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 […]

SXSW 2022 Kicks Off in Austin with a Focus on the Importance of In Real Life Connections

Amid some turbulent times, South by Southwest kicked off Friday morning in Austin with in-person events and some programing also available online. It’s dubbed “URL meets IRL” URL stands for uniform resource locator or web addresses and IRL stands for In Real Life. The blended experience exists, but people are most excited to be back […]

Slingshot Aerospace Lands $25 Million in Funding

Slingshot Aerospace announced Thursday that it has raised $25 million in funding. Draper Associates and ATX Venture Partners led the Series A funding. To date, the company has raised $34.6 million in Series A funding. Other investors included Edison Partners, Embedded Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, Lockheed Martin Ventures, and more. Participation from previous investors also […]

Colossal Biosciences has Landed $60 Million in Funding to Bring Back Extinct Species

Colossal Biosciences, the startup focused on bringing back extinct species like woolly mammoths, has raised $60 million in funding. Thomas Tull and At One Ventures led the Series A round with participation from Untamed Planet, Animoca Brands, Breyer Capital, Animal Capital, Arch Ventures co-founder Robert Nelsen, Paris Hilton, Bold Capital, Boost VC, Jazz Ventures, Builders […]

Austin-based S3 Ventures Launches $250 Million Fund Focused on Texas Startups

S3 Ventures announced this week that it has established a new $250 million fund targeted at investing in Texas Startups. The Austin-based venture firm, founded in 2005, has $900 million in assets under management. This is the firm’s seventh fund. To date, S3 Ventures has invested in more than 50 startups and has 25 active […]

LiveOak Venture Partners’ Third Annual Giving Program Raises $250,000 for Nonprofit Organizations

For the third year, LiveOak Venture Partners has spearheaded the LiveOak Gives program to support nonprofit organizations. This year, LiveOak Gives Program is giving $250,000, the highest in the history of the program, which donated $200,000 in 2020 and $174,000 in 2019. LiveOak selects nonprofit organizations focused on children, women’s empowerment, the elderly, and others […]

DivInc Honors its 2022 Champions of Change Award Winners

Generational wealth is created by people who found companies, said Chris Hyams, CEO of Indeed. That’s why DivInc, a nonprofit accelerator focused on assisting women and people of color is so important in Austin, said Hyams who serves on the DivInc Board of Directors and as 2022 Honorary Chair for the DivInc Champions of Change […]

DivInc Awards Colette Pierce Burnette its First Legacy Award

Colette Pierce Burnette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Huston-Tillotson University received the first-ever legacy award at DivInc’s fourth annual Champions of Change Awards presented by Notley. Burnette came to Austin in 2015 as Huston-Tillotson’s first black female president. During her time in Austin, Burnette has blazed a trail for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout […]

Austin-based Xebec Selected as a SXSW 2022 Innovation Award Finalist

Xebec, a company that launched during the pandemic, has made the list of Innovation finalists at South by Southwest. The Austin-based company’s product, Xebec Tri-Screen 2, is a finalist in the Speculative Design category. Other finalists include Biometric Ignited mobile self-defense, Flash Freeze Premium Ice Cream on Demand, Katalyst Training System and The First Ever […]

HearstLab Texas to Hold Pitch Competition for Female-Founded Tech Startups based in the South

HearstLab is holding its first-ever pitch competition for female-led founders in San Antonio. It is looking to fund high-growth, women-led startups in the South, said Lisa Gillespie, vice president of marketing and new business development at the San Antonio Express-News and HearstLab Scout. “We’re not just a newspaper,” Gillespie said. “We’re interested in investing way […]