Austin-based SiteCondor Sold to gShift of Canada

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Judd Lyon and Sebastian Brocher accomplished what a lot of entrepreneurs strike out to do in Austin. They bootstrapped their startup and sold it for a handsome profit. They recently sold SiteCondor, website auditing tools for digital agencies and content marketers, to gShift Labs, based in Toronto, Canada. The terms of the deal were not […]

Apogee Buys Campus Televideo

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Apogee, higher education’s largest provider of residential network services, announced Friday it has purchased Campus Televideo of Stamford, Connecticut. The Austin-based company did not report the financial terms of the deal. Campus Televideo, founded in 1984, will now operate as a division of Apogee, founded in 1998 by Chuck Brady. “Apogee’s acquisition of CTV is […]

WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital

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WellAware, an oil and gas industry analytics and data startup, this week announced it has received $16 million more in financing. The San Antonio-based startup reported the Series B1 financing was led by Mitsui & Co. and Genscape. It plans to use the money to expand its operations and for research and development on its […]

Dropbox Shows Off its New Austin Offices

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Dropbox hosted a rooftop launch party to show off its new Austin offices at 501 Congress Ave. Wednesday night. The cloud storage company earlier this summer moved into more than 50,000 square feet in the building. It occupies two floors already with plans to expand to a third floor. The space has room for 300 […]

Kony Opens Austin Office and Relocates Headquarters

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Kony, a mobile application development platform, has opened an office in Austin. The company has relocated its headquarters from Orlando to Austin. Its office is at 9225 Bee Cave Road and the company plans to hire at least 50 employees. Kony held an open house at its office Tuesday night to celebrate its expansion into […]

SmarterHQ Opens Austin Office

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SmarterHQ, an online marketing platform, announced this week the opening of its new office in Austin. The company, based in Indianapolis, recently received $8 million in financing led by the Simon Venture Group. The five year old startup has raised $20 million to date. The office opened Aug. 31 st. This is the company’s first […]

HEB Partners with Instacart to Deliver Groceries in Austin

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H-E-B, the largest grocery retailer in Texas, is partnering with Instacart to deliver milk, bread, eggs and other groceries to people in Austin and Houston in an hour. “Don’t have time to come to H-E-B? No problem. We’ll bring H-E-B to you with Instacart,” Jeff Thomas, vice president and general manager of VP Central Texas […]

TechSpace Plans New Coworking Site in Downtown Austin

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New York-based TechSpace Holding Co. announced Monday that it plans to expand into Austin by opening a new TechSpace business center. The coworking center will be located at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin’s central business district. TechSpace plans to occupy the entire ground floor and the entire 4th floor of the San Jacinto Center. […]

Almalence Receives Investment from Intel Capital

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Almalence, a computational imaging startup, announced Monday it has received an investment from Intel Capital. The amount of investment and terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2005, plans to use the funds to develop the next version of its mobile imaging technology to enable mobile cameras to achieve the […]

goTransverse Lands Major Customer and Plans Expansion

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goTransverse, a cloud-based billing company, just landed a major deal with STARZ Play Arabia, an international cable provider. The Austin-based company is providing STARZ Play with a billing system that allows the media company to provide service to up to 385 million media consumers in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. goTransverse […]

Vote for 13 SXSW Interactive Panels with an Austin Focus

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Every year, Silicon Hills News highlights South by Southwest Interactive PanelPicker pitches put forth by the Austin community. One of the best parts of SXSW Interactive is it lets you tap into the minds of some of the best and brightest in Austin to learn first hand […]

Google’s Prototype Self-Driving Cars Coming to Austin for Testing

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google is bringing its autonomous vehicle prototype to Austin for testing. The compact two door, two-seater white cars, which Google has created in partnership with Roush Industries in Detroit, will be hitting the roads of Austin in the next week or so. The cute little electric cars […]

Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups?

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte and the French government offered a cash prize to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve food for his troops on the battlefield. Nicholas Appert won the reward in 1810 by devising a way to use heat to preserve food […]

Fashion Metric Builds a Strong Data Science Team in Austin

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Fashion Metric is working to solve the problem of ill-fitting clothes by employing data science. The startup created software, which it calls a virtual tailor, to help online shoppers find clothes that fit by calculating their detailed body measurements. It does this by simply asking a few questions online and then processing that information through […]

Xenex Sees Big Market for Germ Zapping Robots

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Xenex’s germ zapping robots eradicate dangerous bacteria and viruses leading to lower cases of infectious diseases in the nation’s hospitals, according to several studies. “On a daily basis we are cleaning 5,000 to 7,000 rooms,” said Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex. Xenex created a mobile robot that […]

Intel Seeks Inventors for New Reality TV Show with $1 Million Prize

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A new television series “America’s Greatest Makers” is looking for inventors, makers, designers and engineers who are creating the next big wearable or smart-connected device. The competition, backed by Intel, Turner Broadcasting Mark Burnett, the producer of “Shark Tank,” “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” will award a $1 million grand prize and other prizes for the […]

Favor Launches Internationally with Service in Canada

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Favor, an app-based delivery service, is going international with its first delivery service set to launch in Toronto, Canada on Thursday. And the Austin-based startup will rename itself Favour in Canada to adapt to the local culture and customs. It offers delivery daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. in most of the Toronto metro […]

Able Lands $6 Million in Venture Capital and Expands Nationwide

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Able, a non-bank commercial lender, Tuesday announced it has closed on $6 million in venture capital and plans to expand its services nationwide. Blumberg Capital and RPM Ventures led the round with participation from Peterson Partners and Expansion Ventures AngelList Syndicate. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to begin offering loans in 40 […]

Get Smart Content Lands $3.5 Million in Venture Capital

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Get Smart Content announced Monday it has closed on a $3.5 million funding round. Origin Ventures led the round with participation from Chicago Ventures and Virgo Capital. To date, the company has raised just over $6.4 million, according to a news release. The Austin-based company runs an online platform that allows marketers to create personalized […]

PotentiaMetrics Harnesses Data to Improve Patient Care

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Austin’s growing tech scene and vibrant entrepreneurial community convinced Robert Palmer, CEO and founder of PotentiaMetrics, to move his startup from St. Louis to Austin last year. The company, developed through a partnership with the Office of Clinical Research Outcomes at the Washington University School of […]

Urban Co-Lab to Launch “Urban Innovators” Coworking Site in East Austin

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In a former brothel and gas station in Austin’s East 12th Street Business District, Urban Co-Lab plans to create a center for entrepreneurial activity and innovation. The coworking site is the brainchild of Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber, founder of Walker’s Legacy and now CEO of the Urban Co-Lab. […]

Kentucky Liquor Company Buys Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka

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Heaven Hill Brands of Kentucky announced this week it is buying Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka for an undisclosed amount. Clayton Christopher and Chad Auler founded Deep Eddy Vodka in 2010. The Wall Street Journal in May reported that the Austin-based company was for sale and estimated its valuation at between $165 million and more than […]

Tiff’s Treats Lands $14 Million and Plans Further Expansion

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Tiff’s Treats announced this week it has closed on $14 million in funding and plans to add additional stores. The Austin-based cookie company reported the investment round was led by private equity firm, Capstar Partners, private investor Lew Little and included other institutional and individual investors. As part of the deal, Little joins the company’s […]

Amazon Plans New Center in San Marcos with 1,000 Employees

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The Lone Star state has been a prosperous place for Amazon.com. This week, the Seattle-based e-commerce company announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos, which will eventually employ 1,000 workers. The center will be 855,000 square feet and its employees will pick, pack and ship smaller items such as books, […]

San Antonio’s MX Challenge Shuts Down Without Awarding Prize

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Without any fanfare or publicity, San Antonio’s MX Challenge closed in July without awarding its $500,000 prize. Jesus Salas, the program manager, posted a message to the site: “Hey innovator, Thanks for the interest that you showed for the MxChallenge. After evaluating the low demand on the competing participants we decided to shut down the […]

Bigcommerce Expands to Downtown Austin

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Bigcommerce is moving into part of Mass Relevance’s former offices at 800 Brazos in downtown Austin, Silicon Hills News has learned. The e-commerce software company has leased 4,500 square feet of space left vacate when Spredfast bought Mass Relevance last year. Mass Relevance occupied 12,500 square feet. The office will house Zing, an Austin-based startup […]

Spreadfast Buys Shoutlet

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Spredfast, an Austin-based social media software startup, Wednesday announced its purchase of Shoutlet, a Wisconsin based competitor. Austin-based Spredfast did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. As part of the deal, Shoutlet’s Madison, Wisconsin-based headquarters will become Spredfast’s new development center. “The combined company has 600 employees and more than 1,400 customers in […]

Silicon Hills News’ Second Annual Life Sciences Issue Now Available

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Welcome to the second annual issue of Silicon Hills News’ print magazine focused on the expanding Life Sciences industry in Austin and San Antonio. It’s truly amazing to see the growth in this industry locally during the last few decades. And to know that Texas is one of the leading states overall in the biotechnology […]

Amos Schwartzfarb is the New Managing Director of Techstars Austin

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Techstars has hired Amos Schwartzfarb as its new managing director of Techstars Austin. Schwartzfarb takes over from Jason Seats, who is still with Techstars and will remain in Austin. Seats is one of the managing partners of Techstars $150 million venture capital fund. He is dedicating all of his time to that role. Schwartzfarb is […]

UK Mission Looking for Fintech Startups in Austin and San Antonio

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Officials with the United Kingdom are looking for a few good financial technology companies to go on a mission to the UK later this year. The focus is on learning more about the growing UK fintech network and on making connections to take their business global. The UK Trade & Investment will host the mission […]

Apply for IBM’s SmartCamp Pitch Competition in Austin

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IBM will be kicking off its annual startup pitch competition called SmartCamp next month. This year, IBM is collaborating with Jason Calacanis and his organization Launch Media. The Austin competition will take place at Capital Factory on Sept. 16th. Finalists from Austin and other cities around the world will travel to San Francisco to attend […]

Lyft Returns Ridesharing to San Antonio

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Lyft, the ridesharing startup, is coming back to San Antonio. Following three hours of discussion, the City Council of San Antonio on Thursday voted six to five in favor of a nine-month pilot agreement with Lyft. It’s been a bumpy ride so far for ridesharing companies operating in San Antonio. Lyft originally launched in March […]

Cybersecurity Firm root9b Expands to San Antonio

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root9B announced this week it is opening a new office this fall in downtown San Antonio. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company provides advanced cybersecurity services and training to private businesses and government agencies. Its new office will be located in the Tower Life building downtown. The company was ranked 45th on the Cybersecurity 500, a […]

Galvanize to Open New Campus in Austin

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Galvanize, a tech school and coworking space, announced this week it is opening its seventh campus in Austin. The Denver-based company leased 25,000 square feet in a building in the 2nd Street District in the North Shore development. It will feature classrooms, private suites, open work areas and event areas. The campus will be able […]

People Pattern Hires Former Facebook Executive Doug Wolfe

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People Pattern announced recently it has appointed Doug Wolfe as its Chief Operating Officer. Wolfe, previously served as head of operations for Atlas at Facebook. He has a lot of experience in marketing technology and digital media. As COO, Wolfe will oversee People Pattern’s product, sales, finance, partnership, recruitment and marketing. “People Pattern is taking […]

Austin Wins “StartUp in a Day” SBA Competition

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Everyone who has ever run a small business can tell you there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to deal with to get the venture off the ground. Now the City of Austin is aiming to make the process as simple as possible. This month, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Austin as […]

UT Spinout Capsenta Helps Healthcare Companies Harness Data

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Anyone familiar with the University of Texas at Austin is no stranger to the words “what happens here changes the world.” To Capsenta, a spin out smart data startup from a UT computer science lab, that motto is more than just a rallying call to donors […]

Targeted Technology Funds San Antonio Life Sciences Startups

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry in San Antonio for years complained about the lack of venture capital. In 2008, Paul Castella and Alan Dean, cofounders and senior managing partners of Targeted Technology, a venture capital firm based in San Antonio, decided to do something about that. […]

Invictus Medical Sells a Device to Help Newborn Babies

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Invictus Medical is a homegrown San Antonio biomedical startup focused on improving the lives of newborns. In 2010, Daniel Mendez, Israel Cruz and Nicholas Flores, all engineering undergraduates at the University of Texas at San Antonio, invented a device, initially called the aqua bonnet, during an engineering […]

UnaliWear Makes Smartwatches for Older Adults

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Joan Hall worked as a model most of her life. Now she’s 81 and lives independently in San Antonio. Her daughter, Jean Anne Booth, who lives in Austin, wanted to keep tabs on her mom and make sure she is ok but her mom refused to wear […]

BioMed SA Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Ten years ago, a group of leaders in San Antonio, led by former Mayor Henry Cisneros and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, created an advocacy organization for the city’s biomedical industry. They founded BioMed SA with the core mission to raise the visibility of San […]

Google Fiber is Coming to San Antonio

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google announced San Antonio as the next city to receive its “Gigabit” Internet network, which is about 100 times faster than what most broadband users currently experience in the city. “Google Fiber will provide San Antonio with the competitive business and entrepreneurial edge needed in this era […]

Ten Life Sciences Companies to Watch in Central Texas

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Texas is one of the leading biotech states in the country, according to a 2014 report from the Texas Governor’s Office. In fact, it ranks second for employment of life and physical scientists nationwide. The state has more than 3,600 biotechnology manufacturing and research and development firms. More than 92,000 people work for biotech companies […]

Payment Data Systems to Begin Trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market

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San Antonio-based Payment Data Systems, which processes online payments for other companies, announced Tuesday that it has received confirmation that its common stock will begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market starting Aug. 11th. In addition, Michael Long, chairman and CEO of Payment Data Systems and Louis Hoch, the company’s president, will ring the opening […]

Plum Raises $5 Million and Plans to Ship its Lightpads Soon

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Plum, maker of WiFi-enabled smart light dimmers, has raised $5 million in seed stage funding and is raising another $700,000 in funding before its round closes. Plum reports the money will allow it to manufacture and ship its flagship product, the Plum Lightpad, which allows homeowners to control their lights with their smartphone from anywhere. […]

Two Austin Startups Featured at First White House Demo Day

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President Barack Obama is hosting the nation’s first Demo Day at the White House to showcase innovative technology startups from all over the country. Among them, Jeanette Hill, CEO and founder of Spot On Sciences, will show off its portable and easy to use blood test kits. The company has created a product, HemaSpot, that […]

Spiceworks’ New Headquarters Opens, Expansion Planned Already

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Spiceworks held an open house Friday for its new headquarters at 3700 North Capital of Texas Highway, in the same Hill Country-adjacent neighborhood as Bazaarvoice. The company, which provides a free network management IT community, reports 2,000 new members a day and has roughly 360 employees in […]

eRelevance Creates DocWithMe App and Plans to Expand to Other Industries

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By HOJUN CHOI Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Robert Fabbio and his band of seasoned entrepreneurs at eRelevance first envisioned a mobile application that would help doctors better interact with their patients after treatment, but, around this vision, developed a marketing strategy that could make ripples beyond just the healthcare industry. “When we first […]

ePatientFinder is a Matchmaker for Patients and Clinical Trials

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News According to a study by Tufts University in 2014, 60-to-80 percent of the cost of any new drug or treatment goes to clinical trials, and most of that is money is channeled into luring in, then weeding out patients to test the drug. They have to have […]

App Puts Patients and Providers on the Same Page

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By TIM GREEN Reporter with Silicon Hills News Corinthian Health operates 20 centers where patients get critical intravenous drug treatments for chronic neurological and autoimmune diseases. The monthly sessions of infusions can last up to eight hours. If the patient isn’t properly prepared or the complex drug mix is off, the patient can suffer significant […]

Seeking High Tech and Low Tech Solutions to Low Voter Turnout

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Why don’t more people vote? Only about 36 percent of the voting population turned out for the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout election since 1942, according to stats from the United States Election Project. That’s a big problem and a group of experts in technology, journalism, […]

BarkHappy Launches a Social Networking App for Dogs in Austin

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A social networking app for dog owners made its debut in Austin this week. It’s BarkHappy, a location based meet up and search app, for dog owners. The app, which is available on Android and IOS devices, lets dog owners discover other dogs in their area through geolocation. The app lets dog owners arrange meetings […]

Integreon Opens Austin Office with Plans for 300 Employees

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Integreon, a global outsourcing firm, held a grand opening reception at its new office in Austin on Thursday night. The New York-based company plans to create more than 100 jobs initially with the potential to reach 300 jobs in the next few years, according to a news release. The company currently has 30 employees in […]

Favor Adds New VP of Engineering and Plans Further Expansion

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Favor, a personal delivery service, landed in Austin in the summer of 2013 and has quickly grown. Founders Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty moved here from California and launched a grocery and food delivery service. It quickly gained visibility for its runners who wore bright blue T-shirts with a faux tuxedo front. The service, which […]

Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At well over six feet tall with a strong build, Rodney Curry, a retired member of the U.S. Army’s 101st airborne division, wears a camel colored bag slung over one shoulder. He’s still got the close-cropped haircut of a soldier but instead of an army uniform, Curry […]

Continuum Analytics Gets $24 Million in Venture Capital

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Continuum Analytics has closed on $24 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst Partners and BuildGroup. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds on product development, sales and marketing and community development. Continuum makes Anaconda, the leading modern open source analytics platform built on Python, an open data science language. The company […]

Accenture Acquires Chaotic Moon

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Accenture has scooped up an Austin original: Chaotic Moon. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chaotic Moon, founded in 2010, is known in Austin as a creative technology studio, that pushes the boundaries of technology. In 2014 during SXSW, the studio launched a drone and tasered an intern at its offices. It has […]

Techstars Cloud Fall Program is Accepting Applications

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Techstars Cloud is back at it again. The fall program, which kicks off Nov. 2nd and runs until Feb. 11th with a two week break for the holidays, is now soliciting applications. This is the second Techstars Cloud program for 2015. The first one ended in April with ten companies pitching at Demo Day. “This […]

Main Street Hub Lands $25 Million in Financing, Plans to Hire 300

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Main Street Hub, which makes a marketing platform for small businesses, last week announced the closing of $25 million in venture capital to support its rapid growth. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2010, has raised $66 million to date, according to CrunchBase. The company closed on its Series C equity financing round from Vista Equity […]

Austin Dips in VC Investments for Second Quarter But Still Strong for 2015

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News The amount of venture capital bucks invested in Austin dropped nearly 49 percent in the second quarter to $162.5 million, compared to the first quarter’s $267.2 million, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thompson Reuters. But […]