News Corp. Buys Austin-based Opcity for $210 Million

News Corp., one of the world’s largest media companies, announced Wednesday that its subsidiary, Move, Inc. has entered into an agreement to buy Austin-based Opcity for $210 million. New York-based News Corp. reported Opcity will broaden its offerings under its brand realtor.com and give consumers more choice when it comes to buying a home, according […]

NSF Awards $60 million to UT to Build Nation’s Fastest Academic Supercomputer

The National Science Foundation has awarded $60 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin to create one of the country’s fastest supercomputers. “Computation is critical to our nation’s progress in science and engineering,” according to the NSF grant. “Whether through simulation of phenomena where experiments are costly or […]

U.S. Army Futures Command Center Opens in Austin

U.S. Army Futures Command Center, based at the University of Texas at Austin, is officially open. In a ceremony last Friday, the U.S. Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper activated the center which will serve as the hub of innovation for the military. The center plans to work with academia, industry, and entrepreneurs to […]

Nine Techstars Impact Startups Pitch at Demo Day in Austin

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News While studying drug cartels in Mexico City, Cory Siskind noticed the city lacked transparency on reporting high crime areas. That’s when she came up with the idea for Base Operations, which has been called “the Waze for Crime.” Waze is a traffic app that advises drivers on […]

RetailMeNot Appoints Chief Technology Officer and Diversity Director

RetailMeNot has appointed Vivek Sagi as its chief technology officer and Sharon Brogdon as its new director of diversity and inclusion. Sagi previously worked as the head of product and engineering for Amazon Business Procurement Solutions and as chief technology officer for Woot.com, an Amazon company. Before Amazon, Sagi worked at Vungle, a Google Ventures-backed […]

Y Combinator Informs 15,000+ Startups: You’re in, You’re Out, You’re All Accepted to Startup School

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Building a startup is like riding a roller coaster of emotions for most founders. Monday it was a particularly difficult ride for more than 15,000 founders because of a technical glitch by Y Combinator. The Mountain View, Calif.-based accelerator created a free online Startup School to pair […]

MassChallenge Texas Awards $510,000 and Prizes to 10 Startups

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News The MassChallenge Texas accelerator transformed re:3d’s business. “We’ve grown by more than 30 percent since we’ve been in the program,” said Samantha Snabes, the startup’s co-founder. re:3d took home the $10,000 USAA Vetrepreneur Award in the MassChallenge Texas finalist awards ceremony held Wednesday evening at the Hyatt […]

UT Austin’s Blockchain Initiative Director Cesare Fracassi on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform businesses and entire industries. And the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin is at the forefront of this emerging technology with its newly launched Blockchain Initiative. UT Austin is participating in a new program focused on blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and digital payments. Ripple, […]

CognitiveScale Partners with Dell to Deliver Tailored Customer Service Using AI

The fourth industrial revolution is one in which machines and humans work together to solve problems and accomplish tasks. And it’s already here. One of the leaders in the space is CognitiveScale, a five-year-old Austin-based startup, that announced Tuesday it is partnering with Dell to create a new way to interact with customers using its […]

Uber, UT and the U.S. Army Research Labs Team Up to Create Flying Cars

The promise of flying cars may become a reality a soon. The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has teamed up with the U.S. Army Research Labs and Uber Elevate to develop the technology behind Uber’s new rideshare venture: UberAIR. By 2020, Uber plans to demonstrate the first flying rideshare vehicles in […]