Austin-based Selected to Participate in Microsoft’s Machine Learning Accelerator


Austin-based, which allows developers to search and understand audio and video using a simple API, was selected to participate in Microsoft Ventures’ Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. And Paul Murphy, the company’s founder and CEO, reported in a blog post that the company is not relocating to Seattle. “We are thrilled to work with […]

Pitch with Purpose Encourages Female Founders to Apply


Pitch with Purpose is encouraging women entrepreneurs leading high-growth, scalable businesses that support the resolution of the world’s most pressing problems to apply for its pitch competition. Circular Board, based in Houston, announced the competition Thursday in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Dell and Guggenheim Partners. Companies with at least one female founder are […]

Greenbelt Greens Launches in Austin

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The salad days are here to stay in Austin. And thanks to a new Austin-based subscription service, Greenbelt Greens, people can get chef-designed salads and grain bowls sent straight to their doorstep. The startup just launched its service this week. Customers can personalize their deliveries when they set up their Greenbelt Greens profile. They’ll be […]

Techstars Announces its 2016 Austin Cohort


For the first time half of the Techstars Austin cohort hails from Austin. This is the fourth class for the popular Techstar accelerator in Austin and the first one led by its new managing director, Amos Schwartzfarb. “It was not intentional,” Schwartzfarb said. “We were very location agnostic. It wasn’t a field in the spreadsheets […]

Google and HUD to Bring High Speed 1 Gigabit Internet to Public Housing Developments

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Google and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday plans to bring high speed Gigabit Fiber Internet to housing developments nationwide. The goal is to improve access to the Internet for the nation’s poorest residents and to help children get access to materials online to improve their education and help boost their […]

20 Finalists Compete Saturday in the Food+City Challenge


Twenty finalists from all over the world will be in Austin on Saturday to compete in the 2016 Food+City Challenge Prize Showcase Day. A panel of 17 judges will evaluate the finalists and select the winners of $50,000 in prize money and perks from Food+City partners. The showcase day runs from 10 a.m. to 4:00 […]

San Antonio Tech Community to Host its First Startup Week


For more than four years, San Antonio’s technology community has been percolating with excitement amidst a ground swell of support bubbling up to create a vibrant startup industry. First, Geekdom set up operations in downtown San Antonio at the Weston Centre and then moved to its own building, the Rand on Houston St.. And now, […]

OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from local investors. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners led the financing. John Berkowitz, co-founder of Yodle and David Rubin, founder and former CEO of ProfitFuel founded OJO Labs in February of […]

Ground Breaking Microscope Technology Spins out of UT Austin

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News The birth of a new microscope industry is taking place at the University of Texas at Austin that can change the way scientists view living cells at the smallest stage. On Tuesday night at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, a small group attending UT’s Startup Studio got […]

Austin-based Pivot3 Buys NexGen Storage


Austin-based Pivot3 announced Wednesday it will acquire NexGen Storage, a privately held maker of hybrid storage appliances based in Louisville, Colorado. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pivot3 intends to market and enhance all current and planned NexGen products. “Everyone talks about the need for agility in terms of business needs, but […]

Favor and Kinsa Team up to Send Soup to Sick People in Austin

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This is the kind of warm and fuzzy story that warms our hearts and our stomachs during the height of flu season in Austin. Austin-based Favor, the on-demand delivery service, has teamed up with Kinsa, the maker of the smart thermometer that tracks the spread of illness, to send out hot soup via Soup Peddler, […]

The Zebra Raises $17 Million in Venture Capital


The Zebra, which created an auto insurance aggregation and comparison site to save consumers money, has raised $17 million in Series A funding. The Austin-based company’s investors included Silverton Partners, Daher Capital, Ballast Point Ventures, Mark Cuban and Mike Maples Jr. “Insurance shopping is a major pain point for the 250 million-plus U.S. drivers on […]

uShip Wins the 2016 Austin Startup Games

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News uShip won the 2016 Austin Startup Games on Saturday afternoon at Fair Market on Austin’s East side. SpareFoot, a three-time champion, came in second, followed by LawnStarter, a new competitor to the games. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which raised $57,500 for local charities, said […]

Waldo Photos Launches in Austin and Raises $5 Million in Funding

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Where’s Waldo? Right here in Austin, Texas. And they’ve just raised $5 million in venture capital to create a new photo-finding platform. Southern California venture capital firm Upfront Ventures led the round. Rodney Rice and Michael Beaudoin, veteran entrepreneurs who co-founded HomeAdvisor and Einstein Bros. Bagels, founded the site to create a seamless photo-finding experience […]

Fifth Annual Austin Startup Games Takes Place Saturday


Has it been five years already? Silicon Hills News covered the first Austin Startup Games at uShip back in the day and every one since then. In the beginning, they called them the Austin Startup Olympics, but I think they had to change the name so as not to confuse everyone with the real Olympics. […]

Datical Raises $8 Million in VC Funding


Datical, which makes software that lets companies update applications on their databases easily, announced Thursday it has raised $8 million funding. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2012, reported that S3 Ventures led its Series B round with participation from existing investors Mercury Fund and Austin Ventures. Previously, Datical raised $6.9 million in venture capital from […]

Civitas Learning Buys College Scheduler


Civitas Learning announced Wednesday it has acquired College Scheduler, a web-based class scheduling platform for students at colleges and universities. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. College Scheduler, based in Redding, Calif., was founded by a student, Robert Strazzarino, at California State University at Chico, to solve his problems with scheduling classes […]

ATI Joins ACC to Launch Services for Life Sciences Startups in Austin


Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin has teamed up with the Austin Community College District to launch business mentoring services aimed at life sciences startups. The services will be available at ACC’s Advanced Commercialization ACCelerator, opening later on this year at the ACC Highland Campus. That locations will have biotechnology equipment, […]

Two Austin-based Companies Acquired by j2 Global of Los Angeles


j2 Global, based in Los Angeles, announced this week it has completed the acquisition of two Austin-based companies. j2 Global bought, a digital media company based in Austin and MX Toolbox, founded in 2004, which provides managed IT services for small businesses worldwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed., a coupon, […]

OneSpot Hires Jon Driscoll as its Chief Revenue Officer

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OneSpot announced this week it has hired Jon Driscoll as its chief revenue officer. Driscoll previously worked at Spredfast. At OneSpot, Driscoll will be responsible for sales strategy and business development. He reports directly to OneSpot CEO Steve Sachs. Austin-based OneSpot has created a content marketing platform and its clients include Kraft Heinz, Mondelēz International, […]

LawnStarter Expands to San Antonio and Four Other Markets


Lawn care is a big business nationwide. But it’s a highly fragmented industry with a lot of mom and pop businesses. That’s where LawnStarter has found its sweet spot. The on-demand lawn care service has found success in Austin, Orlando, Florida and Washington, D.C. hooking up lawn care providers with customers and now it’s branching […]

Austin VC Investments up 20% in 2015 to $740 Million

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Nationwide the venture capital industry had one of its best years ever in 2015. And that’s true for Austin too. Austin ended the year with $740 million in VC investments, up 20 percent from 2014, in 99 deals, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and […]

Increasing Diversity in Austin’s Tech Ecosystem

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News South by Southwest, the nation’s largest technology conference, has worked hard to tackle diversity in technology to get more people who are not middle aged white guys as speakers and participants, said Hugh Forrest, director of SXSW Interactive. Last year, SXSW declared diversity in tech as its […]

Medical Focused Coworking Space, HeLiX, to Open in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Developing new products for the medical industry requires special facilities like mock surgery rooms and lab space and the community in which to brainstorm ideas. “Whatever policy, procedure or product you’re working on we want it in an operating room environment so we can mimic those same […]

Star Wars Could Pave way for Austin Hologram Company’s Success

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By EVA RUTH MORAVEC Reporter with Silicon Hills News A licensing rights agreement with the Walt Disney Company has awakened the force at an Austin company known as a global leader in 3D visualization. Zebra Imaging is taking pre-orders for the result of that agreement: a 3D hologram of one of five images from the […]

Spiceworks Turns 10 and Plans to Add 100 Employees This Year

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ten years ago, four technology workers in Austin got an idea to start a social network for IT professionals. Today, that network, Spiceworks, is one of the largest IT social networks in the world with millions of monthly users, thousands of customers and hundreds of employees. This […]

Silvercar Lands $28 Million in Venture Capital led by Audi

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Silvercar, a rental car startup with a fleet of silver Audi A4 sedans, announced Monday it has raised $28 million in Series C funding led by Audi. Other investors included Austin Ventures and Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook. Austin-based Silvercar plans to use the funds to expand into other markets nationwide. Also, Silvercar plans to […]

Top Ten 2015 Tech Stories in San Antonio


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News San Antonio had a good year in tech. A new movement called SA Tech Bloc launched. They helped to bring Lyft and other ridesharing apps back to the city. A new source of funding from Bexar County called SA Tech Fuel also launched to provide seed stage […]

Top Ten 2015 Austin Tech Topics


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Looking back at 2015, Austin’s technology industry had a really good year. It was a year filled with big acquisitions, the largest of which was Dell’s offer to buy EMC Corp. In addition, lots of interesting developments like Google’s autonomous cars testing on the streets of Austin […]

Lessons Learned from a Failed Startup

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By GRAHAM DICKIE Special Contribution to Silicon Hills News People are to led to entrepreneurship for a number of reasons. They want to strike gold. They feel like they have a need in their own life no one else is addressing. Other types of work bore them. For 27-year-old Jonathan Placa, it was the desire […]

Phunware Raises $19.3 Million of $49.9 Million VC Offering


Phunware, a mobile marketing platform for brands, Monday filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $49.9 million. The Austin-based company, founded in 2009, has previously raised $47.7 million in five rounds of funding, according to its Angellist profile. In June of 2014, Phunware raised $30.7 million in Series E funding. […]

In UT Austin Class, Students Earn Credit Hours by Building Startups

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By GRAHAM DICKIE Special contribution to Silicon Hills News The world of tech innovation may be colored by mythological dropout figures — Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Austin’s Michael Dell — but at the University of Texas, a course called Longhorn Startup is showing how students can stay in college and still pursue the […]

Oracle Plans Massive New Austin Campus


Oracle Tuesday announced plans to build a 560,000-square-foot campus and parking development on 27 acres on the waterfront of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake. In addition, Oracle is buying an adjacent 295-unit apartment building for employees to live and “to support a work-life balance.” The campus located in the Lakeshore Development area will be focused on […]

Julie Huls to Resign as President of the Austin Technology Council

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Julie Huls, the president of the Austin Technology Council, confirmed she is leaving the nonprofit organization in the first quarter of next year. “I’m super proud of what we have built together,” Huls said. “I’m totally confident the organization will continue to expand, support and strengthen Austin’s technology industry.” Huls has led the Austin Technology […]

Oracle Acquires Austin-based StackEngine


Oracle announced last Friday that it has acquired StackEngine, a year old Austin-based startup focused on cloud computing. All of the employees of StackEngine will join Oracle, the company announced. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last October, StackEngine, a platform for Docker apps, announced it had raised $1 million in seed […]

A Faster Internet Accelerates Disruption of the Status Quo


By BOB METCALFE Reprinted with permission Ahoy! What is today’s single most impactful driver of human progress? Connectivity AKA Networking AKA The Internet. The Internet is spreading rapidly, already reaching half the human race since turn-on in 1969. And with the Internet’s spread come freedom and prosperity. Democracy and Free Enterprise. The Internet’s speed is […]

Diversity Fund Helps Women, Gay and Minority Businesses Get Funded

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Diversity Fund recently launched in Austin and aims to help startups and ongoing businesses raise capital through equity-based crowdfunding. In particular, Diversity Fund, founded by Charlie Jackson, aims to help women, LGBT and minority-led businesses get financing directly from investors through debt or equity funding up to $1 million a year for any Texas business. […]

Everfest Indexes Festivals and Captures Memory Rich Experiences

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By GRAHAM DICKIE Special contributor to Silicon Hills News Right up the hill from the pandemonium of this month’s Trail of Lights and inside a former accounting firm is the office of Everfest, a tiny Austin startup working on the fringes of the same festival industry but forging a worldwide path. On a recent Monday […] Declaws the Publishing Process Developer Uzair Rahim, Co-Founder Monica Landers and Henrik Kjallbring, developer with

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Getting a book published the old fashioned way—through the agents and publishers who have the power to lift the work from obscurity—has a lot in common with finding investors for your startup. Just getting to “No” is a torturous process. First you have to find the companies […]

RetailMeNot Brings Christmas Early to the Town of Coupon


RetailMeNot, the world’s biggest online deal site, brought a lot of Christmas joy to the 73 residents of Coupon, Pennsylvania. The Austin-based company gave the town a surprise recently. RetailMeNot collected the Christmas wish lists of people from the town of Coupon. But they weren’t wishes for themselves. They were presents for their neighbors. And […]

Chiron Health Raises $2.3 Million


Chiron Health, which provides telemedicine healthcare consultation for doctors with patients remotely over the Internet, announced Wednesday it has raised $2.3 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based company also released its iPhone and iPad app for patients. “The telemedicine industry has been experiencing enormous growth over the last 12 months, and video visits are […]

Amazon Launches One-Hour Food Delivery in Austin


In Austin, Amazon Tuesday announced the launch of its restaurant delivery service for its Prime Now customers. With the service, customers can get one-hour delivery from Austin restaurants and food trucks including Boteco ATX, Chi’Lantro, Clay Pit, Michi Ramen, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Southside Flying Pizza, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Terry Black’s Barbecue, The Backspace […]

Austin-based Buys Viggle of New York

imgres-2 announced Monday it has signed an asset purchase agreement with New York-based Viggle Inc., a mobile and web-based entertainment marketing platform. Austin-based Perk will pay 1.5 million common shares, valued at $4.7 million, based on the closing price per Perk share of $4.30 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Dec. 11th, along with warrants […]

Three Professor-led Startups Spinning out of UT Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the University of Texas at Austin, professors dream up all kinds of applications that could change the world. But they’ve also got to teach students and oversee the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. So how do they get those ideas out of the classroom and […]

Vendini Acquires Austin-based CrowdTorch


Vendini, a San Francisco-based live events company, announced Friday it has acquired CrowdTorch, an Austin-based consumer ticket and live event platform, previously owned by Cvent. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Its Vendini third acquisition since its founding in 2001. Vendini plans to keep the CrowdTorch ticketing platform and operate it as […]

TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital


TabbedOut, a mobile payments app for bars and restaurants, announced Friday it has raised $2 million more in its Series C venture round. Miami-based Aeterna Capital provided the funds. That increases TabbedOut’s Series C round to $23.5 million. The other investors include lead investor Wellington Management Company and participating investors NEA and Morgan Creek Capital […]

CBANC Raises $4 Million in Venture Capital


CBANC, a network for bank and credit union professionals, announced it has raised $4 million in venture capital funding. The Austin-based network with 22 employees plans to use the funds to hire new employees, expand membership and launch new products CBANC founder Hank Seale led the Series B funding with participation from Texas Independent Bancshares, […]

Milken Institute Ranks Austin Fourth Best Performing City in 2015

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Austin took the fourth spot in the Milken Institute’s annual Best Performing Cities index for 2015, down two spots from last year. “Austin-Round Rock, Texas, remains among the Top 5 best-performing large metros at fourth place, slipping from second last year,” according to the report. “It accomplished this feat despite a couple of shocks to […]

Younicos Raises $50 Million to Expand its Energy Storage Solutions


Younicos, based in Austin and Berlin, announced Tuesday it has signed agreements for $50 million in venture capital. The company plans to use the funds to scale sales of its intelligent energy storage solutions. First Solar, a global provider of solar energy solutions and Grupo ECOs, a sustainable investment-focused private equity firm, invested along with […]

Austin-based Revionics Buys Marketyze


Revionics, which makes price optimization software for retailers, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Marketyze, based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Onn Manelson and Nave Ronen founded Marketyze in 2011. The company has six employees and offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa, Florida, according to its LinkedIn […]

Everfest Launches New Festival Photography Program


Everfest has launched a new festival photography program to complement its marketplace for discovering festivals worldwide. The Austin-based startup just launched the program to give photographers a chance to have their work published on Everfest. Photographers can apply on the site, upload links to their portfolio and if they are approved they get press passes […]

Videotape Launches New App to Create Interactive Videos

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Videotape, based in Austin, announced it has released its new iOS app to help people create interactive videos. The startup created the app’s technology, called Jumpcut, that lets users share videos and receive interactive video responses. Other people can add to the new with new video and audio for up to 40 seconds. “We wanted […]

Zilliant Hires VP and Launches Channel Partner Program


Zilliant, based in Austin, announced Tuesday that it has hired Steve Hale as vice president of its newly launched worldwide channel sales. Hale will lead, design and execute Zilliant’s new channel program. Its channel partners will sell Zilliant data science solutions. Zilliant, founded in 1999, makes price optimization and price management software. “We’re very excited […]

Open Source Coworking Opens in Austin

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Austin has another coworking site. Luke Filipos and Chris Sica founded Austin Coding Academy and then decided to create Open Source Coworking to expand their current business and launch a new one. “Our hope is to build a community whose network includes all of the human capital necessary to build any technology,” Filipos said in […]

Geekdom puts on a Geekshow Party for San Antonio


For its fourth birthday Geekdom hosted a free Circus-themed party in downtown San Antonio Thursday night at Main Plaza. The event featured the Wooden Nickel Carnival, which provided Vaudeville entertainment and vintage style carnival games including ring toss, darts and a hat toss games. The prize for winning at one of the games was a […]

Geekdom Transforms San Antonio’s Technology Industry in Four Years


What kind of impact can a privately financed technology incubator have on a city? Just take a look at Geekdom, the collaborative coworking technology center in downtown San Antonio. Four years ago, Graham Weston, co-founder of Rackspace, and Nick Longo, founder of CoffeeCup Software, launched Geekdom on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre with […]

BidPrime Expands its Austin Headquarters


BidPrime, which moved to Austin last year, is expanding. The company doubled the space on its headquarters from 2,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet at 1301 S I-35. The company moved to Austin last year and had 16 employees. It’s currently at 22 employees. BidPrime, founded in 2009, provides real-time notification of new federal, […]

Q2 of Austin Buys Social Money for $10.6 Million


Q2 Holdings, an online banking company, announced this week the acquisition of Social Money, a financial services software company based in Des Moines, Iowa for $10.6 million. The Austin-based company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol QTWO, said Social Money is best known for its cloud-based platform called SmartyPigproduct that assists […]

Are Unicorn Horns Going to Pop the Tech Bubble?

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Is the technology industry’s investment bubble about to pop? WBUR Radio Host Tom Ashbrook tackled that topic Wednesday morning on his On Point Radio show on National Public Radio. The conclusion was we’re already seeing the bubble deflate, but it’s not going to be as big of a bust as when the Dot Com bubble […]

everyStory of San Diego Acquires StoryPress of Austin


San Diego-based everyStory, a cloud-based story sharing mobile app and platform, announced it has acquired StoryPress of Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mike Davis, CEO of StoryPress, launched the website in 2013 and a year later completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $500,000 in seed stage capital. The company […]

Austin-based Favor Expands in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area


Austin-based Favor, the on demand mobile delivery service, announced Wednesday that it has expanded to three more Texas cities: Arlington, Frisco and McKinney. Favor is also making every restaurant and store in the cities available for on-demand delivery with an average delivery time of 35 minutes. Favor is now available in 18 cities in the […]

CPA Global Buys Austin-based Innography

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CPA Global, based in Saint Helier, Jersey, announced it has acquired Austin-based Innography, a patent search and analytics software provider. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Innography, founded in 2006, raised $16.5 million in four rounds including participation from Austin Ventures, according to its CrunchBase profile. CPA Global reported that the acquisition […]

Drako Motors Creates Software to run Electric Sports Cars

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Dean Drako’s launched his first tech company while still attending high school in 1982, when computers with monitors were only just becoming the norm and what we now know as the Internet was still in its infancy. Bringing together more than 30 years of experience as […]

Curtana Seeks to Cure Brain Cancer

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By EVA RUTH MORAVEC Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Dr. Gregory Stein had never been to Austin when he relocated his fledgling drug development company here from San Diego, a city rich with life sciences and its related ecosystem. “Entrepreneurs will do whatever it takes to make it work,” said Stein, president and CEO […]

Instacart Delivers Booze on Demand in Austin and Houston

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Instacart, the popular food delivery service, announced Tuesday it has partnered with select liquor stores to offer alcohol deliveries in as little as an hour. The San Francisco-based startup has partnered with Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods to offer delivery of fine foods, wine, liquor and beer. Right now, […]

Austin-based Silicon Labs Buys Telegesis of the U.K. for $20 million


Austin-based Silicon Labs announced Monday it has acquired Telegesis, a privately-held supplier of wireless mesh networking modules, for approximately $20 million. Telegesis, founded in 1998 in High Wycombe, England, outside of London, uses Silicon Labs’ ZigBee technology in its smart meters, USB adapters and other products. Other applications include home automation, connected lighting, security and […]

Six Local Artists’ Designs Decorate Google’s Prototype Cars

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Google on Monday announced the winners of a design contest it held to to decorate its prototype autonomous vehicles. It chose six local artist whose designs will be featured on the side of the vehicles. The artists each received a $500 gift card and the opportunity to ride in one of the driverless cars. In […]

Rackspace’s 9th Annual Thanksgiving Day Food Drive Helps Families


Tania Jess joined her husband and daughter to volunteer at Rackspace Saturday morning to give away turkeys and food boxes. It’s an annual family tradition. They waited for a line of cars to come through their stations in the parking lot at Rackspace’s headquarters and then they loaded up each car with a turkey and […]

Honest Dollar Partners with Lyft to Provide Retirement Savings Plans


Austin-based Honest Dollar has partnered with Lyft to provide its contract employees with a retirement savings plan. Honest Dollar’s savings plan is designed to be a flexible way for contract workers to save for retirement with Lyft’s 100,000 drivers getting access to the benefit first. But Honest Dollar plans to roll out the savings plan […]

Nextdoor Launches Nextdoor Now for Jobs in Austin


Nextdoor, is an online network of neighbors that lets them exchange information about everything from lost dogs to furniture for sale, and now it’s launching Nextdoor Now for people to find neighborhood jobs in Austin. The San Francisco-based startup chose Austin as one of the first cities to get Nextdoor Now because of its large […]

Umbel of Austin Raises $20 Million


Umbel, which makes a customer data platform, announced it has raised $20 million in Series B financing led by Cielo Private Equity. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand its sales and marketing efforts. Lisa Harris, managing partner of Cielo Private Equity, has joined the company’s board of directors. “We are incredibly […]

Occipital Acquires Lynx Laboratories of Austin


Occipital, based in Boulder, Colorado, announced Wednesday, it has acquired Lynx Laboratories of Austin. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today, we’re announcing that we have acquired Lynx Laboratories,” according to a post on the company’s website. “Lynx has been at the forefront of developing mobile 3D scanning software since the launch of […]

Tritium Partners of Austin Closes on a $309 Million Fund


Tritium Partners of Austin has closed on its inaugural $309 million private equity fund. The fund’s investors include leading retirement systems, private pension plans, university endowments, foundations, diversified financial institutions and insurance companies. Tritium plans to invest in companies in the Internet and information services, supply chain and logistics and financial and business services industries […]

Austin’s International Accelerator Pitch Event Features 10 Startups


The International Accelerator in Austin is holding its second pitch event featuring ten international startups from nine countries Thursday and Friday. The accelerator received 350 applications from around the world and narrowed the selection down to the ten finalists, said Phil Pompa, Managing Director of International Accelerator. On Thursday morning, the startups will pitch for […]

The Open Cloud Academy Moves to new Headquarters at the Rand


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News San Antonio taxi cab driver Abdirahman Jama used to drop passengers off at the Weston Centre to attend the Open Cloud Academy. Then he found out that for $3,500 he could take classes through the academy and receive his Cisco Certified Network Associate credentials. He taught himself […]

Pingboard Releases New Organizational Chart Software

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pingboard Tuesday released a company organizational chart feature in its employee management software. Customers demanded it, said Bill Boebel, co-founder and CEO of Pingboard. “Going into this business I had no idea how important an organizational chart would be for companies,” he said. “It’s the number one […]

Food+City Challenge Prize Selects 24 Finalists

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Food+City has selected 24 finalists for its second annual Food Challenge Prize with cash awards totalling $50,000. The Austin-based organization reported 115 entrepreneurs applied for the contest, which is aimed at improving or solving a wide range of food system issues. Of the 24 finalists, six are from Texas including four from Austin and two […]

Three UT Austin Startups Present at StARTup Studio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the StARTup Studio’s monthly meeting Thursday night at WeWork, three University of Texas at Austin professor-led startups pitched their ventures. They included a topical cream to detect skin cancer, a therapeutic temperature management system to lower and raise the body’s temperature and a protein sequencing technology […]

UT Austin Hires Top Cancer Researcher

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The University of Texas at Austin received a $6 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas which has allowed it to hire Thomas Yankeelov, a distinguished cancer researcher. Yankeelov will join UT Austin on Jan. 1, 2016 and he will assume a dual appointment in the Cockrell School of Engineering […]

A Glimpse Into the Future of the Booming Austin-San Antonio Corridor

Together, Austin and San Antonio can develop into a powerhouse business and technology region, similar to Dallas-Fort Worth, according to a new report. Austin and San Antonio have the chance to build something incredibly special in Central Texas. And the folks at Lawnstarter report in 2030, this region will have a 34 percent increase in […]

Square’s Payroll Service Now Available in Texas

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Square Thursday launched its Square Payroll service in the Texas market. It’s the second market, outside of California, that Square has made the product available. It launched in California last summer. It picked Texas for its robust market of small businesses totaling more than 390,000 with 6.4 million hourly employees in Texas, according to the […]

RealMassive Adds Two Prominent Board Members and Eyes Expansion


RealMassive, creator of an open data marketplace for the commercial real estate industry, announced Thursday it has appointed two new board members. Lynn Atchison, chief financial officer of HomeAway and David Mather, managing partners of Ensys Capital, join Craig Hancock and Hank Seale, founder and chairman of Q2 Holdings. “Lynn and David have so much […]

Zebra Imaging Buys Austin-based Rattan Software

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Zebra Imaging, which specializes in 3d holographic visualization technology, Wednesday announced it has acquired Austin-based Rattan Software, a research and development firm. Austin-based Zebra Imaging reports the acquisition will accelerate its ability to leverage advanced 3D light-field technology in upcoming holographic display products. Zebra Imaging develops 3D digital holographic images, hologram imagers and interactive 3D […]

Shelfbucks Lands $6.5 Million in Venture Capital


Selfbucks, which makes dynamic marketing platforms for retail stores and brands, announced this week it has closed its Series A funding and raised $6.5 million. To date, the Austin-based company, founded in 2013, has raised $11.5 million, according to its CrunchBase profile. With the latest funds, Shelfbucks plans to rollout its platform nationwide to even […]

Austin-based re:3D Makes 3D Printers for People Who Think Big

Samantha Snabes, founder and catalyst for re:3D, courtesy photo.

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News They were a group of space geeks, scientists, engineers and artists who met at NASA but, because of cutbacks in the U.S. space program, considered they might never get a chance to slip the bonds of earth’s orbit. So instead, they started a company to tackle two […]

Makerarm has Raised $429K Exceeding its Kickstarter Goal


With just a few hours left in its Kickstarter campaign, Makerarm has raised $429,716 exceeding its initial goal of $349,750. Austin-based Makerarm has created a complete digital fabrication system that is a sleek and slender robotic arm that can serve as a 3D printer, laser cutter, ink printer, fabrication and assembly machine. The product is […]

Austin-based Consero Global Buys Starting11 of Boston

Bill Klein, Consero’s President and Co-Founder at the company's Austin headquarters, courtesy photo.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Consero Global started out in 2006 with the goal of taking the pain out of finance and administrative duties for small to medium sized businesses. The Austin-based company has since grown tremendously earning it a spot on Inc. 500’s list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. […]

Favor on a Fast Growth Track, Hits 1 Million Deliveries


In 2013, Favor launched in Austin to deliver food to homes and offices. Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty initially founded the company while students at California Polytechnic State University and they ran a pilot program in San Luis Obispo. Now the company has announced it has reached another milestone. It has surpassed one million deliveries […]

Media Startups Apply to Pitch the Newspaper Association of America


The Newspaper Association of America is looking for startups with innovative ideas in the print, digital, mobile or advertising areas. The NAA is soliciting submissions for its third annual Accelerator Pitch program. The event will take place at NAA mediaXchange 2016 in Washington, D.C. April 17-20. The program is open to media startups founded in […]

Broomly Raises $1.3 Million and Launches “Uber for Home Services”


Broomly, which bills itself as “Uber for Home Services,” announced it has received $1.3 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based startup provides on demand services including pest control, plumbing, HVAC, laundry and handyman services. With the funding, the company plans to expand into other cities nationwide. “Broomly is using technology to disrupt a massive […]

Beekeeper Data Raises $550,000 and Launches its Software Platform

Matthew Rathbone, CEO and founder of Beekeeper Data

At the Texata Summit 2015 in Austin, Beekeeper Data, a reporting and analytics startup, announced the launch of its software platform. The company, based in Dallas with five employees, makes software that allows businesses to easily send reports to their customers via email. Beekeeper also announced it has raised $550,000 in seed stage funding from […]

San Antonio Businesses Learn How to Get Online at Google Event

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd talks to small business owners at Google's Let's Put Our Cities on the Map program in San Antonio.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News For 55 years, Harold’s Art and Framing on San Antonio’s South Side in the Mission district has done business through its brick and mortar store. But on Monday morning the mom and pop business got its own website thanks to Google’s Let’s Put Our Cities on the […]

Rent the Runway’s Project Entrepreneur Launches Venture Competition

Lori Feinsilver with UBS interviews Jenny Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway at the Project Entrepreneur Summit in Austin on Friday.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Six years ago, Jenny Fleiss founded Rent the Runway with Harvard Business School classmate Jenn Hyman. Today, the New York-based company has more than five million members and 500 employees. And to scale their venture, Fleiss and Hyman have raised $114 million in venture capital from Bain […]

Dell Medical School Plans a Technology Accelerator

Dr. Clay Johnston, dean of the Dell Medical School delivers the keynote talk at MedTechTX 2015

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin is going to have a technology medical accelerator to nurture new startups. Whether the Dell Medical School operates it or partners with an existing accelerator is something they are looking at right now, said Dr. […]

Austin Needs Bigger VC Deals and More of Them

David Altounian presenting data on funding deals in Austin.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Is a bootstrap mentality holding Austin’s entrepreneurs back from breaking through to big markets and venture capital opportunities? That question sparked a lively discussion from seven panelists attending an event put on by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Technology Council Thursday night at Carmelo’s […]

Assured Enterprises Moves Headquarters to Austin and Plans to Hire 150

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Assured Enterprises, based in McLean, Va., is moving its corporate headquarters to Austin with plans to hire 150 new employees in the next 12 months. The company is in the red-hot cybersecurity space. It makes an assessment tool to detect known vulnerabilities in software applications running on a workstation. It is hiring employees in software […]

Expedia to Buy HomeAway for $3.9 Billion


Expedia, based in Bellevue, Washington, announced Wednesday plans to buy Austin-based HomeAway in a deal worth about $3.9 billion. That represents a per share price for HomeAway of $38.31, based on Expedia’s closing price on Nov. 3. Under the terms of the deal, Expedia will offer to acquire each outstanding share of HomeAway’s common stock […]

IBM Buys Austin-based Gravitant


IBM Tuesday announced that is has acquired Gravitant, a cloud-based software maker based in Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gravitant provides cloud brokerage and management software for the hybrid cloud environment, delivered in a software as a service model. The company, founded in 2004, has raised a total of $40.3 […]

Techstars Cloud Selects 11 Companies to Participate in “Cloud 2016”

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Techstars Cloud in San Antonio announced its latest class of 11 companies participating in its second program this year. “We have a group of amazing founders from all over the world,” Blake Yeager, managing director of Techstars Cloud wrote in a blog post. In addition to the U.S., startups from Spain, Taiwan and Ireland are […]

Competition to Award $50K in Grants to 3 Tech Startups in Bexar County

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announcing Tech Fuel, a new startup competition in San Antonio.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new competition called Tech Fuel wants to fund a few good technology startups in Bexar County. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on Tuesday announced the new technology startup competition during a press conference at Geekdom in downtown San Antonio. The county is working with Tech Bloc, […]

Building a Unique Maker Culture in the Nordics

Oslo, 16.10.2015. JUST MAKE IT! Maker Event at Oslo Innovation Week. Innovate with Nature, Michel Wolfstirn, Founder BiomimicryNorway. Photo: Gorm K. Gaare

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY – Amid the hovercraft and kits with giant colored straws building kits and drones and 3D printed Rubik’s cubes at the Oslo Innovation maker fair in October, one presenter didn’t really think of what his company—Teenage Engineering—does as making. Though Jesper Kouthoofd acknowledges that the […]

SEC Adopts New Equity-based Crowdfunding Rules

Crowdfunding concept written on a blackboard with chalk

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved new crowdfunding rules last Friday allowing companies to raise money from anyone. The new rules allow companies to offer up to $1 million a year in securities through online equity-based crowdfunding portals. The difference is up until the change, only so-called accredited investors, high net worth individuals, could […]

Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital


Edgecase, which provides data and analytics for e-commerce sites, announced this week it has received $7.5 million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup received the funds from lead investor Austin Ventures and other investors. The company plans to use the money for research and development and sales and marketing. To date, the company, founded in […]

Gest Makes a Device to Replace a Keyboard


Gest, an Austin-based startup, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture its wearable hand device that replaces a conventional keyboard. The company first launched in 2014 as AirType out of the Longhorn Startup program at the University of Texas at Austin. For the past two years, the team has worked to perfect its product. In […]

TrendKite Lands $10.7 Million in Venture Capital


TrendKite, a public relations analytics company, announced Thursday that it has raised $10.7 million in Series C funding. Noro-Moseley Partners, based in Atlanta, led the round with continued participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners and Mercury Fund. The company plans to use the money to scale its operations, customer support, on patents and to hire […]

Bizologie Provides Research Services to VCs and Startups

April Kessler, Lindsey Schell and Laura Young, founders of Bizologie

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News In May of 2014, Laura Young found out Austin Ventures wouldn’t be raising another venture capital fund. That meant her job as a staff researcher and librarian would be phased out. So in June, she decided to launch Bizologie, a business research firm, with her colleagues and […]

Kauffman Foundation Awards ATI a Grant


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced Wednesday it choose the Austin Technology Incubator and seven other organizations to receive grants ranging from $330,000 to $500,000 over two years. It’s part of the Kauffman Foundation’s “initiative to identify and invest in organizations that have distinguished themselves in helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses,” according to […]

Aceable Expands its Mobile Drivers Ed App into California


Aceable launched its mobile app to teach teens to drive in California this week. The Austin-based startup reported as of Tuesday teens between the ages of 15 and 17 and a half years old can now fulfill their 25 hour classroom requirement on Aceable’s mobile app. The Aceable app is available for iOS and Android […]

National Instruments Buys Micropross of France for $108 Million


National Instruments on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Micropross, a French company which makes smart card testing systems. The deal is valued at approximately $108 million, according to the company. Micropross, founded in 1979 and based in Lille, France, is an industry leader in supplying software-based test systems for Near Field Communications, smart cards and […]

Carvana Launches into Austin and San Antonio

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Carvana, a startup that lets people buy used cars online for next day delivery, launched this month in Austin and San Antonio. Carvana is also in Houston and Dallas. Nationwide, it’s in eight markets including Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte and Nashville. “With Carvana, you can buy a car entirely online – from financing, to trade-in to […]

Austin Ranks as Fastest Growing Startup Ecosystem

The Startup Genome Project 2.0 ranks Austin number one as the fastest growing center for startups in the country. But the city doesn’t even rank in the top ten for funding, performance or market reach. Austin does rank fifth in talent and second in startup experience. The graphic is reprinted with permission by These […]

Umbel Unlocks Value in Hidden Data

H.O. Maycotte, chief executive and co-founder of Umbel, courtesy photo.

By TIM GREEN Reporter with Silicon Hills News A basketball team’s most valuable assets – the players – are in full view during a game. The players’ skills attract paying customers to the arena. There’s another asset on hand, one that isn’t visible, but if handled the right way, can keep those fans returning for […]

Austin Startups Need More Funding Sources

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Austin ranks first for startup activity but 12th in the nation for venture capital funding, according to a new report. The report released Tuesday from an assistant professor at St. Edward’s University, backed by the Austin Technology Council and the Austin Chamber of Commerce finds the city needs more funding sources. The report compared Austin […]

Freshman at UT Takes First Place at Recess Pitch Competition

Anish Aggarwal, 18, answers judges' questions at the pitch competition at Recess' Music and Ideas Festival, held Friday, Oct. 23, hosted by The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Hojun Choi.

By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Business freshman Anish Aggarwal, 18, and his proposal for tutoring service startup, Top Tier Learning, won the Recess pitch competition at the University of Texas at Austin Friday. Now he gets to travel to Los Angeles in January to represent UT in a national startup competition. […]

Going Green is Good for Dell and the Environment

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News It turns out going green is good for Dell and not just in a feel good way. The company not only has greatly reduced its impact on the environment through recycling and cutting carbon emissions in the last decade, but it has generated profits in the process. […]

The Cultural Fit Between Dell and EMC

Steve Price, senior vice president of human resources at Dell, courtesy photo.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News During the last seven years, Dell spent $14 billion to acquire more than 30 companies to reinvent itself into an “end to end solutions company.” “We have developed this real muscle around taking in companies, integrating companies and incubating companies,” said Steve Price, Dell’s senior vice president […]

Dell and Microsoft Team Up to Offer Hybrid Cloud Solutions


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Microsoft and Dell have been partners every step of the way since Dell’s founding, said Michael Dell. And Wednesday, the two companies announced another partnership. At DellWorld 2015, Dell and Microsoft announced new hybrid cloud solutions. It’s a Microsoft Azure-based hybrid cloud called the Cloud Platform System […]

Dell is the Master of its Own Destiny


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The merger of Dell and EMC is good for everyone, said Michael Dell, during his keynote address at DellWorld 2015. The $67 billion merger would create one of the world’s largest IT companies under a private company structure. “Investing for the long term – no 90 day […]

Artists and John Mayer Entertain the Crowd at DellWorld 2015

DellWorld 2015 kickoff party

Bathed in a blue hue of light, DellWorld 2015 officially kicked off Tuesday night with a big party in the Austin Convention Center. At the event, Dell brought in a variety of artists to entertain the crowd including a sketch artist. She drew people’s portraits on a tablet computer and then printed them out. Another […]

Texas Emerging Technology Fund Still Benefiting Life Sciences Startups

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By EVA RUTH MORAVEC Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Former Gov. Rick Perry’s pet project, the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, isn’t dead, it’s just been relocated. Now under the management of the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, there are about 100 active companies still in the fund, 60 percent of which focus on life […]

Dell is Going Big but It’s Still Committed to its PC Business

Michael Dell at the Dell World press conference

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the Dell World press conference on Tuesday, the music gave a clue to what’s on Michael Dell’s mind these days. American Authors’ song “Go Big or Go Home” blared over the speakers as a few hundred people waited for Dell to take the stage. One of […]

Private Equity Firms to Acquire Solar Winds for $4.5 Billion


SolarWinds announced Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Silver Lake Partners and Thoma Bravo, private equity firms. Under the terms of the deal, SolarWinds stockholders will receive $60.10 per share, worth a total buyout of about $4.5 billion in cash. That price is about 43.5 percent higher than the […]

Skills Fund Raises $11.5 Million in Seed Capital


Skills Fund announced Wednesday it has raised $11.5 million in seed capital to issue loans to students in coding programing bootcamps. The Austin-based startup partners with Dev Bootcamp, Metis, Galvanize, Hackbright Academy, CodeU and Sabio. Skill Fund’s goal is to train students to fill millions of high-paying, unfilled tech jobs in the U.S. “The only […]

Unbound Commerce Acquires Apptive

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Unbound Commerce, based in Boston, announced its acquisition Monday of Austin-based Apptive. Apptive has created a software platform that allows online merchants to create and manage native mobile apps easily. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unbound Commerce works with more than 600 merchants, including major brands such as Finish Line, Sears […]

Helping to Commercialize UT’s Big Ideas at The stARTup Studio

The October meeting of The stARTup Studio led by Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at UT.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The University of Texas at Austin is like a Thomas Edison lab of invention with its professors cooking up the next great ideas. The 3-D printing industry started at UT with Carl Deckard, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and Professor Joseph Beaman. Also, Professor John Goodenough […]

London Company Wins Pitching Contest at Oslo Innovation Week 2015

Oslo, 13.10.2015. Neil Daly from Skin Analytics wins pitching contest at Oslo Innovation Week 2015. Photo: Gorm K. Gaare

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY: Despite a remarkable collection of Nordic startups, the surprising winner of the 100 Pitches competition at Oslo Innovation Week, which included two outliers from London and Austin, was the London company: Skin Analytics. The device attaches to a smart phone and when people upload photos […]

Austin’s VC Investment up 22 Percent to $198 Million in Third Quarter


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News While the rest of the country saw a slight decline in venture capital dollars invested in the third quarter, Austin is still going strong. “The message is we’re trending in the right direction,” said Larry Westfall, partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in Austin. “We’re up 22 percent in […]

Firefly Space Systems Lands $5.5 Million NASA Contract

Firefly Space Systems Logo

NASA has selected Firefly Space Systems, based in Cedar Park, for a $5.5 million contract to demonstrate a CubeSat launch by March of 2018, according to a news release. Firefly, a private aerospace firm founded in 2014, plans to launch small to medium sized satellites to orbit. NASA awarded the contract as part of its […]

Atlas Wearables Celebrates as it Begins Shipping its Fitness Tracker


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Atlas Wearables officially launched sales of its new $249 Atlas Wristband fitness tracker at a party Tuesday night. After two years in development, the Austin-based startup is now shipping the devices to its customers and taking orders on its website, said Peter Li, CEO and co-founder. The […]

Oslo and Austin: Creative Cities on the Edge of Innovation

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY – At SXSW 2015, Austin and Oslo announced a memorandum of understanding to forge a Creative Cities Alliance. At the time, Oslo had its own SX lounge and Norwegian company Kahoot!, which has most of its customers in Texas, announced that it would office in […]

Oslo Innovation Week Starts With Female Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers at Oslo Innovation Week,  photo by Susan Lahey.

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY – Just as the event got underway, master of ceremonies Torgny Amdam—among whose credits are as a singer in a hardcore band—announced: “Let’s all stand for the Crown Prince Haakon!” The crowd of about 200 people stood, the prince came forward, and the rap song […]

ROIKOI Gets $1.7 Million in Funding and Launches Recruiting Platform


ROIKOI taps into the wisdom of employees to rate their online networks of friends and associates to help companies find the best employees. The Austin-based startup has helped its customers, HomeAway, Zenoss, Intouch Solutions and Squareroot recruit employees. The company, founded in 2013, has also raised $1.7 million from angel investors like Brett Hurt, Rob […]

Dell and EMC to Merge in a Deal Worth $67 Billion


In one of the largest tech deals ever, Dell announced Monday plans to acquire EMC Corp. for $67 billion. Dell is partnering with Silver Lake and MSD Partners to complete the deal. VMware, a cloud computing company in which EMC owns 80 percent, will remain as a publicly-traded company. Dell will remain a private company. […]

Austin is a Hub for Autonomous Car Research

Greg Rucks with the Rocky Mountain Institute, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Kara  Kockelman, transportation professor at the University of Texas at Austin at a panel at SXSW Eco.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is one of the country’s leading centers for research and development of autonomous cars. Google is already operating self-driving cars on the city’s roadways. It’s just the second location for testing the vehicles outside of Google’s Mountain View headquarters. And the head of the project, Chris […]

The Conan O’Brien Show Takes a Poke at Michael Dell

Michael Dell, courtesy photo.

In a parody movie trailer “Forget Steve Jobs, get ready for Michael Dell’ the Conan O’Brien show had a little fun taking a poke at Michael Dell last week. But Dell showed he had a sense humor. In a tweet on Friday, Dell posted a picture of himself with a sleek new Dell laptop and […]

Misery Loves Company: FuckUp Nights at Austin Startup Week

Laura Beck, founder of stripedshirt

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There was the story about a really fun, crazy marketing plan with no return on investment, the entrepreneur who thought she could let her bills and health slide while she built her business, the visionary pivoter who didn’t bother to do any market validation before buying $100,000 […]

U.K. Officials Seek to Attract Austin Gaming & Animation Companies

Hannah Perrin-Haynes,Vice President, Scottish Development International at the UK Gaming and Animation luncheon during Austin Startup Week.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News During Austin Startup Week, Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared Oct. 7th as “UK Day in Austin.” Officials with the United Kingdom, which is comprised of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, showcased some of the opportunities U.S. companies, and in particular Austin-based companies, have in expanding their operations […]

Kixer and its Austin-based Tech Team Acquired by LAKANA


Kixer, a mobile advertising platform with its technical team based in Austin, just got acquired by LAKANA. Kixer is based in Los Angeles, but Jake Moilanen, its co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, lives in Austin and so does the company’s technology team. LAKANA, based in St. Paul, Minn., did not release the terms of the […]

Mozido and TabbedOut Strike a Partnership


Mozido, a digital payments company, and TabbedOut, an app that lets people pay tabs at restaurants and bars, are partnering to improve the experience of consumers through a mobile application. Through the partnership, the companies will create a new mobile app that will allow their customers to discover new restaurant locations, join wait-lists, make reservations, […]

Dell is in Talks to Buy EMC According to Media Reports

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Several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC and the New York Times are quoting inside sources saying Dell is in talks to buy EMC, a data storage and software development company. In 2013, Dell went private in a $25 billion buyout deal which left its founder Michael Dell with a 75 percent ownership […]

HomeAway Buys Dwellable of Seattle


HomeAway, a vacation rental business, Wednesday announced its acquisition of Dwellable, an online vacation rental search engine and app based in Seattle. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dwellable, founded in 2012, had raised $2 million in one round from three investors, according to its CrunchBase profile. A time of six employees including […]

Tips on Raising Funds from Angel Investors at CTAN Workshop

Rick Timmins, chairman of the Central Texas Angels Network, speaking to a packed house at its workshop during Austin Startup Week.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Raising money is really, really hard, said Bob Baughman, co-founder of HUVRData. “I thought it was hard enough just to develop some great new idea and get the business case, but funding is really hard,” Baughman said. HUVRData closed in August on $2 million in a Series […]

TripChamp Wins Trip to Oslo

Daniel Senyard, COO of TripChamp, photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News TripChamp, a company that saves organizations thousands on airfares through access to unpublished fares as well published ones, won a free trip to pitch at Oslo Innovation Week’s 100 Pitches competition October 16. TripChamp was one of six Austin companies to pitch before the panel of judges […]

CURB Lands $1.25 Million in Seed Stage Funding


CURB, an Austin-based energy startup, announced Tuesday that it has closed on $1.25 million in seed stage funding form angel groups, strategic partners and Capital Factory. The three year old company recently completed an Indiegogo campaign in which it raised nearly $118,000, more than 400 percent of its sales goal and sold hundreds of units […]

RetailMeNot Names Tarleton as its New Chief Marketing Officer

Marissa Tarleton has joined RetailMeNot as its chief marketing officer for North America. Courtesy Photo.

RetailMeNot Tuesday named Marissa Tarleton as its new chief marketing officer for North America. Tarleton will be in charge of “all consumer brand advertising, customer acquisition and retention, search engine marketing, public relations, internal communications, business-to-business marketing, and customer relationship management,” according to a news release. “I’m so excited that Marissa, a skilled marketer who […]

At SXSW Eco Discussing Transportation of the Future: the Hyperloop

aid Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, photo courtesy of SXSW Eco

Next year, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is breaking ground on a five mile test hyperloop outside of Los Angeles, said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The company wants to test out the technology, proposed by Tesla and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk, to ultimately create a high-speed transportation system between Los Angeles and San Francisco. […]

Harvesting Water and Other Resources from Asteroids in Space

Chris Lewicki, the president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, photo courtesy of SXSW Eco

Scott Wilcox, the director of South by Southwest Eco introduced the conference’s kickoff keynote address by Chris Lewicki, the president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, Monday morning. “I am really excited about our opening speaker,” Wilcox said. “He helms a company whose vision is to do the impossible now. To bring the natural resources […]

Eight Can’t Miss Events at SXSW Eco

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South by Southwest Eco kicks off on Monday and runs through Wednesday with a packed schedule focused on cities, corporate social responsibility, startups, design, energy, water, policy and more. The event is only open to registered participants and takes place at the Austin Convention Center. The walk up rate is $495. Here’s a few of […]

13 Top Picks for Austin Startup Week


Are you ready for Austin Startup Week? Five days of fun events for the technology community to learn and celebrate its uniquely Austin culture. There’s definitely something for everyone. Here’s just a few of the top picks on our list for this week. (It’s a busy week in Austin tech since South by Southwest Eco […]

Get Set to Rock at the ATC Battle of the Bands at Austin Startup Week

ATC Battle of the Bands photo from 2014, courtesy of Austin Technology Council.

Tech and music go together like smartphones and selfies. And fresh off the first weekend of the Austin City Limits festival comes one of the biggest tech band battle showdowns of the year. This year, six bands hailing from the offices of local tech companies will compete at the Austin Technology Council’s Battle of the […]

Mirna Therapeutics is Austin’s Newest Public Company

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Mirna Therapeutics became Austin’s newest publicly traded company last week. The biopharmaceutical company, which is developing therapies for the treatment of liver cancer, filed an amended S-1 Registration document with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to offer 6.2 million shares at $7 a share to raise $44 million during its initial public offering last Thursday. […]

RunTitle Gets $8 Million to Make it Easier for Oil and Gas Companies to Drill Wells


RunTitle announced last week it has closed on $8 million in Series A financing led by the Founders Fund. The Austin-based startup also received funds from Deep Fork Capital, existing investor Austin Ventures and several individuals. RunTitle plans to use the funds on engineering, marketing and sales and to expand its dataset of mineral title […]

Aceable Closes on $4.7 Million in Funding


Aceable, a startup seeking to disrupt the driver’s education market, announced Thursday it has received $4.7 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to hire employees and to enter new markets that require professional certificates. Silverton Partners led the funding with participation from Floodgate Ventures, NextGen Angels and Capital […]

Bellhops Seeks to Take the Pain Out of Moving


Taking the pain out of moving is a problem that Bellhops seeks to solve in the quickly evolving on-demand economy. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based startup launched into the Austin market a few years ago and now has more than 65 contractors, University of Texas at Austin students, who work part-time to move people around Austin. Bellhops […]

San Antonio-based Aperion Biologics Files to Go Public


A San Antonio medical device company has filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $20 million under the federal government’s newly passed crowdfunding rules. Under the new SEC Regulation A + rules, Aperion Biologics could raise up to $50 million. It checked the box on its registration statement for a Tier 2 […]

Favor Launches in Washington, D.C.


In its continued expansion across the country, Austin-based Favor announced this week it has launched in Washington, D.C. Favor is now available in 14 cities nationwide and in Canada. For the launch, the company is offering its first time customers in D.C. free delivery using the promo code “District.” The company employs errand runners which […]

InforcePro Gets $4 Million in Funding


InforcePro, a life insurance technology platform, announced Tuesday that it has closed a $4 million venture capital round. To date, the Austin-based startup, with 25 employees, has raised more than $5 million. It launched its platform in 2014. Its software now monitors more than two million life insurance policies. Cameron Jacox and Karan Kanodia founded […]

Civitas Learning Lands $60 Million Investment


Civitas Learning announced Monday that Warburg Pincus is leading an investment of up to $60 million in the company. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2011, has created analytic software and services for universities. The goal is to help the universities better engage with students and lead to higher graduation rates. Civitas Learning plans to use […]

Techstars Austin is Accepting Applications for its Spring Program


Applications for Techstars Austin are open, said Amos Schwartzfarb, its new managing director. The Techstars program is accepting applications Sept. 18th through Nov. 18th. The next class kicks off Feb. 15th and runs three months. Schwartzfarb is looking for ten to 12 companies for this next cohort. They can come from anywhere in the world […]

infinite io Nets $3.4 Million in Funding


Austin-based infinite io announced it has completed $3.4 million in funding led by Chicago Ventures. “We are very excited to be building a world-class enterprise software company here in Austin, Texas, where there is a wealth of talent to support our growth plans,” Mark Cree, CEO of infinite io, said in a news release. “The […]

UTHSC at San Antonio’s New $35 Million Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease

San Antonio has another institution that will shine a national spotlight on important research being done locally on Alzheimer and other neurological diseases. On Saturday, Dr. William Henrich, president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will announce a new Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease. He is expected to make […]

Data and Analytics are Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Richard Nelli, President, CloudVault Health, delivering the keynote speech at the Austin Technology Council's healthcare event.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Increasingly, startups want to provide dashboards, analytics and data analysis to hospitals, doctors and patients. Filtering and crunching big data into smaller and more consumable pieces providing valuable insights for clients is a huge emerging industry in Austin and nationwide. That’s the big takeaway from the Austin […]

Austin Med-Tech Startups Pitch at the ATC Healthcare Summit


In Austin, an emerging area of startup activity is in the medical technology and healthcare area, said Mellie Price, founder and CEO of SoftMatch. In fact, one third of Capital Factory’s new startups are in the medical field. Price spoke Thursday at the Austin Technology Council’s Emerging Austin: Healthcare Tech summit at the AT&T Education […]

Favor Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Steven Pho, new Chief Financial Officer at NeighborFavor, parent company of Favor. Courtesy photo

NeighborFavor, the parent company of Favor, Wednesday announced it has hired Steven Pho as its new Chief Financial Officer. Pho previously worked as senior vice president of corporate development at RetailMeNot. He was responsible for mergers and acquisition. At Favor, he will manage the company’s finance, legal, facilities and human resource teams. Pho is the […]

TextureMedia Gets Acquired by New York-based Ultra/Standard


TextureMedia, a hair care media company in Austin, got acquired Monday by Ultra/Standard, a multicultural hair care and beauty distribution company based in New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. TextureMedia, formerly known as, has raised about $2 million since its founding in 1998. It was one of the first investments […]

AT&T Launches its GigaPower High Speed Network in San Antonio

Renee Flores, regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T, announces the company's new GigaPower network is available Sept. 28th in San Antonio.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The battle to provide the highest speed broadband Internet connections in San Antonio has begun. And the winners of the battle will be local consumers and businesses. On Monday morning, AT&T announced U-Verse with AT&T GigaPower high speed Internet service will launch in San Antonio and surrounding […]

Capital Factory: Evolving at Hyperspeed


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News In early 2012, the Capital Factory office on the 16th floor of the Omni was a cavernous space housing only a few oversized bean bag chairs and a really cool conference room woven of branches. (That turned out to be infested with bugs and had to be […]

Get Set for the Fifth Annual Austin Startup Week

File photo of Jacqueline Hughes from Austin Startup Week's Startup Crawl. Photo by Laura Lorek.

Austin Startup Week is a great time to socialize and network with people in the Austin startup community and to learn something new. This is the fifth annual five day event. It kicks off Monday, Oct. 5th and runs through Friday, Oct. 9th. It started in 2011, the same week Silicon Hills News launched and […]

SXSW 2015 Had an Economic Impact on Austin of $317 Million

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Reports on the death of South by Southwest have been greatly exaggerated to paraphrase Mark Twain. In fact, SXSW has never been doing better. In 2015, the music, interactive and film festival and its SXSWEdu and SXSWEco events had an economic impact on Austin of $317.2 million, according to a new report by Greyhill Advisors. […]

Austin Companies Compete For Free Trip to Oslo Innovation Week


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Oslo, Norway, is the home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, the Viking Ship Museum, and a growing innovation conference where, this October, some intrepid central Texas startup will get the opportunity to pitch against contenders from Hackney and several Nordic countries, all expenses paid. Capital Factory is […]

CarForce Won the IBM SmartCamp Austin Pitch Competition

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News CarForce, a connected car startup, won the IBM SmartCamp Austin 2015 pitch competition last week at Capital Factory. CarForce provides a hardware diagnostic device that plugs into a car’s dashboard to allow dealerships to know when the car needs maintenance. It is going into trial this fall […]

Google’s Autonomous Prototype Cars Now on Austin Streets

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Google announced Friday that its self-driving prototype vehicles have now begun testing on Austin streets. The cars will have test drivers onboard with the cars equipped with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal that allow the test drivers to take over if needed. A few weeks ago, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced […]

Rackspace Plans $422 Million Data Center in Reno, Nevada


San Antonio-based Rackspace plans a $422 million data center in the Reno Technology Park, according to an application with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The company has pledged to create at least 50 jobs with an average annual wage of $29.75 per hour in exchange for 20 year tax abatements, according to the […]

Innovation is Key to the Future of Austin’s Healthcare Industry

Panelists Nancy Harvey, entrepreneur in residence at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, Lanham Napier, former CEO at Rackspace and now a partner at BuildGroup, a growth stage VC firm, Mike Millard, executive director of innovation and commercialization at Seton Healthcare Family and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, co-founder at 3Com, partner emeritus at Polaris Partners and now professor of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin’s healthcare landscape is poised to change dramatically with the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, said Josh Jones-Dilworth. Dilworth is a member of The Fifty, a group of Austin residents who have committed to raise $50 million to help finance the new […]

GTT Acquires One Source Networks in Austin for $175 million


GTT Communications Tuesday announced it entered into an agreement to acquire One Source Networks, an Austin-based telecommunications company, for $175 million. GTT reports the acquisition extends its worldwide network, expands its cloud networking services and increases its multinational client base and adds talent to its sales force. The deal involves GTT paying $175 million including […]

Quantcast Opens Austin Office and is Hiring


Quantcast, a digital advertising and audience measurement firm, is opening an Austin office and is holding a recruiting event at Capital Factory on Wednesday. The San Francisco-based company’s new office will be located at Capital Factory in downtown Austin. It is hiring sales, client services and media professionals. “Austin has one of the highest start-ups […]

BioMed SA Honors San Antonio Native and Nobel Prize Winner William Moerner

William Moerner, San Antonio native and 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry and recipient of the 10th annual BioMed SA Julio Palmaz Award .  Courtesy Photo.

Nobel Prize Winner William Moerner spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in San Antonio and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Moerner went on to get multiple degrees in physics and math, including his PhD, and last year he won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. BioMed SA honored San Antonio […]

Rackspace and Intel Open the OpenStack Innovation Center

Rackspace, Intel and UTSA officials and UTSA interns at the opening of the OpenStack Innovation Center at Rackspace's headquarters.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Officials with Rackspace and Intel Thursday officially cut the ribbon on the OpenStack Innovation Center at Rackspace’s headquarters. “We are going to make this the launching pad to make OpenStack and the entire cloud available to everyone in the industry,” said Imad Sousou, vice president of the […]

Freescale Buys Canada-based CogniVue


Freescale announced its acquisition of Ottawa, Canada-based CogniVue Corp. to boost its position in the autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Freescale, a microchip maker based in Austin, is a market leader in making sensor, microcontroller and microprocessor solutions for automotive radar and vision applications. […]

Favor Names New CEO

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NeighborFavor, which operates Favor, Wednesday announced Jag Bath as its new Chief Executive Officer and President. The Austin-based startup has been expanding quickly and recently entered the Canadian market. Bath has served on Favor’s board since May. Bath previously worked as senior vice president of product at RetailMeNot, an Austin-based coupon retailing site. Before that […]

SchooLinks Serves as Matchmaker for Students and Colleges

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Deciding on a college can be one of the most perplexing decisions a high school student and their family face. Some students don’t know about all the opportunities available to them, said Katie Fang, founder of SchooLinks. “It’s very hard for a student to navigate the admissions process,” Fang said. To help match students with […]

Overcoming Obstacles to Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro

Ian Warshak plans to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in December as part of The Cloud Walkers.

In 2012, Ian Warshak, a software developer in San Antonio, came down with what he thought was a cold. But within a few days he got really sick with a bacterial infection in his lungs. The infection spread and led to septic shock. He was put on life support and put into an induced coma […]

Vote for Seven SXSW Interactive Panels with a San Antonio Focus


South by Southwest extended voting for its 2016 Panelpicker until midnight tonight. To make the process even easier for you, here are seven San Antonio panels that may be of interest. Earlier, Silicon Hills News did a post on these 13 panels offered up by Austin entrepreneurs. Just visit and log in to vote. […]

Austin-based SiteCondor Sold to gShift of Canada

Judd Lyon and Sebastian Brocher recently sold their startup, SiteCondor to gShift of Canada. Courtesy photo.

Judd Lyon and Sebastian Brocher accomplished what a lot of entrepreneurs strike out to do in Austin. They bootstrapped their startup and sold it for a handsome profit. They recently sold SiteCondor, website auditing tools for digital agencies and content marketers, to gShift Labs, based in Toronto, Canada. The terms of the deal were not […]

Apogee Buys Campus Televideo


Apogee, higher education’s largest provider of residential network services, announced Friday it has purchased Campus Televideo of Stamford, Connecticut. The Austin-based company did not report the financial terms of the deal. Campus Televideo, founded in 1984, will now operate as a division of Apogee, founded in 1998 by Chuck Brady. “Apogee’s acquisition of CTV is […]

WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital


WellAware, an oil and gas industry analytics and data startup, this week announced it has received $16 million more in financing. The San Antonio-based startup reported the Series B1 financing was led by Mitsui & Co. and Genscape. It plans to use the money to expand its operations and for research and development on its […]

Dropbox Shows Off its New Austin Offices


Dropbox hosted a rooftop launch party to show off its new Austin offices at 501 Congress Ave. Wednesday night. The cloud storage company earlier this summer moved into more than 50,000 square feet in the building. It occupies two floors already with plans to expand to a third floor. The space has room for 300 […]

Kony Opens Austin Office and Relocates Headquarters


Kony, a mobile application development platform, has opened an office in Austin. The company has relocated its headquarters from Orlando to Austin. Its office is at 9225 Bee Cave Road and the company plans to hire at least 50 employees. Kony held an open house at its office Tuesday night to celebrate its expansion into […]

SmarterHQ Opens Austin Office


SmarterHQ, an online marketing platform, announced this week the opening of its new office in Austin. The company, based in Indianapolis, recently received $8 million in financing led by the Simon Venture Group. The five year old startup has raised $20 million to date. The office opened Aug. 31 st. This is the company’s first […]

HEB Partners with Instacart to Deliver Groceries in Austin


H-E-B, the largest grocery retailer in Texas, is partnering with Instacart to deliver milk, bread, eggs and other groceries to people in Austin and Houston in an hour. “Don’t have time to come to H-E-B? No problem. We’ll bring H-E-B to you with Instacart,” Jeff Thomas, vice president and general manager of VP Central Texas […]

TechSpace Plans New Coworking Site in Downtown Austin

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New York-based TechSpace Holding Co. announced Monday that it plans to expand into Austin by opening a new TechSpace business center. The coworking center will be located at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin’s central business district. TechSpace plans to occupy the entire ground floor and the entire 4th floor of the San Jacinto Center. […]

Almalence Receives Investment from Intel Capital


Almalence, a computational imaging startup, announced Monday it has received an investment from Intel Capital. The amount of investment and terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2005, plans to use the funds to develop the next version of its mobile imaging technology to enable mobile cameras to achieve the […]

goTransverse Lands Major Customer and Plans Expansion

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goTransverse, a cloud-based billing company, just landed a major deal with STARZ Play Arabia, an international cable provider. The Austin-based company is providing STARZ Play with a billing system that allows the media company to provide service to up to 385 million media consumers in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. goTransverse […]

Vote for 13 SXSW Interactive Panels with an Austin Focus


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Every year, Silicon Hills News highlights South by Southwest Interactive PanelPicker pitches put forth by the Austin community. One of the best parts of SXSW Interactive is it lets you tap into the minds of some of the best and brightest in Austin to learn first hand […]

Google’s Prototype Self-Driving Cars Coming to Austin for Testing

Troy Livingston, CEO, The Thinkery, Chris Urmson, Director, Google Self-Driving Car Project, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and City Councilwoman Ann Kitchen in front of the Google autonomous car prototype

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google is bringing its autonomous vehicle prototype to Austin for testing. The compact two door, two-seater white cars, which Google has created in partnership with Roush Industries in Detroit, will be hitting the roads of Austin in the next week or so. The cute little electric cars […]

Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups?

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte and the French government offered a cash prize to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve food for his troops on the battlefield. Nicholas Appert won the reward in 1810 by devising a way to use heat to preserve food […]

Fashion Metric Builds a Strong Data Science Team in Austin

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Fashion Metric is working to solve the problem of ill-fitting clothes by employing data science. The startup created software, which it calls a virtual tailor, to help online shoppers find clothes that fit by calculating their detailed body measurements. It does this by simply asking a few questions online and then processing that information through […]

Xenex Sees Big Market for Germ Zapping Robots


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Xenex’s germ zapping robots eradicate dangerous bacteria and viruses leading to lower cases of infectious diseases in the nation’s hospitals, according to several studies. “On a daily basis we are cleaning 5,000 to 7,000 rooms,” said Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex. Xenex created a mobile robot that […]

Intel Seeks Inventors for New Reality TV Show with $1 Million Prize

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A new television series “America’s Greatest Makers” is looking for inventors, makers, designers and engineers who are creating the next big wearable or smart-connected device. The competition, backed by Intel, Turner Broadcasting Mark Burnett, the producer of “Shark Tank,” “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” will award a $1 million grand prize and other prizes for the […]

Favor Launches Internationally with Service in Canada

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Favor, an app-based delivery service, is going international with its first delivery service set to launch in Toronto, Canada on Thursday. And the Austin-based startup will rename itself Favour in Canada to adapt to the local culture and customs. It offers delivery daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. in most of the Toronto metro […]

Able Lands $6 Million in Venture Capital and Expands Nationwide


Able, a non-bank commercial lender, Tuesday announced it has closed on $6 million in venture capital and plans to expand its services nationwide. Blumberg Capital and RPM Ventures led the round with participation from Peterson Partners and Expansion Ventures AngelList Syndicate. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to begin offering loans in 40 […]

Get Smart Content Lands $3.5 Million in Venture Capital


Get Smart Content announced Monday it has closed on a $3.5 million funding round. Origin Ventures led the round with participation from Chicago Ventures and Virgo Capital. To date, the company has raised just over $6.4 million, according to a news release. The Austin-based company runs an online platform that allows marketers to create personalized […]

PotentiaMetrics Harnesses Data to Improve Patient Care

Robert Palmer, CEO and founder of PotentiaMetrics, photo by John Davidson

By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Austin’s growing tech scene and vibrant entrepreneurial community convinced Robert Palmer, CEO and founder of PotentiaMetrics, to move his startup from St. Louis to Austin last year. The company, developed through a partnership with the Office of Clinical Research Outcomes at the Washington University School of […]

Urban Co-Lab to Launch “Urban Innovators” Coworking Site in East Austin

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In a former brothel and gas station in Austin’s East 12th Street Business District, Urban Co-Lab plans to create a center for entrepreneurial activity and innovation. The coworking site is the brainchild of Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber, founder of Walker’s Legacy and now CEO of the Urban Co-Lab. […]

Kentucky Liquor Company Buys Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka


Heaven Hill Brands of Kentucky announced this week it is buying Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka for an undisclosed amount. Clayton Christopher and Chad Auler founded Deep Eddy Vodka in 2010. The Wall Street Journal in May reported that the Austin-based company was for sale and estimated its valuation at between $165 million and more than […]

Tiff’s Treats Lands $14 Million and Plans Further Expansion


Tiff’s Treats announced this week it has closed on $14 million in funding and plans to add additional stores. The Austin-based cookie company reported the investment round was led by private equity firm, Capstar Partners, private investor Lew Little and included other institutional and individual investors. As part of the deal, Little joins the company’s […]

Amazon Plans New Center in San Marcos with 1,000 Employees


The Lone Star state has been a prosperous place for This week, the Seattle-based e-commerce company announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos, which will eventually employ 1,000 workers. The center will be 855,000 square feet and its employees will pick, pack and ship smaller items such as books, […]

San Antonio’s MX Challenge Shuts Down Without Awarding Prize


Without any fanfare or publicity, San Antonio’s MX Challenge closed in July without awarding its $500,000 prize. Jesus Salas, the program manager, posted a message to the site: “Hey innovator, Thanks for the interest that you showed for the MxChallenge. After evaluating the low demand on the competing participants we decided to shut down the […]

Bigcommerce Expands to Downtown Austin


Bigcommerce is moving into part of Mass Relevance’s former offices at 800 Brazos in downtown Austin, Silicon Hills News has learned. The e-commerce software company has leased 4,500 square feet of space left vacate when Spredfast bought Mass Relevance last year. Mass Relevance occupied 12,500 square feet. The office will house Zing, an Austin-based startup […]

Spreadfast Buys Shoutlet


Spredfast, an Austin-based social media software startup, Wednesday announced its purchase of Shoutlet, a Wisconsin based competitor. Austin-based Spredfast did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. As part of the deal, Shoutlet’s Madison, Wisconsin-based headquarters will become Spredfast’s new development center. “The combined company has 600 employees and more than 1,400 customers in […]

Silicon Hills News’ Second Annual Life Sciences Issue Now Available


Welcome to the second annual issue of Silicon Hills News’ print magazine focused on the expanding Life Sciences industry in Austin and San Antonio. It’s truly amazing to see the growth in this industry locally during the last few decades. And to know that Texas is one of the leading states overall in the biotechnology […]

Amos Schwartzfarb is the New Managing Director of Techstars Austin


Techstars has hired Amos Schwartzfarb as its new managing director of Techstars Austin. Schwartzfarb takes over from Jason Seats, who is still with Techstars and will remain in Austin. Seats is one of the managing partners of Techstars $150 million venture capital fund. He is dedicating all of his time to that role. Schwartzfarb is […]

UK Mission Looking for Fintech Startups in Austin and San Antonio

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Officials with the United Kingdom are looking for a few good financial technology companies to go on a mission to the UK later this year. The focus is on learning more about the growing UK fintech network and on making connections to take their business global. The UK Trade & Investment will host the mission […]

Apply for IBM’s SmartCamp Pitch Competition in Austin


IBM will be kicking off its annual startup pitch competition called SmartCamp next month. This year, IBM is collaborating with Jason Calacanis and his organization Launch Media. The Austin competition will take place at Capital Factory on Sept. 16th. Finalists from Austin and other cities around the world will travel to San Francisco to attend […]

Lyft Returns Ridesharing to San Antonio

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Lyft, the ridesharing startup, is coming back to San Antonio. Following three hours of discussion, the City Council of San Antonio on Thursday voted six to five in favor of a nine-month pilot agreement with Lyft. It’s been a bumpy ride so far for ridesharing companies operating in San Antonio. Lyft originally launched in March […]

Cybersecurity Firm root9b Expands to San Antonio

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root9B announced this week it is opening a new office this fall in downtown San Antonio. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company provides advanced cybersecurity services and training to private businesses and government agencies. Its new office will be located in the Tower Life building downtown. The company was ranked 45th on the Cybersecurity 500, a […]

Galvanize to Open New Campus in Austin

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Galvanize, a tech school and coworking space, announced this week it is opening its seventh campus in Austin. The Denver-based company leased 25,000 square feet in a building in the 2nd Street District in the North Shore development. It will feature classrooms, private suites, open work areas and event areas. The campus will be able […]

People Pattern Hires Former Facebook Executive Doug Wolfe

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People Pattern announced recently it has appointed Doug Wolfe as its Chief Operating Officer. Wolfe, previously served as head of operations for Atlas at Facebook. He has a lot of experience in marketing technology and digital media. As COO, Wolfe will oversee People Pattern’s product, sales, finance, partnership, recruitment and marketing. “People Pattern is taking […]

Austin Wins “StartUp in a Day” SBA Competition

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Everyone who has ever run a small business can tell you there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to deal with to get the venture off the ground. Now the City of Austin is aiming to make the process as simple as possible. This month, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Austin as […]

UT Spinout Capsenta Helps Healthcare Companies Harness Data


By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Anyone familiar with the University of Texas at Austin is no stranger to the words “what happens here changes the world.” To Capsenta, a spin out smart data startup from a UT computer science lab, that motto is more than just a rallying call to donors […]

Targeted Technology Funds San Antonio Life Sciences Startups

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry in San Antonio for years complained about the lack of venture capital. In 2008, Paul Castella and Alan Dean, cofounders and senior managing partners of Targeted Technology, a venture capital firm based in San Antonio, decided to do something about that. […]

Invictus Medical Sells a Device to Help Newborn Babies

Tom Roberts, Invictus Medical’s President and CEO

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Invictus Medical is a homegrown San Antonio biomedical startup focused on improving the lives of newborns. In 2010, Daniel Mendez, Israel Cruz and Nicholas Flores, all engineering undergraduates at the University of Texas at San Antonio, invented a device, initially called the aqua bonnet, during an engineering […]

UnaliWear Makes Smartwatches for Older Adults

Jean Anne Booth, founder and CEO of UnaliWear, maker of the Kanega Watch for seniors, photo by John Davidson.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Joan Hall worked as a model most of her life. Now she’s 81 and lives independently in San Antonio. Her daughter, Jean Anne Booth, who lives in Austin, wanted to keep tabs on her mom and make sure she is ok but her mom refused to wear […]

BioMed SA Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Nobel Laureate, W.E. (William Esco) Moerner, Ph. D., to receive BioMed SA's 10th Annual Julio Palmaz Award. Photo courtesy of BioMed SA

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ten years ago, a group of leaders in San Antonio, led by former Mayor Henry Cisneros and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, created an advocacy organization for the city’s biomedical industry. They founded BioMed SA with the core mission to raise the visibility of San […]

Google Fiber is Coming to San Antonio

Mayor Ivy R. Taylor announcing Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, photos by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google announced San Antonio as the next city to receive its “Gigabit” Internet network, which is about 100 times faster than what most broadband users currently experience in the city. “Google Fiber will provide San Antonio with the competitive business and entrepreneurial edge needed in this era […]

Ten Life Sciences Companies to Watch in Central Texas

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Texas is one of the leading biotech states in the country, according to a 2014 report from the Texas Governor’s Office. In fact, it ranks second for employment of life and physical scientists nationwide. The state has more than 3,600 biotechnology manufacturing and research and development firms. More than 92,000 people work for biotech companies […]

Payment Data Systems to Begin Trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market


San Antonio-based Payment Data Systems, which processes online payments for other companies, announced Tuesday that it has received confirmation that its common stock will begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market starting Aug. 11th. In addition, Michael Long, chairman and CEO of Payment Data Systems and Louis Hoch, the company’s president, will ring the opening […]

Plum Raises $5 Million and Plans to Ship its Lightpads Soon

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Plum, maker of WiFi-enabled smart light dimmers, has raised $5 million in seed stage funding and is raising another $700,000 in funding before its round closes. Plum reports the money will allow it to manufacture and ship its flagship product, the Plum Lightpad, which allows homeowners to control their lights with their smartphone from anywhere. […]

Two Austin Startups Featured at First White House Demo Day

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President Barack Obama is hosting the nation’s first Demo Day at the White House to showcase innovative technology startups from all over the country. Among them, Jeanette Hill, CEO and founder of Spot On Sciences, will show off its portable and easy to use blood test kits. The company has created a product, HemaSpot, that […]

Spiceworks’ New Headquarters Opens, Expansion Planned Already

Scott Abel, Spiceworks Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Spiceworks held an open house Friday for its new headquarters at 3700 North Capital of Texas Highway, in the same Hill Country-adjacent neighborhood as Bazaarvoice. The company, which provides a free network management IT community, reports 2,000 new members a day and has roughly 360 employees in […]

eRelevance Creates DocWithMe App and Plans to Expand to Other Industries

Robert Fabbio, co-founder of eRelevance, photo by John Davidson

By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Robert Fabbio and his band of seasoned entrepreneurs at eRelevance first envisioned a mobile application that would help doctors better interact with their patients after treatment, but, around this vision, developed a marketing strategy that could make ripples beyond just the healthcare industry. “When we first […]

ePatientFinder is a Matchmaker for Patients and Clinical Trials

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News According to a study by Tufts University in 2014, 60-to-80 percent of the cost of any new drug or treatment goes to clinical trials, and most of that is money is channeled into luring in, then weeding out patients to test the drug. They have to have […]

App Puts Patients and Providers on the Same Page

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By TIM GREEN Reporter with Silicon Hills News Corinthian Health operates 20 centers where patients get critical intravenous drug treatments for chronic neurological and autoimmune diseases. The monthly sessions of infusions can last up to eight hours. If the patient isn’t properly prepared or the complex drug mix is off, the patient can suffer significant […]

Seeking High Tech and Low Tech Solutions to Low Voter Turnout

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Why don’t more people vote? Only about 36 percent of the voting population turned out for the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout election since 1942, according to stats from the United States Election Project. That’s a big problem and a group of experts in technology, journalism, […]

BarkHappy Launches a Social Networking App for Dogs in Austin

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A social networking app for dog owners made its debut in Austin this week. It’s BarkHappy, a location based meet up and search app, for dog owners. The app, which is available on Android and IOS devices, lets dog owners discover other dogs in their area through geolocation. The app lets dog owners arrange meetings […]

Integreon Opens Austin Office with Plans for 300 Employees


Integreon, a global outsourcing firm, held a grand opening reception at its new office in Austin on Thursday night. The New York-based company plans to create more than 100 jobs initially with the potential to reach 300 jobs in the next few years, according to a news release. The company currently has 30 employees in […]

Favor Adds New VP of Engineering and Plans Further Expansion

Michael Nels joins Favor as its new vice president of engineering.

Favor, a personal delivery service, landed in Austin in the summer of 2013 and has quickly grown. Founders Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty moved here from California and launched a grocery and food delivery service. It quickly gained visibility for its runners who wore bright blue T-shirts with a faux tuxedo front. The service, which […]

Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch

Rodney Curry, founder of TacTikes at the Bunker Austin elevator pitch event at Capital Factory.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At well over six feet tall with a strong build, Rodney Curry, a retired member of the U.S. Army’s 101st airborne division, wears a camel colored bag slung over one shoulder. He’s still got the close-cropped haircut of a soldier but instead of an army uniform, Curry […]

Continuum Analytics Gets $24 Million in Venture Capital


Continuum Analytics has closed on $24 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst Partners and BuildGroup. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds on product development, sales and marketing and community development. Continuum makes Anaconda, the leading modern open source analytics platform built on Python, an open data science language. The company […]

Accenture Acquires Chaotic Moon

Ben Lamm, founder of Chaotic Moon, photo by John Davidson

Accenture has scooped up an Austin original: Chaotic Moon. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chaotic Moon, founded in 2010, is known in Austin as a creative technology studio, that pushes the boundaries of technology. In 2014 during SXSW, the studio launched a drone and tasered an intern at its offices. It has […]

Techstars Cloud Fall Program is Accepting Applications


Techstars Cloud is back at it again. The fall program, which kicks off Nov. 2nd and runs until Feb. 11th with a two week break for the holidays, is now soliciting applications. This is the second Techstars Cloud program for 2015. The first one ended in April with ten companies pitching at Demo Day. “This […]

Main Street Hub Lands $25 Million in Financing, Plans to Hire 300


Main Street Hub, which makes a marketing platform for small businesses, last week announced the closing of $25 million in venture capital to support its rapid growth. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2010, has raised $66 million to date, according to CrunchBase. The company closed on its Series C equity financing round from Vista Equity […]

Austin Dips in VC Investments for Second Quarter But Still Strong for 2015

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The amount of venture capital bucks invested in Austin dropped nearly 49 percent in the second quarter to $162.5 million, compared to the first quarter’s $267.2 million, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thompson Reuters. But […]