San Antonio Tech Community to Host its First Startup Week

For more than four years, San Antonio’s technology community has been percolating with excitement amidst a ground swell of support bubbling up to create a vibrant startup industry. First, Geekdom set up operations in downtown San Antonio at the Weston Centre and then moved to its own building, the Rand on Houston St.. And now, […]

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Yeti Coolers founders featured in Inc. magazine spread

What started as a fishing trip has grown into a nine-figure business for Roy and Ryan Seiders, the brothers behind Austin-based Yeti Coolers LLC.
They founded Yeti in 2006 when they shifted from importing rugged coolers from Thailand to manufacturing their own in the Philippines with the same technique used to create kayaks. Revenue hit nearly $450 million last year and Yeti has morphed into a cultural phenomenon, which is why Inc. magazine profiled the two men in a six-page spread in its February…

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Appeals court rules against Austin filmmaker in incentives dispute

Robert Rodriguez, one of Austin’s most prominent movie producers and directors, was dealt a legal blow Thursday when a state appeals court ruled one of his movies was not entitled to incentives for being filmed in Texas.
The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin said the Texas Film Commission acted legally when it denied funding for Machete’s Chop Shop Inc., the production company behind 2010 action film "Machete," despite once promising the money.
Machete’s Chop Shop filed suit in July 2013 alleging…

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Austin lands non-stop service to another Midwest city

Austinites looking to take in a show in Missouri’s live theater capital of Branson this summer are in luck. Branson AirExpress said Friday that its seasonal nonstop service between Austin and Branson will return this year from May 27 through Aug. 14.
The flights run four days per week on various days, including most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Branson Airport. The flight will be operated by Branson AirExpress via Buzz Airways. Tickets start…

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Wanted: Developer with vision, deep pockets and passion for healthy living

Within the next six months, Central Health will embark on one of the most important development opportunities in Austin history.
Central Health will release its request for proposal or qualifications for the 14.3-acre site where University Medical Center Brackenridge currently is located, which is expected to be transformed into some type of mixed-use configuration.
It will take a while to gather and vet development proposals. It’s not the kind of project that should be tossed together on the fly.…

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Central Austin neighborhood tapped as hot residental market

The Hyde Park neighborhood in Central Austin, known for its quaint bungalows, is projected to be one of the most sought-after residential real estate markets nationwide this year.
Seattle-based online real estate brokerage Redfin Corp. ranked Hyde Park — north of the University of Texas and roughly bounded by W. 51st Street to the north, W. 38th Street to the south, Duval Street to the east and Guadalupe Street to the west — as the fourth-hottest real estate market in the country based on sales…

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OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from local investors. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners led the financing. John Berkowitz, co-founder of Yodle and David Rubin, founder and former CEO of ProfitFuel founded OJO Labs in February of […]

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IT security company cashes in on health care disruption

CynergisTek Inc., boosted by heightened regulations and recent data breaches in the health care sector, nearly doubled its revenue last year.
The Austin-based IT consulting company brought in $15 million in 2015, executives said in an interview with the Austin Business Journal, up almost 100 percent from the year before.
Health care companies have experienced a rash of cyber attacks in the past year, endangering millions of patients’ medical records, the Michigan-based Ponemon Institute reports.…

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Lucky for HomeAway: Clock ran out on Austin City Council before new rules could get vote

Austin City Council was supposed to vote on major revisions to the rules governing short-term rentals in the city at its meeting Thursday, but when the clock hit 2 a.m. after a contentious debate city officials yelled "uncle."
“I don’t think any of us are in any shape to deliberate,” Council Member Kathie Tovo said after 2 a.m., according to the Austin-American Statesman.
Feb. 23 has been set as the new date for a vote.
The revisions were scheduled to be considered after a public hearing…

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Delta issues Zika virus travel advisory; Customers may qualify for refund

Major U.S. airline companies including Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL), American Airlines Group (Nasdaq: AAL) and United Continental Holdings Inc .(NYSE: UAL) say customers concerned about traveling to destinations reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be affected by Zika may qualify for a change to alternate destinations, travel dates or a refund.
Atlanta-based CDC recently advised women to consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas and to take precautions against…

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