I’m working on a lot of exciting projects right now, but one I’m really thrilled to be a part of is the 2013 SXSW Startup Accelerator Advisory Board. Until the end of the year, I’m helping to shape what will be an incredible opportunity for startups across the country to pitch their ideas in front of some really amazing people who can help take these innovative ideas and bring them to the next level…people like Tim Draper of DFJ, MC Hammer of Wiredoo/Musician, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Craig Newmark of CraigList, Robert Scoble of Rackspace / Scoblizer, Chris Shipley of Guidewire Group, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Paige Craig, Adam Ostrow of Mashable, Chris Hughes of Jumo / Facebook, Mark Suster of GRP, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Don Dodge of Google, Tom Conrad of Pandora, Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz, Michael Robertson of MP3tunes, Richard MacManus of ReadWriteWeb, and Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference to name a few.
We’re still nailing down who actually will be there this year, though startups can expect the same level of star-studded bloggers, VC’s and like-minded types who know when an idea is a good one – and can do their thing to make that startup go from just a great idea to a really great company.
While I’m behind the scenes, we’re looking for startups who want a shot at presenting their idea at the Startup Accelerator at SXSW on March 11 and 12 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival. Here, you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer.
The deadline to register is Friday, November 9. If you’re a startup and this sounds like the best idea ever (which I’m sure it does) register here: http://sxsw.com/interactive/
… and then be sure to find me at SXSW and tell me your story – I’d love to hear it.