Archives for November 2012

Eleven Student Companies Debut at 1SS Demo Day

University of Texas cheerleaders turned out to celebrate a group of student entrepreneurs at 1 Semester Startup Demo Day Thursday night. “We want our entrepreneurs to be as supported and celebrated as our athletes,” said Bob Metcalfe, a 1SS professor, co-inventor of Ethernet, founder of 3Com and the Cockrell School’s Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise. […]

Trailblazer Rony Kahan’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Rony Kahan and his wife spent more than a week hiking from base camp at Mount Everest to Kathmandu without a guide. The couple didn’t follow a path. Instead, they used a compass and found their own way. That journey is analogous to the one that Kahan and his co-founder Paul Forster took creating Austin-based […]

Mass Relevance Moves Into Downtown Offices

Mass Relevance held an open house and gave tours of its new downtown office at 800 Brazos St. in Austin. The company took a 12,000 square foot space and transformed it into a cool high-tech office. Sam Decker, CEO of Mass Relevance, shared this video on Twitter. It shows the company’s open design for its […]

Lessons Learned from Austin-based HelpAttack!

By EHREN FOSS Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News What’s the whole story? The purpose of the rest of this post isn’t to tell the whole story of HelpAttack! We hope, however, to pass along the most valuable wisdom we have accrued. Sarah Vela came up with the idea that became HelpAttack! during Austin’s “Movember” […]

High Cost vs. Low Cost Startup Economies

By PAUL O’BRIEN Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Having spent a couple years now in Austin, and the previous 12 in Silicon Valley, a frequent topic of discussion over drinks or dinner is the question of how entrepreneurship works. Not “Startups” per se, at least not in the context that we think of them […]

San Antonio-based One Source Networks Acquires OuterNet of Austin

One Source Networks, a managed voice, data and cloud services provider, has struck an agreement to buy OuterNet, a cloud managed solutions provider, based in Austin. The San Antonio-based company did not provide the details of the sale but reported it’s expected to close in the next month. The deal also includes OuterNet’s 10,000 square […]

HeyRide Disrupts the Traditional Cab Industry

A new startup, Heyride is creating quite a shake up in the Austin transportation industry. The company, founded in 2012, draws its inspiration from “the success of collaborative consumption companies such as Airbnb and car2go.” Heyride has established an alternative marketplace to cabs in Austin. It’s a place where people can give and receive rides […]

VISA’s New Global IT Center in Austin to Create 794 jobs

The news couldn’t be better for Austin these days with its highly skilled high-tech workforce attracting new Fortune 500 companies. First, General Motors announced plans to establish a research center in Austin, which will employ 500 workers. Now Visa U.S.A. plans to build a new global IT center and create 794 new jobs in Austin, […]

Tech Entrepreneur Mellie Price Featured on We Are Austin Tech

This week on We Are Austin Tech, Mellie Price gives advice on entrepreneurship. “One person told me early on that the truth is right there you just have to listen to it,” Price said in the interview. “Listen to your customers. They are giving you real feedback. Be willing to hear it. If they are […]

Interact ATX Seeks Bright Young Entrepreneurs For SXSW

Interact ATX wants to attract the best and brightest young startup minds to join them at South by Southwest Interactive next year. The group, started by Maran Nelson, a senior majoring in psychology and advertising at the University of Texas, seeks to bring about 100 young entrepreneurs from all over the country to Austin this […]