20 Silicon Hills Technology Startups to Watch in 2012

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Q. For 400 points, which Austin startup is poised to take off? A. Ricochet Labs

By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News CEO Rodney Gibbs calls it “a scrappy little startup.” But Ricochet Labs got on the radar fast with its social-mobile-knowledge based game, Qrank. The company was barely in its alpha stage when the BBC called on Ricochet to create Qrank trivia games surrounding the wedding of […]

Appconomy lands $10 million in financing

The venture capital continues to flow into Austin. This time, Appconomy has landed $10 million in a first round venture debt funding deal designed to accelerate its operations in China. Appconomy has created a merchant payment system called AppWallet and offers an app for smartphones, tablets and feature phones. The company has a Chinese corporate […]

Calxeda’s chips save data centers energy and space

By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News As startup stories go, Calxeda’s is pretty dramatic: Mobile tech expert Barry Evans cooks up the idea of trading energy gobbling data server chips with small, efficient mobile phone chips that only need a tenth the power. They’re built to conserve energy when their hardware is […]

Silicon Hills Weekly Tech Roundup

A bit of good news this week for San Antonio from the Milken Institute. San Antonio tops the list of best performing cities in 2011 out of 200 metropolitan areas surveyed. You can read more about it in Jennifer Hiller’s story in the San Antonio Express-News. Austin ranked fourth. But Austin continues to pump out […]

9W Search creates a financial search site for mobile users

Susan Strausberg knows how to dig into financial information and make it accessible to the masses. She founded Edgar Online in 1995, grew the company to 200 employees, took it public in 1999 and then left in 2007 to pursue other passions. Two years ago, Strausberg and her husband, Marc, moved from New York to […]

Superconductor Technologies relocates corporate headquarters to Austin from California

Superconductor Technologies, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. announced Monday plans to move its corporate headquarters to Austin along with a new manufacturing plant. The company, which makes high performance wires for power systems and cell phones, considered the “technical talent pools, facilities, and energy costs in a number of states” and determined Austin was the […]

The Daily Dot plans to become THE Internet newspaper

By Susan Lahey Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News One of the first stories that ran in The Daily Dot: The Hometown Newspaper of the World Wide Web, was an obituary. Most obituaries for Angelica Marie Schaaf Rayl talked about her as a wife, a mother, even a soap maker. The Daily Dot focused on […]

Silicon Hills Technology Weekly Round-Up

The shortage of technology workers in the Silicon Hills region continues. The Austin American-Statesman today reported that the recent trip technology CEOs from Austin took to California didn’t result in any new employees moving to Texas. Perhaps that’s why San Antonio-based Rackspace recently opened an office in San Francisco. The technology companies have to go […]

Rackspace expands its “Castle” headquarters

In 2007, Rackspace Hosting moved into the former Windsor Park Mall in Windcrest, a suburb of San Antonio. Rackspace set up its main headquarters in the old Mervyn’s department store. Now the global web hosting company has expanded further into the former mall’s food court and the Rackspace culture of fun continues to permeate the […]