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The One-Question Interview: A  tech CEO talks about what to look for in a good mentor

Greg Stock is the CEO of Austin-based Zenoss, a provider of enterprise software for network monitoring.  He spoke to 512tech.com recently about the influence mentors have had on his working life. As a CEO, he says, mentors have helped him with tough...

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Austin's Caringo snares an additional $8.8 million for growth

Austin-based Caringo, which provides cloud-based data storage services, has added $8.8 million to its latest fundraising drive. The company received the capital from investors including New Science Ventures and Advantage Capital Partners. The additional...

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What Dell workers think about cubicles vs. open office

While on a recent tour of Dell Technologies' new open-office environment at its Round Rock campus, I had the chance to sit down with two Dell workers to find out what it was like to lose a cubicle desk in favor of unassigned open seating.  A bit of...

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Austin high school students review tech gear, diss iPhone 7 in rap as TechieGrad

"You think design's going forward but I just think it's going back / Making phones so thin the battery life is trash / And don't even try to get me started on the headphone jack / Lightning headphones that's a cheat, you're acting like it's a great...

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Austin-based Able Lending secures $100 million to make small business loans

At a time when alternative online loans are under scrutiny, Austin-based Able Lending said it has secured $100 million to provide low-cost loans to small businesses. The online lender received the debt financing from Community Investment Management...

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HomeAway CEO steps down; Expedia executive takes the helm

HomeAway, the Austin-born online vacation rental company that was acquired by travel giant Expedia last year, is making changes at the top. Brian Sharples, who co-founded HomeAway in 2005, led it through a public offering in 2011 and oversaw its $3...

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Tech crawl: The long-term impact of the Yahoo breach -- and do you really want a 3D body scan?

Good morning, Austin.  Here's hoping you're enjoying the suddenly cooler weather. As we edge into Fall, here's a look at some of the technology stories generating interest across the Interwebs this morning: Worries grow over Yahoo data breach Security...

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Obama + DiCaprio, Lumineers, Sharon Jones and Duffer Brothers to headline South by South Lawn in D.C.

South by South Lawn, a White House event taking place on Oct. 3 in partnership with the American Film Institute, C3 Presents, the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and SXSW, finally has its initial lineup. It will be led with a talk featuring...

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Meet Robert Smith: Austin's quiet venture capital billionaire

Who is Robert Smith? That's what the Washington Post asks in a profile of the billionaire founder of Austin-based Vista Equity Partners. Smith has built Vista into a powerhouse investment firm, with a portfolio of 35 companies with $26 billion in...

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Austin's Aceable hits gas with a new $4 million investment

Austin-based Aceable, which is taking drivers education from the classroom to the mobile web, has landed $4 million speed up its growth. Founded in 2012, the company curently offers mobile and online courses in driver's ed and defensive driving in...

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Austin Game Conference attracts 800 in its return, puts focus on VR/mixed reality, eSports -- and making a living

It was with a sense of symmetry that the Austin Game Conference returned from a 10-year hiatus with about 800 attendees. It was about the same number, conference executive director Chris Sherman noted, that the event started with when it launched...

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Fast-growing U.K. big data firm picks Austin for first U.S. office

Hello Soda -- a fast-growing big data firm based in the United Kingdom -- has chosen Austin for its first U.S. office. The Austin office will service Hello Soda's existing U.S. client base and provide a platform for future North American expansion...

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Google Trips takes you where you want to go

Google launched its trip-planning app Google Trips this week, available on Android and iOS. Marketed to the modern tourist, the app boasts stress-free planning, personalized activity ideas based on time, place, and weather, and an easy-to-use interface...

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Two Austin companies make acquisitions to ramp up growth

Two Austin technology companies -- Everfest, an online festival hub, and Apogee, which provides on-campus residential networks -- are growing through acquisitions. Everfest, which runs an online community that connects festival goers, is buying Fest300...

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Austin's Mirna Therapeutics' stock plummets more than 20 percent

Mirna Therapeutics, an Austin-based drug development company, said last night that it had to abruptly close its Phase 1 study for its lead cancer drug because of "severe adverse events" associated with patients who were given the drug.  "The company...

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Is the Modulus M1 the A/V box home theater geeks have been waiting for?

If you look into the cabinets of most home-theater enthusiasts, you'll see boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. A box for the cable/satellite DVR box, a Blu-ray player box, a game console box or two, a Roku and/or Apple TV box. Lots of boxes. All necessary...

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Tech crawl: New rules for self-driving cars, and what's up with those exploding smartphones?

Good morning, Austin. Amid the unseasonable heat today, here's a look at some of the tech stories creating buzz around the Internet: Setting the rules for self-driving cars Federal officials today are previewing some rules and guidelines for bringin...

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The robot life of Riley, li'l security guard

Our new roommate is adorably vigilant, diminutively watchful, a very small defender. The name is "Riley" and Riley is less than four inches tall. I've made sandwiches stacked taller than Riley, but Riley, who is a robot, is now tasked with guarding...

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Michael Dell-backed wind energy company files for bankruptcy

Noble Environmental Power LLC, a wind energy company backed by Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell, has filed for bankruptcy. Once the company completes restructuring, it is expected to be fully owned by Dell’s investment operation, MSD Capital. The...

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