Curtana Seeks to Cure Brain Cancer

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By EVA RUTH MORAVEC Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News Dr. Gregory Stein had never been to Austin when he relocated his fledgling drug development company here from San Diego, a city rich with life sciences and its related ecosystem. “Entrepreneurs will do whatever it takes to make it work,” said Stein, president and CEO […]

Instacart Delivers Booze on Demand in Austin and Houston

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Instacart, the popular food delivery service, announced Tuesday it has partnered with select liquor stores to offer alcohol deliveries in as little as an hour. The San Francisco-based startup has partnered with Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods to offer delivery of fine foods, wine, liquor and beer. Right now, […]

Austin-based Silicon Labs Buys Telegesis of the U.K. for $20 million


Austin-based Silicon Labs announced Monday it has acquired Telegesis, a privately-held supplier of wireless mesh networking modules, for approximately $20 million. Telegesis, founded in 1998 in High Wycombe, England, outside of London, uses Silicon Labs’ ZigBee technology in its smart meters, USB adapters and other products. Other applications include home automation, connected lighting, security and […]

Six Local Artists’ Designs Decorate Google’s Prototype Cars

Austin Artist Catherine Malloy's design for the Google prototype car.
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Google on Monday announced the winners of a design contest it held to to decorate its prototype autonomous vehicles. It chose six local artist whose designs will be featured on the side of the vehicles. The artists each received a $500 gift card and the opportunity to ride in one of the driverless cars. In […]

Honest Dollar Partners with Lyft to Provide Retirement Savings Plans


Austin-based Honest Dollar has partnered with Lyft to provide its contract employees with a retirement savings plan. Honest Dollar’s savings plan is designed to be a flexible way for contract workers to save for retirement with Lyft’s 100,000 drivers getting access to the benefit first. But Honest Dollar plans to roll out the savings plan […]

Nextdoor Launches Nextdoor Now for Jobs in Austin


Nextdoor, is an online network of neighbors that lets them exchange information about everything from lost dogs to furniture for sale, and now it’s launching Nextdoor Now for people to find neighborhood jobs in Austin. The San Francisco-based startup chose Austin as one of the first cities to get Nextdoor Now because of its large […]

Umbel of Austin Raises $20 Million


Umbel, which makes a customer data platform, announced it has raised $20 million in Series B financing led by Cielo Private Equity. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand its sales and marketing efforts. Lisa Harris, managing partner of Cielo Private Equity, has joined the company’s board of directors. “We are incredibly […]

Occipital Acquires Lynx Laboratories of Austin


Occipital, based in Boulder, Colorado, announced Wednesday, it has acquired Lynx Laboratories of Austin. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today, we’re announcing that we have acquired Lynx Laboratories,” according to a post on the company’s website. “Lynx has been at the forefront of developing mobile 3D scanning software since the launch of […]

Tritium Partners of Austin Closes on a $309 Million Fund


Tritium Partners of Austin has closed on its inaugural $309 million private equity fund. The fund’s investors include leading retirement systems, private pension plans, university endowments, foundations, diversified financial institutions and insurance companies. Tritium plans to invest in companies in the Internet and information services, supply chain and logistics and financial and business services industries […]

Austin’s International Accelerator Pitch Event Features 10 Startups


The International Accelerator in Austin is holding its second pitch event featuring ten international startups from nine countries Thursday and Friday. The accelerator received 350 applications from around the world and narrowed the selection down to the ten finalists, said Phil Pompa, Managing Director of International Accelerator. On Thursday morning, the startups will pitch for […]