AfroTech Features a Special Screening of Descendant, a Documentary About Slavery and the Residents of Africatown

By Laura Lorek, Publisher of Silicon Hills News One of AfroTech’s most impactful events took place Tuesday night at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin featuring a special screening of Descendant, hosted by kinkofa, a black genealogy website. Descendant, a new documentary from Participant, Netflix, and the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions tells a story that […]

Female Founders Still Face an Uphill Battle Fundraising and it is Getting Worse

Smile a lot and wear a great outfit, those are a few pieces of advice given to women pitching their tech startups to investors. But even that doesn’t seem to work. Women founders actually raised less money last year than in 2020 with female founders securing just 2 percent of venture capital in the U.S. […]

The Largest Black Technology Conference: AfroTech Kicks Off Sunday in Austin

The largest black technology conference, AfroTech Conference, kicks off Sunday at the Austin Convention Center. It marks a return to in-person events after two years of the AfroTech Conference held virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The conference features fireside chats with technology leaders and music performances. “We are continuing to tackle the diversity gap […]

12th Annual Austin Startup Week Returns to In-Person Events Nov. 14-18th

In another sign things in the Austin startup world are beginning to return to normal following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Austin Startup Week returns to in-person events next week. The 12th annual Austin Startup Week takes place at Capital Factory downtown Monday through Friday next week. Register here. “Austin Startup Week has always been about connecting […]

Argo AI Shuts Down Robo Taxis in Austin and Lays Off 78 Employees

Argo AI, the self-driving startup that launched Robo taxies in Austin, is laying off 78 employees in Austin. The company filed a report with the Texas Workforce Commission, reporting 68 employees would be laid off at Argo’s 7th Street location and 10 employees at its Congress location. Argo AI had engineering and development operations and […]

2022 National Parenting Product Awards Names Austin-based Happypillar as Best App

Parenting is hard and parents often need help. Now an Austin-based startup, Happypillar has come up with a mental health aid for parents. Happypillar’s founders created a digital therapeutic app that teaches parents how to interact with their young children during playtime. The Happypillar app only requires five minutes a day and provides instant feedback […]

Jasper.AI is Austin’s Newest Unicorn Raising $125 Million at a $1.5 Billion Valuation

Jasper, an AI content platform based in Austin, announced last week that the company raised a $125 million Series A funding round at a $1.5 billion valuation. The company harnesses artificial intelligence to help businesses and individuals create content. Its technology has been used in companies to help with blog posts and write and illustrate […]

Texas Attorney General Sues Google for Alleged Biometric Data Collection and Privacy Violations

Texas Attorney General has sued Google over its use of biometric data collections in Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton alleges that Google unlawfully captured and used the biometric data of millions of Texans without their consent. The lawsuit alleges Google “collected millions of biometric identifiers, including voiceprints and records of face geometry, from Texans through […]

Mod Tech Labs Wins $1 Million in 43North Pitch Competition in Buffalo, New York

Austin’s Mod Tech Labs won $1 million in the 43North pitch competition in Buffalo, New York last week. It was one of five companies that won $1 million each. All the winners must move to Buffalo for a year to participate in the 43North Y8 accelerator program in exchange for a 5 percent stake in […]

UT Austin Space Environmentalist Moriba Jah Named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow

Space environmentalist Moriba Jah, an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, also referred to as the Genius Grant. The award recognizes Jah for creating the world’s first real-time streaming of near-miss collisions and activity in space. He also developed ASTRIAGraph for identifying and tracking objects […]