Lilly Rockwell: Tech Capital

Austin again playing host to annual 'geek fest' known as NI Week

Converging upon the Austin Convention Center this week are 5,700 scientists, engineers and other techies,  who traveled to downtown Austin to celebrate the software and instruments they use to do their jobs.  Known as "NI Week," this four-day gathering...

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Tech investor is selling his Austin mansion --  through an app

Retired Austin tech investor Martin Neath is selling his multi-million-dollar Austin home. And he's doing it in a tech-savvy way: with an app.  Neath is the first luxury home owner in Austin to use an app called "Instant Gavel," which is developed...

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Austin startup specializes in sending clothes to business travelers

Instead of getting a job when he graduated from Texas State University in May 2015, Philip Fitzgerald decided to start his own company renting clothes to business travelers. WHAT THEY DO: Fitzgerald's Round Rock-based company, called There and Back...

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Austin-based Homads enters the crowded short-term rental market

Homads launched during this year's South by Southwest Interactive festival in March. Its founders are University of Texas graduates Vi Nguyen and Lan Chu.  What they do: Homads wants to carve out a narrow niche in the short-term rental industry...

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The top 20 tech books of all time

There is no shortage of books about tech, from the self-absorbed CEO memoirs to code-filled instruction manuals. Here's a glimpse at 20 engaging books about tech or by leaders in the tech industry.  Online reviews and feedback from 512tech readers...

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'Disrupted' offers much-needed skepticism about tech startups

If anyone's going to be eager to read a book about what it was like for a tech journalist to work at a tech startup, it would be another tech journalist.  The much-anticipated book by Dan Lyons, "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble," has...

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512talk Edition 6: face-filter fun and NXP

This week in our video chat, 512tech reporters Lilly Rockwell and Omar L. Gallaga discuss recent stories on the site including Friday's column and photo gallery about Snapchat and MSQRD face filters, and coverage of NXP's annual conference and word about...

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What the tech industry's slowdown means for Austin

Recently I wrote about the dreary headlines dominating the tech world these days.  Companies like Intel are announcing major layoffs, while other large tech employers, like Apple and Microsoft, are watching their stock prices plummet.  So what does...

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Rampant layoffs, declining revenues and profits. What's wrong with the tech industry?

The tech headlines these days are a dreary drumbeat of mostly bad news.   Intel announced this month it is laying off 12,000 workers worldwide. Dell Inc. cut 10,000 jobs last fiscal year. Advanced Micro Devices said late last year it would lay off...

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