Lyft Launches Electric Scooters and Bikes in Austin

Lyft launched its dockless electric scooters and bikes in Austin Tuesday. The ride-hailing company joins Uber which launched Jump, dockless electric scooters in October in Austin and bikes last summer. Other electric scooter companies operating in Austin include Lime and Bird. Austin is the fifth market where Lyft is offering scooters on the Lyft platform, […]

Aceable Lands $47 Million in Funding

Aceable, a mobile-focused platform for certification and training courses, announced Tuesday that is has closed on $47 million in venture capital. Sageview Capital led the Series B investment. Aceable plans to use the funds to expand into new markets nationwide, according to a news release. As part of the funding deal, Dean Nelson and Mike […]

After Selling to DXC Technology, argodesign Plans to Continue its Innovative Tech Design Work in Austin

Mark Rolston founded argodesign nearly five years ago, and last month the company sold to $22 billion IT company, DXC Technology, for an undisclosed sum. Rolston, who has a more than 25-year career in the design industry, recently sat down with Silicon Hills News’ Ideas to Invoices podcast to talk about the projects his company […]

JuiceBox Hero Helps Parents Find the Right Childcare Services

Laurie Felker Jones founded JuiceBox Hero to create a marketplace for parents to comparison shop for childcare. The childcare market is highly fragmented today. New parents often don’t know where to turn to find and compare what’s available in their neighborhood. Now they can turn to JuiceBox Hero. It’s like a Kayak comparison site and […]

Hypergiant Sensory Sciences Launches

Companies collect massive amounts of data from their operations every day. The problem is making sense of the constant stream of information and applying insights from the data to improve business operations. Today, Hypergiant Sensory Sciences launches with its “mission to deliver human perception at impossible scale.” The company is creating a software platform that […]

Living Security Raises $1.25 Million to Expand its Gamified Cyber Security Training Programs

Big companies can struggle with how to engage their employees in cybersecurity training. Living Security, based in Austin, has a novel approach that focuses on behavioral design and gamification to educate employees about cyber threats in the workplace and how to avoid them. The startup has created the Cyber Security Escape Room training for employees […]

Capital One Buys Austin-based Wikibuy

Capital One this week announced its acquisition of Wikibuy, an Austin-based online website that allows shoppers to compare prices for items. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wikibuy, founded in 2016, has 20 employees, based at 3939 Bee Cave Road in Austin. Its free service has more than two million members. “We […]

Kronologic Converts Sales Leads Into Meetings Using Artificial Intelligence

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Kronologic has created software that turns sales leads into meetings automatically. Through automation, bots and artificial intelligence, Kronologic’s software moves the conversation to the calendar, said Trey Allison, the company’s co-founder. “Let’s get to the yes quick or let’s get to the no quick and let’s cut […]

Microsoft Buys Austin-based XOXCO

Microsoft buys Austin-based XOXCO, a software product design and development studio known for its conversational artificial intelligence and bot development. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ben Brown and Katie Spence started XOXCO in 2008. The company raised $1.5 million in 2015 from “Bloomberg Beta, True Ventures, a small angel group called […]

Austin Loses its bid for Amazon’s HQ2

Austin lost its bid for Amazon’s HQ2 project. The Seattle-based company announced this week it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for its new headquarters. Amazon plans to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs in the new locations. “The fundamentals that made Austin a top 20 finalist […]