On Juneteenth, Austin’s Tech Leaders Pledge to Take Actions to Fight Against Bias and Racism in the Workplace

On Juneteenth, Notley, a philanthropic organization, published an open letter on racial justice from the Austin tech community. Some of the locally-based tech companies signing the letter include Silicon Labs, WP Engine, Data.World, SailPoint, and others. “The purpose of the letter is to commit Austin’s tech community to action against racism,” according to a news […]

Tesla Seeks Incentives for an Austin-based $1 Billion Gigafactory that Would Create 5,000 Jobs

A proposed $1 billion Tesla Gigafactory in Austin is coming closer to reality. Next Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court will consider offering a ten-year 80 percent property tax abatement worth an estimated $14.65 million as an incentive to have the electric vehicle manufacturing plant locate in Austin. An item on the agenda lists the […]

Austin’s National Instruments Rebrands as NI with a Focus on Engineering Ambitiously

National Instruments, founded in 1976, and one of Austin’s oldest homegrown technology companies, this week announced plans to rebrand to NI. The company unveiled its new logo and launched a brand campaign with the slogan “Engineer Ambitiously.” It also launched Perspectives, an online news site with a message from NI CEO Eric Starkloff.  NI is a […]

San Antonio and Austin Leaders Order Businesses to Make Customers and Employees Wear Face Masks to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Masks soon will be mandatory for employees and customers of businesses in Austin and San Antonio. On Wednesday, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued an executive order requiring all businesses providing goods or services directly to the public to develop and implement a health and safety policy within five days. At a minimum, the policy […]

Ecliptic Capital’s Christy Cardenas is Focusing on the Pandemic’s Silver Lining and an Opportunity to Build a Better Future

The COVID-19 Pandemic hit suddenly in the U.S. like a tsunami upending businesses and the economy from coast to coast. And everyone is still dealing with the fallout and the ongoing Pandemic with 1.8 million cases in the U.S. resulting in 107,023 deaths, according to the latest stats from the Coronavirus Research Center at Johns […]

Austin’s Accelerators and Incubators Adapt and Adjust Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

By SUSAN LAHEYSpecial Contributor to Silicon Hills News Austin’s accelerators and incubators are starting to have events in person again, after months of moving everything online. Capital Factory hosted a May Startup Showcase Tuesday at its offices, with 48 people signed up to attend. It might have been the first local startup gathering to take […]

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Ruckify Finds Success in Helping People Rent Items They Own to Others

Five years ago, a big storm knocked down a tree in Steve Cody’s neighborhood in Ottawa, Canada. His neighbor, Bruce Linton cut up the tree with his chainsaw, but he needed a bigger chainsaw to complete the job. That’s when Cody and Linton came up with the idea for Ruckify, which bills itself as the […]

More Texas Businesses Can Open This Week Including Offices, Childcare Centers, Bars, Tattoo and Body Piercing Studios, Craft Breweries, Bowling Alleys, and Restaurants Can Expand Capacity

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Texas is moving to further open its economy allowing childcare centers, massage centers, tattoo and body piercing studios and more to resume operations effective Monday, according to Governor Greg Abbott. And on Friday, bars, wine tasting centers, craft beer establishments, bowling alleys, skating centers, zoos, aquariums, rodeos, and more […]

FDA Approves Everlywell for First Standalone COVID-19 At-Home Collection Kit

Everlywell received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit. The FDA sent out a news release Saturday reporting that Austin-based Everlywell’s home collection kit is currently the only authorized COVID-19 diagnostic testing kit the FDA has approved. The government regulator issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to […]

Austin-based Invoiced Inks Deal with American Express to Provide Small and Mid-Sized Businesses a 40 Percent Discount on its Software

Invoiced, a bootstrapped startup based in Austin has struck a partnership with American Express. The deal provides small and mid-sized businesses a 40 percent discount on Invoiced’s accounts receivable software for two years. Customers must sign up for a subscription plan by March 12, 2022. American Express through the partnership is expected to play an […]