Startups

In their own words: All of Austin’s ride-hail companies make their pitch for your business

And here we finally are. Last year, the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft left Austin after a contentious Prop 1 election. In the year that followed, about a half dozen companies emerged to fill that void, including RideAustin, Fasten, Wingz, Fare (no...

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Austin online festival hub Everfest brings in $3.6M investment

Online festival hub Everfest has raised $3.6 million to expand its team and invest in product development and marketing. Launched in 2014, Everfest runs an online community that connects festival goers. Its platform is aimed at festival organizers...

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Austin cybersecurity startup SpyCloud comes out of stealth mode with new product, $2.5 million investment

An Austin startup founded by two cybersecurity veterans is coming out of stealth mode with a new product and a $2.5 million investment. SpyCloud, founded last August, is unveiling its platform, which detects data breaches for companies and individuals...

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Austin’s High Brew Coffee lands $17 million for expansion of its cold-brew beverages

After Sweet Leaf Tea was acquired by Nestle in 2011, Sweet Leaf co-founder David Smith and his family went on a seven-month Caribbean sailing adventure on their catamaran.  He, his wife, Elizabeth Smith, and two children visited the U.S. Virgin Islands...

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With ProSwingTips app, Austin golf enthusiast wants to connect instructors with amateurs

Derek Levine was only six years old when he was introduced to the family avocation: He got his first set of golf equipment. “My dad bought me a Ben Hogan junior set (of clubs) and an old Ben Hogan golf bag. I used to carry it everywhere,” Levine says...

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Austin’s A-List: Chamber singles out 17 stellar startups you should be watching

The Greater  Austin Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its annual A-List, which spotlights 17 local startup companies that the chamber says have breakout potential. This year, 176 companies were nominated, and the winners were announced Thursday night...

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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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