data.world – This startup, which launched in July with $14 million in venture funding, seeks to solve the problem of making data fast and easy to find online. It also wants to make that data easy to use to solve problems. It bills itself as a “social network for data people.” The company is founded by serial Austin entrepreneur Brett Hurt, founder of Bazaarvoice and three former HomeAway executives.
EverlyWell – This health tech startup launched in April with $2.5 million in seed funding. It is doing at-home healthcare diagnostics tests. Julia Cheek is the CEO. The startup is creating diagnostic tests for food sensitivity, fertility, hormone health and more aimed at consumers. In September, the company presented at the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt and earned a spot as one of six finalists in the competition.
Twyla – This startup has created a new way to buy art online. It officially launched in October. HomeAway Co-founder Brian Sharples is one of the company’s co-founders. The startup raised more than $19 million led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) and joined by IVP and Redpoint Ventures. Twyla lets consumers discover and buy art online by providing access to limited-edition artwork by leading contemporary artists. The company also displays its artwork at select “showrooms,” including boutique hotels such as South Congress Hotel in Austin and Soho House West Hollywood.
Medici – This startup created an app that allows doctors and patients to communicate with each other. It launched in November and received $24 million from 10 private investors. The app is first offered in Austin. It allows patients to securely text with their doctor, vet, therapist and more through a HIPAA-complaint app. Clinton Phillips is the company’s founder and CEO. The company plans to expand its offices from the U.S. and Europe to South Africa. The app is available for free through the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Medici website.
Meretz – This startup, based at Capital Factory, created an app that provides rewards to gamers for exercising throughout the day. Eric Abrahams is the company’s CEO and co-founder. The startup has five employees including many veterans of the gaming industry. The app launched in February and currently is in beta testing. It’s a free platform that makes money from game developers who pay fees for Meretz users to connect to their games.
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