Austin-based Renovate Simply Lands Seed Stage Funding


Renovate Simply, based in Austin, announced it has received seed stage funding from the Digitech Venture Capital Fund, Central Texas Angel Network and a number of angel investors. Renovate Simply is a marketplace business that connects homeowners with vetted contractors to simplify the renovation process. The amount of the seed stage funding was not disclosed. […]

KUKA Opens Robotics Center in Austin

Kuka's robots, courtesy photo.

KUKA ATX is a new robotics research and development center in Austin focused on industrial robots for factory production. The German-based company established its newest center of excellence at 11921 North Mopac Expressway. The center will focus on web, cloud and mobile software platforms to augment KUKA robotics, customer experience and overall productivity. The Austin […]

TriNet Expands Austin Office


TriNet, a human resources solutions company, has expanded its Austin office in the Research Park area and has hired more than 80 new engineers. The company, based in San Leandro, Calif., now occupies 33,557 square feet of offices with employees focused on technology, sales and service. TriNet is focused on serving small to midsize businesses […]

Dell Medical School and Dell Seton Medical Center Win $300,000 Grant


The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin just launched with its first class of students this summer. Its goal is to rethink and reinvent the way healthcare is delivered to patients. And this week, Dell Medical School and the future Dell Seton Medical Center won a $300,000 grant to help resident […]

NewCo Conference Returns to Austin to Showcase the City’s Tech Industry

John Battelle, founder of NewCo at last year's conference, photo by John Davidson.

NewCo Austin is a new kind of conference that takes people into the work spaces of some of Austin’s most innovative companies. The conference takes place on July 26th and 27th at various locations around town, and Capital Factory is hosting several sessions as an affiliate partner of the conference. This year, NewCo Austin expanded […]

Austin Startups Attract $152 Million in Venture Capital During Second Quarter

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is still doing well when it comes to attracting venture capital investment into its technology startups. During the second quarter, venture capitalists invested $152 million in 24 deals in Austin, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, based on […]

Ten Things to Know About Pokemon Go in Central Texas

A pokemon in the wild.

Pokemon Go launched July 6th and has become an instant hit. During the day and at night, Pokemon Go players gather at shopping centers, parks, schools and other landmarks in the area to hunt for Pokemon, pocket monsters that range in abilities, power and status. By capturing Pokemon, the players can level up and once […]

Twitch Opens Austin Office


Twitch, the video platform and community for gamers, has opened a new office in Austin with six employees and plans to hire more this year. Twitch’s office is located on South Congress. Ken Demarest, director of product development for Twitch’s Developer Success team, will lead the new office. The company is also hiring front and […] Launches with $14 Million in Venture Funding

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The world is awash in data. Yet only a tiny amount – less than one percent – of all the data that gets collected and stored is ever analyzed, according to an IDC report. An Austin-based startup,, led by serial entrepreneur Brett Hurt, officially launched Monday with $14 million in venture funding, with the […]

Facebook Plans $11.2 Million Expansion of its Austin Office


Facebook is quadrupling the space at its Austin office at 300 W. Sixth, according to Buildzoom, which pulled several building permits the company filed with the city. Facebook applied for building permits to connect floors nine through 12 at its office. The company currently is located on the 10th floor. Since the beginning of the […]