Archives for August 2013

ATI’s SEAL Decision Day to Feature Nine Student-Run Startups

The Austin Technology Incubator’s summer-long Student Entrepreneur Acceleration & Launch, known as ATI SEAL, culminates next Thursday with a Decision Day event. The event, on Sept. 5th, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. at the Blanton Museum at 200 E. MLK Blvd. It features nine student-run companies showcasing their startups. The […]

FurnitureNear.Me Seeks to Make Furniture Shopping Easier

E.J. Lawless, who formerly worked as senior director of online marketing at, has launched a vertical search engine called FurnitureNear.Me focused on helping consumers find furniture near their houses to save people time from going to store to store and searching on multiple Internet sites. The site is currently available for consumers to search […]

Makexyz Connects People with 3D Printers

Makexyz is a global online marketplace that connects people who want to get a product made with a 3D printer to people who have them in their neighborhoods. Nathan Tone, the company’s co-founder, spent some time Thursday morning chatting with Silicon Hills News about the startup, which launched in January and has quickly grown both […]

Ben Dyer Named Entrepreneur in Residence at UT Austin

Since the inception of the Longhorn Startup Program at the University of Texas two years, Ben Dyer, a serial entrepreneur, has served as a mentor to the student startups. But during the last year, Dyer took on an even bigger role in assisting Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation and Joshua Baer, specialist of computer science, […] Moves to Austin and Plans to Hire 40

Another California company has put stakes down in Austin., based in Irvine, Calif. with 1,000 employees, announced Wednesday plans to open an Austin office on Sept. 3 and hire up to 40 people. The office will focus on customer relations and business development. It will located in 7,000 square feet at the Stone Lake […]

IT Needs of the Future? Innovation and Playing Well With Others

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin Women in Technology hosted a lively conversation at Chez Zee Tuesday night about the future of tech jobs in Austin. The panel discussion featured Whurley, founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Austin City CIO Stephen Elkins, Melissa Richter, IT Executive with General Motors and Diane Kenyon, Senior […]

Grocery Delivery Service Burpy Featured on a Slice of Silicon Hills

By ANDREW MOORE Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ever wish you could call someone to go grocery shopping for you? Not bring you frozen food in a truck, but actually go to H-E-B or Walmart and pick up what you want as if you were going yourself. Well, if you live in Austin, you can […]

Austin Tech Needs Rebranding Says ATC’s Julie Huls

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Julie Huls, president and CEO of the Austin Technology Council, said Monday night that now, while Austin’s considered a bastion of “cool” and tech is growing, now is the time to address local tech needs going forward. To that end, ATC has spent the last few years […]

Nest Labs Partners with SPOT BPO to Add 140 Jobs in Austin

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News At the Pike Powers Lab Tuesday morning, Nest Labs, based in Palo Alto, announced it has selected SPOT BPO to expand its technical support and customer service in Austin. SPOT is locating its customer service center in a 27,000 square foot building at 6800 Burleson Road in […]

Ube Wants to Provide Automated Home Systems for the Everyman (or Woman)

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Utz Baldwin knew that one day regular people would be able to control their home electronics with their smart phones—regular people meaning not James Bond or the very wealthy. Having spent decades designing and installing connected home systems for rich people, he waited until the technology and […]