Austin-based Decent Raises $10 Million to Bring Affordable Health Insurance to Small Businesses and Individuals Statewide

While working on a startup in the San Francisco Bay area, Nick Soman realized he was paying more for health insurance every month than rent. And in the Bay area rents are sky-high. “I remember thinking that was brutal,” Soman said. That experience eventually led him to found Decent, which offers affordable health insurance options […]

Austin’s data.world closes on $26 Million in funding as demand for its data platform soars

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of companies are taking stock of the data they have on hand and sorting it out to their economic advantage. It’s kind of like how homeowners are doing renovation projects and people are cleaning out closets and organizing their stuff. So too are companies. And that, in part, has […]

Austin-based Fintech Startup Episode Six Lands $7 Million in Funding and Expands Globally

By CHAD SWIATECKI, Freelance Contributor to Silicon Hills News It makes sense that the Austin financial technology startup Episode Six would make the Asian Pacific region a high priority as the company sought to pick up customers for its software platform that lets financial institutions build custom payment and other solutions. After all, while New York […]

Trashbots Raises Seed-Stage Investment as Demand for its K-12 Robotics Platform Increases

The pandemic has spurred demand for Trashbots, which makes a hands-on robotics platform aimed at the K-12 market. “The K-12 market, as a whole, is more important now than ever,” said Rohit Srinivasan, Co-Founder of Trashbots. “Especially as schools are trying to figure out how they are going to teach in a post COVID world.” […]

Healthcare Insurance Startup Sana Benefits Raises $20.8 Million

Sana Benefits, the startup disrupting the healthcare insurance industry by providing coverage for small businesses at a discount, announced Wednesday that it has closed on $20.8 million in funding. To date, Sana, founded in 2017 by Will Young and Nathan Hackley, has raised $27.1 million. The latest round of funding came from existing investors, said […]

Austin Coworking Lives on Amid Masks, ‘Ghost Town’ Offices and Social Distancing

By OMAR L. GALLAGA, Freelance Contributor to Silicon Hills News A few weeks ago, Michelle McKown celebrated her return to a workspace at Central Austin’s Vessel Coworking with a cheerful Instagram story post. “Back at @Vesselcoworking and it feels so good!” she posted, “Don’t @ me! It’s lunchtime & I can’t eat through a mask!” […]

Austin Chamber’s Leigh Christie Discusses Austin A-List Awards and How the Pandemic is Affecting Entrepreneurs

A native of Austin, Leigh Christie has seen the city change from a sleepy college town to a high-tech boomtown. Today, she serves as senior vice president of global technology and innovation at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She’s also a lawyer who previously served as executive director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central […]

Women@Austin Launches Beam Angel Network Aimed at Funding Female-Founded Startups in Texas

There’s a new angel network in Austin, aimed specifically and women-led startups. This week, Women@Austin, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing female entrepreneurs, launched the Beam Angel Network. Notley Venture, a social impact investment firm based in Austin, has pledged $250,000 to kick off the network, which will begin accepting applications on Sept. 1st. Jess […]

NSF Awards $20 Million to UT Austin to Create the NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning

The National Science Foundation on Wednesday announced the selection of the University of Texas at Austin to lead the NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning. UT is spearheading one of five NSF AI Institutes nationwide and each one will receive $20 million in funding. The UT NSF AI Institute for Foundations and Machine […]

Austin’s PickleSmash Powers Through the Pandemic With Online Sales and Retail Expansion

After running out of salsa, Brian White decided to mash up his own version using pickles as the main ingredient. He added jalapenos, pickles, onions, and spices and came up with what is now known as PickleSmash, which is a salsa made without tomatoes. “I like experimenting with mashups of different foods,” White said. White […]