stay safe and succeed because our philosophy is that technology is only a tool to solve people’s problems.” The Forrest Four-Cast: February 20, 2020 Quantstamp is a Y Combinator-backed company building the standard in blockchain cybersecurity. With offices in San Francisco, Toronto, Taipei, and Tokyo, and a team of security experts dedicated to securing decentralized systems, the company is enabling a futur...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Colorado, Entrepreneurship, Germany, Startup, Creativity, Canada, Korea, Tokyo, Kakao, Blockchain, Sxsw, World Economic Forum, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch


February Accelerator All Access: Home Care On-Demand, Game Development, Early Cancer Detection &…

February Accelerator All Access: Home Care On-Demand, Game Development, Early Cancer Detection & More Capital Factory’s VIP Accelerator accepts new tech startups from across industries every month. Once accepted, we help these startups meet their next investor, employee, and customer with the support of our Investor Relations and VIP teams as well as our exclusive Mentor network of the top entrepreneurs and investors in Texas. Take a look at the most recent group of companies to join our VIP ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Texas, Entrepreneurship, Cancer, Startup, Capital Factory, Austin Startups, Game-development, Home-care, Listing Village, CareSnap CareSnap, Salesboost Salesboost


Why is Branding Important for Your Business?

Branding is much more than just a logo. When you build a brand for your business, you create a cohesive identity that inspires your customers and target audience to stop what they’re doing and learn more.Memorable brands exist across all industries — Levi Strauss, Ferrari, Chanel, Adidas, and Starbucks are all famous household brands even though they sell widely different products. Here’s why branding is important and how you can leverage the power of branding to grow your business. Why is Bran...
Tags: Startups, Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startup, Tesla, Starbucks, Levi Strauss, Branding, First Tesla, Austin Startups, Ferrari Chanel Adidas, Aventive Studio


13 Not-So-Obvious Ways You’re Bombing Your Investor Interview (Do This Instead)

Over the last couple years at Sputnik ATX venture-accelerator, I’ve noticed that there are certain not-so-obvious ways in which founders are tested by investors.Sometimes it’s clear to the founders that they’re going up in flames. Other times founders walk out of the investor interview without a clue they’ve made a convincing argument that nobody should invest.The vast majority of founders who make it to the interview phase are smart and capable people with great ideas. Usually everybody has a ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Startup, Investment, Sputnik, Skype, Austin TX, Michael Seibel, Emily Jones, Austin Startups, Venture-capital, Startup-lessons, Sputnik ATX, Joe Merrill, Amanda Eakin, Ingrid Garcia


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Skilllab

Based in Amsterdam, Skilllab is a social business focusing on marginalized job seekers, with co-founders who include Azza El Hayek and Ulrich Scharf. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 17, 2020 Skilllab has a clear mission: to develop technology-based solutions to empower employment services to better integrate refugees into local labor markets.The Amsterdam-based company wants to address the fact that only about 25 percent of refugees participate in the European labor market, while companies su...
Tags: Google, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Startup, Earth, Amsterdam, Refugees, Mars, Sxsw, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups, Amsterdam Skilllab, Azza El Hayek, Ulrich Scharf


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Virtualitics

An example of what Virtualitics can do with your data. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 16, 2020 For anyone who is looking to get value from their data, Virtualitics offers a unique solution to solve modern data challenges and lack of data scientists.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Virtualitics uses patented technology, based on a decade of research at the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Virtualitics Immersive Platform® (VIP), their flagship pro...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, Startup, Data, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Pasadena, Visualization, Naples, Sxsw, Caltech, California Institute of Technology, Naples Italy, Pasadena California


SXSW Pitch Finalist: FilmChain

Maria Tanjala and Irina Albita, the co-founders of FilmChain. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 16, 2020 Maria Tanjala, co-founder of FilmChain, is passionate about tech solutions that bring transparency and automation to creative industries.To alleviate opaque accounting, delayed cash flow, and data asymmetry, manual processes of film productions of all sizes, FilmChain manages end-to-end financial transactions in media, powered by blockchain. Its automated platform collects and allocates reve...
Tags: Startups, London, Film, Entrepreneurship, Toronto, Startup, Blockchain, Sxsw, Imperial College, Peckham, Hugh Forrest, Irina, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups, Maria Tanjala, Irina Albita


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Looxid Labs

Looxid Labs promises to connect your mind to VR. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 13, 2020 Imagine VR/AR/MR systems that truly understand how users think and feel.One of the 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Looxid Labs is working on that, serving VR companies in gaming, healthcare, commerce, and education.Based in Seoul, South Korea, Looxid Labs aims to integrate biometrics into the VR/AR/MR platform. Its AI system is designed to decode the users’ cognitive and emotional states using their bi...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Earth, Vr, Ar, Mars, Seoul, Sxsw, Seoul South Korea, Apple Google, Hugh Forrest, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups, Song Kang ho


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Deepblocks

Deepblocks’ leadership: CEO Olivia Ramos, CTO Jesus Cabrera, and COO Jeff Millett The Forrest Four-Cast: February 13, 2020 Is it possible to bring down the cost of optimizing housing to zero? That’s the goal of Deepblocks, one of the 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020.Based in Miami, Florida, Deepblocks is an Artificial Intelligence company building a centralized global platform for analyzing real estate development. It integrates financial analysis, zoning limits, and market data into a single...
Tags: Startups, Startup, Miami, Columbia University, Ai, Mars, Sxsw, University Of Miami, Inc, Singularity University, Ramos, Hugh Forrest, Real-estate, SxSW Pitch, Jeff Millett, Austin Startups


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Renzoe Box

René Graham with her ingenious, portable makeup solution: Renzoe Box. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 12, 2020 Women who wear makeup know that leaving the house with more than a single lipstick is a pain. Having a full complement of beauty products available, whether you’re going on a trip, to the gym, or heading out after work, generally involves cramming them in a messy, jumbled makeup bag, which gets dirty fast.With one elegant, modular, and intelligent system, Austin-based Renzoe Box solv...
Tags: Startups, New York, Texas, Entrepreneurship, China, Los Angeles, Startup, Earth, Austin, Graham, Mars, WNBA, Founders, Sxsw, Lady Bird Lake, Hugh Forrest


SXSW Pitch Finalist: DrumG

Benjamin Nadareski of DrumG, which solves data ownership and a broken valuations industry. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 11, 2020 One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, DrumG is a global technology firm that builds and operates financial market applications and networks. DrumG’s flagship product is the Titanium Network, which offers next-generation derivatives valuation services to a network of global financial institutions.More specifically, Titanium provides critical consensus pricing a...
Tags: Startups, New York, London, Entrepreneurship, Singapore, Startup, Banking, New Jersey, Blockchain, Sxsw, Consensys, Hugh Forrest, Hilton Austin, DLT, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups


$100,000 Investment Challenge at Black in Tech Summit in Partnership with DivInc

Capital Factory, in partnership with DivInc, is excited to announce the next $100,000 Investment Challenge at our 2nd Annual Black in Tech Summit. DivInc is a pre-accelerator based in Austin that bridges the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies. We’ve had the pleasure of working with DivInc in the past on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenges in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. We’re dedicated to increasing diversit...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Investment, Austin, Aws, Dallas, Houston, Founders, Capital Factory, Austin Houston, Austin Startups, Diversity-in-tech, Diversity Equity, Capital Factory Mentor


2019 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Capital Factory

We know that there is a systemic discrimination problem in the tech industry caused by hundreds of years of institutional discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation. We know the facts show that businesses perform better with diverse teams. We know things won’t get better without intentional effort. We know we have a lot of room to improve at Capital Factory and we need to start with our own team. We know we can do better and we will keep trying. In 2018 we published our first Ac...
Tags: Google, Startups, Texas, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Diversity, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Adler, Sabrina, Capital Factory, UT Austin, Austin Startups, Diversity-in-tech, Bunker Labs


The Evolution of Testing With Your Codebase

The Evolution of Testing With Your Codebase The Startup Testing Evolution Story and Some of the Lessons Learned We sometimes focus on robust testing or the best testing strategy but it’s not quite that simple. While there is a strategy that is typically best if we want to release code with very few bugs in the most efficient way possible, this is not always the strategy that makes the most sense for a particular company. What makes sense for a small two person startup may not make sense for a l...
Tags: Startups, Startup, Tech, Mike Cohn, Austin Startups, Software-development, Software-engineering, Software-testing


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Arist

The Arist team includes (left to right): Ryan Laverty, Maxine Anderson, Joe Passanante and Michael Ioffe. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 10, 2020 Here’s the problem Arist set out to solve: too often video-based learning and training is ineffective, inaccessible, and expensive.Arist helps leading organizations create, launch, and assess text message courses. Inspired by research from Stanford and UPenn, its text message courses are accessible and effective, with completion and satisfaction ra...
Tags: Startups, Learning, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Boston, Startup, Facebook Messenger, Innovation, Fast Company, Malcolm Gladwell, Nile Rodgers, Sxsw, Carlos, Hugh Forrest, Babson College, Nile Rogers


SXSW Pitch Finalists: Arist

The Arist team includes (left to right): Ryan Laverty, Maxine Anderson, Joe Passanante and Michael Ioffe. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 10, 2020 Here’s the problem Arist set out to solve: too often video-based learning and training is ineffective, inaccessible, and expensive.Arist helps leading organizations create, launch, and assess text message courses. Inspired by research from Stanford and UPenn, its text message courses are accessible and effective, with completion and satisfaction ra...
Tags: Startups, Learning, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Boston, Startup, Facebook Messenger, Innovation, Fast Company, Malcolm Gladwell, Nile Rodgers, Sxsw, Carlos, Hugh Forrest, Babson College, Nile Rogers


How to build empathy and gain insights with a company-wide customer support day

Customer support teams deserve empathy! I’ve long been an advocate for empathy-building in companies by promoting and communicating user voice as much as possible. It’s also inherent to my role to drive a customer-centric product. Whilst reading a recommended article (thanks, Osama Hanif!) I came across an interesting initiative from former ClassPass and now Skyscanner CMO Joanna Lord.She explained how she delivered a one-off ‘slay day’ event, where:“the entire company supported CX and jumped ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Wisdom, US, Austin Startups, Customer-success, Team-building, User-experience, User-research, Osama Hanif, Joanna Lord She