Calxeda’s chips save data centers energy and space

By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News As startup stories go, Calxeda’s is pretty dramatic: Mobile tech expert Barry Evans cooks up the idea of trading energy gobbling data server chips with small, efficient mobile phone chips that only need a tenth the power. They’re built to conserve energy when their hardware is […]

Silicon Hills Weekly Tech Roundup

A bit of good news this week for San Antonio from the Milken Institute. San Antonio tops the list of best performing cities in 2011 out of 200 metropolitan areas surveyed. You can read more about it in Jennifer Hiller’s story in the San Antonio Express-News. Austin ranked fourth. But Austin continues to pump out […]

A look at Geekdom in San Antonio

Nick Longo, head of Geekdom, a co-working and collaboration space at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio, created this video to provide insight into the mission of the nonprofit organization. Geekdom opened a few months ago and has held three Startup Ignite Hackathon events along with a 3 Day Startup San Antonio Weekend and […]

NewTek is booming from DIY broadcasting

Avatar and Titanic are just a few of the major motion pictures that used NewTek’s Lightwave 3D software to create special effects. On the small screen, current TV shows like Terra Nova, a sci-fi drama and Hawaii Five-O also use the software. Although NewTek is far from Hollywood, the San Antonio-based company is often an […]

NewTek: a Hollywood FX treasure in San Antonio

Donetta Colboch, director of public relations for NewTek, gives a tour of the San Antonio-based company’s office. The privately held company makes Lightwave 3D software that TV and movie makers use. The software was used in Avatar, Titanic, Monsters Inc. and dozens of other movies. NewTek also makes a portable production studio called a Tricaster […]

9W Search creates a financial search site for mobile users

Susan Strausberg knows how to dig into financial information and make it accessible to the masses. She founded Edgar Online in 1995, grew the company to 200 employees, took it public in 1999 and then left in 2007 to pursue other passions. Two years ago, Strausberg and her husband, Marc, moved from New York to […]

Superconductor Technologies relocates corporate headquarters to Austin from California

Superconductor Technologies, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. announced Monday plans to move its corporate headquarters to Austin along with a new manufacturing plant. The company, which makes high performance wires for power systems and cell phones, considered the “technical talent pools, facilities, and energy costs in a number of states” and determined Austin was the […]

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 […]