Guavas, Neverware and Fantoo Win Dell’s Pitch Slam

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Guavus, Neverware and Fantoo won the votes of the judges at the first Pitch Slam event at Dell World. Michael Dell cast his vote for Guavus, based in San Mateo, which has raised $48 million in three series of funding since 2006. The company has created analytics […]

Randi Zuckerberg Navigates the “dot complicated” World

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Randi Zuckerberg navigated the early years of social media at Facebook and remembers a pivotal moment while working on the 2008 election. “We obviously were drinking the Kool-Aid of social media in Silicon Valley,” Zuckerberg said. But she was shocked at how the presidential campaigns weren’t using […]

Seven Companies to Pitch to Michael Dell at DellWorld

Dell’s first Pitch Slam takes place Thursday afternoon at Dell World in downtown Austin. Dell chose six companies from regional pitch events and a final company via an online pitch contest to pitch their businesses to Michael Dell, Shark Tank’s Daymond John and the UN Foundation’s Resident Entrepreneur Elizabeth Gore. The event is being livestreamed […]

The New Dell is More Entrepreneurial and Innovative

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News At Dell World, Michael Dell unveiled his new, private innovative and entrepreneurial technology company. The Round Rock-based company, which employs about 14,000 people in Central Texas, no longer has to adhere to the demands of the public stock market. As a result, Dell said the company can […]

Dell Partners to offer Dropbox for Business on Dell’s Cloud

Wonder why Dropbox expanded to Austin and opened an office here earlier this year? One big reason could be Dell. Dell and Dropbox announced a partnership Thursday at Dell World to create Dropbox for Business using the Cloud. Dell, which went public earlier this year, is hosting Dell World at the Austin Convention Center through […]

Dell Becomes World’s Biggest Startup

Dell stockholders approved a $24.9 billion deal Thursday to let Founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners buyout the company and take it private. In a special meeting, the stockholders approved the deal in which they will receive $13.75 in cash and a dividend of 13 cents per share. They will also receive eight cents […]

Rackspace and Dell in Film Festival Competition

Rackspace and Dell are among more than 70 big companies vying to win the best video in the Center for Corporate Citizenship’s annual Film Festival. The competition allows companies to showcase their video skills to communicate how they give back to the communities they serve. Voting kicked off today and runs through March 1. Only […]

Startups Pitch at Dell Tech Innovators Day

A lucky 13 startups got a “golden ticket” on Thursday to pitch their businesses to the president of Dell and other top Dell executives. “I’m super excited about being here and having this opportunity,” said Tonia Thompson, co-founder of Springcreek Systems, which makes software that eliminates duplications in customer relationship management systems. Thompson worked for […]

Dell Unveils $60 million Fund for “the Next Big Thing”

Dell Ventures, the investment arm of Dell, wants to find and fund the “next big thing.” So the Round Rock-based company has unveiled a $60 million investment fund focusing on early stage companies in the “storage, server, networking, cloud computing and virtualization, analytics/BI/Big Data, mobility, end-user computing, services and software” businesses, according to a news […]

Dell to Buy Quest Software for $2.4 billion

To strengthen its software business, Dell announced plans to acquire Quest Software for $2.4 billion. Round Rock-based Dell, which started out as a PC company in 1984, has recently begun to diversify into more software and solutions products. Dell recently launched its software group. Quest’s software products and technology will only strengthen Dell’s move to […]