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Austin’s Main Street Hub being sold to GoDaddy for $125 million
 GoDaddy is acquiring Main Street Hub, an Austin-based online marketing firm, in a $125 million cash deal. As part of the deal, Main Street Hub could also earn up to $50 million in potential future earnouts. Founded in 2010, Main Street Hub manages social, web and email marketing for small businesses. GoDaddy is the largest internet domain...

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GoDaddy is acquiring Main Street Hub, an Austin-based online marketing firm, in a $125 million cash deal. As part of the deal, Main Street Hub could also earn up to $50 million in potential future earnouts. Founded in 2010, Main Street Hub manages social, web and email marketing for small businesses. GoDaddy is the largest internet domain...
Austin’s HNI Healthcare lands $32.6 million for growth
 A new $32.6 million investment will allow Austin-based HNI Healthcare to speed up its expansion plans.  The physician practice management company received the funding from New York-based Bison Capital and Austin-based Spindletop Capital. Founded in 2002 has , HNI develops technology that it says improves hospital efficiencies...

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A new $32.6 million investment will allow Austin-based HNI Healthcare to speed up its expansion plans.  The physician practice management company received the funding from New York-based Bison Capital and Austin-based Spindletop Capital. Founded in 2002 has , HNI develops technology that it says improves hospital efficiencies...
Startup accelerators Techstars and Sputnik ATX introduce new Austin cohorts
 One startup -- Rosso & Flynn -- brings together the quality of old school butcher shops with the convenience of online ordering and delivery. Another -- Milkful -- supports breastfeeding moms through community, education and healthy lactation snacks. A third -- Locus -- uses eye tracking technology to provide real-time data on where users...

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One startup -- Rosso & Flynn -- brings together the quality of old school butcher shops with the convenience of online ordering and delivery. Another -- Milkful -- supports breastfeeding moms through community, education and healthy lactation snacks. A third -- Locus -- uses eye tracking technology to provide real-time data on where users...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Apple, returning overseas cash, to pay $38 billion tax bill. Plus Austin is on Amazon’s HQ2 list and more tech news.
 Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Apple says it will bring hundreds of billions of overseas dollars back to the U.S., pay about $38 billion in taxes on the money and spend tens of billions on domestic jobs, manufacturing and data centers in the...

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Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Apple says it will bring hundreds of billions of overseas dollars back to the U.S., pay about $38 billion in taxes on the money and spend tens of billions on domestic jobs, manufacturing and data centers in the...
Home Run: Austin-based Petros PACE scores $10M in deal led by Alex Rodriguez
 Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and his investment firm are the lead investors in a $10 million funding round for Austin-based Petros PACE Finance. Petros provides long-term PACE financing to U.S. commercial property owners seeking to increase their property values and finance energy conservation.  Rodriguez, who played 22 seasons...

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Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and his investment firm are the lead investors in a $10 million funding round for Austin-based Petros PACE Finance. Petros provides long-term PACE financing to U.S. commercial property owners seeking to increase their property values and finance energy conservation.  Rodriguez, who played 22 seasons...
Forget Amazon. Could Austin be home to Apple’s new HQ2? 
 Turns out Amazon isn’t the only tech giant looking to create a second headquarters.  Apple, which already has a significant presence in Austin, said Wednesday that it wants to spend as much as $30 billion on a brand new corporate campus and additions to its existing work sites across the country. The headquarters of Apple, the...

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Turns out Amazon isn’t the only tech giant looking to create a second headquarters.  Apple, which already has a significant presence in Austin, said Wednesday that it wants to spend as much as $30 billion on a brand new corporate campus and additions to its existing work sites across the country. The headquarters of Apple, the...
Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities
 As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields.  In fact, in the...

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As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields.  In fact, in the...
Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities
 As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields. In fact, in the Austin...

Posted: 6 days ago

As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields. In fact, in the Austin...
Austin’s VC profile might be on the rise
 Is Austin finally on the radar of East and West Coast venture capitalists? A new survey suggests the answer is yes. At least 24 Austin startups raised rounds of $10 million or more in 2017, according to a MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. Much of it came in funding rounds led by outside investment firms. “The...

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Is Austin finally on the radar of East and West Coast venture capitalists? A new survey suggests the answer is yes. At least 24 Austin startups raised rounds of $10 million or more in 2017, according to a MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. Much of it came in funding rounds led by outside investment firms. “The...
Is Austin finally on radar of East and West Coast VCs? New numbers suggest it is.
 Is Austin finally on the radar of East and West Coast venture capitalists? A new survey suggests the answer is yes. At least 24 Austin startups raised rounds of $10 million or more in 2017, according to a MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. Much of it came in funding rounds led by outside investment firms. “The...

Posted: 11 days ago

Is Austin finally on the radar of East and West Coast venture capitalists? A new survey suggests the answer is yes. At least 24 Austin startups raised rounds of $10 million or more in 2017, according to a MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. Much of it came in funding rounds led by outside investment firms. “The...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Qualcomm set to win EU backing for $39B NXP deal, plus more tech news
 Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Qualcomm Inc. is set to clinch European Union antitrust approval for its $39 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter. The approval comes as...

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Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Qualcomm Inc. is set to clinch European Union antitrust approval for its $39 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter. The approval comes as...
Austin’s Shelfbucks, which helps retailers make the most of in-store displays, rings up $9M
 Shelfbucks, which lets retailers analyze the performance of in-store displays, has rung up $9 million in new funding. Founded in 2012, Austin-based Shelfbucks has developed mobile technology that brands and retailers integrate into product displays to measure and improve their performance. The company says its real-time data and field alerts...

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Shelfbucks, which lets retailers analyze the performance of in-store displays, has rung up $9 million in new funding. Founded in 2012, Austin-based Shelfbucks has developed mobile technology that brands and retailers integrate into product displays to measure and improve their performance. The company says its real-time data and field alerts...
In huge investment deal, Austin’s WP Engine raises $250M 
 WP Engine, which provides hosting for WordPress-built websites, said Thursday it has raised a whopping $250 million to fuel its growth. The Austin-based company received the funding from Silver Lake, a marquee private equity investment firm. Founded in 1999, Silver Lake is one of the largest technology investors in the world. In 2013...

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WP Engine, which provides hosting for WordPress-built websites, said Thursday it has raised a whopping $250 million to fuel its growth. The Austin-based company received the funding from Silver Lake, a marquee private equity investment firm. Founded in 1999, Silver Lake is one of the largest technology investors in the world. In 2013...
As it fine-tunes its business model, Austin-based Snap Kitchen has raised $16M, according to filings
 Austin-based Snap Kitchen, which recently left the Chicago market and closed locations in Philadelphia, has raised $16.3 million, according to a new securities filing. The company received the funding in equity and options, warrants or other securities, according to a Wednesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...

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Austin-based Snap Kitchen, which recently left the Chicago market and closed locations in Philadelphia, has raised $16.3 million, according to a new securities filing. The company received the funding in equity and options, warrants or other securities, according to a Wednesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...
Austin-based TrendKite lands $11 million for growth
 TrendKite, which helps clients gauge the effectiveness of their public relations, has raised an additional $11 million to accelerate its expansion plans. The Austin-based company, which was founded in 2012, makes analytics software that lets agencies and brands measure and analyze the impact of their print, broadcast and online media coverage...

Posted: 21 days ago

TrendKite, which helps clients gauge the effectiveness of their public relations, has raised an additional $11 million to accelerate its expansion plans. The Austin-based company, which was founded in 2012, makes analytics software that lets agencies and brands measure and analyze the impact of their print, broadcast and online media coverage...
Austin’s Asure Software starts new year with three acquisitions
 Asure Software is starting the year with three more acquisitions. The Austin-based company said Tuesday it has purchased TelePayroll Inc. and Pay Systems of America Inc., which both provide human resources,  payroll and employees benefit services. TelePayroll is based in Los Alamitos, Calif., and Pay Systems of America is headquartered...

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Asure Software is starting the year with three more acquisitions. The Austin-based company said Tuesday it has purchased TelePayroll Inc. and Pay Systems of America Inc., which both provide human resources,  payroll and employees benefit services. TelePayroll is based in Los Alamitos, Calif., and Pay Systems of America is headquartered...
Three Austin companies close year by collecting a combined $17 million
 Three Austin companies -- two software makers and an LED lighting manufacturer -- have raised a combined $17 million, according to securities filings. Illumitex, which develops LED lights for various industries, has received $7 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company collected the funding...

Posted: 26 days ago

Three Austin companies -- two software makers and an LED lighting manufacturer -- have raised a combined $17 million, according to securities filings. Illumitex, which develops LED lights for various industries, has received $7 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company collected the funding...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Tim Cook has to fly in private planes now, Edmunds sizes up new car-safety technology and Apple had a very good holiday season. Again.
 Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Apple's board of directors is requiring CEO Tim Cook to fly on private aircraft when he travels, whether for work or for pleasure. "This policy was implemented in 2017 in the interests of security and efficiency...

Posted: 26 days ago

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Apple's board of directors is requiring CEO Tim Cook to fly on private aircraft when he travels, whether for work or for pleasure. "This policy was implemented in 2017 in the interests of security and efficiency...
Lawsuit challenges sale of Austin’s Bazaarvoice
 Austin software maker Bazaarvoice is facing a lawsuit  that contends the company’s planned $521 million sale undervalues the company and hurts its shareholders. The lawsuit, which was filed by a shareholder, says the sales process “was hamstrung by interference from activist stockholders of the company, who struck a settlement...

Posted: 27 days ago

Austin software maker Bazaarvoice is facing a lawsuit that contends the company’s planned $521 million sale undervalues the company and hurts its shareholders. The lawsuit, which was filed by a shareholder, says the sales process “was hamstrung by interference from activist stockholders of the company, who struck a settlement...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Do Facebook ads exclude older Americans from jobs? Plus, Romanian hackers and more tech news
 Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Three workers and a large union have sued T-Mobile, Amazon, Facebook, and other corporations, accusing them of using Facebook’s ad targeting tools to exclude older Americans from job opportunities. In the...

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Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Three workers and a large union have sued T-Mobile, Amazon, Facebook, and other corporations, accusing them of using Facebook’s ad targeting tools to exclude older Americans from job opportunities. In the...
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