Ziften Technologies releases its software and lands $5.5 million in financing

Ziften Technologies just closed on $5.5 million in its Series B financing. And the Austin-based startup released its first software product, Behavioral Lightweight Intelligence for Stressed Systems, nicknamed BLISS, which lets companies easily manage and deploy software across Windows desktop computers. Ziften’s software leds to “improved uptime, business alignment, performance, security, and reduction of errors […]

CopperEgg raises $2.1 million and hires new CEO

CopperEgg has raised $2.1 million to complete its first round funding. The Austin-based cloud monitoring and analytics company also hired Bob Quillin as its new CEO. Silverton Partners led the investment along with Webb Investment Network and several private investors including Kenny Van Zant of Asana. To date, CopperEgg has raised $4.1 million. “Cloud computing […]

WhaleShark Media Awards Top Shark a Costco Shopping Spree

At WhaleShark Media, the “Employee of the Month,” known as its “Top Shark” gets to spin a wheel of fortune and win a prize. Employees nominate the hardest working WhaleShark employee and management votes on the winner. In the past, Top Sharks have won free flights and hotel stays anywhere in the U.S., Super Bowl […]

Famigo closes on a $1 million round of seed financing

Famigo announced today that it has closed on $1 million in a seed round of financing led by Silverton Partners, with participation from Zilker Ventures, Liahona Ventures and CapitalFactory. Founded in 2009, Famigo has created a mobile phone application that lets families find kid-friendly content and restrict access to other mobile phone features on Apple […]

Avnet Acquires Austin-based Ascendant Technology

Avnet announced Monday its plans to acquire Ascendant Technology, based in Austin. Phoenix-based Avnet, an electronics component maker, did not disclose terms of the deal. Ascendant Technology, an information technology consulting firm, helps businesses create ecommerce, web content management, cloud computing and other solutions. It had revenue of approximately $90 million in 2011. Founded in […]

InfoChimps Helps Companies Mine Big Data for Golden Nuggets

BY SUSAN LAHEY Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Dhruv Bansal and Flip Kromer, two of Infochimps’ founders, were budding research scientists, graduate students at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas Physics Department. They had no real thought of building a startup. But it did occur to them that not only […]

Spaceman and Game Designer Richard Garriott promotes private space travel at SXSW

BY SUSAN LAHEY Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News It cost Richard Garriott “tens of millions” of dollars to travel to outer space in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2008. Now his goal is to make it commercially feasible for people to travel for “ones of millions.” And he’s not alone. Garriott, an internationally known […]

Tabbedout now allows bars and restaurants to accept Paypal

Just in time for South by Southwest, bar patrons can now access their PayPal account to pay for a bar tab thanks to Austin-based Tabbedout, the mobile payment solution that enables customers to open, view and pay their bar or restaurant tab with their phone. No need to carry around a bunch of credit cards […]

Omni Water Solutions lands $7.9 million, plans to create clean water systems for oil and gas operations

Omni Water Solutions won the Clean Energy Venture Summit last October. Now the Austin startup, which makes a portable water purifying system, just landed $7.9 million in a first round financing deal led by Austin Ventures. Backers also included investors “connected to land, oil, and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas,” according […]

Austin-based Infochimps announces new cloud-based data platform

Austin-based Infochimps, a data marketplace, has announced a new product, the Infochimps Platform for big data. The Infochimps Platform allow companies to create and manage big data sets faster and cheaper, according to its news release. Infochimp customers including SpringSense Runa and BlackLocus use the platform to sort through data from databases, the web and […]