B.A.S.H.H. Founder Lani Rosales Keeps Austin Authentic

Lani Rosales, photo by Annie Ray

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News “There’s not one business meeting I go to where I can’t cuss and wear flip flops,” said Lani Rosales, explaining one reason why—when she married her husband, Benn Rosales—she agreed to include in their vows that she’d never force him to leave Austin. Many people know Lani […]

Experiment Engine Gets $1 Million in Seed Funding

Austin-based Experiment Engine announced Tuesday that is has closed on a $1 million seed funding round. The company received funding from Founder Collective, based in New York and Boston, Mercury Fund in Houston and Austin Angel Investors Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Indeed.com. Experiment Engine, which recently graduated from the […]

Upland Software Acquires Solution Q for $5.8 Million


Austin-based Upland Software has acquired Toronto, Canada-based Solution Q for approximately $5.8 million and plans to retain all of the company’s employees. It’s Upland Software’s seventh acquisition in three years and is part of the company’s overall strategy to expand its products and services, according to a news release. Upland, which has 340 employees, plans […]

BikeTexas Teams up With Spinlister


Spinlister, the peer-to-peer bike sharing service that launched in Austin last month, has signed a deal to sponsor BikeTexas, an organizations that encourages and promotes bicycling. Spinlister plans to help BikeTexas with marketing and logistical support for its new BikeTexas parking and valet programs. It plans to offer the services to event organizers to promote […]

Google Fiber Austin Announced 1 Gigabit Internet Pricing Plan at its New Downtown Headquarters

Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber in Austin, photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google Fiber will house its Austin headquarters in the former Austin Children’s Museum at 201 W. Colorado, Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber announced Monday. Strama said he hopes the 23,000 square foot building will be Austin’s “Living Room.” He was hearkening back to the opening of […]

HomeAway’s Brian Sharples’ Entrepreneurial Journey

Brian Sharples, courtesy photo from HomeAway

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News As a serial entrepreneur, Brian Sharples, co-founder of HomeAway, has learned many lessons on his entrepreneurial journey. He recounted several of them with Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the University of Texas last week. Metcalfe interviewed Sharples, CEO of HomeAway at the Longhorn Startup Demo Day. […]

Rackspace’s Thanksgiving Day Food Drive Helps Needy Families

Rackspace's Lawrence "SugarBear" Reyes and his infant daughter greet the crowd at Rackspace's Thanksgiving Day Food Distribution event.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A voucher for a free turkey and a box of food items from Rackspace came as a surprise to Robin Dysart. Crestview Elementary School sent the voucher home with her daughter. “It means the world to us, we’ve been having some difficulties for the last few years,” […]

Rackspace’s Chairman Invests Millions in its Stock


Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston has been bullish on his company since he made his initial investment to found the hosting company in 1999. And now, he’s investing even more in the San Antonio-based managed cloud company. This week, Weston announced he has purchased $2.5 million or 58,400 shares of the company’s stock on the open […]

The Latest Crop of Startups from Longhorn Startup Demo Day

Vaibhav Gupta and Ray Xu, two of the founder of Lyte Labs at Longhorn Startup Demo Day

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News From a ring that monitors glucose levels for diabetics to a mouth guard which tracks concussions in athletes, twelve student-run startups showcased their innovative ideas at the 7th Longhorn Startup Demo Day. The event held at the Lady Bird Johnson auditorium at the University of Texas at […]

12 Austin Companies Make Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 List


Twelve Austin companies made Deloitte’s annual Technology Fast 500 list, up from eight companies last year. Deloitte ranks the fastest growing private and public companies in the technology industry. Five of the companies made the list last year and again made the list this year including Kinnser Software, 181, Bazaarvoice, 186, SailPoint, 233, HomeAway, 404 […]