Week in Review: May 6, 2013

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:


Marquee Founders Believe New Orleans is a Music Tech Hub, Launch Incentivized Mobile App

Marquee Mobile is a location-based, incentive-driven mobile application that allows music professionals to connect with fans. The app launched in private beta, just before Jazz Fest began last week. It’s geared towards artists, management teams, venues, and promoters so they can see who is attending the shows to help better engage the fans.

Video Game Startup Marks “Torturetainment” Fundraiser a Success

Video game startup Petrodactyl Studios held its first fundraising event on March 22nd to raise funds for their first major project, Vendetta. The team set aside a 54-hour block and live-streamed “torturetainment,” where they played games and watched bad movies that the audience selected. Through the unique fundraiser, the startup received $1235.53 from 11 individuals and companies.

Ties Between New Orleans and Israeli Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Grow Stronger

The Idea VillageJones Walker and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans partnered to host a panel discussion during Entrepreneur Week last month called Nurturing the Evolving Partnership Between Israeli and New Orleans Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. It focused on the growing relationship between ecosystems and those who are on the forefront of the progress. One of the panelists was Eyal Lifschitz, the General Partner and Co-founder of Peregrine Ventures, Israel’s leading venture capital fund for early stage investments. Peregrine Ventures currently has 25 companies in its portfolio, mostly life sciences and software companies. Is a New Orleans startup next?

Simple but Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Nobody likes to fail. But some type of failure is what every entrepreneur will likely experience in their process of becoming successful. Mark Lewis shares the five mistakes many entrepreneurs make, including: hiring someone you know and trust, not getting good professional advice, keeping your expenses as low as possible, spending money like it’s your own, and blindly falling in love with your product/service.

ArcMail Introduces ArcMail Social to Address Information Requirements for Social Data

All-in-one email archiving solution company ArcMail has launched its newest product, ArcMail Social, to address the information governance requirements for social data. The innovative technology organizes and retrieves data across social media outlets and makes everything exportable.

AIE Lafayette Prepares Next Wave for Interactive Entertainment Industry

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is a non-profit educator established over a decade ago in Australia, which began opening up campuses throughout the states in 2009. Lafayette, La. was chosen as the second U.S. location, behind Seattle, because of its growing film and media industry to be a place to teach the next generation about the interactive entertainment industry. There is an open house on May 19th for prospective students. The Academy will also host the free Independent Games Festival (iFEST) for independent game developers and fans on July 13th, 2013.

DarkSeas Games Seeks Kickstarter Funding for New Video Game Road Redemption

A team of indie video game developers in Louisiana has launched their next big project on Kickstarter. DarkSeas Games is working to take the motorcycle combat-racing game play, pioneered by the Road Rash series, to the next level. If funded, the team will implement next generation graphics, physics, and online play into the game Road Redemption. Road Redemption represents skill-based game play in which players are able to play across six missions with a varied arsenal and up to five motorcycles.

Google Reps and Internet Marketing Experts to Hold Local University: New Orleans

Founder and CEO of Search Influence and Local University Faculty Member Will Scott shares why New Orleans business owners should be excited about the upcoming Local U event at Tulane University. Local University: New Orleans will take place on May 7, 2013 from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the Kendall Cram Room of the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University. As a bonus, Silicon Bayou News has partnered with Search Influence on the event so our readers can use this coupon for a special $40 discount!