Hacking the night away at Geekdom

Hackers gathered at Geekdom Friday night to socialize, listen to a speaker and build stuff. About 50 people attended Start-up Ignite’s second all night Hack-a-thon in downtown San Antonio. The event kicked off at 7 p.m. with pizza and soda and socializing, followed by a candid presentation from start-up entrepreneur Vid Luther, CEO of ZippyKid. […]

Evernote: The 100-Year Start-up

Most start-up entrepreneurs talk about exiting the company within five to seven years, but not Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote. “We’re creating the 100-year start-up,” Libin said. He also calls it “The Forever Start-up.” Evernote explicitly does not have an exit strategy, Libin said. He doesn’t want to sell the company or take it public […]

Evernote Austin’s open house

It took an hour and half to get everyone checked in at the door of Evernote’s new offices in Northwest Austin Thursday night. A guy in the parking garage said it was easier to get into a ZZ Top concert than Evernote’s new offices, said Rich Warwick, its vice president and general manager for Austin […]

Famigo lets families play together safely on small screens

By Susan Lahey Special contributor to Silicon Hills News When people write about Austin start-up Famigo’s new tool, the Sandbox, they focus on the benefit: Parents can pass their mobile phones to children, touching the Sandbox icon, and restricting that kid to a safe world of age-appropriate games. In the Sandbox, he can never dial […]

Hurricane Party reinvents itself as Foreca.st

Eric Katerman, one of the founders of Austin-based Hurricane Party, spoke at Austin Startup Week at the Tiniest Bar in Texas. He said the team at Hurricane Party spent a year building a product that no one really wanted. They’ve since created Foreca.st, which is in Beta testing. Hurricane Party was party of The Capital […]

MyLocalReporter connects companies with the media

Dave Manzer started Austin-based PROverCoffee.com in 2010. He arranges monthly meet ups with members of the media and the business community. This interview with Manzer is from Startup Week at the Austin Startup Bazaar. He recently launched MyLocalReporter to help companies in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth pitch their companies and products to […]

Comic Con works its magic in Austin

By Isadora Vail Special contributor to SiliconHillsNews.com Wizards, video game characters, sci-fi villains, super heroes and superstars attended the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con, a local spin off of the world-famous San Diego comic book convention. Hundreds of pop-culture fans gathered at the Austin Convention Center to trade comic books, buy action figures, and listen […]

Entrepreneurs hope to launch the next big thing at 3 Day Startup San Antonio

In 72 hours, a group of strangers met, brainstormed ideas and then built working prototypes for six companies. The companies included Spear Guard, an e-mail security firm, Renew Couture, a recycled clothing line, Stride Sync, a music sharing app, Golf Average, a statistical analysis app to improve golf performance, SimpLingo, a browser plug-in to learn […]

Austin-based Mass Relevance partners with Twitter

Twitter wants to harness the power of TV to encourage people to log on to the micro-blogging site. To that end, it struck up a partnership with Austin-based Mass Relevance today. Mass Relevance created a content curation system for an estimated 250 million tweets each day. For example, NBC’s The Voice used Mass Relevance’s platform […]

Today’s startup profile focuses on ZippyKid

Vid Luther started ZippyKid, which hosts and services WordPress websites. Starting at $20 a month, San Antonio-based Zippykid provides fast and secure hosting on Rackspace’s servers. Ten Questions with Luther, founder and CEO of ZippyKid. 1Q. Where did you come up with the idea for Zippy Kid? A. Basically the idea came about because I […]