Ownwell Seeks to Simplify Property Tax Protests and Save Homeowners Money

Counties have begun sending out property tax assessments to Texas homeowners. And many have seen their property taxes rise dramatically. To protest, homeowners usually have to file an appeal or hire an attorney to handle the process. But this year, there is a new way to protest. Ownwell, an Austin-based startup, helps commercial and residential […]

Pingboard Achieves Profitability and Appoints New Leadership

Pingboard became profitable during the COVID-19 pandemic by having the right product at the right time, said Bill Boebel its founder. “We’ve grown the business to just over $6 million in revenue,” he said. “We’ve scaled from being an org chart to being a tool for employee engagement focused on companies that are fully remote.” […]

Tesla Shows Off its First Made in Texas Electric Vehicles at Giga Texas Party

Tesla’s Giga Texas is the world’s largest manufacturing plant, said Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and Founder. It’s as big as three Pentagons, Musk said. Or 194 billion hamsters could fit in the building, he said. With fireworks, laser lights, and a drone show, Tesla officially opened Giga Texas on Thursday with a “Cyber Rodeo.” The […]

Dolly Parton Gives a Powerhouse Performance at SXSW

Dolly Parton embodies everything that SXSW is about: music, film, technology, and creativity. And Friday night, the country music superstar gave a high-energy outstanding performance to everyone attending virtually in Dollyverse, and in person at the ACL Live’s Moody Theater at SXSW. Parton has performed live at ACL Live before, recorded music, and done movies […]

Dolly Parton Set to Perform Tonight at SXSW and in Dollyverse, the Virtual World

For the first time ever, Dolly Parton will perform at SXSW on Friday at the Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. She’s also involved in SXSW 2022 in a big way. In addition to her live performance, Parton has written a book with best-selling author James Patterson, titled Run, Rose, Run. Parton has […]

Wonderfuel Launches at SXSW to Create Unscripted TV Shows with NFTs

At SXSW, NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens, are moving beyond artwork like Bored Ape Yacht Club and Crypto Kitties and into other creative areas like music, choreography, dance and TV shows. And Austin-based Virtual Arts, the parent company of DanceFight, just struck a deal with reality TV pioneer Bunim-Murray Productions, based in Los Angeles. Together, they […]

Austin-based Strap Technologies Wins Best in Show at SXSW Innovation Awards

Austin-based Strap Technologies won Best in Show at the 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards. The company makes Ara, a wearable device for visually disabled people that detects the environment and the obstacles that surround them. The device communicates in a simple and distinguishable manner through vibration with mechanical actuators. The $500 device is expected to ship […]

Center for Autonomous Robots Launches at SXSW

At South by Southwest, Capital Factory and Guinn Partners activated the Center for Autonomous Robotics with a two-day showcase of robots and drones. The event took place Sunday and Monday and included a display of Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology from startups, corporations, universities, and government entities. “Innovation is all about iteration. You have to try, […]

Onnu Raises $6 Million for Financial Platform Aimed at Lower-Income Consumers

Onuu, a fintech company, announced this week that it has raised $6 million in seed-stage funding. Global Partners led the round with participation from Ulu Ventures, SV LATAM Capital, Jumpstarter Ventures, Verso Capital and Capital Factory Ventures. Onuu, pronounced “on you” is focused on low-income consumers. The company will provide life insurance, savings and credit […]

Flash Lands $250 Million for its Intelligent Parking Platform

Flash, a parking solutions provider, announced this week that it has raised $250 million in strategic investment led by Vista Equity Partners. The Austin-based company, founded in 2011, has created a smart parking system that lets real estate owners, parking operators and cities solve problems of congestion and lack of visibility into parking supply and […]