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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 »

Israel’s High-Tech Boom is Far From Over

Silicon Wadi Israeli Startups

Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s most renowned technology companies. From mammoths like Apple, Google, Facebook, and eBay, to startups like Firebase, Optimizely and Lyft; the area is well known for producing the best tech products on Earth. However, just about 7,475 miles away is an unlikely location booming with promising tech… Read more »

Find Your Next Bromance on Wolfpack


It’s a running joke between my boyfriend and I that his language totally changes the second he gets on the phone with a guy friend. Suddenly they’re calling each other “bro” and “dude” and (God help me) “stud,” and I just roll my eyes. I may not be privy to the secret culture of male… 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 »

Y Combinator Partners With Bolt to Support Hardware Startups

Y Combinator

Y Combinator, the Mountain View-based startup seed fund, announced today that it is partnering with Bolt, a venture fund that invests in early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Bolt will advise YC hardware companies on product design, engineering, volume manufacturing, and go-to-market strategy. YC is known for helping launch software startups such as… Read more »

This is How the EvoNexus Tech Incubator Changed San Diego


It’s hard to pinpoint the exact spot in time in which a city’s tech ecosystem begins to really boom, but a lot of people I’ve talked to around San Diego say that it’s happening here right now. True, America’s Greatest City has undergone some changes and welcomed new additions since I first wrote my four part… Read more »

VapeXhale Bets Big on User Experience, Reaps Benefits

cannabis tech

Seibo Shen, CEO of VapeXhale, thinks of himself as one of the earliest users of vaporizers – I don’t disagree. He discovered the technology for vaporizing marijuana in 1997 during his time in college after discovering he was allergic to alcohol. He’s a health conscious guy and didn’t want to mess up his lungs by… Read more »

Diversity in Startups: It Matters


“People from different backgrounds see the world differently. Women and men, whites and blacks, Jews and Muslims, Catholics and Protestants, veterans and civilians, gays and straights, Latinos and Europeans, Klingons and Romulans, Asians and Africans, wheelchair-bound and able-bodied: these differences of perspective generate insights that can’t be taught. When you bring (diverse people) together in… Read more »

How to Use TurboAppeal to Save on Property Taxes

How to Use Turbo Appeal to Save on Property Taxes

Most People are Paying Too Much in Property Taxes For homeowners, mortgages and property taxes often make up a large portion of annual expenses. Before making the decision to buy real estate, it’s important that prospective buyers take both things into consideration before going all in on making a purchase. While mortgage rates differ for everyone, property… Read more »

After Graduating Bitcoin Accelerator, HashRabbit Raises $500K

HashRabbit bitcoin

CoinDesk reported this week that the Downtown Las Vegas based company HashRabbit successfully raised $500,000 for their Bitcoin Software as a Service (SaaS). The funding came in from Draper Associates with the added support of Vegas’ very own VegasTechFund. It wasn’t long ago that founders Chris  Shepherd and Gabe Evans, both Las Vegas natives and… Read more »

Cvent Cofounder Chuck Ghoorah Joins TrackMaven’s Board

Cvent Cofounder Chuck Ghoorah Joins TrackMaven's Board of Directors

The Washington, D.C.-based TrackMaven, which offers an analytics platform that gives digital marketers deep intelligence to create competitive campaigns, announced today that Cvent cofounder Chuck Ghoorah has been named to its Board of Directors. Ghoorah joins the likes of Harry Weller, General Partner at NEA; Joe Payne, former chairman and CEO of Eloqua; Sean Glass,… Read more »

This Tool Calculates the Cost to Build Your App

Cost to Build an App

There’s a new tool for all you startup founders out there, and it will tell you how much it costs to build the app of your dreams. It’s called How Much to Make an App, and it asks you a series of questions: Platform: Will your app be iOS, Android, or both? Login: Will users… Read more »

For Klutch, Platform Agnosticism Equals Big Success

Klutch development

Klutch recently announced the official launch of their Android and web-based apps, completing the development of their frictionless real-time scheduling platform. It’s a huge step forward for the team at Klutch, who had a major pivot in September 2014. The two new platform offerings in Android and web will be joining Klutch’s already existing iPhone… Read more »

Cheezburger is Starting a Weed Web Show

Cheezburger marijuana

Ben Huh announced today that his company Cheezburger has raised $2.74 million in venture funding, bringing their collective funding to just under $40 million. The team will be hard at working rolling out major updates for the iOS and Android apps this week as well. The current app suite from Cheezburger let users tap into… Read more »