VentureBeat Announces Winners of First WinSXSW Startup Competition

With 129 Startups Participating From Around the World, Citybot Wins Fan-Voted Overall Prize, Cloudabilty and FarFaria Win Investors’ Pick, and Cloudabilty Also Wins VentureBeat Pick, Amongst Others

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“We’re very excited to announce the winners of this year’s competition that allowed so many diverse startups from around the world to showcase themselves,” said Matt Marshall, VentureBeat founder & Editor-in-Chief.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2013

VentureBeat, a media company that covers disruptive technology and explains why it matters in our lives, today announced the winners of the WinSXSW.com competition featuring over $100k in prizes and meetings with more than 20 investors/venture capitalists. Powered by viral content sharing and promotion platform, Fandrop, the competition took place in Austin during SXSWi and allowed startups to pitch their companies in “30 seconds or less” while fans voted for their favorite startups in several different categories.

  • Best Overall (fan-voted): Citybot
  • Best Mobile: Dealflicks
  • Best Seed-Funded: FarFaria
  • Best Bootstrapped: Jobhuk
  • Best Product Video: Sharewave
  • VentureBeat Pick: Cloudabilty
  • Judge’s Pick (Investors’ Pick - tie): Cloudability and FarFaria

“We’re very excited to announce the winners of this year’s competition that allowed so many diverse startups from around the world to showcase themselves,” said Matt Marshall, VentureBeat founder & Editor-in-Chief. “It’s often hard for startups to make their mark early on and we feel that these startups deserve the acclaim.”

Over 30,000 votes were cast through social media sharing, while the contest was viewed by more than 220,000 people. Best Overall, Best Mobile, Best Seed-Funded, Best Bootstrapped, and Best Product Video were all voted on by fans. The Judge’s Pick was chosen by a group of over 20 investors (shown below) and the VentureBeat Pick was chosen by the staff at VentureBeat.

Participating Investors:

Gil Penchina, Keith Teare, Ed Roman, Sam Shank, Raj Singh, Trevor Owens, Kip McClanahan (Silverton Partners), Salil Deshpande (Bay Partners), Ajay Agarwal (Bain Capital Venture), Sahil Gupta (Bain Capital Venture), Brian Ascher (Venrock), Richard Kerby (Venrock), Josh Elman (Greylock), Scott Raney (Redpoint Ventures), Arif Janmohamed (Lightspeed Venture), Rafal Bator (Enterprise Investors Venture Fund), Richard Mordini (Javelin Venture), Bill Boebel (Capital Factory), Eric Chin (Crosslink Capital), Bill Tai (Charles River Venture), Ullas Naik (Streamlined Ventures), Stephanie Palmeri (SoftTech VC), Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures), Gaurav Tewari (SAP Ventures), Bruce Taragin (Blumberg Capital), James Conlon (Bullpen Capital), Kevin Webb (Webb Investment Network), Steve Bennet (Bodega Partners), Chi-Hua Chien (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Roger Dickey, Dan Scholnick (Trinity Ventures), Patrick Eggen (Qualcomm Ventures), Renee Diresta (O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

Sponsors and Partners:

Carbon Five, Clarity, NephoScale, inDinero, First Republic Bank, Luxr, Hackers and Founders, RocketSpace, Sauce, SeoMoz, Startup Weekend, Unbounce, Precog, Spark59

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