Experts Brainstorm on the Austin Tech Ecosystem

Brainstorming Session, photo by Susan Lahey

BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News One of the most compelling statements at the Morning TechTalk Leadership Series and Breakfast Wednesday was made by a newcomer to Austin. Candice Hahn of R/GA Digital Advertising moved to town from the Bay area in July. “What I observed in San Francisco is that the city […]

Krimmeni Technologies Lands $11.7 Million in Venture Capital

Krimmeni Technologies, a cyber security firm, announced Thursday it has received $11.7 million in Series A funding from Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners. The startup makes ultra-secure communications technology for Cloud-based data centers and focuses on the Internet of Things market. As a result of the deal, Third Point Ventures Managing Partner Robert […]

Clarify Lands $1 Million in Seed Funding

Paul Murphy, CEO of

Clarify, which makes audio and video search technology, announced Wednesday that it has closed on $1 million in seed stage financing. The Austin-based startup received funding from Projector Ventures, Silverton Partners and “additional notable support from Austin-based Blake Chandlee together with several other early Facebook executives; Michael Rauchman, a pioneer in electronic trading; Brett Hurt, […]

Time to Apply for the SXSW Interactive Accelerator for 2015


For the past six years, Chris Valentine has overseen the SXSW Interactive Accelerator competition. During that time, he’s witnessed a maturation of the Austin tech startup community. “Last year was the best group from Austin so far,” he said. Five Austin companies made the SXSW Interactive Accelerator finalist list in 2014 and three more were […]

Greenling Gets a New CEO


Greenling, an organic food delivery service, announced Tuesday Bill Tolany will become its new CEO and has joined its board of directors. Founder Mason Arnold, who has led the company since its founding in 2005, will remain on Greeling’s board of directors. Tolany previously spent eight years at Whole Food Market in a variety of […]

EMC Buys Austin-based Spanning Cloud Apps

Photo courtesy of Spanning

EMC Corp., based in Hopkinton, Ma., has acquired Spanning Cloud Apps of Austin. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Spanning, which provides backup and recovery for SaaS applications, helps organizations to protect and manage their information in the cloud. It will continue to operate under its brand in Austin as division of EMC. […]

WP Engine Expanding and Hiring


WP Engine, which hosts WordPress websites, announced it has 23,000 customers, up 130 percent during the past year. The Austin-based startup now hosts more than 200,000 WordPress websites. And it has expanded its workforce and offices. The company recently opened an office at Geekdom in San Antonio. It also has an office in San Francisco. […]

Peter Thiel Says Technology and Science Are Under Attack in the U.S.


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Society right now has an intense dislike or hatred of all things scientific or technological, said Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal. To illustrate this, just look at all the movies produced by Hollywood that show technology that doesn’t work, that kills people, that destroys things and that […]

Texas Approves Equity-Based Crowdfunding Rules

Crowdfunding concept

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Texas companies will soon be able to raise money from the average investor. The Texas State Securities Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve new intrastate equity-based crowdfunding rules. The rules are expected to go into effect in late November, said Bob Elder, the board’s spokesman. “The […]

Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Startup Spinlister Launches in Austin


Spinlister, a bike sharing service, launched in Austin this week. The company provides a peer-to-peer bike rental service. It already has more than 150 bikes listed on its site and plans to have more than 1,500 bikes actively listed by March of 2015. Spinlister is gearing up for the demand from big events like SXSW, […]