New VC Firm Trust Ventures Raises $35 Million Fund to Focus on Disruptive Startups

Austin entrepreneurs often complain about the lack of venture capital, especially for first-time entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. The pain is real. Austin does not have as many venture capital firms and venture capital funds as California. But slowly that is starting to change. During the past decade, several new funds have sprung up including LiveOak […]

Pingboard Raises $4.3 Million in Additional Funding

Pingboard, an Austin-based startup spun out of Capital Factory, has raised $4.3 million of a $5 million round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, founded in 2013, makes organizational chart software for companies. It now has more than 1,000 customers, including “GoFundMe, Popsugar, Udemy, Sequoia Capital, WPEngine, and the […]

3 Day Startup Names Alexis Taylor as its New CEO

After eight years at the helm of 3 Day Startup, Cam Houser has moved into the founder and chief innovation role and Alexis Taylor will take over as Chief Executive Officer. “I saw Alexis as our future CEO two years ago,” Houser said in a news statement. “She is one of the most impactful individuals […]

Jean Belanger with Cerebri Ai Talks About Artificial Intelligence, Data and Machine Learning on Ideas to Invoices

Jean Belanger is co-founder and CEO of Cerebri Ai which helps Fortune 500 companies find their customers’ voice. A serial entrepreneur, Belanger has helped launch three software companies starting with Metrowerks, which went public on NASDAQ and later sold to Motorola. Next, Belanger started Reddwerks, a pioneer in the Internet of Things industry providing solutions […]

Xeris Pharmaceuticals Files to Raise $75 Million in an IPO

Xeris Pharmaceuticals, founded in 2005 in Austin, filed on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with an initial public offering valued at $75 million. The company, now based in Chicago, has strong ties to the Austin startup community. Xeris has raised $202 million to date in […]

25 Companies Named Winners of the 2018 Austin A-List of the Hottest Startups

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News For the eighth time, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce celebrated Austin’s hottest startups at its A-List Award ceremony. “Startups are trailblazers, risk takers, and pioneers,” said Hugh Forrest, programming director of South by Southwest, which co-sponsors the awards. At the event, the A-List awards went to […]

HanAra Software Chooses Austin for its North American Headquarters

HanAra Software, a subsidiary of South Korean-based BNF Technology, has selected Austin as its North American headquarters and plans to triple in size. The company, which provides data management and predictive analytics solutions for plant management, has six employees in 1,000 square feet at 3410 Far West Blvd. They are hiring and plan to add […]

Austin Technology Council Names Amber Gunst as Interim CEO

The Austin Technology Council on Thursday announced the appointment of Amber Gunst as interim Chief Executive Officer. Gunst takes the reins from Barbary Brunner who has served as the organization’s CEO for the past two years. Brunner announced last week that she had left to join Phunware, an Austin-based software company, as its Chief Marketing […]

Inc. Magazine Names Ten Austin Companies to its 2018 Best Places to Work List

Inc. Magazine Wednesday named ten Austin-based companies to its list of best places to work. The companies included Arrive Logistics, Embark, Munck Wilson Mandala, Opcity, Peddle, Praetorian, Salcora, Square Root, Student Loan Hero, and The Zebra. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just under 300 winning companies nationally. Inc. recognized Square Root, creators […]

LiveOak Venture Partners Adds Two More Investment Professionals

LiveOak Venture Partners announced this week that it has expanded its staff. LiveOak, based in Austin, added Mike Marcantonio as principal and Mason Rathe as a senior associate. They will focus on new investments and support the firm’s portfolio of companies. Marcantonio previously worked at Blue Heron Capital and focused on venture and growth stage […]