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Transforming the Cancer Care Ecosystem With Livestrong’s Cancer Hacks

Tech News

On November 20 the Livestrong Foundation launched its Cancer Hacks tool, cancerhacks.org. This technology engagement platform is dedicated to compiling the Foundation’s expert knowledge about dealing with cancer’s daily burdens and combining it with hacks. The hacks, or tips, are submitted by people from around the world who have their own ‘daily cures’ for conquering… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Austin’s SpareFoot

SpareFoot

It’s not always easy to get people’s attention when your industry is self-storage – and SpareFoot freely admits it. Instead, they’ve infused personality into their brand with a slew of antics: giving away a fully stocked fridge of Monster energy drinks, creating a tongue-in-cheek version of the firefighter pin-up calendar, and offering $500 for the… Read more »


Revolution Growth Invests $40 Million in Austin’s Bigcommerce

Bigcommerce funding

Today, DC-based Revolution Growth announced its biggest investment ever, $40 million for Bigcommerce. Chairman Steve Case will join the Austin startup’s board. This is Revolution Growth’s second announcement in July, following Optoro, and the third ecommerce startup in their portfolio. Bigcommerce hopes to leverage Case’s expertise in small business, partnerships, and international expansion, gained during… Read more »


WigWag Puts The “Thing” In The Internet of Things

WigWag

The Internet is changing from a medium that moves bits from computer to computer to an Internet of things. Ordinary devices like lights and sensors become Internet-enabled, environmentally aware, with the ability to interact with their surroundings.  Are you ready for the Internet of things? WigWag wants to help you be an early adopter of these… Read more »


The Austin A-List Announced Today, Features 19 Diverse Startups

TechNews

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, along with South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), today announced the Austin A-List, which features 19 promising Austin tech startups. Compiled with insight from venture capital, private equity, and angel investors, the members on the list are representative of key sectors of innovation in Austin. The idea behind the Austin… Read more »


Demo Day: Austin’s Incubation Station Showcases 6 Startups

IncubationStation

Incubation Station marks their second annual Showcase Day event today in Austin, Texas. Six consumer packaged goods (CPG) startups, after a 12-week mentorship program, are getting the opportunity to present their final pitches to Austin’s entrepreneur and investor communities. These startups spent their 12 weeks at Incubation Station focusing on funding, team building, mentorship, and… Read more »


Have You Thanked Your Employees Lately?

YouEarnedIt

Sometimes, we forget to say thank you. A friend of mine, who founded a dance school, had a revelation when he discovered that he needed to start showing more appreciation to his employees. “I’m introverted and self-motivated, so I never needed encouragement like that,” he said. “And then I realized: other people did.” There are… Read more »


MakerSquare Produces Industry-Ready Coders in 10 Weeks

MakerSquare

MakerSquare is the kind of idea that inspires ideas. In its simplest form, it is a 10-week, intensive, full-time, full-stack web development program. But if you talk to cofounder Ravi Parikh about the company, the discussion quickly moves from the simple logistics to wider (borderline philosophical) issues about technology, empowerment, community, and innovation. Even Parikh’s… Read more »


Reach New, Local Customers with Real-Time Offers on UMeTime

UmeTime

With the emergence of services like Google Offers and Groupon, businesses big, small, and in between are utilizing digital coupons and offers to increase their sales. Tim Rothwell and Brett Berman, cofounders of UMeTime, observed an overlooked gap in this industry trend. How can business owners use couponing services to acquire new customers and increase business… Read more »


Say Howdy to TechStars Austin

TechStars Austin

Today, top startup accelerator TechStars announced the launch of its newest program in Texas: TechStars Austin. Starting in August, a dozen startups will work out of Capital Factory for three months fueled by the traditional TechStars perks, including $18,000 in seed funding and a $100,000 convertible note. It’s not a surprise that TechStars chose Austin… Read more »


In Austin, Goodybag Turns Restaurant Menus Visual

GoodyBag

You are out to eat. Since you don’t get to go out very often, it’s somewhat of a special occasion. You are feeling adventurous, even. You do not just want to order your “usual” or something you could whip up at home if you were so inclined. But after looking over the menu, the entree descriptions fail… Read more »


AuManil Reveals Hidden Insights in Game Players’ Activity

AuManil

Bart Bohn founded AuManil to assist the $40 billion online games market by collecting social gaming data to reduce whale churn, increase whale conversion, improve whale acquisition, and managing whales across a portfolio of games. In the gaming world, “whales” are big money spenders and fanatical users. However, the specific social gaming data regarding these… Read more »



Jellifi and the Quest for Startup Immortality

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There is a species of tiny jellyfish that can revert its cells from the adult stage to the young polyp stage, effectively starting its life over and giving it the possibility of immortality. Jellifi COO Kinsey Vallier sees an inspiration here. “With our combined hard work we can ensure that our product has the same staying power,”… Read more »