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Boston-based startup accelerator MassChallenge is coming to Austin

MassChallenge, a Boston-based accelerator, has chosen Austin as its second U.S. site and plans to accept up to 100 startups in its first program. The nonprofit organization is looking for early stage companies in any industry, including high tech...

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The One-Question Interview: Carolyn Betts, CEO of Betts Recruiting

When startups raise venture capital, one of the first places they invest is sales. Sometimes they need to fill a key leadership role, often they need to build out an entire team. It can be highly competitive. Finding that talent is the specialty...

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Kahoot, education company with Austin ties, rolls out new quiz app

Just two months after Kahoot, a company with Austin ties, landed a $10 million round of funding and an acceptance into the Disney Accelerator program, it has unveiled a revamped quiz app for iOS and Android. The Oslo, Norway-based company, which launched...

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Capital Factory launches a $100k diversity investment challenge

Are you a diverse entrepreneur whose startup could use $100,000 in cash? Capital Factory’s new Diversity & Inclusion Challenge might be the ticket.  The competition is looking for startups founded or run by those that are typically underrepresented...

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When Harvey hit, Austin’s TurnKey Vacation Rentals headed to Port Aransas

For TurnKey Vacation Rentals, which provides web-based vacation rental management services, Hurricane Harvey hit hard. The Austin-based company is one of the largest property managers on the Texas Gulf Coast, and Harvey’s destruction touched nearly...

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As vinyl’s popularity surges, a record-making plant gets set to open in Austin

It’s the type of business idea that provokes skeptical reactions.  Really? You want to make vinyl records? In 2017? Caren Kelleher says she isn’t too troubled by the skeptics, because the former band manager, who also worked at Google, knows more...

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Meet TenantCloud, which connects landlords and tenants with a free Cloud-based service

Joe Edgar started his property-management software company because he needed the service. As the owner of rental properties, he was frustrated that he couldn’t find the software tools he wanted to help manage the process. So in 2014, he founded Austin-based TenantCloud...

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Austin logistics startup Convey lands millions to break into new markets

Austin-based Convey, which makes software to help online retailers with shipping logistics, has raised $8.25 million to break into new markets. Convey received the funding from Techstars Venture Capital Fund, RPM Ventures and other investors. The...

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Techie toilets, Nests and eco-paint: Four innovations we learned about at Austin’s TreeHouse store

Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of the Austin-based TreeHouse home-improvement stores, has a way of sounding earnest without being strident, of selling you on the idea of a smarter way of living versus hawking a product. If you look at his LinkedIn...

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Austin’s DivInc launches its third entrepreneur session for diverse founders

DivInc, the Austin accelerator for diverse entrepreneurs, is ready to launch another group of startups through its 12-week program. The fall cohort, which starts Sept. 5, is composed of eight women and seven men. Nine of the 15 are from ethnicities...

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