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Austin startup Roomify helps hook up college students with dorm supplies

The idea for Roomify started, of course, with going to college. Shanil Wazirali and Sagar Hemani were attending different colleges but each had trouble furnishing their dorm rooms.  “We went through the struggle of making multiple trips to stores...

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Austin company creating ‘Alamo Reality’ app to reveal layers of history on mission, 1836 battle

Back in the mid 1990s, designer Michael McGar worked on a big CD-ROM project called “Alamo: Victory or Death.”  Especially for its time, it was ambitious — it contained so much material it required two discs, included work from Texas celebrities including...

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An avatar that could virtually ‘try on’ clothes before you buy them? Austin’s Bold Metrics hopes its tech can make that a reality

In 2014 the founders of a little-known software startup called Fashion Metric arrived in Austin.  The founders, Daina Burnes and Morgan Linton, moved their company from Los Angeles to Austin because Fashion Metric had been admitted to Austin’s Techstars...

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Austin’s Health Symmetric aims to help health care providers analyze patient data

Danny Chu was looking for something to do.  He had sold his internet video company in 2008 and was scouring around for ideas of what his next venture might be.  Chu’s brother, who ran a large medical group in Southern California, asked Chu to look...

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How an Austin dentist is trying to make a better bite-measurement tool

Dentist Shane Matt has been cleaning and fixing teeth in Austin since 1999. But over a dozen years ago, Matt (rhymes with “lot”) had an idea that he couldn’t let go: what if technology could be used to better measure bites? About four years ago that...

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Austin startup wants to take the hassle out of finding downtown parking spots for tech workers

One of the biggest hassles for office managers is finding downtown parking spaces for employees. Now an Austin startup, Park Evergreen, wants to change that by matching tech companies with available parking spaces.  Founded a year ago, the company...

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Austin software startup helps volunteer groups with fundraising and events

MyRollCall co-founder Lorie DuPont said she was surprised that no existing software platform put all aspects of event-planning together. "She decided that there should be something in place so that everything is under one roof," aid Brian Kurth, CEO...

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Austin-based startup Loop & Tie is using technology to disrupt corporate gift-giving

When Sara Rodell worked in sales at UBS investment bank, she volunteered to be in charge of the finance company's holiday gifts, which it sent to clients and other important business contacts.  "I couldn't believe the amount of money we were spending...

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Austin startup Great Agent aims to connect serious buyers with real estate agents

Jasper Juhl worked in business development for IBM in Houston for years, managing the tech firm's oil and gas accounts. "I managed probably $100 million in revenue," Juhl said.  But despite his business success, Denmark-born Juhl never got over that...

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Austin startup specializes in sending clothes to business travelers

Instead of getting a job when he graduated from Texas State University in May 2015, Philip Fitzgerald decided to start his own company renting clothes to business travelers. WHAT THEY DO: Fitzgerald's Round Rock-based company, called There and Back...

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