Archives for July 2012

Startup Grind Meeting July 26th Featuring ATI Director

At the SXSW Panel Picker meetup earlier this week, I met Andi Gillentine. She’s cofounder of Whit.Li, a startup focused on mining social networks to compile personality reports. Gillentine is also director of Startup Grind Austin, which has a meeting on July 26h featuring Isaac Barchas, the director of the Austin Technology Incubator at the […]

Keiretsu Forum Invests $3 Million in Savara Pharmaceuticals

The Keiretsu Forum’s members gave $3 million as the lead investor on a Series B round for Savara Pharmaceuticals. Savara is developing pulmonary drugs to treat serious and life threatening conditions. “The opportunity to invest in Savara Pharmaceuticals attracted many of our accredited investors, who are deeply committed to supporting products and technologies with the […]

Dell Unveils $60 million Fund for “the Next Big Thing”

Dell Ventures, the investment arm of Dell, wants to find and fund the “next big thing.” So the Round Rock-based company has unveiled a $60 million investment fund focusing on early stage companies in the “storage, server, networking, cloud computing and virtualization, analytics/BI/Big Data, mobility, end-user computing, services and software” businesses, according to a news […]

Latakoo Partners with NBC Universal

Austin-based startup latakoo struck a partnership with NBC News and NBC Universal to provide video transfer services to its news operations. NBC has been testings latakoo’s technology for the past year. “We think this is a great moment for us and NBC News,” Paul Adrian, CEO of latakoo, said in a news release. “The Internet […]

Startup Spotlight: UpgradeUSA

Jon Weisblatt, founder and CEO of Austin-based UpgradeUSA, recently sat down with me at Tech Ranch, where he has an office, to discuss his startup. UpgradeUSA has received a lot of press in recent months including a story by PandoDaily that ignited a bit of controversy in the comments section from readers concerned with the […]

Sprint Launches 4G LTE in San Antonio

On Sunday, Sprint officially launched its 4G LTE service in San Antonio, Houston Dallas and Waco and 11 other markets nationwide. “Sprint and our vendors have been deploying Network Vision sites all across the country for the last several months and we are thrilled to deliver our new network to our customers today in and […]

Startup Spotlight: Austin-based Affintus

Last week at San Francisco Bakery and Café on Anderson Lane, Paula Soileau, cofounder and partner at Affintus Scientific Hiring, sat down with me to talk about her startup. Before Affintus, Soileau worked at the American Heart Association as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. She’s passionate about connecting people with the […]

Belly Ballot Startup lets Parents Crowdsource Baby Names

It’s been awhile since I had a baby – 13 years to be exact. And boy have things changed. The Austin startup Belly Ballot puts a whole new twist into what’s in a name for baby. Belly Ballot, which bills itself as a social startup, lets expecting parents survey their friends and family via Facebook, […]

TechStars’ Cloudability Closes on $8.7 million in Venture Capital

In the first TechStars class held at the Geekdom earlier this year, Cloudability already had a head start on some of the other companies. The Portland-based startup had already participated in the Portland Incubator Experiment. When the team landed in San Antonio, they had already raised $1.1 million, according to VentureBeat. Now Mat Ellis, Cloudability’s […]

TriNet Partners with the Austin Technology Council

Human Resource provier TriNet has become a “Visionary Partner” with the Austin Technology Council. In that role, TriNet will donate money and executive expertise and become involved in the Austin Technology Council’s activities and board. The Austin Technology Council helps entrepreneurs and supports the technology industry locally. “TriNet is excited about our partnership with the […]