Archives for January 2013

Texas Ventures Labs Investment Competition is Next Week

The Texas Ventures Labs Investment Competition will be held at the AT&T Executive Education Center in downtown Austin starting next Thursday. The annual event is a business plan competition featuring 25 University of Texas at Austin graduate student teams. Those teams are vying for prizes worth a total of $135,000. The two-day event starts with […]

11 Startups Join Texas Venture Lab’s Spring 2013 Accelerator

Eleven startups will join the Spring 2013 Accelerator put on by the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs at the University of Texas at Austin. Half of the companies focus on the software industry with the remaining companies working on hardware, biotechnology, consumer goods and healthcare. “I am excited to see what the students and entrepreneurs […]

“Create Something That Will Make the World Awesome”

Every once in a while, startup entrepreneurs need a “Pep Talk” well here it is from Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake and a 9-year-old kid from Tennessee known as Kid President.

We Are Austin Tech Interviews CNN’s Josh Rubin

This week, We Are Austin Tech features an interview with Josh Rubin, who can often be found covering startup events throughout the city for CNN. Rubin runs the CNN Express Bus, a broadcast-ready mobile news bureau. During his interview, Rubin discusses the coverage of technology in Austin and says it’s not where he thinks it […]

Toopher Becomes an IT Portfolio Company at ATI

The Austin Technology Incubator at The University of Texas announced that Toopher has officially graduated into its Incubator as an IT portfolio company. Last December, Toopher closed a $2 Million Series A round of funding from investors including Alsop Louie Partners of San Francisco. Toopher was started in 2011 by Evan Grim, a University of […]

Crytek GmGH of Germany Opens Austin Game Studio

Crytek GmbH announced it has opened its fist U.S.-based video game studio in Austin. It is the ninth studio worldwide for the company. “Crytek has always enjoyed a special relationship with gamers and business partners in North America, so establishing a permanent presence in the US was a natural step,” Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said […]

TrueAbility Selected as a SXSW Interactive Accelerator Finalist

San Antonio-based TrueAbility made the finalist list for the SXSW Accelerator in March. TrueAbility, one of the TechStar Cloud companies based at Geekdom, is the only startup from Central Texas to make the list. A few Austin companies made the alternates list including and Spot On Sciences. TrueAbility will compete in the Innovative Web […]

Register for the Austin Tech Career Expo at SXSW

It’s never too early to start thinking about South by Southwest. The mammoth technology, music and film conference kicks off in March. Last year’s event attracted a record-breaking crowd of more than 20,000 people just for the Interactive part of the festival. With that many in geeks in one place, it just makes sense to […]

Austin Startup SpareFoot Keeps Marketing Weird with Pinup Calendar

The startup team at SpareFoot has got a lot of spirit. They always participate in all the startup events in Austin including placing in the top stops at Startup Olympics. But now the 60-person company, started four years ago by Chuck Gordon and Mario Feghali, have really started thinking outside the box – that is […]

Next One’s On Me Hires Two Executives and Raises Money

Next One’s On Me has hired two new executives and closed on $570,000 of a $1 million founding round. NOOM hired Ben Calder as Chief Technology Officer and Paul O’Brien as Chief Marketing Officer. They’ll join co-founders Sara Rodell and Jeffrey Schwartz. With NOOM’s mobile app, a person can send a coupon for a drink, […]