Big, Mobile, and Innovative: Appconomy in China

I spent nearly all of 2012 living and working in Shanghai, China. Because of this experience, AustinStartup asked if I wouldn’t mind sharing a few observations about the start-up life in China.

This Austin Company’s Mobile App Shows You Which People To Connect With On LinkedIn

Love it or hate it, LinkedIn is probably a part of your communications tool set. Austin’s WeCanStudios just launched an app that makes it even stickier. CanWeNetworksits atop LinkedIn and combines the company’s own algorithms and proximity technologies to match you up with other professionals, presumably ones you should meet.

Urban Transportation Gets A Lift As RideScout Launches In Austin

Urbanites and UT students have a new way to get around as RideScout™ announced its formal launch in Austin this week.

Icon Delivers A Business Card That’s As Digital As You Are

Personal brands have been around forever. It’s just that we used to call them something else. Like famous people, or celebrities. But in the era of Tweets, Likes and LinkedIn requests, the idea that everyone can build a brand has caught on. While some of the consumer-facing activity in the internet sector has lost some [...]

SubtleData Brings Point-of-Sale (POS) Integration To The Cloud, Speeds App Development In The Hospitality Industry

Most of the technology glitz in the restaurant and hospitality industry will likely end up as an app on your smartphone. You’ll be able to whip out your device and pay your bill, redeem a coupon, or even help your buddy leave a tip for that last round. But having all those capabilities takes some non-glitzy stuff. [...]

We Caught Up With A Raleigh-Based Mobile Startup @SXSWECO

I wanted to share a recent SXSWECO briefing I had with JouleBug, a Raleigh-based mobile app maker focused on energy management and conservation. Now I could have said the “sustainability” sector,  but your eyes would have glazed over. Technically, though, they’re a data and gaming platform, which is why I wanted to share some of [...]

Can Healthcare Infrastructure Provide A Spark For Austin’s Startup Community?

There’s been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of a new hospital in Austin. I won’t dive too much into the civic implications, you can read Brian Kelsey’s comments for that. I want to highlight two things: 1.) recent opinion and data on “eds and meds” 2.) how more healthcare infrastructure might impact startups. And just a small disclaimer. I realize we’re talking about a hospital. But my assumption, right or wrong, is that a large medical center will bring a substantial ecosystem along with it.

Flash Valet Launches Mobile App

Every driver has wanted to drop their car off with the valet on a night out but couldn’t because they didn’t have any cash. And every business owner has wanted to know what the night’s business looked like in real time without waiting for a lengthy report to be produced the next day. Convenience for the customer and control for the business owner – this is what Flash Valet introduced today for the parking industry. If you live in Austin, you might have noticed your parking receipt, or the valet stand having the “Flash Valet” logo for the past several months. Today it officially launches in the iTunes App Store.

Startup Showdown A Welcome Addition To ATC’s Second CEO Summit

The second day of ATC’s CEO Summit wrapped up last Friday with the Startup Showdown, featuring Baytan Labs, MapMyFitness, Convergence Wireless, VivoGig, and Toopher. We captured some tweets along with commentary and have more coverage planned this week, so stay tuned. We used Storify’s tool to craft the original piece. You can see that version [...]

Software Talent Tops The List In Door64′s First Hiring Survey

Austin’s burgeoning ecosystem of startups is in high gear, buoyed by the rise of cloud-based infrastructure, mobile development, and cleaner technologies. Behind that growth is a vibrant tech community of software engineers, analysts and project managers. But what about more established companies? What types of skills are hiring managers seeking? That’s what Austin’s largest tech community, [...]