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Now accepting applications: Startup accelerator MassChallenge launches in Austin

Now Accepting Applications: That’s the message from MassChallenge, the Boston-based accelerator that officially launched its Texas program on Monday. At an event at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, MassChallenge celebrated its new presence...

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Former first lady Michelle Obama is back in Austin to speak at social media conference

Former first lady Michelle Obama will be in Austin today to speak at a social media conference hosted by  Spredfast. Called “Smart Social Summit,” the three-day event runs through tomorrow at the W Hotel in downtown Austin.  Obama is scheduled to...

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Austin marketing firm Threshold acquires Canadian boutique agency 

Austin-based marketing firm Threshold has acquired Canadian boutique agency Carve Creative + Strategy to form Threshold/Carve, a digital marketing agency for clients in retail, technology, healthcare and financial service and other industries. Threshold...

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Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies buys $10 million stake in Austin’s Certain Affinity game studio

Austin indie video game studio Certain Affinity  -- the company behind a successful reboot of  “DOOM” and a player on the “Halo” and “Call of Duty” franchises -- said Monday that it has landed a new investor. Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies Holdings...

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South by Southwest releases list of more than 700 panels, adds two-day blockchain series

South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its March 2018 programming in a panel drop Monday, adding a two-day series of blockchain-related panels and more spread over 24 different tracks. The blockchain programming, focused on the tech behind cryptocurrencies...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Microsoft builds tree houses for workers, and Amazon is entering the sportswear business 

Work spaces are getting very unique, thanks to Microsoft  The tech giant has opened two tree house work spaces for its employees at its Redmond, Washington headquarters, with another tree house on the way. As more companies look to create unique spaces...

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As code schools gain in popularity, the University of Texas hopes to mimic their success

A few months ago, Patrick Holtzman was slinging drinks at Lucy’s Friend Chicken as a bartender. But with a baby on the way, Holtzman, 29, started searching for a new career, something that would offer more stability and allow him to use his creative...

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Austin, Atlanta are favorites to win Amazon HQ2, Moody’s Analytics says

Austin could emerge the winner in the nationwide beauty pageant to become the location for Amazon’s second headquarters – at least according to financial services firm Moody’s Analytics. The Austin metro tied with the Atlanta metro area for first...

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Austin venture capital investing falls in third quarter, but internet activity stays strong

Venture capital investing in Austin companies fell in the third quarter, but activity in the internet sector remained strong. A total of $151 million was raised by 20 companies during the quarter, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers and...

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An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Samsung predicts record profits, and its CEO resigns

Samsung: We’re expecting record profits next quarter Samsung said on Friday it is expecting record operating profits for its September quarter. Its CEO also unexpectedly resigned, sending its shares down. CNBC reports that Samsung’s “booming semiconductor...

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What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts...

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The chase for funding a key topic during Austin Startup Week

As developers, entrepreneurs and job-seekers descended on downtown Austin this week for Austin Startup Week, sessions on startup funding drew interest from founders and those hoping to launch startups. At the “Entrepreneurs Workshop” by the Central...

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Startup Viridis Learning moving headquarters from New York to Austin

Education technology startup Viridis Learning is moving its headquarters from New York to Austin. Founded in 2009, the company uses data analytics to match community college students with employers. Viridis helps connect the colleges with local employers...

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Austin software maker AlertMedia lands $8 million to continue growth

Mass communication software maker AlertMedia has landed $8 million to launch a new wave of growth. Founded in 2013, the Austin-based company lets customers deliver mass notifications by phone, text, social media and mobile apps to any type of device...

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After turning down VC for decades, here’s why Baxter Planning just raised $25M

Since its founding in 1993, Baxter Planning Systems into a leading maker of supply chain software without raising any outside money. Now the Austin-based company is ready for a new wave of growth and has landed $25 million to fuel it. Polaris Partners...

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Cardtek co-founder: Get ready for cars that can make mobile payments for you

Your next mobile wallet could be a bit larger than your cell phone. In fact, it could be large enough to drive around. We could soon be seeing automobiles that seamlessly integrate ways to make payments on things like drive-thru food, car washes and...

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Dell Technologies makes a $1 billion bet on the Internet of Things

Dell Technologies is making a $1 billion bet on the Internet of Things, with a new initiative and a three-year plan to create new products. The Round Rock-based tech giant said Tuesday that it will commit the money for research and development of...

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GSD&M’s Roy Spence, Steve Ballmer, Ira Glass and Ana Marie Cox among SXSW 2018 featured additions

South by Southwest on Tuesday announced another round of featured speakers as its lineup for March 2018 continues to fill out. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was named a keynote speaker in a list that already includes author Ta-Nehisi Coates, director...

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