Above: Too much noise?

Are you an entrepreneur looking to push your big product idea to the next step?

Consider shutting out the noise of SXSW for a few minutes (there are tens of thousands of companies vying for attention here), and sitting down with me and some partners from Austin Ventures, one of the best venture firms in Austin. We’ll give you some calm but efficient feedback on your idea. Whether it be on your product, go-to-market strategy, business model, or technology, we’re offering our free advice, no strings attached.

For sure, this is part of our ongoing drive to meet amazing entrepreneurs, for a number of reasons.

First, on the VentureBeat side, we’re looking for great stories to write, and there’s nothing better than finding an entrepreneur with a kick-ass idea. Second, this is part of our global effort to invite the best companies to launch new technology products at our DEMO conference in April.

We’ve got time to meet with ten companies on Sunday, March 11, from 9:30am until 1:30pm at the Hilton in downtown Austin (Room 415A). This is the last call, and you can apply here.

Otherwise, a few others from the VB team and I will be attending SXSW and participating in all kinds of things. Here’s a breakdown:

  • This year, we’ll also be co-hosting our own lounge at SXSW at the Hilton in downtown Austin, and we hope you’ll drop by. From Friday, March 9 to Tuesday, March 13, we’re inviting developers, techies, entrepreneurs, and VCs to relax, recharge, drink, and grub with us and Alcatel-Lucent’s NG Connect team. Along with IDA Singapore — a program that cultivates the IT industry in Singapore, making it the premiere launchpad to Asian markets — we’ll be conducting a series of interviews with hot startups live in the lounge. Our friends at Flurry will also have an area in the lounge.

Looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

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