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

James Messer, CEO and founder of goTransverse

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

Glen Burchers, co-founder of Plum, a smart home lighting system, courtesy photo.

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

Tom Dorsett, founder and CEO of ePatientFinder, couresy photo

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 […]