SOPA and PIPA protests

By now you’ve probably heard of SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act introduced by San Antonio Congressman Lamar Smith. The jist of it is that media and entertainment companies want to protect the copyright on their content from pirates. Not too many people would take issue with that. But the legislation would effectively give content […]

Austin-based startup Greenling plans Dallas expansion

By EOGHAN MCCLOSKEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News Greenling has tapped into the growing interest in sustainable, organic, seasonal and locally sourced food by providing an alternative to traditional grocery stores and instead focusing on an increasingly sophisticated, organically inclined clientele. Greenling is a start-up organic grocery delivery service which allows customers to shop […]

Sharp Skirts fosters straight talk for women entrepreneurs

By SUSAN LAHEY Special contributor to Silicon Hills News In November 2011, Sharp Skirts CEO Carla Thompson took on Forbes Woman with a blog entitled: Forbes Woman, You’re Doing it Wrong. Though Forbes had recently dubbed Sharp Skirts among the top ten sites for entrepreneurial women, she nailed the publication for its recent articles about […]

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Tech Ranch Austin helps move startups forward

Every Tuesday, Arthur Chong drives 144 miles from the Houston suburb of Katy to Tech Ranch Austin. He’s part of Venture Forth 12, an 8-week $495 class at Tech Ranch Austin that covers everything from creating a three-year financial forecast to putting together a pitch deck, a set of 10 slides to pitch a company […]

Tech Ranch Austin’s 3rd anniversary in three words

Tech Ranch Austin, an early stage accelerator and incubator for entrepreneurs and their ventures, celebrated its third anniversary Thursday night at its new headquarters in North Austin at 9111 Jollyville Road. About 300 people turned out for the event which featured live music, a short speech by Kevin Koym, founder of Tech Ranch Austin, and […]

San Antonio lands a major solar project

San Antonio saw the light today. CPS Energy and the city’s leaders announced plans to bring a solar plant to San Antonio that could create 800 jobs, generate 400 megawatts of solar energy and create a construction boom. The city and CPS Energy are partnering with OCI Solar Power. It’s moving its U.S. corporate headquarters […]

Chaotic Moon Labs showcases its “Board of Awesomeness” at CES

Last week I attended the first meet up for the Austin chapter of the Online News Association. Robert Quigley, senior lecturer with the University of Texas journalism school, and Cindy Royal, professor at Texas State University, are cofounders of the Austin ONA chapter. The first meeting had a great turnout. In addition to other journalists, […]

Return Path acquires OtherInbox

Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur, announced today that Return Path has acquired his 5 year old startup OtherInbox. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Baer will remain as chief executive officer and Return Path will operate OtherInbox as a wholly owned subsidiary and all employees get to keep their jobs, according to its news […]

Xplore Technologies to drop its computers on concrete and submerge them in water at CES

Want a tough computer? Then Xplore Technologies might be the ticket. The Austin-based companies bills its computers as “the world’s most suggest tablet PCs” and this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it’s going to prove it. Throughout the show, Xplore will drop its iX104CS rugged tablet computers onto concrete and submerge […]