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Capital Factory and City of Austin launch international startup pilot

In an effort to help Austin startups gain more international traction, the City of Austin and Capital Factory are teaming up for a new one-year pilot program. The program, called the Austin Reciprocal Soft Landing Pads Program, is initially a $45...

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Austin startup Conversable looks to make biz bots better

Ben Lamm and Andrew Busey, who worked together as partners at Accenture-owned Chaotic Moon Studios among their other ventures, are launching a new b-to-b startup in Austin and Dallas, Conversable, Inc.  The company, which will employ 15 at launch...

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Zynga picks up Team Chaos and PlayStudios co-founder for casino games

Zynga Inc. is drawing in Austin talent for its casino-style social mobile games.  The San Francisco company has hired PlayStudios co-founder Monty Kerr as a senior vice president and is acquiring Team Chaos, a 10-person Austin studio co-founded by...

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Grants aim to launch entrepreneur program at UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, Texas A&M

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has granted $1 million to each of three Texas universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, to establish an entrepreneurship program designed primarily for students who might not otherwise seek start...

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Study: Austin second in nation in high-growth startups

Austin entrepreneurs grow their startups faster than all but one large metro area in the country, according to a new report that provides some new evidence for why the region creates so many new firms but has a harder time sustaining them.   According...

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Austin's tech scene heats up downtown

Next year, Google will move into gleaming new 29-story glass office tower taking shape on the western edge of Austin’s downtown skyline.   The California-based technology giant will occupy more than 200,000 square feet of space in the building, which...

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No money? No problem. Startups are adopting the 'lean' philosophy to launch their businesses

Working in the conservative finance industry, Annie Shafran learned first-hand that women don't have a lot of options for business-appropriate clothing. "It's Banana Republic or Ann Taylor," she said, or department stores, which don't easily categorize...

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The One-Question Interview: Amir Elaguizy, CEO of Cratejoy

Elaguizy's first company, Market Zero, which he co-founded with Alex Morse, was sold to Zynga in 2011. Now he's a co-founder of Cratejoy, which provides the back-end support for subscription box companies.  What lessons did you learn from the first...

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Former HomeAway executive launches new Austin travel startup

A former HomeAway executive has launched an online platform aimed at making it easier for travelers to book tours and activities during their trips. OnceThere lets tour and rental companies promote their services on websites and apps of hotels, vacation...

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Besomebody moving HQ from Austin to Boston, aims to go national

Austin startup Besomebody is relocating its headquarters to Boston, founder Kash Shaikh said on Snapchat and in a Facebook live video on Wednesday. The company's staff of four will split with two staying in Austin and the other two, including Shaikh...

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