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Laura Lorek
TechChi blogger and journalist Laura Lorek will build out a startup news site for technology and biotechnology news in the Austin-San Antonio region, focusing on entrepreneurs, companies and creative people.

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Project Blog: Silicon Hills News

TechChi blogger and journalist Laura Lorek will build out a startup news site for technology and biotechnology news in the Austin-San Antonio region, focusing on entrepreneurs, companies and creative people.

Pitching at Startup America, Landing our First Sponsor
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012


I was selected to pitch SiliconHillsNews.com at yesterday's Startup America coaching webinar. I highly recommend the Startup America (launched by the White House to accelerate entrepreneurship.)


Earlier, I had been accepted into Startup Texas, which helps me focus on the business. They've got great online seminars and discounts on all kinds of programs like Google Adwords - which I plan to take advantage of this year.  I don’t know much about Google Adwords, but the goal is to employ more advertising to spread the word about Silicon Hills News.

Silicon Hills News continues to grow organically through word-of-mouth advertising.  The site has landed its first corporate sponsor: Rackspace Hosting.


Silicon Hills News is the only regional tech website run by a woman.

The goal is to land five more major sponsors this year for a total in $100,000 in funding to expand operations. I would like to sell another $50,000 worth of ads this year too.


December was the best month ever for traffic to the site. The traffic continues to nearly double every month. And social media efforts through Twitter and Facebook definitely help drive the hits. Today, Silicon Hills News has 200 Twitter followers and 142 Facebook fans.


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   • Posted by Laura Lorek on 01/04 at 10:10 AM