Archives for July 2013

Austin Startup Offers Open Source Legal Insight

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Historically speaking, law is a tangled mess of arcane language wrapped around a maze of pitfalls and risk, and lawyers were the only ones who could safely wield it. But a new Austin startup wants to change that., founded by Chris Murphy and Bradley Clark, a […]

Mike Maples Talks Investments, Startup Smarts and Bill Gates

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Former Microsoft senior executive and current investor and rancher Mike Maples Sr. answered questions ranging from what he looks for in investments to what it was like to work closely with Bill Gates Monday night at Austin’s Startup Grind at Capital Factory. After his retirement in 1995, […]

Ferris Launches Video Collaboration App

At a birthday party in Aspen, Colorado, Paul Boukadakis and Chris Shaheen couldn’t find a good way to capture all the moments around them. That’s where and when they came up with the idea for a social video sharing application called Ferris. “This app was born out of frustration for us,” said Boukadakis, CEO of […]

SolarWinds Announces $50 Million Stock Buyback

Austin-based SolarWinds announced Monday that the software company plans to repurchase up to $50 million worth of its common stock. “This share repurchase reflects the confidence of our management team and board of directors in the long term growth strategy that we have laid out and are executing on for SolarWinds,” Kevin Thompson, the company’s […]

WigWag Wants to Help You Make Your House Smarter

Want to know about the future of home automation? Then check out WigWag, an Austin-based startup that has created a home automation system based on smart sensors. The sensors can adjust lighting depending on the time of day and automatically start the coffee pot in the morning or turn up and down the thermostat. “WigWag […]

Bloomfire Named a 2013 Hot Vendor in Social Business

Austin-based Bloomfire, maker of a web and mobile knowledge sharing app, made the list of 2013 Hot Vendors in Social Business in a report by Aragon Research. Aragon Research focused on vendors who are driving forward with solutions that socially enable a business process or function. They named five vendors to their 2013 list — […]

San Antonio-based TrueAbility Lands $2 Million in Funding

The year-old San Antonio startup TrueAbility, which tests people for their technical aptitude, closed on $2 million in funding led by Austin Ventures. The company, founded by former Rackspace employees, also received money from the Cloud Power Seed Fund 2013, a special San Antonio fund set up to invest in TechStar Cloud companies. TrueAbility previously […]

Localeur Provides Local Experience for Travelers

By CLARISA RAMIREZ Reporter with Silicon Hills News “We have a fundamental belief that the future of travel is local, and we’re going to beat everyone there,” says Joah Spearman, Co-Founder and CEO of Localeur, a travel and local guide website that launched in Austin in March. Spearman, 30, sits in front of a slim […]

Europe’s Fastest Growing Tech Center is Austin’s Kindred Spirit

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Serial entrepreneur Fred Schmidt remembers sitting in his London hotel, getting ready to head to Heathrow and back to Austin with the entourage, including Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. They’d concluded an official visit to Tech City in the borough of Hackney, the European Union’s fastest-growing tech hub, […]

Steve Case Visits Austin, Touts Entrepreneurship for Job Creation

Steve Case, head of Startup America, co-founder of AOL, CEO of Revolution LLC, and chairman of the Case Foundation, visited Austin on Thursday. During his visit, Case met with about 60 entrepreneurs, media and others during a session at Capital Factory, put on by Scott Robinson, head of Startup Austin, the local affiliate of Startup […]