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‚Äôs 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 […]

Famigo creates a virtual sandbox to keep kids safe

In our backyard, under a giant oak tree, my husband built a marvelous sandbox. My son spent hours playing there and I never worried about his safety. The sandbox in today’s fast-paced digital world has become the cell phone, laptop or tablet computer. So parents need new tools to ensure their children are safe. That’s […]

HP uses Calxeda’s technology to power its servers

Calxeda introduced its high-performance low power semiconductors Tuesday to power Hewlett Packard’s servers. The Austin-based start-up held an event in Palo Alto to introduce its new products along with its partner HP. But in its hometown, employees, customers, analysts and others gathered to watch a live stream broadcast of the event and to celebrate. They […]

Round up of recent tech news in Silicon Hills

The money is flowing to start-ups in Austin. At the Texas Ventures Labs’ annual expo on Thursday, the big bucks came out. And I’m not talking deer. Accenture gave a $600,000 three-year grant to foster more start-ups. Texas Venture Labs, part of the University of Texas, launched a year ago and has already helped 63 […]