SXSW Eco Announces Startup Showcase and Place by Design Finalists

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South by Southwest Interactive attracts geeks from all over the world every March to find out about the latest technology. But another SXSW conference, held every October, attracts companies worldwide to focus on innovative solutions for saving the planet from environmental destruction. That conference is SXSW Eco and this week, its organizers announced the finalists […]

Interactions to Hire 1,000 Customer Service Workers in Austin

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Interactions Corp., a Boston-area based company which provides virtual assistant services to companies, plans to expand in the Austin area by hiring 1,000 new employees by next year. The company is hiring people who can provide customer service and do data entry jobs to support Interactions’ iCenters, an automated system for customer support. Interaction has […]

By Popular Demand, Mahana Expands Outside the Restaurant Industry

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BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News One of the rules of startups is that you can’t always follow the rules of startups. Mahana was trying. After launching its technology that helped restaurants reach out to their best customers when they were in proximity of the establishment, it kept getting calls from hotels, sports […]

Texas A&M Looks to Partner with Tech Entrepreneurs

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BY LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Roy Truitt, founder of Austin-based startup ScanSee, wants to tap into Texas A&M’s rich engineering resources. Truitt, a serial entrepreneur who founded Truco Enterprises, which makes the On the Border brand of chips and salsas, created ScanSee four years ago. It makes an app, HubCiti, which can […]

Compare Metrics Rebrands and Launches as Edgecase

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Compare Metrics, which makes retail analytics software aimed at improving the online shopping experience for consumers, announced it has rebranded as Edgecase and officially launched its shopping platform. The Austin-based company, founded in 2012, has created shopping software that allows people to browse online easily for clothes in a natural way, similar to window shopping […]

Austin-based Green & Grow Lands $6 Million in Funding

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Green & Grow, an agriculture technology startup, has raised $6 million in Series B funding and struck a new partnership with Otter Capital. “Since our first meeting, we have been impressed with Otter Capital’s knowledge and commitment to the biological product space,” Alan Sobba President and CEO of GGI, said in a news release. The […]

Astrotech Sells Assets to Lockheed Martin for $61 Million

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Astrotech Corp., founded in 1984, completed the sales of all of its Astrotech Space Operations assets and properties for $61 million to Lockheed Martin Corp. The Austin-based company, formerly Spacehab, provides commercial space products and services to NASA, the Department of Defense and other customers. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our […]

Austin-Based Bearch Gets $2.1 Million in Funding for Photo Sharing App “Unseen”

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Snapchat is one of the most popular apps right now for young people. The company turned down offers of $3 billion and $4 billion from Facebook and Google, respectively. Snapchat lets its users send videos and photos and messages which disappear after a little bit. That privacy feature appeals to young people who don’t want […]

Michael Dell Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS Research

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Michael Dell took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research Saturday in front of the construction site for the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. CNBC’s Jon Fortt challenged Dell. In a posting to his Facebook page, Dell, in turn, challenged Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Marc Benioff, founder and […]

WiseWear Creates a Tiny Platform to Analyze Your Body’s Data

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By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Wearable companies all over the world are racing to create devices that tell you what’s going on in your body. They’re on sports bras, wristwatches, necklaces and even cocktail rings. They can be stuck on wounded areas to measure pain. And then there’s WiseWear, whose tiny platform […]