Amos Schwartzfarb is the New Managing Director of Techstars Austin

Techstars has hired Amos Schwartzfarb as its new managing director of Techstars Austin. Schwartzfarb takes over from Jason Seats, who is still with Techstars and will remain in Austin. Seats is one of the managing partners of Techstars $150 million venture capital fund. He is dedicating all of his time to that role. Schwartzfarb is […]

Pivot Freight Lands $2 Million in Financing and New CEO

Pivot Freight, which relocated from Arizona to Austin last year, announced Monday that is has received $2 million in seed round financing. Rob Taylor also joined Pivot Freight as its CEO. He previously served on the founding leadership teams of both TrueCar and BlackLocus. He met the Pivot Freight team when he served as a […]

Experiment Engine Gets $1 Million in Seed Funding

Austin-based Experiment Engine announced Tuesday that is has closed on a $1 million seed funding round. The company received funding from Founder Collective, based in New York and Boston, Mercury Fund in Houston and Austin Angel Investors Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Experiment Engine, which recently graduated from the […]

11 Startups Pitch at Techstars Demo Day in Austin

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The latest Techstars Austin class showed off their hustle, determination and maturity at Demo Day Wednesday. All of the startups already have customers, revenue and market traction. Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at UT, introduced Burpy, a grocery delivery service formed by five friends at UT. He […]

Techstars Startup Cloud 66 Plans to Move to Austin Permanently

Cloud 66 moved to Austin from London two months ago to participate in Techstars and the startup plans to stay here. For its business, the U.S. is the best place to be, said Khash Sajadi, CEO and co-founder of Cloud 66. Cloud 66 is one of 11 companies in the latest Techstars program in Austin. […]

Techstars Austin Unveils its Second Class

A Longhorn Startup company, Burpy, is among the latest crop of Techstars Austin companies selected to participate in its three month long accelerator. Burpy, founded by a group of UT undergraduates and led by Aseem Ali, is an online grocery delivery business available in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. The other team from Austin […]

Four Austin Startups Shine at the 2014 ATC Startup Showdown

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The Austin Technology Council’s Startup Showdown builds a bridge between the startup community and those who have more seasoned experiences and companies, said Josh Alexander, founder of Toopher. Toopher, a security platform that helps businesses authentic and verify their customers online, won the ATC Startup Showdown in […]

Techstars Austin’s Jason Seats on Startup Grind San Antonio

Jason Seats loved playing with Lego blocks as a kid and even did college projects with Legos as a young adult. His heroes were Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman growing up and the fictional Indiana Jones. At the age of eight, he thought he wanted to be an archaeologist. But even as a little kid […]