DivInc. Seeks to Make Austin the Most Diverse Startup Ecosystem in the Country

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin and the U.S. overall still have a challenge with diversity in entrepreneurship. A low percentage of African American, Latino and women owned businesses have access to the resources they need to grow, said James Preston, co-founder of DivInc., a startup accelerator focused on diversity in Austin. […]

Austin Technology Advocate Pike Powers Named 2017 Texan of the Year

One of the pioneers of Austin’s technology industry, Pike Powers has been named 2017 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference. Powers is well deserving of the award. Powers is the long-time managing partner of the Austin office of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Past recipients of the award include his […]

Princess Astrid of Belgium Visits Austin, San Antonio and Other Texas Cities on an Economic Mission

Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium is visiting Texas this week on an economic trade mission. On Sunday, Princess Astrid, the sister of Belgium’s current monarch King Philippe, attended a reception at the University of Texas at Austin hosted by its President Greg Fenves. About 200 business executives, trade representatives and members of the […]

Dell Medical School is Looking for Big Ideas to Improve Community Health

A popular mantra in Austin is the call to think bigger. The new Dell Medical School is part of that movement. Its Center for Place-Based Initiatives is asking people to submit ideas aimed at “improving the health of vulnerable communities in Central Texas, especially those in Austin and other parts of Travis County,” according to […]

Apply to Pitch at the Rice and CTAN 2017 Startup Pitch Competition in Austin

Want a shot at winning an investment and other prizes? Early stage startups are encouraged to apply to pitch at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition, organized by the Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter and Central Texas Angel Network, known as CTAN. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5th at midnight. The pitch competition, sponsored by American Bank, […]

HOLT Ventures Launches and Hosts Industrial Technology Pitch Competition at SXSW

HOLT Ventures, the new investment arm of HOLT CAT, plans to select 15 startups to showcase their disruptive technology in the industrial space at the first Industrial Technology Pitch Competition at South by Southwest Interactive next year. But the deadline is looming to participate. Interested startups must apply by Dec. 16. HOLT Ventures has teamed […]

Austin-based Get Smart Content Raises $1.75 Million

Get Smart Content, which makes a personalized marketing platform, has raised $1.75 million, according to a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand its sales operations and marketing efforts, according to a news release. Investors included Virgo Capital and Origin Ventures. To date, the […]

Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office

Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, has expanded its operations in Austin. The company, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. established its second largest office in Austin three years ago and because of solid growth, the company is moving into the 18th floor of the Chase Tower building, said Doug Madey, the company’s spokesman. Procore […]

Cyber Monday Shopping Expected to Break Records

It’s the biggest Cyber Monday shopping day in history. Today, an estimated 122 million Americans planned to shop online, up from 121 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. “On Cyber Monday, retailers deliver online discounts unlike any other day of the year—driving consumers to shop online no matter where […]

Encouraging Austin Entrepreneurs to Think Big

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Do Austin entrepreneurs think big enough? That’s a question Silicon Hills News has heard debated in several forums for the past six years. The conclusion is often that Austin needs bigger thinkers. But at the “Think Big! With Mike Maples Jr., Jimmy Treybig and Brett Hurt,” panel […]