Startups & Apps

Crowdsourced Ride-Sharing Is Replacing Uber and Lyft in Austin

By | Jun 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Ride-sharing startups Uber and Lyft stopped all services to Austin, Texas, on May 9 due to a city law requiring them to run fingerprint background checks on their drivers. Now 33,000 Facebook users have joined the Arcade City Austin page to crowd-source their own…

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Evodesk Launches Customizable ‘Deskshields’

By | May 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

Shopping for desks to match your home, office or personality can sometimes be a challenge. Plus, some of the desk offerings currently on the market are low-quality or standardized, which is why Evodesk launched Deskshields yesterday. Deskshields are like a “second skin” and gives users the…

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Steve Case on the Third Wave of Entrepreneurship in America

By | Mar 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

At this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX, I sat down with Steve Case to talk about his thoughts on innovation and entrepreneurship in America, the Rise of the Rest, and his new book The Third Wave. In our exclusive Steve Case SXSW interview (which…

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What the Future of Mobility Looks Like, According to Jonathan Spalter

By | Mar 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

Mobility is changing how and where we work. It’s projected that 40 percent of the workforce will be working independently by 2020 –  that’s 60 million workers. Mobile networks help free us up to work wherever, whenever. And with continued network investments and upgrades, the 5G…

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Cocktail App HOOCH Wins Anheuser-Busch InBev Startup Pitch Competition

By | Mar 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

You know the world is becoming more innovative as a whole when long-time food and beverage companies start hosting their own startup pitch competitions. That’s exactly what Anheuser-Busch InBev did this year at SXSW along with ZX Ventures, the incubator and venture capital team that it…

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DC Tech Invades SXSW with Help from WDCEP and Event Farm

By | Mar 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

One of my favorite parts of attending SXSW this year was seeing a little bit of home – home being Washington, DC – in Austin. This was the fourth year that the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) had a presence at the festival, and it…

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Designing Happiness with Puppies and Cookies at SXSW

By | Mar 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Happiness – how to find it, create it, share it, and maintain it was a hot topic at SXSW this year. From Gretchen Rubin‘s presentation on the effects of habits on happiness, to a session on ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) which is a perceptual experience…

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Gretchen Rubin On the Relationship Between Habits and Happiness

By | Mar 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

Gretchen Rubin has made a very important realization since her best-selling book The Happiness Project. She learned that, more than anything else, its habits that drive happiness and that the two are very much connected. That realization has led to her most recent book…

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Anthony Bourdain’s Business Model: Don’t Give a F*ck

By | Mar 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Anthony Bourdain says that he jokes that not giving a fuck has been a good business model for him, but more often than not it has turned out to be true. He says he wrote his first book, Kitchen Confidential, under the assumption that…

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At SXSW, a Future Dedicated to Autonomous Vehicles

By | Mar 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

The future is here, and not surprisingly, it was all over SXSW Interactive. One of the biggest trends we saw at SXSW was conversations and exhibitions around autonomous vehicles. Now, we know that companies and researchers have been testing self-driving cars for a while, but it…

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You’ve Probably Been A/B Testing Wrong All Along

By | Mar 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

If you do a lot of A/B testing in your company, congratulations! Analytics are very important when it comes to figuring out the right way to engage your audience and get them to ultimately buy whatever it is your selling. But now for some…

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Culture Shift: Rise of Public Markets and Food Halls

By | Mar 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

There used to be hundreds of public markets in NYC. Now there are none. There used to be 1,200 butchers in NYC, now there are…well I’m not quite sure the answer to that, but it’s way less than 1,200. Post-WWII saw the death of…

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Authenticity Is Key When Marketing to Girls

By | Mar 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm

There is so much that can be said about how gender is portrayed in the media. We could go even deeper and talk about how gender is understood and interpreted by our culture and society, but that’s another conversation for another time.  Right now…

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Why It’s Still a Good Idea to Have Your Company at SXSW

By | Mar 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm

At SXSWi 2016? Consider coming out to one of Tech.Co’s many events! While it’s easy to make fun of SXSW – the pointlessness of it all, or the belief that it’s just a giant party with no particular aim – the annual event in Austin,…

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Leveraging Technology to Foster New Love for Outdoors

By | Mar 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Traditionally the world has been divided into two types of people: those who are outdoorsy and those who aren’t. We’ve all seen photographs in outdoor magazines of adventurers scaling cliffs and kayaking over waterfalls. Those photographs can be somewhat alienating and make us ask, is…

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At SXSW, Obama Calls for More Civic Engagement in Digital Age

By | Mar 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

President Barack Obama made his inaugural appearance at this year’s SXSW to discuss the importance of utilizing today’s digital tools and technological advancements to greatly improve and support civic engagement. Sitting with Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune, the President talked over many topics,…

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Grab Some Tacos with Google Cloud at SXSW

By | Mar 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Going to SXSWi 2016? Consider coming out to one of Tech.Co’s many events! One of my favorite parts of SXSW are the connections made. Whether you are a startup or a goliath like Google, there are endless opportunities to get face time with the people…