UT Austin Chemistry Assistant Professor Receives MacArthur Fellowship

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Livia Eberlin, 32, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, as one of its fellows for 2018. In all, the foundation awarded 25 fellowships, known as MacArthur Genius awards, and Eberlin was the only recipient in Texas. “Working […]

Universities Play a Key Role in Austin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Austin’s universities play a critical role in the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. At the first university tract during Austin Startup Week, Ashley Jennings, program manager in the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin, led a panel discussion on the importance of entrepreneurship on campus with experts from local universities. The […]

Stoplight Lands $3.25 Million to Help Companies Build Better Software Programs

In 2014, Marc MacLeod worked as an independent software consultant in Los Angeles building Application Programming Interfaces, known as APIs, for companies. MacLeod noticed that many of the APIs, which are systems of tools and resources in an operating system that enable developers to create software applications, lacked documentation and were poorly built. So, MacLeod […]

U.S. Army Futures Command Center Seeks to Collaborate with Austin Startups

The U.S. Army is creating augmented reality sunglasses with night vision, GPS and computer capabilities for soldiers, said Gen. John M. Murray, head of the U.S. Army Futures Command Center, based in Austin. It’s on the path in the next couple of years to put the capability of night vision goggles into a pair of […]

Bumble Aims to End Misogyny

Bumble’s mission is to end misogyny, said Sarah Jones Simmer, the chief operating officer of Bumble. “We’re doing that through a platform of connections but also building a brand, not just a tech company, but a brand that stands for empowerment, accountability, kindness, equality,” Jones Simmer said. She spoke at the Austin Startup Week Women […]

The Mentor Method and Rectify Win Capital Factory’s $100,000 Awards at the Women in Tech Summit

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin Startup Week kicked off Monday with the second annual day-long Women in Tech Summit at Capital Factory in downtown Austin. The event culminated in the afternoon with a pitch competition featuring six female-led tech startups from all over Texas. Capital Factory received more than 150 applications […]

The Biggest, Baddest Austin Startup Week Ever

It’s hard to believe it’s the eighth annual Austin Startup Week. Why? Because it’s our eighth time covering the event and last month marked the seventh anniversary of Silicon Hills News. Austin Startup Week was one of the first events Silicon Hills News covered when the site launched in September of 2011. Austin was a […]

LivePerson Acquires Conversable

LivePerson has acquired Conversable, an intelligent conversation platform for businesses, based in Austin and Dallas. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Conversable’s AI and automation development teams will join LivePerson, which has created the LiveEngage platform to interact with customers via text and other messaging services. “Conversational commerce is about using AI […]

Biometric ID Company CLEAR Opens a new Office near the Domain

New York-based CLEAR, a biometric identity company, is opening an office Monday with 30 new employees near The Domain in North Austin. Opportunity Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber’s five-county economic development initiative, announced CLEAR’s new hub office. CLEAR jas created a biometric scanning system using iris or fingerprint scans to identify people at airports and […]

Cimpress, a Dutch Company, Buys BuildASign for $280 Million

BuildASign sold Tuesday to the parent company of Vistaprint. Cimpress, based in the Netherlands, bought BuildASign for $280 million. “We are excited to welcome BuildASign to Cimpress. They bring strong talent, a customer-centric culture, low-cost production operations and strong e-commerce capabilities that work seamlessly together to serve customers with market-leading prices, fast delivery and great […]