Peter Thiel Says Technology and Science Are Under Attack in the U.S.


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Society right now has an intense dislike or hatred of all things scientific or technological, said Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal. To illustrate this, just look at all the movies produced by Hollywood that show technology that doesn’t work, that kills people, that destroys things and that […]

Texas Approves Equity-Based Crowdfunding Rules

Crowdfunding concept

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Texas companies will soon be able to raise money from the average investor. The Texas State Securities Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve new intrastate equity-based crowdfunding rules. The rules are expected to go into effect in late November, said Bob Elder, the board’s spokesman. “The […]

Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Startup Spinlister Launches in Austin


Spinlister, a bike sharing service, launched in Austin this week. The company provides a peer-to-peer bike rental service. It already has more than 150 bikes listed on its site and plans to have more than 1,500 bikes actively listed by March of 2015. Spinlister is gearing up for the demand from big events like SXSW, […]

Q&A with David Orshalick, Candidate for Mayor of Austin

David Orshalick, courtesy photo

This past weekend, the Austin Technology Council featured a guest post from Austin Mayoral Candidate David Orshalick in its meet the candidates for Mayor series. Silicon Hills News is asking each of the candidates a series of follow up questions. Their responses will all be posted here following their guest blog posts with ATC. This […]

Cognitive Scale Launches in Austin


Cognitive Scale launched Wednesday in Austin. The startup, founded 18 months ago, has operated in stealth mode until now. Cognitive Scale has created a “cognitive” cloud platform that can mine huge databases and understand natural language to present data in an easy to understand format. The cognitive cloud simulates the human thought processes and mimics […]

Greenling Teams Up with Instacart for Same Day Grocery Delivery


Austin-based Greenling Organic has partnered with Instacart for same-day delivery to Greenling’s customers in Austin. Greenling delivers organic fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, meal kits and prepared food to customers in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Before, it took at least a day to receive an order from Greenling. “Greenling […]

TeVido BioDevices Lands SBIR Grant


TeVido BioDevices, a company that prints nipples for breast reconstruction surgery using human cells and 3-D printers, has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will go to fund more pre-clinical development of the company’s novel breast reconstruction program. “The SBIR grant will enable TeVido to […]

Good Technology Buys Austin-based Macheen


Good Technology, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., bought Austin-based Macheen, a mobile cloud applications service provider. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Macheen, founded in 2010, has raised $34.4 million in five rounds of investment, according to its Crunchbase profile. The company provides broadband connectivity to mobile devices. The company provides a software as a […]

Understanding the 600+ Sessions for the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival


BY HUGH FORREST Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival Geek Christmas has arrived! On October 20, the SXSW Interactive Festival unwrapped more than 600 accepted sessions for next March in Austin. This is the biggest announcement for the upcoming season, as these 600 sessions represent the bulk of daytime programming for the 2015 event. Content […]

Is Austin’s Healthcare System Ready for a Revolution?


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Technology has dramatically changed the way people live their lives from transacting business to communications. But what happened to all the innovations in healthcare that allowed technology to be embraced, Dr. S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School, asked during a keynote lunch address […]