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Want to be part of DivInc, Austin’s accelerator for diverse entrepreneurs? The deadline is Friday.

If you’ve been meaning to apply to DivInc, the Austin startup accelerator for diverse entrepreneurs, the time is here. Applications for the Spring 2017 program close on Friday. The cohort will run from April 3rd to June 23rd, ending with a Demo Day...

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The ‘Floating Box House’ hits Austin’s luxury home market for $14.9 million

It’s known as the “Floating Box House,” and it can be yours for $14.9 million. The award-winning Westlake residence features an upper floor wrapped in mahogany veneer, giving it the illusion of a box floating over the Austin skyline. The one-of-a-kind...

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Venture capital investment in Austin slides, but still outpaces the rest of U.S.

The flow of venture capital into Central Texas startups slowed in 2016, but the rest of the country saw a sharper drop as investors held back during a roller coaster presidential election year. A total of 112 Austin-area deals received $834 million...

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Austin software maker Planview acquired by Chicago private equity firm

Fast-growing business software maker Planview has agreed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Thoma Bravo is buying Planview from Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture capital firm that acquired the company...

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Tech Crawl: LinkedIn gets a desktop makeover, Twitter sells its developer platform to Google, and it takes a team to curate Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook image

Good morning, Austin! We scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: LinkedIn gets a desktop makeover If you log into LinkedIn on your desktop today, you’ll notice some changes. The social network for...

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Austin-based delivery service Favor pulls out of all markets except Texas

After pursuing an ambitious expansion plan, Austin-based delivery service Favor is closing all of its operations outside of Texas. The company said it would pull out of six cities nationwide, ending all service outside of Texas. Its delivery service...

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Austin mobile security firm Hypori raises millions for growth

Austin-based Hypori Inc., which develops security software for mobile devices, has received $6.6 million in new investment. Thirteen investors participated in the deal, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The names...

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Austin’s Main Street Hub lands millions in debt refinancing to launch ambitious growth plan

Online marketing firm Main Street Hub has secured a $27 million debt refinancing to launch a growth plan that includes hiring 200 workers. The Austin-based company, which manages social, web and email marketing for small businesses, received the financing...

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Tech Crawl: Tesla poaches Apple vet for a top job, VCs have cash but won’t spend it, and Verizon cracks down on unlimited data users

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Tesla poaches Apple vet for self-driving role Electric carmaker Tesla Motors has lured a key Apple software engineer to oversee...

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