IBM Opens X-Force Red Lab in Austin

IBM has always been at the forefront of cybersecurity since the earliest days of the Internet. At the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, I interviewed Nick Simicich, an ethical hacker on the IBM staff, whose day job consisted of breaking into company computer systems to expose the vulnerabilities. That was in 1999. Since then, cybersecurity has grown […]

Smarter Sorting Lands $9.3 Million in Funding to Disrupt the Chemical Disposal Business

A week after he moved to Austin, Chris Ripley waited in line at Walmart and noticed a woman covered in paint standing in front of him. He struck up a conversation with her and discovered she worked at the City of Austin‘s Resource Recovery Center and was learning to recycle paint. Together, they went to […]

Favor Cofounders Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty Launch Sunroom for Renters

Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty’s first startup, Favor, had a pretty good outcome. Favor, which launched in Austin in 2013, to deliver food to people’s homes, sold to H-E-B earlier this year. Instead of taking time off, Maurais and Doherty are back at the startup grind, launching Sunroom, a company that helps people rent apartments […]

Galvanize Acquires Hack Reactor and Plans to Offer More Programs in Austin

Galvanize recently announced plans to buy San Francisco-based Hack Reactor, which will make it one of the largest coding programs in the country. “From the beginning, we saw a clear compatibility through a shared passion for innovative, high-quality instruction combined with measurable outcomes and we are thrilled to welcome the Hack Reactor team to the […]

Austin’s DroneSense: Helping to Integrate Drones Into Public Safety Missions

This is a Sponsored Post Austin is home to several interesting and innovative drone technology companies, but when most people think of drones they typically think of a toy or a piece of military equipment. Software companies in the drone space are now taking off, helping businesses across a wide array of sectors. One of […]

Five Years After it Went Private, Dell Technologies is Going Public

Five years ago, Austin’s top technology company, Dell went private in a deal valued at $24.4 billion. And Monday, that same company, now known as Dell Technologies, announced that it is going public and its stock will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Dell Technologies plans to exchange each share of Dell Technologies […]

Amazon Launches Warriors@Amazon Group in Austin

Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub on Monday launched Warriors@Amazon. The group is comprised of Amazon employees who have served in the military and those still serving in the Guard and Reserve and all Amazon employees who support them. In 2016, Amazon pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2021 and since then the company […]

Austin-based Mood Media Buys focus4media

Austin-based Mood Media, the parent company of Muzak, announced Monday afternoon that it has acquired focus4media, one of the largest Mood independent affiliates in North America. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Focus4media provides sight, sound, scent and system solutions to businesses in the mid-Atlantic region, including Alabama, Florida, Virginia and more […]

U.S. Air Force Sec. Wilson Launches AFWERX Innovation Lab at Capital Factory

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News The U.S Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson officially launched AFWERX, an innovation lab, at Capital Factory on Wednesday. AFWERX is like the skunkworks of the Air Force. It allows military personnel to collaborate with industry, educators, entrepreneurs and others on new ideas and products without dealing with […]

Nine Ventures Pitch at Impact Hub’s Inaugural Workforce Development Accelerator Demo Day

Nine ventures pitched solutions to provide better jobs for Austin’s low-income workers at Impact Hub’s inaugural Workforce Development Accelerator Demo Day Monday night. The 11-week accelerator, sponsored by Capital City Innovation, Workforce Solutions and Impact Hub, worked with nine ventures. Other sponsors included Google, JPMorgan Chase & Co., BuildFax, and Digi.City. “We are creating this […]