SiliconHillsNews is a start-up technology news site covering the Austin and San Antonio region, known as Silicon Hills.
We write stories about entrepreneurs, companies, technology events and issues and creative people.
My name is Laura Lorek and I started Silicon Hills News after winning one of four $12,000 awards in the J-Lab and McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneur 2011 program. That grant provided the seed funding to launch.
September of 2013 marks the two-year anniversary of Silicon Hills News.
Thank you all for reading and visiting the site. Please contact me if you’d like to pitch a story, sponsor the site, take out an ad or you just want to chat at Laura Lorek.
Editor and Senior Writer for Silicon Hills News:
Susan Lahey has covered some of Austin’s most compelling stories in the Austin Start Up world for Silicon Hills: people like Whurley, Richard Garriott, and Josh Baer as well as covering conferences and events like SXSW. A veteran reporter and former associate magazine editor, she’s worked for both national and regional publications and once had a weekly column on the challenges of entrepreneurship. As a journalist and content writer, she’s transitioned to the digital age of journalism, but still believes that what’s important is the human story behind the big idea; the team behind the technology. She lives in Austin.
Contributing Writers to Silicon Hills News:
Amy M. Mosley is a business journalist with a passion for stories of inspiring entrepreneurs. She has expertise in the tech, energy and healthcare sectors. She earned her degree in print journalism from the University of Mississippi. She lives in Austin.
Michael Marks is a freelance reporter from Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in Texas Highways Magazine, StateImpact Texas, and The Daily Texan. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in May of 2010. He will receive a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2014. When he isn’t reporting, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his girlfriend and dog.
Jonathan Michael Gutierrez is a freelance reporter from San Antonio. In December 2013, he graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in journalism. While attending Texas Tech, his work appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, The Daily Toreador, The Mass Communicator, and Latino Lubbock Magazine. He loves meeting new people and learning new things. In addition to writing, he enjoys listening to music, watching films, and playing basketball.
Julia C. Bunch
Leslie Anne Jones
Greg Wise is an Austin-based marketing and communications professional with the firm Weber Shandwick. He collaborates with technology companies, from start-ups to global brands, to achieve optimal market positioning through the design and execution of integrated communications programs. He will be writing a new feature called “Innovator’s Insights.”
Chelsea McCullough’s work bridges the interrelated areas of entrepreneurship, social good, technology and communications. She serves as Executive Director of Texans for Economic Progress, a statewide coalition that advocates greater access to tech education, entrepreneurship and infrastructure. She is also founder of Intercambio, a consulting company that connects companies to opportunity where has participated in the launch of several entrepreneurial companies including FrameBuzz, NewsTaco, FlashValet and Vidamerica. Chelsea was the founding Director for RISE – an annual conference series for entrepreneurs and served in the Governor’s Office, division of Economic Development. She is a Leadership Austin graduate and in 2013 received the BPE Ascendant Award and was a finalist for Profiles in Power and Austin Under 40. She is active in the community on several boards and committees focused on economic empowerment. Chelsea has masters and bachelor degrees in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.