Austin’s Pensa Systems Lands $10 Million More for Drone System to Check Retail Inventory

Flying a drone around a store to check for inventory is the big idea behind Pensa Systems. The Austin-based startup this week announced it has raised $10 million in additional seed-stage funding. To date, Pensa Systems, founded in 2016, has raised a total of $17.2 million. Existing investors Signia Venture Partners and ATX Venture Partners led the funding round […]

President Trump Tours Plant with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple Begins Construction on its $1 Billion Campus Nearby

Apple has begun building its new campus in Austin. And on Wednesday afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump flew into town to tour Apple’s Mac Pro computer production facility. The Mac Pro facility is near where Apple is investing $1 billion to build its largest campus outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California […]

SparkCognition’s CEO Says the Magnitude of AI’s Impact on Businesses is Unignorable

Technology is the instrument that can lead to a brighter future, according to Amir Husain, founder, and CEO of Austin-based SparkCognition. SparkCognition is doing significant projects with partners all over the world to build and deploy technology to shape the future, Husain said. But the biggest question he gets asked from companies is what is […]

DivInc Cohort #5 Founders Pitch at Demo Day in Austin

Ten years from now, if DivInc, an accelerator program aimed at helping women and founders of color, didn’t exist, then it would have achieved its goal, said Preston James, founder, and CEO. “We set out to transform the ecosystem by making it more authentically inclusive,” James said. Austin-based DivInc launched in 2016 and has had […]

Austin-based Swivel Provides Fast-Growing Startups a Platform to Easily Lease Office Space

Fast-growing startup tech companies outgrow office space quickly. That’s led to the popularity of co-working sites like WeWork but the WeWork model comes with shared space with others and doesn’t include company branding, said Scott Harmon, Founder, and CEO of Swivel, an Austin-based office leasing platform. “It’s like working at the mall,” Harmon said. That’s […]

Austin Founders Among Investor Group Acquiring Nautilus Magazine

An investor group including several Austin founders have joined together to buy Nautilus, a literary science magazine founded in 2013. The New York-based magazine has 10,000 paying subscribers and has an online reach of more than 10 million. Daily Dot co-founder and CEO Nicholas White is leading the investment group that is acquiring Nautilus. He […]

Austin Tech Events to Attend in November

November is jam-packed with lots of fun events to attend. Silicon Hills News is hosting its first SpaceATX event on Wednesday, Nov. 6th. We hope to see you all there. And Silicon Hills News is currently taking photos for our 2020 Austin Tech Calendar. There is only one spot left for a startup to be featured. […]

Corporate Innovation Firm Rainmaking Expands to Austin

Rainmaking, a corporate innovation and development firm, has opened an office in downtown Austin. The organization, founded in 2006 in Denmark, runs Startupbootcamp accelerator programs throughout Europe. It launches impact-focused startups, builds them into successful companies and eventually exits them. To date, Rainmaking has scaled more than 700 ventures in 15 different industries, which collectively […]

LoudCrowd Lands Funding to Help Brands Incentivize Customers to Share Products on Social Media

Brands have worked with influencers to sell products through social media for a long time. But it’s been more difficult for them to engage with regular customers who might like their products. And that’s where LoudCrowd saw an opportunity. The Austin-based startup sells software directly to brands that allow them to reward customers who promote […]

Sana Lands Another $3.6 Million in Seed-Stage Funding

Sana announced Tuesday that it has received an additional $3.6 million in seed funding, bringing its total seed funding raised to date to $6.3 million. The Austin-based healthcare insurance startup reported that the seed funding was led by Gigafund and Trust Ventures. Other investors include Greenlight Re and Mark VC as the other major institutional […]