Startup Spotlight

Think jeans shopping is the worst? An Austin woman can help – with AI

It began a few years ago in a fitting room. “I had a really hard time in a boutique once trying to find jean that fit and i remember thinking to myself there has to be a technology solution for this,” said Kelly Ernst. “I tend to tie a lot of my self...

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Austin’s Care2Rock looks to pair instructors with music students, foster kids online

Lawyer Karyn Scott was a juvenile prosecutor in Travis County and a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas when she decided her side gig as a manager for bands such as Alpha Rev might somehow be a help to kids in the court...

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Austin’s Jonathan Coon - founder of 1-800 CONTACTS -- wants you comparison shopping with Wikibuy

In 1992, Jonathan Coon started a company out of his Brigham Young University dorm room. He says he was trying, like all entrepreneurs, to solve a problem. “I was a poor college student and contact lenses were expensive,” he said. “They took a week...

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A fish-eye view: Austin startup’s wireless camera feeds live video from your fishing line  

In 2014, Ryan Austin was fishing in Trinidad with a group of people when something on one of their fishing lines began to tug aggressively.  The group fought back and forth with what they presumed to be a massive catch, struggling to reel it in. ...

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Austin startup Kilroy Blockchain builds program to help the blind and visually impaired  

Karen Kilroy has been programming software for much of her 55 years of life. It’s something she says she believes she was born to do. But she’s just now seeing how far her knowledge can reach.  About a year ago, Kilroy launched Kilroy Blockchain,...

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Austin-based startup protects info at U.S. military facilities 

In 2006, Brendan Mullen left the U.S. Army after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning to his home in Washington, D.C., to begin a new career, he still wanted to help the military in some way. After working at a cybersecurity company...

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Austin startup Roomify helps hook up college students with dorm supplies

The idea for Roomify started, of course, with going to college. Shanil Wazirali and Sagar Hemani were attending different colleges but each had trouble furnishing their dorm rooms.  “We went through the struggle of making multiple trips to stores...

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Austin company creating ‘Alamo Reality’ app to reveal layers of history on mission, 1836 battle

Back in the mid 1990s, designer Michael McGar worked on a big CD-ROM project called “Alamo: Victory or Death.”  Especially for its time, it was ambitious — it contained so much material it required two discs, included work from Texas celebrities including...

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An avatar that could virtually ‘try on’ clothes before you buy them? Austin’s Bold Metrics hopes its tech can make that a reality

In 2014 the founders of a little-known software startup called Fashion Metric arrived in Austin.  The founders, Daina Burnes and Morgan Linton, moved their company from Los Angeles to Austin because Fashion Metric had been admitted to Austin’s Techstars...

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