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 […]

Enlyton.me creates a new way to search for and share information

Doing research online can take a lot of time and effort and led to frustration. It can also be difficult to retain the research in an easy to access and share format. That’s the opportunity that Chris Mckinzie, co-founder and CEO of Enlyton.me set out to fix. “Search should be more of a discovery, not […]

Bob Metcalfe’s pitch for 3Com

At the Demo Day for One Semester Startup, one of the best pitches came from Ethernet co-inventor Bob Metcalfe. Metcalfe, who moved to Austin in January, serves as professor of electrical engineering and director of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin. This fall, Metcalfe, who also serves as general partner of Polaris Venture […]

Facebook buys Gowalla

In the battle of the geolocation apps, Gowalla lost. Foursquare won. Now CNN is reporting that Facebook has bought Gowalla and plans to move the entire team from Austin to Facebook’s Palo Alto, Calif.-based headquarters. I wrote this story about the Foursquare vs. Gowalla battle for the check-ins at South by Southwest Interactive in 2010.

UT’s One Semester Startup Demo Day

During the first One Semester Startup at the University of Texas, 75 students formed 20 companies. Thursday night, the students behind those newly formed ventures pitched their startups to about 200 people, some students, university faculty, press, investors and entrepreneurs, gathered at the University of Texas stadium’s Red McCombs End Zone Club. The pitches ranged […]

Rackspace opens its San Francisco office today

Rackspace Hosting, which started out as a small venture in San Antonio in 1998 has since developed into a global corporation with nearly 4,000 employees. I’ve covered the company since its early days. So it’s really thrilling to watch it launch a San Francisco office near the heart of Silicon Valley. Graham Weston, chairman of […]

Startup America comes to Texas

Startup Texas launched today. With Michael Dell on the board of Startup America, it’s natural that Texas is one of the latest regions selected by the organization to help foster entrepreneurship. Startup America launched earlier this year and is a private-public partnership initiated by President Obama and the White House. But Steve Case, CEO of […]

Made In Austin career fair matches technology start-ups with students

Local tech start-ups want to keep as much homegrown talent in town as possible. So they created Made In Austin, a job fair that matches area students with start-ups looking for technology talent. The first event, featuring 100 tech companies and more than 500 registered students, took place Tuesday night at the AT&T Executive Education […]

Austin-San Antonio tech start-up incubators, accelerators and other programs

So many central Texas start-ups have taken off recently and some of them may need a boost to get to the next level. This list of Austin and San Antonio incubators and accelerators help companies with a leg up in the marketplace. Some of them have rigorous application and screening processes. Check them out to […]

KLRU’s Capital of Innovation highlights Austin entrepreneurship

If you were so busy Wednesday night preparing for the big turkey day, that you forgot to set the DVR and you missed Austin public television station KLRU’s new gem of a program that focuses on Austin innovation, don’t worry. KLRU plans to re-run the program, Capital of Innovation: Episode #101, which debuted Wednesday night. […]