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 […]

Google Fiber Commissions Austin Artists to Paint Murals

In Austin, Google Fiber unveiled three murals throughout the city that the company commissioned from local artists. “Google Fiber believes that citizens should be always inspired and empowered to create a better city and a better future and that public art has a central role in the process,” according to a spokeswoman. In Austin, three […]

Favor is Joining Feeding Texas and Statewide Toy Drives to Help Texans in Need

On Giving Tuesday, Austin-based Favor announced it is joining with Feeding Texas and local toy drives across the state to help those in need this holiday season. Now through Dec. 15th, people can use the Favor app to donate directly to toy drives in six Texas cities and Favor is waiving the delivery fee. “Simply […]

Emma is Soliciting Nominations for its 14th Annual Grant Program

Emma, a digital marketing platform based in Nashville, announced Tuesday that it is now accepting nominations for its 14th annual Emma 25 honorees. The program, Emma 25, grants select nonprofit organizations Emma email marketing services for a lifetime. The free accounts let nonprofit organizations distribute email to up to 5,000 contacts per month. To date, […]

Marlin Equity Partners to Acquire Bazaarvoice for $521 Million

Austin-based Bazaarvoice has signed a deal to be acquired by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, for approximately $521 million. Under the deal, Bazaarvoice would become a private company. Marlin Equity Partners, based in Los Angeles, plans to pay $5.50 in cash for each share of Bazaarvoice stock. Bazaarvoice is traded on the Nasdaq […]

Austin-based EverlyWell Lands a Deal on Shark Tank

EverlyWell, the Austin-based startup that makes at-home healthcare tests, asked for a $1 million investment for a 5 percent equity stake in its company, on Shark Tank Sunday night. Julia Cheek, the founder, and CEO, ended up with a $1 million line of credit at an eight percent interest rate for a five percent equity […]

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 […]

InnoTech Austin’s Women in Technology Summit Focuses on Ways to Handle a Male Dominated Tech Industry

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Being a woman in the technology industry is not easy. The technology industry is male-dominated at all levels and the pay disparity can reach 50 percent for women, compared to the salary for men in similar jobs, said Lauren Hasson, founder of Develop(Her). “I decided to own […]

NTT Data Executive Reports Robots are Empowering Humans in the Workplace

Virtual agents, virtual assistants, bots, and other automated technologies are supercharging workforces, said Doug Reeder, innovation leader at NTT DATA Services. These technologies easily execute tasks that are mundane and repetitive, Reeder said. “They allow people to do less of the mundane things,” he said. Reeder delivered the keynote address Thursday morning at the InnoTech […]