Kids and Parents Learn to Code at San Antonio Youth Code Jam

Luke Wright, 16, a volunteer at San Antonio Youth Code Jam at Rackspace

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Luke Wright’s eyes lit up with excitement. “I just helped this 11 year old learn HTML and it reminded me of how I learned HTML in middle school,” he said. “Two high school students came to our school and taught us how to code.” Wright, a 16-year-old […]

NASA’s Mission to Mars Goes Through Mississippi

The historic B-1/B-2 Rocket Engine Test Stand at Stennis Space Center, photo by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News NASA doesn’t get to Mars without first testing its rocket engines in Mississippi. About an hour bus ride from New Orleans, Stennis Space Center, near Bay St. Louis, is the nation’s largest rocket engine test facility comprising 13,800 acres with another 125,000 acres serving as a perimeter […]

Rackspace Isn’t For Sale, Appoints New CEO


Rackspace Tuesday announced that it is no longer for sale and it’s going to remain independent. The San Antonio-based Web hosting company also named Taylor Rhodes as its new CEO and a member of the board effectively immediately. He’s been with Rackspace for seven years and previously served as its president. In May, Rackspace announced […]

NASA’s On Track to Build the Most Powerful Rocket Ever

Inside the Michoud Assembly Facility, photo by Laura Lorek

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News NEW ORLEANS – In a former sugar plantation on the eastern outskirts of New Orleans sits one of the city’s hidden gems. NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility is known as the gateway to space. Although most people know New Orleans for Mardi Gras, great Jazz music, art, Bourbon […]

Bloomberg Reports CenturyLink is Considering Acquiring Rackspace


Rackspace Hosting’s stock closed up nearly 7 percent on Monday after Bloomberg News reported the company was talking to CenturyLink, a Louisiana-based Internet and telecommunications company, about a possible buyout. Rackspace’s stock, traded under the symbol RAX on the New York Stock Exchange, closed at $39.79 on Monday. Citing sources familiar with the talks, Bloomberg […]

Cafe Commerce of San Antonio and Dreamit Ventures of Austin Win SBA Grants


Cafe Commerce, the nonprofit focused on helping entrepreneurs in San Antonio and Dreamit Ventures of Austin have just won U.S. Small Business Administration grants. The SBA received more than 800 applications for its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. Cafe Commerce was one of 50 winners and the only one in San Antonio. Dreamit Ventures was […]

San Antonio-based Storific Wins People’s Choice Award at M2M Conference

Zachary Stovall and Kyle Cornelius, cofounders of Storific.

Storific, the startup that relocated recently from Paris to San Antonio, won the People’s Choice Award last month at the Machine 2 Machine Evolution Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. Storific has created a free mobile phone app that lets people order and pay for food and skip the lines at a restaurant. The M2M […]

San Antonio’s Code for America Fellows Create “Homebase” App


Since January, the Code for America fellowship team has worked with the City of San Antonio. The team made up of Maya Benari, David Leonard and Amy Mok have met with citizens and city officials. They spent a few months here working and then went back to San Francisco to complete their project. Now they’ve […]

AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital


AirStrip announced Tuesday that it has raised $25 million in venture capital. The San Antonio-based company received the funding from the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital and Wellcome Trust. Airstrip, founded in 2004, has raised $65 million in four rounds of investment, according to Crunchbase. AirStrip’s main focus is taking all […]

InCube Labs Plans to Expand Into Manufacturing


By JONATHAN GUTIERREZ Reporter for Silicon Hills News San Antonio has fostered innovative medical practices for decades. In June 2010, InCube Labs announced its plan to open a branch facility in San Antonio. InCube Labs originated in Silicon Valley and saw San Antonio as an attractive location to establish a branch. “We could attract people […]