25 of the Biggest Tech Stories in Austin in 2016

Here’s the top 10 list of what the stats report as the most popular stories for the Austin technology community in 2016 on the Silicon Hills News website. Indeed Plans to Hire 1000 Employees in Austin Condé Nast Plans to Go Big in Austin OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital Stealth Startup Magic […]

Kickstarter Designates Silicon Hills News’ Ideas to Invoices Podcast as a “Project We Love”

Silicon Hills News launched its Ideas to Invoices podcast project on Kickstarter on Dec. 12 and met its goal in two days. On Dec. 20th, Kickstarter designated the Ideas to Invoices podcast as a “Project We Love” in the journalism category. The crowdfunding portal hand picks a select group of projects from the thousands submitted […]

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Loses Major Tech Advocate

Michele Skelding is stepping down from her role as senior vice president of global technology and innovation at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. In that role for the past three years, Skelding has spearheaded the Chamber’s efforts to develop Austin as a top global region for technology innovation, company formation and expansion. She has […]

Sync1 Systems Launches in Austin with $4 Million in Funding

Sync1 Systems, a financial technology startup, has launched in Austin. The startup, a Credit Union Services Organization, received $4 million in private equity and debt financing and it also merged with FI-Mobile, an Austin-based provider of mobile banking solutions. The company is creating a new loan origination platform focused on credit unions which it plans […]

Newormics, Cogitai and Opticlean Pitch at UT Austin’s Startup Studio

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pharmaceutical researchers have file cabinets filled with information on potential drugs that have not yet been thoroughly tested. A cure for Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease, may be in one of those files. Those untested drug compounds linger because the process from […]

Ethernet Inventor Backs Innovation Grant Program at UT Austin to Accelerate Professor-Led Startup Activity

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Professor-led startups at the University of Austin at Texas just got a big boost in grant funding this week. Bob Metcalfe, director of the Innovation Center at UT and professor of innovation, and Robyn Metcalfe, director of Food+City at UT, donated $100,000 through their Metcalfe Family Foundation […]

Whurley Touting the Benefits of International Travel From Austin on British Airways

“The only thing that separates my success from all those other people who want to be successful so bad is doing it,” William Hurley, known as Whurley, serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Honest Dollar, acquired by Goldman Sachs and Chaotic Moon, acquired by Accenture. For anyone paying any attention in Austin, it’s been quite a […]

Fashion Metric Rebrands as Bold Metrics and Expands Into Sports and Virtual Reality

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ever try to buy a bike online or a pair of skis? It’s difficult to tell what size equipment will fit. That’s the problem Bold Metrics is trying to solve with its proprietary software that relies on algorithms and data science to accurately provide body measurements that […]

Say Hello to Waymo Driverless Cars in Austin

Google’s self-driving car project is now Waymo, an independent company spinning out of Alphabet company. And it has a major presence in Austin. In fact, Waymo achieved a huge technical milestone in Austin on its path to independence. Unbeknownst to many until now, Waymo completed the world’s first fully self-driven ride on public roads in […]

Geekdom has a Huge Impact on San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Five years ago, Geekdom set up operations on the 10th floor of the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. Geekdom was the brainchild of Graham Weston, former Chairman and co-founder of Rackspace and Nick Longo, founder of CoffeeCup Software. They wanted to create a technology hub in […]