Silicon Hills News launched its Ideas to Invoices podcast project on Kickstarter on Dec. 12 and met its goal in two days.
On Dec. 20th, Kickstarter designated the Ideas to Invoices podcast as a “Project We Love” in the journalism category. The crowdfunding portal hand picks a select group of projects from the thousands submitted to highlight on its site with a blue strip and a heart. Funders can still join the project as a backer.
“This is a huge honor and helps validate all of our hard work behind this project and the Silicon Hills News site, which is the only woman-owned bootstrapped news site covering the technology industry in Austin and San Antonio,” said Laura Lorek, founder of Silicon Hills News and podcast host.
The Ideas to Invoices podcast is Silicon Hills News latest venture. It will launch next month and feature weekly interviews with the best and brightest technology entrepreneurs, investors and other leaders in Austin and San Antonio. It will also tackle a variety of topics including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, clean energy, diversity in tech, coworking spaces, holograms, space industry, biotechnology and more.
“We’re seeking to give a voice to our community,” Lorek said. “We report on so many interesting people, products and companies. This is another way for their stories to reach an even wider audience.”
Silicon Hills News launched its Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $1,075, and funders have already exceeded that benchmark. Funders will be receiving a variety of exclusive perks including being named on the air as a backer and opportunities to sponsor the podcast. Silicon Hills News has also announced stretch goals for its Kickstarter campaign to do live monthly events and produce even more original programming.
To pledge to the campaign, please visit Kickstarter.
Silicon Hills News is a five-year-old technology news site that reaches more than 35,000 unique monthly visitors, has more than 12,000 social media followers and newsletter subscribers. It has produced six editions of its 32-page print magazine, which was launched with a successful Kickstarter. It is also producing its third annual Austin technology calendar featuring local entrepreneurs. It also launched that project with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Silicon Hills News, an independent news organization which launched with a $12,000 grant from New Media Women Entrepreneurs in 2011, successfully uses crowdfunding to engage its audience and launch new products.
Lorek, a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism, is a veteran technology journalist who has worked at five newspapers and a technology magazine.