A review of the biggest small business and startup stories from the past week, with a special focus this week on South by Southwest. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from our experience in Austin and some of the best content from around the Web.
Meet the six hottest start-ups at SXSW: Check out the app that translates text using your phone’s camera and a motorcycle helmet right out of the film Iron Man. (WP)
Stop trying to be the next Silicon Valley: The architects behind new start-up hubs in D.C., Austin, Chicago and Moscow share secrets to success. (WP)
Why starting a company is like doing a backflip: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s shared some advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs at South by Southwest. (WP)
How to tell your company’s story: Lyn Graft has built a career telling other entrepreneurs’ stories, and he shared some of his secrets at SXSW. (WP)
State Department turning to start-ups: A look at five ways the agency is partnering with new businesses to solve a number of global problems. (WP)
How to reform the nation’s patent laws: Several experts sat down in Austin to discuss what Congress is doing right and wrong on patent reform. (WP)
What your firm can learn from political campaigns: Obama’s former marketing directors shared several important lessons for business owners at the festival. (WP)
D.C. launches new technology campaign: District officials last week in Austin launched a new “Digital DC” campaign to promote the city’s technology sector. (RC)
Small business must ramp up security: Whistleblower Edward Snowden phoned in to the festival from Austin with several tips for developers. (INC)
Steve Case offers insight: America Online co-founder and Revolution LLC’s Steve Case spoke at SXSW about the rise of new start-up hubs around the country (USA)
Check out the latest health care technology:One helps people get treatment mental health issues, while another helps surgeons distinguish cancerous tissue. (VB)
What are you keeping an eye on this week? Please let us know below.