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  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    RetailMeNot, Mary Kay Tussle Over Online Coupons

    Austin-based RetailMeNot and cosmetics brand Mary Kay are in a legal tussle over the coupon site's use of Mary Kay's name on is website. Cosmetics maker Mary Kay--which is also based in Texas, in Addison--sued RetailMeNot in March, seeking to prevent RetailMeNot from using its name on its website. In response, RetailMeNot said Thursday that the lawsuit is an "attack on the rights of Americans" to freely exchange public information....Continue →

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    PROS Adds Cognos Vet As New Board Director

    Houston-based software developer PROS has added a new member to its board of directors, saying late Thursday that it has added Leslie J. Rechan to the group. Rechan was previously General Manager of IBM's Business Analytics Division, and previously was Chief Operating Offier at Cognos. Rechan also has served at Oracle, Siebel Systems, Cadence Design Systems and Onyx Software. PROS is a developer sales, pricing, and quoting management software....Continue →

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    Lifesize Expands Language Support

    Austin-based video conferencing hardware and services provider Lifesize, which is now owned by Logitech, said yesterday that it has expanded its foreign language support on its LifeSize Cloud video conferencing service to 15 languages. The company said it now supports user interfaces and emails for German, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Simplified Chinese (China), Korean, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, and English....Continue →

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Carvana Launches Online Auto Sales In Dallas

    Online car buying startup Carvana, which lets consumers search used automobiles, purchase them, and get them delivered the next day, all online, has launched in Dallas. Carvana said it has opened up a 30-acre operations center in Dallas in order to support the launch. Carvana allows users to shop for cars online, getting upfront pricing and showing immersive online images to help users select those cars, which are then delivered directly to a user's doorstep the next day....Continue →

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Robin Raises $1.2M, Launches On-Demand Lawn Care Service

    Dallas-based startup Robin has raised $1.2M in a seed funding round, and launched itself into the on-demand lawn care service, the company said this morning. Robin said the seed funding came from angels, including Brett Hurt (Bazaarvoice), Derek Chapin (Woot!), John Jaggers (Sevin Rosen Fund)s, Mahesh Chukkapali (Google for Work), Jeff Williams (Covara Ventures), Josh Deckard (Hammerstone Capital) and George Baker Sr. (Parkhub)....Continue →

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Planview Buys Troux

    Austin-based Planview said this morning that it has acquired Troux, a developer of IT management software. Troux was also based in Austin. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Planview said that the acquisition of Troux turns the company into a $150M company with close to 600 employees. Planview is led by Gregory Gilmore, and Troux had been headed by David Hood. Troux was advised by invesmtent banking firm Lazard in the deal....Continue →

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Mouser, Intel Dangle $20,000 In Engineering Contest

    Dallas- and Fort Worth-based Mouser Electronics has booted up another design contest, this time with Intel and Analog Devices, saying it will award $20,000 in cash to engineers and students. Mouser said its Create The Future award will go to an innovative product that benefits society and the economy. The contest is being run by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, and has been running annually since 2002. Mouser said the deadline on the contest is July 1st....Continue →

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Indeed Hits $434M In Revenues

    Austin-based job search engine site Indeed said Tuesday that it had $434M in revenues in 2014, a 71% year over year increase. The privately held company--which is owned by Japan's Recruit Co. Ltd--has not previously announced its financial results in recent years, making the announcement somewhat unusual. Indeed said it is now seeing around 180 million unique visitors per month. Indeed is led by Hisayuki Idekoba....Continue →

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Sells Minority Stake

    Dallas-based, which develops software to manage the distribution of newspapers, has sold a minority stake to newspaper and print distributor ACI Media Group. Financial details of the deal were not announced. MyDistrict.Net was founded in 2001 in Dallas, to help manage newspaper home delivery in the Dallas market for The Dallas Morning News. The company says it now provides its software in more than 45 markets around the United States....Continue →

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    RadioShack Shutters Online Store, Says It Will Return Soon

    Fort Worth-based electronics retailer RadioShack has closed its online store, saying on its site that the online store is "coming back soon." The company--which is in bankruptcy--had not announced the move. RadioShack is in the midst of a bankruptcy sale. It appears RadioShack shut down the online store sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday. RadioShack is now directing its customers to its local, retail locations.Continue →

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    WayBlazer Gets $5M For Travel Discovery

    Austin-based WayBlazer, a new startup developing travel discovery and planning software, said today that it has raised $5M in a series A funding round. The funding was led by The Entrepreneurs' Fund (TEF) and IBM, and also included Gobi Partners. WayBlazer is using IBM's Watson technology on yet-unannounced products aimed at the hotel, cruise, travel publications, and destination marketing organizations....Continue →

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    DreamJobbing Launches Hiring Software

    Austin-based DreamJobbing said today that it has launched a new job recruiting service called, which helps employers better manage recruiting. The new service lets applicants for jobs include a video cover letter, digital portfolio, and links to their social media accounts, making it easier for employers to screen job applicants during the hiring process. The new service starts at $49 a month. DreamJobbing was founded by Lisa Hennessy, Alex Boylan and Burton Roberts....Continue →

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