Archives for August 2012

SANewTech Seeks to Foster San Antonio’s Technology Community

Cole Wollak wants to help foster San Antonio’s growing technology community. So he created San Antonio New Tech, a new technology meetup that takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at Geekdom, a downtown collaborative coworking site for geeks. The first gathering takes place next week and 75 people have registered to attend. […]

Whoosh Traffic Helps Businesses Improve SEO Rankings

By Susan Lahey Reporter with Silicon Hills News In her early 20s, Erica Douglass seized every opportunity that arose—taking jobs instead of finishing college, rescuing discarded bits of servers from her employer’s dumpster to sell on eBay—and wound up building a successful hosting business. It was a roller coaster ride that sapped her physically and […]

PR Pro Laura Beck on We Are Austin Tech

Reporters like to work with PR people who know their craft backwards and forward. Laura Beck is one of those seasoned pros who understands the demands reporters face writing stories on deadline. She can connect a reporter to the right source in a timely manner. She also knows the key people in the technology industry […]

SwRI Leads Open Source Consortium for Robot Makers

Editor’s Note: Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio is a nonprofit research and engineering organization with more than 3,000 employees and revenue of $581 million last year. It’s one of the gems of San Antonio’s technology community. You can read more about the organization here. They do work for companies and government agencies and they […]

Rackspace Buys Mailgun

Rackspace’s cloud is getting cloud-based email services. San Antonio-based Rackspace announced today its purchase of Mailgun, a Y Combinator startup based in San Francisco. Rackspace recently launched its Open Cloud and this acquisition will further enhance its product portfolio, Mailgun makes it easy to “integrate cloud-based email services into applications and websites within minutes.” “Rackspace […]

San Antonio-based TrueAbility Launches

A new tech startup in San Antonio seeks to change the way companies hire technical talent. TrueAbility, a cloud-based technical assessment tool can help hiring managers and recruiters assess technical skills of job candidates, said Frederick Mendler, one of the company’s cofounders and its CEO. It puts “candidates in a real environment to test their […]

Perfecting the Tech Pitch

By Michael Girdley Special contributor to Silicon Hills News Pitch your idea. Pitch some more. Then keep pitching. Do it perhaps hundreds of times. That’s the only way for entrepreneurs to get their product and technology pitch up to a level that will impress potential investors, according to Cole Wollak. He gave a presentation at […]’s expansion into the consumer market with Printcopia

This morning, I spoke with Dan Graham, co-founder and CEO of, about the Austin-based company’s expansion into the consumer market., launched in 2005, makes signs, bumper stickers, magnets, banners and more for the business market. Realtors are chief among its customers. The privately held company expects to do $40 million in revenue this […] launches Printcopia, a new home decor site

Just in time to decorate dorm rooms and renovate empty nest homes, has launched Printcopia, a new home decor site. Austin-based, has grown quickly since its launch in 2005. But mainly, it’s growth has been organic with a few acquisitions along the way. The company now has more than 230 employees and $40 […]

WP Engine’s Jason Cohen on We Are Austin Tech

It’s the doldrums days of August and lots of people are getting ready to go back to school. So we figured we should get into the learning mode too. And who better to school us in the ways of startups than Austin’s Jason Cohen, founder of WP Engine and multiple other startups. Thanks to the […]