Sparefoot teams up with Penske to make moving and storage easy

Move it and store it. Austin-based startup Sparefoot has teamed up with Penske Truck Rental to make it easy for folks to move and store their belongings this Memorial Day weekend. Sparefoot informs us that this coming Tuesday is known in the business as “Crazy Tuesday” because it’s the unofficial biggest day of the year […]

Happy 39th Birthday Ethernet

Congratulations! Thanks! to Dave Boggs, Butler Lampson, Chuck Thacker on #Ethernet ‘s 39th birthday, today. — Bob Metcalfe (@BobMetcalfe) May 22, 2012 In 1973, there were no personal computers, says Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet. But 39 years ago today, Metcalfe and David Boggs, Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson at Xerox set out to build […]

SceneTap sparks controversy in San Francisco

SceneTap launched in several Austin bars last January and no one seemed to care all that much. But at that time, Cole Harper, SceneTap’s CEO, wanted to make sure that we reported correctly on his company’s facial detection technology. He wanted people to know that it does not record identities and merely reports on how […]

Wick Phillips Gould & Martin opens Austin office

Wick Phillips Gould & Martin, LLP, a law firm with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, is opening an office in Austin. Shauna Martin, a partner, will lead the office. The office will focus on building Wick Phillips’ practice in Central Texas, with a focus on growing the firm’s transactional and technology practice groups.

Cyfeon to pitch at Disrupt NYC

Austin startup Cyfeon is pitching its software today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NYC. Cyfeon is the first Austin startup picked for the battlefield competition in the combined ten-year history of TechCrunch Disrupt events in New York and San Francisco. More than a thousand new companies from around the world applied to be a part of Startup […]

Silicon Laboratories buys Ember Corp.

Ember acquired by Silicon Laboratories – – Ember: MIT-spun, Polaris-backed, Boston-based leader in ZigBee networking. — Bob Metcalfe (@BobMetcalfe) May 21, 2012 Austin-based Silicon Laboratories has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Boston-based Ember Corp. for $72 million. Ember makes chips, hardware and software used in wireless smart meters for and the home. “This […]

“Why I Moved My Company to California”

By SUSAN LAHEY Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Moderator Laura Beck of hoped the panel would spark fiery debate. But it turned into an event along the lines of Eeyore running out of Prozac during the rainy season when the Austin Technology Council 2012 CEO Summit hosted several entrepreneurs speaking on the topic […]

Austin’s CEO Summit Focuses on Retaining Tech Talent

By SUSAN LAHEY Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News The Austin Technology Council CEO Summit heated up toward the end of its first afternoon Thursday when John Price, CEO of Vast, led a panel on compensation packages for tech employees. Price asserted that Austin lives in a bubble in which “culture” competes successfully against higher […]

AustinTechSource launches

To attract tech talent, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce with Experience Inc. today launched AustinTechSource, an online talent community. The focus of the site is to attract mid-to-senior level technology workers to the Austin region. The site allows employers to post openings, review resumes and connect directly with qualified job-seekers. The site has 2,000 […]

NextIO secures $12.3 million in venture capital

NextIO has received $12.3 million of venture capital. The Series F funding is led by existing investors and an undisclosed strategic investor. Austin-based NextIO plans to use the money to further expand sales and marketing and its product offerings. The company plans to double its revenue this year, K.C. Murphy, its president and CEO, said […]