Curb Meets and Exceeds its Indiegogo Campaign Goals


Curb, an Austin-based energy tech startup, has raised more than $44,000, almost double its $25,000 goal for its Indiegogo campaign for its smart home monitoring system. The three year old company launched its Indiegogo campaign June 22nd and it runs through July 21st. Curb makes a monitor that tracks all electricity usage in a house […]

Shareholders Approve NPX’s Acquisition of Freescale for $11.8 Billion


Shareholders for NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor approved NXP’s acquisition of Freescale for $11.8 billion on Thursday. Of the votes cast during special meetings for both companies, more than 99 percent voted in favor of the merger. At the close of the deal, Gregory L. Summe and Peter Smitham will become non-executive directors of NXP, […]

Got an Idea for the Next Big Thing? Pitch It on SXSW PanelPicker


One of the best ways to get a big idea in front of movers and shakers in the technology, music and film industry is to submit a proposal to the South by Southwest PanelPicker. And even though it seems like the dust has barely settled from the largest ever SXSW held this past March, it […]

RideScout Acquires GlobeSherpa


RideScout, a mobile app for ground transportation options, Tuesday announced its acquisition of Portland-based GlobeSherpa. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Austin-based RideScout’s CEO and Founder Joseph Kopser discussed the acquisition with GlobeSherpa CEO and Co-Founder Nat Parker in a video that was livestreamed from Portland. GlobeSherpa provides a mobile app that […]

Admittance Technologies Gets $3.9 Million Investment


Admittance Technologies has received $3.9 million in funding, according to a filing with federal regulators. The Austin-based startup raised the money from 15 unidentified investors on June 26th, according to its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The startup, founded in 2010, created the CardioVol technology platform to measure blood volume using a […]

Dell Supports Women Owned Businesses

Mark Pringle, vice president of procurement for Dell.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Dell spent $4 billion on goods and services from small, minority and women owned businesses last year. And the computer giant wants to increase that number and further diversify its supplier network, said Mark Pringle, vice president of procurement for Dell. “Diversity is tremendously important to Dell,” […]

Milestone Technologies Opens Austin Office


Milestone Technologies, a Fremont, Calif.-based IT services company, is opening a new office in Austin on July 1st. The office will serve Milestone’s growing customer base locally. “Austin is a great choice for us and our customers,” Prem Chand, CEO and Founder, said in a news release. The Austin office is Milestone Technologies’s fifth office. […]

Burro Wins TechCrunch Pitch Off in Austin

Ethan Hurtado, co-founder of Burro, pitching at the TechCrunch Pitch Off in Austin.

Burro, a startup that connects truck owners to people or stores that need goods moved, won the TechCrunch Pitch Off event in Austin on Tuesday night. A packed house of people showed up at the Palm Door on Sixth to listen to ten startups give one-minute pitches to a panel of judges. The judges then […]

Alert Media Raises $4.16 Million in Venture Capital


Alert Media, a platform for interactive mass notification, announced Tuesday that it has raised $4.16 million in a Series A funding round. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money for product development and to hire more sales and business development employees. Silverton Partners led the founding round which included participation from ATX Ventures and […]

Qualcomm Donates $1 Million for New UT Engineering Center


Qualcomm Inc. has donated $1 million to the University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering for its new Engineering Education and Research Center. The Qualcomm gift will provide funding for the new home of UT Austin’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group in the new engineering center, which opens in 2017. The new space will be […]

Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge


Social Solutions Global from Baltimore announced Monday it has acquired Austin-based Community Techknowledge. Both companies are privately held and the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. CTK, founded in 1999, has more than 60 employees. The company will become part of Social Solutions Global, which was founded in 2000 and has more than […]

Dropoff Gets $7 Million in Funding


Dropoff announced Monday that it has closed on $7 million in Series A funding. The Austin-based startup, founded in November of 2014, provides on-demand, same-day delivery of all kinds of products for businesses in Austin and Houston. Greycroft Partners led the investment with participation from new and existing investors including Correlation Ventures, Texas Atlantic Capital […]

Trago Creates Smart Water Bottle to Track Hydration

Trago Bottle With App

The era of the smart water bottle connected to the Internet that tracks water consumption has arrived. It’s the Internet of Things in action. And Austin-based Trago is making a smart water bottle that will measure hydration and help the average athletes improve performance. Trago, founded by brothers Jac and Davis Saltzgiver, launched a Kickstarter […]

One Drop Raises $8 Million in Funding


Informed Data Systems, which makes the One Drop diabetes tracker app, announced Wednesday it has received $8 million in funding. RRE Ventures led the Series A round. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to expand the development of its One Drop diabetes management software, hardware and services platform and on marketing and sales. […]

Verb Lands $2.3 Million in Seed Funding


Verb announced Tuesday that it has raised $2.3 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based social enterprise connects large corporations and foundations to thousands of social entrepreneurs worldwide through competitions and its platform. It plans to use the funds to fund global expansion and for platform development and to hire key employees. Investors included Tom […]

VentureLab Expands to Austin and Launches High School Startup program


VentureLab has expanded its youth entrepreneurial camps to Austin. It is debuting High School Startup at Capital Factory. The camp kicks off June 15th and runs through June 26th. It costs $650, but VentureLab is offering ten scholarships to attend the program for free. Click here to apply for one of the free spots with […]

Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

Darin Hicks, CEO of Hive9

Hive9, which makes marketing software, announced Tuesday it has received $5.4 million in funding from LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to hire five or more additional employees and for product development and marketing, said Darin Hicks, its CEO. “Hive9 helps companies concentrate their marketing spending on […]

TechCrunch is Coming to Austin for a Meetup + Pitch-Off Event


TechCrunch, the nation’s largest technology news site, is coming to Austin on June 23rd to hold a meetup and pitch-off event. The deadline for startups to apply to participate in the pitch-off is today. Each startup gets 60 seconds to pitch in front of a panel of judges including TechCrunch writers and local VCs. All […]

Kauffman Ranks Austin No. 1 and San Antonio No. 10 for Startup Activity


Austin claimed the top spot in the Kauffman Index for Startup Activity nationwide and San Antonio took the 10th spot. That makes the Central Texas region a powerhouse of entrepreneurial activity. Kauffman measures the rate of new entrepreneurs, opportunity share of new entrepreneurs and startup density. Kauffman measures all entrepreneurial activity from restaurants to law […]

TabbedOut Raises $21.5 Million


TabbedOut, a mobile payments app for bars and restaurants, announced Thursday it has raised $21.5 million in a Series C round. Wellington Management Company led the round with participation from previous investors NEA and Morgan Creek Capital Management. To date, the Austin-based startup has raised $39 million. “TabbedOut was founded on the fundamental idea that […]

LawnStarter Raises $6 Million in a Series A Round


LawnStarter announced Tuesday it has raised $6 million in a Series A investment led by San Francisco-based Binary Capital. To date, LawnStarter has raised $7.25 million. The latest funds will help the lawn care platform expand and hire more employees. Previously, LawnStarter raised $1 million in a seed round from Gary Vaynerchuk and other angel […]

San Antonio-based Rapamycin Holdings Raises $2.5 Million

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Rapamycin Holdings, a drug developer, Tuesday announced it has raised $2.5 million in a Series A round of funding from a group of San Antonio angel investors. The San Antonio-based company, founded in 2012, plans to use the money to manufacture eRapaTM,a drug aimed at prolonging the life of pets. It also plans to spend […]

NewCoATX Attracts a Crowd in Austin

John Battelle in a fireside chat with Josh Rubin of the Daily Dot at NewCoATX, photos by John Davidson

By JOHN DAVIDSON Special Report for Silicon Hills News NewCo rolled into Austin last week for the inaugural NewCoATX festival. John Battelle and Brian Monahan founded NewCo in 2012 to “identify, celebrate and connect the engines of positive change in technology.” It seeks to do that through an event experience it describes as “a mash-up […]

Under Armour’s CEO Talks About Growing a Company on the Offense


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, has a whiteboard in his office on which many things are written in black about the growing company vision. Under Armour recently opened a connected digital fitness headquarters in Austin and announced its new Grip wrist band. And since it purchased […]

Apply to Pitch at the SATX Global Innovators Challenge


The Global Innovators Pitch Challenge is looking for Central Texas startups with a foreign-born founder to present their ventures at its event on June 12th at Cafe Commerce in downtown San Antonio. The deadline to apply for the event is midnight on Friday, May 29th. “The challenge is hosted by FreeFlow Research and Fwd.US. and […] Shuts Down with a KickStopper


Longtime Austin PR Pro Laura Beck launched five years ago. The business sells striped shirts for women, kids and babies in a variety of colors, fashioned after school colors or the colors of professional sports teams. She found some initial success. FedEx selected stripedshirt for its FedEx + Me program for small businesses. And […]

HIred Opens Austin Office


Hired, a recruiting firm for technical talent, announced Wednesday it’s opening an office in Austin. The San Francisco-based company has more than 60 local clients including RetailMeNot, Cognitive Scale, Reaction, Sparefoot, Umbel, and Under Armour’s new Connected Fitness headquarters. The jobs for technical positions on range from $75,000 to $250,000. To bring more technology […]

Austin-based Knowingly Buys GigaOm Assets


An Austin startup, Knowingly Corp. announced its acquisition of some of the assets of the now defunct technology news site, Gigaom. Knowingly acquired the website Gigaom and its content library. Byron Reese, who founded Knowingly last year, described Gigaom as “second to none in what it does.” Om Malik founded Gigaom in 2006. The site […]

Planview Acquires Troux


Planview, an Austin-based software company, announced its acquisition of Troux, which develops IT project management software and is also based in Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gregory S. Gilmore serves as the CEO of Planview. David Hood headed up Troux. “With the acquisition of Troux, the newly combined entity creates […]

RetailMeNot Defends Itself Against Mary Kay Coupon Lawsuit


RetailMeNot, which bills itself as the world’s largest digital offers marketplace, Friday filed a response to a lawsuit brought by Mary Kay in March. In the lawsuit, Mary Kay asked the court to stop RetailMeNot from using the Mary Kay name on “RetailMeNot, Inc. rejects Mary Kay’s attack on the rights of Americans using […]

Everfest Wants to Help You Discover the World’s Best Festivals


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News As summer kicks off so does festival season including the Keep Austin Weird Festival, Austin Chamber Music Festival and Bat Fest. But hundreds of festivals also take place all over the world and often it’s difficult to find out what’s going on where and when. The solution […]

A Technology Revolution is Brewing in San Antonio

Rackspace Employees Adrian Dominguez, Hart Hoover, (Former Rackspace President) Lew Moorman and Sammy Balogun (Cutline info courtesy of Dale Bracey)

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Tom Cuthbert founded Click Forensics in San Antonio a decade ago but he moved the startup to Austin because he couldn’t find funding and technology talent locally. That company evolved into Adometry, an ad tracking and fraud detection firm, which Google acquired last May. Now Cuthbert wants […]

WayBlazer Receives $5 Million in Funding


WayBlazer, a travel search and discovery startup, received $5 million in Series A funding including an investment from IBM. The Austin-based company uses cognitive computing to help consumers buy and book travel plans. Its discovery engine uses Watson technology to crunch massive amounts of data easily and tailor recommendations to each consumer. Terry Jones, founder […]

CoachTube Acquires PlaySportsTV

CoachTubeLogo-SQUARE1, a startup founded last year by Wade Floyd in Austin, provides a platform to connect athletes with coaches via video tutorials. Some of the instructional videos are free. Others charge prices ranging from $10 to $100. The site offers hundreds of videos in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, martial arts, skiing, […]

NewCo Conference Brings Together the Startup Community in Austin


NewCo is a new conference in Austin that seeks to introduce people to innovative companies with presentations on a variety of topics in their offices. It’s kind of like RISE Austin, which used to hold a week long series of talks in Austin at various startups around town. But RISE held its last event in […]

SATech Bloc Seeks to Advocate for San Antonio’s Tech Industry

Lew Moorman, former president of Rackspace, now organizing SATechBloc, an advocacy group for San Antonio's technology industry.

Members of the San Antonio technology community want to have a voice in city policies affecting the technology industry. They also want to promote and build the local technology industry. So several founding members created “SATechBloc,” a grassroots movement to bolster the industry here and shine a spotlight on everything going on. “It came out […]

Sizmek Acquires StrikeAd for $11.2 Million


Sizmek, an ad management platform, announced Friday its acquisition of StrikeAd, a mobile ad platform, for $11.7 million. Austin-based Sizmek, founded in 2013, operated as the online segment of Digital Generation. In February of 2014, Digital Generation spun off Sizmek. Sizmek plans to integrate the StrikeAd platform into its Sizmek MDX platform. The acquisition gives […]

Austin’s A-List of Top Startups for 2015

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At a special event at the Moody Theater Thursday night, officials with the Austin Chamber of Commerce announced its 2015 A-List of the top 12 most promising startups in Austin. A panel of independent judges selected the companies from more than 275 nominations. “Austin is rich with innovative startups that are primed for rapid growth. […]

Peeple Launches Peephole Camera on Kickstarter


Peeple, a smart camera that attaches to the peephole of a front door, just launched its Kickstarter campaign today and is close to meeting its $50,000 goal. The Austin-based startup participated in the Highway1 Hardware startup accelerator in San Francisco last year and created quite a few prototypes before perfecting its product. The Peeple camera […]

Vyopta Moves to Bigger Austin Headquarters and is Hiring

Vyopta Founders Rick Leung, Chief Technology Officer and Alfredo Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer and Andrew Chen, Vice President and General Counsel, courtesy photo.

Vyopta Inc., which provides analytics for video and web collaboration technologies, has announced plans to move into a bigger headquarters in the Barton Creek Plaza Office Building. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2007, has 25 employees and plans to hire 12 additional employees to fill up its new office, which is more than 6,100 square […]

Austin-Based Done Aims to put Military Veterans to Work

search-1 helps people book services for their home. The Austin-based company just launched Yards for Vets, a program with plans to employ 50 local veterans in the lawn care industry. “There are over 19,000 unemployed veterans in Texas,” Keith Peterson, Chief Marketing Officer of, said in a news release. “We can’t solve that problem […]

RealMassive Completes Series A Fundraising Round


RealMassive announced Thursday it has completed its Series A round with a large investment from RHS Investments. The Austin-based startup has raised $8 million so far. Hank Seale, chairman of the board for Q2 Holdings, runs RHS. RealMassive also named Seale as its chairman of the board. Craig Hancock, co-founder of RealMassive will now serve […]

French Company Acquires Austin-based Amoeba Technologies


ESI Group, based in Paris, Thursday announced the acquisition of Austin-based Amoeba Technologies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Amoeba, a privately held company founded in 2007, makes Presto software which provides cooling simulation and design optimization for electronics such as computers, mobile devices, automotive electronics, medical electronics and data centers. Its customers […]

Asana Talks About Building a Culture of Accountability

Kenny Van Zant, photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News At Asana, every job is added to a list of Areas Of Responsibility (AORs) and anyone in the company who has the qualifications and desire can take on any one of those areas. It’s the manager’s job to ask questions about whether the employee is up to […]

Vested Finance Lands $5 Million in Funding


Vested Finance, an Austin-based financial technology startup, announced it has closed on $5 million in seed financing led by Sandleigh Ventures. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to expand its operations by hiring a development team to create and distribute its mobile app. It has offices in Austin, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. […]

Austin-based Epicor Plans to Spin Off its Retail Business


Epicor Software Corp. announced Monday plans to spinoff of its retail solutions business into a separate privately-held company. The Austin-based business software company refers to its spinoff company as “SpinCo” until the deal is done. Apax Partners, a private equity investment group, is providing the funding. Noel Goggin, executive vice president and general manager, will […]

V2COM of Brazil Opens Austin Office with Plans to Create 100 Jobs

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V2COM, a Brazilian cleantech company, Monday announced the opening of its Austin office with plans to create 100 new jobs in the next three years. The company provides hardware, software and other solutions to utility companies to manage their resources and reduce their environmental impact. “Austin is a spectacular city that, after many visits, we […]

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank to Speak at ATC CEO Summit


Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s Austin Technology Council’s CEO Summit. WP Engine‘s CEO Heather Brunner will conduct an onstage interview with Plank, who is fashioning his footwear, apparel and equipment company into a technology company, according to this article. Under Armour bought Austin-based MapMyFitness in 2013 […]

Rackspace Now Provides Support for Microsoft Office 365


Rackspace announced it is now providing support and managed services for Microsoft Office 365, a suite of business software programs. The San Antonio-based company will offer migration assistance and support to customers for Office 365 licenses. Rackspace will resell and support six Office 365 plans with management services for small and medium sized businesses and […]

Bitfusion Lands $1.45 Million in Seed Stage Capital


Bitfusion, an Austin-based startup, closed on $1.45 million in seed stage funding. The company also announced it has been selected as a finalist in TechCrunch Disrupt’s 2015 Startup Battlefield. Bitfusion, which participated in the Techstars Cloud program in San Antonio this year, has created specialized software that brings supercomputing performance to a variety of hardware […]

Asana Launches a Big Marketing Campaign in Austin


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News “Work about work” is killing productivity in the workplace, said Kenny Van Zant, an executive with Asana. Too many managers find themselves bogged down with email and meetings about meetings and very little work is actually getting done, he said. Asana, a web and mobile software application […]

13 Longhorn Startups Pitch at Demo Day

The team behind Cerebri, a customer service app using IBM Watson technology

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Cerebri perfected its pitch, built its network and solidified its business plan during Longhorn Startup, said Bri Connelly, its CEO. The original team behind Cerebri won the inaugural IBM Watson University Competition in January. They received $100,000 and are working with the United Way Texas to develop […]

Michael Dell’s Startup Advice

Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation at UT, takes a selfie with Michael Dell, founder of Dell at the Longhorn Startup Demo Day.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A startup has to have a meaningful purpose, solve an important problem and have passion, said Billionaire Entrepreneur Michael Dell. Bob Metcalfe, professor of Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, interviewed Dell during an hour-long chat attended by a standing room only crowd of about […]

Eight Startups Selected for Seed Sumo’s Accelerator Class


Seed Sumo, an accelerator based in Bryan, announced Thursday the eight startups participating in its three month program. The program kicks off in College Station on May 20th and includes mentoring, business model design and a demo day. Each team gets $50,000 in financing. “We really had a total of about 16 companies we felt […]

SolarWinds Buys Papertrail for $41 Million


SolarWinds announced Wednesday its acquisition of Papertrail, a cloud-based log management startup, for $41 million. Papertrail’s technology allows Solarwind to offer the best solutions to monitor and manage cloud-based applications, websites and infrastructure, the company said in a news statement. Papertrail lets technical workers collect and shift through log data on servers, apps and cloud-based […]

Bigcommerce’s First Acquisition is in Austin: Zing

Nate Stewart, Zing's co-founder and CEO

In its first acquisition, Bigcommerce announced Tuesday its purchase of Zing, an Austin-based startup that provides mobile retail technologies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zing’s team of five employees will join Bigcommerce. The company has also acquired Zing’s intellectual property. Zing moved to Austin three years ago and has raised less than […]

Betts Recruiting Opens Austin Office

The Betts Recruiting Team in Austin, photo courtesy of the company.

In yet another sign that Austin’s tech industry continues to boom, California companies are opening up offices here. The latest is Betts Recruiting, a firm which specializes in placing sales and marketing tech talent that generate revenue with local tech companies. The company’s local customers include Dropbox, MongoDB, StitcherAds and Main Street Hub. Betts Recruiting’s […]

WeWork is Already Full and Looks to Expand in Austin and Texas

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News WeWork, a startup that offers short-term leases to businesses in need of office space, has expanded to Austin and, despite only having launched in February, is already operating at full capacity with over 500 members. The New York-based company currently operates in cities across the globe, […]

IBM Shines a Spotlight on Millennial Entrepreneurs


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News IBM put five startups run by millennial entrepreneurs in a house on Lake Travis in Austin this week to work on their ventures. “They went through a five day accelerator,” said Amber Armstrong, program director of IBM Social Business in Austin. During the week, the teams had […]

HomeAway Reports First Quarter Loss and Company Reorganization


HomeAway announced its earnings on Thursday along with a company reorganization. The Austin-based vacation rental company reported a net loss of $2.1 million or two cents per share for the first quarter of 2015, compared to profit of $4.4 million or 5 cents per share for the same quarter a year ago. The company blamed […]

Datical Snags $2.25 Million More in Funding


Datical, a database management company, announced Thursday that it has received an additional $2.25 million in funding. That brings the Austin-based startup’s total Series A round to $5.9 million. The company previously closed on $3 million in Series A funding in December of 2013. Mercury Fund led the latest round with participation from Austin Ventures […]

Loop & Tie Selected for National Association of Realtors’ REach Accelerator


Second Century Ventures has selected Loop & Tie and six other organizations for its 2015 class of REach, a growth technology accelerator program. Second Century Ventures is the investment arm of the National Association of Realtors. The class, which is focused on the real estate and related industries, officially kicks off this week. It provides […]

The Portugal and Austin Tech Connection


A delegation of business leaders from Portugal is in Austin this week to study the city’s technology startup ecosystem. The IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin is hosting the group of 40 people, which includes Portuguese companies, incubators, venture capitalists and angel investors. On Wednesday, the group visits Tech Ranch, the Austin […]

Mark Cuban’s Tips to Succeed


Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, star of Shark Tank and co-founder of Cyber Dust, recently spoke at the University of Texas at Austin. He gave advice to college students on how to successfully manage their academic life and their careers. But the advice could equal apply to anyone at any stage of […]

Austin Seeks to Become a Hub for the Space Industry


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The end of NASA’s space shuttle program was the beginning of the commercial space age and the race to Mars. The Texas Space Economy Initiative seeks to cultivate that industry and Austin wants to serve as the hub of innovation in the new space race. In January, […]

Seismos Gets $4 Million in Funding


Seismos, a data analytics company for the oil and gas production, has received $4 million in funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds on marketing and engineering. Javelin Venture Partners led the funding round with participation from Osage University Partners and other oil and gas technology-focused investors. As a result of the deal, […]

Ortho Kinematics Lands $9.6 Million in Funding


Ortho Kinematics, a spine imaging diagnostics company, announced Tuesday it has closed on $9.6 million in Series C funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to expand sales and marketing of its flagship product, Vertebral Motion Analysis. It also plans to use the funds for limited research and development activities. The investors in […]

Austin Ranks as One of the Strongest Markets for Tech Talent Growth

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Austin ends up on a lot of top 10 lists and now it’s ranked No. 9 on its ability to attract and grow tech talent, according to a new CBRE Research report “Scoring Tech Talent.” The ability to retain and grow tech talent and that clustering effect leads to big demand for office space in […]

StemBioSys of San Antonio Lands $8 Million in Funding


StemBioSys, which focuses on research with adult stem cells, has closed on $8 million in Series A funding. San Antonio-based Targeted Technology Fund led the financing with $2.25 million which included more than 50 angel investors. San Antonio-based StemBioSys, founded in 2010, plans to use the money for manufacturing facilities and to prepare for the […]

Techstars Cloud Demo Day in San Antonio Features 10 Startups

Damian Nowak, Co-founder of Virtkick at Techstars Cloud Demo Day

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Three Polish programmers wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots stole the show at the third Techstars Cloud Demo Day. Damian Nowak, the CEO of Virtkick, clearly embraced the Texan life during his last three months in San Antonio participating in the Techstars Cloud program. He relocated here […]

Atlassian Expands in Austin with New Offices and New Employees


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News What is it about the 16th floor? Atlassian cut the ribbon on a 75,000 square foot space on the 16th floor of the new Colorado Towers Thursday night. With panoramic views and a balcony that looks out on Lake Austin, it will host the 120 new employees […]

The Internet of Everything is Already Here


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The Internet of Everything is already here, said Leah Lewis, managing director of Cisco Consulting Services. “It’s happening today,” Lewis told a packed ballroom during the Thursday morning keynote address at InnoTech San Antonio. Today, every company is a tech company, Lewis said. And change isn’t constant, […]

Lightphile Won the 2015 InnoTech Beta Summit


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Lightphile won the 2015 InnoTech Beta Summit Thursday morning at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. David Barrick, CEO and Co-founder presented the company, which makes an app and hardware box to control stage lighting systems. Lightphile, based at Geekdom, is currently in private beta but has […]

InnoTech Returns to San Antonio and Techstars Cloud Hosts its Demo Day

InnoTech, the largest annual technology conference in San Antonio, returns to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Thursday. The day-long conference begins with an 8 a.m. keynote address by Leah Lewis, managing director of Cisco Consulting Services, Americas Public Sector and former Chief Information Officer for Colorado. She will talk about the “Internet of […]

Mobile StemCare Wins Pitch Competition


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mobile StemCare won the Emerging Medical Technology Symposium’s fast pitch competition. The two-year-old startup, founded by Ramon Coronado, a University of Texas at San Antonio PhD student, provides stem cell care to pets. The company, based at Geekdom, uses adult stem cells, taken from the animal, to […]

Mark Cuban’s New Passion is Open and Honest Communication Through Cyber Dust


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mark Cuban invested in a Canadian Internet company in 2004 that eventually got in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.’s founders then used emails from Cuban to try to convince the SEC he was a “bad guy.” Cuban got falsely accused of insider […]

The 7th Annual Emerging Medical Technology Symposium in San Antonio


The 7th Annual Emerging Medical Technology Symposium kicks off Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The conference features a luncheon keynote address by Rick Hawkins, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lumos Pharma, based in Austin. He will talk about the sea change taking place in the pharmaceutical industry. Afternoon […]

Venture Capitalist Steve Case Invests $100,000 in Austin-based Loop and Tie


Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution and co-founder of AOL, plans to invest 100,000 in four female founded startups following a pitch competition last week. Sara Rodell with Loop and Tie, based in Austin, received a check. So did the founders of Mati Energy in Durham, NC, InRentive in Chicago, Il. and Seamless Planet […]

CognitiveScale Forms Healthcare Business Unit and Hires Former Seton Executive

Charles Barnett, president of CognitiveScale's new healthcare unit in Austin.

CognitiveScale has announced the formation of a healthcare business unit and the hiring of Charles Barnett, a 30-year healthcare executive and former executive chairman of the board of Seton Family Healthcare, as president of the new unit. The Austin-based startup’s new healthcare unit “will apply cognitive computing to improve the treatment and care of people […]

Fertility Startup Conceivable Launches with $800,000 in Seed Stage Funding

Kirsten Karchmer, a fertility specialist and Conceivable's CEO and Founder

Austin-based Conceivable announced it has raised $800,000 in seed stage funding to launch its fertility program. The startup raised the funding from a group of investors including former and current patients, successful healthcare executives and former venture capitalists. Conceivable has created an app, available from the Apple App Store, that can track a woman’s menstrual […]

Interactions Set to hire 400 Analysts in Austin


Interactions plans to hire 400 analysts at its technology center in Austin. The company, based in Franklin, Mass., provides natural language virtual assistant solutions and reports its business is booming. Interactions’ virtual assistant technology combines “Watson speech and natural language technology with human intelligence to substantially boost understanding.” “The position of the Intent Analyst is […]

Austin-based Edgecase Names Susanne Bowen as CEO

Susanne Bowen new CEO of Edgecase

Edgecase, the Austin-based retail data and analytics platform, Thursday announced the appointment of Susanne Bowen as its new CEO. Bowen, a veteran technology CEO, replaces Garrett Eastham, the company’s co-founder. He will be in charge of product and technology innovation as Chief Product Officer. “Edgecase is coming off a record 2014 filled with industry-first retail […]

CODE2040 Austin Winner is Joel Rojo

Joel Rojo, Google's CODE2040 Entrepreneur in Residence in Austin

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The tech industry is losing a lot of value by not having more diversity in its workforce, said Joel Rojo, founder of Cultural diversity leads to greater creativity and problem solving, Rojo said. Rojo is working to change the tech landscape in Austin. CODE2040, a nonprofit […]

Payment Data Systems Reports Record Revenue for 2014


San Antonio-based Payment Data Systems, which processes electronic payments for other companies, saw its revenue increase 159 percent in 2014. The company announced it had $13.4 million in revenue for 2014, compared to $5.2 million a year earlier. The increase came from higher transaction volume across its automated clearinghouse and credit card business segments. Payment […]

Salesforce Acquires Austin-based Toopher


Salesforce confirmed it has acquired Austin-based Toopher. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is not an April Fool’s joke. Salesforce confirmed in an email to Silicon Hills News that it has acquired Toopher. Toopher originally made the announcement on its website. “Today it is with great excitement that we can unveil our […]

Burpy Cars, Lake Travis Iceberg, Google Fiber Dial Up and iHarpRadio and More April Fools’ Jokes


Got a hankering for a new Mercedes Benz and some Cheetos? Then Burpy, the Austin-based startup that delivers groceries, has got you covered. The company announced today the launch of same day delivery of cars to consumers in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. “We believe including cars into our product listings will not only interest […]

Able’s Financial Partnership Expand Loans to Austin Small Businesses

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Got a small business in Austin and need cash? Able recently struck an agreement that will enable the company to provide loans to 25 new companies in Austin. It’s aimed at bootstrapped businesses like hair salons, restaurants, breweries, bakeries and more. The company launched in July of […]

EyeQ Lands $1.2 Million in Funding

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In 2012, eyeQ won the Texas Ventures Labs Investment Competition. And it has come a long way since then. The company, founded by Michael Garel, just announced Monday it has landed $1.2 million in funding. Corsa Ventures, DreamIt, Houston Angel Network, South Coast Angel Network and other angel investors invested in the company. eyeQ plans […]

Y Combinator Meetup Advice: Beware Advice

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News According to James Beshara, CEO of Tilt, they just “threw up something on Facebook” about a panel Y Combinator alums were hosting to talk about how to get into Y Combinator, and the next thing they knew they were way beyond capacity for the Palm on Sixth, […]

Bob Metcalfe Wants to Create a Better Silicon Valley in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At 24 Diner in downtown Austin, Bob Metcalfe orders a large bowl of fruit with extra strawberries and coffee for breakfast. Metcalfe, 68, is training to walk his first marathon. And it’s not an ordinary marathon either. He’s doing the Boston Marathon in April. His wife, Robyn, […]

Vast is Creating Better Search Tools to Find Homes and Autos

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Vast, which makes search and analytics tools for homes and autos, started out in Silicon Valley in 2005. Naval Ravikant, now CEO of AngelList, founded the company to create a better search site to help people find and discover items online. He wanted people to use technology […]

Collab/Space Austin Workshop in April to Focus on Data

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Data is the new gold for companies, big and small, to mine in the online world. Sifting through data for important insights can provide a competitive edge in any industry. In fact, at SXSW Interactive 2015, Bill Gurley, venture capitalist with Benchmark, said he looks for startups that have a data scientist, for potential investments. […]

Oslo’s Kahoot! Becomes First Capital Factory International Company

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News “Play is our original language; then when we get to school, they remove the play,” said Johan Brand, CEO and co-founder of Kahoot!, a platform that lets students play a high-energy, high interaction quiz game in the classroom using their mobile devices. Kahoot!, from Oslo, is the […]

Techstars Austin Announces New Class


The Techstars program in Austin has announced its new class of startups featuring 10 technology companies from around the country. This is Techstars third class in Austin. It officially kicked off the program Monday and it runs for three months with Demo Day on June 17th at the Austin Music Hall. Jason Seats, cofounder of […]

Austin MedTech Showcased at SXSW

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The medical technology industry in Austin is booming. For evidence, look no further than the 18 startups that exhibited in the Austin Health Pavilion Monday and Tuesday at the inaugural South by Southwest Interactive MedTech Expo. “The goal of the Austin Health Pavilion at the MedTech Expo […]

Capital Factory Partners with Dublin Incubator at SXSW

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Cian O’Cuilleanain, co-founder of Gravity Centres in Dublin, fell in love with SXSW three years ago when he first attended Interactive. “Everybody was so welcoming, there were all these opportunities opening, there was the energy of the town. I went back home and started pitching Austin all […]

UT Austin Showcases Innovative Technology at SXSW

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At South by Southwest, the University of Texas at Austin showed off some of its technological innovations this year. On Sunday, the UT Village featured a series of panel sessions on topics such as 3D printing, connected vehicles and big data. During a reception in the evening, […]

Honest Dollar Wins ATI SXSW Pitch Competition

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Honest Dollar, the company that’s been sweeping the 2015 SXSW pitch scene like Adele at the Grammy’s in 2013, won the Austin Technology Incubator pitch competition Monday morning. There was no cash prize but, as CEO Whurley explained, Honest Dollar just closed out a $3 million round, […]

The Robot Petting Zoo at SXSW

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For the first year, South by Southwest Interactive featured a “Robot Petting Zoo” at its festival. A room at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown housed a variety of robots including drones, tiny programmable bug-like Ozobots, an autonomous six-legged social robot known as DAR-1, the Double Robotics telepresence robot and Bujold, one of the most heavily […]

The Second Annual SXSW Print Edition of Silicon Hills News

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If you are in Austin, we hope you are having a fantastic time at South by Southwest Interactive. It’s one of the most thought-provoking tech conferences in the world and it continues to draw fascinating speakers and attendees. Having so many creative people in one place leads to a great time and lots of ideas […]

Silicon Valley VC Bill Gurley Says Enjoy the Upside While it Lasts


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few unicorns will die this year, said Bill Gurley, a prominent venture capitalist with Benchmark in Silicon Valley. Unicorns are giant technology startups, backed by venture capital, that hope to turn into multi-billion dollar companies and are currently valued at $1 billion or more. Gurley didn’t […]

Irish Prime Minister Meets with VCs at SXSW

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News As Hugh Forrest tweeted recently, “It’s not your mother’s SXSW any more” when the sitting head of a nation comes to SXSW as Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny spent time with venture capitalists at SXSW and spoke briefly with reporters Sunday, the day Ireland officially opening the […]

PayPal Shows Off Mobile Payment Technology at SXSW

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News No matter what kind of wallet a customer wants to use, PayPal plans to support it. “It’s exciting there are different people entering the industry,” said John Lunn, Senior Director, PayPal and Braintree Developer Relations. He spoke to Silicon Hills News at the PayPal Social Media Lounge […]

Trilogy and the Extraordinary Power of a Great Network

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News No one ever really knew what Trilogy did, as Chris Taylor, CEO of Square Root and a former Trilogy employee pointed out on a SXSW panel Sunday morning. What they knew about was how Trilogy recruited, which was precisely the way a cult recruits. On a panel […]

Dell and Activist Adrian Grenier Building a Legacy of Good


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Dell is working on numerous social good and environmental sustainability initiatives including making packaging out of wheat straw and recycling the components of its discarded computers, according to a SXSW panel at the Dell Lounge 1101 E. 5th Saturday. The company has also connected with actor, director […]

Capital Factory Showcases 12 Startups at SXSW

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News This year, Capital Factory didn’t host a move your startup to Austin competition at South By Southwest Interactive. Instead, the downtown technology accelerator and co-working site showed off 12 of its startups during two separate pitch events Friday afternoon. Capital Factory is home to more than 400 […]

Startup Tips from Four Successful Serial Entrepreneurs in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Being an entrepreneur is an irrational act, said Jason Cohen, founder of five startups. In the corporate world, employees can make steady six-figure salaries as executives. But entrepreneurs don’t. An entrepreneur often forgoes a salary for years and drains his or her bank account, Cohen said. And […]

Austin: The New Gateway for International Startups


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The thing that makes Austin a great town for an international startup, according to Jean Belanger of Pruf Technologies who moved his Montreal company to Austin in 1994, is the character of the place. “The geography here is not spectacular,” he said. “Montreal is a more beautiful […]

Honest Dollar Launched, Wins ReleaseIt at SXSW


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Honest Dollar had a huge day Friday at SXSW, launching at pitch competition ReleaseIt at SXSW, winning that competition, then celebrating with a launch party at the W Hotel. The competition, in its second year, featured three minute pitches by 10 companies who are either launching at […]

Whurley’s New Venture, Honest Dollar, Unveiled

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Signing up for a 401K or other retirement plan through a broker can feel like joining a religion: You’re trusting your future to a system you don’t entirely understand, managed by gatekeepers you’re giving money to but who aren’t always accessible, but you’ve decided to have faith […]

Nine Tech Startups to Meet at SXSW

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Looking for a taste of the Texas tech startup scene during South by Southwest Interactive? Check out these nine innovative tech startups that call Austin home. Able Lending – Launched last year, this startup offers low-cost loans to entrepreneurs. It requires its applicants to raise 25 percent of the loan amount themselves and then it […]

Austin Police Ban Chaotic Moon Studios’ Drone From Flying at SXSW

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No drones can fly the skies at South by Southwest Interactive this year. “SXSW has a strict no drones policy due to the safety risks drones present to the public,” according to a blog post on the official SXSW website. The Austin Police Department ban the use of drones with the city limits for public […]

OutboundEngine Moves to New Digs in Downtown Austin


OutboundEngine Thursday announced it has moved into larger office space in downtown Austin. The Austin-based startup, which launched its email, social media and content marketing platform in 2012, late last year closed on $11 million in venture capital. When OutboundEngine closed its funding round, company officials said the company would use the money to support […]

SpareFoot Lands $33 Million More in Venture Capital

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SpareFoot, one of the most successful startups to spin out of the Capital Factory accelerator, has landed another $33 million to propel its growth in the marketplace for finding self-storage. The Austin-based startup received its latest round of funding from new investor Revolution Growth which led the round with participation from existing investor Insight Venture […]

The Dell ATC Policy Labs at SXSW Interactive


The Austin Technology Council announced Tuesday that is has teamed up with Dell to create the Dell ATC Policy Labs at South by Southwest Interactive. The Dell ATC Policy Labs is new initiative to educate and engage the Central Texas technology community on important federal issues. The SXSW Dell ATC Policy Labs event will feature […]

OwnLocal Buys Austin-based Sidengo


OwnLocal announced Tuesday it has acquired another Austin-based startup, Sidengo. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. OwnLocal, founded in 2009, creates digital ads for media companies. The addition of Sidengo “will strengthen OwnLocal’s ability to offer easy to use, inexpensive digital advertising solutions to small business customers through their media partners,” according to […]

People Pattern Digs Marketing Data Out of Social Media

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By TIM GREEN Reporter with Silicon Hills News Twitter emerged with a splash at South by Southwest in 2007, unleashing an ever-growing barrage of tweets, posts, photos, and other social media interactions. People Pattern, an Austin startup, is fittingly staging its coming out party at this year’s SXSW. The company is developing software that mines […]

Austin Hackney United Official Program Launches

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Texas Representative Tan Parker wants to make Austin the most competitive and easy place for any company in Britain to set up shop, according to UK Consul General Andrew Millar, speaking to a group of about 40 at the official launch of Austin Hackney United, a sister-cities […]

Rackspace’s Videographer Launches Kickstarter for Short Film

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Dave Sims, filmmaker and storyteller at Rackspace, has launched a Kickstarter to produce a 15 to 20 minute short film set in the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. “The film tells the story of a woman who while hiking in the remote desert stumbles upon an unconscious man, prompting a haunting story of […]

Perks Help to Attract and Retain High Tech Talent

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News Back in the highflying dot com days, the perks at high tech companies flowed as freely as the beer from onsite kegs on Fridays. Today, the competitive landscape for tech workers has meant another resurgence of perks to lure employees and keep them happy. And whiskey Fridays […]

Ways to Get Startup Bucks in Silicon Hills

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News The funding landscape for startups in Central Texas has changed dramatically in the last five years. New firms have launched like LiveOak Venture Partners in Austin and the Geekdom Fund in San Antonio. And old firms have faded away like Austin Ventures, the big daddy of Austin’s […]

Seven Women Run Tech Startups in San Antonio to Watch

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city, yet it doesn’t have a lot of tech startups run by women and backed by venture capital. But San Antonio’s booming life sciences industry holds a lot of promise for women-led ventures. Two women, both biotech industry veterans, lead […]

Robert Langer Takes Innovations from the Lab to the Marketplace

Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin with Dr. Robert Langer, Koch Institute Professor at MIT.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Known as a modern-day Thomas Edison of biotechnology, Dr. Robert Langer visited the University of Texas at Austin on Friday to inspire others who wish to emulate his success. Langer gave UT students, faculty and guests advice on how he has started 18 companies, has written nearly […]

Six Women Run Tech Startups to Watch in Austin

Laura Bosworth, co-founder of TeVido Biodevices, photo by John Davidson.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The stats don’t bode well for women-run tech startups nationwide. Less than 3 percent of venture-backed startups have a woman as a CEO. But things are changing. Groups like Women@Austin, Women Who Code and Women in Technology are shining a spotlight on female tech entrepreneurs locally. And […]

The Open Cloud Institute Launches at UTSA


The University of Texas at San Antonio on Thursday announced the creation of the Open Cloud Institute with $9 million in backing. The Open Cloud Institute will focus on creating degree programs in cloud computing and big data. It will also work closely with companies in the cloud computing industry. The 80/20 Foundation has pledged […]

Sprinklr Acquires Austin-based Pluck


Sprinklr announced Thursday its acquisition of Pluck, an Austin-based social media company. This is Sprinklr’s second acquisition of an Austin company. A year ago, New York-based Sprinklr acquired the Dachis Group in Austin, a social media and brand analytics company. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. “First party and third party social experiences […]

HackerRank Event Explores Latest STEM Recruiting Strategies

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News About 30 recruiters gathered on the 17th floor of the Hyatt Tuesday evening for the HackerRank second annual Re-engineer event focusing on improving tech recruiting outcomes. HackerRank representatives talked about their platform that replaces job fairs with hackathons and code sprints. And Whole Foods’ Global Talent Recruiter […]

HomeAway Reports Increase in Revenue and Slight Profit for Latest Quarter

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HomeAway, the world’s largest online marketplace for vacation rentals, Tuesday reported revenue for the fourth quarter increased nearly 22 percent to $109.7 million compared to the same quarter a year ago. The Austin-based company reported a profit of $162,000 or less than a cent a share for the fourth quarter compared to a loss of […]

Crowds Gather in Austin to Play Ingress, a Mobile Game Aimed at World Domination

Amanda Saunders flew in from Houston to participate in the Ingress Shonin Anomaly

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Dressed in blue, the color of the Resistance, Amanda Saunders flew in from Houston to do battle against the Enlightened in Austin on Saturday. Saunders joined more than 1,200 people who gathered Saturday at the historic American Legion Charles Johnson home for the Shonin XM Anomaly, a […]

EvoSure Solves an Ancient Insurance Problem

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Talk to the founders of EvoSure for 30 minutes and even if you thought insurance was the province of wary gray men in gray suits, you’ll come away convinced that it’s an exciting, complex maze of chance and judgment, fraught with risk in every direction, from human […]

Austin-based CoinTerra Files for Bankruptcy

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News CoinTerra, once recognized as one of Austin’s fastest growing startups, has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy. The Austin-based bitcoin machine manufacturer filed for bankruptcy in Austin on Jan. 24, listing between $10 million and $50 million in assets and liabilities. “The move comes soon after CoinTerra […]

Ten Acre Organics Wins the Food Challenge Prize at UT

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A crowd turned out last Saturday to cheer on food industry innovators at the Norman Hackerman Building at the University of Texas. The top 20 finalists in the first Food Challenge Prize, put on by the Food Lab at UT, displayed their wares throughout the room. It […]

Mass Venture of San Antonio Approved as Texas’ First Equity-Based Crowdfunding Portal


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mass Venture is the first equity-based crowdfunding portal to receive certification from the Texas State Securities Board under its new intrastate crowdfunding rules. The San Antonio-based crowdfunding portal will focus on raising money for real estate ventures, but it is open to all types of equity-based crowdfunding […]

Ben Dyer Joins Austin-based Enola Labs’ Advisory Board

Enola Labs President and CTO Marcus Turner with Ben Dyer, a member of its advisory board.

Ben Dyer, a serial technology entrepreneur and entrepreneur in residence at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has joined the advisory board of Enola Labs. The Austin-based mobile and web development company is run by Marcus Turner, its president and chief technology officer. It is also in the process […]

Dan Graham Launches Owen’s Garage to Nurture Startups

Dan Graham, the co-founder of, has launched a new venture to nurture Austin’s startup community. Graham has officially opened Owen’s Garage, a coworking and incubator in housed in a former auto shop in East Austin. The space contains Austin startups which Graham has invested in. Owen’s Garage provides a place for “startups to work […]

Instacart Teams Up with Austin’s Tomlinson’s Pets for Deliveries


It’s a real drag when the giant bag of dog food in the pantry is empty and the dogs are hungry and there’s no time to run to the store. Never fear, there’s a solution to this nagging problem. The dogs have got to eat. And Instacart and Tomlinson’s Pets in Austin will make sure […]

Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Austin to Invest in Women-Led Startups

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pipeline Fellowship Founder and CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera spoke recently at a Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco. She talked about her experience as a LGBT Latina entrepreneur and afterwards a black woman approached her tearfully and thanked her for sharing her experience. It turns out the […]

PWP Growth Equity Invests in

imgres-10, a bootstrapped online sign printer which also sells home decor items, Tuesday announced it has received an investment from PWP Growth Equity. The Austin-based private company did not disclose financial details of the investment. Founded in 2005, has been on a steady growth track. (Silicon Hills News did this story in 2012 on […]

San Antonio-based SeatSmart Launches Online Ticket Marketplace


A new online broker to fan ticket marketplace, SeatSmart has launched. The San Antonio-based startup has raised $750,000 of its $1 million seed round funding led by angel investors Lew Moorman and Pat Matthews, both former Rackspace executives. Additional investors include ten large brokers nationwide. SeatSmart plans to use the money to hire additional employees, […]

Four Austin Startups Chosen to Advance in the 1776 Challenge Cup


Four Austin startups will go on to compete in the 1776 Challenge Cup Competition. The winners include PenPal Schools in the education category, Lucelo Technology in the energy & sustainability category, Keet Software in health category and StormPins in the transportation and cities category. Several Austin startups competed at the Capital Factory Thursday night in […]

Ireland House, the First Irish Consulate in Texas, Opens in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin’s booming tech sector is prompting Ireland to open a consulate and trade office in Austin, its first in Texas and only the seventh in the U.S. The office, dubbed Ireland House, will be housed in the Bank of America building on Congress Ave. It will contain […]

Upland Software Names Tim Mattox as its New President

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Upland Software, a cloud-based software maker, Wednesday announced the promotion of Tim Mattox to president. Mattox previously served as the company’s chief operating officer. He will retain that role along with assuming the duties of the president focused on customer experience strategy and vision. “With his in depth corporate strategy and operations expertise, Tim has […]

Volusion Gets $55 Million in Venture Capital

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Volusion, which makes e-commerce software, has received $55 million in venture capital led by Main Street Capital Corp. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to further develop its enterprise platform, Mozu, and its small to medium sized business platform, Volusion. “Supporting Volusion’s vision as they generate significant growth with the Mozu platform is […]

Silicon Labs Buys Bluegiga in Finland for $61 Million


Silicon Labs announced Wednesday its acquisition of Bluegiga Technologies Oy, based in Finland, for $61 million in cash. The Austin-based company reported the acquisition expands its wireless hardware and software solutions for the Internet of Things marketplace. Bluegiga makes wireless products such as ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth Classic and Wi-Fi modules as well as […]

Civitas Learning Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital


Civitas Learning, a three year old education technology startup, announced Tuesday it has secured $16 million in funding. Rethink Education led the investment with additional funding from existing investors Austin Ventures and Emergence Capital. To date, the company has raised $32 million in four rounds from seven investors, according to its Crunchbase profile. Civitas, which […]

A New Program Launches in Austin for Black and Latino Tech Entrepreneurs


CODE2040 has partnered with Google for Entrepreneurs to launch an Entrepreneur in Residence program aimed at fostering diversity with local tech startups. The program is aimed at “boosting the pipeline of Black and Latino/a entrepreneurial talent and creating diverse tech ecosystems in select locations around the country,” according to a news release. THe program called […]

How Texas Startups Are Spurring Innovation in the Most Entrenched Industries

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By KEITH H. COLE Founder and CEO of Water Lens in Austin Special Editorial Contribution to Silicon Hills News Being a startup isn’t easy to begin with, but working in a highly-regulated industry like oil and gas can be even harder, especially when it’s also slow to adopt new technologies. We all know the challenges—navigating […]

Austin to Encourage Space Entrepreneurship


By Susan Lahey Reporter with Silicon Hills news One of Austin’s tactics for keeping the city’s economy growing is to build on space technology, said Gene Austin, President and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Bazaarvoice. Speaking at the organization’s annual meeting, Austin said that Opportunity Austin, the chamber’s five-county economic […]

Xenex Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital

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Xenex Disinfection Services, a startup that created germ-zapping robots for hospitals, has landed $25 million in venture capital. The San Antonio-based company has raised $54.3 million so far, according to a post in the Wall Street Journal. The investment came from Brandon Point Industries Limited and existing investors Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II and […]

SpareFoot Wins Austin Startup Games Again


SpareFoot won the Austin Startup Games for the third year in a row. The Austin-based startup, which bills itself as the nation’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, had a ringer this year. The company recruited Icelandic strongman “Thor” Bjornsson to join the company as its senior vice president of Icelandic business. Bjornsson, known […]

XOR Data Exchange Lands $1.8 Million in Funding


XOR Data Exchange, a permission-based data exchange in Austin, announced this week it has closed on $1.8 million in funding. Chicago Ventures and KBC Capital led the round. In addition, Norm Willox, who previously founded and built the risk management and fraud analytic business for Lexis Nexis and now serves as founder and CEO of […]

Hack Reactor Buys MakerSquare in Austin


Hack Reactor, a computer programming bootcamp, announced this week it has bought MakerSquare, a two-year old coding school with campuses in Austin and San Francisco. Hack Reactor, based in San Francisco, did not release the terms of the deal. It’s the two-year-old company’s first acquisition. Hack Reactor plans to continue to operate MakerSquare independently and […]

SpareFoot is Seeking to Hire 30 More Employees


SpareFoot, one of the most successful startups to spin out of Capital Factory, is hiring 30 employees for its “Amazing Customer Experience” call center team. The Austin-based startup plans to host a “speed dating” event at its corporate headquarters to find the new employees to answer calls from prospective customers looking for self-storage. SpareFoot already […]

SXSW Interactive 2015 to Feature More on Startups and a Robot Petting Zoo

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News What startup launched at South by Southwest Interactive in 2009? One lucky woman attending the SXSW community meetup in San Antonio knew the answer: Uber, the ridesharing alternative to taxi cabs. That bit of trivia earned her a free badge to attend what has become the country’s […]

Driver Ed and Defensive Driving go Mobile with Aceable’s Phone App


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News When Gretchen Deveaux needed to find a driver’s program for her 17-year-old son, she signed up for Aceable. “I needed something that was flexible,” she said. “My son is a football player and he is always at practice. I couldn’t take him back and forth to a […]

Fashion Metric Lands $1 Million in Funding


Fashion Metric, a company that acts as a virtual tailor online, closed on its $1 million seed round. Tahoma Ventures in Boulder led the round with participation from Corsa Ventures in Austin, Elementum Ventures in Menlo Park, Geekdom Fund in San Antonio and multiple angel investors. So far, the company has raised a total of […]

Why Are People Moving to Austin?

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“Innovation in the IoT Era” at UT


The Internet of Things means everyday objects will contain tiny microchip-enabled sensors that will gather information that software will analyze and process resulting in greater efficiency and understanding. It’s shaping up to be a transformative mega-trend which Goldman Sachs has dubbed the third wave in the development of the Internet. “The 1990s’ fixed Internet wave […]

New Web Developers Debut at Codeup’s Demo Day

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News For three months Josee Farmer drove daily from North Austin to San Antonio to learn how to become a web developer at Codeup. “It was totally worth it,” Farmer said. She recently relocated from North Carolina to Texas and she wanted to get into the technology industry. […]

The New $3 Million Geekdom Fund Invests in Tech Startups


The Geekdom Fund has successfully raised $2.96 million to invest in tech startups. “We raised money locally to put into tech startups here and around the country,” said Michael Girdley, who is one of the partners heading up the new Geekdom Fund. The other Geekdom Fund partners are Don Douglas, Cole Wollak and Mike Troy. […]

Time to Apply to the Seed Sumo Accelerator


Seed Sumo, a startup accelerator in College Station, is now accepting applications for its 2015 program. The program provides $50,000 in funding, up from $30,000 during its first program last year. Seed Sumo will take up to ten startups. Last year, 750 teams applied for eight spots. Those startups have received more than $4 million […]

UT Austin Team Wins IBM Watson University Competition


A team of students from the University of Texas at Austin took first place in the inaugural IBM Watson University Competition in New York last week. The winning team of 12 received $100,000 in seed financing from IBM Watson Group and the Entrepreneur’s Fund to launch its application, CallScout, which gives people access to social […]

LawnStarter Raises $1 Million in Seed Financing

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LawnStarter announced Wednesday that it has landed $1 million in seed round financing. The Austin-based online lawn care company raised the money to expand into new markets. The funds came from several angel investors including Rob Taylor, Cotter Cunningham, Pat Matthews as well as venture fund Vayner RSE, headed up by Gary Vaynerchuk. LawnStarter, founded […]

Dropoff Expands to Houston


Austin-based Dropoff is now available in Houston. The startup provides same-day delivery for a variety of businesses. It originally launched in Austin last November. Houston businesses will be able to use Dropoff’s online platform to easily order same-day deliveries and to track them. Dropoff provides “accurate ETAs for pickups and deliveries, email confirmations and driver […]

Buzz Points Hires Dwayne Spradlin as CEO

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Buzz Points named Dwayne Spradlin, a technology industry veteran, as its new Chief Executive Officer. The Austin-based company, which creates loyalty programs for banks and local businesses, appointed Spradlin to replace Jay Valanju, the company’s founder. Valanju will become senior vice president of business development and strategic partnerships. “This is a return for me to […]

The New Techstars Cloud Class Kicked Off in San Antonio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The Techstars Cloud program for 2015 kicked off Monday at Geekdom in San Antonio with a pizza and beer reception in the evening. The program features ten companies including one from San Antonio, Nebulab, a cloud-based storage, organization and collaboration web app for researchers and one from […]

Payment Data Systems Processed Nearly $3 Billion in Transactions in 2014


Payment Data Systems, an online bill paying company, reported a record fourth quarter for 2014 in which it processed more than $833 million in payments. The record breaks the previous record which the company reached in the prior quarter of $796 million. The San Antonio-based company reported its electronic check processing volumes were up four […]

A Spectrum Event on How to Win an SBIR Grant


The U.S. government invests more than $2 billion every year in promising new startups with creative innovations. In Austin, startups including Tevido Biodevices, Spot on Sciences and Lynx Labs have received Small Business Innovation Research grants. So how does a startup go about getting one of the SBIR grants? That’s the subject of a meeting […]

MyTime Launches and Finds Austin Less “Bougie” than Dallas and Houston

MyTime Founder Ethan Anderson, courtesy photo

MyTime allows people to book appointments online without any hassle. The app launched last November in Austin and lists more than 18,000 local businesses. It lets people book everything from haircuts to dog groomings to massages easily online. “We’ve all experienced the frustration of booking appointments by phone,” said Ethan Anderson, founder of MyTime. “You’re […]

The End of an Era for

Bryan Menell, photo courtesy of We Are Austin Tech, the blog created by serial tech entrepreneur Bryan Menell, has ceased to publish. Menell wrote a post to his readers just before the holidays informing them of his plans to shutter his blog, but to keep up a tech entrepreneurial resource page listing accelerators, venture investors, groups, co-working sites, angel organizations and publications. Menell […]

SHIFT Communications Opens Austin Office


SHIFT Communications, a public relations firm based in Boston, has opened an Austin office focused on social media, marketing technology and communications. “Increasingly we are seeing strategic clients with ties to the Austin area and we only expect this trend to grow,” CEO Todd Defren said in a news release. “With a combination of great […]

Saxena Joins the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank’s San Antonio Branch

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The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. appointed Manoj Saxena to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ San Antonio Branch board of directors Saxena will serve a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017. He has served on the San Antonio Branch board as a Dallas Fed appointment since 2012. “In his role as […]

The 2015 Austin Startup Games Kicks Off Jan. 24th


A lot has changed since the Austin Startup Games first launched in 2012. For one thing, it’s no longer called the Startup Olympics. And it’s bigger. The first games had seven teams competing. Sixteen teams competed in the last event and 14 are signed up for this year’s event. uShip won the first games. Since […]

SXSW Interactive Names Girlstart’s Tamara Hudgins to its Hall of Fame


South by Southwest has named Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins to its Interactive Hall of Fame for 2015. SXSW is honoring Hudgins for her work in expanding and developing the Austin-based nonprofit organization since 2009. Girlstart, founded in 1997, runs programs to empower girls in the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Math, known as […]

CTAN Hires Claire England as New Executive Director


The Central Texas Angel Network, one of the country’s most active angel investing groups, named Claire England as its new executive director. An Austin native, England, who previously served as director of global expansion for Tech Ranch, has a long history of supporting local startups. She also previously served as executive director of RISE Austin […]

Pivot Freight Lands $2 Million in Financing and New CEO

The Pivot Freight team participating in the Techstars Austin program

Pivot Freight, which relocated from Arizona to Austin last year, announced Monday that is has received $2 million in seed round financing. Rob Taylor also joined Pivot Freight as its CEO. He previously served on the founding leadership teams of both TrueCar and BlackLocus. He met the Pivot Freight team when he served as a […]

Handsome Helps Tech Startups with Branding and Product Design

Handsome Founders: John Roescher, Adam Deutsch and Brandon Termini , photo by Eric Doggett

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Today, people expect a website design to be beautiful but they also want functionality. That’s where John Roescher and the team behind Handsome saw an opportunity. They launched Handsome, a web app and mobile design studio, in late 2011 in Austin. “All you are is what your […]

Parking Panda Launches in Austin


Finding a parking spot in downtown Austin can be a challenge especially during major events. Now Parking Panda, a free app that lets drivers find, reserve and redeem parking in advance, seeks to make that task a lot easier. It has launched in Austin. The service is now available statewide with service in Dallas, Houston, […]

Seven Tech Trends to Watch in Silicon Hills in 2015

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The central Texas region is thriving and technology is driving a lot of that growth. This is a list of seven tech trends to watch in 2015 particularly tailored to the Austin and San Antonio area. 3D Printing – The roots of this industry can be traced, […]

Top 10 Most Popular Stories on Silicon Hills News in 2014


These are the top ten stories with the most views on Silicon Hills News in 2014. 1. Dropbox to Expand in Austin and Hire 170 employees 2. Zach Dell’s Startup Thread is a Dating Site Just for College Students 3. Billionaire Mark Cuban “Likes to Party Like a Rockstar” and Invest in Startups (this story […]

FlightCar Launches into Austin’s Hipsterdom


FlightCar, the peer-to-peer car sharing service, launched in Austin on Dec. 16th. The San Francisco-based company also launched in Oakland, Calif. In a post on Tumblr, FlightCar calls both cities havens for hipsters. “Ranking high on every “Most Hipster City” list, Austin and Oakland are both well known for their vibrant millennial communities who squeeze […] Launches as a Platform for all Religions

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News During the holidays, some people look for a deeper religious meaning to the season. And now they’ve got a place to go to seek out answers. Shawn Bose and Justin Halloran recently launched, an online community focused on religion. It’s not aimed at a single religion […]

SpareFoot Employees Provide Swag Bags for Foster Children


The employees at SpareFoot are a generous bunch. During Thanksgiving, they launched a food drive to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. And during this holiday season, the SpareFoot employees collected nearly $1,000 to buy items for its first-ever “Operation Swag Bag initiative.” They came up with the idea after reading an article titled “The […]

BigCommerce Spreading Joy During the Holiday Season

BigCommerce's Hearts in Carts program helps out 1,000 foster children in Central Texas.

In the Silicon Hills this time of year, tech companies go to great lengths to help out others in need. Among them, BigCommerce has been working with Partnerships for Children, which works with Central Texas foster children. This is the third year BigCommerce has partnered with the organization to provide toys to kids in foster […]

Weeva is Building a Business Out of Memories

Kim Gorsuch, CEO and Founder of Weeva

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Eric Gould Bear didn’t think Weeva would work for him. He loved the idea—a company that lets people upload stories and photos about a person or an event onto a website, push a button, and out comes a beautiful coffee table book. Cool. Great for regular people, […]

Payment Data Systems Buys Akimbo of San Antonio for $3 million

Louis Hoch and Houston Frost. Payment Data Systems just bought Frost's company, Akimbo Financial.

Payment Data Systems, an online payments company, announced Tuesday it has acquired Akimbo Financial for $3 million. Payment Data Systems is buying the company with common stock in two tranches with up to $300,000 in cash if any liabilities are assumed. Akimbo, founded in 2010, has raised $850,000 in investment. The company, based at Geekdom, […]

BidPrime Opens New Headquarters in Austin

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BidPrime announced it has opened its new company headquarters in Austin. The company, which has 16 employees in Austin, moved to 1301 S I-35 Suite #101. It also has offices in Seattle and Dallas. The company has grown significantly in the past two years and needed more space, according to company officials. It manages operational […]

Wisegate Lands $4 Million in Venture Capital

Sara Gates, CEO and Founder of WiseGate, photo courtesy of the company

Wisegate, a platform for information technology professionals to network, announced Tuesday it has closed on $4 million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup reported that Arcus Capital Partners led the Series B round with participation from Series A investors including Central Texas Angel Network, Atlanta Technology Angels, Golden Seeds and Cowtown Angels. To date, the […]

General Assembly to Open a Campus in Austin


General Assembly, an educational instruction company focused on technology, business and design, has announced plans to open a new campus in Austin. The company plans to begin offering students in Austin classes and workshop this month. And in early 2015, it plans to offer full-time immersive programs and part-time courses in topics such as web […]

Ridesharing Under Heavy Regulation in San Antonio


Ridesharing is in the hotseat in San Antonio. Last Thursday, the San Antonio City Council passed changes to its code to allow services like Lyft and Uber to operate legally in the city. But Uber and Lyft call the city’s regulations too costly and cumbersome. Uber reported it might leave the city altogether if the […]

Kingdom Games Buys 4Soils


Kingdom Games has acquired 4Soils, a children’s Bible app producer. The terms of the deal were disclosed. Austin-based Kingdom Games reports the acquisition “strengthens its mission to provide ethical and moral games to upcoming generations of all ages.” “We are thrilled to have 4Soils join the Kingdom Games family,” James Parkman, Studio Head of Kingdom […]

Epicor Software Buys ShopVisible


Austin-based Epicor Software has bought ShopVisible, which makes cloud-based retail order management software, based in Atlanta. Epicor Software makes software for retail, manufacturing and distribution businesses. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The company has more than 20,000 customers in 150 countries. “We are excited about this acquisition, as ShopVisible has spent several […]

Periscope Holdings Buys BidSync


Austin-based Periscope Holdings has acquired BidSync, a cloud-based procurement and bid notification service for the public sector. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Parthenon Capital Partners, Periscope’s private equity partner, assisted in the acquisition. Our acquisition of BidSync is incredibly exciting and we are thrilled to bring these two public procurement industry leaders […]

OutboundEngine Lands $11 Million in Venture Capital


OutboundEngine, an email, social media and content marketing platform, has closed an $11 million Series B funding round led by Silverton Partners. Other participating in the round were Noro-Moseley Partners, Harmony Partners, Altos Ventures and Capital Factory. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money on office expansion, product development and new vertical markets. “The […]

Michael Dell Talks About Taking Risks as a Private Company


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The Aspen institute, an educational and policies studies organization based in Washington, D.C., launched Aspen Across America, a series of talks with extraordinary individuals Wednesday night. The series kicked off at the Blanton Art Museum with a talk between Journalist and world-renowned biography Walter Isaacson and one […]

Texas Venture Labs Fall Expo Showcases New Startups


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs at the Univerity of Texas at Austin showcased 12 Austin startups and three Alumni companies at its Fall 2014 Expo last Friday. The companies presented in three different categories with the consumer products and services startups kicking off the event at […]

The Bunker Austin Launches to Help Veteran Led Startups


The Bunker Austin, a program geared to help veterans become entrepreneurs, has launched at the University of Texas at Austin. Joseph Kopser, founder and CEO of RideScout, and Craig Cummings, co-founder, donated $70,000 to provide a Student Veteran Entrepreneurship Endowment. The seed fund is earmarked for students with veteran status at the University of Texas […]

TeVido BioDevices Launches IndieGoGo Crowdfunding Campaign


TeVido BioDevices, which prints 3D nipples crafted from human cells, has launched a crowdfunding IndieGoGo campaign to raise $35,000. The Austin-based company recently received a Small Business Innovative Research grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health and a grant from the National Science Foundation for total funding worth $900,000. It […]

Austin-based Revionics Raises $30 Million from Goldman Sachs


Revionics, a retail software maker, has announced it raised $30 million in venture capital from Goldman Sachs. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to expand its global market share and for research and development on its software products. As part of the deal, Hillel Moerman, co-head of the Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing […]

Austin-based Boundless Network Acquired by Zazzle


Boundless Network, founded in 2005 in Austin, just got acquired by Zazzle, an online promotional products company, according to Promo Marketing Magazine. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Austin Ventures has backed Boundless Network, which makes custom-printed promotional items for companies. It has raised an estimated $17 million since its inception, according to […]

Building an Innovation Zone in Austin

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the Austin Chamber's Innovation Summit, photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is poised to become a global center of innovation, especially in the field of life sciences and medical research, but there are some big hurdles to overcome and potential threats that could knock the city off its trajectory, if it’s not careful. That was the bottom […]

More Venture Capital Needed for Life Science Startups


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Building a regional life science ecosystem requires venture capital. And San Antonio has a shortage of venture capital, said John Kerr with Texas Next Capital. “The critical factor, I don’t care whether you’re in San Antonio or Timbuktu, for all of these companies, is access to capital,” […] Helps Companies Collect Customer Feedback

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News How likely are you to recommend our company to a friend or colleague? That’s the key question behind San Antonio-based, founded by Chad Keck and Ricardo Reyna. “Our core goal is to help other companies consistently drive new profitable growth,” Keck said., a customer analytics […]

The World Stem Cell Summit Kicks Off in San Antonio Tuesday


Researchers have used Stem Cells, known as the body’s master cells, to treat a variety of illnesses. The cells, taken from adults or embryos, “offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis,” according […]

It’s Time to Sign Up for Google Fiber in Austin


Google Fiber sign ups have gone live in South and Southeast Austin. Residents in those areas can now sign up for Internet that’s 100 times faster than today’s basic speeds. “This is just the beginning,” Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber Austin wrote in a blog post Monday. “We’ll be opening new areas of the […]