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WP Engine Cultivates a Lucrative Niche Hosting WordPress Websites

By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News WP Engine co-founder Jason Cohen knew there was a market for what he wanted to build. Because it was exactly what he needed. The founder of four companies and a dedicated blogger, Cohen often made the front page of Hacker News. And every time he did, […]

SXSW Interactive introduces nonprofits to powerful new social media tools

By Luke Carrière Special contributor to Silicon Hills News The Austin Forum on Science, Technology and Society hosted a free event Tuesday evening to help nonprofit organizations get the most out of South by Southwest Interactive 2012. The event attracted non-profit professionals, start-up founders, and University of Texas students. Several people tweeted throughout the evening […]

GameSalad Democratizes Game Creation and Prospers

By L.A. LOREK Founder of SiliconHillsNews.com Supporters of an Indian activist on a hunger strike created a computer game “Angry Anna” in his honor last year. Fashioned after Angry Birds, the game features a slingshot to fling caricatures of protestor Anna Hazare and others at Indian politicians. The game took just three days to make […]

Apollo Endosurgery Inc. Lands $47.6 million in Financing

Who’s got $47.6 million in new financing? That would be Apollo Endosurgery Inc. The Austin-based medical device maker announced that it has landed a big round of funding to develop its line of minimally invasive, scarless surgical procedures. Apollo Endosurgery’s investors include Novo A/S, Remeditex Ventures, CPMG, Inc., PTV Sciences and H.I.G. BioVentures. The company […]

Austin Entrepreneur Andrew Busey joins Austin Ventures

Austin Ventures announced that Andrew Busey, a well-known Austin entrepreneur, has joined its firm as a venture partner. Busey formerly served as vice present and general manager at Zynga, makers of Farmville. “In his new role, Andrew will help the venture team identify and attract very early-stage companies,” John Thornton, general partner of Austin Ventures, […]

Create a Video at the Austin Video Marketing Marathon

Tech startups looking to get a high-quality video to publicize their business might be interested in the Austin Video Marketing Marathon. LocalizeAustin and UPG Video Marketing are hosting a video shoot for Austin small business on Thursday, Feb. 16th at Center61, a co-working community for social entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Up to 15 businesses can register […]

TaskRabbit to launch in Austin and San Antonio in March

Got some IKEA furniture that needs assembling? No worries. In March, TaskRabbit launches in the Austin and San Antonio markets and people will be able to post all kinds of tasks on the site for others to perform for a fee. The most popular task in San Francisco is assembling IKEA furniture, said Johnny Brackett, […]

WeAreAustinTech plans to launch in March

Joshua Baer, founder of the OtherInbox and founder of a gazillion startups, has a new venture he’s heading up. He has joined with a handful of people in the Austin technology community to create WeAreAustinTech. Each week the site will highlight an “icon” in the Austin technology community in a video interview posted to its […]

Six Austin Startups to Compete at SXSW Accelerator

South by Southwest Interactive announced today the 48 companies that will participate in its SXSW Accelerator program this year. SXSW received applications from more than 670 companies and selected 48 companies to present in the fourth-annual SXSW Accelerator, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark. The SXSW Accelerator competition takes place on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March […]