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Despite backlash, CEO of Austin-based Bumble has no regrets about company’s stance on guns

When female-friendly dating app Bumble banned pictures of guns in profile pictures this week, the backlash was immediate, founder Whitney Wolfe Herd told a SXSW crowd on Saturday. But the Austin-based company has no regrets, she said. “This is not...

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Smarter Sorting, which turns consumer chemical waste into products, lands $5 million in seed funding

An Austin startup that turns consumer chemical waste into products has raised $5 million for expansion. Smarter Sorting said it will use the seed funding to invest in machine learning technology that has allowed it to create a smart chemical database...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: AMD stock spikes on renewed takeover chatter. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are today’s top stories: AMD stock spikes on renewed takeover chatter Advanced Micro Devices stock rallied Wednesday on rumors it might once again...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Amazon Prime perks at Whole Foods create problems for Walmart, plus more tech news

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are this morning’s headlines: Amazon Prime perks at Whole Foods are creating problems for Walmart Walmart's disappointing fourth-quarter earnings...

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Austin’s Phunware to break into public markets via merger with Greece-based company

Fast-growing mobile software company Phunware plans to break into public markets by merging with an Athens, Greece-based company. Phunware said it has agreed to merge with Stellar Acquisition III Inc. Following the closing, the common stock of the...

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Austin startup ZenBusiness lands $4.5M for expansion

ZenBusiness, which helps small companies incorporate and manage business records, has raised $4.5 million for expansion. The Austin-based startup’s founders include Ross Buhrdorf, former chief technology officer at HomeAway.  The seed funding round...

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MassChallenge Texas unveils inaugural class of 84 startups

More than 500 startups from around the world applied to be part of MassChallenge Texas’ inaugural Austin class.  Of those, 280 were invited to pitch their ideas before a panel of experts. Today, the Boston-based accelerator is unveiling the 84 companies...

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Austin AI company SparkCognition closes on a $56.5M round of funding

Austin-based artificial intelligence company SparkCognition has raised an additional $24 million, bringing its Series B round to $56.5 million, company executives said Tuesday. The Austin-based company previously raised $32.5 million in June from...

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Check out SpareFoot’s new Austin headquarters, where in-house chefs prepare lunch and employees’ dogs roam the halls

Chuck Gordon got the idea for SpareFoot in 2007 when he was a student at UCLA getting ready to study abroad. He looked for a temporary storage space, but soon realized it would cost thousands of dollars to store his possessions. So he used friends’...

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