OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital

OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, has raised $45 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to accelerate its development and market expansion. It plans to hire more employees in the areas of engineering, data science, product and design. The Series C funding round is being led by LiveOak Venture […]

Founder Institute’s Adeo Ressi Thinks Startups Succeed When Entrepreneurs Find Their Purpose

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Wearing a red cowboy hat, jeans, a button-down white shirt, a jade necklace and a necklace of crystals, Adeo Ressi doesn’t look like the typical startup founder. And he’s not. Ressi, who has founded and sold two $1 billion companies, now serves as CEO of Founder Institute, […]

ConsenSys Founder Believes Blockchain Technology can Help Produce Ethical Journalism

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News In 2011, Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, read Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper on Bitcoin. “And it clicked for me,” he said. “We can start to build something on a new trusted infrastructure and potentially build it on a better trust system.” He believed […]

The Cannabis Industry is Creating a Green Gold Rush but Obstacles to Legalization Still Exist in the U.S.

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News The path to national legalization of marijuana is underway. That’s the conclusion from cannabis experts at South by Southwest, which hosted its first-ever Cannabusiness track this year with 60 panels. In the U.S., 95 percent of the population believes in the medicinal value of cannabis and believes […]

11 Takeaways from SXSW 2019

By Laura Lorek, publisher of Silicon Hills News South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music continue to go on with fascinating keynote and panel discussions as well as film screenings and live performances. Here are a few observations from this year’s SXSW so far: ANALOG CARS – I’ve never heard a car referred to as […]

SXSW: Four Women Creatively Assault Institutional Sexism

By SUSAN LAHEY, Senior Writer with Silicon Hills News You know that movie scene where all the people who have been victimized realize there are more of them than there are of the bad guy? That’s kind of what’s happening with women and marketing these days as a panel called Girl Culture pointed out in […]

Will AI Kill Creativity?

By SUSAN LAHEY, Senior Writer with Silicon Hills News “People aren’t interested in push-button art. It’s much more interesting to watch people struggle and find something to say,” said Douglas Eck, Sr Staff Research Scientist at the Google Brain team and a self-identified “failed musician.” The SXSW panel was on AI and the Future of […]

ICON Unveils a New Large Scale 3D Printer to Build Affordable Homes

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin-based ICON on Monday unveiled its new “Vulcan II” 3D printer that can print up to a 2,000 square foot house quickly at half the cost. “It’s four times as big, it’s twice as fast, and it’s going to start shipping to customers next month,” said Jason […]

Facebook Critic Roger McNamee Says the Social Network Still Isn’t Doing Enough to Protect its Users

In an ironic twist, Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe, is taking out ads on Facebook to sell his book. “This is guerilla warfare,” McNamee said. Facebook is a powerful social network and his book exposes the flaws in the social network and Facebook is also a way to get […]

The Inventor Documentary Tells the Story of the Colossal Fraud of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos

“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” is a story about storytelling, said its Academy Award Winning Director Alex Gibney. The documentary is about how a couple of veteran journalists got fooled along with a lot of investors into believing Elizabeth Holmes just might be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Instead, Holmes, […]