Parking Panda Launches in Austin

Finding a parking spot in downtown Austin can be a challenge especially during major events. Now Parking Panda, a free app that lets drivers find, reserve and redeem parking in advance, seeks to make that task a lot easier. It has launched in Austin. The service is now available statewide with service in Dallas, Houston, […]

FlightCar Launches into Austin’s Hipsterdom

FlightCar, the peer-to-peer car sharing service, launched in Austin on Dec. 16th. The San Francisco-based company also launched in Oakland, Calif. In a post on Tumblr, FlightCar calls both cities havens for hipsters. “Ranking high on every “Most Hipster City” list, Austin and Oakland are both well known for their vibrant millennial communities who squeeze […]

HomeAway’s Brian Sharples’ Entrepreneurial Journey

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News As a serial entrepreneur, Brian Sharples, co-founder of HomeAway, has learned many lessons on his entrepreneurial journey. He recounted several of them with Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the University of Texas last week. Metcalfe interviewed Sharples, CEO of HomeAway at the Longhorn Startup Demo Day. […]

Disappearing Messages? Unseen’s Got That

The latest rage is to create messages that disappear into the ether – never to be seen again – at least that what the person generating the message hopes. And Austin-based Bearch has created a new version of its mobile app, Unseen, to do just that. It’s challenging the market dominated by Snapchat. Unseen, an […]

Bigcommerce Snags $50 Million in Funding

Bigcommerce, an ecommerce platform based in Austin, announced it has raised $50 million led by Softbank Capital. Other investors in the Series D funding included Telstra Ventures and American Express as well as existing investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. Steve Murray, a partner at SoftBank Capital, will join the Bigcommerce board. The company has […]

Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Startup Spinlister Launches in Austin

Spinlister, a bike sharing service, launched in Austin this week. The company provides a peer-to-peer bike rental service. It already has more than 150 bikes listed on its site and plans to have more than 1,500 bikes actively listed by March of 2015. Spinlister is gearing up for the demand from big events like SXSW, […]

Q&A with David Orshalick, Candidate for Mayor of Austin

This past weekend, the Austin Technology Council featured a guest post from Austin Mayoral Candidate David Orshalick in its meet the candidates for Mayor series. Silicon Hills News is asking each of the candidates a series of follow up questions. Their responses will all be posted here following their guest blog posts with ATC. This […]

Cognitive Scale Launches in Austin

Cognitive Scale launched Wednesday in Austin. The startup, founded 18 months ago, has operated in stealth mode until now. Cognitive Scale has created a “cognitive” cloud platform that can mine huge databases and understand natural language to present data in an easy to understand format. The cognitive cloud simulates the human thought processes and mimics […]

Startup Week Founder Jacqueline Hughes: The Person Behind the Community

BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Jacqueline Hughes seems the antithesis of a typical event coordinator—what Austin Technology Council’s Grover Bynum calls “whistle and clipboard” people. Event coordinators have reputations for being frenetic, type A, wearing frozen, stressed smiles. Hughes, curled up in an easy chair at Techstars Austin, seems relaxed, chill, though […]

The Central Texas Life Sciences Industry is Booming

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News TeVido BioDevices, a startup in Austin, recreates nipples and other body parts with 3-D printers using human cells. iTraumaCare in San Antonio has created a life-saving clamp that quickly and easily prevents blood loss. WiseWear, based in both San Antonio and Austin, has created a patch-like fitness […]