Meero: Leader of Artificial Intelligence For Image Processing To Increase Employees to 1000 By December 2019

When a young start up manages to increase their employees over 20 times in just 3 years one has to wonder what their secret recipe to success is. Recently announced, Meero, a startup revolutionizing the photography industry worldwide using Artificial Intelligence, has multiplied its employees over 20 times in just 3 years, a record breaking growth within the tech industry. Since its creation in 2016, Meero has recruited 450 employees and plans to hire 550 new profiles in one year mostly in operations, supply, customer service, IT and sales.

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SXSW Update: Apply to SXSW 2019 Release It Pitch Competition by January 17th

With the New Year, SXSW 2019 is just around the corner starting March 8th, 2019. One deadline for SXSW 2019 coming up on January 17th is the Release It pitch competition. The competition provides an opportunity for startup and companies to present new and innovative products or services to a panel of judges comprised of venture capitalists, tech industry experts, and high-profile media during SXSW 2019 on Friday, March 8, 2019. Continue Reading →

Austin Startup Week 2018 is Less Than a Month Away; Are You Ready?

Austin is one of the top 10 cities in the nation to move to if you’re interested in a career in technology or wanting to launch a startup. Austin is home to over 1,700 local startups and the numbers keep increasing as more people move there.

Furthermore, the Austin chamber’s Beverly Kerr has stated she drew on the latest annual U.S. Census Bureau estimate that as of July 2017, the Austin and Round Rock MSA’s population totaled 2,115,827, up 55,269 from 2,060,558 the year before. It’s clear that Austin is growing fast and the number of startups at this rate will increase more throughout the next couple of years.

To celebrate Austin’s startups their annual Austin Startup Week is less than a month away with day one commencing on October 1st. Austin Startup Week is five days of events with different organizations and meetups that support them.  Continue Reading →

REDENIM: The New Way to Shop for Designer and Affordable Women’s Jeans

The clothing box hysteria has been going on for years but what you may not know is most are backed by large corporate companies. Recently in our beloved city of Austin, Kelly Ernst launched her small business, Redenim, which uses algorithms to simplify the jeans buying heartache for women across the U.S.  Continue Reading →

National Small Business Week 2018

In 1963 the President of the United States issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week that recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year’s National Small Business Week has been from April 29th and continuing to May 5th, 2018. Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year? With the growth of technology, remote workspaces and growth of local businesses I predict this will increase by next year. During National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Continue Reading →

First Sputnik ATX Cohort to Graduate: Inaugural Class of Startups to Present to Investors on Demo Day Tomorrow

The Texas capital, Austin, has been a city of technology and innovation for well over a decade with technology companies like Dell whose headquarters are located there. Coined as “Silicon Hills,” Austin has been named the 8th America’s Fastest-Growing Cities 2018 and 2nd The Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2017 by Forbes. Since 2011 the city has hosted Austin Startup Week which is five days of events celebrating Austin startups, the organizations and meetups for networking. During the annual event organizations and startups open their doors and host events for both locals and visitors who are interested in learning more about the startup scene in Austin. It is clear that Austin, currently, is ideal for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs. Continue Reading →

Austin Startup Week 2017 Information

Austin Startup Week is October 9–13, 2017 and showcases Austin Startups. It’s five days of events celebrating Austin startups, the organizations, and meetups that support them. Continue Reading →

Coin Up: The Mobile Donation App Review

The Coin Up App  is one of the first mobile donation apps approved for Apple’s app store. The Coin Up App allows users to channel their virtual spare change to qualified nonprofits, and see the real impact their donations make for a cause. Users of Coin Up can round up their transactions on any credit or debit card and direct the funds to an organization of their choice on the app – making an impact on the go every month. Continue Reading →

Austin Startup Week, ATX Startup Crawl and NewCo Event

ATX Start up week

When I moved back to Austin from San Francisco I immediately started looking up various tech events throughout the city. The first events I attended were Austin StartUp week, NewCo Austin festivals and the ATX Startup Crawl.

This year Austin Startup week is October 3-7th at various locations in downtown Austin.  During Austin Startup week there are several different useful panels in regards to Startups so definitely check the schedule and also give yourself time between each panels. Austin Startup week is a great opportunity to meet with fellow StartUp owners from all over Austin.


The ATX Startup Crawl will be on Thursday, October 6th before the last day of Austin Startup week. I had a blast last year and hope to attend this year as well. You can’t go wrong with mixing geeks and cocktails; it’s rather comical. To attend the ATX Startup Crawl or if you would like more information the click here.

One may think “I have to wait all the way to October to hang out with my Startup friends? Blasphemy!”

Never fear they have a few events before then to meet with fellow entrepreneurs. On July 26th & 27th NewCo festival will be returning to Austin. At the NewCo event attendees get to choose from 90+ sessions led by founders and entrepreneurs within their headquarters throughout Austin. For more information or if you would like to attend NewCo click here.


I hope to see you guys at these events; as usual I will be attending all three events. If you see me definitely come over and say hi! I will also tweet about the events on @nrpena, @hitechchic, and @cutegeek if you’re curious to see what going on at each event.

Let the games begin!


atx sTARTUP HAPPYThe week is finally here where geeks, entrepreneurs and the startup community all gather in Austin. Startup week started today with Capital Factory Tours, Educational Panels, Meet Ups and ending the day with the ATC Battle of the Bands.

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