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How the Tech Industry Is Responding to Devastation in Houston

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The tech industry is used to raising millions of dollars as quickly as possible. Now, it’s putting those skills to work for a worthwhile cause: Helping the dozens of thousands of residents of the Houston metro area who are greatly affected by the tropical…



How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Blankets, shoes, underwear, pet food, diapers, socks, water…the basics are needed for the human and pet victims of Hurricane Harvey. This Category 4 hurricane that landed on Friday night continues to dump rain and gain strength to hit more of the coastal states. This…

Startup Spotlight


Startup Spotlight: Dreams, Special Needs Toy and Tracking Mentions

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Summer is the perfect time to play a game of basketball. This week, we found technology that keeps your head in the game and tracks your movement on court, an application that finds and tracks news about your business, an interactive robot designed for…

Startups & Apps


Tushi Pal Is the World’s First Fair-Trade Fitness Tracker

By | Feb 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Fitness trackers have become the go-to technology for avid athletes, health nuts, and people still holding out hope that they can keep their new year’s resolution alive. These tiny devices are designed to blend into your wardrobe while providing up-to-the-minute data about everything from…

Product Launch


PediaQ Expands to Houston with On-Demand Pediatric Care

By | Apr 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

There has been a lot of innovation in the world of healthcare lately. Long gone are the days when you’d have to make an appointment weeks ahead of time, or sit in a waiting room for hours for an “urgent” appointment. There are lots of…



Squirl Crowned Champion of Get in the Ring: US Competition

By | Feb 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

Squirl, a Houston, TX-based startup that has developed a location-based app for helping people discover books, took top prize in the final round of the Get in the Ring: United States competition hosted by the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Jef Van der…



Seed Sumo Announces New Startup Accelerator Class

By | Apr 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Startup accelerator, Seed Sumo, announced the eight participating companies in its second annual year. The founders will participate in the three-month program starting May 20, which includes intensive mentoring, business model design, and a twist on demo day for investors.  “We really had a…

Social Media


Swaha: Don’t Just Tell Your Story, Show it

By | Feb 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

When a person posts a photo to their social media channels they’re not looking to show off one isolated slice of time to their friends. Rather, they’re hoping to tell a story about the significance a photo represents within the context of their lives….

Autonomous Vehicles


Not All Drones Are Made for Dropping Bombs

By | Sep 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

The last we heard from Arch Aerial, they were being featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines (OTL) segment for the use of their drones in sports. The market for drones has, if anything, grown since we last spoke to the team, and they’ve been…

Autonomous Vehicles


From Mine Excavations to ESPN, Arch Aerial Drones Fit Any Scenario

By | Jun 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Why pilot a drone manually when it can pilot itself? That’s exactly what Ryan Baker, founder of Arch Aerial, was thinking when he designed a multi-rotor drone to take to an archaeological dig in Belize. The terrain is harsh where he was headed, so he…



ColdCan: The Beverage Insulator Powered by NASA Technology

By | May 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

Justin McCullough and TJ Henderson have taken their idea through design and CAD Engineering, refined their designs, blown through three prototype versions, and they are finally ready to bring the ColdCan to you. To that end they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise…



Aziz Gilani: The Series A Crunch is a Sign of a Healthy Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]

By | Jan 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

While certainly disconcerting for startups nearing the end of their seed funding, the Series A crunch is something that people shouldn’t be freaking out about. At least, that’s according to Aziz Gilani. Gilani is a director at the Mercury Fund, a seed- and early-stage VC based out of…

Location Based Services


“Remember to Buy Milk”: Send Texts Triggered by Location with Locotext

By | May 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

SMS messaging has been the cornerstone of cell phones since before they were smartphones. Anthony Nguyen, founder of Locotext, posed a question to himself one day though: Why has nobody innovated around traditional SMS messaging? What about geo SMS? “My initial thoughts lead me…



Surge Accelerator Announces Second Class of Energy Startups

By | Feb 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Today, Houston-based Surge Accelerator announced its newest class of 12 energy startups, which start the 12-week program today. These dozen startups, of which a third are from overseas, were chosen from over 500 applications. They will receive mentorship and $30,000 in seed funding to…



Demo Day: Surge Accelerator in Houston Launches 10 Energy Startups

By | May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

As temperatures heat up and electricity demand soars, Texas is at risk for blackouts this summer. It’s a reminder that we need to keep innovating in energy technology just to keep the lights on. One innovator in this space is Surge Accelerator, which launched…



SURGE Accelerator Joins the TechStars Network as Part of Startup America

By | Oct 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

Houston-based SURGE, the country’s first and only seed accelerator that focuses exclusively on efficient energy software startups, has joined the TechStars Network in support of Startup America. Kirk Coburn, Managing Director and co-founder of SURGE Accelerator, had this to say: SURGE Accelerator was created…