Dell Medical School is Looking for Big Ideas to Improve Community Health

A popular mantra in Austin is the call to think bigger. The new Dell Medical School is part of that movement. Its Center for Place-Based Initiatives is asking people to submit ideas aimed at “improving the health of vulnerable communities in Central Texas, especially those in Austin and other parts of Travis County,” according to […]

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Apply to Pitch at the Rice and CTAN 2017 Startup Pitch Competition in Austin

Want a shot at winning an investment and other prizes? Early stage startups are encouraged to apply to pitch at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition, organized by the Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter and Central Texas Angel Network, known as CTAN. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5th at midnight. The pitch competition, sponsored by American Bank, […]

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HOLT Ventures Launches and Hosts Industrial Technology Pitch Competition at SXSW

HOLT Ventures, the new investment arm of HOLT CAT, plans to select 15 startups to showcase their disruptive technology in the industrial space at the first Industrial Technology Pitch Competition at South by Southwest Interactive next year. But the deadline is looming to participate. Interested startups must apply by Dec. 16. HOLT Ventures has teamed […]

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Austin-based Get Smart Content Raises $1.75 Million

Get Smart Content, which makes a personalized marketing platform, has raised $1.75 million, according to a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand its sales operations and marketing efforts, according to a news release. Investors included Virgo Capital and Origin Ventures. To date, the […]

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Austin entrepreneur buys developer of a social network for moms and dads

LivingTree, which has created a social network for parents of schoolchildren, has been bought by Dean Drako, a prominent Austin entrepreneur and technologist who has launched multiple companies in Central Texas and beyond.
Financial terms were not disclosed but an announcement described the deal as a "multimillion-dollar investment." Drako has been named executive chairman of the company.
Austin-based LivingTree was founded in 2012 and has 20 employees, all of whom are expected to be retained in…

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These green developments are all the envy in Austin

A coalition of Austin companies that support green building recently held its first Austin Green Awards, honoring six projects that embrace sustainability and innovation.
Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn served as the emcee of the program last month at the Waller Ballroom.
Judges of this year’s nominations included Lucia Athens, city of Austin chief sustainability officer; Pliny Fisk III, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Kira Gould, communications…

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Austin apartments debut new level of luxury amenities: Hint, having a Tesla would help

The next big trend in luxury apartment amenities may be coming to a new complex in far Northwest Austin: private charging stations residents can use to plug in their Teslas or other electric vehicles overnight.
Casey Development will install car-charging outlets inside the garages of 18 units at Tacara Steiner Ranch, a community under construction at 4306 N. Quinlan Park Road, in the Steiner Ranch subdivision near Lake Travis. There will also be a 24-hour public charging station next to the Tacara…

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Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office

Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, has expanded its operations in Austin. The company, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. established its second largest office in Austin two years ago and because of solid growth, the company is moving into the 18th floor of the Chase Tower building, said Doug Madey, the company’s spokesman. Procore […]

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Austin’s shrinking construction, health care workforces highlight economic deceleration

Austin’s economy is still expanding, but that expansion is cooling off, a slowdown that stretches back to 2014.
The Austin Business-Cycle Index, which tracks expansion and contraction in the local economy, grew by an annualized rate of 2.9 percent in October, according to data released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. That’s far below the long-term annualized growth rate of roughly 6 percent seen over the last decade. Austin hasn’t experienced a weakening of the Business-Cycle Index…

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