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Mark Cuban leads a $1.5 million investment in Austin startup Meta SaaS

Austin startup Meta SaaS has come out of stealth mode with a $1.5 million investment led by billionaire Dallas businessman Mark Cuban. The five-person company, which was founded last year, helps companies better manage their software as a service...

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The New York Times features the CEO of Austin startup YouEarnedIt in its Corner Office column

Austin startup founder Autumn Manning is on a roll. In January, her company, YouEarnedIt, raised its first round of venture capital -- a $6.5 million infusion from Austin-based Silverton Partners and San Francisco-based IDG Ventures USA. The fast-growing...

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After buyouts, Austin’s software sector looks for its next breakout companies

Confetti dropped, champagne flowed and live music rocked the house when Austin’s RetailMeNot employees celebrated a successful initial public offering four years ago at ACL Live. When the online coupon company reached another milestone last month...

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Reality: Austin’s VR game maker Owlchemy Labs snapped up by Google

Austin’s Owlchemy Labs, which has been a bright spot in Austin’s burgeoning virtual-reality gaming and filmmaking scene, has been acquired by Google. Owlchemy is responsible for one of the few hits among VR games so far, “Job Simulator,” which was...

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Got a billion-dollar startup? Put on this horn, you’re a ‘Unicorn’

It’s become a word that draws envy, admiration and, more recently derision and skepticism, but if you’re not wrapped up in Silicon Valley tech culture, you may not be familiar with the term “Unicorn.” At its most basic, a unicorn in the tech world...

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Austin startup Opcity - the self-described eHarmony of real estate - raises a whopping $27 million

An Austin startup that describes itself as the eHarmony of real estate has raised a whopping $27 million in its first round of venture financing. Opcity, which launched last year, has built a platform that connects real estate agents with pre-screened...

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Austin-based Umbel spinoff Pilosa is pushing its big-data indexing at this week’s OSCON

The law of “Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” states that the bigger things get, the slower they typically are. Bloated summer movie sequels. Dinosaurs. A two-hour sermon.  The same is true of so-called “Big Data,” enormous sets of information increasingly...

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Austin's Tiny Hands Mail uses tech to send old-school postcards to your elected representatives

Despite a desire to engage politically spurred by the most recent presidential election and protests that followed, the postcards lay on a table, unsent. “We got actual postcards,” said Mercedes Cooper, a former speech pathologist who’s now a part-time...

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Dell Technologies unveils its venture capital arm with plans to put $100 million in startups

After making investments in stealth mode in recent years, Dell Technologies has unveiled its new venture capital arm and announced plans to invest $100 million a year in startups. Dell Technologies Capital is the result of combining the venture capital...

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Capital Factory - Austin’s ‘Center of Gravity’ for startups - debuts new event, VR space

When Joshua Baer launched Capital Factory in 2008, his goal was to make it the “center of gravity” for Austin startups. That’s pretty much what has happened: The downtown Austin-based tech accelerator and co-working space last year hosted 837 events...

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