Captivate Picks up Where Game Developers Conference Online Left Off

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Last year, when the Game Developers Conference Online announced it was moving to Los Angeles, Jennifer Bullard, chair of the Austin chapter of the International Game Developers Association, immediately launched into planning a new conference that would remain in Austin. Captivate started Sunday morning at the Palmer […]

The Collaborative Economy Can Help Save the Planet

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The world is getting hotter. In fact, it’s supposed to rise 11 degrees fahrenheit over land by the 2060s if we don’t meet our goals to reduce carbon impact, said Robin Chase, founder of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service and co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, […]

UTSA Holds Biannual Entrepreneur Boot Camp

By ANDREW MOORE Reporter with Silicon Hills News To launch a business in college, students must master all kinds of skills. They might have to make a business plan, find funding, do market research, sell products or services, stay on top of legal issues and intellectual property rights and sometimes figure out manufacturing. This weekend, […]

FBI Busts $1.2 Billion Silk Road Illegal Online Marketplace with Ties to Austin

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The crazy tale of Ross William Ulbricht, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” after a masked fictional character in the movie “The Princess Bride,” sounds like a HBO series on a renegade Internet entrepreneur gone wrong. Ulbricht, 29, allegedly operated the Silk Road, a sprawling $1.2 billion […]

Bigcommerce Raises $40 Million from Revolution Growth

Bigcommerce, a site that lets anyone create an online store, raised $40 million from Revolution Growth. Steve Case, co-founder of the Revolution Growth fund and founder of America Online, will also join Bigcommerce’s board. The Austin-based company, founded by Eddie Machaalani and Mitchell Harper in 2009, has raised $75 million to date. Bigcommerce’s software has […]

A Video Tour of Geekdom, Texas’ Largest Co-working Space

Nick Longo, director of Geekdom, provides this insight into Geekdom, a year-old collaborative coworking space in downtown San Antonio. It is Texas’ largest co-working site. Geekdom, which is a sponsor of Silicon Hills News, has expanded from the 11th floor to the 10th floor. It’s home to the TechStars Cloud. Geekdom 2.2 video from The […]

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 […]

Bijoy Goswami on “We Are Austin Tech”

Every week, We Are Austin Tech, a group of entrepreneurs, technologists and other volunteers release a video highlighting someone who has contributed to the local technology industry. Last week’s video put the spotlight on Jason Cohen, founder of WPEngine and other startups including co-founding Capital Factory. We Are Austin Tech seeks to tell the story […]

Megabus to Provide Service Between Austin and San Antonio

It’s not high-speed rail, but any kind of effort to connect San Antonio and Austin and provide the free-flow of the workforce in the region is a welcome one. Megabus.com will begin service in Texas on June 19th. The express bus company is offering fares from $1 to travel to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and […]

$80 Million Texas Emerging Technology Fund Available to Tech Startups

San Antonio-based Startech Foundation is now accepting applications to the Texas Emerging Technology Fund from south central Texas based technology startups. The program is aimed at providing seed stage funding for technology startups, university faculty and others focused on emerging technology. “Funds may be used for any legitimate business purpose but the primary focus of […]