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  • Friday, January 30, 2015

    Pixatronic Ventures Aims Fund At Venture Investments In Houston

    Houston-based interactive and web design firm Bouncing Pixel is looking to get into the startup investment market, by starting a new venture capital investment firm called Pixatronic Ventures. According to the HBJ, the new startup investment firm hopes to spur new web and technology companies in Houston, and will specifically use Bouncing Pixel's employees to help start those new ventures. The firm has so far raised $400,000 for the new venture firm, according to the HBJ....Continue →

  • Friday, January 30, 2015

    WP Engine Rolls Geolocation Feature

    Wondering why that blog or website seems to know you're in downtown Austin? That might be because of a new feature from Austin's WP Engine, called GeoIP, which lets marketers target web content based on a user's physical location. According to WP Engine, its new feature lets marketers target users down to a user's country, state, city, and even ZIP code, letting them tune their marketing and content for specific users. Pricing on the new plug in was not announced....Continue →

  • Friday, January 30, 2015 Hooks Up With Starbucks On Dating

    Looking for a place to connect on a first date? Dallas-based, the online dating site which is part of IAC, has hooked up with ubiquitous coffee chain Starbucks on a new feature of its service. According to the two, they have added a "meet at Starbucks" feature to its service, to help find a convenient Starbucks location and invite their match over for a date. The two said that more than one in three singles already lists coffee as a favorite activity for a first date....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Mood Media Extends Shazam Powered Service to 300,000 Locations

    Austin-based Mood Media Corporation--best known for providing in-store music and advertising--said today that more than 300,000 retail and restaurant locations are now sending out "audio beacons" for Shazam, which help link marketers with their clients. The technology sends out an audio-based digital watermark, which can be recognized by mobile apps like Shazam, and offer up in-store mobile marketing, coupons, and more....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Volusion Banks $55M For eCommerce Software, Eyes IPO

    Austin-based Volusion, which develops e-commerce software for the enterprise and SMB market, said today that it has raised a big, $55M funding round, to help expand its platform. Volusion said the funding was led by Main Street Capital Corporation. Volusion, whic his led by Clay Olivier, said it will use the funds for rapid development of its Mozu enterprise platform, as well as continued development on its SMB products....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Austin Chamber: Space Technology & Exploration Next Step In Jobs, Economy

    The Austin Chamber of Commerce is targeting the space technology & exploration industry, as one of the keys to future economic development, the group said Wednesday. According to the group, and its Opportunity Austin economic development effort, it believes that the demand for growth in the space exploration and technology market can make the greater Austin region a player in the commercial space exploration market....Continue →

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Mozido Snags Executive From MasterCard

    Austin-based Mozido, which develops mobile payment, loyalty, and related software, said yesterday that it has hired on a former MasterCard executive at the company. Mozido said it appointed Ron Hynes, former Executive Vice President of Global Prepaid Solutions at MasterCard Worldwide, as its new President Global Markets. Mozido said Hynes will oversee operations in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, China and Asia Pacific....Continue →

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Querium Raises $800K For STEM Tutoring Software

    Austin-based Querium, a developer of software to help students master math and science skills, said this morning that it has raised $800,000, in a Series A3 funding round. The funding came from ICG Ventures, as well as others. Querium said the new funding will go towards product development, sales, and marketing. The company is led by Kent Fuka. Querium said it uses artificial intelligence to create a "virtual tutor" to help students with their STEM problems....Continue →

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Blue Moon Software Names Execs

    Austin-based Blue Moon Software, a developer of online forms software for the apartment and property leasing market, said Tuesday that it has named two new executives. The company said it has named Tim Rogers as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and named Eric Clark as the company's EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Rogers was previously at Simpson Property Group LP, where he was SVP of Operations....Continue →

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Sparefoot Gets Hat Trick, Wins Third Austin Startup Games

    Self storage marketplace Sparefoot has pulled a hat trick in the Austin Startup Games, with its third win in last weekend's startup competition. The company scored 28 points, tromping competitors like Boundless Network (10 points) and Home Improvement Leads (9 points) in the charity event, in such startup-friendly events as ping pong, Pop-a-Shot, shuffleboard, and Connect 4....Continue →

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Accenture Closes Structure Buy, Bolstering Energy Chops

    Houston-based IT outsourcing firm Accenture said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of fellow Houston company Structure, part of an effort to strengthen its expertise in the smart grid and energy trading and risk management market. Finances behind the deal haven't been announced by either company. Accenture is hiring Structure's approximately 200 employees as part of its North American Resources operating group.Continue →

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Revionics Names New Board Member, Hinting At IPO

    Austin-based Revionics said this morning that it has named Joel G. Katz to the company's board, hinting at a possible IPO effort. Katz is an investor, who has previously served at Witness Systems, Vignette, and Harbinger Corporation, where Revionics specifically said Katz helped with pre- and post-initial public offering stages. Revionics specifically pointed to Katz's financial, operational and board experiences in operating under the scrutiny of public financial markets....Continue →

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