Mass Relevance plans to triple in growth in 2012

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In the old days, people yelled at their TVs. In the digital age, people can tweet their opinion to a television show. And the show just might tweet back with a special offer or advertisement. That’s the sweet spot of an Austin-based startup called Mass Relevance. “It’s a growing trend to integrate social conversations into […]

Austin Startup OtherInbox zeroing in on 2 million users

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By ISADORA VAIL Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News While boasting the free solution to endless and unwanted emails, Austin startup OtherInbox, has had nearly 2 million users since the service began in 2008. Founded by Austin entrepreneur Joshua Baer, the company offers two ways to instantly organize and prioritize email. The Organizer product looks […]

Greenling wants to change the way you eat

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At the Capital Factory’s Demo Day, Mason Arnold gave a quick pitch on Greenling, the organic grocery delivery service. “Our food system is broke,” Arnold said. He estimates more than half the population in the U.S. will die from food-related disease, primarily obesity-related illnesses. He founded Greenling to change the way people eat. And he […]

20 Silicon Hills Technology Startups to Watch in 2012

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TechStars Cloud kicks off Jan. 9 in San Antonio

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Jason Seats, managing director of the TechStars Cloud, says hundreds of companies applied to the program. In the end, TechStars choose 11 companies. All of them are from outside of San Antonio. Seats is not revealing the company names until April 6th at TechStars Cloud Demo Day. Nicole Glaros, one of the founders of TechStars […]

Q. For 400 points, which Austin startup is poised to take off? A. Ricochet Labs

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By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News CEO Rodney Gibbs calls it “a scrappy little startup.” But Ricochet Labs got on the radar fast with its social-mobile-knowledge based game, Qrank. The company was barely in its alpha stage when the BBC called on Ricochet to create Qrank trivia games surrounding the wedding of […]

Apple names Airstrip Technologies top 2011 medical app

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Apple declares San Antonio-based AirStrip Technologies’ cardiac patient monitoring app the best medical app for the iPhone. The App Store editorial team selected AirStrip Technologies’ app as part of its App Store Rewind 2011, which collects the year’s top apps. “This recognition from Apple is deeply gratifying and reinforces what clinicians across the country are […]

Appconomy lands $10 million in financing

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The venture capital continues to flow into Austin. This time, Appconomy has landed $10 million in a first round venture debt funding deal designed to accelerate its operations in China. Appconomy has created a merchant payment system called AppWallet and offers an app for smartphones, tablets and feature phones. The company has a Chinese corporate […]

Calxeda’s chips save data centers energy and space

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By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News As startup stories go, Calxeda’s is pretty dramatic: Mobile tech expert Barry Evans cooks up the idea of trading energy gobbling data server chips with small, efficient mobile phone chips that only need a tenth the power. They’re built to conserve energy when their hardware is […]

Silicon Hills Weekly Tech Roundup

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A bit of good news this week for San Antonio from the Milken Institute. San Antonio tops the list of best performing cities in 2011 out of 200 metropolitan areas surveyed. You can read more about it in Jennifer Hiller’s story in the San Antonio Express-News. Austin ranked fourth. But Austin continues to pump out […]