Bob Metcalfe Wants to Create a Better Silicon Valley in Austin

Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, photo by John Davidson

By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News At 24 Diner in downtown Austin, Bob Metcalfe orders a large bowl of fruit with extra strawberries and coffee for breakfast. Metcalfe, 68, is training to walk his first marathon. And it’s not an ordinary marathon either. He’s doing the Boston Marathon in April. His wife, Robyn, […]

Vast is Creating Better Search Tools to Find Homes and Autos

The team at Vast, photo courtesy of the company.

By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News Vast, which makes search and analytics tools for homes and autos, started out in Silicon Valley in 2005. Naval Ravikant, now CEO of AngelList, founded the company to create a better search site to help people find and discover items online. He wanted people to use technology […]

Collab/Space Austin Workshop in April to Focus on Data

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Data is the new gold for companies, big and small, to mine in the online world. Sifting through data for important insights can provide a competitive edge in any industry. In fact, at SXSW Interactive 2015, Bill Gurley, venture capitalist with Benchmark, said he looks for startups that have a data scientist, for potential investments. […]

Oslo’s Kahoot! Becomes First Capital Factory International Company

Åsmund Furuseth, VP Business Development of Kahoot! and Johan Brand, CEO and Co-Founder
with Fred Schmidt, director of international affairs. Photo courtesy of Kahoot!

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News “Play is our original language; then when we get to school, they remove the play,” said Johan Brand, CEO and co-founder of Kahoot!, a platform that lets students play a high-energy, high interaction quiz game in the classroom using their mobile devices. Kahoot!, from Oslo, is the […]

Techstars Austin Announces New Class

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The Techstars program in Austin has announced its new class of startups featuring 10 technology companies from around the country. This is Techstars third class in Austin. It officially kicked off the program Monday and it runs for three months with Demo Day on June 17th at the Austin Music Hall. Jason Seats, cofounder of […]

Austin MedTech Showcased at SXSW

Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWeat at the Austin HealthTech Pavillion at SXSW

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The medical technology industry in Austin is booming. For evidence, look no further than the 18 startups that exhibited in the Austin Health Pavilion Monday and Tuesday at the inaugural South by Southwest Interactive MedTech Expo. “The goal of the Austin Health Pavilion at the MedTech Expo […]

Capital Factory Partners with Dublin Incubator at SXSW

Signing on behalf of Gravity was Cian O’Cuilleanain, Co-Founder, and on behalf of Capital Factory was Fred Schmidt, Director of International. The signing was witnessed by Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, and Gavin O’Flaherty, Partner at Mason Hayes & Curran, a Dublin law firm. Photo courtesy of Fred Schmidt

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Cian O’Cuilleanain, co-founder of Gravity Centres in Dublin, fell in love with SXSW three years ago when he first attended Interactive. “Everybody was so welcoming, there were all these opportunities opening, there was the energy of the town. I went back home and started pitching Austin all […]

UT Austin Showcases Innovative Technology at SXSW

The UT Austin HARMONY Robotic Exoskeleton

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At South by Southwest, the University of Texas at Austin showed off some of its technological innovations this year. On Sunday, the UT Village featured a series of panel sessions on topics such as 3D printing, connected vehicles and big data. During a reception in the evening, […]

Honest Dollar Wins ATI SXSW Pitch Competition

The Honest Dollar team

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Honest Dollar, the company that’s been sweeping the 2015 SXSW pitch scene like Adele at the Grammy’s in 2013, won the Austin Technology Incubator pitch competition Monday morning. There was no cash prize but, as CEO Whurley explained, Honest Dollar just closed out a $3 million round, […]

The Robot Petting Zoo at SXSW

Jodi Mixon with Ozobot

For the first year, South by Southwest Interactive featured a “Robot Petting Zoo” at its festival. A room at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown housed a variety of robots including drones, tiny programmable bug-like Ozobots, an autonomous six-legged social robot known as DAR-1, the Double Robotics telepresence robot and Bujold, one of the most heavily […]