Imagine Virtua and Alamo Reality Bring the Alamo Back to Life Through Technology and Storytelling

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Known as the Shrine of Texas Liberty, the Alamo in San Antonio holds a special place in the hearts of many Texans. Throughout the years, films, books, songs, games and more have told the story of the men who heroically died there defending the mission against the […]

SXSW is a Strong Reflection of What’s Hot in Austin says Hugh Forrest on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News When South by Southwest started in 1987, it was a music only event and in 1994, the Interactive conference launched. “There was this thing called the Web but not many people understood what it was,” said Hugh Forrest. “What was state of the art in 1994 was […]

Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Engineers are becoming the new farmers, according to Robyn Metcalfe, founder, and director of Food+City at the University of Texas at Austin. In a movement Metcalfe labels “Fab to Table,” she sees a food revolution going on right now that will lead to more personalized food products […]

MassChallenge Texas Deadline is Dec. 5th

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News MassChallenge Texas is a new startup accelerator that is currently accepting applications for its inaugural Texas cohort. One of the things that is unique about MassChallenge is since it doesn’t take any equity, it can work with all the other accelerators and incubators statewide to grow the […]

RackN’s Rob Hirschfeld Discusses the Importance of Storytelling for Startups on Ideas to Invoices

Rob Hirschfeld is the founder and CEO at RackN, an Austin-based startup which makes software to automate data centers. Hirschfeld has 15 years of experience in the cloud and infrastructure industry. He has served four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board and previously worked as an executive at Dell. He’s also a serial entrepreneur. On […]

Serial Entrepreneur Jan Ryan Advocates for Austin’s Creative Economy on Ideas to Invoices

Jan Ryan is a well-known advocate for women in the Austin technology community. She founded Women@Austin in 2013 after identifying a need for women to promote themselves and their companies in Austin. In October, Ryan joined the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in the new position of Director of […]

Contract Simply’s Will Mitchell on Pivoting and Building the Business, on Ideas to Invoices

In this episode of Ideas to Invoices, Will Mitchell, co-founder of Contract Simply, discusses how his startup pivoted from a consumer marketplace called Renovate Simply to a business to business enterprise software company for the construction and banking industry. The co-founders of Contract Simply spent last summer in Mountain View, California in the Y-Combinator program. […]

Stephanie Breedlove, Co-founder of Care.com Homepay, Provides Entrepreneurial Advice on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

Stephanie Breedlove founded Breedlove & Associates in 1992. She built the nanny payroll company into a multi-million-dollar business with more than 10,000 active clients. In 2012, Care.com acquired her company for $55 million and it became Care.com Homepay, according to an article in Forbes. Today, Breedlove is an angel investor with the Central Texas Angel […]

Adam Salamon with Next Coast Ventures, Discusses his Entrepreneurial Journey with Perk on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Adam Salamon is the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm. Salamon most recently served as co-founder and chief operating officer of Perk Inc., a rewards and engagement platform that went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. RhythmOne PLC acquired Perk […]

Andrea Kalmans, Principal of Lontra Ventures, Talks Tech Investing on Ideas to Invoices

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News Andrea Kalmans, a principal with Lontra Ventures, is a force in the Austin and San Antonio technology community. She spends her time mentoring entrepreneurs and working with technology startups. In this episode of Ideas to Invoices, Kalmans, an angel investor, discusses how she has seen Austin change […]