Austin’s MasSpec Pen Wins Innovation Award at SXSW

The only Austin-based startup to win an award in the 2018 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards was MasSpec Pen by the Eberlin Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. The MasSpec Pen provides a better way for surgeons to rapidly perform and diagnose cancer biopsies. It allows surgeons to extract molecules from tissue and test […]

Forerunner Ventures Touts Diversity as the Best Way to Make Investment Decisions

By Laura Lorek Publisher with Silicon Hills News In 2010, Kirsten Green founded Forerunner Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, based in San Francisco. She had spent her early career as a retail analyst with Banc of America Securities and others and she spent a lot of time studying retailers. She even went to […]

At SXSW, Norway’s Crown Prince Focuses on Tech for Sustainable Development

By Susan Lahey Reporter with Silicon Hills News It is always ironic when the tech doesn’t work at SXSW, which happened to Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, speaking at SXSW on Tuesday about creating innovation that solves problems. Starting his presentation with a video about the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals he ran into technical […]

Samsa Wins Capital Factory’s 100K Blockchain Challenge at SXSW

By Laura Lorek Publisher with Silicon Hills News Capital Factory awarded Samsa, a startup that runs a cryptocurrency index platform, $100,000 in its Blockchain Investment Challenge on Thursday at South by Southwest. Judges selected two other runners-up: Topl, which is building a platform for international investment on blockchain technology and Vertalo, a blockchain-backed platform to […]

At Capital Factory, Shep Founder Pitches Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on the Fly at SXSW

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Sometimes being in the right place at the right time during South by Southwest can create opportunity. Daniel Senyard, founder of Austin-based Shep, got a text from Henry Yoshida, one of the company’s advisors, to get to Capital Factory’s first-floor auditorium because Joshua Baer, founder of Capital […]

Three Startups Win Food+City Challenge Prizes at SXSW

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News For the first time, Food+City held its annual Challenge Prize competition at South by Southwest. And judges awarded three $10,000 cash prizes to the winner of each of three sessions on Tuesday. Altogether 14 startups competed as finalists from the U.S., China, Kenya and the United Kingdom. […]

Whurley Says Quantum Computing is the New Space Race

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Quantum computing, not Artificial Intelligence, is the space race of our generation, said William Hurley, known as Whurley. Whurley, founder and CEO of Strangeworks, gave the keynote speech Tuesday afternoon at South by Southwest on “The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing.” He pledged to keep the math […]

SXSW Accelerator 2018 Award Winners Including ICON 3D and GrubTubs of Austin

At South by Southwest, some of the globe’s most innovative companies pitch every year to become the winner in their category. At the 10th annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch event, judges selected ten winners among the 50 finalists and for the first time, they named a “Best in Show” winner, which went to “Nanowear, a New […]

At SXSW, Futurist Amy Webb Declares 2018 as the Beginning of the End for Smartphones

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News It’s the end of an era for smartphones and the rise of cryptocurrencies. Those are just a few of the trends Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute, sees emerging. In a completely full ballroom on a Sunday morning, Webb took to the stage at South […]

Pied Parker Launches Parking App at SXSW

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News As a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin, Mason Hunt founded a parking mobile app called ParXit designed to let people rent out their driveways to people needing parking. ParXit officially launched in December of 2015 and gained a lot of traction in the Austin […]