3 Day Startup at Geekdom Nurtures New Entrepreneurs

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Stephanie King attended a 3 Day Startup program at Geekdom in San Antonio last weekend with an idea for a company. “I quickly realized I needed more focus,” she said. Instead of pitching her idea, King joined Spotduct, a startup focused on creating short videos for brands […]

San Antonio Ranks Third on Forbes List of the Nation’s Tech Hot Spots

Forbes names San Antonio-New Braunfels as one of America’s technology hot spots. The greater San Antonio area earned the number three spot on the list behind number one, Washington, D.C. and number two, Riverside, Calif. Forbes reported that San Antonio-New Braunfels gained 18.3 percent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math jobs between 2011 and 2012. […]

MakerSquare Debuts After-School Program

By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News On a sunny Saturday, 12 children and young teens convened in MakerSquare’s classrooms for a little weekend coding. “What do we think these are?” teacher Drew Robinson asked a room full of kids seated before laptops. “Opening and closing HTML tags,” an elementary school boy speedily […]

FreeFlow Research Works to Recruit More Tech Talent to the U.S.

By JONATHAN GUTIERREZ Reporter with Silicon Hills News A growing skills gap exists in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields for workers in the U.S. One reason for this is because there is a lack of U.S. born students pursuing STEM degrees. Peter French believes something needs to be done to fill this gap. […]

Mahana Helps Restaurants Roll Out the Red Carpet

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News At a restaurant like Swift’s Attic, when someone is an especially good customer—perhaps because they come in a lot, host big parties or drink expensive Bourbon– you don’t reward them with a punch card good for a free muffin. You might send out a complimentary appetizer, said […]

Boxer Aims to Simplify Email Management

By JAIME NETZER Reporter with Silicon Hills News Boxer’s motto is, “Email isn’t broken, it’s just unfair.” It’s about an overload problem, says Boxer CEO and co-founder, Andrew Eye. “People are all frustrated by overload, and they tend to pick a scapegoat,” he says. “Email is a convenient scapegoat, people say it’s old, it’s broken, […]

ihiji’s Invision Cuts Down on IT House Calls

By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News Remote diagnostic tools have been available to big companies with complex computer networks for many years, but the options for your average residential IT support provider were limited. It’s a waste of time and expense for the IT guy when he has to go to a […]

Funded in Austin…or Not at SXSW

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News In many ways, Written’s Josh Kerr was the poster child for how one gets funding in Austin at the Funded in Austin panel at SXSW Tuesday afternoon. Kerr spoke glowingly of the help, support and advice he got from Capital Factory. He talked about building relationships with […]

Hire, Fire or Skip? Find out With Austin-based ROIKOI

ROIKOI is a new hiring application recently launched in Beta and the company is making a big splash at South by Southwest Interactive. Austin-based ROIKOI is the signature sponsor of Entrepreneurs Lounge, an invitation-only party aimed at entrepreneurs, investors and insiders, held on the rooftop of Fogo de Chao every night through Tuesday. ROIKOI’s giant […]

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Bigcommerce Mixes Business with Pleasure

By Stacy Alexander Evans Reporter with Silicon Hills News A recruiting event that features a cover band playing ’80’s era glam, staff avatars swiped from the Street Fighter video game, leadership who are not shy about proclaiming their love of beer: clearly the Bigcommerce team knows how to have a good time, yet their revelry […]