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  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    RetailMeNot: Consumers Optimistic, But Blew Their Holiday Budgets

    Austin-based RetailMeNot/a>, the online coupon and deals site, has recently started running surveys and studies on consumer behavior, and has found that consumers are very optimistic on 2015--but might have blown a bit past their budgets over the holidays....Continue →

     
  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    SpareFoot Recruits The Mountain To Austin Startup Games

    Um, don't mess with the newest "executive" over at Austin-based SpareFoot. SpareFoot said Friday that Icelandic strongman Hafthor "Thor" Bjornsson--better known to those of us here in the U.S. as "The Mountain" from the Game of Thrones--has joined the company as Senior Vice President of the company's Icelandic business. SpareFoot brought Bjornsson into Austin on the eve of this year's Austin Startup Games, having hinted at bringing in a "secret weapon" to win the event over the prior week....Continue →

     
  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    GameStop Looks To Unlock Tax Refund Purchases With Sale

    Grapevine, Texas-based videogame retailer GameStop hopes that tax refunds will help spur some purchases in its stores, saying it has launched a promotion through March 1st specifically aimed at helping its customers spend their tax refund. GameStop said it has launched a "Re-fun Your Refund" program specifically aimed at tax refunds, with a variety of sales and special offers. The company also said it will offer layaways for Xbox One, Playstation 4, WiiU, and PlayStation Vita game systems....Continue →

     
  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    Travelocity Sold To Expedia For $280M

    Southlake, Texas-based Travelocity, which is owned by Sabre, has been sold to travel site Expedia, in a deal worth $280M in cash, the two said Friday. Travelocity and Expedia had been in a strategic deal since August of 2013, where Expedia had powered all of the technology platforms behind Travelocity's existing websites. How the move will impact jobs and employment at Travelocity were not announced by the companies....Continue →

     
  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    AT&T Launches New Ed-Tech Startup Accelerator

    Dallas-based carrier AT&T said Thursday that it has launched a new, startup accelerator, aimed at the education and technology market, called the AT&T Aspire Accelerator. AT&T said the new accelerator aims to help inspire "game-changing" solutions to real world education problems. Unlike most accelerators, AT&T said that companies will not be picked by standard financial measures, but by the companies, or even non-profits, with the chance for the biggest societal impact....Continue →

     
  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    XOR Data Exchange Finds $1.8M For Data Sharing

    Austin-based XOR Data Exchange, a provider of data sharing services for companies in the financial services, telecommunications, and other industries, said this week that it has raised $1.8M in a funding round. The startup, led by Mike Cook, said the funding came from Chicago Ventures and KGC Capital. XOR Data's services are used for suc areas an credit and fraud risk management, authentication, and marketing....Continue →

     
  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    PROS Names New CFO

    Houston-based pricing software developer PROS has appointed a new CFO, saying recently that it as named Stefan B. Schulz as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Schulz was most recently CFO of Divial River, and also served at Lawson Software, BMC Software, and Arthur Andersen & Co. PROS says Schulz replaces retiring CFO Charles H. Murphy. PROS develops software used for pricing, sales quoting, rebates and revenue management.Continue →

     
  • Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Sparefoot Boosts Hiring, Again

    Austin-based Sparefoot, the online self storage marketplace, continues to grow rapidly--and said today that it plans to hire yet another 30 employees at its call center. The company said it is looking to hire those 30 employees via a "speed dating" event for the company on February 11th, to grow its customer service team from 75 to 105 members. Sparefoot has been in quite a growth tear, and moved into new offices on Brazos St. last year to double its headquarter space....Continue →

     
  • Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Inova Labs Names Operations VP

    Austin-based Inova Labs has named a new operations VP, to head up the company's manufacturing, supply chain, and facilities. Inova Labs said it has appointed Dale West as Senior Vice President of Operations, for the company's oxygen therapy medical device manufacturing. West has previously served at Philips Respironics, Dynamics Inc., and Frito-Lay, and has served as Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain for Respironics before it was acquired by Philips....Continue →

     
  • Thursday, January 22, 2015

    MakerSquare Acquired By Hack Reactor

    MakerSquare, the software coding school which operates in both Austin and San Francisco, has been acquired by fellow coding school operator Hack Reactor, the two said Wednesday. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Hack Reactor operates its own set of computer programming classes. MakerSquare will continue to operate independently of Hack Reactor, but will switch over to Hack Reactor's Javascript programming curriculum....Continue →

     
  • Thursday, January 22, 2015

    BRS Labs Sells Patents

    Houston-based Behavior Recognition Systems (BRS Labs) which develops artificial intelligence software, said it has sold some of the intellectual property and patents owned by the company to Avigilon. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. BRS Labs said the sale includes a portion of its intellectual property associated with its legacy products....Continue →

     
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Favor Expands In Houston, Dallas

    Austin-based Favor, the mobile delivery app startup which recently raised a seed funding from Tim Draper and Silverton Partners, said today that it has expanded its delivery cities, launching in Houston and expanding its coverage area in Dallas. The startup--founded by Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty--lets users easily order everything from restaurant orders to video games for delivery via its team of "runners"....Continue →

     
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