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Meet two Emma developers on the StartupBus to SXSW

A couple of Emma developers are taking the longest route possible to SXSW Interactive.

Jason Bynum and Roxanne Spielvogel boarded the StartupBus last week, and they’re rolling into Austin today. Along the way, they teamed up with other developers on the bus and formed their own startup, TrustVino. They’re officially “buspreneurs,” according to startupbus.com.

StartupBus, which was founded in 2010 by Elias Bizannes, is touted as “the most intense startup competition in the world.” Talented developers and entrepreneurial-types apply to hop on the bus, and once they’re there, participants break off into teams and, you know, create a company. No big deal.

TrustVino is an app that’s about using social media to connect with your network of fellow wine drinkers and learn from them to expand your wine horizons. What’s not to love?


Support our buspreneurial Emma staffers and the TrustVino venture today!

  1. Follow TrustVino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates (and say hello while you're at it).
  2. Beta test the TrustVino app by signing up here.
  3. “Invest” in their startup (don’t worry, it’s fake money) via the StartupBus Game. Just connect with your Facebook account and distribute your $5,000 bank however you choose. TrustVino is listed on the page along with other startups in the competition. 

On the bus, Jason and Roxanne are hunkered down with the teammates, developing their TrustVino business plan in preparation for a big presentation at  SXSW. When the bus stops, they’re popping in to local tech companies to meet new folks and learn some startup-related lessons. 

We're so proud to have Jason and Roxanne representing Emma, and we wish them luck in their presentation today! You can watch a livestream of StartupBus presentations here