Intel to Host Internet of Things Workshop at TechShop in Austin

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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

iTraumaCare’s Clamp Stems Bleeding and Saves Lives

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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

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

Michael Dell Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS Research

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

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

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

Spot On Sciences Makes Taking Blood Samples Easy

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

Leto Solutions Launches IndieGoGo Campaign to Produce Cooling System for Amputees

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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

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

Dropbox Cultivates an Austin Culture and Continues to Hire and Expand

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

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

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

Charles Schwab Expansion in Austin to Create 800 Jobs

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

Showcasing New Programmers at CodeUp’s Demo Day

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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

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

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

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

Facebook Reaches Out to Small Businesses in Austin

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

The Techstars Cloud Program Returns to San Antonio in 2015

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

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

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