Austin’s Best Places to Work for 2017 have been unveiled — 75 companies that perk workers up with benefits such as free Segways at their downtown office, trips abroad and all the catered food you can stomach.
Pay close attention to what makes these businesses so great — there is business intelligence to be had. From rooftop yoga sessions to in-house chefs to desks that are made for sitting or standing, these companies offer innovative perks to keep employees happy and productive. Steal their…
Amid a flurry of back and forth bids, Arlington-based homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. appears to have the upper hand to acquire most of the assets of Austin-based real estate developer Forestar Group Inc.
On Friday, D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI) boosted its bid to acquire 75 percent of Forestar’s outstanding shares to $17.75 per share, up from its original bid of $16.25. The move came after the other bidder, Starwood Capital Group, a Connecticut-based global investment firm, increased its own bid to acquire…
If you asked me at age eight what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said, “a mermaid.” If you asked me the same question ten years later I would have said, “a pediatric surgeon.” I’m about to turn 28 and (sadly) I do not have a mermaid tail and I barely made it out alive in pre-med.
If you would have told me in college that someday I would be creating a community for creatives next to The Driskill Hotel I would have laughed in disbelief. The Refinery, opening up Fall 2017, is just that and its exists to serve as a space that fosters connection between creative individuals doing incredible things. Its mission is simple — To provide Austin’s creative community with the environment, tools and resources needed to launch and grow their dreams.
I think there is a certain recipe to success for creative entrepreneurs — My goal is to help creative oriented individuals and companies get there, no matter what their experience level in business or networking may be. It’s a huge part of why I created The Refinery — for people like me who needed the right workspace, resources and the community to help make their dreams a reality.
Here is an overview of these three basic success elements:
Workspace: Finding the right workspace when you are a freelancer or small company is down right hard. Finding the perfect mix of affordability, location and amenities is near impossible. Which is why it was so important for The Refinery to be located in the heart of the city, nestled right where creatives can hustle and thrive. When it comes to amenities for creatives, having a photography studio, event space, prep kitchen, shared storefront and the right kind of community programming can make a world of difference.
Educational Resources: Creative entrepreneurs (experienced and inexperienced) have unique needs when it comes to educational resources. Someone may be a kick ass graphic designer but seriously lacking on the excel front, and that’s okay — Trust me, you are not alone! What’s not okay is for your passionate freelance graphic design business to fail because you don’t know how to run your books. Wouldn’t it be great to have built-in help at the place you worked every day? On the other end of things, you may be an MBA grad who decided you wanted to launch you own organic cosmetic company — You know how to run a damn good business but you lack product photography skills. Gosh, wouldn’t it be nice if your workspace had a built in photography studio and a community with photographers and designers to help you!?
Community: To me this is the most important element that comes with starting your own company. It’s no secret that entrepreneurs are faced with several ups and downs, especially in the beginning. Being surrounded by a supportive community that can keep you going, share in your experiences and offer a network to take your company to new heights is something your kitchen table just can’t offer. Immersing yourself into a community of like minded people and participating in social events can do incredible things for your company and self esteem.
There are so many incredible niche workplaces popping up around the world that are catering to creative entrepreneurs — The Refinery is just a small fish (or mermaid) in that pond of possibility. My hope for The Refinery is that it will provide individuals and small companies with the workspace, resources and community that allows them succeed in ways they never thought possible.
Disclaimer: To ensure that all dreams are treated equally, mermaid tail blankets will be available for use by members of The Refinery.
The Refinery is hosting an introductory event on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Owen’s Garage, located at 1407 Bob Harrison St, Austin, TX 78702. The event will include a live podcast by I Was Just Saying That, free headshots by Dos Mundos Creative, complimentary beverages from Sourced Craft Cocktails, light bites and goodie bags for the first 25 attendees. For more information and to RSVP visit TheRefineryATX.com/experience/.
HomeAway Inc., the Austin-based vacation rental company, plans to add 2,000 employees in its hometown and move its global headquarters to a 16-story tower in The Domain within the next two years.
It has signed a lease for the entire 315,000-square-foot Domain 11 tower, under development by Endeavor Real Estate Group and Tier REIT
The homegrown consumer technology company is "doubling down" on Austin, company executives said in a Thursday announcement. The lease also represents a big win for Endeavor…
As part of the $13.7 billion deal for Amazon to acquire Whole Foods, two CEOs — billionaire Jeff Bezos and conscious capitalist John Mackey — are set to join forces. The two leaders have some surprising commonalities, as well as stark differences.
Two of the digital advertising world’s hottest innovators are at it again.
MMW learned ahead of the weekend that video ad serving platform SpotX and Immersion Corp. — a leading developer and licensor of haptic technology — have joined forces to bring haptic-responsive video advertising opportunities to market at scale on mobile devices.
“By teaming up,” a statement emailed to MMW reads, “the pair will bring Immersion’s haptic technology across all media owners on SpotX’s platform, empowering advertisers with high-impact, tactile experiences.”
Distribution has long been one of the biggest pain-points in the haptic ad market, the partners explain. The integration of Immersion’s technology with SpotX’s platform will make haptic mobile video ads available at significant scale to ad buyers, by automatically activating the possibility to deploy haptic ad units across compatible inventory from a range of premium publishers.
“As virtual reality, touchscreens, and wearable technology grow in popularity, opportunities to use haptics are growing rapidly, as high-quality tactile effects enhance the user experience,” said Sergio De Acha, Regional Head of Business Development at Immersion. “With ads you can feel, touch taps into an additional sense to help brands differentiate themselves. Our partnership with SpotX makes high-impact ad units available to buyers at scale, making the power of haptics more pervasive.”
Over 50% of websites collect visitors’ email addresses, creating the possibility of privacy breaches.
That’s the opening salvo in a new report announcement from Clutch, a leading research and reviews platform for business services.
According to the findings of the latest survey conducted by Clutch, website visitors’ email addresses are most commonly collected (57%), followed by names (47%), and locations (45%).
Although this information can provide valuable insights for businesses, inconsistent security measures may increase the risk to visitors’ privacy. Industry leaders point out that email addresses present the greatest security risk to consumers.
“When data is correlated over multiple web services, whether that is a Gmail account, a bank account, or a password retrieval from Facebook, it’s done through the email address,” said Idan Udi Edry, CEO of Trustifi, a company specializing in email transaction data security and privacy. “The combination of an email address and a name is enough [for a hacker] to start the reconnaissance on someone as a user.”
So what can be done to mitigate risks? Check out the new report from Clutch for more insight into the matter at hand.