Why Austin? At #SXSW

BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The Austin Startup session on Why Austin skewed aspirational Saturday morning as Bijoy Goswami of Bootstrap Austin and Kevin Koym of Tech Ranch explained that Austin is the city where you can “be yourself,” where people “look you in the eye and smile at you” and where […]

Meritful Wins the Move Your Company to Austin for Free Competition at SXSW

BY SUSAN LAHEY Silicon Hills News Reporter The pitch was: Move your company to Austin for free. Five companies in other parts of the country or the world competed for a $100,000 package that included: • A $35,000 investment from CTAN. • Three months rent in a 3 bedroom house from HomeAway. • Six months […]

Where will Silicon Hills News be at SXSW Interactive?

It’s almost time for South by Southwest Interactive and that means you should prepare for information and sensory overload. A blog once termed SXSW as TED.com’s crazy cousin from the South. It’s also been called Spring Break for Geeks. But I like to refer to it as the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Information Overload. […]

A Slice of Silicon Hills Features TrueAbility

This week, Andrew Moore talks with Frederick “Suizo” Mendler, co-founder of TrueAbility. The San Antonio-based startup, founded by four former Rackspace employees, known as Rackers, has created an online testing and assessment system for technical job candidates. The TrueAbility test gives recruiters and employers an accurate view of a job candidate’s technical skills. TrueAbility, which […]

TrueAbility Selected as a SXSW Interactive Accelerator Finalist

San Antonio-based TrueAbility made the finalist list for the SXSW Accelerator in March. TrueAbility, one of the TechStar Cloud companies based at Geekdom, is the only startup from Central Texas to make the list. A few Austin companies made the alternates list including Clay.io and Spot On Sciences. TrueAbility will compete in the Innovative Web […]

SXSW Branches Out to Las Vegas

Like countless pioneers, the quintessential Austin technology, music and film conference, South by Southwest ventures West. SXSW announced Tuesday that it plans to host SXSW V2V in Las Vegas next August 11th to 14th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The show will focus on entrepreneurial innovation. The four day event seeks to bring together […]

SXSW 2013 Open for Registration

As further proof that time flies, South by Southwest just announced it is open for business today. That means you can register for the conference, which takes place next March 7 through March 16, but it’s going to cost you. Badges to attend SXSW 2013 are $100 more than last year’s early bird prices for […]

Deadline Looms to Submit an Idea to SXSW Panel Picker

Hey procrastinators, the deadline is midnight tonight to submit that great panel idea to the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive festival. It’s also the deadline for film and music panels. Last Monday, SXSW held a meetup at Molotov in downtown Austin that several hundred people attended. I met Tammy Lynn Gilmore with SXSW Interactive there. […]

Storytelling for Entrepreneurs

BY L.A. LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News “Those who tell stories rule the world” – Plato From humble beginnings, Howard Schultz struggled for years to launch Starbucks into a global brand. He risked everything and his hard work paid off. And Schultz, by all accounts, is a great storyteller who can articulate and share […]

CNN Touts Austin’s Startup Culture