SXSW Panel Deadline is July 25!!!


July 25 is the deadline for SXSW Interactive Panel submissions. Interactive Director Hugh Forrest said only a few hundred submissions have come in so far, though thousands are expected at the last minute. In 2014, there were 3,000, most of which came in the final week. The deadline also applies for SXSW Music, SXSW Film […]

Austin-based Comfy Lands $600K in Seed Stage Funding

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Comfy, a startup that helps students find housing, received $600,000 in seed stage funding last week. The Austin-based company received the money from a group of investors led by Mike Lee, partner at Dominion Ventures. The round also included prominent angel investors and Austin Ventures. Comfy has developed a mobile and online platform that uses […]

Rackspace to Move 570 Employees into Austin Mall

A rendering of the proposed renovation by Gensler

Rackspace Hosting is known for innovating in old malls. The San Antonio-based hosting company moved into the former Windsor Park Mall in Windcrest in 2007. Rackspace transformed the defunct and dilapidated mall into a vibrant and dynamic space with a slide, cafeteria, wide open spaces and a conference center for its tech community. Now the […]

Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp


Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Capital Factory, has joined the board of directors of PostUp, formerly known as PulseConnect, an email marketing software company. Baer founded the Austin-based company under the name of Skylist in 1996 and later sold it. “Although I founded the company almost 20 years ago, PostUp still offers a […]

Got Lunch? Cater2.Me Wants to Feed the Bellies of Austin’s Startup Community

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Countless workers face the same problem every day when they get to their office. What’s for lunch? aims to solve that problem for companies and their employees in Austin. The San Francisco-based startup launched last month in Austin and now has nine employees in its local […]

RTX 2014 30,000 Fans Descend on Austin Convention Center

Rooster Teeth Convention, Photos by Leslie Anne Jones

By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News Thousands formed a line that snaked through the convention center foyer Friday morning, awaiting the beginning of the three-day RTX conference that included game designers, purveyors of Internet-culture miscellany, and most importantly appearances by the well-loved Rooster Teeth crew. RTX started in 2011 as a fan […]

Silicon Hills News Reports on the Tech Innovation Happening in Central Texas

Thank you to Laura Kilcrease, former Entrepreneur in Residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin, for interviewing me, Laura Lorek, founder of Silicon Hills News at South by Southwest Interactive last March.

ENTvantage Aims to Curb Antibiotics with Better Diagnostics

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By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News Most sinus infections are viral and don’t require antibiotics. But how can a patient and doctor be sure? Presently, a family doctor can’t quickly diagnose his patient’s sinus infection as viral or bacterial. ENTvantage Diagnostics aims to change that with an in-office nose swab that will […]

Structuring an Investor Deal is Largely About Control


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News “If you take one thing away with you, let it be this: 51 percent does not equal control.” Kevin Castillo of the Baylor Angel Network explained to an audience of about 30 entrepreneurs. “In a public company you can say ‘I own 70 percent of the company, […]

Brewbot, Vaporshot and Other Tech Gadgets at Engadget Austin Live

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A big crowd turned out for Engadget Live Austin held last Friday to showcase some of the city’s latest tech products. A customized beer brewing station controlled with a smartphone, a vaporized alcohol machine and a virtual reality Oculus Rift headset were a few of the devices on display at the Austin Music Hall. Engadget, […]