Startups

Austin startup data.world brings in $19 million to build out ‘social network for data people’

Austin startup data.world came out of stealth mode last July to tell its story. The company, founded by a team of Austin tech veterans, revealed it was building a social network geared toward helping data scientists connect and share collections...

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How covering niche sports with die-hard fans is paying off for Austin’s FloSports

Six months ago, digital sports media startup FloSports raised $21.2 million to expand coverage of niche sports for die-hard fans. Now the company -- which provides online sites for sports that don’t typically get network coverage -- is putting that...

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Austin startup wants to end fake news - and fake everything else - on the internet

A new Austin startup wants to put an end to fake news, fake profiles and “alternative facts” online. Authenticated Reality launched its product, a browser called “The New Internet,” in private beta testing this week. The browser essentially sits on...

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Austin-based digital ad agency OwnLocal continues growth with acquisition

Digital advertising agency OwnLocal is growing by making another acquisition. The Austin company said it is buying a Florida-based digital service provider to the newspaper industry for an undisclosed price. Print2Web, founded in 2001 in St. Petersburg...

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CEO of Austin’s Iris Telehealth’s says he’s balancing careful clinical care with startup growth

Here is something you don’t often hear from the CEO of a startup: “I don’t know what I’m doing.”  It’s refreshingly honest, but it only tells part of the story of Tarik Shaheen’s company Iris Telehealth, which relocated to Austin late last year. ...

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Austin’s Snap Kitchen looks to stay ‘craveable’ as it pushes meal business into new digital realms 

David Kirchhoff, chief executive officer of Austin’s Snap Kitchen, has a voice that booms confidently when he talks about the company he’s been leading since 2015.  The company’s meals, he says, are “legitimately craveable” and “weirdly good for you...

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Open Source

Austin losing tech leader Laura Kilcrease to Canada

Laura Kilcrease, an Austin tech leader and mentor to entrepreneurs over the past three decades, is leaving Texas for a job in Canada. Kilcrease has been named CEO of the Alberta Innovates Corp., which provides government funding for research in sectors...

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Austin’s YouEarnedIt earns its own reward: millions in new funding

YouEarnedIt, which lets companies create programs where employees reward each other with digital points, has earned a reward of its own: its first round of venture capital. The fast-growing Austin company said Tuesday it has raised $6.5 million to...

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Open Source

Culturati Summit brings together CEOs and company leaders to tackle company culture. Here’s why organizer Eugene Sepulveda says it matters.

During the heyday of the dot-com era, lots of startups built their company culture based on foosball tables, cool office space and Friday afternoon beer parties. In the end, it didn’t work out well for most. When the dot-com bubble burst and the Herman...

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PopUp Play lands $250,000 after ‘Shark Tank’ pitch

Austin startup PopUp Play dove into the “Shark Tank” on Friday night and swam away with $250,000. Husband and wife team Amelia Cosgrove and Bryan Thomas started PopUp Play in 2014 with an iPad app that lets kids design a castle, gingerbread house...

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