B.A.S.H.H. Founder Lani Rosales Keeps Austin Authentic

Lani Rosales, photo by Annie Ray

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News “There’s not one business meeting I go to where I can’t cuss and wear flip flops,” said Lani Rosales, explaining one reason why—when she married her husband, Benn Rosales—she agreed to include in their vows that she’d never force him to leave Austin. Many people know Lani […]

Experiment Engine Gets $1 Million in Seed Funding

Austin-based Experiment Engine announced Tuesday that is has closed on a $1 million seed funding round. The company received funding from Founder Collective, based in New York and Boston, Mercury Fund in Houston and Austin Angel Investors Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Indeed.com. Experiment Engine, which recently graduated from the […]

Upland Software Acquires Solution Q for $5.8 Million


Austin-based Upland Software has acquired Toronto, Canada-based Solution Q for approximately $5.8 million and plans to retain all of the company’s employees. It’s Upland Software’s seventh acquisition in three years and is part of the company’s overall strategy to expand its products and services, according to a news release. Upland, which has 340 employees, plans […]

BikeTexas Teams up With Spinlister


Spinlister, the peer-to-peer bike sharing service that launched in Austin last month, has signed a deal to sponsor BikeTexas, an organizations that encourages and promotes bicycling. Spinlister plans to help BikeTexas with marketing and logistical support for its new BikeTexas parking and valet programs. It plans to offer the services to event organizers to promote […]

Google Fiber Austin Announced 1 Gigabit Internet Pricing Plan at its New Downtown Headquarters

Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber in Austin, photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google Fiber will house its Austin headquarters in the former Austin Children’s Museum at 201 W. Colorado, Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber announced Monday. Strama said he hopes the 23,000 square foot building will be Austin’s “Living Room.” He was hearkening back to the opening of […]

HomeAway’s Brian Sharples’ Entrepreneurial Journey

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News As a serial entrepreneur, Brian Sharples, co-founder of HomeAway, has learned many lessons on his entrepreneurial journey. He recounted several of them with Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the University of Texas last week. Metcalfe interviewed Sharples, CEO of HomeAway at the Longhorn Startup Demo Day. […]

Rackspace’s Thanksgiving Day Food Drive Helps Needy Families

Rackspace's Lawrence "SugarBear" Reyes and his infant daughter greet the crowd at Rackspace's Thanksgiving Day Food Distribution event.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A voucher for a free turkey and a box of food items from Rackspace came as a surprise to Robin Dysart. Crestview Elementary School sent the voucher home with her daughter. “It means the world to us, we’ve been having some difficulties for the last few years,” […]

Rackspace’s Chairman Invests Millions in its Stock


Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston has been bullish on his company since he made his initial investment to found the hosting company in 1999. And now, he’s investing even more in the San Antonio-based managed cloud company. This week, Weston announced he has purchased $2.5 million or 58,400 shares of the company’s stock on the open […]

The Latest Crop of Startups from Longhorn Startup Demo Day

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News From a ring that monitors glucose levels for diabetics to a mouth guard which tracks concussions in athletes, twelve student-run startups showcased their innovative ideas at the 7th Longhorn Startup Demo Day. The event held at the Lady Bird Johnson auditorium at the University of Texas at […]

12 Austin Companies Make Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 List


Twelve Austin companies made Deloitte’s annual Technology Fast 500 list, up from eight companies last year. Deloitte ranks the fastest growing private and public companies in the technology industry. Five of the companies made the list last year and again made the list this year including Kinnser Software, 181, Bazaarvoice, 186, SailPoint, 233, HomeAway, 404 […]

SpareFoot Spearheads Startup Food Drive

Chuck Gordon, CEO and Co-Founder of SpareFoot, courtesy photo by SpareFoot

SpareFoot, an innovative startup in the storage business, has launched a food drive to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin just in time for Thanksgiving. The company has so far brought in more than 800 food items such as cans and other non-perishable goods, which is about four times as much as its […]

Disappearing Messages? Unseen’s Got That


The latest rage is to create messages that disappear into the ether – never to be seen again – at least that what the person generating the message hopes. And Austin-based Bearch has created a new version of its mobile app, Unseen, to do just that. It’s challenging the market dominated by Snapchat. Unseen, an […]

Austin-based DRAFT Debuts at Demo Fall in San Jose

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Austin-based DRAFT, a mobile app-based investment tool, launched Thursday at DEMO Fall 2014 in San Jose, Calif. The startup helps investors make smart investment decisions and reach their savings goals through a crowd-sourced mobile app. DRAFT relies on “crowd sourced data” to provide insight and guidance to investors. The app aggregates all of a user’s […]

John Melanson of Cirrus Logic Named Outstanding Inventor

John Melanson, senior technical advisor for Cirrus Logic in Austin.

John Melanson, a senior technical fellow with Cirrus Logic, has 278 U.S. patents and another 91 pending. Melason has more patents that Nikola Tesla. And this week, Melanson received the Outstanding Inventor Award from the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association. Melanson has worked for more than 40 years in the technology industry, including 15 years […]

Entrepreneur Magazine: “What it Means to Be An Entrepreneur”

Hat tip to Julie Huls, president of the Austin Technology Council, for sharing this Entrepreneur Magazine video featuring local entrepreneurs Brain Sharples, founder of HomeAway and Kim Overton, founder of SPIbelt. It’s a reminder to us all that we can change the world through entrepreneurship. “It is our nature to explore,” according to the video. […]

StepOne’s Software Seeks to Improve Customer Service


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ever call a customer service center about a product and get lost in a time consuming maze involving pressing buttons, entering information and getting nowhere? StepOne, an Austin-based startup, seeks to solve that problem and make customer service better. This week, the company released a new product, […]

Bigcommerce Snags $50 Million in Funding

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Bigcommerce, an ecommerce platform based in Austin, announced it has raised $50 million led by Softbank Capital. Other investors in the Series D funding included Telstra Ventures and American Express as well as existing investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. Steve Murray, a partner at SoftBank Capital, will join the Bigcommerce board. The company has […]

Whurley Launches Honest Dollar, a Fintech Startup


William Hurley, known as Whurley, formerly the creative “evil genius” behind Chaotic Moon, has left that company to co-found a new financial technology company, Honest Dollar. Henry Yoshida, a certified financial planner, co-founder and principal of The Maresh Yoshida 401k Group, with more than $1.3 billion under management, is his co-founder. “We are forming the […]

Encouraging Girls to Become Engineers

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Luz Cristal Glangchai, a scientist and founder of VentureLab in San Antonio, spoke last month at the fifth annual TedXSanAntonio event. Glangchai wants more girls to become engineers. She runs a nonprofit organization which teaches kids as young as five to high school age skills in entrepreneurship and to experiment in the science, technology, engineering […]

SBIR Grants Made Less Mysterious


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Getting a research grant from the federal government can seem like a big mysterious process to startup entrepreneurs. But last week, the federal government held its Fall SBIR/STTR Conference at the AT&T Executive Conference Center in Austin to make the grants more accessible to bootstrapped entrepreneurs. Several […]

WiseWear Corp. Launches Evolve, a Wearable Fitness Device


At Geekdom Friday night, WiseWear Corp. officially launched Evolve its all in one wearable fitness tracking device. “It’s been a wild journey this past year,” said Gerald Wilmink, the company’s founder and CEO. The San Antonio-based startup, founded in 2013, plans to kick off a Kickstarter campaign to pre-sale the device, which can be worn […]

San Antonio-based Infocyte Lands $500,000 in Funding


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Infocyte Inc. just landed $500,000 in seed stage funding led by Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners. The San Antonio-based startup plans to use the funds to further develops Pulse, its cyber security assessment platform. This is LiveOak’s first investment in San Antonio. “The Infocyte team has a storied […]

Online Courier Service Dropoff Launches in Austin

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About a year ago, Sean Spector needed to get some important documents to downtown Austin by 5 p.m. He hired a local courier service and they arrived late for the pickup, got lost on the delivery, and ultimately arrived late for the delivery and didn’t get a confirmation signature. Spector investigated the industry and decided […]

Ambiq Micro Gets $15 Million More in Venture Capital


Ambiq Micro, maker of ultra low power integrated circuits, announced it has received $15 million in Series C funding. The Austin-based company, founded in 2010, has raised $36.9 million from eight investors in eight rounds, according to its Crunchbase profile. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) led the latest funding round which was supported by […]

Worldpay Acquires Austin-based SecureNet Payment Systems


Worldpay, a London-based electronic payment company, announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SecureNet Payment Systems, based in Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sterling Partners, a private equity firm in Chicago, owned SecureNet. SecureNet, which has 100 employees, will remain in Austin and is planning on […]

BuildASign.com’s Troops Program Honors Veterans with Free Signs

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Austin-based BuildASign.com has a special way to honor soldiers on Veteran’s Day and every day. BuildASign.com announced Tuesday that the company has donated more than 337,000 welcome home signs and banners, worth more than $10 million, to the friends and families of returning military service members. BuildASign.com, an online custom printer, has created a site […]

Fullscreen Buys Austin-based Rooster Teeth

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Rooster Teeth, which started 11 years ago in Burnie Burns’ spare bedroom in Austin, just got acquired by Fullscreen, a global youth media company based in Los Angeles. Rooster Teeth created the long running video series on the Internet Red Vs. Blue. The company has about 70 employees in Austin and will remain here, operating […]

SunPower Corp. Buys Austin-based SolarBridge Technologies


SunPower Corp., one of the nation’s largest producers of solar panels, Monday announced it has purchased Austin-based SolarBridge Technologies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. SolarBridge is a leader in making integrated microinverter technology which converts direct current generated by a solar panel into alternating current. Its technology is already integrated into the […]

Upland Software Goes Public


Upland Software, which makes cloud-based management software for companies, went public Thursday with its stock price opening up at $11 per share. The Austin-based company had priced its stock at $12 per share, the low end of the expected $12 to $14 range, with plans to raise $46.15 million. The company’s stock continued to fall […]

Austin-based PenPal Schools Wins the Dell World 2014 Pitch Slam Competition


Seven startups pitched before Michael Dell and a panel of judges at Dell World and Austin-based PenPal Schools won the Pitch Days 2014 competition. “We were incredibly impressed,” with all of the startups, Dell said. “Ultimately we liked PenPal Schools as the winner.” PenPal Schools, a Capital Factory incubator company which moved to Austin three […]

Technology is Taking Over in the Second Machine Age

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Intelligent computers are changing the world and replacing humans in many jobs and tasks, said Erik Brynjolfsson at Dell World. He is the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and the co-author of the bestseller, “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a […]

Be a Creator and Change the World Says Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit


Everyone can be a creator now on the Internet, said Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. It doesn’t take anything but an idea and an Internet connection, Ohanian said during an afternoon keynote address at Dell World held at the Austin Convention Center. When Ohanian and his University of Virginia roommate, Steve Huffman, pitched their idea […]

Dell Performs Well as a Private Company

Michael Dell speaking Tuesday afternoon at the Dell World press conference

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A year ago, Dell went private, the largest company ever to do so. And Michael Dell, its founder and CEO, couldn’t be happier. “I believe one of the advantages of being private is that we can direct 100 percent of our energy toward the success of our […]

Gravitant Gets $25 Million More in Venture Funding


Gravitant, based in Austin, has announced it has expanded its Series B funding round by $25 million. The company previously raised $10.3 million in Series B funding in January from Corsa Ventures and S3 Ventures. The latest funding came from new investor Cielo Private Equity and existing investor S3 Ventures. As part of the deal, […]

StoryPress Launches its Latest Storytelling App

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The latest version of StoryPress officially launched Monday, said Michael Davis, the company’s CEO and founder. “We’ve relaunched as the Instagram of stories,” Davis said. The two-year-old startup originally began as an app for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices intent on recording family histories and biographies. But it has evolved into an everyday storytelling […]

TrueAbility Teams Up with DigitalOcean for a Technical Challenge


TrueAbility, based in San Antonio, has teamed up with DigitalOcean, to launch the “Docker Puzzle Challenge” to test a competitor’s technical aptitude using basic Linux skills and Docker, an open-source technology to deploy apps. The challenge uses TrueAbility’s online technical skill assessment platform, which tests job candidate’s technical abilities by performing real-life tasks. The contest […]

Q&A with Sheryl Cole, Candidate for Austin Mayor

Sheryl Cole, picture courtesy of her campaign for Austin mayor.

Silicon Hills News is providing these questions and answers as a follow on to Austin Mayoral candidate posts with the Austin Technology Council. Last week, the ATC featured this post from Mayoral Candidate Steve Adler. But Adler’s campaign chose not to answer the questions from Silicon Hills News. This week, the ATC features this post […]

HomeAway Sues San Francisco to Stop the Enforcement of a Short-Term Rental Law

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Austin-based HomeAway, the world’s largest online marketplace for vacation rentals, filed a lawsuit Monday against the city and county of San Francisco seeking to stop the city from enforcing a new short term rental law. HomeAway claims the law discriminates against second home owners and non-resident individuals advertising short-term rentals, and gives Airbnb, based in […]

Experts Brainstorm on the Austin Tech Ecosystem

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BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News One of the most compelling statements at the Morning TechTalk Leadership Series and Breakfast Wednesday was made by a newcomer to Austin. Candice Hahn of R/GA Digital Advertising moved to town from the Bay area in July. “What I observed in San Francisco is that the city […]

Krimmeni Technologies Lands $11.7 Million in Venture Capital

Krimmeni Technologies, a cyber security firm, announced Thursday it has received $11.7 million in Series A funding from Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners. The startup makes ultra-secure communications technology for Cloud-based data centers and focuses on the Internet of Things market. As a result of the deal, Third Point Ventures Managing Partner Robert […]

Clarify Lands $1 Million in Seed Funding

Paul Murphy, CEO of Clarify.io

Clarify, which makes audio and video search technology, announced Wednesday that it has closed on $1 million in seed stage financing. The Austin-based startup received funding from Projector Ventures, Silverton Partners and “additional notable support from Austin-based Blake Chandlee together with several other early Facebook executives; Michael Rauchman, a pioneer in electronic trading; Brett Hurt, […]

Time to Apply for the SXSW Interactive Accelerator for 2015


For the past six years, Chris Valentine has overseen the SXSW Interactive Accelerator competition. During that time, he’s witnessed a maturation of the Austin tech startup community. “Last year was the best group from Austin so far,” he said. Five Austin companies made the SXSW Interactive Accelerator finalist list in 2014 and three more were […]

Greenling Gets a New CEO


Greenling, an organic food delivery service, announced Tuesday Bill Tolany will become its new CEO and has joined its board of directors. Founder Mason Arnold, who has led the company since its founding in 2005, will remain on Greeling’s board of directors. Tolany previously spent eight years at Whole Food Market in a variety of […]

EMC Buys Austin-based Spanning Cloud Apps

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EMC Corp., based in Hopkinton, Ma., has acquired Spanning Cloud Apps of Austin. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Spanning, which provides backup and recovery for SaaS applications, helps organizations to protect and manage their information in the cloud. It will continue to operate under its brand in Austin as division of EMC. […]

WP Engine Expanding and Hiring


WP Engine, which hosts WordPress websites, announced it has 23,000 customers, up 130 percent during the past year. The Austin-based startup now hosts more than 200,000 WordPress websites. And it has expanded its workforce and offices. The company recently opened an office at Geekdom in San Antonio. It also has an office in San Francisco. […]

Peter Thiel Says Technology and Science Are Under Attack in the U.S.


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Society right now has an intense dislike or hatred of all things scientific or technological, said Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal. To illustrate this, just look at all the movies produced by Hollywood that show technology that doesn’t work, that kills people, that destroys things and that […]

Texas Approves Equity-Based Crowdfunding Rules

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Texas companies will soon be able to raise money from the average investor. The Texas State Securities Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve new intrastate equity-based crowdfunding rules. The rules are expected to go into effect in late November, said Bob Elder, the board’s spokesman. “The […]

Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Startup Spinlister Launches in Austin


Spinlister, a bike sharing service, launched in Austin this week. The company provides a peer-to-peer bike rental service. It already has more than 150 bikes listed on its site and plans to have more than 1,500 bikes actively listed by March of 2015. Spinlister is gearing up for the demand from big events like SXSW, […]

Q&A with David Orshalick, Candidate for Mayor of Austin

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This past weekend, the Austin Technology Council featured a guest post from Austin Mayoral Candidate David Orshalick in its meet the candidates for Mayor series. Silicon Hills News is asking each of the candidates a series of follow up questions. Their responses will all be posted here following their guest blog posts with ATC. This […]

Cognitive Scale Launches in Austin


Cognitive Scale launched Wednesday in Austin. The startup, founded 18 months ago, has operated in stealth mode until now. Cognitive Scale has created a “cognitive” cloud platform that can mine huge databases and understand natural language to present data in an easy to understand format. The cognitive cloud simulates the human thought processes and mimics […]

Greenling Teams Up with Instacart for Same Day Grocery Delivery


Austin-based Greenling Organic has partnered with Instacart for same-day delivery to Greenling’s customers in Austin. Greenling delivers organic fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, meal kits and prepared food to customers in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Before, it took at least a day to receive an order from Greenling. “Greenling […]

TeVido BioDevices Lands SBIR Grant


TeVido BioDevices, a company that prints nipples for breast reconstruction surgery using human cells and 3-D printers, has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will go to fund more pre-clinical development of the company’s novel breast reconstruction program. “The SBIR grant will enable TeVido to […]

Good Technology Buys Austin-based Macheen


Good Technology, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., bought Austin-based Macheen, a mobile cloud applications service provider. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Macheen, founded in 2010, has raised $34.4 million in five rounds of investment, according to its Crunchbase profile. The company provides broadband connectivity to mobile devices. The company provides a software as a […]

Understanding the 600+ Sessions for the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival


BY HUGH FORREST Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival Geek Christmas has arrived! On October 20, the SXSW Interactive Festival unwrapped more than 600 accepted sessions for next March in Austin. This is the biggest announcement for the upcoming season, as these 600 sessions represent the bulk of daytime programming for the 2015 event. Content […]

TEDxSanAntonio Sparks a City of Ideas


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News San Antonio has evolved into the City of Ideas, said Graham Weston, chairman of Rackspace. “The whole genesis of TED is about sparking ideas and spreading ideas and that happens every year at TEDxSanAntonio,” Weston said This is a culture Rackspace wants to be a part of, […]

Is Austin’s Healthcare System Ready for a Revolution?


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Technology has dramatically changed the way people live their lives from transacting business to communications. But what happened to all the innovations in healthcare that allowed technology to be embraced, Dr. S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School, asked during a keynote lunch address […]

TedXSanAntonio Takes Place Saturday at Rackspace


For five years, a group of San Antonio’s best and brightest have put on TedXSanAntonio and it’s quite a show. This year, the theme is “Ideas in Action” and features a variety of speakers on diverse topics ranging from cultivating a hacker culture to nurturing girls in technology to how to tackle the growing epidemic […]

HackTX to Take Place at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday


Do you feel like hacking for 24 hours? Then, if you’re a student 18 years or older in high school or an undergraduate or graduate student in college, you can participate in the third annual HackTX hackathon kicking off Saturday, Oct. 18 and running into Sunday. The event will take place in the student activity […]

Six Startups Demo Their Ventures at InnoTech Austin

Paul Murphy, CEO of Clarify.io, answering a question from the audience at the InnoTech Austin Beta Summit

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Six startups showed off their ventures during six-minute presentations at the InnoTech Austin Beta Summit Wednesday morning at the Austin Convention Center. The demos provided the companies an opportunity to show, not tell, the audience what their companies did, said Bryan Menell, managing editor of AustinStartup.com and […]

Overcoming Barriers to Get More Women in Tech

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News It’s no secret women in technology jobs are underrepresented. Women hold more than half of all professional jobs in the U.S., but make up less than 24 percent of all computer-related jobs, “representing a huge pool of untapped talent,” according to a study by the Clayman Institute […]

South and Southeast Austin to Get Google 1 Gigabit Internet in December

David Anthony, technical program manager, Mark Strama, city manager and Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, community impact manager with Google.

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Google plans to launch its 1 Gigabit Fiber Internet service in South and Southeast Austin in December. “I want to emphasis off the top, that is where we will start,” said Mark Strama, city manager for Google Fiber. “This is not where we will finish. We will […]

Cratejoy Raises $4 Million and Plans to Hire Engineers

Cratejoy, which provides one-stop service to begin a box subscription, just landed $4 million in Series A funding from Charles River Ventures. The one-year-old Austin startup also launched the public beta of its service. It provides web hosting, page templates with mobile integration, subscription billing management systems and business analytics to e-commerce companies selling to […]

Q&A with Mike Martinez, candidate for Mayor of Austin

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This weekend, the Austin Technology Council featured a guest post from Austin Mayoral Candidate Mike Martinez in its meet the candidates for Mayor series. Silicon Hills News is asking each of the candidates a series of follow up questions. Their responses will all be posted here following their guest blog posts with ATC. First up, […]

InnoTech Austin Kicks Off Wednesday

InnoTech Austin kicks Off Wednesday morning with a keynote speech on fostering entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. The talk features Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation at UT Austin, Laura Bosworth, CEO and Co-Founder of TeVideo BioDevices and Michele Skelding, senior vice president Global Technology and Innovation at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. A Women in Tech […]

Female Entrepreneurs Connect and Learn at Women@Austin


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News “Leave Your Superwomen Capes at the Door” That’s Jan Ryan’s only rule for Women@Austin events at Capital Factory. The meetings provide a receptive environment for female entrepreneurs to connect and learn from each other while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. “Authenticity is what makes the magic for […]

FBombs, The Startup Week Panel on Failure

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News In a panel dedicated to failure in starting up a business, the audience seemed to be most focused on one thing—the risks inherent in picking a co-founder. Panelists shared stories about enormous, botched business deals thanks to people they trusted, horrible lawsuits, embezzlement, and then the more […]

Austin Startup Week’s Werewolves Vs. Villagers

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BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mercury Fund director Aziz Gilani says he uses it in board meetings because the premise isn’t who’s right, but who is most persuasive. Ali Syed of Justworks said it helps with pitch competitions. But mostly the 30 or so people who convened to play Werewolf at Techstars […]

ParLevel Systems Receives $2 Million in Funding


ParLevel Systems, based at Geekdom in San Antonio, has raised a little more than $2 million of $2.5 million in funding it’s seeking, according to filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, which was founded in 2012 by Walter Teele and Luis Pablo-Gonzalez, seeks to make vending machines smarter by hooking them up […]

The City of Austin and ATC Form a New Partnership


There’s a new tech partnership in town. It’s the Austin Technology Partnership, an alliance between the City of Austin and the Austin Technology Council. The new partnership seeks to study and strengthen the city’s technology industry with a major focus on the emerging life sciences industry. The partnership has an annual budget of $775,000 with […]

20X2 During Austin Startup Week: What Were They Thinking?

20X2 - "What were you thinking?" event at Austin Startup Week, Photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There were artists and musicians, comedians and luminaries of the Austin tech scene including Bob Metcalfe—representing gravitas in his suit and tie—Hugh Forrest, Bijoy Goswami, and entrepreneurs Eric Bandholz and Josh Kerr as well as Valerie Cason, ATC’s director of sales and marketing. They were charged with […]

Winners of the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase Announced


SXSW Eco announced five winners of its third Startup Showcase during a ceremony at the Austin Convention Center Tuesday night. Open Water Foundation of Fort Collins, CO., won for Social Impact for a non-profit and Drinkwell of Boston won for Social Impact for profit. PAX Pure of San Rafeal, Calif. and Picasolar of Fayetteville, AR, […]

Silicon Hills News’ Latest Magazine on Tech Startups Taking Off

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Rockets launching are a symbol of Texas’ rich history in the space industry. Although innovation has become a buzzword in many circles it still rings true in Texas and the neighboring states of Louisiana and Mississippi, which all have NASA facilities. Space exploration is at that heart […]

At SXSW Eco: Creating Jet Biofuel from Saltwater Tolerant Plants


By LAURA LOREK Founder Silicon Hills News Saltwater makes up 97 percent of the world’s water and 20 percent of earth’s land mass is arid or desert regions. Combine the two and create a new kind of biofuel that will be sustainable and cut carbon emissions, said Alejandro Rios Galvan, director the Sustainable Bioenergy Research […]

Austin Startup Week Kicks Off


It’s that time of year again to celebrate Austin innovation, entrepreneurs and tech companies. Austin Startup Week, which began three years ago – the same week as Silicon Hills News, is bigger and better than ever before. And this week features lots of fun and free events. If you haven’t registered already, sign up now […]

Texas Startups Need to Apply for SBIR Grants

Robert-Allen Baker, SBIR policy and program analyst speaking to a group of Austin technology leaders about the SBIR program.

By LAURA LOREK Founder Silicon Hills News A few weeks ago, the Small Business Innovation Research program announced its Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference on Nov. 11-13 in Austin. The conferences are generally sold out but registration numbers were really low for this one, said Robert Allen Baker, SBIR Policy and program analyst. “We always do […]

Innotech Austin’s Beta Summit is Back

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Innotech Austin, the largest information technology conference in Austin, will hold its Beta Summit to showcase six of the area’s hottest startups. To attend, you must register, but you can use the discount code “JULY.” The event will take place in Room 8AB at 11 a.m. on Oct. 15th at the Austin Convention Center. Bryan […]

Datafiniti Releases New Version of 80legs Web Crawler


Datafiniti, a data search engine, relaunched 80legs, a service platform for web crawling and processing web content. The Austin-based startup reports that the “relaunch makes 80legs simpler and easier to use, complete with a new back-end design that helps the platform crawl with increased power, speed, and reliability.” The new features for 80legs include the […]

AdBm Technologies Lands $1.3 Million in Funding from CTAN and Others


AdBm Technologies closed on $1.3 million in funding led by the Central Texas Angel Network. Other investors included Green Park & Golf Ventures as well as the Houston Angel Network and the North Texas Angel Network. “AdBm, a portfolio company of the Austin Technology Incubator’s Clean Energy Incubator, also recently announced a successful test of […]

Silicon Hills News Creates a Geek Calendar for 2015

What is the cost of customer acquisition? That’s one metric a lot of entrepreneurs with the latest, greatest invention overlook. Just because you create a great website or product doesn’t mean people will use it. You’ve got to market it. And Silicon Hills News, with a tech-savvy central Texas readership, is a great way to […]

StackEngine Launches in Austin and Raises $1 Million in Funding


StackEngine, a platform for Docker apps, announced it has raised $1 million in seed funding from Silverton Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners. The Austin-based startup is still testing its products privately and plans to make it publicly available later this year. “Developers are rapidly adopting Docker’s new approach and, in turn, organizations are desperately seeking […]

Brewbot Raises $1.5 Million in a Seed Round of Funding

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Brewbot, a Techstars Austin startup, just landed $1.5 million in seed stage funding. The company raised the money from Brad Feld, Bebo Founder and CEO Michael Birch and Federico Pirzio-Biroli, an angel investor in London, Boulder VC Bullet Time Ventures, Hallett Capital and a new fund in Northern Ireland, TechStart NI and SparkLabs Global. The […]

Drizly Launches in Austin to Deliver Liquor to Your Doorstep

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Late one night, Nick Rellas and Justin Robinson, two Boston College graduates, pondered how to disrupt regulated industries. The only problem, they had an empty frig. And they were thirsty. So they asked “Why can’t we get alcohol delivered?” And they spent the next year working with […]

The Austin Startup Scene

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The Practice of Entrepreneurship

Bio: I like to take paper notes and tweet a lot to document what I execute. I'm ceo of Duck9, a business I self funded bc I read Mark McCormacks, WHAT THEY DON'T TEACH YOU AT HARVARD BUSINESS. Photo supplied by Larry Chiang

By Larry Chiang Guest Post for Silicon Hills News I’m fascinated at the first baby startup steps. Lets you and I explore some specific tactile steps. Our goal and intention should be to practice entrepreneurship. Not treat it like a perfection. Documenting our practice via journaling. Lets boil down our favorite books and blog posts. […]

Ten Startups to Watch in Austin and San Antonio

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The criteria for being a hot startup in Central Texas is the founders need to disrupt an existing industry and create something compelling enough that people want to open up their wallets and buy their product. The following ten startups in Austin and San Antonio fit that bill. In Austin Makexyz – a 3-D printing […]

Pristine Lands $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

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Pristine, a startup developing healthcare apps for Google Glass, has raised $5.4 million. Austin-based S3 Ventures led the round, which also included Capital Factory, HealthFundr and several clients. The company plans to use the money to expand its research and development, sales, marketing and operations teams. “The team at S3 has pioneered cutting-edge developments in […]

Drink Up! It’s International Coffee Day


“We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.” – Jerry Seinfeld Today is International Coffee Day. What does that mean? it’s a global marketing gimmick designed to get you […]

YupiCall Wants to Connect People Internationally for Less Money

Julian Flore, founder of YupiCall

By JONATHAN GUTIERREZ Reporter for Silicon Hills News Much like social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, YupiCall aims to connect consumers with one another no matter where they are in the world. YupiCall’s international calling services work with or without a smartphone and don’t require an Internet connection. Julian Flores, a successful Mexican entrepreneur […]

Austin Technology Council Battle of the Bands: Geeks Who Rock

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There are moments in a person’s life when the stars line up and they are—at least for that moment—totally cool. Take geeks. Geeks used to be completely uncool, juxtaposed against people who played in a band who were inherently cool. But now, geeks are just about the […]

SpiceWorld App Center Announced at Austin Conference

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News About 1,000 participants, plus 300 Spiceworks employees, converged in a giant orange mob on Austin Convention Center Tuesday and Wednesday for the seventh annual Spiceworld conference. This year the Austin company, a professional network for IT professionals, debuted its new app center where Spiceworks network members can […]

Startup Week Founder Jacqueline Hughes: The Person Behind the Community

Jacqueline Hughes at Austin Startup Crawl last year at Capital Factory, photo by Laura Lorek

BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Jacqueline Hughes seems the antithesis of a typical event coordinator—what Austin Technology Council’s Grover Bynum calls “whistle and clipboard” people. Event coordinators have reputations for being frenetic, type A, wearing frozen, stressed smiles. Hughes, curled up in an easy chair at Techstars Austin, seems relaxed, chill, though […]

The Central Texas Life Sciences Industry is Booming

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News TeVido BioDevices, a startup in Austin, recreates nipples and other body parts with 3-D printers using human cells. iTraumaCare in San Antonio has created a life-saving clamp that quickly and easily prevents blood loss. WiseWear, based in both San Antonio and Austin, has created a patch-like fitness […]

Measr[food], a Smart Food Scale, Wins Intel’s Internet of Things Roadshow in Austin

MeasrFood Team Members Brad Hughes, V.J. Velacheri and Chris Boette

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Americans have a problem counting calories which contributes to skyrocketing rates of obesity, said Brad Hughes, software engineer at National Instruments. He thought Intel’s Internet of Things Hackathon might be a good place to tackle the problem. He pitched the idea of a smart food scale connected […]

Smart Host Brings Intelligent Pricing to the Vacation Home Rental Market

Evan Hammer and Nick Persico, co-founders of Smart Host

By LAURA LOREK Founder Silicon Hills News Pricing a rental home correctly on HomeAway, Flipkey or AirBnB can put more money into a property owner’s pocket. That’s the goal of Smart Host. Smart Host wants to introduce intelligent pricing to the vacation rental market, said Evan Hammer, the company’s CEO and founder. Hotels and airlines […]

Kids and Parents Learn to Code at San Antonio Youth Code Jam

Luke Wright, 16, a volunteer at San Antonio Youth Code Jam at Rackspace

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Luke Wright’s eyes lit up with excitement. “I just helped this 11 year old learn HTML and it reminded me of how I learned HTML in middle school,” he said. “Two high school students came to our school and taught us how to code.” Wright, a 16-year-old […]

Massage.com Wants to Take the Stress Out of Getting a Massage


BY TIM GREEN Reporter with Silicon Hills News Dan Graham wants Massage.com to work like a good massage, relieving stress for massage therapists and their customers. Instead of kneading muscles, however, the online massage booking service does it by helping therapists find work and customers get a massage where it’s most convenient for them. “Essentially, […]

NASA’s Mission to Mars Goes Through Mississippi

The historic B-1/B-2 Rocket Engine Test Stand at Stennis Space Center, photo by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News NASA doesn’t get to Mars without first testing its rocket engines in Mississippi. About an hour bus ride from New Orleans, Stennis Space Center, near Bay St. Louis, is the nation’s largest rocket engine test facility comprising 13,800 acres with another 125,000 acres serving as a perimeter […]

Able’s New Approach to Collaborative Lending

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By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News With nearly a decade of experience as a hairstylist, Hayley Groll has a loyal clientele and proven styling chops. But she just turned 27 and her credit score is just okay. Securing a small business loan to open her own shop looked like a no-go until […]

OneSpot Brings Relevance to Internet Ad Space

Matt Cohen, president and founder of OneSpot

BY LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News Matt Cohen is an old-school content guy. Two decades ago Cohen built the Houston Chronicle’s first website and developed the paper’s digital strategy. At the paper, Cohen noted that whenever they did reader surveys, subscribers always ranked the paper-edition advertisements among the top three things they […]

BeHome247 Strikes Partnership with Kaba to Make Products for the Vacation Rental Market


BeHome247, an Austin-based maker of automated controls for the home, has struck a partnership with Kaba Oracode, a maker of keyless door locks. Together, the company are going to work together to provide products for property managers active in the vacation rental market. The companies made the announcement at HomeAway’s RezFest 2014 in Nashville, the […]

Rackspace Isn’t For Sale, Appoints New CEO


Rackspace Tuesday announced that it is no longer for sale and it’s going to remain independent. The San Antonio-based Web hosting company also named Taylor Rhodes as its new CEO and a member of the board effectively immediately. He’s been with Rackspace for seven years and previously served as its president. In May, Rackspace announced […]

Intel to Host Internet of Things Workshop at TechShop in Austin


Intel will be hosting its Internet of Things Roadshow at Techshop in Austin on Saturday and Sunday. The roadshow is one of ten events the company is doing worldwide and the only one in Texas. Other events in the U.S. are in Mountain View, Calif. and New York. Other events globally are being held in […]

NASA’s On Track to Build the Most Powerful Rocket Ever

Inside the Michoud Assembly Facility, photo by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News NEW ORLEANS – In a former sugar plantation on the eastern outskirts of New Orleans sits one of the city’s hidden gems. NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility is known as the gateway to space. Although most people know New Orleans for Mardi Gras, great Jazz music, art, Bourbon […]

Acxiom Opens Austin Office with 150 Jobs


Acxiom, a Little Rock-based software company, announced Monday that it will be opening an Austin office and hiring 150 new employees. Acxiom is a data mining, analytics and marketing company. It recently launched a site, Abouthedata.com that lets consumers view the details the company has collected about them, according to this story in the New […]

Cratejoy Builds a Better Box Subscription Service

Alex Morse and Amir Elaguizy, co-founders of Cratejoy in Austin, photo by Leslie Anne Jones

By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News In our era of multitudinous, fragmented e-commerce, there’s a box subscription service for just about anything – baby clothes, lingerie, gluten-free food, gourmet candy. But until Cratejoy, there was no one-stop platform where box curators could get their businesses off the ground. Cratejoy founder Amir Elaguizy […]

Bob Metcalfe Tells Startups to Build Their Networks to Succeed


Bob Metcalfe, professor of Innovation at the University of Texas, spent some time talking with Jason Seats, managing director of Techstars, during a virtual fireside chat at Foundercon in Austin recently. Metcalfe has held many careers including educator, publisher and columnist, venture capitalist, inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com. He has spent the past […]

WigWag Begins Taking Pre-Orders for its Smart LED Light Bulb Sets

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WigWag hit a nerve with consumers last year when it launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 for a device to connect and control everything in the home from lights to temperature to soil moisture for watering plants. The Austin-based startup ended up blowing way past it goal and raising more than $454,000 from 1,694 […]

DreamIt Ventures Accepting Applications for its Next Austin Program


DreamIt Ventures is now accepting applications for its DreamIt Austin 2015 class. This will be the third year for the DreamIt Ventures program in Austin. DreamIt Ventures offers a three-month accelerator program that helps startups to build strong business plans, develop strategic relationships and acquire customers. So far, DreamIt Ventures has helped to launch 157 […]

RealMassive Promotes Craig Hancock to President


Austin-based RealMassive, a commercial real estate information company, announced Monday the promotion of Craig Hancock, co-founder and vice president of sales and chief financial officer to the position of president. In his new job, Hancock will lead RealMassive’s sales and partners strategy. He will also serve as Chief Financial Officer until they hire a replacement. […]

Bloomberg Reports CenturyLink is Considering Acquiring Rackspace


Rackspace Hosting’s stock closed up nearly 7 percent on Monday after Bloomberg News reported the company was talking to CenturyLink, a Louisiana-based Internet and telecommunications company, about a possible buyout. Rackspace’s stock, traded under the symbol RAX on the New York Stock Exchange, closed at $39.79 on Monday. Citing sources familiar with the talks, Bloomberg […]

Global Cash Access Acquires Austin-based Multimedia Games for $1.2 Billion


Global Cash Access Holdings of Las Vegas announced Monday plans to buy Austin-based Multimedia Games Holding Co. for $1.2 billion in cash. Global Cash has agreed to acquire all outstanding common stock of Multimedia Games for $36.50 per share, 31 premium from the stock’s close on Sept. 5. The news sent Multimedia Games’ stock which […]

Elizabeth Gore to Join Dell as its Entrepreneur in Residence

Ingrid Vanderveldt (left) with Elizabeth Gore at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network conference in Austin in June.  Gore is the new Entrepreneur in Residence at Dell.

Dell has named Elizabeth Gore with the United Nations Foundation, its next Entrepreneur in Residence. Dell made the announcement at TechCrunch Disrupt Monday. Gore, who currently serves as entrepreneur in residence for the United Nations Foundation, will join the company in February of 2015. Gore will be Dell’s second entrepreneur in residence. Ingrid Vanderveldt held […]

Drone Maker 3D Robotics Opens an Austin Office

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3D Robotics, which makes drones for consumers and businesses, has opened a new office in Austin with 12 employees. Colin Guin, senior vice president of sales and marketing, heads up the new Austin office. He is the former North American president of DJI and was recently featured on a segment on drones by 60 minutes. […]

Austin-Based Upland Software Files to Go Public


Upland Software filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday for an Initial Public Offering. The Austin-based company plans to raise up to $50 million, but it has not yet determined the price range for its stock or the number of shares it plans to offer for sell. It plans to list […]

Cafe Commerce of San Antonio and Dreamit Ventures of Austin Win SBA Grants


Cafe Commerce, the nonprofit focused on helping entrepreneurs in San Antonio and Dreamit Ventures of Austin have just won U.S. Small Business Administration grants. The SBA received more than 800 applications for its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. Cafe Commerce was one of 50 winners and the only one in San Antonio. Dreamit Ventures was […]

Austin-based Favor Lands $2 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Favor, a food delivery service for central Austin, has received $2 million in seed funding. Favor launched in Austin in June of 2013. It’s also available in Boston and San Luis Obispo. Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty, graduates from California Polytechnic State University or Cal Poly, founded the […]

Louise Epstein Named New Managing Director of the Innovation Center at UT

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The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has named Louise Epstein as the managing director of its Innovation Center. In the newly created job, Epstein will focus on entrepreneurial endeavors including managing the Longhorn Startup Program, which helps student and faculty led startups. She will also work closely with Bob Metcalfe, faculty […]

11 Startups Pitch at Techstars Demo Day in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The latest Techstars Austin class showed off their hustle, determination and maturity at Demo Day Wednesday. All of the startups already have customers, revenue and market traction. Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at UT, introduced Burpy, a grocery delivery service formed by five friends at UT. He […]

The Largest FounderCon Ever is Being Held in Austin This Week

Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars with Jason Seats, managing director of Techstars Austin, photo by Laura Lo

A sea of green shirts will be seen around Austin this week. First off, Techstars Austin held its Demo Day featuring 11 companies pitching their ventures at the Austin Music Hall on Wednesday. Now, Techstars FounderCon is underway, which is the annual gathering of Techstars alumni companies from around the world. This is the largest […]

Watch Seed Sumo’s Demo Day on Livestream


Seed Sumo Demo Day takes place today at Bryan/College Station, near Texas A&M University. The inaugural class of eight companies will pitch their ventures before an audience of more than 100 investors and others. But if you can’t make it there in person, the event will be livestreamed. Seed Sumo selected the teams from more […]

Freescale’s Discovery Lab Incubating Big Ideas

David Kramer, director of the Freescale Discovery Lab

Big companies are looking at ways to make themselves more innovative. Freescale, in Austin, has done just that. The company launched the Freescale Discovery Lab, a hub for innovation at its headquarters in Oak Hill, a year ago. The goal was to incubate big ideas and come up with next big thing. The lab brings […]

San Antonio-based Storific Wins People’s Choice Award at M2M Conference

Zachary Stovall and Kyle Cornelius, cofounders of Storific.

Storific, the startup that relocated recently from Paris to San Antonio, won the People’s Choice Award last month at the Machine 2 Machine Evolution Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. Storific has created a free mobile phone app that lets people order and pay for food and skip the lines at a restaurant. The M2M […]

Innovative Startups Should Apply to the SXSW Accelerator


At South by Southwest Interactive for the past six years, innovative tech startups have clamored to get into the SXSW Accelerator to showcase their company before a tech-savvy audience. This year, the deadline to apply to participate in the SXSW Accelerator is Nov. 7th. But don’t procrastinate. This is a highly selective accelerator that only […]

Car2go’s Parent Company, Moovel, Acquires Austin-based RideScout


RideScout, an Austin-based startup that lets people find the best transportation options, just got acquired by Moovel, the parent company of Car2go. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today, just three years after the company was founded, I am proud to announce that RideScout has been acquired by car2go North America, a Daimler […]

Fashion Metric’s Technology Lets Shoppers Buy Clothes Online That Fit

Morgan and Daina Linton, co-founders of Fashion Metric, photo by Laura Lorek

BY LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Fashion Metric seeks to banish ill-fitting clothes. The startup, founded in Los Angeles, works with apparel retailers to help shoppers understand what size they are so they can order the right size clothes online, said Daina Linton, CEO and co-founder. Linton, a former PhD candidate at UCLA, […]

Common Form Wants to Make Tax Filing Simple

Austin Marron, Bill Hendricks and Charles Logston, co-founders of Common Form, photo by Laura Lorek

BY LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The three founders of Common Form met at Intuit in San Diego. They worked on the popular tax filing software TurboTax, but they quit in late 2013 to form their own startup to provide a better tax filing solution for simple tax filers. “Simple tax filers, which […]

Techstars Startup Cloud 66 Plans to Move to Austin Permanently

Khash Sajadi, CEO of Cloud 66, a Techstars company in Austin, photo by Laura Lorek

Cloud 66 moved to Austin from London two months ago to participate in Techstars and the startup plans to stay here. For its business, the U.S. is the best place to be, said Khash Sajadi, CEO and co-founder of Cloud 66. Cloud 66 is one of 11 companies in the latest Techstars program in Austin. […]

Stretch Recipes Wants to Help People Eat Better on a Budget

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BY LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Lauren Foster is on a mission. She wants everyone to eat better and save more money. Foster, the co-founder and CEO of Stretch Recipes, an Austin-based startup, is creating a mobile phone app that lets people on tight budgets make their dollars go further while still buying […]

Clarify Officially Launches its Audio and Video Search Platform


BY LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News In a corrugated steel shotgun shack on the east side of Austin, Clarify launched its media search platform last week. The compound on Pedernales street where Clarify works is a cluster of warehouses, which used to store medical supplies, and now house tech startups as well as […]

San Antonio’s Code for America Fellows Create “Homebase” App


Since January, the Code for America fellowship team has worked with the City of San Antonio. The team made up of Maya Benari, David Leonard and Amy Mok have met with citizens and city officials. They spent a few months here working and then went back to San Francisco to complete their project. Now they’ve […]

SXSW Eco Announces Startup Showcase and Place by Design Finalists


South by Southwest Interactive attracts geeks from all over the world every March to find out about the latest technology. But another SXSW conference, held every October, attracts companies worldwide to focus on innovative solutions for saving the planet from environmental destruction. That conference is SXSW Eco and this week, its organizers announced the finalists […]

Interactions to Hire 1,000 Customer Service Workers in Austin

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Interactions Corp., a Boston-area based company which provides virtual assistant services to companies, plans to expand in the Austin area by hiring 1,000 new employees by next year. The company is hiring people who can provide customer service and do data entry jobs to support Interactions’ iCenters, an automated system for customer support. Interaction has […]

By Popular Demand, Mahana Expands Outside the Restaurant Industry

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BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News One of the rules of startups is that you can’t always follow the rules of startups. Mahana was trying. After launching its technology that helped restaurants reach out to their best customers when they were in proximity of the establishment, it kept getting calls from hotels, sports […]

Texas A&M Looks to Partner with Tech Entrepreneurs


BY LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Roy Truitt, founder of Austin-based startup ScanSee, wants to tap into Texas A&M’s rich engineering resources. Truitt, a serial entrepreneur who founded Truco Enterprises, which makes the On the Border brand of chips and salsas, created ScanSee four years ago. It makes an app, HubCiti, which can […]

Compare Metrics Rebrands and Launches as Edgecase


Compare Metrics, which makes retail analytics software aimed at improving the online shopping experience for consumers, announced it has rebranded as Edgecase and officially launched its shopping platform. The Austin-based company, founded in 2012, has created shopping software that allows people to browse online easily for clothes in a natural way, similar to window shopping […]

Austin-based Green & Grow Lands $6 Million in Funding


Green & Grow, an agriculture technology startup, has raised $6 million in Series B funding and struck a new partnership with Otter Capital. “Since our first meeting, we have been impressed with Otter Capital’s knowledge and commitment to the biological product space,” Alan Sobba President and CEO of GGI, said in a news release. The […]

AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital


AirStrip announced Tuesday that it has raised $25 million in venture capital. The San Antonio-based company received the funding from the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital and Wellcome Trust. Airstrip, founded in 2004, has raised $65 million in four rounds of investment, according to Crunchbase. AirStrip’s main focus is taking all […]

Astrotech Sells Assets to Lockheed Martin for $61 Million


Astrotech Corp., founded in 1984, completed the sales of all of its Astrotech Space Operations assets and properties for $61 million to Lockheed Martin Corp. The Austin-based company, formerly Spacehab, provides commercial space products and services to NASA, the Department of Defense and other customers. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our […]

Austin-Based Bearch Gets $2.1 Million in Funding for Photo Sharing App “Unseen”


Snapchat is one of the most popular apps right now for young people. The company turned down offers of $3 billion and $4 billion from Facebook and Google, respectively. Snapchat lets its users send videos and photos and messages which disappear after a little bit. That privacy feature appeals to young people who don’t want […]

InCube Labs Plans to Expand Into Manufacturing


By JONATHAN GUTIERREZ Reporter for Silicon Hills News San Antonio has fostered innovative medical practices for decades. In June 2010, InCube Labs announced its plan to open a branch facility in San Antonio. InCube Labs originated in Silicon Valley and saw San Antonio as an attractive location to establish a branch. “We could attract people […]

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


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


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

Dropbox Austin Office, photos courtesy of Dropbox

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

Photo courtesy of Gov. Rick Perry's office.

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


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

The Walkingspree team at SAPitch

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

Blake Yaeger

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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Patrick Adiaheno - Head of Product

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 […]