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Common Form to showcase its tax preparation software in Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category
January 19, 2015, San Diego, CA— Common Form Tax Software was selected as an alternate finalist in the Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category for the 7th annual SXSW Accelerator competition presented by Oracle, the marquee event of SXSW Interactive Festival’s Startup Village, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Hundreds of companies submitted to present at SXSW Accelerator, where Common Form was selected out of 48 finalists in six different categories.
The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Interactive, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 15, on the sixth floor of the Downtown Austin Hilton. The pitch competition will then culminate with the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 15, where winning startups from each category will be announced and honored. The Accelerator competition will feature finalists across categories including Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies, Entertainment and Content Technologies, Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies, Innovative World Technologies, Social Technologies, and Wearable Technologies. SXSW Category Sponsors include Rackspace, Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Category Sponsor; and IBM, Innovative World Technologies Category Sponsor and Dyn, Social Technologies Category Sponsor.
“We’re thrilled to be selected by this highly competitive accelerator, said Charles Logston, Chief Technology Office of Common Form. Mr. Logston continued, “we founded Common Form with the goal of drastically simplifying tax preparation for millions of Americans, and this recognition helps validate that the market is eager for such a product.”
Common Form lets people with simple finances file their taxes in minutes from their phone or computer. Currently Common Form supports the 22 million tax payers who file a 1040EZ each year, with plans to expand to the 1040A and 1040 long form in the future. Pricing is fair and transparent – $20 if you’re getting a refund and absolutely free if you owe additional taxes. No hidden fees, gotchas, or up-sells.
“Over the past six years of companies competing in SXSW Accelerator, more than 50 percent have gone on to receive funding in excess of $1.7 billion and 12 percent of the companies have been acquired,” said SXSW Accelerator Event Producer, Chris Valentine. “This year’s finalists have all demonstrated the capability to change our perception of technology and we expect to see them achieve similar, if not greater, success than our past finalists.”
For more information about SXSW Accelerator and to view the complete list of finalists, visit the following site: http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists.
About Common Form
Common Form is a modern cloud-based tax preparation product, developed with the mission of making tax preparation simple, fast, and fair. Customers can file their federal taxes in minutes from their phone or computer by visiting common-form.com. Common Form, Inc. is based in San Diego, CA and was founded in 2013 by Charles Logston, Austin Marron, and Bill Hendricks.
About SXSW Interactive
The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2015 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Join us in March 2015 for the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.
SXSW Interactive 2015 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Esurance, AT&T, IFC, Mazda, Monster Energy, McDonald’s, Philips and The Austin Chronicle.