SXSW 2020 Pitch Finalists Include Five Austin-Based Startups

SXSW recently announced the finalists for its 12th annual SXSW Pitch event including five from Austin. The variety of the finalists shows the breadth and depth of Austin’s booming startup community. The finalists come from a wide range of industries including beauty care, gaming, biotechnology, drones, and biodegradable plastics. The Austin finalist in the Consumer […]

Is Elon Musk Considering Texas for a Tesla GigaFactory?

Elon Musk posted a poll on Twitter asking people to vote yes or no for Giga Texas. The vote is 80.2 percent “Hell Yeah” in favor late Wednesday night with two hours left to vote. A gigafactory in Texas would presumably produce Tesla cars or trucks. But Musk did not provide any specifics on what […]

Sputnik ATX Selects Four Startups For its Winter 2020 Accelerator Program

Sputnik ATX has announced the latest group of four startup companies accepted into its Winter 2020 Cohort. The startups include Austin-based Mod Tech Labs, which is a spinoff of Underminer Studios. The startup works with production studios to create 3D images and videos. Austin-based Trashbots is also in the cohort. It makes programmable robotics kits […]

February Tech Events to Attend in Austin

The new year is off to a great start. Silicon Hills News held its sixth annual Austin Calendar Party on Jan. 23rd. The Riveter hosted the party. And thank you to our sponsors the Austin Chamber of Commerce, BuildGroup, InnoTech Austin, Kronologic, Sana Benefits, Egan-Nelson Law Firm, Silicon Hills Lawyer, Kronologic.ai  Active Capital, LumenInsuranceTechnologies, Thiken, QuesitonPro,  Zoho and Realtor.com. And In-Kind Sponsors: MassChallenge Texas and Nine Banded Whiskey.  This year, Silicon […]

Austin-based Invoiced Finds Success in Processing Billions of Dollars in Invoices for Companies

Invoicing is Jared King’s passion. “It really is, King said. His family recognized his penchant for collections at an early age. In fourth grade, King was a bit of a loan shark. He would loan kids a dollar and he would collect $2 in repayment, he said. King’s entrepreneurial spirit continued when he went to […]

Capital Factory Expands Into Houston by Merging with Station Houston

Capital Factory, an Austin-based accelerator, last week announced it has expanded operations into Houston by merging with Station Houston. It is part of the Texas Startup Manifesto strategy Capital Factory Director Joshua Baer has articulated in the past about the major Texas cities working together to create a vibrant statewide technology industry. “Capital Factory is […]

Stoplight Raises $6 Million in Additional Funding

 Stoplight, which manages application development software for companies, announced this week that it has raised $6 million in additional funding. The Austin-based startup closed its Series A round of funding co-led by Next Coast Ventures and Bill Wood Ventures. To date, Stoplight has raised $10 million. The company plans to use the funding for engineering, […]

MassChallenge Texas Begins Accepting Applications for its Austin and Houston Programs

At the South Congress Hotel last week, MassChallenge Texas officially kicked off its next application cycle for its accelerator programs in Austin and Houston. The MassChallenge Accelerator has completed two cohorts in Austin and one in Houston since launching in 2017. The Houston and Austin application cycles kicked off simultaneously with a giant video screen […]

SXSW Announces its 2020 Innovation Award Nominees Including Seven From Austin

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals announced Thursday nominees for its 23rd annual SXSW Innovation Awards. Sixty-five companies made the list including seven from Austin. Austin had two finalists in the AI and Machine Learning category including Cortex Certifai by CognitiveScale and Yonder Narrative by Yonder. Hypergiant Industries’ Eos Bioreactor is a finalist in the Climate, Culture & […]

Nine Banded Whiskey is Making Austin Known for its Spirit

Nine Banded Whiskey Co-Founder Sean Foley seized an opportunity to create an Austin-based whiskey. After noticing a moderately priced, Austin-made whiskey brand didn’t exist, in 2014, he founded the Nine Banded Whiskey company and launched its first bottles of whiskey a few years later. Today, Nine Banded Whiskey is in 12 states and last year […]