About


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.
But I’m no novice to the news industry. In fact, I spent quit a bit of time covering technology in Central Texas. I reported on Michael Dell when his company was just five years old when I worked as a business reporter at the now defunct San Antonio Light. I also covered a huge (now defunct) pioneering computer company in San Antonio called Datapoint that most people don’t remember, but Bob Metcalfe does. (You’ll have to ask him to tell you the story.) And I remember when Austin was definitely not a high tech center.
Before launching Silicon Hills News, I vegged out for a couple of years, writing a book that hasn’t been published – yet. (It will be.)
And before that, I worked as a senior writer at the San Antonio Express News covering high tech and business news stories.
But now my full focus is on making Silicon Hills News the best tech news site in Central Texas. And we’re heading to our third anniversary in September. We’ve accomplished so much in such a short time including growing our readership and publishing a print magazine funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
So I would like to just say thank you! I’m living my dreams and pursuing my passion and I get to write your stories for a living and hang out with some of the best and brightest minds. There aren’t too many jobs that can top that.

For more information, please contact me at Laura Lorek.

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:

McCullough MosleyAmy 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.

Jonathan GutierrezJonathan 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

Jaime Netzer

Tim Green

Leslie Anne Jones