Announcing the 11 Companies for Cloud 2016

We are very pleased to announce the new class of companies participating in the Techstars Cloud program here in San Antonio. We have a group of amazing founders from all over the world, including entrepreneurs from the United States, Ireland, Spain and Taiwan. The class is very well rounded and includes eleven companies working on a variety of technical and innovative businesses in the cloud space.

This is the fourth Techstars Cloud class, and my second as the Managing Director. The program started this week, and will end with the Demo Day on February 11th. The alumni companies from the first three Cloud programs have been making amazing progress (i.e. Distill and Cloudability) and I am excited to see this new group of companies join their ranks.

We had an overwhelming amount of high quality applicants and I want to personally say thank you to everyone who applied. I also want to thank all of the Techstars Cloud alumni companies as well as our 100+ mentors for their generous support of the program and the companies participating. You are a big part of the magic that makes Techstars special.

Without further ado, here are this year’s companies:

clyp-logo_blue Clyp (Austin, TX) – Clyp is a platform providing users a simple way to capture and share raw audio.
help-social-logo-horizontal (1) HelpSocial (San Antonio, TX) – HelpSocial allows large brands to efficiently perform customer service via social media.
HuDark@1x HuBoard (Austin, TX) – HuBoard is a project management solution for users of GitHub and GitHub Enterprise.
ilos signature ilos (St. Paul, MN) – ilos allows users to instantly record, share, and organize their videos online.
imagenii_5000 Imagenii (Malaga, Spain) – Imagenii helps developers make faster and smarter image centric apps.
download Joicaster (Orlando, FL) – Joicaster is a distribution and promotional platform for live streaming.
cube-square_1275 Jumble (Dublin, Ireland) – Jumble provides business customers simple end-to-end email encryption.
800x600_logo_on_blue Popily (Austin, TX) – Popily lets non-data scientists tell stories with data quickly and easily.
slashsensei_head_logo Slash Sensei (San Antonio, TX) – Slash Sensei is an online training platform that provides realtime guidance for students.
thalonet-id-final-12 Thalonet (Atlanta, GA) – Thalonet is a private network which provides users better performance from the Internet.
uxtesting_logo UXTesting (Taipei City, Taiwan) – UXTesting is a toolkit to improve mobile user experiences using data visualization.







Techstars Cloud 2016 Applications Now Open

Today we are very excited to announce that applications are open for the 2016 Techstars Cloud program. The upcoming program will be run in San Antonio, Texas from November 2nd, 2015 through our Demo Day on February 11th, 2016. The program runs over the holidays, so there will be a brief two week break to give everyone a chance to spend time with family and friends.

This program will be the fourth Techstars Cloud program, and my second as Managing Director. Alumni companies from the first three programs have gone on to raise close to $100MM in combined funding from investors such as the Foundry Group, NEA and Sequoia. If you are developing a cloud-based technology or developer platform, a product that is complementary to the cloud, or any highly technical product — you are probably a great fit for the program. If you are building a startup that fits this description I would encourage you to apply today.

Companies accepted into the Techstars Cloud program receive $118,000 in investment capital along with mentorship, perks worth tens of thousands of dollars, and access to Techstars’ powerful network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors, who are all there to help you achieve your goals. Mentorship is at the core of all Techstars programs, and we have a great group of cloud mentors ready to spend tons of time with you during three months of intense focus on your business.

We accept applications from companies at all stages – some are further along and already have funding and/or revenue, while others are just getting started and don’t have customers or even a final product. Wherever you are in your journey, if your startup focuses on cloud technology, and you are ready to explore the idea of accelerating your company, apply to our next program.

If you have questions about the Cloud program or Techstars, you can always email me: blake.yeager at techstars dot com, or find me on Twitter (@blake_yeager).








Techstars Cloud 2015 Demo Day

After three months of hard work, the Techstars Cloud 2015 companies are ready to take the stage and pitch their businesses to a theater full of investors, mentors and supporters. This year’s companies represent four different countries and numerous cities throughout the US. Each of the teams participating has spent the last three months in San Antonio, Texas intensely focused on building their companies with support from mentors, investors, and the greater Techstars network.

This is my first Demo Day as Managing Director and I couldn’t be more excited about the program and the teams that participated. It is great to see these companies join the ranks of Techstars Cloud alumni who have already raised a combined $95MM. I am personally looking forward to seeing what the future holds for these newly minted Techstars alumni.

Here are the Techstars Cloud 2015 companies:

 

Appbase is a database service for streaming search and analytics queries.
Bitfusion brings supercomputing performance to applications without source code changes.
Callinize connects your phone system and CRM so you can build better relationships with customers and make sales easier.
Card Isle makes it convenient to send meaningful greeting cards.
Elasticode allows you to deploy personalized mobile user experiences in real time.
Fantasmo Studios is building technology to bring dreams into the real world using only a smartphone.
Knowtify is an Engagement Marketing platform that helps software businesses easily and effectively  market to their existing customer base.
Nebulab simplifies how scientists organize, validate and share their data, increasing efficiency and accelerating scientific discovery.
Stabilitas secures travelers with location specific safety information and a lifeline to help, all through their smartphones.
VirtKick gives independent hosting companies the tools they need to compete with big cloud providers.







Announcing Techstars Cloud Class of 2015

I am pleased to announce the new class of companies participating in the Techstars Cloud 2015 program in San Antonio, Texas. We have a group of amazing founders from all over the world, including entrepreneurs from the United States, Mexico, India, Israel, and Poland. The class is very well rounded and includes ten companies working on a variety of very technical and innovative businesses.

The companies from the first two Techstars Cloud programs have been making amazing progress and I am excited to see this new group of companies join the ranks of Techstars Cloud alumni. I look forward to working with the founders as we embark on this amazing journey together.

Appbase is building a real time events based database with full-text search and collaborative features via an easy to use API. With Appbase, building a real time production app takes only a few hours. 
Bitfusion accelerates research and applications for scientists through optimized hardware acceleration.
Card Isle distributes greeting cards through touch screen printer-based kiosks, utilizing local and independent artists as well as personalized text.
Callinize integrates your existing phone system and your CRM. It’s a hosted solution which takes just minutes to setup and works with the systems you already use.
Elasticode provides an online platform that enables real time deployment and unique personalization, optimizing end user mobile experiences.
Fantasmo Studios is creating the Disney of the 21st century by developing family-friendly, IP driven entertainment properties with a focus on mobile phones and new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.
Knowtify is Mailchimp for the personalized emails you send from your app. It saves app builders from having to code and maintain their own email systems allowing them to drive better user engagement, retention and growth.
Nebulab’s web app centralizes data storage, organization, and collaboration for researchers in manageable steps. Researchers can easily import data from multiple sources, drag and drop data into a project-based organization system, then share their data with peers.
Stabilitas addresses the safety and security concerns of international travelers with location-specific safety information, and a lifeline to help, all through a traveler’s smartphone.
VirtKick is a free and open source platform that easily hosts virtual servers to improve VPS business with one click installation. The functional, streamlined interface provides users with a feature packed marketplace and freedom from cloud providers.







Apply to Techstars Cloud Class of 2015!

I am very excited to announce that this week we opened up applications for our third Techstars Cloud program which will be kicking off in San Antonio, TX this coming January. Our mission for this thematic accelerator is to help build companies that focus on cloud. What does that mean? If you are developing a cloud based technology or platform, a product that is complementary to the cloud, or really any technical product you are probably a fit. If you have an early-stage startup that meets this description, we would love for you to apply to the Techstars Cloud 2015 program. Our first two cloud programs have been a huge success, with graduates including DataRobot, Keen IO, Distil Networks, Cloudability, Conspire and many more. Alumni companies from the first two programs have gone on to raise more than $80M in combined funding from investors such as Foundry Group, NEA and Sequoia.

Why would you want to join the Techstars network and participate in our cloud accelerator? Techstars is building the world’s most powerful network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors, who are all there to help you achieve your goals. We want to help your company refine its strategy and accelerate your progress towards becoming the kind of company that can change the world. We are here to help you and your startup grow to realize the vision that inspired you to create a company in the first place.

Mentorship is at the core of all Techstars programs, and we have a huge mentor base ready to spend tons of time with you during three months of intense focus on moving your business forward. The program culminates with Demo Day in April, where the founders will pitch their companies to a room full of investors, mentors, and members of the San Antonio and Techstars community. And your Techstars experience does not end on Demo Day – you get to be part of this amazing network for life.

We accept applications from companies at all stages – some are further along and already have funding, while others are just forming their ideas and do not yet have customers or even a final product. Wherever you are in your startup journey, if you focus on cloud tech and are ready to explore the idea of accelerating your company, please apply for our next program. If you have questions about the program you can always email me at blake dot yeager at techstars dot com or find me on Twitter (@blake_yeager).

Apply for the Techstars Cloud 2015 program and let’s do more, faster.








Blake Yeager Joins Techstars as Managing Director, Techstars Cloud

My journey to join the Techstars team started in late 2011, when Techstars was ramping up to launch the first Cloud program in San Antonio.  I was working for HP Cloud Services at the time, helping to build HP’s public cloud.  After meeting with Jason Seats, the original Managing Director for the program, I volunteered to serve as a mentor for the program.  I really didn’t know what to expect, but I hoped that I would be able to provide some value to the companies that had been selected.

Since that day, I have been continuously impressed by the quality of the people involved with Techstars.  The passion of the founders, the generosity of the mentors, and the power of the network have been awesome to experience first hand.  A year and half after I started mentoring, I found myself leaving HP to join ZeroVM, a 2013 Techstars Cloud alumni company and today, I am extremely excited to be taking over as the Managing Director for the Cloud program.

The roster of alumni from the first two Techstars Cloud programs includes some great companies and even better founders.  I don’t want to name names, because I know I will leave someone out, but these companies have raised serious money and are doing amazing things.  I am excited by the opportunity to continue to build on the legacy that Jason and these first two classes have pioneered.

Let me share a little bit about myself.  Prior to my current role with Techstars, I was leading the team building ZeroVM after Rackspace acquired the company behind the technology.  I have spent most of the last five years building public clouds for both Rackspace and HP, working primarily in Product Management.  I was also lucky enough to be a part of the team that launched OpenStack, the open source cloud management platform.

Before my adventures in the clouds, I spent seven years building grand format digital ink-jet printers for a startup called Gandi Innovations.  I have a degree in Computer Engineering, and I volunteer on the board of the Brighton Center.  I live in San Antonio with my wife and our son, and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of his little brother.

The next Techstars Cloud program will be kicking off in San Antonio in early 2015 with applications opening up this Fall.  Stay tuned for more details and the exact timing for the upcoming program.