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Pitchworthy News: QMCODES, SXSW, Startup Bus, Spellr, 99 Designs

By Rachel Youens on Thursday, March 11th, 2010

• I’m sure there are higher compliments in this world than having TechCrunch call your startup product a “must use”, but I can’t image what those could be. Aussie startup Melon Media have been plugging away with lots of products that make life just a little bit better, including website spell check with Spellr.Us, and their newest product is getting lauded by the likes of the renowned US tech blog. ManageTwitter helps to weed out all your quiet Twitter pals, those who don’t choose to follow you, those who are inactive. You can test out the service on your own Twitter account (just make sure you don’t unfollow @ipitchAU)

• There’s presently a bus rumbling its way to Austin, Texas loaded with entrepreneurs and techies with mobile wifi using the trip from California to Texas to create startups. This crew is headed by a name familiar to the Australian startup scene: Silicon Beach leader Elias Bizannes. The “Startup Bus” has already made appearances on TechCrunch and Read Write Web and the “buspreneurs” are just presenting companies created on the trip are just starting to emerge including sites like DateBrowser. The companies and Elias will present to investors upon arriving in Austin for the SXSW interactive festival.

• In further SXSW news, Melbourne-based company and Tech 23 presenter QMCODES will be providing QR codes on all the attendees badges at the premiere tech event. Last year CEO Antony McGregor Dey was a panelist at the event and this year he will be moderating a panel on QR code technology featuring representatives from publisher Harper Collins and Google.

• And in even further SXSW news, Australian company 99Designs joins a prestigious group that includes Hulu, Flicker, Foursquare and Gowalla as finalists for the SXSW Web Awards. 99Designs, which crowdsources design, is nominated for the community awards, recognizing sites that have “developed an extraordinarily active multi-user community and an exceptional following of users who assist with content development.” 99Designs will be at SXSW as part of the Victorian trade mission.

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