San Antonio FIRST Robotics Competition Sends Eight Teams to World Championship


BY ANDREW MOORE Reporter with Silicon Hills News High school students from Texas, Missouri, Florida, and Mexico arrived at the Henry B. Gonzales convention center this weekend for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Called FRC, the competition is part of the larger Alamo-FIRST that hosts several robotics competitions for students of different ages. Of the 61 […]

Austin-based StoryPress Lets People Record Their Stories


This week Slice of Silicon Hills News Host Andrew Moore interviews StoryPress founder Michael Davis about his new iPad app for creating and saving family history through audio stories. “StoryPress is trying to change the way that family history is preserved and passed down from generation to generation by making it fun and easy to […]

Dachis Group Hires Former Dell, Bazaarvoice Executive as President


Dachis Group announced this week that is has hired Erin Mulligan Nelson as its new president. Nelson previously served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Dell and as chief marketing officer at Bazaarvoice. Dachis Group’s addition of Nelson comes at a time when the company is scaling rapidly to provide critical data-driven […]

Rackspace and Red Hat Win Dismissal of Patent Lawsuit


San Antonio-based Rackspace and Red Hat announced Thursday that they have won a federal court decision dismissing a lawsuit brought by Uniloc USA. The victory over, Uniloc USA, concerned a 2012 lawsuit against Rackspace alleging “that the processing of floating point numbers by the Linux operating system violated U.S. Patent 5,892,697,” according to a news […]

Kids Learn Robotics and Engineering at FIRST Robotics Competition in San Antonio

Haley Ross with the Roosevelt Roboriders

BY L.A. LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Haley Ross, 17, built a Frisbee throwing robot with her team from Roosevelt High School. She’s passionate about robotics. “This is just a great hands on experience,” Ross said. “I get to learn all these technical things and work as a team.” Ross, who wants to be […]

Thinktiv Helps Tech Startups Succeed

Steve Waters and Jonathan Berkowitz, two of the principals of Thinktiv, a new kind of technology accelerator and venture fund

BY L.A. LOREK Founder of Silicon HIlls News Instead of having a startup company fail, Thinktiv wants to engineer a winning outcome by aligning money, talent, technology and distribution from the start. The Austin-based accelerator seeks to remove some of the uncertainty from the startup process through its special formula to take ideas to market […]

Time Warner Rolls Out IntelligentHome, Developed in Austin By iControl


Time Warner Cable launched its IntelligentHome, a security and home management system, this week in Austin and San Antonio. And the team developing the project in Austin was formerly uControl, which merged with iControl in November of 2010. The iControl Cable Division locally has grown from 25 employees to 60 employees in the last three […]

Accenture to Open Austin Innovation Center and Hire 300 Employees


Accenture announced Wednesday plans to open an Austin center of innovation to provide software and technology services to its health and public sector divisions. Accenture plans to hire 300 employees for the center by the end of the year, bringing its total Texas workforce to more than 5,000. Accenture already has an office in Austin […]

Austin Technology Council’s Startup Showdown and Third Annual CEO Summit on May 7-8


Every year, a meeting of the minds takes place in Austin with the region’s top technology CEOs. That event is the Austin Technology Council‘s third annual CEO Summit and Startup Showdown which takes place on May 8th at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. The theme this year is “Setting the Tech Agenda” and it […]

Silver Fox Studios at Geekdom Seeks to Revolutionize Media Production

Roell Vento and Tommy McNish, co-founders of Silver Fox Studios at Geekdom

Tucked into a corner of Geekdom’s 10th floor, Silver Fox Studios plans to change the way people consume media. Already, Roell Vento and Tommy McNish, the co-founders of the studio, have produced several Web-based programs and they plan a dozen more in the coming weeks. “The Web creates a level playing field,” Vento said. “It’s […]