Jewelry Mogul Kendra Scott Joins Shark Tank as a Guest Shark

Austin Jewelry Mogul Kendra Scott has joined the cast of Shark Tank as a guest shark. The 12th season of the Emmy-award winning entrepreneurial pitch show kicks off Friday, Oct. 16th at 7 p.m. central time on ABC News. The show features scrappy entrepreneurs looking for funding for their bright ideas. Scott is an accomplished […]

UT Austin Uses Hologram Technology in the Classroom Thanks to an Austin Startup

The old saying is out of hardship and adversity comes innovation. Just take a look at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business and its use of a hologram application called Recourse to beam a professor into the classroom during the Coronavirus pandemic. The application is the brainchild of Contextual Content Group, a new […]

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 […]