What do Foursquare, Twitter and Foodspotting have in common?
They launched or gained major traction at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin.
The SXSW conference has become a magnet for high-tech entrepreneurs looking to get attention for the next big thing. Last year, dozens of entrepreneurs climbed aboard startup buses to code and create companies on the way to the show.
The startup fever runs red hot at SXSW. And that may be why at the next show SXSW will host the SXSW Startup Village from March 9 through March 14. The event will feature “SXSW Accelerator, panels, meet ups, lounges, pitch events, and mentoring and coaching sessions,” according to SXSW.
“By bringing these individuals together under one umbrella we hope to create a heightened awareness of this unique community during SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, as well as more opportunities to educate, collaborate and network with fellow attendees.”

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