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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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Austin marketing automation startup eRelevance brings in $5.1 million to expand

There are literally thousands of high-tech marketing tools to help small businesses try to drum up new customers. But Austin-based eRelevance says it’s more valuable for business owners to focus on the customers they have by targeting them with special...

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360-degree photos on offer in new Austin-made ‘Hangar360’ drone app

Hangar, an Austin software company that last year raised $6.5 million to develop software and attract new customers, has just released an app for creating 360-degree photos that can be shot from consumer drones. “Hangar 360” for iOS  is a free app...

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How ‘World of Warcraft’ made Native Commerce’s Keren Kang a better CEO

Walking into Native Commerce CEO Keren Kang’s office, at a South Austin space the company has occupied since September, is a study in contrasts. The chairs that face her desk are adorned with comfy-looking white feather cushions and the office space...

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Austin startup aims to help connect student artists with buyers

A new Austin startup is hoping to connect student artists with potential buyers. ArtStartArt says it plans to “curate and sell the best work coming out of studio art programs around the country” at artstartart.com. The first sale, which kicked off...

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