What it's like to pitch your company -- to a bunch of kids 

"I'm still a little confused on how you make money... do you?" "Have you even started your company yet?" "Are you any good?" All of these straightforward questions were posed by inquisitive young judges to Austin entrepreneurs at a Pitch-a-Kid contest...

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How TechVotes is trying to get Austin's tech workers to vote in this election

A new organization called TechVotes launched this year in Austin as a big get-out-the-vote effort. TechVotes is being spearheaded by Erin Defosse, chief product officer for Aceable.  Defosse says TechVotes is nonpartisan and is focused on getting...

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AMD reports big jump in revenue, but investors aren't impressed

By nearly every measure, Advanced Micro Devices had a good third quarter. Its revenue increased 23 percent year-over-year to $1.3 billion, driven by strong demand for AMD chips used in video game consoles and sales of its graphics processors. The...

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PCs? What PCs? Dell Technologies touts its broader IT portfolio after EMC acquisition

About 30 minutes into Michael Dell's keynote speech at his company's big annual conference in downtown Austin on Wednesday, he finally got around to mentioning a word that had been all but banished from his speech: PCs. Standing on a massive stage...

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This day in tech history: The University of Texas business school installs a computer 'for teaching purposes'

The year was 1962. John F. Kennedy was president and the United States was in the throes of the Cuban missile crisis.  But at the University of Texas business school, the news on October 18 was all about some exciting new technology: the computer...

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Dell is moving its big tech conference from Austin to Las Vegas, citing lack of convention space

On Tuesday evening, blues rock group Alabama Shakes will perform a private concert at the Austin Convention Center. The exclusive concert is the opening night party for Dell EMC World, an annual tech conference hosted by Dell Technologies. Over a...

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Tech Crawl: Peter Thiel donates $1.25 million to Donald Trump

Good morning, Austin. Here's the buzziest tech news from the weekend: Peter Thiel will donate $1.25 million to Donald Trump Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel plans to donate $1.25 million to Donald Trump, according to the New York Times. Thiel...

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Tech Crawl: HP will cut 3,000 to 4,000 workers in the next three years

Hello Austin, and TGIF. Here's the most buzzed-about tech news to start your Friday: HP announces job cuts HP Inc., a big rival of Dell Technologies' PC division, said it plans to cut 3,000 to 4,000 employees from its payroll over the next three years...

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Trump or Clinton? Third party? None of the above?  Where Austin's tech leaders stand on presidential politics.

As Election Day approaches, we wondered who Austin's tech leaders were voting for in this presidential race.  Reporters Lilly Rockwell and Lori Hawkins did a story earlier this year that detailed the donation records of the tech community, which...

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Transgender in tech: 5 things tech companies should know about hiring and working with trans people. 

For National Coming Out Day, tech incubator Capital Factory hosted a panel discussion Tuesday afternoon called "Transgender in Tech." The idea was to talk about transgender issues in the workplace, dissecting everything from gender-neutral bathrooms...

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