NewTek is booming from DIY broadcasting

Avatar and Titanic are just a few of the major motion pictures that used NewTek’s Lightwave 3D software to create special effects. On the small screen, current TV shows like Terra Nova, a sci-fi drama and Hawaii Five-O also use the software. Although NewTek is far from Hollywood, the San Antonio-based company is often an […]

NewTek: a Hollywood FX treasure in San Antonio

Donetta Colboch, director of public relations for NewTek, gives a tour of the San Antonio-based company’s office. The privately held company makes Lightwave 3D software that TV and movie makers use. The software was used in Avatar, Titanic, Monsters Inc. and dozens of other movies. NewTek also makes a portable production studio called a Tricaster […]

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 co-founder Dirk Elmendorf’s crowd-sourced talk

Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf gave a crowd-sourced talk Friday night during San Antonio Startup Ignite’s third Hack-a-thon at the Geekdom. To start, Elmendorf went to the white board and asked the crowd of about 100 what they wanted to know. People shouted out about a dozen questions including “what was your first entrepreneurial experience, what […]

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 […]