The Daily Dot plans to become THE Internet newspaper

By Susan Lahey Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News One of the first stories that ran in The Daily Dot: The Hometown Newspaper of the World Wide Web, was an obituary. Most obituaries for Angelica Marie Schaaf Rayl talked about her as a wife, a mother, even a soap maker. The Daily Dot focused on […]

Silicon Hills Technology Weekly Round-Up

The shortage of technology workers in the Silicon Hills region continues. The Austin American-Statesman today reported that the recent trip technology CEOs from Austin took to California didn’t result in any new employees moving to Texas. Perhaps that’s why San Antonio-based Rackspace recently opened an office in San Francisco. The technology companies have to go […]

Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf’s crowd-sourced talk

Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf gave a crowd-sourced talk Friday night during San Antonio Startup Ignite’s third Hack-a-thon at the Geekdom. To start, Elmendorf went to the white board and asked the crowd of about 100 what they wanted to know. People shouted out about a dozen questions including “what was your first entrepreneurial experience, what […]

Rackspace expands its “Castle” headquarters

In 2007, Rackspace Hosting moved into the former Windsor Park Mall in Windcrest, a suburb of San Antonio. Rackspace set up its main headquarters in the old Mervyn’s department store. Now the global web hosting company has expanded further into the former mall’s food court and the Rackspace culture of fun continues to permeate the […]

Enlyton.me creates a new way to search for and share information

Doing research online can take a lot of time and effort and led to frustration. It can also be difficult to retain the research in an easy to access and share format. That’s the opportunity that Chris Mckinzie, co-founder and CEO of Enlyton.me set out to fix. “Search should be more of a discovery, not […]

Bob Metcalfe’s pitch for 3Com

At the Demo Day for One Semester Startup, one of the best pitches came from Ethernet co-inventor Bob Metcalfe. Metcalfe, who moved to Austin in January, serves as professor of electrical engineering and director of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin. This fall, Metcalfe, who also serves as general partner of Polaris Venture […]

Facebook buys Gowalla

In the battle of the geolocation apps, Gowalla lost. Foursquare won. Now CNN is reporting that Facebook has bought Gowalla and plans to move the entire team from Austin to Facebook’s Palo Alto, Calif.-based headquarters. I wrote this story about the Foursquare vs. Gowalla battle for the check-ins at South by Southwest Interactive in 2010.

UT’s One Semester Startup Demo Day

During the first One Semester Startup at the University of Texas, 75 students formed 20 companies. Thursday night, the students behind those newly formed ventures pitched their startups to about 200 people, some students, university faculty, press, investors and entrepreneurs, gathered at the University of Texas stadium’s Red McCombs End Zone Club. The pitches ranged […]

Rackspace opens its San Francisco office today

Rackspace Hosting, which started out as a small venture in San Antonio in 1998 has since developed into a global corporation with nearly 4,000 employees. I’ve covered the company since its early days. So it’s really thrilling to watch it launch a San Francisco office near the heart of Silicon Valley. Graham Weston, chairman of […]

Startup America comes to Texas

Startup Texas launched today. With Michael Dell on the board of Startup America, it’s natural that Texas is one of the latest regions selected by the organization to help foster entrepreneurship. Startup America launched earlier this year and is a private-public partnership initiated by President Obama and the White House. But Steve Case, CEO of […]