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 […]

Xenex Deploys Germ-Zapping Robots Worldwide to Fight the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus is hitting like a tsunami worldwide with 105,586 cases confirmed in more than 100 countries resulting in 3,584 confirmed deaths, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., the threat of a widespread outbreak of the Coronavirus is causing governments to declare states of emergency, companies to have their workers telecommute and large […]

Lumen Insurance Technologies Talks About the Maturation of Austin’s Technology Industry on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

In 2016, David Perez launched Lumen Insurance Technologies when he recognized an unmet need in the marketplace for someone to provide insurance policies to funded technology startups. Lumen’s clients have included Opcity, Strangeworks, Vault, previously known Student Loan Genius, Rocket Dollar, Valkyrie Intelligence, Kronologic, Living Security and others. Lumen, based at Galvanize in downtown Austin, […]

Ideas to Invoices Top 10 Podcasts for 2019

Silicon Hills News’ podcast Ideas to Invoices entered into its third season in 2019. And here are the Top 10 podcasts for this year, according to our stats on Libsyn, a podcast hosting platform. Thank you to all our listeners and subscribers. For all of the Ideas to Invoices podcast please visit Ideas to Invoices […]

Austin’s OwnLocal Creates Dynamic Online Ad Campaigns for Publications

In 2006, Lloyd Armbrust was selling digital ads for newspapers to small businesses. That’s when he came up with the idea of digitizing newspaper ads and putting them online. In 2010, he co-founded OwnLocal and joined the Y-Combinator accelerator program and a year later moved to Austin. Today, OwnLocal works with more than 4,000 publications […]

Sana Benefits is Disrupting the Healthcare Insurance Industry in Texas

Sana Benefits moved to Austin a year ago from the San Francisco Bay area with a focus on disrupting the insurance industry and providing healthcare coverage for small to medium-sized businesses.  “We had this idea for how to fix small business health insurance and the barriers to starting it California were really high,”  said Will […]

Growth Acceleration Partners Says Diversity and Inclusion is Key to its Success as a Custom Software Developer

Instead of seeking venture capital, Joyce Durst, Co-Founder, and CEO of Growth Acceleration Partners decided to bootstrap the software development company. Growth Acceleration Partners, known as GAP,  offers analytics, cloud, mobile and QA services. Before co-founding GAP, Durst served as CEO of venture-backed startup Pinion Software, a security software company. At that company, she raised […]

Spiceworks Uses Data and Analytics Powered by AI to Connect IT Professionals to Brands

In 2005, Jay Hallberg, founder, and chairman of Spiceworks met with three friends in Austin to create what has become Spiceworks. They wanted a place where IT professionals could connect and talk about technology. That free platform evolved into a sophisticated social network for IT professionals. Recently, Ziff Davis acquired Spiceworks. The company just held […]

GoFish Cam Provides a Fish Eye’s View of the Water

Ever wonder what’s going on underwater when you’re fishing? That’s what piqued Brandon Austin’s interest.  He grew up fishing in Canada and Costa Rica and he always wanted to know what was happening in the water. So, he created a company to find out and became flounder of GoFish Cam. “Growing up fishing, always like […]

Carey Smith Launches Unorthodox Ventures in Austin to Invest in Startups with Great Products

Carey Smith sold Big Ass Fans, the company he founded in Lexington, Kentucky, for $500 million in December of 2017 and then moved to Austin. He bought Lance Armstrong’s 8,800 square foot home near downtown in 2018 and launched Unorthodox Ventures, an Austin-based business incubator and VC firm that invests in innovative companies with great […]