LiveOak Venture Partners Adds Four Executives to its Venture Advisors Program

LiveOak Venture Partners, founded in 2013, this week announced it has added four executives to its Venture Advisors Program. The venture capital firm, which invests in early-stage companies, is adding Lynn Atchison, Peter Klante, Dave Rubin and Keith Zoellner to the program. Last year, LiveOak Venture Partners closed a $105 million fund, its second fund. […]

Silicon Hills News Unveils the Companies Featured in its 2020 Austin Startup Calendar

Silicon Hills News’ 2020 Austin Startup Calendar Party took place on January 23rd at The Riveter in downtown Austin. At the party, Silicon Hills News gave away a desktop or wall calendar to 175 guests. To order additional calendars please visit our Eventbrite Form for our follow up event, BigIdeasATX, on February 27th at Galvanize. This […]

Pattern Bioscience Lands $13 Million in Funding to Develop Rapid Diagnostics Tests

Pattern Bioscience this week announced $13 million in grant and venture capital funding. The Austin-based company, formerly known as Klaris Diagnostics, plans to use the funding to develop its Digital Culture technology, a rapid bacterial identification, and susceptibility testing platform. The funding includes a $6.8 million award from CARB-X, a nonprofit based at Boston University. […]

The Zebra Lands $38.5 Million in Funding

The Zebra, an insurance comparison marketplace, this week announced it has closed a $38.5 million funding round. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2012, has raised $101.3 million to date. Accel led the funding round with participation from existing investors Silverton Partners, Daher Capital, Floodgate Fund, Ballast Point Ventures, The Zebra’s CEO Keith Melnick and new […]

SXSW 2020 Pitch Finalists Include Five Austin-Based Startups

SXSW recently announced the finalists for its 12th annual SXSW Pitch event including five from Austin. The variety of the finalists shows the breadth and depth of Austin’s booming startup community. The finalists come from a wide range of industries including beauty care, gaming, biotechnology, drones, and biodegradable plastics. The Austin finalist in the Consumer […]

Is Elon Musk Considering Texas for a Tesla GigaFactory?

Elon Musk posted a poll on Twitter asking people to vote yes or no for Giga Texas. The vote is 80.2 percent “Hell Yeah” in favor late Wednesday night with two hours left to vote. A gigafactory in Texas would presumably produce Tesla cars or trucks. But Musk did not provide any specifics on what […]

Sputnik ATX Selects Four Startups For its Winter 2020 Accelerator Program

Sputnik ATX has announced the latest group of four startup companies accepted into its Winter 2020 Cohort. The startups include Austin-based Mod Tech Labs, which is a spinoff of Underminer Studios. The startup works with production studios to create 3D images and videos. Austin-based Trashbots is also in the cohort. It makes programmable robotics kits […]

February Tech Events to Attend in Austin

The new year is off to a great start. Silicon Hills News held its sixth annual Austin Calendar Party on Jan. 23rd. The Riveter hosted the party. And thank you to our sponsors the Austin Chamber of Commerce, BuildGroup, InnoTech Austin, Kronologic, Sana Benefits, Egan-Nelson Law Firm, Silicon Hills Lawyer, Kronologic.ai  Active Capital, LumenInsuranceTechnologies, Thiken, QuesitonPro,  Zoho and Realtor.com. And In-Kind Sponsors: MassChallenge Texas and Nine Banded Whiskey.  This year, Silicon […]

Austin-based Invoiced Finds Success in Processing Billions of Dollars in Invoices for Companies

Invoicing is Jared King’s passion. “It really is, King said. His family recognized his penchant for collections at an early age. In fourth grade, King was a bit of a loan shark. He would loan kids a dollar and he would collect $2 in repayment, he said. King’s entrepreneurial spirit continued when he went to […]

Capital Factory Expands Into Houston by Merging with Station Houston

Capital Factory, an Austin-based accelerator, last week announced it has expanded operations into Houston by merging with Station Houston. It is part of the Texas Startup Manifesto strategy Capital Factory Director Joshua Baer has articulated in the past about the major Texas cities working together to create a vibrant statewide technology industry. “Capital Factory is […]