Influencers

Jane Ko

A laid-off service industry worker gets a free meal at Old Thousand thanks to Hundred For Hospitality, a local fund created by influencer Jane Ko. (Jane Ko)

Welcome to Austonia, a new, locally owned news company here to report on news, business, and politics in Austin, Texas. Like what you see? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get our latest stories in your inbox.

Last month, in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, Austin Mayor Steve Adler canceled South by Southwest and ordered the closure of all restaurants and bars in the city. While generally praised for his decision, Adler essentially shut down the city's hospitality industry at a time when it usually sees its highest sales.

Since then, many restaurants have pivoted to curbside delivery and selling bulk staples. But others have laid off staff or closed permanently. Cottage industries built around the city's dining scene have also been deeply impacted.

"I'm not making income," said Jane Ko, who runs the Austin food and travel blog A Taste of Koko. "I lost all of my projects, too."

Keep Reading Show less
Fanatics

McConaughey is offering his company at a UT football game for the "All In Challenge" (Fanatics)

Matthew McConaughey has signed onto the "All-In Challenge," he announced on Twitter yesterday, offering a "Texas Football Experience."
Keep Reading Show less

Michael Dell remains at the top of the list of local billionaires. (Hartmann Studios)

Forbes has released its annual list of the world's billionaires, and eight Austin-area billionaires have made the cut. The wealth used for the list reflects net worth as of March 18.

Michael Dell remains the richest man in town, with a Forbes-list net worth of $22.9 billion. His wealth is down from $32.3 in September of last year. He is ranked as the 33rd richest person in the world.

Keep Reading Show less