PRLog - Dec. 6, 2012 - AUSTIN, Texas -- Engine is one of two Austin startups chosen to participate in Startup America’s “2 Minute Drill”, a pitch contest showcasing some of Texas’s most promising startups. David Johnston, Founder and CEO of Engine, Inc. will be presenting his pitch in front of Startup America’s board of directors on December 7th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX.
Engine’s goal is to help users avoid information overload by syncing up all of their data – emails, texts, contacts – and displaying the information that’s relevant to the user in real time. They released the alpha version of their Chrome extension in October, and plan to release the beta during South by Southwest in March.
Mike McNeil and Ben Bazzrea of Balderdash, Austin’s realtime web and mobile studio, will be at the event supporting the Engine team. “The partnership with Balderdash has really allowed Engine to accelerate the development of its Gmail Extension Alpha,” says David Johnston. The two companies have worked closely to get Engine ready for its launch, with Balderdash focusing on the open-source Chrome extension. “By opening the hood on Engine’s design, we're crowd-sourcing feature development of the apps you’re already using every day,” says McNeil. “Engine's goal is to create a platform where developers can build all kinds of cool applications on top of a users personal knowledge graph,” adds Johnston. “The Gmail Extension is just the first project we are building on top of the Engine platform."
Engine is built on Sails.js, an open-source framework for Node.js by Balderdash. “[It] has allowed Engine to build a great relationship with the developer community from day one,” says David Johnston. Sails is designed to resemble the MVC architecture from frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for today’s data-oriented style of web app development. It's especially good at server push-messaging, or “comet”, which is an important aspect of Engine’s product roadmap.
Startup America’s pitch contest will take place from 1pm to 3pm on Friday. Tickets to the event are free, and are still available at http://startuptexas2minutedrill.eventbrite.com/
Engine’s goal is to link together different streams of data (email, documents, phone, social networks) and automate everyday tasks, for example: answering questions in emails without the user having to dig through documents or email history. Download the Chrome extension at https://chrome.google.com/
Balderdash is an Austin-based realtime web and mobile studio with a unique distinction: