Dell Technologies Backs Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code having fun at the Dell Campus, courtesy photo.

Dell Technologies has partnered with Girls Who Code to support after school computer science programs for about 15,000 girls in under-served communities across the U.S. Dell has pledged $400,000 in a cash donation to support the program. It also appointed five women technology leaders as program ambassadors to serve as mentors to the girls in […]

SpareFoot’s Pups Campaign Raises Money for Austin Rescue Organizations


SpareFoot, the Austin-based storage marketplace, has launched a campaign to raise money for Austin rescue organizations and to encourage people to adopt pets. The campaign kicked off last week and has so far raised nearly $2,800 of a $5,000 goal. SpareFoot pledges to donate $1 up to $5,000 total every time someone share its video. […]

Hangar Technology Lands $6.5 Million for Drone Software Development

man operating of flying drone quadrocopter at sunset

When a drone can deliver a burrito to a hungry college student, it’s no longer just a novel technology but a major innovation for businesses. Still, the commercial drone business in the United States is in its infancy with rules and regulations just being worked out. This summer, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration […]

Dell Extolls the Next Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Everything

Michael Dell delivers the keynote address at DellEMC World at the Austin Convention Center.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Everything in the technology world improves about ten times every five years, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies said at the first Dell EMC World Wednesday morning. “That means 15 years from now, we’ll have another 1,000 times improvement in power, speed, efficiency, capacity compared to what […]

Five Austin Companies Land on Fortune’s Best Place to Work List

AgileCraft team photo courtesy of Great Place to Work Institute.

Fortune Magazine held its Great Place to Work conference last week at the Sheraton Austin Hotel aimed at celebrating the nation’s best small to medium sized businesses. And it named a Georgetown-based software company, AgileCraft as the number one best place to work out of 50 small businesses in the country. Three other Austin-based companies […]

Professors Pitch a New Mouse, Exercise Device and Better Catalysts at UT Austin

University of Texas at Austin Professor James Sulzer presents ShrugNoMore at the StARTup Studio.

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The University of Texas ranks as the fourth most innovative university in the country, according to a recent report by Reuters. It’s in good company with Stanford taking the top spot, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. And Pitchbook, a venture capital research […]

Startup Angels Brings its Workshop to Austin to Teach People to Become Angel Investors

Leslie Jump, founder of Startup Angels

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs are everywhere in Austin and Central Texas. Investment dollars are not. But Startup Angels, based in Washington, D.C., is trying to change that. And Leslie Jump, its founder, is coming to Austin next week to do a workshop to train high-net worth individuals how to be […]

Austin Third Quarter VC Deals and Dollars Down with $120 Million Invested in 24 Companies

Panoramic Austin Texas Reflections Lady Bird Lake 2015

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Venture capitalists invested $120 million in 24 deals in Austin in the third quarter, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, based on data provided by Thomas Reuters. In Austin, venture capital deals and dollars are down 43 percent and eight percent respectively for the third quarter […]

The Future Belongs to Companies that Can Harvest Waste Into New Products

The audience listening to William McDonough's talk, photo by Steve Rogers

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1951, William McDonough remembers his mom singing to him at night in Japanese with her Alabama accent about the night soil and the workers with their honey wagons. She was singing about the farmers who came into Tokyo at night to collect […]

At SXSW Eco, Google’s Sustainability Lead Kate Brandt Promotes a Circular Economy

Kate Brandt, photo courtesy of SXSW Eco, taken by Diego Donamaria

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News “Humankind is using up our natural resources at an astonishing rate,” said Kate Brandt, lead of sustainability at Google. “Each year our economy consumes far more than what our planet can provide,” she said. Brandt, who previously served under President Obama as the Nation’s first Chief Sustainability […]