Founder Institute Austin Graduates Six Startups

By LAURA LOREKPublisher of Silicon Hills News The Founder Institute opened in Austin a little over a year ago and has already graduated three classes and helped dozens of entrepreneurs. Martin Martinez, managing director, joined with fellow directors Elisa Sepulveda and Paul O’Brien to launch Founder Institute Austin. They thought Austin needed more founders and […]

Paradromics Moved from Silicon Valley to Austin and is Creating a Brain Modem

By LAURA LOREKPublisher of Silicon Hills News Imagine a nickel-sized device implanted in the brain to help treat chronic and severe mental disorders like schizophrenia, which affect how a person thinks, feels and behaves. It’s not science fiction but a real device that is being developed in Austin. The medical device is the brainchild of […]

Silicon Hills News Unveils the Companies Featured in its 2019 Austin Tech Startup Calendar

Silicon Hills News’ 2019 Austin Tech Calendar Party took place on January 24th at Opcity in Austin. At the party, Silicon Hills News gave away a desktop or wall calendar to 175 guests. To order additional calendars please visit our Eventbrite form for our lunch and learn event on February 24th. You don’t have to attend the event […]

Cirrus Logic and Ten Other Austin Companies Make the 2019 Best Workplaces for Commuters List

It’s no secret that driving in Austin, especially for downtown workers, has become one of the biggest aggravations about working or living in the city. Austin ranked 14th among the most congested cities in the U.S. in 2017 with commuters spending 11 percent of their driving time in congestion, according to a study last year […]

RigUp Raises $60 Million in Additional Funding

Austin-based RigUp announced it has raised $60 million in funding. The company, founded in 2014 as an online marketplace for services and labor for the energy industry, has raised $123.8 million in funding to date. Founders Fund, based in San Francisco, led the Series C funding round with participation from existing investors Quantum Energy Partners, Global Reserve […]

Billd Lands $60 Million to Expand its Bill Me Later Service for the Construction Industry

While working at another fintech startup, Chris Doyle saw a major problem with commercial subcontractors not being able to pay suppliers in time for their projects. He left that startup to found Billd, which acts as a bill me later service for commercial subcontractors to buy materials and pay for them over time. Austin-based Billd […]

Austin-based DISCO Raises $83 Million

DISCO, which makes software for the legal industry, announced Thursday that it has raised $83 million in additional funding. The startup, which moved to Austin in August of last year from Houston, has raised $135 million to date. Georgian Partners, based in Toronto, led the latest round with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, LiveOak Venture Partners, The […]

Cision Acquires Austin-based TrendKite for $225 Million

Chicago-based Cision announced Wednesday that it has acquired Austin-based TrendKite for $225 million. Cision, a public relations software and services provider, paid $94 million in cash and approximately 10.2 million shares of Cision for TrendKite. “The addition of TrendKite’s award-winning application platform, known for its innovation and dynamic user experience, gives our customers additional ways […]

Techstars Announces its Austin 2019 Cohort

Techstars is one of Austin’s oldest and most recognized accelerator programs. This week, Amos Schwartzfarb, its managing director, kicked off the 2019 program with 10 new startups. The companies come from Los Angeles, Chattanooga, TN, Toronto, Canada, Houston, TX, and Austin. The three month long program culminates with Demo Day on April 10th. Here are […]

Evonik of Germany Buys Austin-Based Structured Polymers

Evonik, a German company, has acquired Austin-based Structured Polymers, a startup focused on 3D printing. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Structured Polymers, founded in 2012, raised $1.5 million from Microventures and holds three patents in the working of plastics category, according to CrunchBase. In addition, in the fall of 2017, Evonik made […]