Complete XRM Buys Fanatic Software

Fanatic Software, based in Cedar Park, now belongs to Complete XRM. The Salt Lake City-based Complete XRM did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Fanatic Software, founded in 1997, develops mobile and Mac applications. Its flagship product is the Pocket Informant Mac, iOS and Android productivity apps. It has more than four million […]

OutboundEngine Completes Acquisition of ReadyChat

OutboundEngine, which makes an online marketing platform for small business owners, on Monday announced it has completed its acquisition of Toronto-based ReadyChat, a web-based live chat service for real estate and mortgage companies. OutboundEngine acquired ReadyChat in December of 2015. But the company remained in stealth mode until now. OutboundEngine focuses on real estate, mortgage […]

Star Citizen Raises $145 Million from Crowdfunding

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Managing expectations for projects that have been crowdfunded can often pose as large hurdles for innovators whose creations depend on the support of a faithful and engaged community. “Managing people’s expectations on how long it’s going to take to build and launch is probably the hardest part […]

Needed: Freedom Hackers to Fight Authoritarian Regimes

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The first time Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob saw the internet, it changed her life. She lived, she said in a “predefined reality.” “We live in a dark place we only see what the family chooses for us. We only hear what people say about the West.” But […]

SXSW Shines a Spotlight on the Explosive Growth of Podcasting

By TODD NEVINS Special contribution to Silicon Hills News SXSW Interactive was packed full of sessions and panels on the exponential growth of the podcast industry as well as meet ups and live podcast performances from local and global shows. Once the basics were covered in each of these panels like, “How do you start […]

Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pakistan is working hard to grow a tech ecosystem, and this week signed agreements both with the City of Austin and Capital Factory to further those efforts. A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Austin and the City of Lahore was signed by Mayor Adler and […]

New Book Melds Crowdsourcing, Storytelling and Austin Music

Special Contribution by LISA WYATT ROE While SXSW sits at the crossroads of tech and music, the new book “Seduced by Sound: Austin, 100 Musicians on Why They Make Music” is almost a signpost. This anthology written by some of Austin’s best artists came together via a social collaboration platform built by Weeva, a Capital […]

EORA-3D and Quizling Win Australia’s Pitch Competition

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Australia showed off its tech industry in a major way at South by Southwest Interactive 2017. And the country’s tech startups performed well, said Patrick Hanlon, Trade and Investment Commissioner and Deputy Consul General in the Houston Australian Consulate-General. The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, known as […]

How Driverless Cars Can Impact Society

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News No one knows precisely when driverless cars will become the norm in the U.S. but the speakers at a SXSW panel on the future of transportation can say they will impact society in myriad ways. For example, the federal government collects more than $50 billion in taxes […]

Buzz Aldrin is on a Mission to Occupy Mars

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to set foot on the moon, thinks that should be a stop on the journey to Mars and the U.S. should occupy the red planet. Aldrin participated in a featured session at South by Southwest Film on […]