Dell Medical School: a Catalyst for Austin Startups

Maninder “Mini” Kahlon, vice dean for strategy and partnerships at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Courtesy photo.

By TIM GREEN Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News In July, after several years of preparation and construction, the Dell Medical School started instruction with its first class of students. The school, students and the Central Texas Community are walking hand-in-hand not only for a medical education, but to change how health care and medicine […]

ESO Solutions Helps Ambulance Services Perform Better

Chris Dillie, founder and CEO of ESO Solutions

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News The culture that Chris Dillie has implemented into his company is simple: be passionate about what you’re doing, and the money will follow. ESO Solutions, a health data exchange startup, provides software to help ambulance services better monitor their performance, and helps hospitals use that data to […]

Stealth Startup Magic Leap Officially Opens its Austin Office

Andy Fouche, vice president of public relations for Magic Leap, kicks off the press conference at the company's new Austin office.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few years ago, Michael Klug left his job as co-founder and chief technology officer at Zebra Imaging. At Zebra, Klug worked for 17 years on its dynamic 3D holographic and light-field display products. He helped the company raise money and launch its products. Klug, who has […]

Magnitude Software Acquires Simba Technologies


Austin-based Magnitude Software announced Tuesday plans to buy Simba Technologies, a data and analytics firm. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This acquisition furthers our strategic vision to enable enterprise-wide visibility and insights for corporate performance management,” Chris Ney, Chairman & CEO of Magnitude Software, said in a news release. “As data heterogeneity […]

Best Buy Selects San Marcos for E-Commerce Sales Operation


Best Buy has selected San Marcos as the location for its e-commerce sales operation with plans to hire 25 employees. The Greater San Marcos Partnership announced the deal Tuesday. “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement to bring this e-commerce sales operation to the City of San Marcos and Hays County,” Best Buy spokesman Shane […]

TPG Capital Buys Grande Communications for $650 Million


TPG Capital, a private equity firm, announced Monday plans to buy San Marcos-based Grande Communications Networks for $650 million. The firm also announced plans to buy RCN Telecom Services of Princeton, New Jersey for $1.6 billion. It purchased the companies from ABRY Partners in separate transactions. William Morrow founded Grande Communications in 1999 and served […]

FloSports Lands $21.2 Million in Funding to Expand Sports Coverage

FloSports staff, photo courtesy of the company.

Ten years ago, FloSports started out with just two brothers driving a used van around the country to cover track and field events and wrestling tournaments. Today, Austin-based FloSports has 165 employees and they report on 14 different sports categories including gymnastics, cheerleading and boxing. And Monday, the online sports network announced it has closed […]

Girls Who Code Graduates its First Austin Summer Class

Girls Who Code graduates from its first Austin Summer Immersion Program, photos by Susan Lahey.

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Apoorva Bapat had a whole academic year to learn the concepts that she and other teachers imparted to 17 girls in Austin during the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program this summer. “They would learn the concepts in the morning and by afternoon they were using them […]

Chiron Health Lets Doctors Get Paid for Telemedicine Services

Charlie Kolb, co-founder of telemedicine startup Chiron Health, photo courtesy of Chiron Health.

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News When Charlie Kolb, co-founder of telemedicine startup Chiron Health, made the decision to enroll in classes for his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, he did so with the dreams of one day starting his own company. “I wasn’t interested in investment banking, or […]

Alafair Biosciences of Austin Raises $2 Million in Venture Capital


Alafair Biosciences, an Austin-based medical device startup, announced Wednesday it has received $2 million in venture funding. ATP Fund led the Series A investment with participation form existing and new investors including the UT Horizon Fund. To date, the company, founded in 2011, has raised $5.9 million. The latest funds will help Alafair Biosciences expand […]