Austin’s ‘Taste of Koko’ Influencer Jane Ko Perseveres Through the Pandemic

By OMAR L. GALLAGA, Freelance Contributor to Silicon Hills News Jane Ko, the Austin food and lifestyle blogger, needs a break. Ko built her “A Taste of Koko” brand on her website, Instagram and an Austin guide book to she self-published last year, working for 10 straight years to evolve from one of the city’s […]

Greater Austin Chamber Announces 2020 A-List Award Winners

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has announced its A-List award winners for 2020. The A-List winners were revealed during a three-part online series hosted by the Chamber and SXSW on October 7th and 8th. On Wednesday, the Chamber announced its Spotlight Award winners: Daniel Barnes, founder and CEO of Treaty Oak Distilling, Angell Tsang, […]

Google’s Black Founders Fund Awards Three Austin Startups $200,000 in Cash

Three Austin-based startups received a total of $200,000 in cash awards from Google for Startups’s Black Founders Fund. The Austin startups are Laundris Corp., Tankee and Varuna Tech. Google announced Tuesday that 76 startups led by black founders received a total of $5 million nationwide. In addition to the money, the startup founders also receive […]

Austin Startup Crawl Goes Virtual

The 10th Annual Austin Startup Week is in full swing with lots of panels and virtual networking at the virtual venue Hopin. And tonight the first Austin Startup Crawl will take place virtually using a platform called Sococo from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Each startup will have their own room where you can chat […]

Austin Startup Week Kicks off in the Virtual World

Austin Startup Week kicks off Monday with a focus on women in technology. But this year, instead of gathering at Capital Factory in downtown Austin, everyone is joining remotely from home offices everywhere. It’s the 10th annual event and no one could have imagined that a decade later this event would need to take place […]

Austin’s ICON Lands NASA and Air Force Contract to Build Habitats on the Moon and Mars

NASA wants to go to the Moon and Mars and stay there awhile. And it’s contracted with Austin-based ICON to begin research and development of a space-based construction system. ICON is known for its massive 3-D printers that can build a home in less than a day using a concrete substrate. “Building humanity’s first home […]

MassChallenge Austin Announces 12 Finalists for 2020

MassChallenge’s Austin accelerator has announced its top 12 startup finalists for 2020. The startups will compete for $500,000 in cash prizes with winners announced on Thursday, Oct. 22 during a virtual awards ceremony. “While the world continues to settle into the digital environment, business owners, executives, and governments are seeking innovative ways to operate fully, […]

SXSW to Launch an Online Event for 2021

For 2021, South by Southwest is launching SXSW Online. “The challenge of building a new future is one that we’re excited to tackle,” Roland Swenson, CEO, and Co-Founder of SXSW said in a statement. “This has been such a year of change and we, like the entire world, are reshaping our perspective on how we […]

Babson Diagnostics Closes on $13.7 Million in Funding

Babson Diagnostics has closed on $13.7 million in funding. Siemens Healthineers, Prism Ventures, Genesis Merchant Capital, and Lago Consulting Group led the Series A funding. In addition to the funding news, Babson has also appointed David Stein, Ph.D., former head of global strategy and innovation at Siemens Healthineers to CEO. Eric Olson, Babson’s founder, and […]

Austin’s SigmaSense Gets $22 Million in Funding

Austin Startup, SigmaSense just closed on $22 million in funding to make touch screen devices perform better. The company, founded in 2015, received the Series A funding led by Foxconn Technology Group, which is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics with customers like Apple, Dell, and Sony. Other investors participating included Corning, E Ink, […]