Startup Spotlight

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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Austin's TradeLive wants to be an online hub for IT buying and selling

WHAT THEY DO: TradeLive.com is a social network and trading hub that matches IT sellers and buyers. The company's platform, which launched this month, wants to eliminate the hassles that often occur when buying or selling used equipment.  "The secondary...

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Austin-based Homads enters the crowded short-term rental market

Homads launched during this year's South by Southwest Interactive festival in March. Its founders are University of Texas graduates Vi Nguyen and Lan Chu.  What they do: Homads wants to carve out a narrow niche in the short-term rental industry...

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