Ericsson Opens a 5G Design Center in Austin and is Hiring 80 Employees

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Ericsson announced Thursday plans to open a design center in Austin with 80 employees by next June. The center is focused on microelectronics and creating products for the 5G telecommunications marketplace. “This R&D center will be one of our key centers when it comes to 5G ASIC […]

Adam Salamon with Next Coast Ventures, Discusses his Entrepreneurial Journey with Perk on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Adam Salamon is the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm. Salamon most recently served as co-founder and chief operating officer of Perk Inc., a rewards and engagement platform that went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. RhythmOne PLC acquired Perk […]

Iris Plans Lands $5.1 Million to Take the Pain out of Managing Long-Term Illness

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News For Dr. Stephen Bekanich, treating long-term illnesses early on with advance care planning is a personal mission. Dr. Bekanich’s grandmother had metastatic breast cancer and his grandfather had dementia. “Even as a physician I felt ill prepared to be able to take them through this,” Dr. Bekanich […]

TrustRadius Raises $5.5 Million in Venture Capital

TrustRadius, founded in 2012, announced Wednesday it has raised $5.5 million in additional funding for its technology review platform. The Austin-based company reported LiveOak Venture Partners led the Series B round with participation from existing investor Mayfield. To date, TrustRadius has raised $13 million. In addition to the funding, the company added Bill Macaitis, former […]

Next Coast Ventures Adds Two Technology Venture Partners and its First Entrepreneur in Residence

Next Coast Ventures announced Wednesday that it is has added two technology venture partners and its first entrepreneur in residence. The Austin-based venture capital firm has added Paul Rogers and Jim Dunham as Technology Venture Partners, which will serve as mentors to the firm’s tech entrepreneurs in its portfolio and advisers to the fund’s leadership. […]

Google Unveils its new Office in Downtown Austin

BY LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News From the outside, 500 W. 2nd street might look like any new skyscraper in downtown Austin. But inside, it’s got that Google flair with scooters in the lobby, a swing, balance boards, a ceiling made of recycled canoes, an Airstream trailer food truck, outdoor movie theater, dog […]

The Zebra Lands $40 Million in Venture Capital and Hires Keith Melnick as CEO

The Zebra, an insurance comparison marketplace, announced Tuesday that is has closed on $40 million in financing and hired Former Kayak Executive Keith Melnick as its new Chief Executive officer. The Austin-based startup reported Accel Partners led the Series B financing round, the largest Texas Series B financing this year. Melnick, former president of travel […]

Sputnik ATX Launches an Incubator/Accelerator in Austin Aimed at Helping Startups Scale

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Sputnik ATX is one of Austin’s newest startup incubators and accelerators. “We’re in a bit of a stealth mode right now,” said Oksana Malysheva, President, and CEO of Linden Education Partners and CEO of Sputnik ATX. Sputnik ATX, which fashions itself after a Y-Combinator incubation model, will […]

Andrea Kalmans, Principal of Lontra Ventures, Talks Tech Investing on Ideas to Invoices

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News Andrea Kalmans, a principal with Lontra Ventures, is a force in the Austin and San Antonio technology community. She spends her time mentoring entrepreneurs and working with technology startups. In this episode of Ideas to Invoices, Kalmans, an angel investor, discusses how she has seen Austin change […]

MassChallenge Texas Launches with Plans to Work With up to 100 Startups

MassChallenge, a global network of network of startup accelerators, announced Wednesday plans to launch its new program in the Austin and San Antonio region. The Austin-based nonprofit accelerator will work with up to 100 startups that will compete for up to $500,000 in equity-free cash awards. The MassChallenge Texas accelerator program is “supported by a […]