Startup Spotlight

Virtual tourism is a thing! Austin’s FarBridge builds on gaming chops for VR sightseeing and education

Some startups want to make a yacht-load of money. Others want to be a technology gamechanger.  At Austin’s VR/AR startup FarBridge Inc., one of the main goals has been a little more modest, says CEO Patrick Curry. “The litmus test for our projects...

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Don’t want to own a vehicle? You can drive a different car every month with new app

An Austin startup is targeting people who need a car but don’t want to own one.  University of Texas alumnus Chance Richie and his wife, Amanda, co-founded Mobiliti, a subscription-based app that allows customers to pay a monthly fee for a vehicle...

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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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