Startups

Austin venture capital investing falls in third quarter, but internet activity stays strong

Venture capital investing in Austin companies fell in the third quarter, but activity in the internet sector remained strong. A total of $151 million was raised by 20 companies during the quarter, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers and...

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Startup Viridis Learning moving headquarters from New York to Austin

Education technology startup Viridis Learning is moving its headquarters from New York to Austin. Founded in 2009, the company uses data analytics to match community college students with employers. Viridis helps connect the colleges with local employers...

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Like ‘a rave in space’: Austin’s TheWaveVR teams with musician to create virtual-reality album-art experience

At 8 p.m. Central time on Sunday, fans of Los Angeles producer TOKiMONSTA will get to participate in a listening-party concert. But fans will be wearing virtual-reality headsets connected to PCs and will be experiencing an interactive version of the “Lune...

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Boston-based startup accelerator MassChallenge is coming to Austin

MassChallenge, a Boston-based accelerator, has chosen Austin as its second U.S. site and plans to accept up to 100 startups in its first program. The nonprofit organization is looking for early stage companies in any industry, including high tech...

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The One-Question Interview: Carolyn Betts, CEO of Betts Recruiting

When startups raise venture capital, one of the first places they invest is sales. Sometimes they need to fill a key leadership role, often they need to build out an entire team. It can be highly competitive. Finding that talent is the specialty...

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Kahoot, education company with Austin ties, rolls out new quiz app

Just two months after Kahoot, a company with Austin ties, landed a $10 million round of funding and an acceptance into the Disney Accelerator program, it has unveiled a revamped quiz app for iOS and Android. The Oslo, Norway-based company, which launched...

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Capital Factory launches a $100k diversity investment challenge

Are you a diverse entrepreneur whose startup could use $100,000 in cash? Capital Factory’s new Diversity & Inclusion Challenge might be the ticket.  The competition is looking for startups founded or run by those that are typically underrepresented...

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When Harvey hit, Austin’s TurnKey Vacation Rentals headed to Port Aransas

For TurnKey Vacation Rentals, which provides web-based vacation rental management services, Hurricane Harvey hit hard. The Austin-based company is one of the largest property managers on the Texas Gulf Coast, and Harvey’s destruction touched nearly...

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As vinyl’s popularity surges, a record-making plant gets set to open in Austin

It’s the type of business idea that provokes skeptical reactions.  Really? You want to make vinyl records? In 2017? Caren Kelleher says she isn’t too troubled by the skeptics, because the former band manager, who also worked at Google, knows more...

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