Startup Texas Launches to Bring Jobs to Austin

Today marked the launch of Startup Texas.

The Startup Texas initiative has its roots in Austin. There, in collaboration with, and using the guiding principles of, the Startup America partnership the Austin team is working to coordinate both public and private sector entities in the five county region to support and enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem which exists in this region. The goal of this initiative is to create, retain and attract more high growth companies and create more jobs in the five-county region. The Austin Working Group is now seeking and encouraging entrepreneurial leaders in other communities across Texas to create their own local working groups and join together with us to bring the Startup America Partnership and its principles to all of Texas. Together, we can maximize the accessibility and growth of the entire Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Solarflare Startup Does Application Acceleration at SC11


In this video, Solarflare President and CEO Russel Stern describes the company’s kernel bypass technology designed to deliver exremely low latency for extreme application performance. Solarflare has enjoyed great success in financial markets at places like the New York Stock Exchange and is now taking their solutions to the general HPC marketplace.

Solarflare offers two families of high-performance, low-latency 10GbE server adapters. The Enterprise server adapters provide unmatched performance and scalability. The Midrange server adapters combine excellent performance across a wide range of application environments with great value. The company’s OpenOnload application acceleration middleware offers a unique combination of ultra-low latency, high-message rates, and full application compatibility for performance improvement. Solarflare also offers SFP+ optical transceivers tested and certified with our 10GbE server adapters.

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Video: StackIQ Startup Makes Big Data Deployment a Breeze


In this video Tim McIntire from StackIQ discusses how the company’s Big Infrastructure Management soluitons make it easy to deploy cloud computing for Big Data applications.

Analyzing Big Data takes a lot of computing power. We’ve spent the last 10 years building enterprise-class software that makes the task of designing, deploying, and managing compute clusters of any size a breeze. Now we’ve added support for the major Hadoop distributions so you can leverage Rocks+ to spin up production-ready Big Data solutions in minutes, not months.

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Pureforge Startup Uses Rocket Science to Make Brakes That Last

A new Startup called PureForge has come up with a novel idea to extend the life of brake rotors and pads.

The company looks to be on a roll, having tested the performance of its brake systems in fleets of police motorcycles in western states. In fact, the company proudly forecasts annual sales of $367 million in five years.

The brakes are attractive to law enforcement agencies —- and fleets of vehicles, for that matter —- because of the ability to lower maintenance costs, improve safety by braking over shorter distances than conventional systems, and perform better in extreme heat, cold or rainy driving conditions, according to Wall and Meckel, 59, an applied physicist whose father, Benjamin Meckel, worked on propulsion engines for deep space probes. The super-hardened brake rotors and pads also don’t leave a toxic dust trail like conventional systems. A black grime of dust on the rims of motorcycle wheels isn’t visible when PureForge brakes have been installed.

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How to Win a Pitch Competition

Alain Raynaud writes that you don’t need the best idea to win a pitch competition.

What if Facebook pitched itself as a “social network where friends could see activity from other friends and share pictures. Oh, and users could also post pages they like.” Would you be interested? What if they shortened the pitch to: “we are the #1 web destination in the world with 800 million monthly unique active users. ”Which version gets your attention?

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Building a Prelaunch Page for Your Startup

Bob Walsh writes Startups can survive anything except obscurity. To combat this, one very effective approach is creating a prelaunch page for your startup.

Your modest objectives for this page are threefold: win a tiny modicum of attention, get permission to at least announce (if not market) via email your startup to potential customers, and win a toehold for your startup in Google’s search results. It is not to list the 24 features of your app, promise the world, or (with apologies to LaunchRock) “go viral” before you have anything to show.

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1% Of Nothing To Get Startups Donating Equity

Josh Constine writes that a new Startup called 1% of Nothing aims to inspire early-stage companies to donate 1% of their equity to a cause of their choice.

Co-Founder Matt Galligan had already seen the potential of the 1% model. He pledged 1% of the equity of his first company SocialThing. When it got acquired by AOL, that pledge became the year’s biggest single donation to the Community Foundation of Boulder, helping it to successfully push a proposition to fund local at-risk schools.

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