NASA’s Mission to Mars Depends on a Historic Rocket Engine Test Stand in Mississippi

The historic B-1/B-2 Rocket Engine Test Stand at Stennis Space Center, photo by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The historic B-2 rocket engine test stand, built in 1966, has tested Saturn V and Space Shuttle main engines. Now it’s being refurbished to play a huge role in NASA’s mission to deep space and eventually Mars. The 264 foot tall stand will test NASA’s Space Launch […]

Able’s New Approach to Collaborative Lending

Evan Baehr, co-founder of Able

By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News With nearly a decade of experience as a hairstylist, Hayley Groll has a loyal clientele and proven styling chops. But she just turned 27 and her credit score is just okay. Securing a small business loan to open her own shop looked like a no-go until […]

OneSpot Brings Relevance to Internet Ad Space

Matt Cohen, president and founder of OneSpot

BY LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News Matt Cohen is an old-school content guy. Two decades ago Cohen built the Houston Chronicle’s first website and developed the paper’s digital strategy. At the paper, Cohen noted that whenever they did reader surveys, subscribers always ranked the paper-edition advertisements among the top three things they […]

BeHome247 Strikes Partnership with Kaba to Make Products for the Vacation Rental Market


BeHome247, an Austin-based maker of automated controls for the home, has struck a partnership with Kaba Oracode, a maker of keyless door locks. Together, the company are going to work together to provide products for property managers active in the vacation rental market. The companies made the announcement at HomeAway’s RezFest 2014 in Nashville, the […]

Rackspace Isn’t For Sale, Appoints New CEO


Rackspace Tuesday announced that it is no longer for sale and it’s going to remain independent. The San Antonio-based Web hosting company also named Taylor Rhodes as its new CEO and a member of the board effectively immediately. He’s been with Rackspace for seven years and previously served as its president. In May, Rackspace announced […]

Intel to Host Internet of Things Workshop at TechShop in Austin


Intel will be hosting its Internet of Things Roadshow at Techshop in Austin on Saturday and Sunday. The roadshow is one of ten events the company is doing worldwide and the only one in Texas. Other events in the U.S. are in Mountain View, Calif. and New York. Other events globally are being held in […]

NASA’s On Track to Build the Most Powerful Rocket Ever

Inside the Michoud Assembly Facility, photo by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News NEW ORLEANS – In a former sugar plantation on the eastern outskirts of New Orleans sits one of the city’s hidden gems. NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility is known as the gateway to space. Although most people know New Orleans for Mardi Gras, great Jazz music, art, Bourbon […]

Acxiom Opens Austin Office with 150 Jobs


Acxiom, a Little Rock-based software company, announced Monday that it will be opening an Austin office and hiring 150 new employees. Acxiom is a data mining, analytics and marketing company. It recently launched a site, that lets consumers view the details the company has collected about them, according to this story in the New […]

Cratejoy Builds a Better Box Subscription Service

Alex Morse and Amir Elaguizy, co-founders of Cratejoy in Austin, photo by Leslie Anne Jones

By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News In our era of multitudinous, fragmented e-commerce, there’s a box subscription service for just about anything – baby clothes, lingerie, gluten-free food, gourmet candy. But until Cratejoy, there was no one-stop platform where box curators could get their businesses off the ground. Cratejoy founder Amir Elaguizy […]

Bob Metcalfe Tells Startups to Build Their Networks to Succeed


Bob Metcalfe, professor of Innovation at the University of Texas, spent some time talking with Jason Seats, managing director of Techstars, during a virtual fireside chat at Foundercon in Austin recently. Metcalfe has held many careers including educator, publisher and columnist, venture capitalist, inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com. He has spent the past […]