Zoho Cancels Zoholics in Austin Amid Concerns About the Coronavirus

Zoho, which has a large and growing campus in Austin, announced on Wednesday plans to cancel its annual Zoholics event in Austin, in late April. “After consulting with global health experts across our various regions, we believe that this is the safest and most responsible decision for the entire Zoho community,” ccording to an email […]

SXSW is On Track to Happen in Austin

The show will go on. South by Southwest is not cancelled. “There’s no evidence to suggest cancelling SXSW makes the community safer,” Mayor Steve Adler said during a press conference Wednesday morning.  If that changes, the city, county and a health advisory panel will take action, Adler said. They are continually evaluating the evidence and […]

Hypergiant to Host SpaceCom and The AI Collective During SXSW

SXSW is less than three weeks away and Austin is going to be hopping. There’s a ton of great programming for those with badges, but there are also some great activities going on for the general public. This year, Hypergiant, a startup in downtown Austin cofounded by Ben Lamm, is hosting two special events and […]

WSJ Ranks Austin as the Nation’s Hottest Big City Labor Market

The Wall Street Journal has ranked Austin as the hottest big city labor market in the country. Austin beat out number two, Nashville, on the list. The Wall Street Journal ranked Austin, which has an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent, as its top spot because of big expansion projects announced in the area, particularly Apple’s […]

Austin Ranks Third in the Milken Institute’s List of Best Performing U.S. Cities

Austin ranked third on Milken Institute’s list of 2020 Best Performing Cities. It ranked third last year as well. The greater San Francisco area claimed the top spot on the list, followed by Provo-Orem, Utah. Rounding out the top 10 list was Reno, Nevada in fourth place, followed by the greater San Jose area, the […]

Swivel Lands $8 Million in Funding to Expand its Office Space Leasing Platform Nationwide

Swivel, an Austin-based office leasing platform, announced Tuesday that it has raised $8 million. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand nationwide starting with the Denver, Colorado market, said Scott Harmon, Swivel’s co-founder, and CEO. Swivel’s $8 million Series A round was led by Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital. Breyer was one […]

PurPics Closed on a $920,000 Funding Round to Connect Brands to Generation Z

PurPics, a Generation Z intelligence, and brand advocacy platform announced recently that it has raised $2 million in total funding. The Austin-based startup closed on $920,000 this round, bringing total funding to $2 million. Felton Group, the family office of Jaffray Woodriff, led the round with participation from The Syndicate Fund and Techstars Ventures. “PurPics […]

LiveOak Venture Partners Adds Four Executives to its Venture Advisors Program

LiveOak Venture Partners, founded in 2013, this week announced it has added four executives to its Venture Advisors Program. The venture capital firm, which invests in early-stage companies, is adding Lynn Atchison, Peter Klante, Dave Rubin and Keith Zoellner to the program. Last year, LiveOak Venture Partners closed a $105 million fund, its second fund. […]

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, […]

Silicon Hills News Unveils the Companies Featured in its 2020 Austin Startup Calendar

Silicon Hills News’ 2020 Austin Startup Calendar Party took place on January 23rd at The Riveter in downtown Austin. At the party, Silicon Hills News gave away a desktop or wall calendar to 175 guests. To order additional calendars please visit our Eventbrite Form for our follow up event, BigIdeasATX, on February 27th at Galvanize. This […]