Famigo lets families play together safely on small screens

By Susan Lahey Special contributor to Silicon Hills News When people write about Austin start-up Famigo‚Äôs new tool, the Sandbox, they focus on the benefit: Parents can pass their mobile phones to children, touching the Sandbox icon, and restricting that kid to a safe world of age-appropriate games. In the Sandbox, he can never dial […]

Hurricane Party reinvents itself as Foreca.st

Eric Katerman, one of the founders of Austin-based Hurricane Party, spoke at Austin Startup Week at the Tiniest Bar in Texas. He said the team at Hurricane Party spent a year building a product that no one really wanted. They’ve since created Foreca.st, which is in Beta testing. Hurricane Party was party of The Capital […]

MyLocalReporter connects companies with the media

Dave Manzer started Austin-based PROverCoffee.com in 2010. He arranges monthly meet ups with members of the media and the business community. This interview with Manzer is from Startup Week at the Austin Startup Bazaar. He recently launched MyLocalReporter to help companies in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth pitch their companies and products to […]

Comic Con works its magic in Austin

By Isadora Vail Special contributor to SiliconHillsNews.com Wizards, video game characters, sci-fi villains, super heroes and superstars attended the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con, a local spin off of the world-famous San Diego comic book convention. Hundreds of pop-culture fans gathered at the Austin Convention Center to trade comic books, buy action figures, and listen […]

A wrap up of 3 Day Startup San Antonio

Entrepreneurs hope to launch the next big thing at 3 Day Startup San Antonio

In 72 hours, a group of strangers met, brainstormed ideas and then built working prototypes for six companies. The companies included Spear Guard, an e-mail security firm, Renew Couture, a recycled clothing line, Stride Sync, a music sharing app, Golf Average, a statistical analysis app to improve golf performance, SimpLingo, a browser plug-in to learn […]

Prepping for the pitch session at 3 Day Startup San Antonio

At 7 p.m., members of the 3 Day Startup San Antonio weekend will demonstrate their new companies and pitch to a group of investors. The group, mostly students from a variety of universities, have been working all weekend to create their startups. They’ve rarely left the 11th floor of the Weston Centre downtown, home to […]

Five companies under development at 3 Day Startup San Antonio

About 40 aspiring entrepreneurs gathered Friday afternoon at Geekdom downtown for 3 Day Startup San Antonio. They brought sleeping bags, backpacks, computers and tents. They had plenty of fuel to get them through the weekend with two refrigerators filled with Red Bull, sodas, gatorade, juice boxes, water, beer and fruit. An entire shelf held dozens […]

Austin-based Mass Relevance partners with Twitter

Twitter wants to harness the power of TV to encourage people to log on to the micro-blogging site. To that end, it struck up a partnership with Austin-based Mass Relevance today. Mass Relevance created a content curation system for an estimated 250 million tweets each day. For example, NBC’s The Voice used Mass Relevance’s platform […]

San Antonio’s Three Day Startup kicks off Friday

For three days, 40 people will meet, brainstorm and create companies during San Antonio’s Three Day Startup Weekend. The action takes place this Friday at the Geekdom at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. Luz Cristal Glangchai, associate director of Trinity University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, oversees the program. She held a bootcamp last night […]