NaturallyCurly CoFounder Michelle Breyer Created a Curl Empire in Austin

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills Host of Ideas to Invoices As a business reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, Michelle Breyer launched a website geared to girls with curls. At a party with friends and colleagues, Breyer complained about the lack of hairstyles and products for women with curly hair. At the […]

Cafe Commerce Officially Launches in San Antonio

Entrepreneurs and small businesses now have a new resource to get help in San Antonio. Café Commerce, operated by Accion Texas with funding from the city, officially opened Monday at the central library downtown. Peter French, founder of FreeFlow Research, serves as president of Café Commerce. Small businesses contribute three quarters of the new jobs […]

Silicon Hills News Launches a Kickstarter Campaign

This week, Silicon Hills News launched its first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to create a slick print magazine to be released at South by Southwest Interactive. At SXSW, Silicon Hills News is hosting a startup pitch competition in conjunction with the Austin Technology Incubator. We plan to distribute the 32-page color magazine at the SXSW panel. […]

Tips on Pitching Billionaire Mark Cuban

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News At Longhorn Startup Demo Day last week, Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, co-founder of 3Com and professor of innovation at UT, interviewed Billionaire Mark Cuban, co-founder of Broadcast.com and owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Cuban also stars on the popular TV show Shark Tank on ABC. This […]

Billionaire Mark Cuban likes to “Party Like a Rock Star” and Invest in Startups

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Since selling Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 1999, Billionaire Mark Cuban has invested in 80 startups. But his entrepreneurial ventures began as a kid growing up in Pittsburgh. “As long as I can remember I was an entrepreneur,” Cuban said. At the age of nine […]

How to Get Money from VC and Angel Investors

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Austin has one of the nation’s most active angel networks through the Central Texas Angel Network, known as CTAN. Last year, CTAN, with 100 members, invested about $8 million in 28 companies, including 13 new companies and 15 portfolio companies. Every angel investor is doing it because […]

Startup Advice from Serial Entrepreneurs in Austin

By LAURA LOREK Founder Silicon Hills News Startup founders can learn a lot from entrepreneurs who have been there and done that. And on Monday, three serial entrepreneurs in Austin shared some of the challenges they faced in building their companies and some tips on how others can succeed. Sam Decker, co-founder of Mass Relevance, […]

Startup Grind San Antonio Launches Featuring Interview with Jason Seats

Startup Grind, based in Mountain View, Calif. seeks to foster entrepreneurship through storytelling. Derek Anderson founded Startup Grind, which now has chapters in 40 cities and 20 countries around the world. One of the latest chapters is Startup Grind San Antonio. The values of Startup Grind are important ones to foster an entrepreneurial environment. “We […]

Bijoy Goswami on “We Are Austin Tech”

Every week, We Are Austin Tech, a group of entrepreneurs, technologists and other volunteers release a video highlighting someone who has contributed to the local technology industry. Last week’s video put the spotlight on Jason Cohen, founder of WPEngine and other startups including co-founding Capital Factory. We Are Austin Tech seeks to tell the story […]

Apply to Participate in the first FounderDating in Austin

BY DAMON CLINKSCALES FounderDating (and no, it’s not romantic) has just launched in Austin. The online network allows you to connect with other talented folks who are ready to found a company in your area. The first live event for Austin will be held on May 23rd (apply by May 15th). About the network: High […]