Lilly Rockwell: Tech Capital

How a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to use recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging

This is a story about how a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to start using recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging.  Really. Two years ago, Dell hired actor Adrien Grenier to be its “social good advocate,” which means he...

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Austin’s Health Symmetric aims to help health care providers analyze patient data

Danny Chu was looking for something to do.  He had sold his internet video company in 2008 and was scouring around for ideas of what his next venture might be.  Chu’s brother, who ran a large medical group in Southern California, asked Chu to look...

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Samsung turns to local high schools to fill manufacturing jobs at its Austin plant

On Saturday mornings, 19-year-old Anthony Deary sets his alarm for 5 a.m. He’s out the door of his Round Rock house an hour later, headed toward Samsung’s hulking 2.3 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Northeast Austin to work a 12-hour...

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Study: Tech industry pays older workers less money 

It’s not exactly a secret that the tech industry has a preference for hiring young workers. Bloomberg reports that the median age at tech companies like Google and Facebook hovers around 30, while the average age for a U.S. worker is 42.  Now jobs...

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Here’s what Austin tech companies had to say about the Donald Trump temporary travel ban

We’ve read plenty about how high-profile Silicon Valley-based companies, such as Google and Facebook, are responding to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban. But what about Austin-area tech companies? We reached out to nearly a dozen tech...

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Trump travel and visa policies prompt concern, reassuring memos from Austin tech executives

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban issued last week, thousands of employees at Austin-based National Instruments received an internal memo Monday afternoon. It said the company was working with employees impacted by the...

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Tech jobs: Who was hired in January

Welcome to our second edition of “Leveled Up,” a monthly tally of who was hired or promoted at the top tiers of Austin’s tech companies and startups. Check out our December edition by clicking here. Zenoss is bringing on Michael Lovell as the company’s...

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Silicon Labs posts record revenue, beats Wall Street estimates on profit

Fueled in large part by growth in its “Internet of Things” products, Silicon Labs reported record revenue in its fourth quarter of $183 million, a 14 percent increase from a year ago.  The company also reported profit of $20 million, almost quadruple...

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AMD grows revenue in 2016 and narrows loss as it prepares to launch a slew of new products

The good news continues for Advanced Micro Devices. Sales of graphics processors and game consoles helped the chipmaker grow its fourth-quarter revenue by 15 percent to $1.1 billion, the company said Tuesday.  AMD also reported a fourth-quarter loss...

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Austin’s Embark bites into an adorable marketing opportunity: this year’s Puppy Bowl

An Austin tech startup has figured out a way to get lots of attention on TV on Super Bowl Sunday without spending a dime on advertising. Oh, and it involves the universally adored topic of puppies.  Embark, which provides saliva-based DNA testing...

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