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 […]

The Founders of Tequila Sheela Created an Award Winning Organic Tequila

Sheela Marshall and Natalie Merrick founded Tequila Sheela, a tequila company, in 2014.  Sheela’s always had a passion for tequila. When she went to India to visit her mother, she paid $35 for a shot of tequila at a hotel. She didn’t like it and she thought she could create a better tequila. She did […]

Techstars Austin’s Amos Schwartzfarb Talks Sales Strategy and More on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

Amos Schwartzfarb, managing director of Techstars Austin, didn’t set out to write a book. He originally sat down to create some materials for Techstars companies focused on sales with answers to the most commonly asked questions. The project evolved into his book: Sell More, Faster: The Ultimate Sales Playbook for Startups, published by John Wiley […]

Internet Pioneer Bob Metcalfe Celebrates Ethernet’s 46th Anniversary

Ethernet’s 46th anniversary is Wednesday, May 22nd and on this occasion, Silicon Hills News has done a special edition Ideas to Invoices podcast with Bob Metcalfe, founder of Ethernet. Metcalfe is also professor of Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin. On Tuesday morning, he spoke to Silicon Hills News on the outdoor deck […]

SaveDay Seeks to Democratize Access to 401K Retirement Plans

SaveDay wants to make sure everyone can easily and affordably save for retirement. That’s the mission for Barry Mione, Co-Founder and President of SaveDay, a startup that provides 401K plans to small businesses. SaveDay, with four employees, is relocating from California to Austin. Mione is currently participating in the Winter 2019 Sputnik ATX program. Sputnik […]

Zoho’s CEO Discusses its Unique Culture and Plans for its Austin Campus on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

In 1996, Sridhar Vembu founded Zoho in Silicon Valley. Today, the bootstrapped startup is still in its teenage years even as it finds its stride with the increasing popularity of its suite of software apps aimed at running everything from a small business to a Fortune 500 company. The privately-held company does not disclose its […]

ALTR’s CEO Dave Sikora Says Data is as Valuable as Money and ALTR Uses Blockchain Tech to Secure Data

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Most companies wouldn’t let everyone have access to a vault of money, but many companies don’t think about limiting access to data within their organizations That’s where ALTR comes in. It breaks up data and stores it using blockchain technology, making it inaccessible to an intruder or […]

Founder Institute’s Adeo Ressi Thinks Startups Succeed When Entrepreneurs Find Their Purpose

By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Wearing a red cowboy hat, jeans, a button-down white shirt, a jade necklace and a necklace of crystals, Adeo Ressi doesn’t look like the typical startup founder. And he’s not. Ressi, who has founded and sold two $1 billion companies, now serves as CEO of Founder Institute, […]

Austin Technology Council’s Amber Gunst is Focused on Growing and Scaling Austin Software Companies

Helping 10 Austin software companies to become billion-dollar companies and another 100 to $100 million in revenue in the next decade is the big hairy audacious goal of the Austin Technology Council. And Amber Gunst, the CEO who took over the job in January after serving as interim CEO since last May, is determined to […]