Marcus and nine other enterprising CEOs and founders hope to make an impression on SXSW attendees and press by using the event as a formal launch pad for their services. Marcus's startup -- Flavors.me -- first debuted in private beta back in November, but it's now open to the public and offers premium accounts.
For those with a web presence -- no matter how great or how small -- Flavors provides a way to combine the different elements of one's online life into one singular space -- it's a portfolio-style showcase of an individual's various online flavors.
The stupid-simple interface of Flavors makes it almost impossible to create something ugly, and that's the real beauty of it.
Flavors' pages build themselves as users enter their name, write a bio, and connect up to 18 different online profiles. Design options range from the elegant to the fantastical and accommodate both novice and expert alike. With a little finesse, a finished Flavors page could serve as a living collection of online activity or a digital calling card.
For those that need a little more, they can upgrade -- for $20 a month -- to a premium account and get real-time traffic stats, custom domains and a site contact form.
At the end of the day the idea behind Flavors is nothing new; it's the implementation of Marcus' vision with head of design Jack Zorby's know-how that make this service a real winner. In a sea of startups with cloudy visions, Flavors shines bright with a clear purpose that serves the online user of this generation.