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4 Female Founders in Texas Agree: “Screw The Valley”

Austin startups

Four Female Biotech Founders Share Their Austin Startup Stories “Screw the Valley” is, of course, a reference to Tim Sprinkle’s new book that pans Silicon Valley as the epicenter of all things entrepreneurial. The author chronicles a coast-to-coast tour of promising US cities that offer talent, funding, and innovation for tech startups without the California… Read more »

Masonry: Making Websites as Unique as Their Founders

masonry design

Ross Brandon built Masonry, a digital design agency, on a strongly held dogma that websites are mere replicas of monotonous designs and unimaginative templates. He sees that there’s more to custom websites than simply showcasing distinctive displays. “To truly make a mark, a website must be an extension of the brand itself–a visual representation that honors both form and… Read more »

UT Austin Fuses the MBA with a Master’s in Technology

UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin was the sponsor of our Austin Mixer & Startup Showcase event last September. We want to thank them for their support! Lisa Deluca, an Omni-Channel Technology Strategist and Master Inventor at IBM, first heard about an interesting program at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) through her colleagues at work…. Read more »

Four Startups Win Austin Challenge Cup, Prepare for DC

Challenge Cup

Last night Capital Factory in Austin, Texas hosted 1776 when they came through town on their 2015 Challenge Cup Tour. In total four startups were announced winners, one in each category of Education, Energy & Sustainability, Health, and Transportation & Cities. The roster of showcasing startups presented both good ideas and a stalwart confidence in… Read more »

Capital Factory to Host Kickoff of Challenge Cup 2015

Challenge Cup 2015

What happens when you pair the startup incubators 1776 (DC) and Capital Factory (Austin) together? Simple, really, you get the kickoff of the 2015 Challenge Cup, a global competition that spans 16 cities in 11 countries. The Challenge Cup 2015 will officially kick off in Austin on February 5 and will identify the most promising… Read more »

Ten-Hut! Austin Wants Military Veteran Entrepreneurs

Military Veterans

Last week the Austin Chamber of Commerce and Fort Hood’s leadership announced Operation Austin, a partnership designed to bridge critical talent gaps in Central Texas and position Austin as one of the national leaders in veteran recruiting. Specifically, the coalition will develop new programs to connect Austin businesses with veteran talent. The veteran population of… Read more »

Fashion Metric Secures $1M From Tahoma Ventures, Others

Fashion Metric

Fashion Metric recently announced that they have successfully closed a $1 million seed funding round led by Tahoma Ventures. Along with Tahoma Ventures, Fashion Metric welcomed investments from Corsa Ventures, Elementum Ventures, Geekdom Fund, and multiple angel investors in Los Angeles and Texas. To date Fashion Metric has raised a total of $1.4 million featuring… Read more »

LawnStarter: “The Lawncare Industry is Broken”

lawn care lawnstarter

LawnStarter announced today that they have secured $1 million in a very successful seed funding round. The money comes at the perfect time as LawnStarter continues their growth into expanding lawn care markets. The funding round comes from several angel investors like Rob Taylor, Cotter Cunningham, Pat Matthews, and venture fund Vayner RSE (Gary Vaynerchuk). LawnStarter… Read more »

Seed Sumo Doubles Funding For Startup Class of 2015


Seed Sumo, an international startup accelerator, announced today that they will be accepting applications from startups for its 2015 program. Seed Sumo is looking to accept up to 10 startups, and it has increased overall program funding to $50,000, which is $30,000 more from last year. The Seed Sumo startup accelerator is a three-month program that… Read more »

SalesCart: Social and Mobile E-commerce Tools for Small Businesses


Building a website for your business can be complicated and time consuming, especially if you are a small e-commerce company. Dealing with payment fees can be an expensive hassle. That’s why Round Rock-based startup SalesCart believes that companies should be able to set up e-commerce online stores on-the go. SalesCart allows merchants to reach their market by… Read more »

Clarify Closes $1M Round for Media Analytics API Platform


Clarify Inc is a self-service API that allows you to make your audio and video files actionable via search and extracted keywords and topics. The team, founded by Paul Murphy and Ivo Rothschild, chose this name for their startup because Clarify is “what we do. We make opaque data searchable. We give you insights into it.” Clarify believes that the huge volume… Read more »