ZenBusiness Lands $15 Million in Funding to Help Small Businesses Launch and Run Effectively

ZenBusiness, an online platform to help small businesses incorporate and stay complaint with regulators, announced Wednesday that it has raised $15 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company, founded by Russ Buhrdorf, the former founding Chief Technology Officer for HomeAway, has previously raised $4.5 million in seed-stage funding last year. ZenBusiness’ platform makes it easy […]

Austin Ranks First as the Hottest Real Estate Market in the Country

Austin ranks number one as the hottest real estate market in the country, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020 report. PwC US and the Urban Land Institute released the report this week which also included another Texas city: Dallas/Fort Worth, which claimed the sixth spot. Others in the top ten included Raleigh-Durham […]

MassChallenge Texas in Austin Names 14 Finalists to Compete for $500,000 in Cash Prizes

MassChallenge Texas has named 14 companies as finalists for its second annual Austin-based accelerator program. The companies will compete for $500,000 in equity-free cash prizes at the MassChallenge Texas Austin Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 17th at the Hilton Austin. The Awards Ceremony will include keynotes from Texas-based influencers Sara T Brand of True Wealth Ventures and William […]

Smarter Sorting Lands $17 Million in Additional Funding

Smarter Sorting, an Austin-based startup that helps companies recycle chemicals, announced it has raised $17 million. The company, founded in 2017, has raised $25 million to date. US Ecology, a leading regulated waste treatment, and disposal company led the latest round of funding, followed by RTP Ventures and a group of independent industry experts. Smarter […]

Austin-based Gardenio Caters to Millennials Looking to Grow Their Own Food

At Brown University, Roman Gonzalez studied philosophy to understand big things like love and purpose. He wanted to distill these difficult concepts and relate them in a way to make people’s lives better. At the same time, he was working to reshape his relationship with food, and he learned that to make a good salsa, […]

GoFish Cam Provides a Fish Eye’s View of the Water

Ever wonder what’s going on underwater when you’re fishing? That’s what piqued Brandon Austin’s interest.  He grew up fishing in Canada and Costa Rica and he always wanted to know what was happening in the water. So, he created a company to find out and became flounder of GoFish Cam. “Growing up fishing, always like […]

Headphone Maker AfterShokz Moves from New York to Austin

AfterShokz, which makes sports headphones that transmit sound via bone conduction, announced this week that it is moving its headquarters from New York to Austin. The company is currently working out of WeWork University Park and plans to move to Domain Place, 10727 Domain Drive, in March of next year. AfterShokz plans to rent the […]

ICON Partners with Mobile Loaves & Fishes to Build 3D Printed Homes for Austin’s Homeless Population

Austin has a homeless problem. ICON, an Austin-based startup that makes large scale 3-D Printers to build homes, has a solution. The company this week unveiled a 3D printed Welcome Center in partnership with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter to Austin’s homeless population. ICON constructed the 500 square foot building […]

Carey Smith Launches Unorthodox Ventures in Austin to Invest in Startups with Great Products

Carey Smith sold Big Ass Fans, the company he founded in Lexington, Kentucky, for $500 million in December of 2017 and then moved to Austin. He bought Lance Armstrong’s 8,800 square foot home near downtown in 2018 and launched Unorthodox Ventures, an Austin-based business incubator and VC firm that invests in innovative companies with great […]

ContentATX Focuses on Storytelling and Communication Skills

Did you know communications is one of the top skills gaps in Austin, according to LinkedIn? And Social Media is also in the top 10.   ContentATX, a third annual conference put on by Silicon Hills News, can help close the gap on those skills for creatives, startups, entrepreneurs and other businesses. The fun, day-long conference […]