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7th March 2013

Where Are the Founders Now? TechStars Cloud 2012

Cloudability strikes a pose.

Appsembler, Boston, MA
Since Demo Day: “We got into the MassChallenge Startup Accelerator shortly after TechStars Demo Day and just recently started participating in the Mozilla WebFwd accelerator as one of eight teams in their third cohort. Our user base continues to grow at a brisk pace and we now have paying customers. We switched PaaS partners and can now deploy any type of web application (not just Django apps), which greatly expands the breadth of apps we can offer.  We also acquired another startup company, Launcher.io, which brought us another 200 users and more apps including Ushahidi and Thinkup.” – Nate Aune
Currently: Finishing up the integration work with the new PaaS provider and adding new apps to the marketplace. Founder Nate Aune will be giving a talk at PyCon in Santa Clara next week about deploying Python apps to PaaS providers, so stop by to say hi if you’re in the area.

Cloudability, Portland, OR
Since Demo Day: Raised a Series A, crossed a third of a billion dollars in spending under management, grew to 19 employees.
Currently:
Working on “secret squirrel detailed cloud usage analytics.”

Cloudsnap, Reno, NV
Since Demo Day:  “We have evolved from a drag ‘n drop integration tool for business users into an integration platform for developers to build mobile/web apps on top of services like Salesforce.com, Evernote, Highrise, Basecamp and Campfire.” – Colin Loretz
Currently: Building the developer platform to support even more business apps like Box, Netsuite, Freshbooks and more. Excited to release libraries for more languages and platforms so developers can get up and running with Cloudsnap even faster.

Conductrics, NYC, NY
Since Demo Day: “We have spent a lot of effort to make our adaptive AB targeting platform easy to integrate into any type of digital application (web, mobile, etc.). Based on our customer feedback, we have also created a suite of insights reporting that is driven by our integrated predictive analytics engine.” – Matt Gershoff
Currently:
Working on Conductrics, of course!

Distil, Arlington, VA
Since Demo Day: 
“We raised our second round of financing, opened an office, doubled the team size, quadrupled customers, continued to grow.” – Rami Essaid
Currently: Scaling.

Emergent One, San Francisco, CA and Richmond, VA
Since Demo Day: 
Raised a 330k seed round in July, Launched our SaaS product in November, paying customers in December 2012.
Currently:
 “We’ve seen much heavier interest from enterprise sized companies in deploying our solution on premises. We’re working on developing an enterprise-grade product based off of our SaaS product for easy data integration and mobilization of legacy systems.” – Kevin Pfab

Epic Playground, Inc. (formerly Callisto.fm), Boulder, CO
Since demo day: “We’ve learned more than we thought possible about real-time data and big data. The summer was spent researching and re-architecting the service. The company expanded and contracted people and positions, and suffered the premature scaling conundrum. Today we have a bad ass media analytics platform that works across more than a dozen popular players! ” – Michael Sitarzewski
Currently: In December 2012, we added a new feature to the real-time analytics product that gives site owners the ability to send engaging push style messages to people viewing video, or listening to audio. It’s live today.

Flomio, Inc., Miami, FL
Since Demo Day:

  • Pivoted away from developer platform strategy.
  • Focused on consumers and educating NFC market.
  • Raised $425k in series AA round.
  • Hosted a successful Kickstarter campaign.
  • Drew press attention and own search term “nfc on ios”.
  • Sold $6000 in first month of opening web store

Currently: This article says it all.

Keen IO, San Francisco, CA
Since Demo Day:  “Raised a round of funding. Added four amazing people to our team. Made a product that we are very proud of. Launched it public.  Iterated a ton. Got paying customers. Created a great company culture. Figured out our marketing strategy. Had the time of our lives.” – Ryan Spraetz
Currently: 
Preparing to raise another round of funding, figuring out how to sell to enterprise customers and reworking our underlying technology for massive scale.

TempoDB, Chicago, IL
Since Demo Day: “We launched our paid time series database service, rapidly added new time series storage and analysis features, acquired paying customers across a range of industries including Smart Grid, Internet of Things, and Oil and Gas, and built our company from three to six by adding three awesome engineering team members.” – Justin DeLay
Currently: In the middle of Series A fundraising and will use the new capital to continue to grow the team and expand sales and marketing efforts. The engineering team continues to work to automate and scale our infrastructure in response to massive increases in customer traffic while building more advanced ways for customers to analyze and monitor their time series data and tools to better manage their database infrastructure.

Team TempoDB

VidMaker, Madison, WI
Since Demo Day: Raised an angel round of $500K, opened an office, hired developers, and gone into serious product development mode. 
Currently: Preparing to show a technical demo of the product at SxSW Interactive in Austin.