Startups

Mozilla expands its National Gigabit Project to Austin

Austin has been chosen as the next stop for Mozilla's national gigabit project, which provides funding for ideas that leverage next-generation Internet technology. Mozilla -- the nonprofit tech company behind the Firefox browser -- will provide $150...

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Morning Tech Crawl: Longer Tweets on the way? Plus self-driving trucks and Waze ride-sharing

Good morning, Austin! Here's what's happening in the tech world today. Goodbye 140-character limit? Twitter users may finally get their wish -- according to a report in Bloomberg, the social media company is planning a major shift in how it counts...

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A Stitch Fix superfan explains why the clothing subscription service is so popular with women

Confession: I am a Stitch Fix superfan.  I've been using the San Francisco-based online clothing subscription service for over two years. If you're not familiar with the service, Stitch Fix sends five clothing or accessory items hand-picked by an...

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Austin startup creates a digital tip jar for musicians

WHAT THEY DO: TipCow is a tipping application, available for Android, Apple's iOS and the web, that lets live entertainers receive digital tips from fans. The company retains a percentage of each transaction, which it says covers credit card processing...

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Austin startups join the A-List

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its annual A-List, which spotlights a dozen local startup companies that the chamber says have breakout potential. This year, nearly 200 companies were nominated, and the winners were announced Thursday...

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Austin e-commerce firm BigCommerce gets a $30 million boost

Fast-growing Bigcommerce has raised $30 million to make add more Austin workers and ramp up growth of its e-commerce software. The lead investor in the deal was GGV Capital, a U.S. and China-based investment firm that has invested in companies including...

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Austin tech industry debates next moves after Prop 1 vote

The Proposition 1 vote on ride-hailing regulations was emotionally charged and divisive for the Austin tech community, with some contending that a vote against it put Austin's reputation as an innovation hub at risk.  Now that Austin voters have officially...

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N.Y. fashion site Rank & Style acquired by Austin entrepreneurs

A trio of Austinites have acquired a New York-based beauty and fashion website, with plans to relocate to – and expand in – Central Texas.   Rank & Style, found online at rankandstyle.com, features a variety of “Top 10” lists, such as top natural...

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The One-Question Interview: Jason Polka, CEO and founder of Modernize

Jason Polka started Modernize, an online marketing company focused on the home improvement industry, about ten years ago in  Oakland, Calif. After an investment from Jim Waltrip, who at the time was running Austin-based All Web Leads and is now Modernize's...

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Startup Spotlight: Creators say Zilker valve could save Austinites water, money

The Zilker water valve was named after the local park where native Austinite and AustinDevices LLC founder John Hanna went as a child. Now, Hanna says he has created a water-saving device that could help improve the water usage of his hometown.  What...

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