Brian Gaar

Brian Gaar is a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Letters to the editor: June 8, 2015
Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks at a press conference recently about the clean technology sector. He led efforts to extend discounts for Austin Energy’s largest customers, which helped the city dodge legislative fire on its utility.

4:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 07, 2015

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks at a press conference recently about the clean technology sector. He led efforts to extend discounts for Austin Energy’s largest customers, which helped the city dodge legislative fire on its utility.
At Austin’s newly named Daybreak studio, big plans for the future

10:00 PM Saturday, May. 30, 2015

At Daybreak Game Company, signs of the past are everywhere. Walk by a conference room and you’ll still see a label listing the studio’s last incarnation: Sony Online Entertainment. But Sony sold the company this year and it’s now under new management. So what has changed since then? “We had to change the logo,&rdquo...
City utility safe for now, but still under legislative scrutiny
Austin mayor Steve Adler speaks at a press conference recently about the clean technology sector. He led efforts to extend discounts for Austin Energy’s largest customers, which helped the city dodge legislative fire on its utility.

8:09 PM Friday, May. 29, 2015

Austin mayor Steve Adler speaks at a press conference recently about the clean technology sector. He led efforts to extend discounts for Austin Energy’s largest customers, which helped the city dodge legislative fire on its utility.
Ahead of Freescale deal, NXP sells off unit

4:31 PM Thursday, May. 28, 2015

Ahead of its purchase of Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor, Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV is selling its radio-frequency power-amplifier unit to a Chinese partner for $1.8 billion. The sale is part of a bid to avoid NXP getting a too high market share in communication chips after the Freescale takeover, Joon Knapen, an NXP spokesman...
Dell’s server shipments jump in first quarter

3:36 PM Thursday, May. 28, 2015

Worldwide server shipments grew 13 percent in the first quarter and Dell Inc. held onto its position as the number-two server maker in the world, according to new numbers. Dell shipped more than 507,000 servers in the first quarter, up 9.3 percent from the previous year, according to tech researcher Gartner. Its market share dipped, though...
Study: Clean tech adds $2.5 billion, 20,000 jobs to Austin economy
Austin mayor Steve Adler speaks at a press conference about the clean technology sector, which contributes $2.5 billion to the region and employs 20,000 people, according to a new study.Brian Gaar/American-Statesman

9:24 PM Wednesday, May. 27, 2015

Austin mayor Steve Adler speaks at a press conference about the clean technology sector, which contributes $2.5 billion to the region and employs 20,000 people, according to a new study.Brian Gaar/American-Statesman
Study: Clean tech adds $2.5 billion, 20,000 jobs to Austin economy
 The clean technology sector contributes $2.5 billion annually to the Austin area’s economy and employs 20,000 people in Central Texas, according to a new study released by city leaders and industry advocates Wednesday. What’s more, employment in the field is expected to grow 11 percent in the Austin area by 2020, according to...

4:47 PM Wednesday, May. 27, 2015

The clean technology sector contributes $2.5 billion annually to the Austin area’s economy and employs 20,000 people in Central Texas, according to a new study released by city leaders and industry advocates Wednesday. What’s more, employment in the field is expected to grow 11 percent in the Austin area by 2020, according to...
Dell hiring for more than 200 sales jobs in Central Texas

5:52 PM Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

Dell Inc. is hiring for more than 200 sales positions in Central Texas, part of a larger hiring spree, the company said Wednesday. In a recent Facebook post, company founder Michael Dell said the company is “hiring thousands of new sales people to support growth @Dell globally.” Company spokesman David Frink said that Dell has...
Freescale’s investors, executives cash in stock options

11:09 PM Wednesday, May. 13, 2015

Freescale Semiconductor’s largest investors and a number of company executives have cashed in stock options worth millions of dollars in advance of the company’s sale to a Dutch chipmaker. The transactions were disclosed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The largest was a $344 million transaction that...
Brazilian tech company opening Austin office, plans 100 hires

10:00 PM Monday, May. 11, 2015

A Brazilian technology company is opening its first U.S. office in Austin, with plans to hire up to 100 people over the next three years, company executives said Monday. The company, V2COM, develops hardware and software for smart grids that help utility customers reduce losses and manage resources. Leonardo Lima, V2COM’s chief technology...
In Austin, crowdfunding is good business

5:00 AM Saturday, May. 09, 2015

Crowdfunding platforms aren’t anything new. But Tilt— a California-based company that is expanding in Austin — has put a social spin on the crowdfunding game. Tilt, which was launched about three years ago, works like its bigger peers Kickstarter and Indiegogo — groups of people pool their money toward a purpose. But...