Austin is Becoming a Hub of Innovation for the Insurance Industry

Data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving big changes in the insurance industry, And Austin is emerging as a hub of innovation with several new InsureTech startups. “First of all, the insurance industry has cash and it is a humongous market,” said Miguel Fernandez, CEO and Founder of Claimbot. Fernandez and David Perez, […]

Planned Parenthood’s App is Making it Easier for Texas Women to Get Birth Control or UTI Treatment

With three kids under the age of five, Andrea Troncoso, 36, doesn’t have a lot of extra time. The Austin mom downloaded the Planned Parenthood Direct app a few weeks ago to get a birth control prescription. In a simple process, Troncoso upload a picture ID and answered about a dozen questions and then a […]

The 2019 Austin Mosaic Awards Recognize Companies and Individuals Championing Diversity and Inclusion

The Austin Mosaic Awards on Thursday night recognized companies and individuals spearheading diversity and inclusion in Austin. Naji Kelley, founder of Blnded Media and Janice Omadeke, founder of The Mentor Method, came up with the awards ceremony a year ago to shine a light on those in the Austin community helping to champion diversity. This […]

Austin Chamber Recognizes Outstanding Local Businesses

Every year, the Austin Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding local businesses at its Greater Austin Business Awards. This year, Underminer Studios, headed up by the husband and wife team of Tim and Alex Porter, received the HID Global Innovation Award. Other recipients included Reality Based Group and Texas Athletics. The award recognized them as “organization […]

Techstars Austin’s Amos Schwartzfarb Talks Sales Strategy and More on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

Amos Schwartzfarb, managing director of Techstars Austin, didn’t set out to write a book. He originally sat down to create some materials for Techstars companies focused on sales with answers to the most commonly asked questions. The project evolved into his book: Sell More, Faster: The Ultimate Sales Playbook for Startups, published by John Wiley […]

Claire England Steps Down as CTAN’s Executive Director

Big changes are happening at Austin’s Central Texas Angel Network. Claire England announced Thursday that she is stepping down from her role as executive director. She’s been with CTAN since December of 2014 and “is the longest-serving executive director in organization history,” according to a news release. “Under Claire’s leadership, CTAN has grown to be […]

Austin-based 17TeraWatts Launches Bodhi, a Software App to Help Solar Homeowners

Texas ranks number one of all the states in solar energy potential and number seven in installed solar capacity, according to the Texas Solar Energy Society. That makes Austin a great place to launch Bodhi Software, an app that helps homeowners install solar panels, track energy use and develop a relationship with others in the […]

AgencyKPI Launches With $3 Million in Funding to Mine Insurance Industry Data

Austin is becoming a hotbed of innovation in the insurance technology space. And the latest evidence of that is AgencyKPI, which develops a business intelligence platform that mines data for the insurance industry. The Austin-based company launched out of stealth mode this week and announced it has received $3 million in seed and strategic funding […]

Austin’s Spiceworks is Bought by Ziff Davis

Thirteen years ago, four tech workers in Austin founded Spiceworks, a social network for IT professionals. That company grew to employ 450 people and it also raised $111 million in venture capital funding including $57 million from Goldman Sachs in 2014. This week, Jay Hallberg, one of the co-founders and its CEO, announced in a […]

Developers Break Ground on Natiivo Austin, a High-Rise Hotel Built for Homesharing

The transformation of Rainey Street District continues with the groundbreaking Thursday morning on Natiivo Austin. The high-rise building at 48 East Avenue is being built for home-sharing by Austin-based Pearlstone Partners and Newgard Development Group., based in Miami. The condos allow owners to own, stay and share their condos and is powered by Airbnb, a […]