Executive Hiring

I have a simple test that I occasionally use to figure out if an executive is a reasonable leader. It’s one that is useful sometimes (organizational situations may make this a difficult test to pass). That test is; do any former employees follow the executive to his/her new company. Now this test is really a single attribute test – it highlights whether employees will follow someone to a different company (hence the ‘leader’ title). It DOESN’T test for the reasons behind the employee moves, quality of the leadership, or the direction of the migration (did the employee follow the leader or did the leader pay the employee to follow).

Waterfall Mobile [Video]

Matt Silk, one of the co-founders of Waterfall Mobile, was in Austin for a few days. We had a chance to catch up with him and ask him about what the company was up to these days. The company is based in the Silicon Valley, but works with big brands everywhere. The company did some [...]

AdLucent Adds Executives

Adlucent, a leader in performance-based search marketing, today announced the appointment of two executives to its management team. The company has promoted Accenture veteran Jon Armstrong to the position of CEO, and appointed former Trilogy executive Ashwani Dhar to the position of Senior Vice President. In their new roles, they will help manage and drive [...]

Phurnace Adds To Team

Phurnace Software, the Java application deployment company, today announced the addition of two software industry veterans to its sales team. David Plunkett and Paul Shomper both come from the IT and development tools industry, and join Phurnace as senior sales engineer and senior account executive, respectively. “David and Paul are proven experts in their field, [...]

UnboundID Adds to Team

UnboundID, a developer of identity management software for Internet-driven, consumer-facing architectures, today announced that Steve Almquist was recently appointed to the position of Director of Global Sales. In his new role, Mr. Almquist will lead expansion efforts for the new UnboundID Directory Services 2.0 software platform, which will be launched in the first half of [...]

On Networks announces new Series with SNL Star Amy Poehler

On Networks, a creator and distributor of high quality short form video programming, announced today an original series aimed at young girls called Smart Girls at the Party. The show is created by and stars actor/writer Amy Poehler, and friends Meredith Walker, former senior producer for Nickelodeon’s Nick News, head of talent for Saturday Night [...]

New Director for ATI Biosciences Initiative

The Austin Technology Incubator has created an additional focus in the area of Bioscience, and hired Jessica Hanover to be the director of the initiative. Bioscience is now the third area of vertical focus for the ATI, joining clean energy, and IT/wireless. There is one company in the bioscience incubator so far, Terapio, which is [...]

Ian Clarke Brewing Something New

Ian was a co-founder of innovative video sharing site Revver, and also did some groundbreaking work with Thoof which is a news site that changes itself based upon user behavior. Thoof appears to be down now, but it sounds like Ian is taking some of Thoof’s basic technology to create a collaborative filtering product. It [...]

Joel Serface Leaving Incubator for Kleiner

Stacey Higginbotham is breaking the news over at GigaOM property Earth2Tech that Joel Serface, director of the Clean Energy Incubator, will be leaving to become an Entrepreneur in Residence at Kleiner Perkins Department of Energy Program, which is an effort to commercialize clean technology coming out of the national laboratories. Maybe he will favor us [...]

HelioVolt CIGS Record

HelioVolt, the well-funded Austin startup lead by Dr. B.J. Stanbery, is rumored to be announcing a breakthrough in CIGS efficiency with its CIGS cells. According to the company, it’s proprietary FASST reactive transfer printing process can produce cells with a 12.2% conversion efficiency in a mere 6 minutes. The announcement is expected come today at [...]