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Self-heating beverage tech company HeatGenie lands $6 million to launch product

HeatGenie - a self-heating beverage technology company - has raised $6 million to complete development and launch its product. The Austin-based company received the funding from lead investor Artis Labs, with additional financing from Almanac Investments...

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Austin web hosting company Hostway purchases MyHosting.com, Mail2Web from IT distributor Ingram Micro 

Austin-based website hosting company Hostway has purchased Toronto-based MyHosting.com and Mail2Web from California IT distributor Ingram Micro, Hostway said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hostway CEO Emil Sayegh said the...

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Austin’s Pensa Systems, builder of automated inventory tracker, raises $2.2 million   

Austin-based Pensa Systems, a startup that is building tech to automate the shelf restocking process for retailers and manufacturers, has raised $2.2 million to continue its growth, the company said Tuesday. The $2.2 million funding is the first significant...

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Austin AI startup Ojo Labs raises $20.5 million for product development

Ojo Labs, which is using artificial intelligence to connect businesses to consumers, has raised $20.5 million to roll out its products. The Austin-based startup received the funding from investors in industries it is targeting: real estate, finance...

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Friday Tech Crawl: PayPal buys big, Google gets even creepier and study shows rampant fraud in cryptocurrency offerings

Happy Friday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning. PayPal’s biggest acquisition is all about retail PayPal is going big with a $2.2 billion acquisition — its biggest ever — in the purchase of Stockholm-based iZettle, which...

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Cashback app Dosh lands in $44 million from investors including PayPal

Austin startup Dosh has raised an additional $44 million to expand its app for finding cash and deals. Founded in 2016, the company offers a free app that gives consumers cash back on debit and credit card purchases when they shop, eat and travel...

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BigCommerce scores $64M to take on larger rivals in e-commerce space

In a move that will help it challenge much larger rivals, e-commerce software maker BigCommerce has raised $64 million for a new wave of expansion. The lead investor in the deal was Goldman Sachs, with participation from existing investors General...

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This Austin startup used its own virtual reality technology to pitch VCs -- and raised millions

When it came time for TheWaveVR to raise a new round of venture capital, the Austin-based startup used its own virtual reality technology to make the pitch. The company, which has created a social platform for VR music and visual experiences, used...

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Thanks to $250 million mega-deal, venture capital activity in Austin soared in 1st quarter

Thanks to a $250 million mega-investment in Austin-based WP Engine, venture capital activity in Austin soared in the first quarter. A total of $510 million was raised by 27 companies during the quarter, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers...

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Talking with Texas Standard about Apple Pay’s big (and possibly annoying) push

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about why Apple has been so aggressive of late pushing its Apple Pay digital wallet platform, to the point that some users are trying to figure out ways to get rid of an alert badge that it...

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