Archives for June 2012

Austin Ranks #5 on Richard Florida’s List of Top High Tech U.S. Cities

In 2006, Richard Florida visited San Antonio and spoke at the Texas Lyceum Conference. I covered the conference for the local newspaper. Florida made quite an impression on me. I thought he understood the high-tech workforce better than anyone. And at a time when everyone focused on globalization and a mobile workforce, Florida’s message was […]

VolunteerSpot Lands $1.5 Million Investment

VolunteerSpot, which creates tools for moms, nonprofit organizers and others to coordinate volunteers, has received $1.5 million. ff Venture Capital of New York led the investment along with the Central Texas Angel Network, Nebraska Angel network, Angel List and Baylor Angel Network. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds for marketing and to double […]

Skyonic Receives $9 Million to Create a Carbon Capture Plant

Austin-based Skyonic Corp. received $9 million of a $35 million investment for a carbon capture and utilization plant in the U.S. Investors included Northwater Capital Management, ConocoPhillips, PVS Chemicals, Carl Berg and Zachry Corp. in the Series C funding. The company plans to use the fund to build the plant this summer and for research […]

Cinegif in Austin Creates Video GIFs

The GIF, Graphics Interchange Format, is 25 years old. And it’s gotten a makeover. The annoying images of flashing e-mail boxes and under construction signs from the early days of the Internet still exist. But few people use them. Instead, companies looking to get the attention of a highly distracted Internet audience have turned to […]

Sprint to Launch 4G LTE in San Antonio on July 15

Judging from the comments on the last Sprint story, customers really want Sprint’s 4G LTE service. And now they don’t have to wait much longer in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City. Sprint announced its 4G LTE network service starts on July 15. The service should launch in Austin a few months later, […]

The Tao of “Austinpreneur” Joshua Baer

BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Joshua Baer has a set of those millionaire-on-a-skateboard dotcom Gold Rush stories that give the Austin startup scene its own sexy tech history. Baer graduated Carnegie Mellon with a less-than-stellar academic record, and a couple hundred grand in revenues from being an early dabbler in web hosting […]

Makers of Tabbedout Receive $3.5 million in funding

ATX Innovations, the makers of the popular Tabbedout bar payment app, has raised $3.5 million of a $4 million offering, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin Business Journal first reported the story. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2009, has already raised more than $6 million since its inception, according […]

Successful Entrepreneur Jason Seats Now Helps Startups

To find out about high-tech startups in San Antonio, talk to Jason Seats. He’s not only the managing director of the TechStars Cloud program at Geekdom, a collaboration and coworking space downtown, but he’s been there done that and has plenty of T-shirts to prove it. In 2006, Seats, cofounded Slicehost with his college friend […]

Most IT Decision Makers View Cloud Computing Positively

Who is this guy in this picture that doesn’t have a positive opinion of cloud computing? San Antonio-based Rackspace today released a survey of information technology decision makers showing that nine out of ten have a positive opinion of cloud computing and customer service and technical support were their top considerations when choosing a cloud […]

Austin Startup White Whale Games Creates God of Blades

Just like in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the creators of White Whale Games are looking for that elusive big fish. But unlike the classic novel from which the founders chose their name, they’re likely to land their whale. And their “whale” is a fantasy sword fighting game for IOS, Mac and PC platforms that they […]