SpareFoot Continues its Tradition of Outrageous Marketing


Since its founding in 2008, SpareFoot has always tended to have some outrageous marketing projects. Silicon Hills News reported on its annual pinup calendar. And its unusual recruiting mockumentary video. (The video no longer seems to exist.) Now SpareFoot has launched a new series of videos. It’s working with Austin-based ad agency, Titled Chair, to […]

Spotify Dedicates Recording Studio at Kealing Middle School


At South by Southwest this year, Spotify created the biggest and best-ever Spotify House at 1501 E. 6th Street. But what happened after SXSW is as cool as the immersive, interactive journey created at the Spotify House. Spotify donated all materials from its venue to be recycled to build a recording studio for students of […]

Austin is Battling to win the $50 Million Smart City Challenge


The City of Austin is fighting to win up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Vulcan Philanthropy, Paul Allen’s investment company, in the Smart City Challenge. To gather information on how other smart cities are operating, recently Mayor Steve Adler traveled to Amsterdam, a city in which 50 […]

Five Events to Attend Next Week in Austin

Austin always has a ton of activities for entrepreneurs going on, but this is a particularly busy week for tech events. Silicon Hills News has highlighted a few below that are worth checking out including two focusing on the city’s emerging medical technology industry. HealthTech Breakfast On Tuesday, Silicon Hills News will be moderating a […]

AlertMedia Raises $4 Million More in Venture Capital


AlertMedia, a platform for interactive mass notification, announced Tuesday it has raised $4 million more in a Series A-1 funding round. Silverton Partners led the round which included ATX Seed Ventures and other current investors. The Austin-based startup announced last June that it had raised $4.16 million in Series A funding. The latest round is […]

SparkCognition Lands $6 Million in VC Funding


Startup Games: Level Up Kicks off Saturday at Fair Market

BuildASign won the inaugural Startup Games: Level Up competition. Photo courtesy of Startup Games.

In Austin, startups do eventually become big businesses but that that doesn’t mean they still don’t like to have fun. And that’s the reason behind the second annual Startup Games: Level Up event, which takes place Saturday at Fair Market and features ten bigger companies competing against each other in games like ping pong, foosball, […]

UT at Austin Professor Led Startups Disrupting Oil Recovery, Social Media and IoT

UT at Austin Professor of Innovation Bob Metcalfe kicks off the StARTup Studio at WeWork.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the April meeting of the StARTup Studio on Tuesday night, Ultimate EOR, People Pattern and AwiaTech Corp. presented their ventures. All of them have University of Texas at Austin professors at the helm. The monthly StARTup Studio invitation-only meetings take place at WeWork on Congress and […]

Google Fiber Seeking Digital Inclusion Fellows in Austin and San Antonio


Google Fiber has partnered with the Nonprofit Technology Network, known as NTEN, to hire Digital Inclusion Fellows to help build digital literacy programs in Austin and San Antonio. Residents in Austin and San Antonio can apply to participate in the program and to become a Digital Inclusion Fellow through its application online through May 13th. […]

Experian Buys Austin-based CSIdentity for $360 Million


In 2006, Bill Morrow founded CSIdentity in San Antonio. A few years later, he moved the company to Austin, which had a much more developed technology industry. This week, Experian, the global information services company, announced plans to buy CSIdentity for $360 million. The deal is pending regulatory approval. “The acquisition of CSID accelerates executive […]