Princess Astrid of Belgium Visits Austin, San Antonio and Other Texas Cities on an Economic Mission

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Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium is visiting Texas this week on an economic trade mission. On Sunday, Princess Astrid, the sister of Belgium’s current monarch King Philippe, attended a reception at the University of Texas at Austin hosted by its President Greg Fenves. About 200 business executives, trade representatives and members of the […]

Dell Medical School is Looking for Big Ideas to Improve Community Health

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A popular mantra in Austin is the call to think bigger. The new Dell Medical School is part of that movement. Its Center for Place-Based Initiatives is asking people to submit ideas aimed at “improving the health of vulnerable communities in Central Texas, especially those in Austin and other parts of Travis County,” according to […]

Apply to Pitch at the Rice and CTAN 2017 Startup Pitch Competition in Austin

Want a shot at winning an investment and other prizes? Early stage startups are encouraged to apply to pitch at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition, organized by the Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter and Central Texas Angel Network, known as CTAN. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5th at midnight. The pitch competition, sponsored by American Bank, […]

HOLT Ventures Launches and Hosts Industrial Technology Pitch Competition at SXSW

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HOLT Ventures, the new investment arm of HOLT CAT, plans to select 15 startups to showcase their disruptive technology in the industrial space at the first Industrial Technology Pitch Competition at South by Southwest Interactive next year. But the deadline is looming to participate. Interested startups must apply by Dec. 16. HOLT Ventures has teamed […]

Austin-based Get Smart Content Raises $1.75 Million

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Get Smart Content, which makes a personalized marketing platform, has raised $1.75 million, according to a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand its sales operations and marketing efforts, according to a news release. Investors included Virgo Capital and Origin Ventures. To date, the […]

Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office

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Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, has expanded its operations in Austin. The company, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. established its second largest office in Austin three years ago and because of solid growth, the company is moving into the 18th floor of the Chase Tower building, said Doug Madey, the company’s spokesman. Procore […]

Cyber Monday Shopping Expected to Break Records

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It’s the biggest Cyber Monday shopping day in history. Today, an estimated 122 million Americans planned to shop online, up from 121 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. “On Cyber Monday, retailers deliver online discounts unlike any other day of the year—driving consumers to shop online no matter where […]

Encouraging Austin Entrepreneurs to Think Big

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Do Austin entrepreneurs think big enough? That’s a question Silicon Hills News has heard debated in several forums for the past six years. The conclusion is often that Austin needs bigger thinkers. But at the “Think Big! With Mike Maples Jr., Jimmy Treybig and Brett Hurt,” panel […]

When to Quit the Startup Grind and Work on Something Else

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At the Think Big! Capital Factory panel discussion at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Monday, Joshua Baer, founder of Capital Factory, asked a question about when is it time to quit doing a mediocre startup and work on something legendary. Mike Maples Jr., managing partner of Floodgate, a venture capital firm, answered with advice that is not […]

UT Austin Professors Commercialize Technology to Detect Cancer, Etch Silicon Chips and Abate Underwater Noise

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News University of Texas at Austin Chemistry Professor Livia Eberlin is creating a better way for surgeons to rapidly perform and diagnose cancer biopsies. With a new pen-like medical device with a mass spectrometer, surgeons can extract molecules from tissue and test samples in real time. The sample […]

7 Takeaways from InnoTech Austin’s Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Workplace for Women in Tech

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At InnoTech Austin, a day long series of sessions focused on Women in Technology. It included one on one mentoring meetings and lots of talks designed to help women succeed in the technology field. In the afternoon, Barbary Brunner, Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Technology Council, moderated a panel discussion on creating a welcoming […]

InnoTech Austin’s Beta Summit Showcases Five Innovative Startups

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The InnoTech Austin Beta Summit is where Austin startups go to get exposure – many for the first time. In the past, Bryan Menell, Chief Operating Officer at AngelSpan, has hosted companies like Spredfast, OtherInbox, Trust Radius and Compare Metrics. The Beta Summit has a good track […]

Cancer Therapy and Research Institute Lands $5.8 Million in CPRIT Grants

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The Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio just landed a $5.8 million in grants from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas. The center plans to use almost $4 million to fund five additional years of cancer research training at the health Science Center, […]

Curiosity, Confidence and Fearlessness Shaped Fashion Icon Diane von Furstenberg’s Life

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News As a little girl in Brussels, Belgium, Diane von Furstenberg did not know what she wanted to do when she grew up but she wanted to be a woman of independence who could pay her own bills and drive her own bus. She got what she wanted. […]

Spotlighting the Need for More Women in Tech at the Texas Conference for Women

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills The Texas Conference for Women is not a technology conference. Historically it has focused on a diverse array of topics including career development, health and wellness, community connections, social impact, arts and culture and more. But this year, the conference had a bigger focus on women in technology. […]

Federal Grants Focus on Making the Tech Industry More Inclusive

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The tech industry has a diversity problem with Black, Hispanic and Asian employees making up just 7 percent, 8 percent and 14 percent respectively of the technology workforce in the U.S., according to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report. And women make up 35.6 percent of the […]

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Austin to Award ATI, UTSA and True Wealth Ventures Federal Grants

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At Austin City Hall, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams Tuesday announced $15 million in grants for 19 states including $1.5 million earmarked for Texas with the bulk of that going to organizations in Austin and San Antonio. “The diversity in programs […]

The U.S. Military Kicks Off “Hack the Army” Program at Capital Factory in Austin

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The Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning visited Capital Factory on Friday to announce a new program called Hack the Army, the U.S. Army’s first bug bounty challenge in partnership with HackerOne. “The largest branch of the U.S. military is preparing to be hacked to enhance its security in the coming weeks,” according to a […]

InnoTech Austin Announces 2016 IT Executives of the Year Finalists

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The 13th annual InnoTech Austin, one of the city’s longest running technology conferences, takes place next Thursday at the Austin Convention Center. The conference organizers announced finalists for its 2016 IT executives of the year awards. The winners will be announced at an awards reception Thursday afternoon at the conference. The finalists for corporate IT […]

It’s Time for Austin to Become “Startup Capital of the World”

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By DAVE MANZER Sponsored Contribution to Silicon Hills News Many are familiar with Austin’s official slogan: “Live Music Capital of the World.” The city officially adopted the slogan in 1991 after it was discovered that Austin had more live music venues per capita than any other city in America. In a bit of marketing hocus […]

Q&A with Joseph Kopser of moovel

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Joseph Kopser is global president of moovel, a division of Daimler Ag, the maker of Mercedes-Benz. But he’s also a successful entrepreneur as co-founder of RideScout, a startup smartphone app created to increase transportation efficiency by getting people out of their cars and into other public, commercial and private options. Before that, Kopser spent 20 […]

moovel Moves Austin Team to Portland Headquarters

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In April, Austin-based RideScout and Portland-based GlobeSherpa merged and re-branded to form moovel North America, a subsidiary of Daimler. And on Wednesday, moovel announced plans to consolidate its operations and house everyone at its Portland, Oregon headquarters. All of 36 employees in the Austin office are being offered a full relocation package to move to […]

Q&A with Whurley of Honest Dollar

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William Hurley, known as Whurley, is a successful serial entrepreneur who embodies Austin’s creative spirit. Most recently, he co-founded and serves as CEO of Honest Dollar, a fintech startup which recently sold to Goldman Sachs. Before co-founding Honest Dollar, Whurley co-founded Chaotic Moon, which sold to Accenture. He also worked in research and development at […]

The Inaugural Austin Design Week Kicks Off on Monday

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Design is “more important than ever before,” in business, according to Wired. And Austin takes design seriously. That’s why a team of creative minds launched the first Austin Design Week, which kicks off on Monday. The week includes a variety of events where people can share their work, ideas and work spaces and learn from […]

Austin-based HealthTronics Acquires HealthTech Solutions

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Austin-based HealthTronics this week announced it has acquired Plymouth, Minnesota-based HealthTech Solutions. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Acquiring HealthTech Solutions further enables HealthTronics to make available a wide array of clinical treatment options to doctors and hospitals of any size – from comprehensive medical centers to offices in remote, rural communities,” […]

Tiff’s Treats Lands $11 Million to Continue Expansion

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A fresh baked cookie startup in Austin is attracting a lot of dough. Tiff’s Treats, launched by a couple of graduates from the University of Texas at Austin, just closed on $11 million in funding. Dallas-based CIC Partners led the round. Tiff’s Treats with 22 stores in Texas and two stores in Atlanta plans to […]

Rackspace Officially Goes Private in $4.3 Billion Deal

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It’s the start of a new era for Rackspace, San Antonio’s largest technology company, which Thursday officially became a private company following the completion of its $4.3 billion acquisition by Apollo Global Management, with investment by Searchlight Capital Partners. Its common stock, under the symbol RAX, will no longer be listed for trading on the […]

Localeur Secures $4.2 million in Funding

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Localeur, a travel recommendation service aimed at millennials, has raised nearly $4.2 million of a $4.6 million offering from 43 investors, according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based startup, founded in March of 2013, previously raised $1.2 million, according to its Crunchbase profile. Silicon Hills News did this profile of […]

Google Fiber Will Continue to Roll Out in San Antonio and Austin

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Google confirmed plans on Wednesday to continue to roll out its high speed Internet network in San Antonio and Austin despite retracting in other markets. Google Fiber first announced plans to come to Austin in April of 2013. The service is currently live there and continues to roll out to different parts of town. “Google […]

11 Tips for Healthcare Startups from MedTechTX 2016

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Bright minds that look at things in innovative ways are going to be the future of the healthcare industry, according to Dr. Vonda Wright, Orthopaedic surgeon and keynote speaker at MedTechTX 2016. But it’s not just about inventing a cool gadget and thinking the healthcare system will automatically embrace it. Healthcare startups have unique challenges […]

Techstars Cloud Shuts Down in San Antonio

Techstars Cloud launched in January of 2012 in San Antonio with 11 startups. Since then, Techstars Cloud has had four graduating classes. The program took a year-long hiatus in 2014 when its managing director Jason Seats moved to Austin to head up Techstars Austin. It returned in 2015 under the director of Blake Yeager, who […]

San Antonio Raises Money for a New High Tech High School

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The world is preparing for a new industrial revolution with artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, augmented and virtual reality and more. To meet the workforce needs of the future, schools need to do more than teach reading, writing and arithmetic. They must teach students skills that are actually in demand in the workplace today. That’s what […]

Amazon Opens Game Development Office in Austin

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Amazon is opening a game development office in Austin focused on Lumberyard, a free game engine deeply integrated with Amazon Web Services and Twitch. Amazon opened a corporate office in Austin in the Domain at 11501 Alterra Parkway about a year ago, according to a report from KXAN. In a blog post, Amazon called Austin […]

Dell Technologies Backs Girls Who Code

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Dell Technologies has partnered with Girls Who Code to support after school computer science programs for about 15,000 girls in under-served communities across the U.S. Dell has pledged $400,000 in a cash donation to support the program. It also appointed five women technology leaders as program ambassadors to serve as mentors to the girls in […]

SpareFoot’s Pups Campaign Raises Money for Austin Rescue Organizations

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SpareFoot, the Austin-based storage marketplace, has launched a campaign to raise money for Austin rescue organizations and to encourage people to adopt pets. The campaign kicked off last week and has so far raised nearly $2,800 of a $5,000 goal. SpareFoot pledges to donate $1 up to $5,000 total every time someone share its video. […]

Hangar Technology Lands $6.5 Million for Drone Software Development

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When a drone can deliver a burrito to a hungry college student, it’s no longer just a novel technology but a major innovation for businesses. Still, the commercial drone business in the United States is in its infancy with rules and regulations just being worked out. This summer, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration […]

Dell Extolls the Next Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Everything

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Everything in the technology world improves about ten times every five years, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies said at the first Dell EMC World Wednesday morning. “That means 15 years from now, we’ll have another 1,000 times improvement in power, speed, efficiency, capacity compared to what […]

Five Austin Companies Land on Fortune’s Best Place to Work List

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Fortune Magazine held its Great Place to Work conference last week at the Sheraton Austin Hotel aimed at celebrating the nation’s best small to medium sized businesses. And it named a Georgetown-based software company, AgileCraft as the number one best place to work out of 50 small businesses in the country. Three other Austin-based companies […]

Professors Pitch a New Mouse, Exercise Device and Better Catalysts at UT Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The University of Texas ranks as the fourth most innovative university in the country, according to a recent report by Reuters. It’s in good company with Stanford taking the top spot, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. And Pitchbook, a venture capital research […]

Startup Angels Brings its Workshop to Austin to Teach People to Become Angel Investors

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs are everywhere in Austin and Central Texas. Investment dollars are not. But Startup Angels, based in Washington, D.C., is trying to change that. And Leslie Jump, its founder, is coming to Austin next week to do a workshop to train high-net worth individuals how to be […]

Austin Third Quarter VC Deals and Dollars Down with $120 Million Invested in 24 Companies

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Venture capitalists invested $120 million in 24 deals in Austin in the third quarter, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, based on data provided by Thomas Reuters. In Austin, venture capital deals and dollars are down 43 percent and eight percent respectively for the third quarter […]

The Future Belongs to Companies that Can Harvest Waste Into New Products

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1951, William McDonough remembers his mom singing to him at night in Japanese with her Alabama accent about the night soil and the workers with their honey wagons. She was singing about the farmers who came into Tokyo at night to collect […]

At SXSW Eco, Google’s Sustainability Lead Kate Brandt Promotes a Circular Economy

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News “Humankind is using up our natural resources at an astonishing rate,” said Kate Brandt, lead of sustainability at Google. “Each year our economy consumes far more than what our planet can provide,” she said. Brandt, who previously served under President Obama as the Nation’s first Chief Sustainability […]

GE Aviation Launches a Digital Collaboration Center in Austin

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GE Aviation is in Austin. The business, a division of General Electric based in Cincinnati, Ohio, officially opened up its Austin digital collaboration center last week. It is the first in the U.S. In the past year, GE opened similar centers in Dubai, Shanghai and Paris. The company also announced it is working with customer […]

Twyla Officially Launches Art Acquisition Site and Raises $19 Million

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Finding a great work of art to display in an apartment is apparently a big problem for a lot of people. And now a new Austin startup, Twyla, has got the solution. The company officially launched on Thursday. It provides a new way to discover and buy art by providing access to limited-edition artworks by […]

Firefly Space Systems Lays Off Staff and Explores a Possible Sale

Firefly Space Systems, a private aerospace which was developing vehicles to launch small to medium sized satellites to orbit, laid off its staff of 159 employees and is exploring a possible sale of the company, according to a news report in Space News. Last year, NASA selected Firefly, based in Cedar Park, for a $5.5 […]

Factom Lands $4.2 Million in Funding

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Factom, an Austin-based blockchain technology company that secures data, announced Wednesday it has closed on $4.2 million in funding. Billionaire Investor Tim Draper of Draper Associates led the Series A round. Blockchain is the underlying technology for Bitcoin, an alternative currency. A blockchain is a public ledger of all bitcoin transactions that have ever been […]

Condé Nast Plans to Go Big in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Condé Nast is going to “go big” in Austin, said Robert Sauerberg, the company’s CEO. “This is the right environment for us to get new people and new talent,” Sauerberg said. “We’re going to be a dominate player in Austin and that’s our goal. We’re the first […]

CognitiveScale Closes on $25 Million in Funding with Investment from Microsoft Ventures

CognitiveScale, an Austin-based startup specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning, announced Tuesday it has closed on $25 million in funding including a strategic investment from Microsoft Ventures. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2013, reports the Microsoft investment will help the company develop applications based on Microsoft HoloLens and Microsoft Azure for consumers and businesses. […]

MedTechTX 2016 Live Blog Day Two

Live Blog MedTechTX 2016 Day Two  

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Schedule courtesy of SXSW – all times are Eastern. 9:45 AM: Hard Things are Hard: A Conversation with James Turrell and David Adjaye (Newseum) 11:30 AM: Musical performances in the White House, including Gallant and Black Alley 12:30 PM: DJ Bev Bond (Innovation Stage) 1:45 PM: The Dap-Kings (Innovation Stage) 2:45 PM: Feeding the Future […]

MedTechTX 2016 Live Blog for Day One

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Techstars’ Amos Shwartzfarb Enjoys Helping Entrepreneurs

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Amos Schwartzfarb took over as Managing Director of Techstars Austin in 2015. Before that, he founded several companies and worked for numerous startups including Joust, BlackLocus, mySpoonful, Business.com, HotJobs.com and others. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs and in Austin’s vibrant technology startup scene. Q. What brought you […]

The U.S. IPO Market is Seeing a Slowdown in 2016

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The good news is there is an Initial Public Offering or IPO market, said Daniel Klausner, managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers based in New York. “At times, I think it’s been dormant or hidden,” he said. “September has been a great month.” But overall the IPO market in the U.S. is on track to have the […]

Health Tech Events to Attend in Austin This Week

It’s a busy week in Austin and for Austin Startups. Not only is Austin Startup Week taking place and SXSL at the Whitehouse on Monday, but MedTechTX 2016, put on by the Texas State Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, kicks off its two-day conference on Monday. The program begins […]

15 Events to Attend at the Sixth Annual Austin Startup Week

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It’s hard to believe six years have flown by since the first Austin Startup Week kicked off with their first event at the Tiniest Bar in Texas. And Silicon Hills News, which is on its sixth year in business as the premier technology media startup covering Austin and San Antonio, was there to cover it. […]

SXSL Kicks Off Monday at the Whitehouse

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Salon Magazine dubbed President Obama “Commander in Cool” for launching the first SXSL: South by South Lawn festival which takes place on Monday at the White House. The day-long celebration is fashioned after Austin’s highly successful SXSW, which President Obama attended and spoke at last March. The SXSL event features a number of talks on […]

Caringo Receives $8.8 Million in Funding

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Caringo announced Thursday that it has received $8.8 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company closed on its Series B round of funding and reports that so far the company, founded in 2005, has raised $33 million. The company plans to use the funds for development, marketing and distribution of Caringo Swarm, software used to […]

French Startup Speachme Launches U.S. Operations in Austin

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Speachme, a two year old educational technology company, announced Tuesday the launch of its U.S. operations, based in Austin. The French company makes a peer-to-peer knowledge transfer platform used by global brands such as Tesla, Airbus, PwC, Nissan and Coca-Cola. It was founded in 2012 and has 41 employees. The company is also hiring 10 […]

Able Lending Secures $100 Million for Small Business Loans

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Able Lending announced Tuesday that it has secured $100 million in debt financing from Community Investment Management to provide low-cost loans to small businesses. The Austin-based online lender reports that the money will be used to fund approximately 500 small businesses in the United States. To qualify for a loan, the businesses need to be […]

WP Engine Expands to Limerick, Ireland

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There once was a startup in Austin WP Engine grew lickety-split like Boston It set out to expand to Ireland’s land of opportunity Its website hosting business grew with such unity And now it’s part of a bigger European economic community – Anonymous The big news for WP Engine Monday is it has expanded to […]

Aceable Raises $4 Million to Fuel its Driving Education App

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Like a lot of educational programs, driver’s ed hasn’t changed much in the past 30 years. For the most part, it’s still taught in a classroom with an instructor, worksheets, quizzes, videos and some time spent driving with an instructor. That’s where the founders of Aceable saw an opportunity to disrupt the driver’s education industry. […]

TEN Capital Group to Host Texas Venture Summit 2016

In Austin, the hunt for venture capital is not easy. But one group plans to make it a little easier. The TEN Capital Group is holding the Texas Venture Summit 2016 on Oct. 6th at the Brazos Hall in downtown Austin. The event is invitation only and brings together national and statewide investors and qualified […]

Whurley Helps in ITU and UN Women’s Global Mission for Gender Equality

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William Hurley, known as Whurley and co-founder of Honest Dollar and Chaotic Moon in Austin, is on a global mission to help women and girls learn technology skills and find jobs. International Telecommunications Union and United Nations Women announced Tuesday that they have teamed up with Whurley to drive an intensive global engagement and outreach […]

Silicon Hills News Publishes its Third Annual Life Sciences Edition

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News NarrativeDx is an Austin startup pioneering a social-based feedback system that gives hospitals and clinics timely information about their patients’ experiences. The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin selected its inaugural class of 50 students this past summer. They are working to transform […]

The stARTup Studio at UT in Austin Showcases Professor-led Startups

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News Nurturing professor led startups to help them take their inventions out of the laboratory and into the marketplace is the focus of the Innovation Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The center, which is part of the Cockrell School of Engineering runs The StARTup Studio, […]

San Antonio Investors Launch an Angel Network

San Antonio doesn’t attract as much venture capital as Austin, Houston and Dallas. But now a group of high net worth individuals are trying to change that. Last week, they launched the San Antonio Angel Network and announced Chris Burney, a former Rackspace executive, as its executive director. While San Antonio has had investment funds, […]

Department of Defense Launches an Innovation Experiment in Austin

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The Department of Defense on Wednesday officially launched a Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, known as a DIUx, at Capital Factory in Austin. The defense department already has DIUx offices in Silicon Valley and Boston. The Austin office will focus on national security challenges and cutting edge technologies to help the nation’s warfighters. Secretary of Defense […]

Q&A with Michele Skelding with the Austin Chamber of Commerce

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Q.  In your role as Senior Vice President Global Technology and Innovation what are the goals you wish to accomplish? MS: I work on behalf of Austin’s Economic Development Corporation and Opportunity Austin with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. I lead the organization’s vision for Austin to be a top global region for technology […]

NarrativeDx: Transparent Patient Experience in Real Time

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News If you have a bad experience at a hospital—and just having to go to the hospital is often a bad experience—you may write a letter of complaint, post something in social media or blast the hospital on your patient survey. And there’s a good chance that if […]

Open Cloud Academy Launches Cybersecurity Program for Veterans

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News David Gibson retired from the U.S. Air Force as a cryptographic specialist after 18 years in 1995 in San Antonio and then worked construction jobs until he hurt his back. Since then he’s been looking for steady work. And that’s why he enrolled in the first class […]

Michael Dell is Playing to Win

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By Michael Dell Reprinted with Permission I grew up in a family of brothers. As you might guess, competition was a way of life. A game of cards or tag or Battleship was serious business. My brothers and I have our mom to thank for much of our competitive spirit. Her usual parting words when […]

Shopify is Recruiting Partners for its First Austin Accelerator

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Shopify is on the hunt for five people to participate in its newly launched Shopify Partner Accelerator in Austin. The company just opened up applications on Wednesday and is accepting them until Sept. 23rd. Then it will choose five people to work at WeWork University Park in Austin from Oct. 3rd until the end of […]

Dell Technologies Completes its Merger with EMC Corp.

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In a $60 billion deal, Dell Technologies Wednesday closed its acquisition of EMC Corp. launching a new chapter for Dell, a 32 year old company founded in a dorm room at the University of Texas at Austin. It is the largest tech deal ever. And Dell gets the award for coolest aerial stunt to introduce […]

Tech Events in Austin This Week

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Just coming off Labor Day, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things. So Silicon Hills News has made it easier by culling a few tech events worth attending this week. Tuesday – How to Meet Investors in Austin: Ask Me Anything with Joshua Baer at Capital Factory starting at 4:30 p.m. to […]

The Top Texas Healthcare Accelerators and Incubators

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Launching a new venture is extremely difficult. That’s why healthcare incubators and accelerators can play a vital role in a company’s success early on by connecting them with financing, work space, mentors, customers, business programs and more. Healthcare is a $5 trillion industry globally and about half that is U.S. healthcare expenditures. And it’s a […]

Ten Life Science Startups to Watch in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is home to a small, but growing biotech and medical technology industry with about 200 companies, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. That number is sure to skyrocket in coming years as the city feels the full effect of the new Dell Medical School […]

Ten Life Science Companies to Watch in San Antonio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News San Antonio has a robust bioscience and healthcare industry which contributes more than $23.9 billion to the city’s economy annually, according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. In fact, one in every six San Antonio employees works in the bioscience and healthcare industry. The industry is […]

RXWiki Helps Indie Pharmacies Compete with The Big Boxes

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News For most people the concept of the “corner drugstore,” with or without a soda fountain, is a quaint anachronism befitting the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but not modern society. In fact, though, there are more than 22,000 small, independently owned pharmacies in the U.S. Some will […]

athenahealth Acquires Austin-based Patient IO

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athenahealth, the nation’s largest healthcare network, announced Monday its acquisition of Austin-based Filament Labs, doing business as Patient IO. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Patient IO, a mobile and web-based app, is a care coordination platform used by healthcare providers to engage patients and caregivers outside the clinic. Patient IO, which […]

This Fast Software Can Whip You Up an Antibody

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Monica Berrondo pulls up a digital schematic of an antibody. It resembles remnants of different-colored ribbon stuck together by someone with no sense of design. Each color and bend represents information about the amino acids that comprise the antibody, explains Berrondo, whose company, Macromoltek, made this model […]

Salesforce Hosts Small Business Essentials Event in Austin

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News A panel of Austin entrepreneurs talked about the integration of marketing, sales, and software yesterday at a Salesforce event for small business users of the monolithic Customer Relationship Management platform. Key takeaways included: Just because you can build your own solution doesn’t make it a good idea […]

Austin and San Antonio Ranked Top Metros for Startups

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Austin is the top spot in the country for startup activity and San Antonio is number 13 on the Kauffman Foundation’s latest Startup Index. The five metros with the highest startup activity in the 2016 index were Austin, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Austin ranked at the top spot in 2015 also. […]

Apollo Global Acquires Rackspace for $4.3 Billion

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Apollo Global Management Friday announced plans to acquire San Antonio-based Rackspace for $4.3 billion. Apollo plans to acquire the company for $32 a share in cash and will take the company private in the process. As part of the deal, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners will make a strategic equity investment in Rackspace. The […]

ThousandEyes Sets up Austin Office

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ThousandEyes, a San Francisco-based network intelligence company, announced Wednesday plans to open a sales and customer service office in Austin. The company also named Victoria Abeling to head up the office as director of corporate sales. ThousandEyes plans to hire about 30 sales and customer service employees by the end of the year to staff […]

Austin-based Thea.com Launches Event Site for Athletes

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One of the things Austin is known for is its runners, bikers, hikers, swimmers and endurance athletes looking for the next challenge. A new site, Thea.com just launched a search engine and events site this week that makes finding that next sporting challenge easier. Thea.com lists events in the greater Austin area for cyclists, triathletes, […]

Dell Medical School: a Catalyst for Austin Startups

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By TIM GREEN Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News In July, after several years of preparation and construction, the Dell Medical School started instruction with its first class of students. The school, students and the Central Texas Community are walking hand-in-hand not only for a medical education, but to change how health care and medicine […]

ESO Solutions Helps Ambulance Services Perform Better

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News The culture that Chris Dillie has implemented into his company is simple: be passionate about what you’re doing, and the money will follow. ESO Solutions, a health data exchange startup, provides software to help ambulance services better monitor their performance, and helps hospitals use that data to […]

Stealth Startup Magic Leap Officially Opens its Austin Office

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few years ago, Michael Klug left his job as co-founder and chief technology officer at Zebra Imaging. At Zebra, Klug worked for 17 years on its dynamic 3D holographic and light-field display products. He helped the company raise money and launch its products. Klug, who has […]

Magnitude Software Acquires Simba Technologies

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Austin-based Magnitude Software announced Tuesday plans to buy Simba Technologies, a data and analytics firm. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This acquisition furthers our strategic vision to enable enterprise-wide visibility and insights for corporate performance management,” Chris Ney, Chairman & CEO of Magnitude Software, said in a news release. “As data heterogeneity […]

Best Buy Selects San Marcos for E-Commerce Sales Operation

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Best Buy has selected San Marcos as the location for its e-commerce sales operation with plans to hire 25 employees. The Greater San Marcos Partnership announced the deal Tuesday. “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement to bring this e-commerce sales operation to the City of San Marcos and Hays County,” Best Buy spokesman Shane […]

TPG Capital Buys Grande Communications for $650 Million

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TPG Capital, a private equity firm, announced Monday plans to buy San Marcos-based Grande Communications Networks for $650 million. The firm also announced plans to buy RCN Telecom Services of Princeton, New Jersey for $1.6 billion. It purchased the companies from ABRY Partners in separate transactions. William Morrow founded Grande Communications in 1999 and served […]

FloSports Lands $21.2 Million in Funding to Expand Sports Coverage

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Ten years ago, FloSports started out with just two brothers driving a used van around the country to cover track and field events and wrestling tournaments. Today, Austin-based FloSports has 165 employees and they report on 14 different sports categories including gymnastics, cheerleading and boxing. And Monday, the online sports network announced it has closed […]

Girls Who Code Graduates its First Austin Summer Class

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Apoorva Bapat had a whole academic year to learn the concepts that she and other teachers imparted to 17 girls in Austin during the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program this summer. “They would learn the concepts in the morning and by afternoon they were using them […]

Chiron Health Lets Doctors Get Paid for Telemedicine Services

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News When Charlie Kolb, co-founder of telemedicine startup Chiron Health, made the decision to enroll in classes for his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, he did so with the dreams of one day starting his own company. “I wasn’t interested in investment banking, or […]

Alafair Biosciences of Austin Raises $2 Million in Venture Capital

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Alafair Biosciences, an Austin-based medical device startup, announced Wednesday it has received $2 million in venture funding. ATP Fund led the Series A investment with participation form existing and new investors including the UT Horizon Fund. To date, the company, founded in 2011, has raised $5.9 million. The latest funds will help Alafair Biosciences expand […]

Rackspace Sells Cloud Sites Business to Liquid Web

Rackspace Hosting, based in San Antonio, on Monday announced plans to sell its Cloud Sites business unit to Liquid Web, based in Lansing, Michigan. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The business will remain in San Antonio, according to a news release. Liquid Web, a $90 million a year web hosting business, […]

Rackspace Reportedly Close to a $3.5 Billion Buyout

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Rackspace Hosting, the managed hosting and cloud computing company based in San Antonio, is reportedly close to closing a $3.5 billion deal with Apollo Global, a private equity firm, to take Rackspace private, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and numerous other publications. In 2014, Rackspace announced it had retained Morgan Stanley […]

TheWaveVR Lands $2.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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A virtual reality music platform, TheWaveVR, announced Friday that it has closed on $2.5 million in seed round funding. The company, which is based in Austin and Los Angeles, is building a social virtual reality music platform which it plans to launch later this year. The platform will change “the way people experience and immerse […]

Owlchemy Labs Nabs $5 Million in Venture Capital

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Owlchemy Labs, an independent virtual reality game developer, announced this week the company has closed on $5 million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup moved here from Boston, where Alex Schwartz founded the company in 2010. Owlchemy Labs raised a $5 million Series A round from Qualcomm Ventures, HTC, The VR Fund, Colopl VR Fund, […]

Austin-based Sizmek Aquired for $122 Million

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Private Equity Firm Vector Capital announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Austin-based Sizmek, an advertising technology company, for $3.90 a share, valuing the deal at $122 million. San Francisco-based Vector Capital, founded in 1997, has invested $1.6 billion in more than 40 technology companies. “We believe this transaction provides Sizmek with […]

CognitiveScale Lands $21.8 Million in Venture Capital

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Austin-based CognitiveScale announced Tuesday it has landed $21.8 million in venture capital. Norwest Venture Partners and Intel Capital co-led the round. CognitiveScale plans to use the money to expand its salesforce and on research and development of its product portfolio. As part of the deal, Norwest’s Promod Haque and Intel Capital’s Vibhor Rastogi will join […]

BP3 Global Raises $10 Million

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Austin-based BP3 Global announced this week it has raised $10 Million from Petra Capital Partners, LLC., a Nashiville, Tenn-based private equity firm. The company plans to use the funding to speed up development of its Brazos platform, a data and analytics software program. “The big disconnect in the analytics space is that, while software gives […]

Austin’s Healthcare Innovation Zone Aims to be Transformative

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Twenty years ago, healthcare planners tucked research parks into suburban environments, away from the buzz of the city. Today, innovative healthcare centers serve as the centerpiece of urban cores like the new Dell Medical School and the Dell Seton Medical Center and campus at 15th street and […]

Austin-based Renovate Simply Lands Seed Stage Funding

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Renovate Simply, based in Austin, announced it has received seed stage funding from the Digitech Venture Capital Fund, Central Texas Angel Network and a number of angel investors. Renovate Simply is a marketplace business that connects homeowners with vetted contractors to simplify the renovation process. The amount of the seed stage funding was not disclosed. […]

KUKA Opens Robotics Center in Austin

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KUKA ATX is a new robotics research and development center in Austin focused on industrial robots for factory production. The German-based company established its newest center of excellence at 11921 North Mopac Expressway. The center will focus on web, cloud and mobile software platforms to augment KUKA robotics, customer experience and overall productivity. The Austin […]

TriNet Expands Austin Office

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TriNet, a human resources solutions company, has expanded its Austin office in the Research Park area and has hired more than 80 new engineers. The company, based in San Leandro, Calif., now occupies 33,557 square feet of offices with employees focused on technology, sales and service. TriNet is focused on serving small to midsize businesses […]

Dell Medical School and Dell Seton Medical Center Win $300,000 Grant

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The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin just launched with its first class of students this summer. Its goal is to rethink and reinvent the way healthcare is delivered to patients. And this week, Dell Medical School and the future Dell Seton Medical Center won a $300,000 grant to help resident […]

NewCo Conference Returns to Austin to Showcase the City’s Tech Industry

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NewCo Austin is a new kind of conference that takes people into the work spaces of some of Austin’s most innovative companies. The conference takes place on July 26th and 27th at various locations around town, and Capital Factory is hosting several sessions as an affiliate partner of the conference. This year, NewCo Austin expanded […]

Austin Startups Attract $152 Million in Venture Capital During Second Quarter

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is still doing well when it comes to attracting venture capital investment into its technology startups. During the second quarter, venture capitalists invested $152 million in 24 deals in Austin, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, based on […]

On the Hunt for Pokemon in San Antonio

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News More than 1,000 Pokemon Go players met to go on a “Hunt” in downtown San Antonio Saturday for Pokemon, Pokestops and to do battle at Pokemon Gyms. “I just wanted to try to get everyone together. With all of the events happening in our world right now, […]

Ten Things to Know About Pokemon Go in Central Texas

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Pokemon Go launched July 6th and has become an instant hit. During the day and at night, Pokemon Go players gather at shopping centers, parks, schools and other landmarks in the area to hunt for Pokemon, pocket monsters that range in abilities, power and status. By capturing Pokemon, the players can level up and once […]

Twitch Opens Austin Office

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Twitch, the video platform and community for gamers, has opened a new office in Austin with six employees and plans to hire more this year. Twitch’s office is located on South Congress. Ken Demarest, director of product development for Twitch’s Developer Success team, will lead the new office. The company is also hiring front and […]

data.world Launches with $14 Million in Venture Funding

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The world is awash in data. Yet only a tiny amount – less than one percent – of all the data that gets collected and stored is ever analyzed, according to an IDC report. An Austin-based startup, data.world, led by serial entrepreneur Brett Hurt, officially launched Monday with $14 million in venture funding, with the […]

Facebook Plans $11.2 Million Expansion of its Austin Office

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Facebook is quadrupling the space at its Austin office at 300 W. Sixth, according to Buildzoom, which pulled several building permits the company filed with the city. Facebook applied for building permits to connect floors nine through 12 at its office. The company currently is located on the 10th floor. Since the beginning of the […]

Austin Ranks First in the Nation as the Best Place for Startups

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Austin ranks first in the nation for the best place for startups, according to a new survey from Sungard Availability Services. Austin claimed the top spot, followed by New York, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston. The survey ranked the cities based on startup survival rates, graduate talent and density […]

Google Reports an Economic Impact of $8.93 Billion in Texas

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Google has issued a report showing it had an economic impact of $8.93 Billion for Texas businesses, nonprofit organizations and website publishers in 2015. The company reports 141,000 Texas businesses and nonprofit organizations used Google’s AdWords and Adsense tools in 2015. And Google donated $16.3 million in free advertising to Texas nonprofit organizations through its […]

Austin Ranks Fifth on CBRE Group’s Tech Talent Scorecard

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The key to a thriving technology center is tech talent. And Austin has it, according to a new report from CBRE Group, a commercial real estate services and investment group. The city ranks fifth, up three spots from a year ago, in its annual Tech Talent Scorecard which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets. The […]

iCars Launches Executive Car Service in Austin

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Another startup has entered Austin’s ride hailing market. iCars, based in San Francisco, launched its web and mobile platform on Wednesday to connect customers to executive car service operators and chauffeurs in Austin. The company first began offering service in the San Francisco Bay Area in February. “iCARS’ expansion into Austin signifies the growing demand […]

KKR to Buy Austin-based Epicor Software

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KKR, a global investment firm, has entered into a deal to buy Epicor Software Corp. from Apax Partners. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Bloomberg News is reporting the deal is worth about $3.3 billion. Austin-based Epicor provides software to customers in the manufacturing, distribution and retail industries in more than […]

SXSW is Accepting Programming Submissions for 2017

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Got a thought-provoking and creative idea for the tech and entertainment industries and want to share it with the world? Then you might consider submitting that idea for a solo talk or a panel discussion at South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music for the 2017 conferences. SXSW just last week announced it was now […]

Web Summit Seeks to Boost Female Attendees

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The Web Summit, one of Europe’s largest technology conferences, wants to diversify its attendance base and is seeking to boost the number of women attending the conference from less than 30 percent in 2015 to 50 percent this year. Conference organizers launched a “Women in Tech Initiative” and are offering a $50 discount code for […]

Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5 Million in Venture Capital

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Convey, a Techstars Austin graduate, announced Wednesday it has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. To date, the company has raised $6.9 million. Silverton Partners led the latest round with participation from Techstars Ventures, Capital Factory and Corsa Ventures. Rob Taylor is the CEO of Convey and Dan Bebout is the founder and vice […]

Between the Queen’s Honour and Brexit, it was a Memorable Week for Austin Tech Delegation

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News It has been an almost surrealistic couple of weeks for Fred Schmidt. First, the director of international for Capital Factory learned from the British Consulate in Houston that he had been named a Most Excellent Member of the British Empire for his services to U.K.-U.S. relations, a […]

Capital Factory Joins Union, an International Startup Platform

At the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, 1776 and Dell announced a partnership with Microsoft and Capital Factory to create Union, an international startup platform. The platform is based at Startup Federation, a worldwide network with more than 30 startup campuses and mega-hubs. Union is designed to help entrepreneurs worldwide […]

Spiceworks Cuts 12 Percent of its Workforce

In January, Spiceworks turned 10 years old and Jay Hallberg, its CEO and co-founder, said the Austin-based company planned to hire 100 new employees this year. But things changed and this week Hallberg, in a post on the company’s community site, now reports Spiceworks plans to layoff 12 percent of its workforce. In January, the […]

Cybersecurity Incubator Launches in San Antonio

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The cybersecurity industry in San Antonio just got a major boost with the announcement Thursday of a new incubator, Build Sec Foundry. The incubator, which will be based at Geekdom, a technology coworking site in the Rand building downtown, is a partnership among CyberSecurity San Antonio, the Austin Technology Incubator and the 80/20 Foundation. “San […]

Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin

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Lightspeed Systems, which makes education software, announced plans to relocate all of its operations and employees from Bakersfield, Calif. to Austin. Lightspeed originally moved its corporate headquarters to Austin in 2013 and the company’s founder, Rob McCarthy, moved to Austin a year later. The Bakersfield Californian reports Lightspeed has about 80 employees and most of […]

Savara Pharmaceuticals Buys Serendex Pharmaceuticals

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Savara Pharmaceuticals, which creates drugs focused on rare respiratory diseases, announced it has acquired the assets of Serendex Pharmaceuticals. The addition of Serendex adds new drugs to its portofolio including Serendex’s flagship product, Molgradex, an inhaled drug in later stage clinical trials in Europe and Japan to treat autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. The acquisition is […]

Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus

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Austin lost its bid to become the winner of $50 million in the Smart City Challenge from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to Columbus, Ohio, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch. Columbus beat Austin, Denver, Portland, Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh and San Francisco to win the first Smart City […]

NSS Labs Raises $16 Million in Funds

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NSS Labs, an information security research and advisory company, announced it has raised $16 million in new equity and bank financing. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to finance the growth of its security products and cloud-based security and risk management platform. Delta-v Capital led the round with participation from LiveOak Venture Partners. […]

Stamps.com Buys Austin-based ShippingEasy for $55 Million

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Stamps.com Tuesday announced its acquisition of Austin-based ShippingEasy for $55 million in cash. ShippingEasy, which makes software to allow online retailers to organize, process, fulfill and ship their orders easily, relocated to Austin from Sydney, Australia in 2012 and is run by Katie May, an Austin native and serial entrepreneur. May has worked as head […]

USAA Wins PYMNTS/Alexa Voice Activated Technology Contest

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USAA won the PYMNTS/Alexa Challenge in the “Easiest to Explain to Mom” category for its innovative use of voice recognition technology. San Antonio-based USAA created a financial management program accessible through Alexa, the voice recognition program interface for Amazon’s Echo household device. “What Mom or Dad doesn’t want a little help to make ends meet? […]

Technology Advocate Alan Weinkrantz Dies in Tragic Car Accident

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Alan Weinkrantz, a longtime public relations professional and advocate for the tech industry in San Antonio and Israel died Saturday in Israel after being hit by a car in an outdoor café, according to the Times of Israel. Alan’s sudden death has shocked everyone and leaves a huge void in so many lives. I’ve known […]

Umbel Acquires Lodestone

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Umbel, an Austin-based data software company, announced its acquisition of Lodestone, a fan engagement company, in a blog post. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mark Drosos founded Lodestone Social Media in Austin in 2008. The company raised $100,000 in investment, according to its Crunchbase profile. Umbel, founded in 2010, raised $20 […]

Urban Mining Gets $25 Million in Venture Capital

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Urban Mining Co., which recycles magnets, announced Tuesday it has completed a $25 million round of financing. The Austin-based company plans to use the Series A funds to build and operate a magnet recycling and manufacturing plant at its headquarters. “The first step towards commercializing our technology is capital intensive,” Scott Dunn, Urban Mining’s CEO, […]

San Antonio Mulls Grants to Retain Tech Startups

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday will consider adopting a new economic incentive program that would provide $800,000 of taxpayer funds to support tech startup companies. And it’s not available to just any tech startup. The pilot program would specifically support the entrepreneurs and companies participating in the Techstars Cloud accelerator program in partnership […]

Aunt Bertha Raises $5 Million in Venture Capital

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Aunt Bertha, a social services search and referral platform, announced it has raised $5 million in venture capital. Techstars Ventures led the Series B round of financing and as part of the deal, Jason Seats, partner at Techstars Ventures, will join the company’s board. “There’s a lot of unnecessary suffering going on for many Americans […]

ePatientFinder Lands $8.3 Million in Venture Capital

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ePatientFinder, a matchmaking platform for physicians, patients and clinical trials, announced this week it has received $8.2 million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup has raised a total of $11 million since its founding in 2013. Tom Dorsett, Tushar Jain, Greg Sweatt and Dillon Krug co-founded the company. Silicon Hills News did this profile on […]

Investment Platform Aimed at Women, Ellevest Launches in Austin

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Ellevest, a new investment platform aimed at women, launched this week in Austin. Ellevest’s co-founder Sallie Krawcheck, created the investment platform to “close the gender investing gap and redefine investing for women with a practical, goals-based approach,” according to a news release. Krawcheck has nearly 30 years of experience leading financial services companies on Wall […]

Dell Names 16 Winners of its Internet of Things Innovation Contest

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The Internet of Things is making us safer. V5 Systems created a portable outdoor security system that doesn’t need to be plugged in, can capture video, detect a gunshot and pinpoint the location it was fired from to alert authorities in real time. V5 Systems won Dell […]

Texas Lawmakers Consider How to Deal with the Sharing Economy

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News In light of the growing prevalence of services making up the state’s “sharing economy,” the Texas House Committee on Business and Industry met Wednesday to discuss the impact of city regulations associated with peer-to-peer exchange platforms. Responding to the testimonies given at the hearing, Committee Chairman Rene […]

Texas Lawmakers Assess the Impact of the Sharing Economy

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News State lawmakers will discuss and hear testimony about the future of Texas’ sharing economy industry at the business and industry committee meeting at the state legislature on Wednesday. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, the chairman of the committee, told Silicon Hills News that the meeting comes from a need […]

Students Debut Mobile Apps at Hello World Demo Day

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News It’s hard making a mobile app. Just ask 80 fourth, fifth and sixth graders who just finished Hello World’s first engineering program and created 12 prototypes. Hello World, a new after school program, teaches kids web and mobile development, game design, data science and design thinking. The […]

Merge VR of San Antonio Raises $10 Million in Funding

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Merge VR, which makes virtual reality headsets, just raised $10 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The San Antonio-based startup lists Geekdom as its headquarters. It is co-founded by Andrew Trickett, who formerly ran the San Antonio Clean Energy Incubator. Franklin Lyons is the other co-founder and the company’s chief […]

Vyze Raises $13 Million in Additional Funding

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Vyze, a financial technology company, has raised $13 million in venture capital to fuel its growth and expand into new markets and product lines. Austin Ventures and StarVest Partners of New York led the Series B financing round. The company, founded in 2008, has raised $35 million including the latest funding round. “We’re building a […]

Austin-based Restore Cryotherapy Raises $1 Million for Nationwide Rollout

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News After a grueling 35-mile bicycle ride in the Hill Country to prepare for a triathlon, Steven Welch felt some aches and pains in his legs. He agreed to go to a Cryotherapy session with his friend. He didn’t much believe that it would help his recovery, but […]

Google Express Launches Shopping and Delivery Service in Austin

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The search engine giant, Google, want to deliver packages to shoppers in Austin through its Google Express service. Google on Wednesday launched the service, which offers overnight and two-day shopping and delivery service, in Austin and surrounding areas. It also launched the service in Oklahoma and other Texas markets including Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Google […]

Austin-based Milestone Brands Acquires American Born Moonshine

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One of Austin’s newest spirit companies, Milestone Brands is on a buying spree. The company announced Wednesday its acquisition of American Born Moonshine from Windy Hill Spirits, based in Nashville. Milestone recently acquired Dulce Vida Tequila. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Chad Auler, co-founder of Deep Eddy Vodka,and Eric Dopkins, former […]

Spredfast Raises $50 Million to Fuel Growth of its Social Media Marketing Platform

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Austin is a hotbed for social media marketing and the city’s biggest startup focused on the industry, Spredfast, just raised $50 million to further expand its business. New investor Riverwood Capital led the Series F financing round. Other existing investors in the round include Austin Ventures, InterWest Partners, OpenView Venture Partners and Lead Edge Capital. […]

Rocket Software Opens Office in Austin

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Rocket Software, a Waltham, Mass.-based company, announced Tuesday the opening of its first office in Austin. Rocket Software’s local office is located at The Domain in the same building as Amazon and across the street from IBM, according to a news release. Rocket Software also recently opened offices in Japan and China. Rocket Chief Technology […]

USAA Plans to Expand Downtown San Antonio Office and Open an Austin Office

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In 1922, 25 U.S. Army officers founded USAA to insure each others’ automobiles. Today, USAA is the second largest private employer in San Antonio with 17,000 employees, only eclipsed by another homegrown company, H-E-B, according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. USAA also occupies one of the nation’s largest office buildings at its main […]

Wingz Launches Peer-to-Peer Ride Service in Austin

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San Francisco-based Wingz announced it has launched a peer-to-peer ride service in Austin with a focus on providing rides to and from the airport. Wingz allows customers to pre-book a driver to take them around town at a flat rate, surge-free price, according to a news release. The rides start with a minimum price tag […]

eyeQ Gets $3.5 Million in Venture Capital

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EyeQ, a shopper intelligence platform, announced it has received $3.5 million in Series A funding. Align Capital, a new investor, led the round with participation from existing existing investors. As part of the deal, Lisa Harris, managing partner of Align Capital, joins eyeQ’s board of directors. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds for […]

RideAustin Seeks to Fill the Void Left by Uber and Lyft

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Austin tech leaders Monday announced a new ride-hailing service based on a nonprofit model. The service is called RideAustin and plans to rollout starting in June. It plans to expand its service to the entire city of Austin by the end of the year, according to information on its website. Joe Liemandt, founder and CEO […]

How Austin (and not Silicon Valley) is Changing VC/Tech Law

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In the startup community, it’s very well understood that bigger does not always mean better. In fact, bigger can often mean slower, more bureaucratic, and in many cases overly complex and expensive. Yet for all their focus on new business models and disruption, Silicon Valley startups are extremely conservative in their choices of law firms. […]

Genstar Capital Buys Austin-based Accruent

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Genstar Capital, a private equity firm, last week announced its acquisition of Austin-based Accruent, which makes real estate, facilities and asset management software. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Accruent, founded in 1995 in California, had raised $32 million from two investors in two rounds, according to its Crunchbase profile. The company […]

Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund Expands to Austin

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The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund is expanding to Austin in August. The fund is a joint initiative among Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Ignite. Mozilla is providing $150,000 in grant funding to Austin projects and tools that use the city’s Google Fiber network. The projects might […]

Online Concierge Platform OnceThere Launches in Austin

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On a vacation, booking a place to stay is just part of the adventure. OnceThere, an online concierge service, seeks to provide a platform for travelers to book their hotel or vacation rental along with activities and tours once they reach their destination. The Austin-based startup, founded in January of 2015, last week launched its […]

San Antonio-based START Expands to Taiwan

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South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics, known as START, announced this week that it has opened a comprehensive Phase 1 oncology clinical trials program in Taiwan. START, which runs the world’s largest Phase 1 clinical oncology trials, now operates six centers around the world. The Taiwan site is its second one in Asia. It also operates […]

Naturally Caffeinated eBook on Austin Entrepreneurship Available to Download for Free

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By Steve Guengerich Special to Silicon Hills News I’m excited to announce that a revised and updated 2016 edition of the Naturally Caffeinated ebook is now available for download. (For the impatient among you, you can scroll to the bottom for the download link!) 2016 Edition Highlights Guest Contributors Whereas the original ebook was only […]

Bloomfire Lands $12.8 Million in Funding

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Bloomfire, which makes a software platform for companies to share information, Thursday announced it has closed on $12.8 million in Series B funding from Austin Ventures. Bloomfire plans to use the funds to hire more people for its sales and marketing teams and on research and development of its platform. “This capital shows that Bloomfire […]

Google Gives Grants to Austin Public Library Foundation for Digital Inclusion Program

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The benefits of having Google Fiber in Austin go far beyond higher broadband speeds. That can be seen in Google’s latest gift to the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. This week, Google and Google Fiber awarded $145,000 to the foundation to support a new digital inclusion program. The funds will go to buy new videoconferencing […]

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Visits Austin, a Finalist in the Smart City Challenge

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Comparing his journey this week to that of an American Idol judge, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited Austin Tuesday morning to meet with leaders from one of seven finalists vying for a $40 million Smart City Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Foxx […]

Equity Based Crowdfunding Starts Nationwide Today

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Today is an historic day for startup investing and fundraising. Title III of The Jobs Act goes into effect four years after President Barack Obama signed the act into law. That means companies, ranging from restaurants and bars to video game makers and software companies, can now raise funds through equity crowdfunding portals from mom […]

The True Cost of Prop 1 for Austinites: $29M, Jobs, Funding and Lives

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Opinion: By Courtney Powell Special to Silicon Hills News This has been a difficult week for many Austinites. The Prop 1 campaign has galvanized the community, and rightly so. There was no shortage of opinions, interests, or ego on either side of the debate. I believe it was a poorly executed campaign on both sides, […]

Favor Moves Into Cool New Headquarters in Downtown Austin

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Austin’s home-grown delivery service, Favor, has just moved into some cool new digs in downtown Austin. The company, with 121 local employees, now occupies 12,000 square feet of office space at 1705 Guadalupe Street. It’s decked out with murals of Austin landmarks and favor delivery items in blue and white, Favor’s signature colors. The company’s […]

Isabella Rose Taylor Named Austin A-List Rising Star

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At the Austin A-List awards ceremony Wednesday night, the organizers chose to honor Isabella Rose Taylor as its entrepreneurial rising star. Taylor, 15, is from Austin and is one of the world’s youngest fashion designers and artists. “I really got into fashion through my art,” Taylor said. “I’ve been selling my art since before I […]

12 Startups Named to 2016 Austin A-List

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In a standing room only theater, a dozen Austin startups, ranging from emerging companies to bigger ventures, received awards Wednesday night as part of the Austin A-List of the Hottest Startups. The Austin Chamber, through its Innovate Austin initiative, and South by Southwest Interactive put the event on every year at ACL Live at the […]

H-E-B is Offering Grocery Delivery to San Antonio Customers

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H-E-B is launching grocery delivery for customers in San Antonio starting this week. The San Antonio-based grocery giant has partnered with Shipt and Instacart to offer grocery delivery to customers in the San Antonio area. Orders will be filled by personal shoppers and delivered in an hour. Instacart will expand service into San Antonio on […]

BigCommerce Lands $30 Million in Venture Capital

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BigCommerce, an ecommerce platform, announced Tuesday that it has closed a $30 million round. GGV Capital led the funding round with participation from existing investors including General Catalyst, Revolution Growth, Softbank Capital, Tenaya, Split Rock, Telstra Ventures and American Express Ventures. BigCommerce, founded in Australia in 2009, has previously raised $125 million. The company has […]

Lyft and Uber Cease Operating in Austin After Proposition One Fails to Pass

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Lyft and Uber ceased operating in Austin Monday after voters rejected Proposition One, which would require the companies to do fingerprint background checks on drivers. “Whether or not Uber and Lyft choose to leave town, the city is committed to ensuring that Austinites, both drivers and riders, […]

Austin Voters Cast Ballots on Proposition One Today

It’s finally here. The special election for Austin voters to cast their ballots on Proposition One. A vote yes means the regulations City Council adopted last December to require fingerprinting background checks of all ridesharing drivers get thrown out. And Lyft and Uber and other so called Transportation Network Companies, known as TNCs, will continue […]

15 Student Run Startups Pitch at the 10th Longhorn Startup Lab Demo Day

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By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News A year ago, Ryan Norton didn’t have a car and he needed to get to the dry cleaner and back from the University of Texas at Austin campus. “Dry cleaning is really inconvenient,” Norton said. “As we looked at this space we recognized the entire industry is […]

Mike Maples Jr. Talks About TNCs, Thunder Lizards and Network Capitalism at Longhorn Startup Demo Day

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mike Maples Jr., general partner of Floodgate Ventures in Palo Alto, has a golden touch for making early investments into successful tech startups. That skill earned Maples the 19th spot on Forbes’ 2016 Midas list of the most successful venture capitalists for his astute investments which recently […]

Global Healthcare Expert in Austin says the U.S. Needs to Spend More on Medical Research

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin has become a new hotspot for healthcare, technology and startup funding and a conference held downtown this week combined all of those ingredients. The inaugural HealthCare Texas Innovation Capital Conference held at Brazos Hall Wednesday and Thursday attracted more than 450 attendees including more than 100 […]

OutboundEngine Raises $16 Million in VC Funds and Plans to Add 200 Employees

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OutboundEngine, which makes an online marketing platform for small business owners, announced Wednesday that it has closed a $16 million Series C funding round. Austin-based S3 Ventures led the round with participation from previous investors Silverton Partners, Noro-Moseley, Harmony Partners, Altos Ventures and Capital Factory. To date, the company has raised $33.8 million. OutboundEngine plans […]

Google Maps Enables Virtual Visits to Austin and Texas Landmarks

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From the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail to Mount Bonnell, Google Maps now provides a virtual view of some of Austin’s remarkable landmarks. Google Maps announced on Tuesday that more than 80 Texas landmarks are now live for people to explore online through Street View in Google Maps for both Android and iOS […]

Chiron Health to Pitch at Google Demo Day

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Chiron Health will represent Austin at the annual Google Demo Day on Wednesday at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. “It’s really great exposure for us,” said Charlie Kolb, co-founder and vice president of business development for Chiron Health. “It gives us exposure to those West Coast VCs. It fosters new connections and the right kind […]

SpareFoot Continues its Tradition of Outrageous Marketing

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Since its founding in 2008, SpareFoot has always tended to have some outrageous marketing projects. Silicon Hills News reported on its annual pinup calendar. And its unusual recruiting mockumentary video. (The video no longer seems to exist.) Now SpareFoot has launched a new series of videos. It’s working with Austin-based ad agency, Titled Chair, to […]

Spotify Dedicates Recording Studio at Kealing Middle School

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At South by Southwest this year, Spotify created the biggest and best-ever Spotify House at 1501 E. 6th Street. But what happened after SXSW is as cool as the immersive, interactive journey created at the Spotify House. Spotify donated all materials from its venue to be recycled to build a recording studio for students of […]

Austin is Battling to win the $50 Million Smart City Challenge

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The City of Austin is fighting to win up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Vulcan Philanthropy, Paul Allen’s investment company, in the Smart City Challenge. To gather information on how other smart cities are operating, recently Mayor Steve Adler traveled to Amsterdam, a city in which 50 […]

Five Events to Attend Next Week in Austin

Austin always has a ton of activities for entrepreneurs going on, but this is a particularly busy week for tech events. Silicon Hills News has highlighted a few below that are worth checking out including two focusing on the city’s emerging medical technology industry. HealthTech Breakfast On Tuesday, Silicon Hills News will be moderating a […]

AlertMedia Raises $4 Million More in Venture Capital

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AlertMedia, a platform for interactive mass notification, announced Tuesday it has raised $4 million more in a Series A-1 funding round. Silverton Partners led the round which included ATX Seed Ventures and other current investors. The Austin-based startup announced last June that it had raised $4.16 million in Series A funding. The latest round is […]

SparkCognition Lands $6 Million in VC Funding

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Startup Games: Level Up Kicks off Saturday at Fair Market

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In Austin, startups do eventually become big businesses but that that doesn’t mean they still don’t like to have fun. And that’s the reason behind the second annual Startup Games: Level Up event, which takes place Saturday at Fair Market and features ten bigger companies competing against each other in games like ping pong, foosball, […]

UT at Austin Professor Led Startups Disrupting Oil Recovery, Social Media and IoT

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the April meeting of the StARTup Studio on Tuesday night, Ultimate EOR, People Pattern and AwiaTech Corp. presented their ventures. All of them have University of Texas at Austin professors at the helm. The monthly StARTup Studio invitation-only meetings take place at WeWork on Congress and […]

Google Fiber Seeking Digital Inclusion Fellows in Austin and San Antonio

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Google Fiber has partnered with the Nonprofit Technology Network, known as NTEN, to hire Digital Inclusion Fellows to help build digital literacy programs in Austin and San Antonio. Residents in Austin and San Antonio can apply to participate in the program and to become a Digital Inclusion Fellow through its application online through May 13th. […]

Experian Buys Austin-based CSIdentity for $360 Million

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In 2006, Bill Morrow founded CSIdentity in San Antonio. A few years later, he moved the company to Austin, which had a much more developed technology industry. This week, Experian, the global information services company, announced plans to buy CSIdentity for $360 million. The deal is pending regulatory approval. “The acquisition of CSID accelerates executive […]

Austin-based TripChamp Lands $2 Million for Corporate Travel Platform

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Tripchamp, a corporate booking platform for travel, announced Tuesday that it has raised $2 million in funding from The Bird Group, owners of Amadeus India, a global platform for the Indian travel industry. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funding to boost its customer service channel and for corporate growth, according to a news […]

EverlyWell Raises $2.5 Million for Diagnostics Testing at Home

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EverlyWell announced Tuesday that is has raised $2.5 million in seed funding and launched a beta test of its at-home healthcare diagnostics tests. The Austin-based company is led by CEO Julia Cheek, who recently moved to Austin from Dallas. The startup has six employees and its headquarters is at West 6th Street and Guadalupe. “We […]

Austin VC Deals Increase but Dollars Drop in the First Quarter of 2016

The good news is venture capital flowing into Texas topped $591.9 million in the first quarter of 2016, up nearly 40 percent from $423.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. But venture capital flowing into Austin during the first quarter of 2016 dropped 49 percent to $141.3 million, compared to $277.8 million for […]

Houston-based Alert Logic Acquires Austin-based Click Security

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Houston-based Alert Logic announced it has acquired Austin-based Click Security. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alert Logic, security as a service solutions provider for the cloud, acquired Click Security to bolster its security analytics and threat detection solutions and to add to its security and engineering talent. The companies also provide complementary […]

WeWork Opens Second Location Near UT Austin’s North Campus

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News WeWork opened its second Austin location, “WeWork University Park” on Monday. The new space is located on the 7th floor of the University Park business center at 3300 N. Interstate 35, near the University of Texas at Austin’s North Campus area. The building also houses one of […]

Serial Entrepreneur Menell Joins Investor Relations Firm AngelSpan

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Bryan Menell hosted his longstanding, monthly, Austin Tech Happy Hour Thursday at the Dogwood, except this time he was wearing an AngelSpan t-shirt. The serial entrepreneur sold his most recent company, Mahana, to Crunchtime in 2015 and has been looking for opportunities since. At the February Austin […]

New Funds Seek to Provide More Money for Austin Entrepreneurs

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News In Austin, entrepreneurs get funding from a wide variety of sources to launch or accelerate a new venture. Those sources include friends, family, fools, banks, grants, incubators, angel investors, strategic partners, venture capital, private equity and other sources. A panel of funding experts gathered Wednesday afternoon in […]

RideScout and GlobeSherpa Rebrand as moovel

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin-based RideScout and Portland Ore.-based GlobeSherpa are merging under one brand: moovel North America. Under the rebranding, Joseph Kopser, co-founder of RideScout, will be taking on the position of president of moovel Group GmbH, a subsidiary of German automobile titan Daimler AG – most famously known for […]

HealthCare Texas 2016 to Take Place May 3rd and 4th in Austin

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With the first Dell Medical School class kicking off in June with 50 students, the medical technology and biotechnology industry in Austin is set to boom. Already, dozens of startups have launched in Austin and more are in the works. So it’s the perfect time to gather for a conference to bring startups, investors and […]

LiveOak Adds Venture Partner Focused on the Dallas Market

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LiveOak Venture Partners announced Friday it has added Ram Velidi of Dallas as a new venture partner. Velidi has had extensive experience as a venture investor over two fund cycles at Sevin Rosen Funds. He also has experience working with entrepreneurs as an executive with Net.Orange/NantHealth and Xybridge/ZHNE. Velidi will focus on investments in the […]

Music Meets Video Launches in Austin

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Music Meets Video, a new user generated content platform for emerging music artists, launched this week in Austin. The startup has partnered with We Are the Hits, a leading music publisher, that allows it to host content from Universal Music, Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappelle and Kobalt Music Group’s song catalogs with more than six million hit songs. […]

Austin-based Aeglea BioTherapeutics Goes Public and Raises $50 Million

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Aeglea BioTherapeutics went public on the NASDAQ Stock Market Thursday at $10 a share with an Initial Public Offering bringing in $50 million. Shares in the biotechnology company, which develops enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat inborn errors of metabolism and cancer, closed down two percent at $9.77 a share. […]

RetailMeNot Buys GiftCard Zen

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RetailMeNot, a platform for deals and coupons, Thursday announced that it has acquired Phoenix-based GiftCard Zen, a secondary marketplace for gift cards. The Austin-based company acquired GiftCard Zen for $22 million in cash and up to $11 million more if it meets specific targets and continues to employ a key employee after April 5th when […]

Why Should Your Startup Get Funding in Austin?

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Startups and investors engage in a complicated dance in Austin’s funding ecosystem. It is a topic which has generated a lot of discussion about whether enough investors and funds exist to finance entrepreneurs in Austin or whether the startups just aren’t good enough to land investment. On […]

Tarmac TX Accelerator to Launch in Austin

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A new accelerator program, Tarmac TX, is launching in Austin. Esteban Fabiao, its director, answered a few questions via email about the nine month long program that offers coworking space, mentorship, events and workshops for seven startups. The program kicks off May 1st. The deadline to apply is Friday. Q. SHN: What is Tarmac TX? […]

Q&A with CTAN: the Most Active Angel Group in the Country in 2015

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The Central Texas Angel Network, known as CTAN, was the most active individual angel group in the country in 2015, according to the HALO Report recently released by the Angel Resource Institute and PitchBook. Members of CTAN, a nonprofit organization of more than 150 accredited angel investors, invested more than $13.3 million into 43 startups […]

Silicon Hills News to Launch the Innovative Coworking House of Innovation

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Silicon Hills News has covered the Central Texas technology scene for five years now and we have noticed a huge gaping gap in coverage. The Austin and San Antonio region simply does not have a technology reality show that showcases all of the innovation gurgling up from the natural springs of this fertile cutting edge, […]

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Visits Austin and Talks Tech

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday followed by a trip to Capital Factory to talk tech with entrepreneurs. During his visit to UT, Carter met with the Chancellor of the University of Texas System, Bill McRaven. “At the University he met with the Institute on Domestic […]

It’s April and the Fools are Doing Their Thing

The Zebra, a car insurance comparison and aggregation startup, introduced its ICSPA or In-Car Selfie Prevention Alarm, a new vanity monitoring technology on Friday. Aceable, the driver’s ed app, announced that Willow Smith, the 15-year-old daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, contacted the Austin-based startup through her assistant because she’s interested in […]

How to Empower Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News To get ahead, women must advocate for themselves, negotiate for equal pay, surround themselves with a supportive team and learn from mentors. Those are a few of the tips gleaned from a panel of five executive women who have accomplished a great deal during their careers in […]

eRelevance Corp. Raises $4.5 Million in Funding

eRelevance Corp., which makes a marketing platform for small to medium sized businesses to engage customers, on Thursday announced it has raised $4.5 million in its Series A round of funding. The Austin-based startup, co-founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Bob Fabbio, has raised $8.6 million since launching. The company plans to use the money […]

Flavr Wins International Accelerator Pitch Competition at SXSW

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South by Southwest Interactive not only showcases Austin’s technology scene to the world, but it has also become a global stage for international startups to showcase their products and services. This year, International Accelerator, based in Austin, held its first FastPitch competition at SXSW at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Flavr, a food tech app […]

Dell Sells IT-Services Business to NTT Data

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Dell announced on Monday plans to sell its IT and digital business solutions division to Tokyo-based NTT Data for $3.05 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The division includes solutions for healthcare, financial services, insurance and the public sector. The sale helps Round Rock-based Dell raise cash to complete its $67 billion acquisition of […]

Austin-based Favor Expands Delivery to WestLake

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The wait is over for Austin residents and businesses in the outlying areas of Westlake and 360 to get Favor, the Austin-based on demand delivery service. This week the company announced it has expanded its Austin delivery zone to include Westlake. Its zone expanded west with Texas State Highway Loop 360 as its new border. […]

Chaotic Moon’s Cooking up Some Cool Tech Applications

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During South by Southwest, Chaotic Moon showed off some of the latest applications created by its research and development team. Chaotic Moon is known for some outrageous tech displays at SXSW. A few years ago, the studio launched a drone and tasered an intern in its offices. This year, no interns were tasered. But the […]

Austin-based AVAI Mobile Solutions Partners with C3 Presents

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AVAI Mobile Solutions, based in Austin, announced it has been selected as the primary mobile technology partners for Austin-based C3 Presents, which produces Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza. AVAI, which Silicon Hills News wrote about in 2013, did not disclose the terms of the deal. AVAI Mobile will be working with C3 to […]

UberEats Launches in Austin

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Uber, the San Francisco-based ride sharing company, just launched UberEats in Austin. UberEats, a smartphone app available on iOS and Android, lets people order food from local restaurants. It just launched in Austin. It launched March 15th in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto. “For the past year and a half we’ve been […]

ICYMI: Google’s Self-Driving Car Project at SXSW

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In 2003, the U.S. Defense Department launched the DARPA Grand Challenge to have a car drive 150 miles by itself across the Mojave desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. That’s when Google’s Chris Ursom, director of its self-driving car project, first got involved with autonomous cars. More than 100 teams registered the first year […]

Thinking up World Changing Ideas with Max Levchin at SXSW

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Max Levchin, one of the co-founders of PayPal, stayed up all night at South by Southwest Interactive, to come up with his list of five unstoppable trends that are going to change the world. During his keynote address, Levchin said too many entrepreneurs focus on small ideas. He’s looking for transformative ideas that will have […]

Julie Huls to Join San Antonio-based DoSeum

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For the past six years, Julie Huls has served as president of the Austin Technology Council during one of the biggest boom times for the city’s technology industry. During her time there, she helped grow the organization’s membership and raise funds for the organization. The ATC has 280 companies as members representing 1,600 executives and […]

Peeple and Kasita Win SXSW Innovation Awards

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The word innovate has become such a buzzword at South by Southwest Interactive that Onion did a parody on it. “Word “Innovate” Said 650,000 Times at SXSW So Far,” by the Onion is worth checking out. But all joking aside, Innovation is serious business. And SXSW every year gives out Innovation Awards to the startups […]

Q&A with Austin-based BNB Shield

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Q. What is BNB Shield LLC? A: BNB Shield LLC finds, reports on and challenges illegal, contract-breaking and unlicensed short-term rentals. We report these to the proper channels to ensure they are promptly removed from third-party rental platforms that include AirBnB, Craigslist, Home Away, Overnight, FlipKey, VRBO, VacationRentals.com, among others. A proliferation of short-term rental […]

Innovation Policy Day at SXSW Highlights the Need for Cooperation and Collaboration

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News SXSW goers listened to experts and leaders from the tech industry discuss the intersections between new innovations and government policy during Innovation Policy Day on Tuesday. The event, which featured four different panels, was organized by the Consumer Technology Association, which provides its members market research, education […]

Journey to Mars Gets Standing Ovation at SXSW

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News It’s rare that a SXSW session gets a standing ovation but NASA’s Journey to Mars presentation Tuesday left a packed audience inspired and on their feet. NASA panelists made it clear that there is not, currently, a mission planned to Mars. Instead, preparations are being made on […]

People Just Want to be Happy at SXSW

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What’s the secret to a successful panel discussion at South by Southwest Interactive? Puppies and cookies and a talk about happiness. At the panel Designing Happiness on Saturday, Lippencott, Disney and SoulCycle had huge lines waiting to fill their 500 seat room. It was one of the highest attended panel’s of the day not including […]

Mayor, Tech Leaders Want to Tackle Challenges Together

By CHELSEA COLLIER Special to Silicon Hills News It used to be that the phrase “tech policy” would send people running for more interesting conversation. But today, public policy and regulations are the hot topic at every meet-up, coffee gathering and cocktail party at SXSW and beyond. In fact, the intersection of tech and policy […]

Atlanta Showcases its Tech Community at SXSW

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Community leaders from the heart of Atlanta’s tech scene had a chance to strut their city’s entrepreneurial spirit at ChooseATL’s Tech Square Takeover event on Monday. The free SXSW event was open to the public, and was one of many events hosted at the ChooseATL House at […]

Hate Your Commute? Ride in a Speedy, Private, Storm Trooper Helmet

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News If Richard Garriott de Cayeux gets his way, Austin’s nightmare traffic will soon be mitigated by little electrically powered pods that resemble storm trooper helmets, drive on an elevated roadway, and can get you from St. Edwards to the University of Texas in about eight minutes. According […]

Austin Startup one of SXSW Accelerator’s top winners

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin’s Pop Up Play won first place in the Entertainment and Content category at the SXSW 2016 Accelerator Awards. The company creates cardboard play sets—castles, spaceships–that children can design and customize online then order. Winners in other categories were Enterprise and Smart Data: Parknav uses real time […]

Is SXSW Less of a Zoo This Year?

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News After years of complaints that SXSW was getting “too big” and “too crazy” and “too much of a zoo,” many people who have been at the Interactive conference over the years have commented that the conference seemed quieter this year…less crazy. Even with the President of the […]

From the Silicon Gulch to the Silicon Hills, Austin’s Tech Industry Continues to Thrive

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News “When the three of us moved here you could fire a shotgun down Congress Avenue and not hit anyone,” said Neal Spelce, founder of AustinLetter.com. “It was a small town and everyone knew everyone.” Today, Austin is the nation’s 12th largest city and the fastest growing in […]

In the Tech World, Inclusion is Everyone’s Job

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News A woman headed up the team for the onboard flight software for the Apollo space mission. Cruise control was invented by a blind man. Most of the startups that succeed have founders who are over 40. These were some of the takeaways from Tech Inclusion, an all-day […]

Goldman Sachs Buys Austin-based Honest Dollar

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In huge news coming out of South by Southwest Interactive, the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs announced plans on Monday to buy Honest Dollar, a web and mobile-based retirement savings platform that launched at the show last year. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. William Hurley, known as Whurley, former founder of […]

Inclusivity, Mentoring and Entrepreneurship Help to Create a More diverse Austin Startup Scene

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin has got a problem, said Michael Henderson, founder and CEO of Developers Doing Development. The city’s black population is now around 8 percent, and city projections show it could fall to as low as 5 percent in coming decades, according to an article last summer in […]

Say No to FOMO: A List of the Best Lists for SXSW

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Do you feel a case of FOMO coming on? That knot in the stomach that keeps getting tighter the closer South by Southwest gets? It doesn’t matter if this is your first SXSW experience or you go every year, one thing is certain: you will sign up for something and you will not go because […]

Condé Nast to Open Austin Digital Innovation Center

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Condé Nast, the publisher of Wired, Vanity Fair, GQ and The New Yorker, Monday announced plans to open a new digital innovation center in Austin with 50 employees. The center will serve as the company’s outpost for its digital teams with a focus on engineering and product development for Condé Nast’s digital portfolio. Condé Nast […]

Creating the Next Generation of Innovators at TEDxSanAntonio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A theme at TEDxSanAntonio this year swirled around disrupting the education system to train kids for jobs in the information age. The Internet has had a profound effect on jobs and the way students learn, said Colin Lang, aerospace studies teacher at Alamo Heights High School. Today, […]

Indeed Plans to Hire 1,000 Employees in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Indeed started out in 2004 to build a better search engine for jobs. Today, Austin-based Indeed is the world’s largest job site attracting 200 million unique monthly visitors. Indeed is focused on how people will find jobs in the 21st century, said Chris Hyams, its president. “More […]

Short Term Rentals Fill Austin’s Housing Needs During SXSW

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By SHION DEYSARKAR Founder of Datainfiniti Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News SXSW will be upon us in less than two weeks. As everyone in Austin is well aware, the annual music-film-tech festival brings in hordes of visitors, turning downtown Austin into one long queue for everything. At this point, it’s become a well-worn cliche. […]

RealMassive Settles Lawsuit with CoStar Realty for $1 Million

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RealMassive, a commercial real estate data marketplace, Wednesday announced it has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with CoStar Realty Information Inc. for $1 million. “We are glad to have this lawsuit resolved,” Craig Hancock, Chief Executive Officer of RealMassive, said in a news release. “CoStar’s claim that we deliberately added its photos to our database […]

Top 10 Things to do at SXSW Startup Village

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By CHRIS VALENTINE Special Contribution to Silicon Hills News Startup enthusiasts and innovation seekers around the world are preparing themselves for the week-long whirlwind of conferences, pitch competitions, panels, and networking events that make up SXSW Interactive. With so many event opportunities for you to choose from, it’s best to prepare ahead of time and […]

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at SXSW

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South by Southwest just announced Wednesday morning President Barack Obama will participate in a keynote conversation at SXSW Interactive. The president will speak on Friday, March 11th. He will participate in a fireside chat with Evan Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Tribune. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama will give the opening keynote […]

Mayors’ Pitch Competition at SXSW to Award $25,000

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In a post on Medium, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced a new pitch competition at South by Southwest aimed at providing solutions for America’s biggest cities. The competition is open to startups with products or programs that can solve tough challenges for cities, according to the post. A panel of mayors and industry experts will […]

Savara Pharmaceuticals Closes on $20 Million in Venture Capital

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Savara Pharmaceuticals Tuesday announced it has closed on $20 million in Series C financing. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to test AeroVanc, an antibiotic that can be inhaled to treat Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, also known as MRSA, lung infection in people with cystic fibrosis. “The new financing will help support the AeroVanc […]

GoPro Buys Austin-based Vemory and its Video Editing App Splice

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GoPro on Monday announced it has acquired Splice, a video editing app developed by Vemory, an Austin-based startup. The San Mateo-based company also acquired Replay, another video editing app, and plans to merge them to deliver mobile editing solutions to GoPro customers and other smartphone users, according to a news release. GoPro paid $105 million […]

WigWag Gets $3.17 Million in Funding

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WigWag, the maker of a platform for connecting devices in the home through the Internet, announced this week it has raised $3.175 million in seed funding. The Austin based startup, founded in 2011, received the funding from Palo Alto-based CSC Venture Capital. It plans to use the money on product development and to hire more […]

Linux for Ladies Program Seeks to Train More Women in the Technology Field

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Anna Eilering worked as a chef before becoming a software developer two years ago. “I make four times the amount of money I made as a chef,” Eilering said. She also has healthcare and other benefits as an employee at Rackspace in San Antonio. But it took her almost ten years working as a chef […]

Time for Startups to Apply for the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 A-List

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The Austin Chamber of Commerce Thursday began accepting nominations for the 2016 Austin A-List. The awards, put on by the chamber and South by Southwest Interactive, seek to showcase Austin’s most innovative startup companies at three different stages of development. • Emerging (Early/Seed Stage) – Raised under $1 million; • Growth (Mid-Stage) – Raised $1 […]

Driverless Vehicles and Other Projects Being Developed at Southwest Research Institute

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A group gathered at bleachers in a test field just off Culebra road on Monday as a giant red cab of an eighteen wheeler drove up and stopped along with a Ford Explorer, nicknamed Marti, and a Humvee. None of them had drivers. Most people have heard […]

Healthcare Robots and Software Showcased at stARTup Studio

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By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs from around Austin gathered at WeWork downtown for the second stARTup Studio of 2016, and had a chance to hear about innovations being developed at The University of Texas at Austin. The event, which began in 2013, is co-sponsored by WeWork, the Austin Chamber of Commerce […]

Shopgate moves U.S. Headquarters to Austin and Plans to Hire 50

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Shopgate, a German-based mobile ecommerce company, announced Wednesday it is moving its U.S. headquarters to Austin from Palo Alto and plans to hire 50 local employees. Shopgate also announced Marc Biel as its Chief Executive Officer to lead its expansion into the U.S. market. Biel previously served as chief financial officer and chief operations officer […]

Two UT Professors Get Startup Grants from the Innovation Center

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The focus of the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin is to help professor led startups. To that end, the Innovation Center formed a grant fund and Wednesday announced its first two grant recipients. The center awarded grants to Professor Luis Sentis, who runs a robotics […]

UT Austin Startup Atom Mines Wins Texas Energy Pitch Competition

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, Atom Mines won first place in the Texas Energy pitch competition at the University of Texas at Austin during UT Energy Week. The Austin-based startup, founded this year, is creating a more efficient type of light bulb that uses less energy and lasts longer. […]

Student Loan Genius Raises $3 Million in Seed Funding

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Student Loan Genius announced it has raised $3 million in seed funding. The Austin-based startup received the funds from Gibraltar Ventures, an affiliate of Prudential. Other participants included Kapor Capital, Capital Factory and Village Capital. Tony Aguilar co-founded Student Loan Genius to allow companies to help their employees pay off their student loans faster through […]

Google and HUD to Bring High Speed 1 Gigabit Internet to Public Housing Developments

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Google and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday plans to bring high speed Gigabit Fiber Internet to housing developments nationwide. The goal is to improve access to the Internet for the nation’s poorest residents and to help children get access to materials online to improve their education and help boost their […]

20 Finalists Compete Saturday in the Food+City Challenge

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Twenty finalists from all over the world will be in Austin on Saturday to compete in the 2016 Food+City Challenge Prize Showcase Day. A panel of 17 judges will evaluate the finalists and select the winners of $50,000 in prize money and perks from Food+City partners. The showcase day runs from 10 a.m. to 4:00 […]

San Antonio Tech Community to Host its First Startup Week

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For more than four years, San Antonio’s technology community has been percolating with excitement amidst a ground swell of support bubbling up to create a vibrant startup industry. First, Geekdom set up operations in downtown San Antonio at the Weston Centre and then moved to its own building, the Rand on Houston St.. And now, […]

OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from local investors. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners led the financing. John Berkowitz, co-founder of Yodle and David Rubin, founder and former CEO of ProfitFuel founded OJO Labs in February of […]

Ground Breaking Microscope Technology Spins out of UT Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The birth of a new microscope industry is taking place at the University of Texas at Austin that can change the way scientists view living cells at the smallest stage. On Tuesday night at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, a small group attending UT’s Startup Studio got […]

Austin-based Pivot3 Buys NexGen Storage

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Austin-based Pivot3 announced Wednesday it will acquire NexGen Storage, a privately held maker of hybrid storage appliances based in Louisville, Colorado. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pivot3 intends to market and enhance all current and planned NexGen products. “Everyone talks about the need for agility in terms of business needs, but […]

Favor and Kinsa Team up to Send Soup to Sick People in Austin

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This is the kind of warm and fuzzy story that warms our hearts and our stomachs during the height of flu season in Austin. Austin-based Favor, the on-demand delivery service, has teamed up with Kinsa, the maker of the smart thermometer that tracks the spread of illness, to send out hot soup via Soup Peddler, […]

The Zebra Raises $17 Million in Venture Capital

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The Zebra, which created an auto insurance aggregation and comparison site to save consumers money, has raised $17 million in Series A funding. The Austin-based company’s investors included Silverton Partners, Daher Capital, Ballast Point Ventures, Mark Cuban and Mike Maples Jr. “Insurance shopping is a major pain point for the 250 million-plus U.S. drivers on […]

uShip Wins the 2016 Austin Startup Games

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News uShip won the 2016 Austin Startup Games on Saturday afternoon at Fair Market on Austin’s East side. SpareFoot, a three-time champion, came in second, followed by LawnStarter, a new competitor to the games. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which raised $57,500 for local charities, said […]

Waldo Photos Launches in Austin and Raises $5 Million in Funding

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Where’s Waldo? Right here in Austin, Texas. And they’ve just raised $5 million in venture capital to create a new photo-finding platform. Southern California venture capital firm Upfront Ventures led the round. Rodney Rice and Michael Beaudoin, veteran entrepreneurs who co-founded HomeAdvisor and Einstein Bros. Bagels, founded the site to create a seamless photo-finding experience […]

Fifth Annual Austin Startup Games Takes Place Saturday

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Has it been five years already? Silicon Hills News covered the first Austin Startup Games at uShip back in the day and every one since then. In the beginning, they called them the Austin Startup Olympics, but I think they had to change the name so as not to confuse everyone with the real Olympics. […]

Datical Raises $8 Million in VC Funding

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Datical, which makes software that lets companies update applications on their databases easily, announced Thursday it has raised $8 million funding. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2012, reported that S3 Ventures led its Series B round with participation from existing investors Mercury Fund and Austin Ventures. Previously, Datical raised $6.9 million in venture capital from […]

Civitas Learning Buys College Scheduler

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Civitas Learning announced Wednesday it has acquired College Scheduler, a web-based class scheduling platform for students at colleges and universities. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. College Scheduler, based in Redding, Calif., was founded by a student, Robert Strazzarino, at California State University at Chico, to solve his problems with scheduling classes […]

ATI Joins ACC to Launch Services for Life Sciences Startups in Austin

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Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin has teamed up with the Austin Community College District to launch business mentoring services aimed at life sciences startups. The services will be available at ACC’s Advanced Commercialization ACCelerator, opening later on this year at the ACC Highland Campus. That locations will have biotechnology equipment, […]

Two Austin-based Companies Acquired by j2 Global of Los Angeles

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j2 Global, based in Los Angeles, announced this week it has completed the acquisition of two Austin-based companies. j2 Global bought Offers.com, a digital media company based in Austin and MX Toolbox, founded in 2004, which provides managed IT services for small businesses worldwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Offers.com, a coupon, […]

OneSpot Hires Jon Driscoll as its Chief Revenue Officer

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OneSpot announced this week it has hired Jon Driscoll as its chief revenue officer. Driscoll previously worked at Spredfast. At OneSpot, Driscoll will be responsible for sales strategy and business development. He reports directly to OneSpot CEO Steve Sachs. Austin-based OneSpot has created a content marketing platform and its clients include Kraft Heinz, Mondelēz International, […]

LawnStarter Expands to San Antonio and Four Other Markets

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Lawn care is a big business nationwide. But it’s a highly fragmented industry with a lot of mom and pop businesses. That’s where LawnStarter has found its sweet spot. The on-demand lawn care service has found success in Austin, Orlando, Florida and Washington, D.C. hooking up lawn care providers with customers and now it’s branching […]

Austin VC Investments up 20% in 2015 to $740 Million

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Nationwide the venture capital industry had one of its best years ever in 2015. And that’s true for Austin too. Austin ended the year with $740 million in VC investments, up 20 percent from 2014, in 99 deals, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and […]

Increasing Diversity in Austin’s Tech Ecosystem

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News South by Southwest, the nation’s largest technology conference, has worked hard to tackle diversity in technology to get more people who are not middle aged white guys as speakers and participants, said Hugh Forrest, director of SXSW Interactive. Last year, SXSW declared diversity in tech as its […]

Medical Focused Coworking Space, HeLiX, to Open in Austin

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Developing new products for the medical industry requires special facilities like mock surgery rooms and lab space and the community in which to brainstorm ideas. “Whatever policy, procedure or product you’re working on we want it in an operating room environment so we can mimic those same […]

Vendini Acquires Austin-based CrowdTorch

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Vendini, a San Francisco-based live events company, announced Friday it has acquired CrowdTorch, an Austin-based consumer ticket and live event platform, previously owned by Cvent. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Its Vendini third acquisition since its founding in 2001. Vendini plans to keep the CrowdTorch ticketing platform and operate it as […]

TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital

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TabbedOut, a mobile payments app for bars and restaurants, announced Friday it has raised $2 million more in its Series C venture round. Miami-based Aeterna Capital provided the funds. That increases TabbedOut’s Series C round to $23.5 million. The other investors include lead investor Wellington Management Company and participating investors NEA and Morgan Creek Capital […]

CBANC Raises $4 Million in Venture Capital

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CBANC, a network for bank and credit union professionals, announced it has raised $4 million in venture capital funding. The Austin-based network with 22 employees plans to use the funds to hire new employees, expand membership and launch new products CBANC founder Hank Seale led the Series B funding with participation from Texas Independent Bancshares, […]

Milken Institute Ranks Austin Fourth Best Performing City in 2015

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Austin took the fourth spot in the Milken Institute’s annual Best Performing Cities index for 2015, down two spots from last year. “Austin-Round Rock, Texas, remains among the Top 5 best-performing large metros at fourth place, slipping from second last year,” according to the report. “It accomplished this feat despite a couple of shocks to […]

Younicos Raises $50 Million to Expand its Energy Storage Solutions

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Younicos, based in Austin and Berlin, announced Tuesday it has signed agreements for $50 million in venture capital. The company plans to use the funds to scale sales of its intelligent energy storage solutions. First Solar, a global provider of solar energy solutions and Grupo ECOs, a sustainable investment-focused private equity firm, invested along with […]

Austin-based Revionics Buys Marketyze

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Revionics, which makes price optimization software for retailers, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Marketyze, based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Onn Manelson and Nave Ronen founded Marketyze in 2011. The company has six employees and offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa, Florida, according to its LinkedIn […]

Everfest Launches New Festival Photography Program

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Everfest has launched a new festival photography program to complement its marketplace for discovering festivals worldwide. The Austin-based startup just launched the program to give photographers a chance to have their work published on Everfest. Photographers can apply on the site, upload links to their portfolio and if they are approved they get press passes […]

Videotape Launches New App to Create Interactive Videos

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Videotape, based in Austin, announced it has released its new iOS app to help people create interactive videos. The startup created the app’s technology, called Jumpcut, that lets users share videos and receive interactive video responses. Other people can add to the new with new video and audio for up to 40 seconds. “We wanted […]

Zilliant Hires VP and Launches Channel Partner Program

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Zilliant, based in Austin, announced Tuesday that it has hired Steve Hale as vice president of its newly launched worldwide channel sales. Hale will lead, design and execute Zilliant’s new channel program. Its channel partners will sell Zilliant data science solutions. Zilliant, founded in 1999, makes price optimization and price management software. “We’re very excited […]

Open Source Coworking Opens in Austin

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Austin has another coworking site. Luke Filipos and Chris Sica founded Austin Coding Academy and then decided to create Open Source Coworking to expand their current business and launch a new one. “Our hope is to build a community whose network includes all of the human capital necessary to build any technology,” Filipos said in […]

Geekdom puts on a Geekshow Party for San Antonio

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For its fourth birthday Geekdom hosted a free Circus-themed party in downtown San Antonio Thursday night at Main Plaza. The event featured the Wooden Nickel Carnival, which provided Vaudeville entertainment and vintage style carnival games including ring toss, darts and a hat toss games. The prize for winning at one of the games was a […]

Geekdom Transforms San Antonio’s Technology Industry in Four Years

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What kind of impact can a privately financed technology incubator have on a city? Just take a look at Geekdom, the collaborative coworking technology center in downtown San Antonio. Four years ago, Graham Weston, co-founder of Rackspace, and Nick Longo, founder of CoffeeCup Software, launched Geekdom on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre with […]

BidPrime Expands its Austin Headquarters

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BidPrime, which moved to Austin last year, is expanding. The company doubled the space on its headquarters from 2,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet at 1301 S I-35. The company moved to Austin last year and had 16 employees. It’s currently at 22 employees. BidPrime, founded in 2009, provides real-time notification of new federal, […]

Q2 of Austin Buys Social Money for $10.6 Million

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Q2 Holdings, an online banking company, announced this week the acquisition of Social Money, a financial services software company based in Des Moines, Iowa for $10.6 million. The Austin-based company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol QTWO, said Social Money is best known for its cloud-based platform called SmartyPigproduct that assists […]

Are Unicorn Horns Going to Pop the Tech Bubble?

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Is the technology industry’s investment bubble about to pop? WBUR Radio Host Tom Ashbrook tackled that topic Wednesday morning on his On Point Radio show on National Public Radio. The conclusion was we’re already seeing the bubble deflate, but it’s not going to be as big of a bust as when the Dot Com bubble […]

everyStory of San Diego Acquires StoryPress of Austin

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San Diego-based everyStory, a cloud-based story sharing mobile app and platform, announced it has acquired StoryPress of Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mike Davis, CEO of StoryPress, launched the website in 2013 and a year later completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $500,000 in seed stage capital. The company […]

Austin-based Favor Expands in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

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Austin-based Favor, the on demand mobile delivery service, announced Wednesday that it has expanded to three more Texas cities: Arlington, Frisco and McKinney. Favor is also making every restaurant and store in the cities available for on-demand delivery with an average delivery time of 35 minutes. Favor is now available in 18 cities in the […]

CPA Global Buys Austin-based Innography

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CPA Global, based in Saint Helier, Jersey, announced it has acquired Austin-based Innography, a patent search and analytics software provider. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Innography, founded in 2006, raised $16.5 million in four rounds including participation from Austin Ventures, according to its CrunchBase profile. CPA Global reported that the acquisition […]

Drako Motors Creates Software to run Electric Sports Cars

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Dean Drako’s launched his first tech company while still attending high school in 1982, when computers with monitors were only just becoming the norm and what we now know as the Internet was still in its infancy. Bringing together more than 30 years of experience as […]

Curtana Seeks to Cure Brain Cancer

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By EVA RUTH MORAVEC Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Dr. Gregory Stein had never been to Austin when he relocated his fledgling drug development company here from San Diego, a city rich with life sciences and its related ecosystem. “Entrepreneurs will do whatever it takes to make it work,” said Stein, president and CEO […]

Austin-based re:3D Makes 3D Printers for People Who Think Big

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News They were a group of space geeks, scientists, engineers and artists who met at NASA but, because of cutbacks in the U.S. space program, considered they might never get a chance to slip the bonds of earth’s orbit. So instead, they started a company to tackle two […]

Makerarm has Raised $429K Exceeding its Kickstarter Goal

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With just a few hours left in its Kickstarter campaign, Makerarm has raised $429,716 exceeding its initial goal of $349,750. Austin-based Makerarm has created a complete digital fabrication system that is a sleek and slender robotic arm that can serve as a 3D printer, laser cutter, ink printer, fabrication and assembly machine. The product is […]

Austin-based Consero Global Buys Starting11 of Boston

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Consero Global started out in 2006 with the goal of taking the pain out of finance and administrative duties for small to medium sized businesses. The Austin-based company has since grown tremendously earning it a spot on Inc. 500’s list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. […]

Favor on a Fast Growth Track, Hits 1 Million Deliveries

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In 2013, Favor launched in Austin to deliver food to homes and offices. Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty initially founded the company while students at California Polytechnic State University and they ran a pilot program in San Luis Obispo. Now the company has announced it has reached another milestone. It has surpassed one million deliveries […]

Media Startups Apply to Pitch the Newspaper Association of America

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The Newspaper Association of America is looking for startups with innovative ideas in the print, digital, mobile or advertising areas. The NAA is soliciting submissions for its third annual Accelerator Pitch program. The event will take place at NAA mediaXchange 2016 in Washington, D.C. April 17-20. The program is open to media startups founded in […]

Broomly Raises $1.3 Million and Launches “Uber for Home Services”

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Broomly, which bills itself as “Uber for Home Services,” announced it has received $1.3 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based startup provides on demand services including pest control, plumbing, HVAC, laundry and handyman services. With the funding, the company plans to expand into other cities nationwide. “Broomly is using technology to disrupt a massive […]

Beekeeper Data Raises $550,000 and Launches its Software Platform

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At the Texata Summit 2015 in Austin, Beekeeper Data, a reporting and analytics startup, announced the launch of its software platform. The company, based in Dallas with five employees, makes software that allows businesses to easily send reports to their customers via email. Beekeeper also announced it has raised $550,000 in seed stage funding from […]

San Antonio Businesses Learn How to Get Online at Google Event

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News For 55 years, Harold’s Art and Framing on San Antonio’s South Side in the Mission district has done business through its brick and mortar store. But on Monday morning the mom and pop business got its own website thanks to Google’s Let’s Put Our Cities on the […]

Rent the Runway’s Project Entrepreneur Launches Venture Competition

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Six years ago, Jenny Fleiss founded Rent the Runway with Harvard Business School classmate Jenn Hyman. Today, the New York-based company has more than five million members and 500 employees. And to scale their venture, Fleiss and Hyman have raised $114 million in venture capital from Bain […]

Dell Medical School Plans a Technology Accelerator

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin is going to have a technology medical accelerator to nurture new startups. Whether the Dell Medical School operates it or partners with an existing accelerator is something they are looking at right now, said Dr. […]

Austin Needs Bigger VC Deals and More of Them

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Is a bootstrap mentality holding Austin’s entrepreneurs back from breaking through to big markets and venture capital opportunities? That question sparked a lively discussion from seven panelists attending an event put on by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Technology Council Thursday night at Carmelo’s […]

Assured Enterprises Moves Headquarters to Austin and Plans to Hire 150

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Assured Enterprises, based in McLean, Va., is moving its corporate headquarters to Austin with plans to hire 150 new employees in the next 12 months. The company is in the red-hot cybersecurity space. It makes an assessment tool to detect known vulnerabilities in software applications running on a workstation. It is hiring employees in software […]

Expedia to Buy HomeAway for $3.9 Billion

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Expedia, based in Bellevue, Washington, announced Wednesday plans to buy Austin-based HomeAway in a deal worth about $3.9 billion. That represents a per share price for HomeAway of $38.31, based on Expedia’s closing price on Nov. 3. Under the terms of the deal, Expedia will offer to acquire each outstanding share of HomeAway’s common stock […]

IBM Buys Austin-based Gravitant

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IBM Tuesday announced that is has acquired Gravitant, a cloud-based software maker based in Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gravitant provides cloud brokerage and management software for the hybrid cloud environment, delivered in a software as a service model. The company, founded in 2004, has raised a total of $40.3 […]

Techstars Cloud Selects 11 Companies to Participate in “Cloud 2016”

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Techstars Cloud in San Antonio announced its latest class of 11 companies participating in its second program this year. “We have a group of amazing founders from all over the world,” Blake Yeager, managing director of Techstars Cloud wrote in a blog post. In addition to the U.S., startups from Spain, Taiwan and Ireland are […]

Competition to Award $50K in Grants to 3 Tech Startups in Bexar County

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new competition called Tech Fuel wants to fund a few good technology startups in Bexar County. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on Tuesday announced the new technology startup competition during a press conference at Geekdom in downtown San Antonio. The county is working with Tech Bloc, […]

Building a Unique Maker Culture in the Nordics

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY – Amid the hovercraft and kits with giant colored straws building kits and drones and 3D printed Rubik’s cubes at the Oslo Innovation maker fair in October, one presenter didn’t really think of what his company—Teenage Engineering—does as making. Though Jesper Kouthoofd acknowledges that the […]

SEC Adopts New Equity-based Crowdfunding Rules

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved new crowdfunding rules last Friday allowing companies to raise money from anyone. The new rules allow companies to offer up to $1 million a year in securities through online equity-based crowdfunding portals. The difference is up until the change, only so-called accredited investors, high net worth individuals, could […]

Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital

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Edgecase, which provides data and analytics for e-commerce sites, announced this week it has received $7.5 million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup received the funds from lead investor Austin Ventures and other investors. The company plans to use the money for research and development and sales and marketing. To date, the company, founded in […]

Gest Makes a Device to Replace a Keyboard

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Gest, an Austin-based startup, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture its wearable hand device that replaces a conventional keyboard. The company first launched in 2014 as AirType out of the Longhorn Startup program at the University of Texas at Austin. For the past two years, the team has worked to perfect its product. In […]

Artists and John Mayer Entertain the Crowd at DellWorld 2015

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Bathed in a blue hue of light, DellWorld 2015 officially kicked off Tuesday night with a big party in the Austin Convention Center. At the event, Dell brought in a variety of artists to entertain the crowd including a sketch artist. She drew people’s portraits on a tablet computer and then printed them out. Another […]

Dell is Going Big but It’s Still Committed to its PC Business

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the Dell World press conference on Tuesday, the music gave a clue to what’s on Michael Dell’s mind these days. American Authors’ song “Go Big or Go Home” blared over the speakers as a few hundred people waited for Dell to take the stage. One of […]

Helping to Commercialize UT’s Big Ideas at The stARTup Studio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The University of Texas at Austin is like a Thomas Edison lab of invention with its professors cooking up the next great ideas. The 3-D printing industry started at UT with Carl Deckard, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and Professor Joseph Beaman. Also, Professor John Goodenough […]

London Company Wins Pitching Contest at Oslo Innovation Week 2015

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY: Despite a remarkable collection of Nordic startups, the surprising winner of the 100 Pitches competition at Oslo Innovation Week, which included two outliers from London and Austin, was the London company: Skin Analytics. The device attaches to a smart phone and when people upload photos […]

Austin’s VC Investment up 22 Percent to $198 Million in Third Quarter

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News While the rest of the country saw a slight decline in venture capital dollars invested in the third quarter, Austin is still going strong. “The message is we’re trending in the right direction,” said Larry Westall, partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in Austin. “We’re up 22 percent in […]

Firefly Space Systems Lands $5.5 Million NASA Contract

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NASA has selected Firefly Space Systems, based in Cedar Park, for a $5.5 million contract to demonstrate a CubeSat launch by March of 2018, according to a news release. Firefly, a private aerospace firm founded in 2014, plans to launch small to medium sized satellites to orbit. NASA awarded the contract as part of its […]

Atlas Wearables Celebrates as it Begins Shipping its Fitness Tracker

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Atlas Wearables officially launched sales of its new $249 Atlas Wristband fitness tracker at a party Tuesday night. After two years in development, the Austin-based startup is now shipping the devices to its customers and taking orders on its website, said Peter Li, CEO and co-founder. The […]

Oslo and Austin: Creative Cities on the Edge of Innovation

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY – At SXSW 2015, Austin and Oslo announced a memorandum of understanding to forge a Creative Cities Alliance. At the time, Oslo had its own SX lounge and Norwegian company Kahoot!, which has most of its customers in Texas, announced that it would office in […]

Oslo Innovation Week Starts With Female Keynote Speakers

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News OSLO, NORWAY – Just as the event got underway, master of ceremonies Torgny Amdam—among whose credits are as a singer in a hardcore band—announced: “Let’s all stand for the Crown Prince Haakon!” The crowd of about 200 people stood, the prince came forward, and the rap song […]

ROIKOI Gets $1.7 Million in Funding and Launches Recruiting Platform

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ROIKOI taps into the wisdom of employees to rate their online networks of friends and associates to help companies find the best employees. The Austin-based startup has helped its customers, HomeAway, Zenoss, Intouch Solutions and Squareroot recruit employees. The company, founded in 2013, has also raised $1.7 million from angel investors like Brett Hurt, Rob […]

Dell and EMC to Merge in a Deal Worth $67 Billion

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In one of the largest tech deals ever, Dell announced Monday plans to acquire EMC Corp. for $67 billion. Dell is partnering with Silver Lake and MSD Partners to complete the deal. VMware, a cloud computing company in which EMC owns 80 percent, will remain as a publicly-traded company. Dell will remain a private company. […]

Austin is a Hub for Autonomous Car Research

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is one of the country’s leading centers for research and development of autonomous cars. Google is already operating self-driving cars on the city’s roadways. It’s just the second location for testing the vehicles outside of Google’s Mountain View headquarters. And the head of the project, Chris […]

The Conan O’Brien Show Takes a Poke at Michael Dell

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In a parody movie trailer “Forget Steve Jobs, get ready for Michael Dell’ the Conan O’Brien show had a little fun taking a poke at Michael Dell last week. But Dell showed he had a sense humor. In a tweet on Friday, Dell posted a picture of himself with a sleek new Dell laptop and […]

Misery Loves Company: FuckUp Nights at Austin Startup Week

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There was the story about a really fun, crazy marketing plan with no return on investment, the entrepreneur who thought she could let her bills and health slide while she built her business, the visionary pivoter who didn’t bother to do any market validation before buying $100,000 […]

U.K. Officials Seek to Attract Austin Gaming & Animation Companies

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News During Austin Startup Week, Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared Oct. 7th as “UK Day in Austin.” Officials with the United Kingdom, which is comprised of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, showcased some of the opportunities U.S. companies, and in particular Austin-based companies, have in expanding their operations […]

Kixer and its Austin-based Tech Team Acquired by LAKANA

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Kixer, a mobile advertising platform with its technical team based in Austin, just got acquired by LAKANA. Kixer is based in Los Angeles, but Jake Moilanen, its co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, lives in Austin and so does the company’s technology team. LAKANA, based in St. Paul, Minn., did not release the terms of the […]

Mozido and TabbedOut Strike a Partnership

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Mozido, a digital payments company, and TabbedOut, an app that lets people pay tabs at restaurants and bars, are partnering to improve the experience of consumers through a mobile application. Through the partnership, the companies will create a new mobile app that will allow their customers to discover new restaurant locations, join wait-lists, make reservations, […]

Dell is in Talks to Buy EMC According to Media Reports

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Several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC and the New York Times are quoting inside sources saying Dell is in talks to buy EMC, a data storage and software development company. In 2013, Dell went private in a $25 billion buyout deal which left its founder Michael Dell with a 75 percent ownership […]

HomeAway Buys Dwellable of Seattle

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HomeAway, a vacation rental business, Wednesday announced its acquisition of Dwellable, an online vacation rental search engine and app based in Seattle. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dwellable, founded in 2012, had raised $2 million in one round from three investors, according to its CrunchBase profile. A time of six employees including […]

Tips on Raising Funds from Angel Investors at CTAN Workshop

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Raising money is really, really hard, said Bob Baughman, co-founder of HUVRData. “I thought it was hard enough just to develop some great new idea and get the business case, but funding is really hard,” Baughman said. HUVRData closed in August on $2 million in a Series […]

TripChamp Wins Trip to Oslo

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News TripChamp, a company that saves organizations thousands on airfares through access to unpublished fares as well published ones, won a free trip to pitch at Oslo Innovation Week’s 100 Pitches competition October 16. TripChamp was one of six Austin companies to pitch before the panel of judges […]

CURB Lands $1.25 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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CURB, an Austin-based energy startup, announced Tuesday that it has closed on $1.25 million in seed stage funding form angel groups, strategic partners and Capital Factory. The three year old company recently completed an Indiegogo campaign in which it raised nearly $118,000, more than 400 percent of its sales goal and sold hundreds of units […]

RetailMeNot Names Tarleton as its New Chief Marketing Officer

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RetailMeNot Tuesday named Marissa Tarleton as its new chief marketing officer for North America. Tarleton will be in charge of “all consumer brand advertising, customer acquisition and retention, search engine marketing, public relations, internal communications, business-to-business marketing, and customer relationship management,” according to a news release. “I’m so excited that Marissa, a skilled marketer who […]

At SXSW Eco Discussing Transportation of the Future: the Hyperloop

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Next year, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is breaking ground on a five mile test hyperloop outside of Los Angeles, said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The company wants to test out the technology, proposed by Tesla and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk, to ultimately create a high-speed transportation system between Los Angeles and San Francisco. […]

Harvesting Water and Other Resources from Asteroids in Space

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Scott Wilcox, the director of South by Southwest Eco introduced the conference’s kickoff keynote address by Chris Lewicki, the president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, Monday morning. “I am really excited about our opening speaker,” Wilcox said. “He helms a company whose vision is to do the impossible now. To bring the natural resources […]

Eight Can’t Miss Events at SXSW Eco

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South by Southwest Eco kicks off on Monday and runs through Wednesday with a packed schedule focused on cities, corporate social responsibility, startups, design, energy, water, policy and more. The event is only open to registered participants and takes place at the Austin Convention Center. The walk up rate is $495. Here’s a few of […]

13 Top Picks for Austin Startup Week

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Are you ready for Austin Startup Week? Five days of fun events for the technology community to learn and celebrate its uniquely Austin culture. There’s definitely something for everyone. Here’s just a few of the top picks on our list for this week. (It’s a busy week in Austin tech since South by Southwest Eco […]

Get Set to Rock at the ATC Battle of the Bands at Austin Startup Week

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Tech and music go together like smartphones and selfies. And fresh off the first weekend of the Austin City Limits festival comes one of the biggest tech band battle showdowns of the year. This year, six bands hailing from the offices of local tech companies will compete at the Austin Technology Council’s Battle of the […]

Mirna Therapeutics is Austin’s Newest Public Company

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Mirna Therapeutics became Austin’s newest publicly traded company last week. The biopharmaceutical company, which is developing therapies for the treatment of liver cancer, filed an amended S-1 Registration document with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to offer 6.2 million shares at $7 a share to raise $44 million during its initial public offering last Thursday. […]

RunTitle Gets $8 Million to Make it Easier for Oil and Gas Companies to Drill Wells

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RunTitle announced last week it has closed on $8 million in Series A financing led by the Founders Fund. The Austin-based startup also received funds from Deep Fork Capital, existing investor Austin Ventures and several individuals. RunTitle plans to use the funds on engineering, marketing and sales and to expand its dataset of mineral title […]

Aceable Closes on $4.7 Million in Funding

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Aceable, a startup seeking to disrupt the driver’s education market, announced Thursday it has received $4.7 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to hire employees and to enter new markets that require professional certificates. Silverton Partners led the funding with participation from Floodgate Ventures, NextGen Angels and Capital […]

Bellhops Seeks to Take the Pain Out of Moving

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Taking the pain out of moving is a problem that Bellhops seeks to solve in the quickly evolving on-demand economy. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based startup launched into the Austin market a few years ago and now has more than 65 contractors, University of Texas at Austin students, who work part-time to move people around Austin. Bellhops […]

San Antonio-based Aperion Biologics Files to Go Public

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A San Antonio medical device company has filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $20 million under the federal government’s newly passed crowdfunding rules. Under the new SEC Regulation A + rules, Aperion Biologics could raise up to $50 million. It checked the box on its registration statement for a Tier 2 […]

Favor Launches in Washington, D.C.

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In its continued expansion across the country, Austin-based Favor announced this week it has launched in Washington, D.C. Favor is now available in 14 cities nationwide and in Canada. For the launch, the company is offering its first time customers in D.C. free delivery using the promo code “District.” The company employs errand runners which […]

InforcePro Gets $4 Million in Funding

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InforcePro, a life insurance technology platform, announced Tuesday that it has closed a $4 million venture capital round. To date, the Austin-based startup, with 25 employees, has raised more than $5 million. It launched its platform in 2014. Its software now monitors more than two million life insurance policies. Cameron Jacox and Karan Kanodia founded […]

Civitas Learning Lands $60 Million Investment

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Civitas Learning announced Monday that Warburg Pincus is leading an investment of up to $60 million in the company. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2011, has created analytic software and services for universities. The goal is to help the universities better engage with students and lead to higher graduation rates. Civitas Learning plans to use […]

Techstars Austin is Accepting Applications for its Spring Program

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Applications for Techstars Austin are open, said Amos Schwartzfarb, its new managing director. The Techstars program is accepting applications Sept. 18th through Nov. 18th. The next class kicks off Feb. 15th and runs three months. Schwartzfarb is looking for ten to 12 companies for this next cohort. They can come from anywhere in the world […]

infinite io Nets $3.4 Million in Funding

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Austin-based infinite io announced it has completed $3.4 million in funding led by Chicago Ventures. “We are very excited to be building a world-class enterprise software company here in Austin, Texas, where there is a wealth of talent to support our growth plans,” Mark Cree, CEO of infinite io, said in a news release. “The […]

UTHSC at San Antonio’s New $35 Million Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease

San Antonio has another institution that will shine a national spotlight on important research being done locally on Alzheimer and other neurological diseases. On Saturday, Dr. William Henrich, president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will announce a new Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease. He is expected to make […]

Data and Analytics are Transforming the Healthcare Industry

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Increasingly, startups want to provide dashboards, analytics and data analysis to hospitals, doctors and patients. Filtering and crunching big data into smaller and more consumable pieces providing valuable insights for clients is a huge emerging industry in Austin and nationwide. That’s the big takeaway from the Austin […]

Austin Med-Tech Startups Pitch at the ATC Healthcare Summit

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In Austin, an emerging area of startup activity is in the medical technology and healthcare area, said Mellie Price, founder and CEO of SoftMatch. In fact, one third of Capital Factory’s new startups are in the medical field. Price spoke Thursday at the Austin Technology Council’s Emerging Austin: Healthcare Tech summit at the AT&T Education […]

Favor Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

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NeighborFavor, the parent company of Favor, Wednesday announced it has hired Steven Pho as its new Chief Financial Officer. Pho previously worked as senior vice president of corporate development at RetailMeNot. He was responsible for mergers and acquisition. At Favor, he will manage the company’s finance, legal, facilities and human resource teams. Pho is the […]

TextureMedia Gets Acquired by New York-based Ultra/Standard

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TextureMedia, a hair care media company in Austin, got acquired Monday by Ultra/Standard, a multicultural hair care and beauty distribution company based in New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. TextureMedia, formerly known as NaturallyCurly.com, has raised about $2 million since its founding in 1998. It was one of the first investments […]

AT&T Launches its GigaPower High Speed Network in San Antonio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The battle to provide the highest speed broadband Internet connections in San Antonio has begun. And the winners of the battle will be local consumers and businesses. On Monday morning, AT&T announced U-Verse with AT&T GigaPower high speed Internet service will launch in San Antonio and surrounding […]

Capital Factory: Evolving at Hyperspeed

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News In early 2012, the Capital Factory office on the 16th floor of the Omni was a cavernous space housing only a few oversized bean bag chairs and a really cool conference room woven of branches. (That turned out to be infested with bugs and had to be […]

Get Set for the Fifth Annual Austin Startup Week

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Austin Startup Week is a great time to socialize and network with people in the Austin startup community and to learn something new. This is the fifth annual five day event. It kicks off Monday, Oct. 5th and runs through Friday, Oct. 9th. It started in 2011, the same week Silicon Hills News launched and […]

SXSW 2015 Had an Economic Impact on Austin of $317 Million

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Reports on the death of South by Southwest have been greatly exaggerated to paraphrase Mark Twain. In fact, SXSW has never been doing better. In 2015, the music, interactive and film festival and its SXSWEdu and SXSWEco events had an economic impact on Austin of $317.2 million, according to a new report by Greyhill Advisors. […]

Austin Companies Compete For Free Trip to Oslo Innovation Week

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Oslo, Norway, is the home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, the Viking Ship Museum, and a growing innovation conference where, this October, some intrepid central Texas startup will get the opportunity to pitch against contenders from Hackney and several Nordic countries, all expenses paid. Capital Factory is […]

CarForce Won the IBM SmartCamp Austin Pitch Competition

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News CarForce, a connected car startup, won the IBM SmartCamp Austin 2015 pitch competition last week at Capital Factory. CarForce provides a hardware diagnostic device that plugs into a car’s dashboard to allow dealerships to know when the car needs maintenance. It is going into trial this fall […]

Google’s Autonomous Prototype Cars Now on Austin Streets

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Google announced Friday that its self-driving prototype vehicles have now begun testing on Austin streets. The cars will have test drivers onboard with the cars equipped with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal that allow the test drivers to take over if needed. A few weeks ago, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced […]

Rackspace Plans $422 Million Data Center in Reno, Nevada

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San Antonio-based Rackspace plans a $422 million data center in the Reno Technology Park, according to an application with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The company has pledged to create at least 50 jobs with an average annual wage of $29.75 per hour in exchange for 20 year tax abatements, according to the […]

Innovation is Key to the Future of Austin’s Healthcare Industry

Panelists Nancy Harvey, entrepreneur in residence at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, Lanham Napier, former CEO at Rackspace and now a partner at BuildGroup, a growth stage VC firm, Mike Millard, executive director of innovation and commercialization at Seton Healthcare Family and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, co-founder at 3Com, partner emeritus at Polaris Partners and now professor of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin’s healthcare landscape is poised to change dramatically with the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, said Josh Jones-Dilworth. Dilworth is a member of The Fifty, a group of Austin residents who have committed to raise $50 million to help finance the new […]

GTT Acquires One Source Networks in Austin for $175 million

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GTT Communications Tuesday announced it entered into an agreement to acquire One Source Networks, an Austin-based telecommunications company, for $175 million. GTT reports the acquisition extends its worldwide network, expands its cloud networking services and increases its multinational client base and adds talent to its sales force. The deal involves GTT paying $175 million including […]

Quantcast Opens Austin Office and is Hiring

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Quantcast, a digital advertising and audience measurement firm, is opening an Austin office and is holding a recruiting event at Capital Factory on Wednesday. The San Francisco-based company’s new office will be located at Capital Factory in downtown Austin. It is hiring sales, client services and media professionals. “Austin has one of the highest start-ups […]

BioMed SA Honors San Antonio Native and Nobel Prize Winner William Moerner

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Nobel Prize Winner William Moerner spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in San Antonio and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Moerner went on to get multiple degrees in physics and math, including his PhD, and last year he won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. BioMed SA honored San Antonio […]

Rackspace and Intel Open the OpenStack Innovation Center

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Officials with Rackspace and Intel Thursday officially cut the ribbon on the OpenStack Innovation Center at Rackspace’s headquarters. “We are going to make this the launching pad to make OpenStack and the entire cloud available to everyone in the industry,” said Imad Sousou, vice president of the […]

Freescale Buys Canada-based CogniVue

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Freescale announced its acquisition of Ottawa, Canada-based CogniVue Corp. to boost its position in the autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Freescale, a microchip maker based in Austin, is a market leader in making sensor, microcontroller and microprocessor solutions for automotive radar and vision applications. […]

Favor Names New CEO

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NeighborFavor, which operates Favor, Wednesday announced Jag Bath as its new Chief Executive Officer and President. The Austin-based startup has been expanding quickly and recently entered the Canadian market. Bath has served on Favor’s board since May. Bath previously worked as senior vice president of product at RetailMeNot, an Austin-based coupon retailing site. Before that […]

SchooLinks Serves as Matchmaker for Students and Colleges

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Deciding on a college can be one of the most perplexing decisions a high school student and their family face. Some students don’t know about all the opportunities available to them, said Katie Fang, founder of SchooLinks. “It’s very hard for a student to navigate the admissions process,” Fang said. To help match students with […]

Overcoming Obstacles to Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro

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In 2012, Ian Warshak, a software developer in San Antonio, came down with what he thought was a cold. But within a few days he got really sick with a bacterial infection in his lungs. The infection spread and led to septic shock. He was put on life support and put into an induced coma […]

Vote for Seven SXSW Interactive Panels with a San Antonio Focus

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South by Southwest extended voting for its 2016 Panelpicker until midnight tonight. To make the process even easier for you, here are seven San Antonio panels that may be of interest. Earlier, Silicon Hills News did a post on these 13 panels offered up by Austin entrepreneurs. Just visit Panelpicker.sxsw.com and log in to vote. […]

Austin-based SiteCondor Sold to gShift of Canada

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Judd Lyon and Sebastian Brocher accomplished what a lot of entrepreneurs strike out to do in Austin. They bootstrapped their startup and sold it for a handsome profit. They recently sold SiteCondor, website auditing tools for digital agencies and content marketers, to gShift Labs, based in Toronto, Canada. The terms of the deal were not […]

Apogee Buys Campus Televideo

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Apogee, higher education’s largest provider of residential network services, announced Friday it has purchased Campus Televideo of Stamford, Connecticut. The Austin-based company did not report the financial terms of the deal. Campus Televideo, founded in 1984, will now operate as a division of Apogee, founded in 1998 by Chuck Brady. “Apogee’s acquisition of CTV is […]

WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital

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WellAware, an oil and gas industry analytics and data startup, this week announced it has received $16 million more in financing. The San Antonio-based startup reported the Series B1 financing was led by Mitsui & Co. and Genscape. It plans to use the money to expand its operations and for research and development on its […]

Dropbox Shows Off its New Austin Offices

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Dropbox hosted a rooftop launch party to show off its new Austin offices at 501 Congress Ave. Wednesday night. The cloud storage company earlier this summer moved into more than 50,000 square feet in the building. It occupies two floors already with plans to expand to a third floor. The space has room for 300 […]

Kony Opens Austin Office and Relocates Headquarters

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Kony, a mobile application development platform, has opened an office in Austin. The company has relocated its headquarters from Orlando to Austin. Its office is at 9225 Bee Cave Road and the company plans to hire at least 50 employees. Kony held an open house at its office Tuesday night to celebrate its expansion into […]

SmarterHQ Opens Austin Office

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SmarterHQ, an online marketing platform, announced this week the opening of its new office in Austin. The company, based in Indianapolis, recently received $8 million in financing led by the Simon Venture Group. The five year old startup has raised $20 million to date. The office opened Aug. 31 st. This is the company’s first […]

HEB Partners with Instacart to Deliver Groceries in Austin

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H-E-B, the largest grocery retailer in Texas, is partnering with Instacart to deliver milk, bread, eggs and other groceries to people in Austin and Houston in an hour. “Don’t have time to come to H-E-B? No problem. We’ll bring H-E-B to you with Instacart,” Jeff Thomas, vice president and general manager of VP Central Texas […]

TechSpace Plans New Coworking Site in Downtown Austin

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New York-based TechSpace Holding Co. announced Monday that it plans to expand into Austin by opening a new TechSpace business center. The coworking center will be located at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin’s central business district. TechSpace plans to occupy the entire ground floor and the entire 4th floor of the San Jacinto Center. […]

Almalence Receives Investment from Intel Capital

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Almalence, a computational imaging startup, announced Monday it has received an investment from Intel Capital. The amount of investment and terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2005, plans to use the funds to develop the next version of its mobile imaging technology to enable mobile cameras to achieve the […]

goTransverse Lands Major Customer and Plans Expansion

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goTransverse, a cloud-based billing company, just landed a major deal with STARZ Play Arabia, an international cable provider. The Austin-based company is providing STARZ Play with a billing system that allows the media company to provide service to up to 385 million media consumers in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. goTransverse […]

Vote for 13 SXSW Interactive Panels with an Austin Focus

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Every year, Silicon Hills News highlights South by Southwest Interactive PanelPicker pitches put forth by the Austin community. One of the best parts of SXSW Interactive is it lets you tap into the minds of some of the best and brightest in Austin to learn first hand […]

Google’s Prototype Self-Driving Cars Coming to Austin for Testing

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google is bringing its autonomous vehicle prototype to Austin for testing. The compact two door, two-seater white cars, which Google has created in partnership with Roush Industries in Detroit, will be hitting the roads of Austin in the next week or so. The cute little electric cars […]

Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups?

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte and the French government offered a cash prize to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve food for his troops on the battlefield. Nicholas Appert won the reward in 1810 by devising a way to use heat to preserve food […]

Fashion Metric Builds a Strong Data Science Team in Austin

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Fashion Metric is working to solve the problem of ill-fitting clothes by employing data science. The startup created software, which it calls a virtual tailor, to help online shoppers find clothes that fit by calculating their detailed body measurements. It does this by simply asking a few questions online and then processing that information through […]

Xenex Sees Big Market for Germ Zapping Robots

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Xenex’s germ zapping robots eradicate dangerous bacteria and viruses leading to lower cases of infectious diseases in the nation’s hospitals, according to several studies. “On a daily basis we are cleaning 5,000 to 7,000 rooms,” said Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex. Xenex created a mobile robot that […]

Intel Seeks Inventors for New Reality TV Show with $1 Million Prize

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A new television series “America’s Greatest Makers” is looking for inventors, makers, designers and engineers who are creating the next big wearable or smart-connected device. The competition, backed by Intel, Turner Broadcasting Mark Burnett, the producer of “Shark Tank,” “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” will award a $1 million grand prize and other prizes for the […]

Favor Launches Internationally with Service in Canada

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Favor, an app-based delivery service, is going international with its first delivery service set to launch in Toronto, Canada on Thursday. And the Austin-based startup will rename itself Favour in Canada to adapt to the local culture and customs. It offers delivery daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. in most of the Toronto metro […]

Able Lands $6 Million in Venture Capital and Expands Nationwide

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Able, a non-bank commercial lender, Tuesday announced it has closed on $6 million in venture capital and plans to expand its services nationwide. Blumberg Capital and RPM Ventures led the round with participation from Peterson Partners and Expansion Ventures AngelList Syndicate. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to begin offering loans in 40 […]

Get Smart Content Lands $3.5 Million in Venture Capital

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Get Smart Content announced Monday it has closed on a $3.5 million funding round. Origin Ventures led the round with participation from Chicago Ventures and Virgo Capital. To date, the company has raised just over $6.4 million, according to a news release. The Austin-based company runs an online platform that allows marketers to create personalized […]

PotentiaMetrics Harnesses Data to Improve Patient Care

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Austin’s growing tech scene and vibrant entrepreneurial community convinced Robert Palmer, CEO and founder of PotentiaMetrics, to move his startup from St. Louis to Austin last year. The company, developed through a partnership with the Office of Clinical Research Outcomes at the Washington University School of […]

Urban Co-Lab to Launch “Urban Innovators” Coworking Site in East Austin

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In a former brothel and gas station in Austin’s East 12th Street Business District, Urban Co-Lab plans to create a center for entrepreneurial activity and innovation. The coworking site is the brainchild of Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber, founder of Walker’s Legacy and now CEO of the Urban Co-Lab. […]

Kentucky Liquor Company Buys Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka

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Heaven Hill Brands of Kentucky announced this week it is buying Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka for an undisclosed amount. Clayton Christopher and Chad Auler founded Deep Eddy Vodka in 2010. The Wall Street Journal in May reported that the Austin-based company was for sale and estimated its valuation at between $165 million and more than […]

Tiff’s Treats Lands $14 Million and Plans Further Expansion

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Tiff’s Treats announced this week it has closed on $14 million in funding and plans to add additional stores. The Austin-based cookie company reported the investment round was led by private equity firm, Capstar Partners, private investor Lew Little and included other institutional and individual investors. As part of the deal, Little joins the company’s […]

Amazon Plans New Center in San Marcos with 1,000 Employees

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The Lone Star state has been a prosperous place for Amazon.com. This week, the Seattle-based e-commerce company announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos, which will eventually employ 1,000 workers. The center will be 855,000 square feet and its employees will pick, pack and ship smaller items such as books, […]

San Antonio’s MX Challenge Shuts Down Without Awarding Prize

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Without any fanfare or publicity, San Antonio’s MX Challenge closed in July without awarding its $500,000 prize. Jesus Salas, the program manager, posted a message to the site: “Hey innovator, Thanks for the interest that you showed for the MxChallenge. After evaluating the low demand on the competing participants we decided to shut down the […]

Bigcommerce Expands to Downtown Austin

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Bigcommerce is moving into part of Mass Relevance’s former offices at 800 Brazos in downtown Austin, Silicon Hills News has learned. The e-commerce software company has leased 4,500 square feet of space left vacate when Spredfast bought Mass Relevance last year. Mass Relevance occupied 12,500 square feet. The office will house Zing, an Austin-based startup […]

Spreadfast Buys Shoutlet

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Spredfast, an Austin-based social media software startup, Wednesday announced its purchase of Shoutlet, a Wisconsin based competitor. Austin-based Spredfast did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. As part of the deal, Shoutlet’s Madison, Wisconsin-based headquarters will become Spredfast’s new development center. “The combined company has 600 employees and more than 1,400 customers in […]

Silicon Hills News’ Second Annual Life Sciences Issue Now Available

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Welcome to the second annual issue of Silicon Hills News’ print magazine focused on the expanding Life Sciences industry in Austin and San Antonio. It’s truly amazing to see the growth in this industry locally during the last few decades. And to know that Texas is one of the leading states overall in the biotechnology […]

Amos Schwartzfarb is the New Managing Director of Techstars Austin

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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 […]

UK Mission Looking for Fintech Startups in Austin and San Antonio

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Officials with the United Kingdom are looking for a few good financial technology companies to go on a mission to the UK later this year. The focus is on learning more about the growing UK fintech network and on making connections to take their business global. The UK Trade & Investment will host the mission […]

Apply for IBM’s SmartCamp Pitch Competition in Austin

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IBM will be kicking off its annual startup pitch competition called SmartCamp next month. This year, IBM is collaborating with Jason Calacanis and his organization Launch Media. The Austin competition will take place at Capital Factory on Sept. 16th. Finalists from Austin and other cities around the world will travel to San Francisco to attend […]

Lyft Returns Ridesharing to San Antonio

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Lyft, the ridesharing startup, is coming back to San Antonio. Following three hours of discussion, the City Council of San Antonio on Thursday voted six to five in favor of a nine-month pilot agreement with Lyft. It’s been a bumpy ride so far for ridesharing companies operating in San Antonio. Lyft originally launched in March […]

Cybersecurity Firm root9b Expands to San Antonio

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root9B announced this week it is opening a new office this fall in downtown San Antonio. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company provides advanced cybersecurity services and training to private businesses and government agencies. Its new office will be located in the Tower Life building downtown. The company was ranked 45th on the Cybersecurity 500, a […]

Galvanize to Open New Campus in Austin

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Galvanize, a tech school and coworking space, announced this week it is opening its seventh campus in Austin. The Denver-based company leased 25,000 square feet in a building in the 2nd Street District in the North Shore development. It will feature classrooms, private suites, open work areas and event areas. The campus will be able […]

People Pattern Hires Former Facebook Executive Doug Wolfe

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People Pattern announced recently it has appointed Doug Wolfe as its Chief Operating Officer. Wolfe, previously served as head of operations for Atlas at Facebook. He has a lot of experience in marketing technology and digital media. As COO, Wolfe will oversee People Pattern’s product, sales, finance, partnership, recruitment and marketing. “People Pattern is taking […]

Austin Wins “StartUp in a Day” SBA Competition

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Everyone who has ever run a small business can tell you there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to deal with to get the venture off the ground. Now the City of Austin is aiming to make the process as simple as possible. This month, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Austin as […]

UT Spinout Capsenta Helps Healthcare Companies Harness Data

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Anyone familiar with the University of Texas at Austin is no stranger to the words “what happens here changes the world.” To Capsenta, a spin out smart data startup from a UT computer science lab, that motto is more than just a rallying call to donors […]

Targeted Technology Funds San Antonio Life Sciences Startups

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry in San Antonio for years complained about the lack of venture capital. In 2008, Paul Castella and Alan Dean, cofounders and senior managing partners of Targeted Technology, a venture capital firm based in San Antonio, decided to do something about that. […]

Invictus Medical Sells a Device to Help Newborn Babies

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Invictus Medical is a homegrown San Antonio biomedical startup focused on improving the lives of newborns. In 2010, Daniel Mendez, Israel Cruz and Nicholas Flores, all engineering undergraduates at the University of Texas at San Antonio, invented a device, initially called the aqua bonnet, during an engineering […]

UnaliWear Makes Smartwatches for Older Adults

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Joan Hall worked as a model most of her life. Now she’s 81 and lives independently in San Antonio. Her daughter, Jean Anne Booth, who lives in Austin, wanted to keep tabs on her mom and make sure she is ok but her mom refused to wear […]

BioMed SA Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ten years ago, a group of leaders in San Antonio, led by former Mayor Henry Cisneros and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, created an advocacy organization for the city’s biomedical industry. They founded BioMed SA with the core mission to raise the visibility of San […]

Google Fiber is Coming to San Antonio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google announced San Antonio as the next city to receive its “Gigabit” Internet network, which is about 100 times faster than what most broadband users currently experience in the city. “Google Fiber will provide San Antonio with the competitive business and entrepreneurial edge needed in this era […]

Ten Life Sciences Companies to Watch in Central Texas

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Texas is one of the leading biotech states in the country, according to a 2014 report from the Texas Governor’s Office. In fact, it ranks second for employment of life and physical scientists nationwide. The state has more than 3,600 biotechnology manufacturing and research and development firms. More than 92,000 people work for biotech companies […]

Payment Data Systems to Begin Trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market

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San Antonio-based Payment Data Systems, which processes online payments for other companies, announced Tuesday that it has received confirmation that its common stock will begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market starting Aug. 11th. In addition, Michael Long, chairman and CEO of Payment Data Systems and Louis Hoch, the company’s president, will ring the opening […]

Plum Raises $5 Million and Plans to Ship its Lightpads Soon

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Plum, maker of WiFi-enabled smart light dimmers, has raised $5 million in seed stage funding and is raising another $700,000 in funding before its round closes. Plum reports the money will allow it to manufacture and ship its flagship product, the Plum Lightpad, which allows homeowners to control their lights with their smartphone from anywhere. […]

Two Austin Startups Featured at First White House Demo Day

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President Barack Obama is hosting the nation’s first Demo Day at the White House to showcase innovative technology startups from all over the country. Among them, Jeanette Hill, CEO and founder of Spot On Sciences, will show off its portable and easy to use blood test kits. The company has created a product, HemaSpot, that […]

Spiceworks’ New Headquarters Opens, Expansion Planned Already

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Spiceworks held an open house Friday for its new headquarters at 3700 North Capital of Texas Highway, in the same Hill Country-adjacent neighborhood as Bazaarvoice. The company, which provides a free network management IT community, reports 2,000 new members a day and has roughly 360 employees in […]

eRelevance Creates DocWithMe App and Plans to Expand to Other Industries

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Robert Fabbio and his band of seasoned entrepreneurs at eRelevance first envisioned a mobile application that would help doctors better interact with their patients after treatment, but, around this vision, developed a marketing strategy that could make ripples beyond just the healthcare industry. “When we first […]

ePatientFinder is a Matchmaker for Patients and Clinical Trials

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News According to a study by Tufts University in 2014, 60-to-80 percent of the cost of any new drug or treatment goes to clinical trials, and most of that is money is channeled into luring in, then weeding out patients to test the drug. They have to have […]

App Puts Patients and Providers on the Same Page

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By TIM GREEN Reporter with Silicon Hills News Corinthian Health operates 20 centers where patients get critical intravenous drug treatments for chronic neurological and autoimmune diseases. The monthly sessions of infusions can last up to eight hours. If the patient isn’t properly prepared or the complex drug mix is off, the patient can suffer significant […]

Seeking High Tech and Low Tech Solutions to Low Voter Turnout

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Why don’t more people vote? Only about 36 percent of the voting population turned out for the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout election since 1942, according to stats from the United States Election Project. That’s a big problem and a group of experts in technology, journalism, […]

BarkHappy Launches a Social Networking App for Dogs in Austin

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A social networking app for dog owners made its debut in Austin this week. It’s BarkHappy, a location based meet up and search app, for dog owners. The app, which is available on Android and IOS devices, lets dog owners discover other dogs in their area through geolocation. The app lets dog owners arrange meetings […]

Integreon Opens Austin Office with Plans for 300 Employees

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Integreon, a global outsourcing firm, held a grand opening reception at its new office in Austin on Thursday night. The New York-based company plans to create more than 100 jobs initially with the potential to reach 300 jobs in the next few years, according to a news release. The company currently has 30 employees in […]

Favor Adds New VP of Engineering and Plans Further Expansion

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Favor, a personal delivery service, landed in Austin in the summer of 2013 and has quickly grown. Founders Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty moved here from California and launched a grocery and food delivery service. It quickly gained visibility for its runners who wore bright blue T-shirts with a faux tuxedo front. The service, which […]

Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At well over six feet tall with a strong build, Rodney Curry, a retired member of the U.S. Army’s 101st airborne division, wears a camel colored bag slung over one shoulder. He’s still got the close-cropped haircut of a soldier but instead of an army uniform, Curry […]

Continuum Analytics Gets $24 Million in Venture Capital

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Continuum Analytics has closed on $24 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst Partners and BuildGroup. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds on product development, sales and marketing and community development. Continuum makes Anaconda, the leading modern open source analytics platform built on Python, an open data science language. The company […]

Accenture Acquires Chaotic Moon

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Accenture has scooped up an Austin original: Chaotic Moon. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chaotic Moon, founded in 2010, is known in Austin as a creative technology studio, that pushes the boundaries of technology. In 2014 during SXSW, the studio launched a drone and tasered an intern at its offices. It has […]

Techstars Cloud Fall Program is Accepting Applications

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Techstars Cloud is back at it again. The fall program, which kicks off Nov. 2nd and runs until Feb. 11th with a two week break for the holidays, is now soliciting applications. This is the second Techstars Cloud program for 2015. The first one ended in April with ten companies pitching at Demo Day. “This […]

Main Street Hub Lands $25 Million in Financing, Plans to Hire 300

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Main Street Hub, which makes a marketing platform for small businesses, last week announced the closing of $25 million in venture capital to support its rapid growth. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2010, has raised $66 million to date, according to CrunchBase. The company closed on its Series C equity financing round from Vista Equity […]

Austin Dips in VC Investments for Second Quarter But Still Strong for 2015

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The amount of venture capital bucks invested in Austin dropped nearly 49 percent in the second quarter to $162.5 million, compared to the first quarter’s $267.2 million, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thompson Reuters. But […]