Tequila 512’s Scott Willis Talks About Being a Pioneer in the Austin Spirits Industry

Scott Willis is a pioneer in the Austin tequila industry. He is the president and founder of Tequila 512, Austin’s first tequila brand. And in this podcast, Willis talks about his entrepreneurial journey, which wasn’t an easy one from quitting his day job and going all in on his tequila venture. He created an award-winning […]

10 Startups Pitch at Techstars Austin Demo Day 2018

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News From dog walking services to robot teaching assistants, 10 startups pitched their ventures at the sixth annual Techstars Austin Demo Day. This year’s class included six teams from the Carolinas and Virginia and four from Austin and half of them had female founders. They made their pitches […]

Pot Pioneers Gather in Austin to Explore Texas Market Opportunities

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Pioneers in pot see a huge market developing nationwide for legal cannabis, and they think it’s not if, but when, legal marijuana will become a huge market in Texas. That’s the big takeaway from the first ever Austin Cannabis Entrepreneur conference held last Thursday and Friday at […]

SXSW 2018 Top 20 Tech Trends and Other Highlights

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News The dust might have settled on South by Southwest 2018, but the ideas and energy remain. Last month, Silicon Hills News put on an event at Galvanize Austin recapping the highlights from SXSW 2018, including local startups that made a big impact, 20 technology trends and 10 […]

Amal Clooney Says Societal Change Comes from Those who Demand it

By Laura Lorek Publisher Silicon Hills News Young people are demanding change in society, said Amal Clooney, an international and human rights lawyer. Eleven-year-old children are speaking out at the March for Our Lives event and companies are beginning to take notice and make changes, Clooney said, during the closing keynote last week at the […]

Does Your Company Have a Just Cause?

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News To succeed, businesses must have a just cause, said Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start with Why. “A cause so just that not only do people feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves, but they are willing to sacrifice in order to advance […]

San Antonio’s RealCo Accelerator Hires New Director and Expands to Austin and Boulder

RealCo, the San Antonio-based accelerator that launched last year, announced this week plans to expand into Austin and Boulder and the hiring of a new managing director. Richard Grote, who lives in Boulder part-time, will become the new managing director. Grote has spent the “past 18 years building and mentoring startups, as well as nurturing […]

Vista Equity Partners Backs Austin-based YouEarnedIt

YouEarnedIt, a startup focused on rewarding employees at companies, has landed an investment from Vista Equity Partners, based in Austin. The Austin based startup also received investment from its previous investors, Ridge Ventures and Silverton Partners. It did not disclose the financial details of the deal. Previously, YouEarnedIt raised $8 million in venture capital. “It […]

#MeToo Movement Leaders Encourage Corporate HR Leaders to Push for Systemic Change

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Voice can be a powerful lever for change, said Adam Grant, bestselling author and professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Grant moderated a panel at WorkHuman 2018, a meeting of human resource professionals put on by Globoforce, at the Austin Convention Center Wednesday morning […]

EBW 2020 Launches MintHer Aimed at Helping Female Founders Scale Their Ventures

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News At South by Southwest 2018, Ingrid Vanderveldt, chairman, and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 movement, launched MintHer, a financial resources network for female entrepreneurs. Vanderveldt, who previously served as the first entrepreneur in residence at Dell, spoke at SXSW 2018 on “Empowering a Billion […]