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Austin’s Phunware to break into public markets via merger with Greece-based company

Fast-growing mobile software company Phunware plans to break into public markets by merging with an Athens, Greece-based company. Phunware said it has agreed to merge with Stellar Acquisition III Inc. Following the closing, the common stock of the...

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Austin startup ZenBusiness lands $4.5M for expansion

ZenBusiness, which helps small companies incorporate and manage business records, has raised $4.5 million for expansion. The Austin-based startup’s founders include Ross Buhrdorf, former chief technology officer at HomeAway.  The seed funding round...

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Austin AI company SparkCognition closes on a $56.5M round of funding

Austin-based artificial intelligence company SparkCognition has raised an additional $24 million, bringing its Series B round to $56.5 million, company executives said Tuesday. The Austin-based company previously raised $32.5 million in June from...

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Check out SpareFoot’s new Austin headquarters, where in-house chefs prepare lunch and employees’ dogs roam the halls

Chuck Gordon got the idea for SpareFoot in 2007 when he was a student at UCLA getting ready to study abroad. He looked for a temporary storage space, but soon realized it would cost thousands of dollars to store his possessions. So he used friends’...

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Ads showing up on your phone unexpectedly? Try these tips

A friend of mine using an Android phone recently found that some apps, particularly social media ones, were starting up with full-screen ads attached and displaying more ads when she quit out of them. The problem started when she did a recent update...

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Five lessons from successful Roblox game developer Andrew Bereza

Andrew Bereza, an 18-year-old student at the University of Washington, had more success as a game developer before he got to college than many who’ve spent their entire careers working in the industry. He started early, playing on the popular gaming-for-kids...

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This new Austin app wishes you ‘luck’ in finding the perfect date

“Date a real man. Not a basic boy.” That’s the phrase you’re greeted with when you visit the website for LUCK, a new Austin-based dating app. “What makes LUCK better than other dating apps is we make a concerted effort to keep basic boys off of our...

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Austin oil & gas tech startup RigUp lands $15.8 million to fuel growth

Austin oil and gas technology startup RigUp has landed $15.8 million to fuel its growth. Founded in 2014, RigUp has built an online platform that connects oil and gas companies and service companies.  Oilfield operators can use the RigUp platform...

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Shareholders approve Bazaarvoice’s sale to Los Angeles-based private equity firm

Shareholders for Austin-based software maker Bazaarvoice voted Monday to approve the company's sale to Marlin Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.  The deal received overwhelming support, with more than 54 million votes in favor...

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