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 […]

Robert Langer Takes Innovations from the Lab to the Marketplace

Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin with Dr. Robert Langer, Koch Institute Professor at MIT.

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

Laura Bosworth, co-founder of TeVido Biodevices, photo by John Davidson.

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 […]

Sprinklr Acquires Austin-based Pluck


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

Whole Foods’ Global Talent Recruiter Andres Traslavina

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 […]

HomeAway Reports Increase in Revenue and Slight Profit for Latest Quarter

One of the print ads for HomeAway's new marketing campaign

HomeAway, the world’s largest online marketplace for vacation rentals, Tuesday reported revenue for the fourth quarter increased nearly 22 percent to $109.7 million compared to the same quarter a year ago. The Austin-based company reported a profit of $162,000 or less than a cent a share for the fourth quarter compared to a loss of […]

Crowds Gather in Austin to Play Ingress, a Mobile Game Aimed at World Domination

Amanda Saunders flew in from Houston to participate in the Ingress Shonin Anomaly

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Dressed in blue, the color of the Resistance, Amanda Saunders flew in from Houston to do battle against the Enlightened in Austin on Saturday. Saunders joined more than 1,200 people who gathered Saturday at the historic American Legion Charles Johnson home for the Shonin XM Anomaly, a […]

EvoSure Solves an Ancient Insurance Problem

EvoSure Team, photo by Susan Lahey

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Talk to the founders of EvoSure for 30 minutes and even if you thought insurance was the province of wary gray men in gray suits, you’ll come away convinced that it’s an exciting, complex maze of chance and judgment, fraught with risk in every direction, from human […]

Austin-based CoinTerra Files for Bankruptcy

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Founder & CEO of Cointerra

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News CoinTerra, once recognized as one of Austin’s fastest growing startups, has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy. The Austin-based bitcoin machine manufacturer filed for bankruptcy in Austin on Jan. 24, listing between $10 million and $50 million in assets and liabilities. “The move comes soon after CoinTerra […]

Ten Acre Organics Wins the Food Challenge Prize at UT

Robyn Metcalfe, founder and director of the Food Lab at UT

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A crowd turned out last Saturday to cheer on food industry innovators at the Norman Hackerman Building at the University of Texas. The top 20 finalists in the first Food Challenge Prize, put on by the Food Lab at UT, displayed their wares throughout the room. It […]