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The Winners of Tech Cocktail’s SXSW Power Hour Pitch Jam Are…Homesnap and Speek Named Winners


In keeping with the fast pace of SXSW, we put 29 startups on stage at our SXSW Startup Celebration sponsored by CEA and .CO for 60 seconds each. There were talking phones, a bit of screaming, and the promise of a tattoo (more on that below).

Most disruptive
Homesnap (Washington, DC): Fusing unrivaled big data, dead simple home search, and a built-in social graph with the magic and fun of its iconic feature – just snap a picture of any home to find out all about it – Homesnap’s mobile real estate platform is unique. From casual browsers to serious buyers to professional agents, Homesnap makes it simple and fun to discover and share homes in the real world or right from your couch.

Best pitch
Speek (Washington, DC): Speek provides super simple, free, and visual conference calls. Choose an easy-to-remember personal link (i.e., for your calls, instead of fumbling for a traditional phone number and PIN. Click the link to start or join a call from your phone, a web or mobile browser, VOIP, or SMS. Once you’re on the call, know who’s joined, know who’s talking, share files, view social profiles, and comment, mute, and add/remove participants.

(Speek promised the audience that, if they won, CEO John Bracken would get their logo tattooed on his butt. And, indeed, he did.)

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