Video Game Testing and Services Firm Opening Austin Office

San Francisco-based Pole To Win America will establish a new Austin office next month to offer video game testing services. Pole To Win America’s Austin office, which will focus on console and personal computer games, plans to hire 50 employees. The company has more than 80 customers and plans to expand its North American presence […]

Austin-based Jumpshot launches on Kickstarter and raises nearly $100,000

A startup software company, Jumpshot, has successful raised $98,255 on Kickstarter to create a software program to clean up the hard drive of PCs and combat malware and viruses. Its Kickstarter program exceeded its $25,000 goal and still has more than 40 days to go. The software comes on a really cute USB stick and […]

Belly Ballot Startup lets Parents Crowdsource Baby Names

It’s been awhile since I had a baby – 13 years to be exact. And boy have things changed. The Austin startup Belly Ballot puts a whole new twist into what’s in a name for baby. Belly Ballot, which bills itself as a social startup, lets expecting parents survey their friends and family via Facebook, […]

Austin Startup White Whale Games Creates God of Blades

Just like in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the creators of White Whale Games are looking for that elusive big fish. But unlike the classic novel from which the founders chose their name, they’re likely to land their whale. And their “whale” is a fantasy sword fighting game for IOS, Mac and PC platforms that they […]

Gazzang Releases New Security Management Software

Gazzang released its latest security software product: Gazzang zTrustee, a security management system. The Austin-based startup says the software as a service offering provides companies with a “universal key manager that stores and manages all cryptographic keys, certificates, configuration files, tokens and any other “opaque objects” an enterprise maintains to secure its most sensitive data.” […]

MapMyFitness aims to fight the obesity epidemic

By SUSAN LAHEY Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News When Richard Jalichandra, formerly CEO of Technorati, moved from Northern California to Austin to become CEO of MapMyFitness, he was surprised to find that Austin is the fittest city he’s ever seen. “We’ve got purple haired pierced hippies with six-pack abs” he observed. Which makes the […]

Gazzang Branches Out from its Encryption Roots

By YASMIN GHAHREMANI Special contributor to Silicon Hills News Something was bothering Larry Warnock. It was 2010 and the former CEO of Phurnace Software had recently finished leading his company through a successful sale to BMC. His next challenge was advising two Houston entrepreneurs on how to realize their business idea. Mike Umansky and Chris […]

Mass Relevance closes on $3.3 million in venture financing

Mass Relevance announced Wednesday that it has closed a $3.3 million venture capital funding round. Austin Ventures led the series A round and other investors included Battery Ventures, Floodgate Fund, Allegro Venture Patners and Metamorphic Ventures. Mass Relevance plans to use the money to accelerate its growth. Sam Decker, the company’s founder and CEO, said […]

WhaleShark Media Buys Miwim, a French Coupon Site

WhaleShark Media has acquired Miwim, an online coupon and deal site in France. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Austin-based WhaleShark Media connects consumers with multiple daily deal and coupon services like and as well as deal sites outside of the U.S. Founded in 2010, WhaleShark Media has received $300 million […]

Calxeda raises $20 million of a $30 million offering

Calxeda, which makes energy-saving chips for servers that power data centers, has raised $20 million of a $30 million offering, according to a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based company, founded in 2008 as Smooth Stone, announced $48 million in funding in November of 2010. Calxeda’s funders include Advanced Technology Investment […]