Osano Raises $3 Million and Launches its Privacy Monitor

Cruising around the Internet, it’s difficult to know how much data is being gathered at the various websites a person visits. Of course, many have privacy polices but many of those documents are so long that few ever plow through them. And what’s being done with all that data? That’s an issue Osano plans to […]

QuotaPath Raises $3.5 Million

QuotaPath, which makes a compensation management platform, announced this week it has raised $3.5 million. The company, which is based in both Austin and Philadelphia, plans to use the funds to hire more employees and launch the QuotaPath platform to the public during the next three months. QuotaPath’s software allows anyone to track their sales […]

Spredfast and Lithium Rebrand to Khoros and Select Austin for its New Headquarters

Austin is the new headquarters of Khoros, the combined company of Spredfast and Lithium. Khoros announced the rebranding on Tuesday. The combined company resulted from Lithium’s merger with Spredfast last year. In September, when the two companies announced their merger, they reported the headquarters would be in San Francisco. Now, under the rebranding, the headquarters […]

VC Firm Firebrand Ventures Opens Austin Office

Ryan Merket, a two-time founder, has also worked for Facebook, Reddit and Amazon. And now he’s becoming a venture capitalist and joining Firebrand Ventures as a partner and opening its second office in Austin. Firebrand’s focus is investing in seed stage companies in Austin and the Midwest. Firebrand, which was founded by John Fein in […]

Datical Lands $10 Million in Additional VC Funding

Datical, which helps companies automate databases, Thursday announced it has received $10 million in funding. River Cities Capital Funds led the Series C funding round with participation from existing investors S3 Ventures and Mercury Fund.  As part of the deal, Adam Midkiff, vice president at River Cities, has joined Datical’s board of directors. Austin-based Datical, […]

SXSW 2019 Will Focus on How AI and Automation Will Change the Workforce

By Laura Lorek, publisher of Silicon Hills News Author and Journalist Malcolm Gladwell is the latest speaker to join the lineup at South by Southwest. Gladwell is leading a documentary look at self-driving cars in the film “Autonomy,” which is set to debut at the SXSW Film Festival. The film examines the world of automated […]

ATX Seed Ventures Plans to Raise its Third Venture Fund

In 2014,  Chris Shonk co-founded ATX Seed Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, based in Austin. ATX Seed Ventures has three partners: Danielle Allen, Brad Bentz and Shonk.   Shonk said they saw the demise of Austin Ventures, the largest local venture capital firm which sunset that year, as an opportunity. ATX Seed Ventures raised […]

Austin Entrepreneurs Talk About Building a Business at the Black in Tech Summit

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News The biggest problem Mark Phillip encountered in building a technology business in Austin was finding funding. The founder and  CEO of Are You Watching This, a sports data and analytics company, got told no by everyone, he said. Phillip spoke on the “Building a Business” panel at […]

SKU Accelerator Selects Seven Startups for its Seventh Cohort

By LAURA LOREK, publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin is known as a high-tech hub of innovative startups. But it’s also the birthplace of many consumer-packaged goods like Siete Family Foods, a Mexican-American food brand, that just landed $90 million in funding. It makes grain free chips, grain free tortillas, hot sauces, cashew queso and […]

The Defense Innovation Center Officially Opens at Capital Factory in Austin

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Athena Security showed off its gun detection system at the official opening of the Defense Innovation Center Thursday at Capital Factory. The startup uses existing security cameras coupled with its specialized software that relies on machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify guns in a public setting. […]