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Tech Ranch Austin helps move startups forward

Every Tuesday, Arthur Chong drives 144 miles from the Houston suburb of Katy to Tech Ranch Austin. He’s part of Venture Forth 12, an 8-week $495 class at Tech Ranch Austin that covers everything from creating a three-year financial forecast to putting together a pitch deck, a set of 10 slides to pitch a company […]

Tech Ranch Austin’s 3rd anniversary in three words

Tech Ranch Austin, an early stage accelerator and incubator for entrepreneurs and their ventures, celebrated its third anniversary Thursday night at its new headquarters in North Austin at 9111 Jollyville Road. About 300 people turned out for the event which featured live music, a short speech by Kevin Koym, founder of Tech Ranch Austin, and […]

Chaotic Moon Labs showcases its “Board of Awesomeness” at CES

Last week I attended the first meet up for the Austin chapter of the Online News Association. Robert Quigley, senior lecturer with the University of Texas journalism school, and Cindy Royal, professor at Texas State University, are cofounders of the Austin ONA chapter. The first meeting had a great turnout. In addition to other journalists, […]

Return Path acquires OtherInbox

Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur, announced today that Return Path has acquired his 5 year old startup OtherInbox. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Baer will remain as chief executive officer and Return Path will operate OtherInbox as a wholly owned subsidiary and all employees get to keep their jobs, according to its news […]

Xplore Technologies to drop its computers on concrete and submerge them in water at CES

Want a tough computer? Then Xplore Technologies might be the ticket. The Austin-based companies bills its computers as “the world’s most suggest tablet PCs” and this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it’s going to prove it. Throughout the show, Xplore will drop its iX104CS rugged tablet computers onto concrete and submerge […]

CrunchFund invests in Socialware

CrunchFund announced its investment in Austin-based Socialware in an extension to a $7 million venture capital round. Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, created CrunchFund along with Patrick Gallagher and MG Siegler, to invest in early stage startups. Socialware, which was founded in 2008 and has raised $14 million, is a mature company with 50 employees […]

Corel Corp. acquires Austin-based Bibble Labs

How do you keep an acquisition quiet for almost a year? Ask Jeff Stephens, president of Bibble Labs. Stephens last week announced in a company blog post that Ottawa, Canada-based Corel bought Bibble Labs last year. Eric Hyman founded Bibble Labs in Austin in 2000. “All of us at Bibble have joined the Corel team,” […]

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Give As You Get provides a painless new way to donate

A new Austin-based startup, Give As You Get, wants to make it easy for people to support their favorite nonprofit organization while shopping for items online. “We’ve gotten a great response from the community,” said David Sandal, who launched the site late last year. More than 50 organizations have signed up and Give As You […]