#StartupRadar pitch session

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Photo: CNN’s John Nowak

Our open pitch session netted dozens of very cool startups in a huge variety of fields: payment systems, fun apps and social services, among others. We’ll have writeups on our faves up on the Tumblr by tomorrow. Huge thanks to everyone who came out!

Today’s #StartupRadar: What do top VCs want right now? Come hear from 500 Startups, TechStars & SV Angel. 4pm at the CNN Grill beer garden. -Stacy & Laurie

#StartupRadar at the CNN Grill

SXSW is filled with panel discussions and fireside chats. But we don’t want to talk at you; we want to talk with you — so we’re holding “office hours” each afternoon at the CNN Grill at 207 San Jacinto Blvd.

We’ve got a group of top entrepreneurs, investors and industry influences. We’ve also got beer. Bring your questions and join the discussion. It’s first come, first serve; come by around 3:45 if you want a spot. Follow #StartupRadar for any updates and changes and to join the conversation.

Friday 3/9: 4-5pm
Topic: When to sell your startup — and why we sold
Attendees: Andy Ellwood (Gowalla; now Facebook), Jonathan Carroll (Gowalla, now Facebook), Steve Martocci (GroupMe; now Microsoft/Skype)

Saturday 3/10: 4-5pm
Open pitch: Come tell CNNMoney about your startup

Sunday 3/11: 4-5pm
Topic: What do VCs want right now? Bring your questions and find out. Attendees: David Lee, SV Angel, David Tisch, TechStars NYC; Tony Conrad, True Ventures; Dave McClure, 500 Startups Monday

3/12: 4-5pm Topic: Diversity in Silicon Valley.
It’s been three months since CNN’s Black in America 4 documentary aired, following the NewMe Accelerator’s first cohort. What’s the latest in the startup scene?
Attendees: Hajj Flemings, Gokit; Wayne Sutton, NewMe; Tristan Walker, Foursquare

Come join us! -Laurie & Stacy