Archives for May 2012

A Collaborative Center for Tech Entrepreneurs Launches in Austin

A groovy new space in a downtown Austin high-rise offers tech entrepreneurs a place to develop startups. It’s part of the Austin TechLive initiative by the Austin Chamber to create a tech-focused coworking site. Capital Factory will oversee the 22,000 square foot space on the 16th floor of Austin Centre at 701 Brazos Street. The […]

MapMyFitness aims to fight the obesity epidemic

By SUSAN LAHEY Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News When Richard Jalichandra, formerly CEO of Technorati, moved from Northern California to Austin to become CEO of MapMyFitness, he was surprised to find that Austin is the fittest city he’s ever seen. “We’ve got purple haired pierced hippies with six-pack abs” he observed. Which makes the […]

SolarBridge Technologies lands $25 million in funding

Austin-based SolarBridge Technologies has received $25 million in venture capital. The company, which makes micro inverters used in solar panels, has raised a total of $71 million. Shea Ventures led the latest Series D round, and previous investors including Battery Ventures, Rho Ventures and Osage University Partners, also participated. “AC modules powered by SolarBridge microinverters […]

Gazzang Branches Out from its Encryption Roots

By YASMIN GHAHREMANI Special contributor to Silicon Hills News Something was bothering Larry Warnock. It was 2010 and the former CEO of Phurnace Software had recently finished leading his company through a successful sale to BMC. His next challenge was advising two Houston entrepreneurs on how to realize their business idea. Mike Umansky and Chris […]

Polygraph Media launches Facebook data analytics software

Facebook has 900 million users generating gobs of public data every day. Their comments or likes on Facebook pages can provide valuable insights for marketers. But it’s often difficult to mine the data to sort through everything to find meaningful information. That’s where Polygraph Media comes in. The Austin-based startup this week launched its Polygraph […]

Sparefoot teams up with Penske to make moving and storage easy

Move it and store it. Austin-based startup Sparefoot has teamed up with Penske Truck Rental to make it easy for folks to move and store their belongings this Memorial Day weekend. Sparefoot informs us that this coming Tuesday is known in the business as “Crazy Tuesday” because it’s the unofficial biggest day of the year […]

Happy 39th Birthday Ethernet

Congratulations! Thanks! to Dave Boggs, Butler Lampson, Chuck Thacker on #Ethernet ‘s 39th birthday, today. — Bob Metcalfe (@BobMetcalfe) May 22, 2012 In 1973, there were no personal computers, says Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet. But 39 years ago today, Metcalfe and David Boggs, Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson at Xerox set out to build […]

SceneTap sparks controversy in San Francisco

SceneTap launched in several Austin bars last January and no one seemed to care all that much. But at that time, Cole Harper, SceneTap’s CEO, wanted to make sure that we reported correctly on his company’s facial detection technology. He wanted people to know that it does not record identities and merely reports on how […]

Wick Phillips Gould & Martin opens Austin office

Wick Phillips Gould & Martin, LLP, a law firm with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, is opening an office in Austin. Shauna Martin, a partner, will lead the office. The office will focus on building Wick Phillips’ practice in Central Texas, with a focus on growing the firm’s transactional and technology practice groups.

Cyfeon to pitch at Disrupt NYC

Austin startup Cyfeon is pitching its software today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NYC. Cyfeon is the first Austin startup picked for the battlefield competition in the combined ten-year history of TechCrunch Disrupt events in New York and San Francisco. More than a thousand new companies from around the world applied to be a part of Startup […]