The Top 25 Austin Tech Stories of 2018

By Laura Lorek, Publisher of Silicon Hills News

A View of the Skyline Austin, Texas at twilight

Austin is the hottest tech hub in Texas.

That’s something Silicon Hills News has known for a long time since we have been writing about local technology startups since launching as an independent media startup in 2011.

In 2018, the city had several big stories. Silicon Hills News has listed the top 25 stories from our website for the year. These are some of the most popular Austin Technology stories on Silicon Hills News, according to our readers.

It’s an interesting list including an article by Susan Lahey in the top 10 on “What Austin Wants to Be When it Grows Up.” That article came out of a lively panel discussion at South by Southwest. It provides a glimpse

at some of the angst people in Austin struggle with in developing the city’s tech industry.

And Tim Ferris Moves to Austin also made the top 10. He’s one of the latest California transplants to relocate to Austin. That’s a trend we don’t expect to see slow down in 2019 as evidenced by Apple’s recent expansion announcement. Its second largest campus outside of Cupertino, California headquarters is in Austin, Texas.

  1. Apple to Expand in North Austin with a $1 Billion Campus with 5,000 More Jobs
  2. U.S. Army Futures Command Center Opens in Austin
  3. Oracles’ Founder Larry Ellison Says Austin Campus is Going to Grow to 10,000 Employees
  4. OJO Labs Raises $20.5 Million in VC Funding and Plans to Double in Size
  5. Ryan Wuerch Plans to Build Dosh into a Billion Dollar Company Disrupting the Ad-Tech Market
  6. After Two Years in Stealth Mode, Austin-based Wanchain Launches Digital Currency Platform
  7. What Austin Wants to Be When it Grows Up
  8. News Corp. Buys Opcity for $210 Million
  9. GoDaddy Buys Main Street Hub for $125 Million
  10. Podcaster and Author Tim Ferris Moves to Austin
  11. Favor has grown tremendously since its acquisition by HEB
  12. Spredfast and Lithium Technologies to Merge
  13. New $35 Million Trust Ventures Fund is Looking to Invest in Disruptive Startups with Billion Dollar Big Ideas
  14. 11 Questions for Serial Entrepreneur Whurley who is Launching Strangeworks at SXSW
  15. Mass Challenge Texas Selects 84 Startups for its First Program
  16. Pot Pioneers Gather in Austin to Explore Texas Market Opportunities
  17. U.S. Air Force Secretary Wilson Launches AFWERX Innovation Lab at Capital Factory
  18. Silverton Partners Closes New $108 Million Fund
  19. Quake Capital Launches First Accelerator Program in Austin
  20. WP Engine Lands $250 Million Investment from Silver Lake
  21. True Wealth Venture Closes $19 Million Fund
  22. HEB Announces Plans for a Digital Innovation Center in East Austin
  23. Dell Technologies Going Public
  24. Hypergiant Emerges from Stealth Mode to Create AI Products
  25. 10 Startups Pitch at Techstars Austin Demo Day 2018