Austin’s Mayor declares city clean energy capital of the world

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell declared the city the clean energy capital of the world at a reception for the Clean Energy Venture Summit 2011 at city hall Wednesday night. The city’s goal is to have 35 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2020 and it’s well on its way to achieving that […]

Cyclewood Solutions bagged a win at 2011 Clean Energy Venture Summit

At the Clean Energy Venture Summit 2011 in Austin, Cyclewood Solutions competed with four other CleanTech Open semifinalists from the South Central region. And it took home the $10,000 prize. Kevin Oden, Chief Operating Officer of Cyclewood Solutions and Nhiem Cao, president and CEO of Cyclewood, pitched their company to a panel of judges. At […]

Texas’ future energy needs depends on wind and solar power

In 1999, the Texas legislature passed a law to mandate the state diversify its energy resources. The legislation, dubbed the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard, required all electricity providers to collectively generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009. The state estimates that 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy generates enough electricity to power more than […]

Clean Energy Venture 2011

Today we’ll be reporting live from the Clean Energy Venture 2011 summit in Austin. The event starts at 1 p.m. with a utilities futures panel, followed by presentations from five Cleantech Open semifinalists competing for $10,000 in funding and a chance to go to nationals to compete for $250,000. Then Ideal Power Converters and MTPV, […]

San Antonio’s only dedicated co-working spot to shutdown Friday

In June of 2009, C4 Workspace opened in the King William neighborhood of South San Antonio. This Friday, San Antonio’s only full-time dedicated co-working space closes. The business, originally located at 108 King William, fell into debt and never gained enough customers to meet its expenses. C4 Workspace moved into cheaper headquarters this year at […]

Austin Startup Week remix

NewTek’s Philip Nelson’s kickstarter CD project

Philip Nelson is best known in the San Antonio high-tech community as a marketing executive with NewTek, a company which makes special effects software for the movie and TV industry. NewTek also makes the Tricaster, a portable TV studio in a little black box that lots of media outlets, bloggers, companies and schools use for […]

HomeAway’s CEO gives lessons on entrepreneurship

Be paranoid, curious, strategic and humble. Those are just a few of the secrets of being a successful entrepreneur, according to Brian Sharples, CEO of Austin-based HomeAway. He gave an insightful speech recalling some of the lessons of his life at Capital Factory’s Demo Day recently. “I’ve been an entrepreneur all of my life,” Sharples […]

SXSW to feature a startup village

What do Foursquare, Twitter and Foodspotting have in common? They launched or gained major traction at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin. The SXSW conference has become a magnet for high-tech entrepreneurs looking to get attention for the next big thing. Last year, dozens of entrepreneurs climbed aboard startup buses to code and create companies […]

Bloggers to meet, eat and create at BlogathonATX

About a year ago, Ilene Haddad, started the first BlogathonATX because she wanted to meet other bloggers and learn from them. “I’m not a good or consistent blogger,” Haddad said. “I was looking for accountability.” Apparently, a whole lot of other Austin area bloggers wanted to network with others too. The first BlogathonATX sold out […]