Facebook Reaches Out to Small Businesses in Austin

Dan Levy, Facebook's  director of small business at the Facebook Austin Fit event.

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Facebook, with more than 1 billion active users, has become the digital main street for small business owners from plumbers to jewelry stores. They can hang their shingle, a Facebook business page, and reach their small town customers or a global audience. And just a fraction of […]

The Techstars Cloud Program Returns to San Antonio in 2015

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I am very excited to have the opportunity to restart and lead the Techstars Cloud program: http://t.co/jMnKZomSuq cc @techstars — Blake Yeager (@blake_yeager) July 23, 2014 The Techstars Cloud program launched in San Antonio in 2012 with 11 companies and the next year another 11 startups participated in the 2013 program. But the program, launched […]

Zach Dell’s Startup Thread is a Dating Site Just for College Students

Lander Coronado-Garcia - CEO , Zachary Dell - Founder and Chairman,
Patrick Adiaheno - Head of Product

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Michael Dell never pushed entrepreneurship on his son, Zach, which may be the reason Zach started asking about business, reading tomes by people like Warren Buffet and playing stock simulators by the age of 12. “My dad and I are extremely close,” Dell said. “When I started […]

SXSW Panel Deadline is July 25!!!

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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

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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

Zach Youngst and Alex Lorton, co-founders of Cater2.me

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? Cater2.me 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.