We Walk and Others Pitch at San Antonio New Tech

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News At Alamo Heights Junior School, Estrella Hernandez, 13, came up with an idea to get students moving. She learned in sixth grade health class about the obesity epidemic in San Antonio and the city’s growing population of people afflicted with diabetes, a chronic disease associated with being […]

Geekdom Fund Invests in Three San Antonio Startups

By LAURA LOREK Founder Silicon Hills News Three new startups in San Antonio have received $25,000 cash investments each from the Geekdom Fund. The two-year-old fund aims to jumpstart the city’s startup community by providing seed-stage funding to tech startups. In February, the Geekdom Fund made investments in Nebulab Technologies and Lightphile. Last November, the […]

Tips on Branding for Startups

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News What’s in a brand? Billions of dollars, said Bill Schley, branding expert and co-founder of BrandTeamSix. Rackspace’s brand “Fanatical Support” is worth one billion dollars per word, Schley said. “They said we will answer the phone in one ring at midnight on Christmas Eve,” Schley said. And […]

San Antonio MX Challenge Seeks to Solve Problems and Realize Dreams

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The XPRIZE Foundation organized a four-day adventure trip to visit tech companies in California last February. XPRIZE Founder Dr. Peter Diamandis wanted to showcase space and ocean innovation to a select group of entrepreneurs. Part of the event involved a Zero G flight in which the passengers […]

Social Media Tips and Tools for Startups

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Geekdom, the collaborative co-working space in downtown San Antonio, kicked off a new speakers event Thursday called The Master’s Series. “Our goal is to pummel you with amazing information,” said Lorenzo Gomez, director of Geekdom. The first speaker, Christie St. Martin talked about social media tips and […]

San Antonio MX Prize Officially Launches

The San Antonio MX Challenge has officially kicked off. Silicon Hills News broke the story about the first local X-Prize challenge late last year when some members of the HeroX organization briefed the technology community about the contest at Geekdom. Now the contest has officially launched at Geekdom, a collaborative co-working space in downtown San […]

Geekdom Gets a Hip Makeover at its New Digs in the Historic Rand Building

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Converting a historic building into a modern-day tech coworking space to incubate hot new startups in downtown San Antonio isn’t an easy task. But Irby Hightower of Alamo Architects and his team have managed to do just that. They took a former bank building and are transforming […]

TrueAbility’s IT Job Prediction Trends for 2014

TrueAbility Monday released its predictions for hiring trends for technology workers in 2014. The San Antonio-based startup, founded in 2012, has analyzed data on more than 5,000 IT workers in the past year. It makes a cloud-based platform that evaluates the technical aptitude of IT employees by testing their skills online for job openings. TrueAbility, […]

Startup Grind Features Graham Weston of Rackspace

Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace Hosting, grew up in the greater San Antonio area. At his first job, he worked in his dad’s cookie plant balancing the books from delivery drivers and occasionally packaging cookies. His dad owned Grandma’s Cookies and later sold the company to Frito Lay. Weston’s first venture into entrepreneurship […]

New Rules, New Tools for Startups and Tech Companies

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The demand for high tech workers outstrips the supply. So Rackspace Hosting came up with an innovative solution. The San Antonio-based company launched the Open Cloud Academy last year to put people through a rigorous training program that equips them to do jobs as network systems administrators […]