ALTR’s CEO Dave Sikora Says Data is as Valuable as Money and ALTR Uses Blockchain Tech to Secure Data

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Most companies wouldn’t let everyone have access to a vault of money, but many companies don’t think about limiting access to data within their organizations That’s where ALTR comes in. It breaks up data and stores it using blockchain technology, making it inaccessible to an intruder or […]

Austin-based argodesign Expands to Europe with a Studio in Amsterdam

Austin-based argodesign announced this week it has expanded to Europe with the opening of a new studio in Amsterdam. The team heading up the new Amsterdam studio is known to Rolston. He worked with them previously at frog design. Tjeerd Hoek and Joe Fletcher, who are leading the argo studio in Amsterdam, previously held leadership […]

Amazon Expands its Austin Tech Hub with 800 New Jobs and New Office Building

Amazon announced Thursday that it plans to add 800 jobs to its Austin Tech Hub. The jobs will be in the fields of software and hardware engineering, research science and cloud computing. Amazon, based in Seattle and Northern Virginia, already has more than 1,000 employees in Austin at two buildings in the Domain area. And […]

Cloudsnap Raises $1.75 Million

Colin Loretz founded Cloudsnap, an integration startup that connects web apps in 2011, and participated in the TechStars Cloud’s inaugural class in San Antonio. That company, which moved to Reno, Nevada, eventually failed. But now an Austin-based startup has taken on the name, Cloudsnap and it is doing something similar to the original Cloudsnap. It […]

San Antonio-based FunnelAI Raises $1.5 Million

FunnelAI, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to generate leads for car dealers, announced Wednesday that it has raised a $1.5 million seed round of financing. The San Antonio-based startup previously raised $375,000 in pre-seed stage funding and participated in the RealCo Accelerator, based at Geekdom. San Antonio-based Active Capital, which last month announced it […]

OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital

OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, has raised $45 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to accelerate its development and market expansion. It plans to hire more employees in the areas of engineering, data science, product and design. The Series C funding round is being led by LiveOak Venture […]

Founder Institute’s Adeo Ressi Thinks Startups Succeed When Entrepreneurs Find Their Purpose

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Wearing a red cowboy hat, jeans, a button-down white shirt, a jade necklace and a necklace of crystals, Adeo Ressi doesn’t look like the typical startup founder. And he’s not. Ressi, who has founded and sold two $1 billion companies, now serves as CEO of Founder Institute, […]

ConsenSys Founder Believes Blockchain Technology can Help Produce Ethical Journalism

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News In 2011, Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, read Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper on Bitcoin. “And it clicked for me,” he said. “We can start to build something on a new trusted infrastructure and potentially build it on a better trust system.” He believed […]

The Cannabis Industry is Creating a Green Gold Rush but Obstacles to Legalization Still Exist in the U.S.

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News The path to national legalization of marijuana is underway. That’s the conclusion from cannabis experts at South by Southwest, which hosted its first-ever Cannabusiness track this year with 60 panels. In the U.S., 95 percent of the population believes in the medicinal value of cannabis and believes […]

11 Takeaways from SXSW 2019

By Laura Lorek, publisher of Silicon Hills News South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music continue to go on with fascinating keynote and panel discussions as well as film screenings and live performances. Here are a few observations from this year’s SXSW so far: ANALOG CARS – I’ve never heard a car referred to as […]