Austin’s ePayPolicy Receives a Significant Investment from Serent Capital

ePayPolicy, a digital payment processor for the insurance industry, announced last week that it has received a significant investment from Serent Capital, a private equity firm with offices in Austin and San Francisco. Austin-based ePayPolicy, founded in 2014, did not disclose the amount of the investment. The company plans to use the investment to accelerate […]

Austin’s argodesign Expands Again With a New York Studio

argodesign is expanding again. This time the Austin-based design firm is opening a studio in New York. Mehera O’Brien will run the studio as head of creative. argodesign launched its European studio in Amsterdam last March. “Our New York studio centers around cross-pollinating technology with the traditional approach of user-centered design,” O’Brien said in a […]

P&G Buys Billie, a Women’s Shaving Products Startup

Billie, a startup that makes shaving products for women, just got acquired by P&G. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the deal. Billie, founded in 2017 in New York, is a portfolio company of Austin-based Silverton Partners. That same year, Silverton Partners led a $6 million seed-stage investment for the company with […]

SKU Welcomes 7 new Startups into SKU Track 8

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News SKU, a consumer-packaged goods accelerator, on Tuesday officially kicked off its SKU 8 cohort. The seven companies accepted into the 14-week program are Aura Bora, Blenders & Bowls, Cheddies, Esker, Ladybird Provisions, Mushroom Revival, and Paleo Powder Seasonings. More than 150 people attended the SKU launch party […]

Ideas to Invoices Top 10 Podcasts for 2019

Silicon Hills News’ podcast Ideas to Invoices entered into its third season in 2019. And here are the Top 10 podcasts for this year, according to our stats on Libsyn, a podcast hosting platform. Thank you to all our listeners and subscribers. For all of the Ideas to Invoices podcast please visit Ideas to Invoices […]

Silicon Hills News’ Top 10 Stories of 2019

Silicon Hills News had a great year in 2019 with hundreds of thousands of visitors to our website and social media feeds, several thousand downloads of our Ideas to Invoices podcastand more than 1,000 people attending our annual events and monthly lunch and learn gatherings. And 2020 promises to be even brighter. We’ll be kicking […]

Austin’s OwnLocal Creates Dynamic Online Ad Campaigns for Publications

In 2006, Lloyd Armbrust was selling digital ads for newspapers to small businesses. That’s when he came up with the idea of digitizing newspaper ads and putting them online. In 2010, he co-founded OwnLocal and joined the Y-Combinator accelerator program and a year later moved to Austin. Today, OwnLocal works with more than 4,000 publications […]

Verb Raises $6.4 Million to Bring Leadership Training to the Masses

Verb, an Austin-based startup focused on teaching leadership skills, announced recently that it has raised $6.4 million in seed-stage funding. The funding came from angel investors including Brett Hurt, Nav Sooch, Andy Roddick, Leon Chen, and Barshop Ventures. Verb plans to use the money for sales and marketing as well as the development of its […]

WeWork and Sku Team Up to Launch WeWork Food Labs in Austin

Austin has become a hotbed of activity for consumer-packaged goods companies. And Sku Accelerator, founded in 2011, has been a major catalyst for helping brands do well. And now SKU is teaming up with another well-known name in Austin – WeWork, which has seven locations throughout Austin. The newest site is WeWork at the SXSW […]

Sense Corp. Moves Headquarters to Austin From St. Louis

A consulting company focused on data and artificial intelligence, Sense Corp., is moving its corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Austin. The company, founded in 1996, already had an office in Austin. It also has operations in Dallas, Houston, Columbus, and Minneapolis. “While a large portion of our business has always come from Texas, we […]