StartupBus, a multi-city Wi-Fi-enabled roadtrip to the South by Southwest Interactive conference with the goal of developing and launching startups by the time the travelers arrive in Austin, fired up the engines on its biggest year ever this week.
Yesterday, busloads of hacker-entrepreneurs departed from 11 regions — San Francisco/Silicon Valley (where the StartupBus began in 2010), Boston, Cincinnati, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Mexico, New York, Stanford University, and Washington D.C. — to brainstorm and code their way down to SxSWi. The whole thing culminates on Saturday March 10th, when all the startups (or to be more precise, the functional prototype web services) hatched on the various trips will show off their demos in Austin to a panel of potential investors.
TechCrunch TV’s John Murillo is along for the ride all the way from San Francisco to Austin, and he put together an awesome video wrap-up of Day One that’s embedded above. Reasons you should absolutely watch include:
In all, it looks like StartupBus 2012 is off to a solid start. We’ll be following the trip’s daily progress here on TechCrunch TV over the next couple of days; to get more real-time updates on what the buspreneurs are up to and where each bus is on the map, you can check out StartupBus’ own blog here.