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  • Sign Up Now For The Austin TC Meetup + Pitch-Off

    Sign Up Now For The Austin TC Meetup + Pitch-Off

    After the amazing success of our New York Pitch-Off in February, we thought it would be fun to bring the energy and excitement of a mini-Disrupt to more cities across the country. We’re pleased to announced the 2013 Meetups + Pitch-Offs will begin in Austin on May 30 at Stage On Sixth in downtown Austin from 6pm to 10pm. You can buy tickets now! Read More

  • AT&T Counters Google Fiber In Austin, Says It Invests “More Than Any Other Public Company” Into U.S. Communities

    AT&T Counters Google Fiber In Austin, Says It Invests “More Than Any Other Public Company” Into U.S. Communities

    In the worst-kept secret in Austin history, Google announced in conjunction with the city that it would be the second location to get Google’s Fiber offering. Just a few hours after that announcement, AT&T made its own plans known for Austin, and it includes (surprise) 1 Gigabit Fiber, as well. This ties to its previous announcement of the VIP expansion project for broadband access. Read More

  • Austin’s Mayor Lee Leffingwell: Being The 2nd Google Fiber City Will Be An Advantage

    Austin’s Mayor Lee Leffingwell: Being The 2nd Google Fiber City Will Be An Advantage

    Earlier today, Google announced that it would bring its gigabit Google Fiber Internet service and Google Fiber TV with about 200 HD channels to Austin, Texas, by the middle of 2014. After the event, Google hosted a phone call with press and analysts to discuss the announcement in more detail. During the call, Austin’s Mayor Lee Leffingwell reiterated that the city reapplied for Fiber… Read More

  • Google Makes Its Austin Fiber Plans Official: Texas City Will Be Connected By Mid-2014

    Google Makes Its Austin Fiber Plans Official: Texas City Will Be Connected By Mid-2014

    Google has finally made it official: Austin will be the second city, after Kansas City, for Google Fiber, its high-speed broadband Gigabit internet and TV service. The news, made at an announcement in Austin just now, comes after three years of campaigning by the city. The aim is for the first homes in Austin to be connected by mid-2014. Read More

  • DreamIt Ventures Heads To Austin For A Little Pre-SXSW Entrepreneurin’

    DreamIt Ventures Heads To Austin For A Little Pre-SXSW Entrepreneurin’

    The three-month long DreamIt Ventures accelerator program is landing in Austin in December, running for a full three months before unleashing the chosen startups on the crowds at SXSW in March 2013. DreamIt is also running events in Philadelphia and New York. This additional program will be run by Austinite Kerry Rupp. Read More

  • Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Pando Networks is releasing new data today about American broadband speeds, taken from over 10 million downloads facilitated by the company’s consumer-facing software throughout the course of 2011. The study’s goal was to discover which cities in the U.S. had the fastest average download speeds, and not surprisingly, major tech hotspots like San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and New… Read More

  • Startup Texas Is Latest Region To Join The Startup America Initiative

    Startup Texas Is Latest Region To Join The Startup America Initiative

    With today’s launch of Startup Texas, Texas becomes the latest U.S. state to join the growing list of regions in the Startup America initiative. The Startup America national campaign, chaired by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman of the Case Foundation, is meant to encourage and accelerate entrepreneurship across the country, especially in regions where it can benefit from a… Read More

  • Inside Austin’s Capital Factory 2011 Demo Day

    Inside Austin’s Capital Factory 2011 Demo Day

    It was an absolutely perfect day in Austin this past Wednesday, a temperate and breezy 89 degrees. The kind of day that seemed ripe with possibilities. Austin’s startup community gathered en masse at the University of Texas to hear the pitches from the five companies debuting out of Capital Factory, Austin’s summer startup accelerator. The vibe there was optimistic, and full… Read More

  • Nicholas' John Biggs' notebook: A video update from me to you

    What’s poppin’, CrunchGear? I just made that little video for your enjoyment. And no, I don’t know how to use the in-house, CG video hosting services. Hence, YouTube. Here’s that bar where Jenna Bush got caught. Crazy! fin. Read More

  • Nicholas' notebook: Just got to SXSW convention center (and everthing's closed)

    [photopress:sxswherefinally_1_2.jpg,full,center] You’ll notice my Jose Padilla beard. That’s what happens when Delta screws you. After something like 30 hours of mild discomfort I have finally reached the Austin Convention Center, home of the SXSW Interactive festival. It’s 6:45 local time and pretty much everything has shut down, including the press room; I’m… Read More

  • The Ultimate Geek Cab

    Some of us have trouble pulling ourselves away from the computer and sometimes that can be OK. But if you need your fix of video gaming and Internet surfing and happen to live in Austin, Texas, you may want to call Ricky Gray for a cab. Gray has outfitted his minivan-turned-taxi with two LCD TVs on which customers can play Playstation 2 games on, watch TV, and surf the… Read More