Category: Startup

Moonshots Through Failure

Today Astro Teller talked about how to shoot for the metaphorical moon by failing up. “I fear thoughts that fear technology. You have to approach the changing world with knowledge and confidence, not fear.” Teller talked about bringing the internet to the world with balloons designed to fail… … and self driving cars that learn...

Physics Education in Gaming

The Kerbal Space Academy uses the  game Kerbal Space Program and Twitch TV to inspire creativity and give a basic knowledge of physics. Their goal is to encourage the gaming community to be curious and learn. Here at the gaming expo at SXSW there are many unique takes on how to present games and what...

Well Designed: Creating Empathy-Driven Products

“Where do great products come from?” This was one of the first questions Jon Kolko, the Founder and Director of the Austin Center for Design and Vice President of Consumer Design at Blackboard, asked the audience at his Friday-morning SXSW Interactive panel, Well-Designed: Creating Empathy Driven Products. “Is it vision?  Process?  Or just hard work?” He continued...

Top 5 Panels for Entrepreneurs

This week, inspired by Texas State’s very own Digital Media Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, we’re calling all makers, builders, creators and founders. SXSW, in all its iterations, has always embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and celebrated the self-starter.  As comfort with digital intricacies becomes less a technologist trait and more an essential business skill, digital entrepreneurship has...

Weekly News Roundup: March 1-7, 2015

  Dawn of the Harvest It only has taken us 214 years since Giuseppe Piazzi spotted the asteroid Ceres, but if everything goes correctly Friday, the Dawn space craft will enter in to orbit around Ceres. The space craft launched in 2007 and spent part of 2011 and 2012 around the asteroid Vista, a smaller...

Preview: Austin – The New Gateway for International Startups

Silicon Valley is not only a beacon of innovation within the American technology scene.  Many of its most successful ventures have begun in the hands of international entrepreneurs who have made the Valley their second home in order to give their companies the best chance at success. But as prices soar and innovation becomes a...

Weekly News Roundup: Feb. 15-21, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  This week saw the beginning of the Year of the Sheep.  Mark Zuckerberg welcomed the new year with a video post in, what Business Insider calls, “vastly improved” Mandarin Chinese. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. Meanwhile, Tech Crunch reports that our friends at Buzzfeed have ventured further into mobile territory this...