Omni Water Solutions lands $7.9 million, plans to create clean water systems for oil and gas operations

Omni Water Solutions won the Clean Energy Venture Summit last October. Now the Austin startup, which makes a portable water purifying system, just landed $7.9 million in a first round financing deal led by Austin Ventures. Backers also included investors “connected to land, oil, and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas,” according […]

What’s brewing in Silicon Hills? Coffeehouses hotspots for startups

I read a blog post last year that advised never to ask a venture capitalist (or any busy person) to lunch. The post, written by Silicon Valley entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Mark Suster, advised entrepreneurs to ask for a coffee meeting instead. The jist of it was that venture capitalists don’t have much time and […]

State of Austin entrepreneurship at the Future Forum

Austin is one of the best cities for young entrepreneurs as ranked by, which listed the city third in 2011 for startups behind New York and San Francisco, according to the Future Forum at the LBJ Library. The Future Forum recently held a panel discussion on the “state of Austin entrepreneurship.” Joshua Baer, one […]

UT Entrepreneurship Week features startups and tech veterans

In 1984, Michael Dell started his computer company in a dorm room at the University of Texas and now he is one of the world’s richest men and runs Austin’s largest company. Since then, hundreds of entrepreneurs have launched ventures while at the university or upon graduating. To put the spotlight on entrepreneurship, a group […]

Bazaarvoice stock soars in its first day of trading

Bazaarvoice made some newly minted Austin millionaires today. The social media marketing company stock debuted on the Nasdaq, priced at $12 a share, Friday morning and rose as high as 41 percent to $17.16 in the afternoon. The stock, traded under the stock symbol BV, opened at $15.77 a share, up 33 percent, when trading […]

Bazaarvoice set to go public Friday

Bazaarvoice plans to offer 9.5 million shares of stock in its initial public offering, raising $114 million. The stock, priced at $12 a share and traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol, BV, will begin trading Friday morning, according to a news release from Bazaarvoice. The Austin-based company is offering 9 million shares and […]

A bulldog inspires BlackLocus founders to create startup to track online prices for retailers

By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon HIlls News It takes a consumer, using the top price tracking tools from Shopzilla to PriceProtectr, about 15 minutes to find the best price on an item online. So if you’re an e-tailer, how could you possibly keep track of what competitors are charging for 100 or 1,000 […]

Austin-based Infochimps announces new cloud-based data platform

Austin-based Infochimps, a data marketplace, has announced a new product, the Infochimps Platform for big data. The Infochimps Platform allow companies to create and manage big data sets faster and cheaper, according to its news release. Infochimp customers including SpringSense Runa and BlackLocus use the platform to sort through data from databases, the web and […]

Rackspace’s infographic on “Cloud Computing Services: Evolution of Music in the Cloud”

Rackspace® — [INFOGRAPHIC] Cloud Computing Services: Evolution of Music in the Cloud

Guides to SXSW Interactive

SXSW is just around the corner so no better time than now to plan your panels, parties and people to meet. Also, these guides will help you deal with life’s most vexing problems like where do I go for barbecue and does anyone have a room to rent or a couch? The official fist-timers guide […]