Cannabis, Music, Helmets and License Plates at SXSW Release It

By SUSAN LAHEY, Senior Writer with Silicon Hills News One of the best moments at SXSW Release It pitch competition was when CEO and co-founder of the winning company, Lumos Helmet, admitted that he had no idea how the company’s first product wound up on Oprah’s favorites list. “I was afraid to ask,” Lumos Helmet […]

At SXSW, Fans Line Up to Bleed for the Throne at HBO’s Blood Drive Event

Sharing a pint takes on a whole new meaning at South by Southwest this year. At the HBO Game of Thrones event at SXSW, participants are asked to bleed for the throne – literally. HBO has joined with the American Red Cross to combat a worldwide blood shortage by harnessing the power of Game of Thrones fans, HBO […]

Hypergiant Adds Tech Industry Veterans to its Staff

Hypergiant Industries is beefing up its staff with some heavy hitters from the technology industry. Hypergiant has announced that Brian Beard and Gary Gattis will join as Global Chief Strategy and Legal Officer and General Manager in Residence respectively. Hypergiant, which came out of stealth mode last year, has launched two new divisions, Hypergiant Galactic […]

Bumble Fund Invests in Alice and Other Women-Led Startups, Plus Bumble Hive Takes Over Jo’s at SXSW

Austin-based Bumble announced this week that it has completed its second round of investments into women-led startups. Through its “Bumble Fund” Bumble, which is a women-focused dating and social network with more than 50 million users, has made early stage investments in women founders. The latest round includes an investment in Houston-based Alice, an AI-powered […]

The Zebra’s Founder Adam Lyons Launches a Reality TV Show Focused on Helping Entrepreneurs

Adam Lyons, founder of The Zebra, is going to be starring in a new reality TV show focused on entrepreneurs. Lyons is teaming up with Pilgrim Media group on the new show which will showcase Lyons working with business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into full-fledged, high-growth businesses. Lyons founded The Zebra, […]

Make School is Rethinking College to Diversify the Tech Workforce

Jeremy Rossmann, co-founder of Make School, a computer science and software engineering school, based in San Francisco is disrupting higher education. Make School offers a two-year Bachelor’s Degree to students accepted into its computer science program. Rossmann founded Make School in 2012 with his high school friend, Ashu Desai. Rossmann dropped out of MIT and […]

SXSW Kicks Off on International Women’s Day

March is women’s history month and Friday is International Women’s Day, which happens to coincide with opening day of South by Southwest in Austin. And while the tech industry is still heavily-male dominated and women-led startups only get 2 percent of all venture capital funding in the U.S., the industry is starting to change. And […]

ClearBlade Wins $100K in Ingram Micro’s Comet Competition

Austin-based ClearBlade won the first place prize of $100,000 in the Comet Competition contest sponsored by Ingram Micro. Other Austin-based winners included re:3D, Sempulse and The Mentor Method. The Comet Competition, funded by IT distributor Ingram Micro, set out to uncover, fund and bring to market the next wave of business to business software innovators […]

Austin Technology Council’s Amber Gunst is Focused on Growing and Scaling Austin Software Companies

Helping 10 Austin software companies to become billion-dollar companies and another 100 to $100 million in revenue in the next decade is the big hairy audacious goal of the Austin Technology Council. And Amber Gunst, the CEO who took over the job in January after serving as interim CEO since last May, is determined to […]

Claimbot Raises Funds to Advance its Virtual Chat Engine for the Insurance and Automotive Industries

Claimbot announced this week it has raised seed stage funds to expand its artifical intelligence powered virtual chat engine. The company, founded in 2016, announced it has raised $615,000 with participation from the Google Assistant Investments program, Notley Ventures, Social Starts and several angel investors. Claimbot plans to use the funding to accelerate the development […]