Archives for October 2013

Lessons Startups Can Learn From Halloween

It’s that haunting time of the year when zombies, ghouls, princesses and werewolves march up and down the streets in search of tricks and treats. But it’s also a time for reflection. After all, Halloween is the eve of all hallows day or Day of the Dead in Latino culture. It reminds us that we’re […]

Persistence and Confidence Key to RetailMeNot’s Cotter Cunningham’s Success

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News It’s not a good idea to quit a good job and launch a divorce startup while happily married, said Cotter Cunningham. “The day you quit your job to go home and tell your wife you’re starting a divorce site is not the best day of your life,” […]

Ordoro Helps Online Retailers Get to the Next Level by Streamlining Backend Operations

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Maybe Ordoro is taking the “Hire slow, fire fast” adage too literally. But right now, the nine employees and their Belgian investor share a vision about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it: To wit, building a sustainable company with a great culture. And they’d rather […]

Ten Techstars Austin Startups Pitched Perfectly at Demo Day

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Ten companies pitched perfectly at the inaugural Austin Techstars Demo Day before a packed house at the Austin Music Hall Tuesday afternoon. No one read from a script or even flubbed a line. The Techstars Austin class presented well thought out business plans and many already had […]

Phunware’s Alan Knitowski Calls it Like He Sees It at Startup Grind Austin

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Alan Knitowski calls it like he sees it, letting fly his controversial perspectives that: Austinites bootstrap too much, entrepreneurs interested in work/life balance need to “grow up” and he would happily rail on the entire group of investors at Austin Ventures to their faces. The investor, serial […]

First 3 Day Startup Program at UTSA

By ANDREW MOORE Reporter with Silicon Hills News The University of Texas at San Antonio held its inaugural 3 Day Startup event last weekend. Friday afternoon, 35 students began working to create startups with viable business models within a 52 hour deadline. At the final presentation Sunday evening, the students pitched six startups to a […]

Mark Cuban and Cotter Cunningham to Speak at Longhorn Startup Lab

Longhorn Startup Lab started out two years ago as a way to jump start undergraduate entrepreneurs at the University of Texas at Austin. The program run by Bob Metcalfe, UT professor of innovation, and Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Capital Factory, has graduated four classes so far. Ben Dyer, entrepreneur in residence at […]

Hong Kong Seeks to Collaborate with Austin Startups

For years, Hong Kong has served as the gateway to China for the Western world looking to get products designed and prototyped and then manufactured on the mainland. But now the exotic Asian island wants to reinvent itself into a startup hub with the Startmeup.HK initiative. And it seems to be working. During Austin Startup […]

HomeAway Joins Forces with Expedia

HomeAway, the world’s biggest marketplace for vacation home rentals, has struck an agreement with Expedia to offer its properties on the popular travel search site. The pilot is expected to launch early next year and it will include properties in the U.S. and Mexico, according to a news release. “This is a significant milestone for […]

Pivot3 Gets $14 Million in Financing

Pivot3 has closed on $14 million in venture capital. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to fund its growth next year. InterWest Partners and Mesirow Financial Capital Partners led the round, according to a news release. Other funders included Focus Ventures, Lightspeed Partners, Silver Creek Ventures, Northleaf Ventures and Wilson Sonsini. Comerica Bank […]