BioMed SA’s Role in San Antonio’s Thriving Life Sciences Industry

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Ann Stevens has served as BioMed SA’s president since its inception in 2005. She has helped to grow and promote San Antonio’s healthcare and bioscience industry. She recently answered some questions about BioMed SA and the role the nonprofit organization plays in the city’s booming healthcare and […]

Graham Weston and Rackspace Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Graham Weston, Chairman, Cofounder and CEO of Rackspace, led a team of “Rackers,” the name Rackspace employees call themselves, to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Rackspace’s headquarters in San Antonio. Weston also pledged to donate to Als.org for every employee participating in the challenge. “You’ve probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which […]

iTraumaCare’s Clamp Stems Bleeding and Saves Lives

Dr. Ian Atkinson, Dr. Dennis Filips, co-founders of Innovative Trauma Care and Phil Faris, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News One of the leading causes of death among trauma patients is the failure to control bleeding. Innovative Trauma Care, known as iTraumaCare, a medical device maker with its U.S. headquarters in San Antonio and also based in Edmonton, Canada, has come up with a solution. It makes […]

The Huge Impact of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on the City

Dr. William Henrich, president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Dr. William Henrich, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, recently sat down with Silicon Hills News to talk about all of the innovation happening at the institution he oversees. Dr. Henrich joined the Health Science Center in 2006 as dean of […]

Michael Dell Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS Research

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Michael Dell took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research Saturday in front of the construction site for the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. CNBC’s Jon Fortt challenged Dell. In a posting to his Facebook page, Dell, in turn, challenged Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Marc Benioff, founder and […]

WiseWear Creates a Tiny Platform to Analyze Your Body’s Data

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Wearable companies all over the world are racing to create devices that tell you what’s going on in your body. They’re on sports bras, wristwatches, necklaces and even cocktail rings. They can be stuck on wounded areas to measure pain. And then there’s WiseWear, whose tiny platform […]

Spot On Sciences Makes Taking Blood Samples Easy

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The most remarkable thing to Dr. Jeanette Hill about the evolution of her company, Spot on Sciences, is the myriad ways her blood collection device, HemaSpot, is being used. It has proven invaluable in research being done in Spain that shows taking blood pressure medication at night […]

Leto Solutions Launches IndieGoGo Campaign to Produce Cooling System for Amputees

Leto Solutions Team Members Gary Walters, Becky Ariana and Justin Stultz, photos courtesy of Leto Solutions

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News While the South Texas heat makes most people sweat, the heat and sweat can be particularly unbearable and dangerous for amputees with prosthetic limbs. “Amputees everywhere have heat related issues,” said Kirk Simendinger, a prosthetist with Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions in San Antonio. “When skin reaches […]

The Pioneers of 3D Printing, an Industry Invented, In Part, at UT in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The applications of 3D printing seem only limited by an inventor’s imagination. Today, 3D printers can make dental parts, hip replacement joints, food, toys, jewelry and more. The futuristic technology can even print human tissue and recreate human organs. But few know one of the technologies behind […]

LawnStarter Launches in Austin to Simplify Lawn Care for Consumers

Ryan Farley, co-founder of LawnStarter, a Techstars company in Austin

When the temperatures hit triple digits in Austin, many homeowners don’t want to mow the lawn. A new startup, part of Techstars in Austin, has a solution. LawnStarter, founded in August of 2013, wants to take the pain out of lawn maintenance by hooking up homeowners with lawn care crews. The company officially launched this […]

Dropbox Cultivates an Austin Culture and Continues to Hire and Expand

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News In December of 2011, Facebook bought Austin-based Gowalla and relocated a bunch of its workers to Menlo Park. Sherry Birk, director of recruiting at Gowalla, moved with them. She later left Facebook to join another startup: Dropbox, based in San Francisco. But Birk longed to get back […]

SpaceX to Build a $85 Million Rocket Launch Pad in Brownsville

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Texas is set to play a major role in the new space race. This week, Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas would offer $15.3 million in incentives to bring SpaceX’s commercial rocket launch facility to Brownsville, on the southern tip of Texas. The facility will launch commercial satellites. SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, plans to create […]

Charles Schwab Expansion in Austin to Create 800 Jobs

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Austin’s financial services industry is expanding right alongside the growth in its high tech industry. And this week, The Charles Schwab Corp., a securities broker, investment services, money manager and financial advisory company, announced plans to expand in Austin, creating 800 jobs and investing $196 million. Charles Schwab plans to build a new 250,000 square […]

Showcasing New Programmers at CodeUp’s Demo Day

Greg McCabe, Michael Jaime and Caitlin Daily, creators of Pro-Sifter at CodeUp Demo Day

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Michael Jaime sold his car and bought a bike so he could pay his tuition and participate in CodeUp, a 12-week bootcamp that teaches non-programmers how to code. Each day Jaime would bike three miles to Geekdom at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio to learn […]

Bluegrass Vascular Technologies Gets $4.5 Million in Funding and Moves to San Antonio

Dr. John Gurley, founder of Bluegrass Vascular

Medical technology startup Bluegrass Vascular Technologies has closed on $4.5 million in funding. Targeted Technology Fund II, a San Antonio-based venture capital fund that invests in early stage life sciences companies, led the Series A investment. As part of the deal, Bluegrass Vascular will move its headquarters to San Antonio. The company, founded in 2011, […]

SAPitch Provides an Informal Setting for San Antonio Startups to Pitch to Investors

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News One of the big problems in growing San Antonio’s technology startup industry has been lack of access to capital for entrepreneurs. The Geekdom Fund has provided $25,000 to a handful of tech startups in the earliest stages of their companies, but the real need comes with follow […]

Facebook Reaches Out to Small Businesses in Austin

Dan Levy, Facebook's  director of small business at the Facebook Austin Fit event.

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Facebook, with more than 1 billion active users, has become the digital main street for small business owners from plumbers to jewelry stores. They can hang their shingle, a Facebook business page, and reach their small town customers or a global audience. And just a fraction of […]

The Techstars Cloud Program Returns to San Antonio in 2015

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I am very excited to have the opportunity to restart and lead the Techstars Cloud program: http://t.co/jMnKZomSuq cc @techstars — Blake Yeager (@blake_yeager) July 23, 2014 The Techstars Cloud program launched in San Antonio in 2012 with 11 companies and the next year another 11 startups participated in the 2013 program. But the program, launched […]

Zach Dell’s Startup Thread is a Dating Site Just for College Students

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Michael Dell never pushed entrepreneurship on his son, Zach, which may be the reason Zach started asking about business, reading tomes by people like Warren Buffet and playing stock simulators by the age of 12. “My dad and I are extremely close,” Dell said. “When I started […]