Austin Hackney United Official Program Launches

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Texas Representative Tan Parker wants to make Austin the most competitive and easy place for any company in Britain to set up shop, according to UK Consul General Andrew Millar, speaking to a group of about 40 at the official launch of Austin Hackney United, a sister-cities […]

Rackspace’s Videographer Launches Kickstarter for Short Film

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Dave Sims, filmmaker and storyteller at Rackspace, has launched a Kickstarter to produce a 15 to 20 minute short film set in the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. “The film tells the story of a woman who while hiking in the remote desert stumbles upon an unconscious man, prompting a haunting story of […]

Perks Help to Attract and Retain High Tech Talent

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News Back in the highflying dot com days, the perks at high tech companies flowed as freely as the beer from onsite kegs on Fridays. Today, the competitive landscape for tech workers has meant another resurgence of perks to lure employees and keep them happy. And whiskey Fridays […]

Ways to Get Startup Bucks in Silicon Hills

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News The funding landscape for startups in Central Texas has changed dramatically in the last five years. New firms have launched like LiveOak Venture Partners in Austin and the Geekdom Fund in San Antonio. And old firms have faded away like Austin Ventures, the big daddy of Austin’s […]

Seven Women Run Tech Startups in San Antonio to Watch

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city, yet it doesn’t have a lot of tech startups run by women and backed by venture capital. But San Antonio’s booming life sciences industry holds a lot of promise for women-led ventures. Two women, both biotech industry veterans, lead […]

Robert Langer Takes Innovations from the Lab to the Marketplace

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Known as a modern-day Thomas Edison of biotechnology, Dr. Robert Langer visited the University of Texas at Austin on Friday to inspire others who wish to emulate his success. Langer gave UT students, faculty and guests advice on how he has started 18 companies, has written nearly […]

Six Women Run Tech Startups to Watch in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The stats don’t bode well for women-run tech startups nationwide. Less than 3 percent of venture-backed startups have a woman as a CEO. But things are changing. Groups like Women@Austin, Women Who Code and Women in Technology are shining a spotlight on female tech entrepreneurs locally. And […]

The Open Cloud Institute Launches at UTSA

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The University of Texas at San Antonio on Thursday announced the creation of the Open Cloud Institute with $9 million in backing. The Open Cloud Institute will focus on creating degree programs in cloud computing and big data. It will also work closely with companies in the cloud computing industry. The 80/20 Foundation has pledged […]

Sprinklr Acquires Austin-based Pluck

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Sprinklr announced Thursday its acquisition of Pluck, an Austin-based social media company. This is Sprinklr’s second acquisition of an Austin company. A year ago, New York-based Sprinklr acquired the Dachis Group in Austin, a social media and brand analytics company. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. “First party and third party social experiences […]

HackerRank Event Explores Latest STEM Recruiting Strategies

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News About 30 recruiters gathered on the 17th floor of the Hyatt Tuesday evening for the HackerRank second annual Re-engineer event focusing on improving tech recruiting outcomes. HackerRank representatives talked about their platform that replaces job fairs with hackathons and code sprints. And Whole Foods’ Global Talent Recruiter […]