Austin-based Telestax Lands $4.7 Million in VC Funding

Telestax announced this week it has raised $4.7 million in funding. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners led the funding round. The company plans to use the money on product development, customer support and marketing. “We are thrilled to bring Telestax into our portfolio of promising companies. The exceptional team, high-value technology and resulting customer adoption of […]

Seven Austin Entrepreneurs Win Big at WeWork Creator Awards

In the first ever Austin WeWork Creator Awards, seven Austin entrepreneurs won $845,000 in financial grants and now head to New York City fo the final event. The biggest winner, GrubTubs, took home $360,000 in the scale category, the top prize at the event held at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater Tuesday night. […]

Austin-based Mood Media Completes Deal to Become a Private Company

Austin-based Mood Media Corp. announced Wednesday its acquisition by several investors including Apollo Global Management and GSO Capital Partners. Mood Media, the parent company of Muzak, is now privately-held and its stock will no longer trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The investors paid 17 cents per share Canadian for Mood Media’s stock. The deal […]

AT&T Launches Second Trial of its Ultra-Fast 5G Network in Austin

AT&T on Tuesday announced the second trial of its ultra-fast 5G network throughout more locations in Austin. Last year, the Dallas-based company completed the industry’s first wireless 5G business customer trial in Austin. The company’s second trial delivers “an ultra-fast internet connection to residential, small business and enterprise customers using Ericsson’s 5G RAN and the […]

Artificial Intelligence Startup SparkCognition Closes on $32.5 Million

Austin-based SparkCognition, a startup focused on artificial intelligence, announced Monday that it has closed on $32.5 million in funding. Verizon Ventures led the Series B funding round with participating from The Boeing Company, through its Boeing HorizonX unit. “SparkCognition has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence to bring unparalleled advancements to many of the world’s […]

HomeAway to Expand to a new 16-Story Office Tower in The Domain

Austin-based HomeAway announced it has signed a lease to occupy a new 16 story office tower in The Domain in the first quarter of 2019. The vacation rentals company reports the new 315,000 square foot location will be able to accommodate more than 2,000 employees. “As a global company headquartered in Austin and as the […]

11 Austin Individuals, Companies and Nonprofit Organizations Chosen to Compete at WeWork’s Creator Awards

This week, WeWork announced 11 Austin companies have been selected as finalists for The Creator Awards South Regional Final, which will be held next week at ACL Line. WeWork selected the finalists from more than 2,000 applications from all across the south. The event is Tuesday, June 27 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, […]

UT Austin Spinout Startup GenXComm Lands $1.5 Million in Seed Funding

One of the latest startups to spin out of the University of Texas at Austin, GenXComm has received a $1.5 million seed round of financing. The Austin-based startup is focused on doubling the amount of traffic a wireless network can handle. Its patent-pending technology is called S-SIX. FAM Capital Partners led the investment with investments […]

The Movie “For Here or to Go?” Depicts the Plight of H1-B Visa Workers in the U.S.

Rishi Bhilawadikar created the movie, “For Here or to Go?” to tell the story of H1-B Visa workers in the U.S. living in limbo. He knows the story firsthand. For 12 years, Bhilawadikar, a native of India, has been in the U.S. first under a graduate student Visa at Indiana University and later as a […]

Culture can Make or Break a Technology Company

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and reporter with Silicon Hills News Creating a great company culture isn’t just about having perks like free lunches, Ping Pong tables, and nap rooms. “They are important in a sense,” said Courtney Branson, head of culture at Square Root in Austin. “Having a Ping Pong table does bring people together […]