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 […]

Whistleblower Says Facebook Continues to Prioritize Profits Over Safety on the Platform

Facebook still has a huge problem with spreading misinformation throughout the world, said Frances Haugen, former product manager turned Facebook Whistleblower. “The problem at Facebook is not about bad people or bad ideas it’s about giving the most reach to the people with the most extreme ideas,” Haugen said. Haugen spoke at South by Southwest […]

Futurist at SXSW Says Robots, the Metaverse, NFTs, and Synthetic Chickens Don’t Mean Anything if the World Doesn’t Stop the Planet from Warming

Digital identity in the metaverse, robots that are smarter than humans, synthetic biology to create chicken from stem cells, and climate change are some of the major trends Futurist Amy Web discussed at South by Southwest on Sunday morning This year, Webb’s 15th annual trend report is 668 pages long and covers 574 longitudinal tech […]

At SXSW, Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor, Says He’ll Legalize Marijuana in Texas

At South by Southwest, Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for Texas Governor, said when he gets the job, he’s going to make marijuana legal in Texas. “We’re going to make sure that we no longer lock up people for possession of a substance that is legal in most of the rest of the country, and […]

At SXSW, Upload’s Creator Greg Daniels Explores Digital Life Extension and the Metaverse

A constant buzzword at this year’s South by Southwest festival is metaverse, which is the 3-D version of the Internet. It’s also the place where the popular Prime Video series Upload takes place in the year 2034. And on Friday as the second season of the sci-fi comedy was released on Amazon Prime, Greg Daniels, […]

At SXSW, Patreon’s Co-Founder Jack Conte Gives Advice on How to Create Content in a Shitstorm

Creating in a shitstorm kind of sums up what it’s been like to be a content creator during the COVID-19 pandemic times. That was a featured session Friday at South by Southwest by Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon and co-creator of the bands Pomplamoose and Scary Pockets. No matter how much work creators put in […]