5 Quick Questions With GoToCamera At SXSW
March 14, 2011 by Gwendolyn Regina T
I’ve been here in Austin, Texas in the US for a few days now for the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) and am really excited for the trade show to start tomorrow, where Singapore will have a pavilion with 10 of our startups. But tomorrow is also an important day for one of these startups, GoToCamera. We have a quick 5 Q&A with Varun Arora, founder and CEO of GoToCamera to find out more.
(For an introduction to GoToCamera, formerly known as HomeCamera, read this first.)
1. Is your start-up be launching a new product or service during SXSW? What will this product or service be.
2. Will your start-up be releasing a new version or announcing a new feature? What will this release or feature be about?
Yes. We’ll announce our Mac Client – which finally makes it possible for millions of Mac users to put their redundant iMacs, MacBooks, etc, to use as home and small-business monitoring devices. In addition, we’ll be announcing our iPhone app, which enables folks who’ve upgraded to newer iPhone models to use their old “backup / standby” iPhones as wireless monitoring cameras.
3. What are the key dates for your start-up at SXSW?
As you’re probably aware, we’re the only Singaporean / SE Asian company to be selected to pitch at the Accelerate event during SXSW. So, for us, the critical date is March 14. If we make it through the initial round, then March 15 too.
4. What are the key activities your start-up will be involved in? For example, are you going to be throwing the best party ever?
No, but we’ll cheerfully toast the organizers.
5. What’s the focus of your start-up at SXSW?
Continue to create visibility for GotoCamera with prospective partners, and get roaring drunk in the process.
Editor’s Note: Another startup from US-Singapore is also pitching at Accelerate, ViKi.
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Gwendolyn Regina T - Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Gwen is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of SGE. Previously, she was a partner of early stage technology investment firm, Thymos Capital and she has had two exits, one of which is iHipo. She is also an investor in Padlet, a Y-Combinator startup. Gwen also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Singapore Innovation & Productivity Institute, Steering Commmittee for the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation Awards 2013, and Board of Advisors for Social Media Week 2013. A frequent public speaker, mentor and judge at various startup bootcamps, events and competitions, Gwen loves meeting founders, developers, designers and scientists across all ages. An alumnus of the National University of Singapore and its University Scholars Programme, Gwen also spent some time in Silicon Valley and is a graduate of the NUS-Stanford University overseas college programme. She is also a mentor at Polish tech startup incubator Gamma Rebels, the Singapore curator for US-headquartered StartupDigest and the Singapore Ambassador for the Sandbox Network - the leading global network of innovators under 30. Gwen has also been a Worldwide Judge for Imagine Cup - the premier student technology competition helmed by Microsoft. She has also spoken in Hong Kong at one of its largest youth conferences, MaD Asia, and was recently in Austria to help envision the future of the country's economy in 2032 on invitation from an Austrian governmental organization. Gwen speaks 3.25 languages, loves physics, travelling, dance and adventure sports. She can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.Read other posts by Gwendolyn Regina T