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  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    Fonality: More Than A Business Phone System, with David Scult

    In an intensely competitive area, how do you differentiate yourself and grow a company?
    Fonality ( --a Plano-based developer of voice-over-IP phone software and systems--has managed to rise above the crowd of commodity voice-over-IP and PBX service providers, and now has around $40M in revenues. We spoke with David Scult, the company's CEO, to learn more about what the company is doing nowdays....Continue →

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    Skybox Datacenters Expands In Houston

    Dallas-based data center developer Skybox Datacenters said this morning that it has started on construction of a new, data center in Houston. The company said it is building out a 86,960-square foot data center in Katy, specifically to target the energy business. The company said it expects to complete construction on the new data center in November, and will initially offer four, private 10,000 square foot data halls on the 20 acre campus....Continue →

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    4Sight Upgrades Business Intelligence Software

    Austin-based 4Sight Business Intelligence, a developer of business intelligence software for the property and casualty market, said it has launched a new version of its product. The company said it "completely redesigned" the software, with a new, modern interface and other upgrades. Those features include custom dashboards, administrative tools, and more. The company also said it has added integration with big data tools like MapR, HortonWorks, Cloudera, MongoDB, Cassandra, and others....Continue →

  • Friday, July 25, 2014

    AT&T, Amazon Team On Fire Smartphone

    Dallas-based AT&T and online ecommerce giant said this morning that the two have begun delivering Amazon's new Amazon Fire smartphone on its network. The two said that the Amazon Fire is available for purchase today at AT&T's retail locations nationwide, and online at both AT&T and Amazon's site. The new phone runs exclusively on AT&T's 4G LTE network. AT&T said the 32GB version of the phone will be available for $27.09 a month using its Next 18 plan, or $199 with a two year contract....Continue →

  • Friday, July 25, 2014

    Michael Dell's Son Plans Dating Website

    Zachary Dell, the son of Dell CEO Michael Dell, is planning to launch a new dating app called Thread, according to reports this week. Thread, which has yet to launch, says it is focusing on mobile dating for the college set. The new startup is based at the Capital Factory. The startup is initially targeting University of Texas organizations with its service.Continue →

  • Friday, July 25, 2014

    Allegro Development In Recap

    Dallas-based energy trading and risk management software developer Allegro Development has been recapitalized by private equity investors Vector Capital and Cerium Technology, the two companies said late Thursday. Financial details of the recapitalization were not disclosed. As part of the funding, the new investors have named Jason Liu as Allegro's interim CEO, and also added David Fishman and Andy Fishman of Vector Capital to its board. Allegro Development had been founded in 1984....Continue →

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Structured Domains: Making Everyone A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace

    It's a new world out there, with dozens of industries being disrupted by the whole idea of peer-to-peer marketplaces by such companies as Airbnb, Uber, HomeAway, and Relayrides. However, building a marketplace had--until now--been fairly difficult. A new, Austin startup--Structured Domains (www.structuredomains....Continue →

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Malauzai Ties With Trusteer On Mobile Banking Security

    Austin-based mobile banking software developer Malauzai Software said Wednesday that ti has tied with security technology developer Trusteer, to provide integrated security in its mobile banking applications for a customer. The two said that the two products are being used by Pennsylvania-based Customers Bancorp as part of a mobile banking deployment. Trusteer is owned by IBM....Continue →

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Zirtual Targets Hiring In Dallas

    Virtual assistant startup Zirtual, which is backed by Tony Hsieh (CEO of, VegasTechFund, and Mayfield Fund, said today that it is hiring in Dallas, part of its plan to hire an additional 300 people over the next year. The online service--which provides virtual assistants to professionals and entrepreneurs--said it is particularly looking for stay-at-home moms, people with disabilities, and other remote employees....Continue →

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

    CyrusOne Wins Austin Radiological Association

    Dallas-based data center operator CyrusOne has reported a win with the Austin Radiological Association, which provides imaging services to Central Texas. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. CyrusOne said that the association will be using both its Austin I and Austin II data centers.Continue →

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    CompuCom: Millennials Being Ignored By Corporate IT

    Dallas-based technology services provider CompuCom says that a recent survey it ran shows that many IT organizations are "not doing anything specific" to support younger workers. Millenials--who were born between 1979 and 1999--are not getting much attention from corporate IT, according to a survey that CompuCom ran between April and June....Continue →

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Crest Capital Ventures Backs SmartZip Analytics

    Houston-based investment firm Crest Capital Ventures is the lead in a company which provides predictive marketing for the real estate industry. SmartZip Analytics said this morning that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding, led by Credit Capital Ventures, and which also included Claremont Creek Ventures and Intel Capital. Crest Capital Ventures' investment into SmartZip was led by Jason Woods. SmartZip is based in Pleasanton, California.Continue →

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