Startups

Ride-hail company InstaRyde will miss SXSW, is offline in Austin (Updated)

(Updated, see below) One of the Austin ride-hailing companies that swooped in to fill the void left by Uber and Lyft last year is no longer operating in Austin, at least for the time being. InstaRyde, which is based in Canada and began servicing Austin...

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Are Austin startups falling behind in the venture capital race?

When veteran entrepreneur Brett Hurt set out to raise millions in venture capital for his startup, data.world, he knew he would need to look outside Austin to get the deal done. Hurt ended up closing on $19 million this month, bringing the total his...

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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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