About Bryan Menell

Bryan is the Managing Editor for AustinStartup and the CEO of Mahana. He is a co-founder of Capital Factory, an investor and advisor, and runs the popular Austin Tech Happy Hour with his wife.

SXSW Eco Announces Finalists for Startup Showcase and Place by Design Competitions

South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco), a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today announced the finalists for its third annual entrepreneurial pitch and and second annual public space design competitions, the Startup Showcase and Place by Design. SXSW Eco will take place October 6-8, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

Austin Tech Happy Hour Tonight at The Dogwood

Come to The Dogwood tonight, August 21st from 6pm – 8pm for Austin Tech Happy Hour!

Polygraph Media Acquires Offergraph; Harvard Data Science Expertise

Polygraph Media today announced it has acquired Offergraph, the predictive marketing technology company founded by Ian Karnell, Jeremi Karnell, and Dr. Edo Airoldi.

UnLtd USA Selects First Cohort of Impact Entrepreneurs

UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems, has selected its first cohort. Six impact enterprises have been chosen to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support. The entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants and went through a rigorous selection process that included pitching to two Final Selection Panels composed of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The year-long program kicks off in September. Entrepreneurs will receive seed funding, on-going mentorship and training from the UnLtd USA and their network of partners and mentors.

Famigo Grows Network of Pre-Loaded Mobile Devices, Adds Two New Samsung Tablets

Famigo, a company providing safer experiences for children on mobile devices, now comes preloaded via the Android platform on two new and popular tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Families can access educational entertainment—with new content added daily for constant engagement—and use Famigo’s optional child lock to keep tablets family-safe.

Parqer Brings Cashless Valet to Austin

A new, better way to pay, Parqer is an exciting new app enabling consumers to pay their valet through their mobile app. Simple, safe, and fast—no cash necessary. Founded by a University of Texas alum, Parqer launched in Dallas in May and has quickly expanded across the city and to locations in Arlington, Houston, and now – Austin.

Austin Technology Incubator SEAL Program Concludes with Industry-First Virtual Decision Day

The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), part of the IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin, invites the public to attend the Virtual Decision Day of its summer accelerator for UT Austin student startups. Eleven of the most highly prospective UT Austin startups will present on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT. Each startup spent the summer working with mentors to arrive at a critical decision: go all-in or kill this venture and head back to the drawing board. Presentations will be live streamed here. The audience is encouraged to engage online with the founders in real-time and participate in a live Q&A hosted by Google hangouts.

Austin Startup DrillingEdge.com Targets Upstream Oil and Gas Data as a Service

Austin entrepreneurs Jeff Chambers and Marshall Capps, Co-Founders of DrillingEdge.com, a data as a service platform, are simplifying the upstream oil and gas data market and taking it to the masses.

Pivot3 Raises $12M from S3 Ventures and Others

Pivot3, a leading supplier of hyper-converged infrastructure, announced today that it has closed a $12-million funding round that will drive additional product development and accelerate the company’s growth. The round, led by new investor S3 Ventures of Austin, also included participation by current investors, InterWest Partners and Mesirow Financial.

eyeQ Changing the Way Retailers Interact With Customers

The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), part of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), today highlighted recent momentum from current portfolio company, eyeQ. eyeQ has developed a unique technology to bring online-style customer experience to brick and mortar stores. Its customer insight technology is being aggressively adopted by retailer and brands, with 5 agreements signed in the 10 months since releasing their initial product. eyeQ is also a showcase company for IBM, having presented at IBM’s IMPACT, Pulse, and Smarter Commerce conferences, in addition to their CIO Leadership Exchange.