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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Former Bazaarvoice Founder Hurt Backs Social Influence Marketer

Brett Hurt, the former co-founder of Bazaarvoice, is one of the investors in a provider of social influence marketing to brands. Speakr, which offers up its services to such companies as Microsoft, Kia, Corona, and Samsung, said this mornin...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mood Media Rolls Wi-Fi Social Marketing Tool

Austin-based Mood Media is expanding into Wi-Fi marketing today, saying that it has launched a new product which provides free Wi-Fi to small and medium sized business customers, called Mood Social WiFi. The company--which currently offers ...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vemory Launches App To Auto Create Videos

A new, Austin startup, Vemory, has launched a new iOS app which automatically pulls from your phone and social networks, to help create music videos for users. According to Vemory, its app--which runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch--fi...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unseen Gets $2.1M For Anonymous Photo Sharing

Austin-based Bearch, a developer of social collaboration tools, said Tuesday that it has raised $2.1M in funding for its anonymous photo sharing app, Unseen. The funding came from Dirk Elmendorf (co-founder of Rackspace), Rony Kahan (CEO/co...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Polygraph Media Buys Offergraph

Austin-based Polygraph Media, the developer of tools to help brands with their social media campaigns, has acquired fellow Austin software company Offergraph. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Offergraph was founded by Ian Karn...

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fanwise Lets Dallas Social Media Users Trade Tweets For Snacks

Are you a big social media user? A new, social media service, Fanwise says it has just launched a new service which lets social media enthusiasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area get free or discounted drinks and snacks at vending machines--al...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Texas Entrepreneur Paid $45/Hour To Tweet For Dogs

Here's a take-your-dog-to-work day story that combines entrepreneurship, social media, and Texas: apparently, Josh Davis, a Fort Worth entrepreneur and programmer, has a business where he is paid $45 an hour to tweet for the dogs of a multi...

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Zimbra Moves To New Open Source License

Frisco, Texas-based collaboration software developer Zimbra is moving its source code to the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the company said yesterday, saying that it believes by moving to OSI-approved licenses, it will gain more contributio...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

YouEarnedIt Snags $1.5M For Employee Rewards

Austin-based YouEarnedIt, a startup developing online, employee engagement and rewards software, said today that it has raised $1.5M in a seed funding round. The funding came from WPP and Capital Factory, along with customers. The startup, ...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spredfast Debuts New Social Tracking Index Tool

Austin-based Spredfast said this morning that it has launched a new product, the Spredfast Performance Index, which will help social teams better track the performance of their brands. According to the company, the new product helps markete...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CareFlash Ties With Hospice Group

Austin-based CareFlash, a startup developing private, online social networking software for friends, families, and patients going through tough life events, has linked up with a nonprofit hospice. According to CareFlash, it has partnered wi...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Macrolynk Joins ATI

Macrolynk, a developer of enterprise, social networking tools for supply chain management, has joined the Austin Technology Incubator, the two said Tuesday. Macrolynk develops a enterprise, social collaboration tool specifically aimd at hel...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pixmarx Takes On Photo Sharing, Enhancement

Looking to jazz up those selfie photos you just took of you and your friends? Austin-based Pixmarx is hoping that users will flock to its new, photo bragging app, which lets those selfie users add photo frames, apply filters, logos, and mor...

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Punch Bowl Social Raises $1.75M

Austin-based Punch Bowl Social Food & Drink, the developer of a restaurant, bar, bowling, and entertainment center concept, has raised $1.75M in a funding round. The funding came from Coulton Creek Capital. The company currently has locatio...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FeedMagnet Acquired By Bazaarvoice

Austin-based Bazaarvoice has acquired fellow Austin company Feedmagnet, in a deal worth $9M in cash, the companies said today. FeedMagnet, which was founded in 2009, develops social engagement software aimed at bolstering content marketing ...

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Socialware Names Product Development VP

Austin-based Socialware, which develops social media marketing and compliance software, said Wednesday that it has named Matt Roberts as the company's new Vice President of Product Development. Roberts joins the company from CA Technologies...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spredfast, Mass Relevance Merge

Austin-based social marketing companies Spredfast and Mass Relevance announced Wednesday that the two companies have merged, creating a single company focused on social marketing. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. The two ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

JamKazam Launches Social Music Service

Ever wish you could jam out with your far away music buddies on your computer? A new, Austin-based startup, JamKazam, launched today with a new service, aimed at exactly that. JamKazam--led by David Wilson--said it has launched a public bet...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dachis Group Acquired By Sprinklr

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social media and business consultancy and softwae provider founded by Jeff Dachis, has been acquired by New York-based Sprinklr, Sprinklr said Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Accordin...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spredfast Expands In The UK

Austin-based social marketing software and services provider Spredfast is expanding in the UK, and has opened up its first international office in London, the company announced this morning. According to the company, it has named Oana Neuma...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pingboard Gets $1.25 Million For Social Company Directories

Goodbye, outdated paper employee directories--Austin-based Pingboard, a new startup founded in Austin's Capital Factory, has raised $1.25M in a seed round of funding. According to the company, the seed funding was led by Silverton Partners,...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Revionics Wins Raley's Supermarket Chain

Austin-based software developer Revionics has scored supermarket chain Raley's, saying that its products will be used for Raley's 128-store chain. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. According to Revionics, Raley's--which opera...

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Spredfast Finds $32.5M In Big Growth Funding

Austin-based social marketing software developer Spredfast has indeed raised $32.5M in a big funding round, as the company said this morning that it has raised a growth capital funding led by Lead Edge Capital. According to Spredfast, prior...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Report: Spredfast Scores $32.5M

Austin-based social marketing software developer Spredfast appears to have raised $32.5M in a growth capital funding, according to a report from Thomson Reuters. The funding reportedly was led by Lead Edge Capital. Other details on the fund...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

HipLogiq Finds $7M More For Social Media Marketing

Dallas-based HipLogiq said Monday that it has raised $7M in a Series B funding, for the company's social media marketing software and applications. The startup said the funding was led by Hadron Global Partners, and will go towards market g...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Travelocity Plans Holiday Travel Feature

Southlake, Texas-based Travelocity said today that it will be launching a combined social media and live television effort heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, and will be covering ten of the nation's busiest airports with a "Turkey Task ...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mass Relevance Names Chief Strategy Officer

Austin-based Mass Relevance has tapped a social TV expert from USA Network as its new Chief Strategy Officer, the company said Wednesday. Mass Relevance said that Jesse Redniss, the former Senior Vice President of Digital for USA Network ha...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

RealPage Buys ActiveBuilding

Carollton, Texas-based RealPage said today that it has acquired ActiveBuilding, the operator of a platform which provides a portal for apartment owners and apartment residents. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ActiveBuilding's...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Spredfast Launches New Program With Twitter

Austin-based social marketing software developer Spredfast announced this morning that it has launched a new program, which delivers organic tweets by country, as part of what it says is a "deepened relationship" with Twitter. The startup, ...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Mass Relevance Adds Advisor

Austin-based social marketing technology developer Mass Relevance said this morning that it has named Jack Klues, former founding CEO and Chairman of VivaKi, as an advisor. Klues has become part of the Mass Relevance advisory board. Mass Re...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TrendKite Snags $1.2M For Social Media, Press Analytics

Austin-based startup TrendKite--one of the companies in the Capital Factory--announced today that it has raised $1.2M in a Series A funding, to go towards the company's predictive analytics software for social media and press activity. The ...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FrameBuzz Links Videos, Comments

Do you wish you could exchange thoughts with your friends while watching your favorite online video or show? Austin-based FrameBuzz launched this morning, determined to let people have threaded conversations while watching online videos--ev...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Dachis Group Debuts New Real Time Marketing Tool

Austin-based social marketing firm Dachis Group has launched a new, real time marketing tool aimed at brands, the firm said this week. According to the firm, it has launched a new, real-time marketing platform it says can help marketers fin...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spredfast Partners With Brandwatch

Austin-based social media management software developer Spredfast and brand monitoring provider Brandwatch said today they have entered into a strategic partnership. According to the two, the integration deal allows organizations to monitor...

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Spredfast Updates Social Media Product

Austin-based Spredfast has released an update of its social media marketing software, saying that its new product adds a new performance dashboard, and improved iPhone app, ways to build custom promotions, contests, and sweepstakes, as well...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Bee Cave Games' Blackjack Title Tops Facebook Charts

Austin-based videogame developer Bee Cave Games says its blackjack title, Blackjack Casino, has just become the number one Blackjack game on Facebook. According to Bee Cave, it is one of the five fastest growing casino games on Facebook, ba...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spredfast Ties With Kenshoo

Austin-based social marketing developer Spredfast announced today that it has linked its software with Kenshoo Social, a provider of a social marketing platform. According to Spredfast, the link will help customers to boost the performance ...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Zynga Shuts Dallas Offices In Big Layoff

The Dallas offices of social games developer Zynga are being shut as part of a company-wide layoff, the game maker said Monday. Zynga said it is shutting its New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas locations as part of what it called a "substanti...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dell Awards $60,000 Top Prize In Social Innovation Challenge

Round Rock-based Dell has awarded $60,000 in the grand prize of its Dell Social Innovation Challenge, its efforts to encourage social entrepreneurs who are solving the world's problems. According to Dell, it awarded the grand prize to a tea...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

HipLogiq Lands $5M For Social Marketing Software

Dallas-based HipLogiq, a developer of social media marketing software, announced Monday that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. According to HipLogiq, the majority of the funding came from Hadron Global Partners. HipLogiq says i...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Safarious Looks To Raise $1.5M in Funding Round

Dallas-based Safarious, which is developing an online social networking and community site for those interested in wildlife and adventure, is in the midst of raising $1.5M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm tod...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

OneSpot Snags Marketing Exec From SpiceWorks

Austin-based online advertising and social marketing software developer OneSpot said today that it has named Adam Weinroth, most recently Executive Director of Product Marketing for Spiceworks, as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Weinroth a...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dachis Group Lands $7.5M More

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social marketing software and solutions firm headed by Jeff Dachis, has raised $7.5M more in a Series C funding round, the firm said today. The round was led by Austin Ventures. According to Dachis, in a blog ...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Handshakez Nabs $3.6M For Better Customer Collaboration

A team of Austin enterprise software veterans think they have a new way to help companies better manage customer relationships--and now have the funding to make it happen. Handshakez, a new, enterprise software startup co-founded by Jason W...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bloomfire Raises $8M More For Social Enterprise Tools

Austin-based Bloomfire, the startup headed by Craig Malloy which develops enterprise, social knowledge sharing software, has raised $8M more in a funding round, the firm said today. The funding came from Austin Ventures and Redpoint Venture...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

OneSpot Names New CEO

Austin-based OneSpot, which develops online advertising and social marketing software, said today that it has named Steve Sachs as its new CEO. Sachs is the former Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Sales at the Time Inc. divi...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Microventures Funds Ribbon

Austin-based Microventures, the crowdfunding-meets-venture-capital startup founded by Bill Clark, has made another investment, this time in San Francisco-based social commerce firm Ribbon. Ribbon announced a $1.6M funding for its service, a...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spredfast Grows With $18M In New Funding

Austin-based Spredfast is growing, true to its name, with a new, $18M funding round, the firm said this morning. Spredfast, which is led by Rob Favaron, said today that it has raised $18M in a Series C funding round, which was led by Open...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spredfast Ties Into Bazaarvoice

Two of Austin's social marketing software developers, Spredfast and Bazaarvoice, have integrated their tools, the firms said this morning. Austin-based social marketing software provier Spredfast said it has integrated with Bazaarvoice, to ...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Mass Relevance Launches New Product

Austin-based Mass Relevance has launched a new product, aimed at connecting retailers and brands into the plethora of social media sites out ther, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, the firm said Thursday. Mass Rel...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

ORIX Funds R2integated

Dallas-based, the provider of equity and debt to technology and other companies, said this week that it has made an equity investment in R2integrated, a digital and social marketing agency based in Baltimore, MD. ORIX did not say how much i...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

StoryPress Debuts New App To Let Users Store, Capture Memories

Austin-based StoryPress, a mobile application developer focused on apps which help people create and share memories via audio, said today that it has launched its platform this morning. The startup, which is led by Mike Davis, said its new ...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dallas Cowboys Win At Social Media

Who is the best team in the NFL--for social media? According to a report this week, it's the Dallas Cowboys, based on how much success they have gaining followers on Facebook and Twitter. The Cowboys came out on top of an analysis by social...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dell Gets Into Social Media Consulting

Round Rock-based Dell announced this morning that it is launching a new Social Media Services effort, where it will help its customers integrate social media into their enterprises. Dell said those services include helping customers to crea...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mass Relevance Ties Into Instagram, Other Social Photo Services

Mass Relevance, the Austin developer of social curation software for marketers, is tying its customers into such popular social photo sharing services as Instagram, Facebook, Google +, and Twitter, the firm said today. Mass Relevance said i...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Mass Relevance Tees Off With Callaway

Austin-based Mass Relevance, the social content curation firm headed by Sam Decker, said Monday that it has teamed up with Callaway Golf to power a new product introduction campaign. Mass Relevance did not say how much the deal was worth to...

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Friday, November 2, 2012

BuzzStream Enhances Usability, Speed

Austin-based social marketing software developer BuzzStream has made a number of speed and usability enhancements, the firm said this morning, including making it easier to see social contacts' email address, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mass Relevance Powers Service For Big Ten Network

Mass Relevance, the provider of real-time, social curation software, said Tuesday that it has linked with the Big Ten Network (BTN) to provide a social "second-screen" experience for fans. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Th...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Social Dynamx Acquired By Lithium Technologies

Austin-based Social Dynamx, a developer of software used for managing online customer care and social interaction, has been acquired by Lithium Technologies, the company announced this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spredfast Deepens Ties To LinkedIn

Austin-based social marketing firm Spredfast has further integrated and tied its software into social networking site LinkedIn, announcing a new integration to support company pages and targeted status updates in its platform. The comapny s...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spredfast Snags Twitter VP For Board

Austin-based Spredfast has snagged a high profile executive for its board of directors, saying today that it has added Satya Patel to the body. Patel was most recently Vice President of Product at Twitter, and also has served at Battery Ven...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spredfast Names Sales Officer

Austin-based social marketing firm Spredfast said this morning that it has named Olivier Gachot as its new Chief Sales Officer. Gachot joins the company from Skire, where he was EVP of worldwide sales before its acquisition by Oracle, and h...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Connecting Professionals Offline Using Technology, with James Sinclair of CanWe

Looking to take your online business connections and turn that into a stronger, in-person, off-line relationship, Austin-based CanWeStudios (www.canwestudios.com) launched its app yesterday. We caught up with co-founder James Sinclair to...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dachis Group Sets Strategy Head

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social marketing software and services firm headed by Jeffrey Dachis, said today that it has promoted Dion Hinchcliffe to the position of Chief Strategy Officer. Hinchcliffe is co-author of the book Social Bus...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Mass Relevance Provides Social Site For Ryder Cup

Austin-based social technology firm Mass Relevance reports Monday morning that it is developing a social, second screen experience as part of the Ryder Cup, as part of a deal with Turner Sports. Mass Relevance said that its software is bein...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

ShopSavvy Plans New, Social Features

ShopSavvy, the Dallas-based mobile barcode scanning app developer headed by Alexander Muse, said Thursday that it is planning a new, social feature for the software, called ShopSavvy Live. The new feature will add a way to share photos and ...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mass Relevance Launches New Product

Austin-based Mass Relevance, the provider of social media and engagement technology headed by Sam Decker, said this morning that it has launched a new product, Mass Relevance Product Studio. The firm said the new software is a new, self-ser...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2DIALOG Buys Social Fundraising Firm

Richardson-based 2DIALOG, which develops software-as-a-service products for helping nonprofits fundraise and manage their constituents, said today that it has acquired social fundraising software firm Mercury Communications Group. Financial...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

ImageVision, Making The World Safer For Kids, with Steven White

In an age of instant cell phone photos, kids having phones at a very early age, and social media sites a regular part of every teen's social life, there's been an unfortunate intersection of easy-to-access cell phone cameras, the Internet, ...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Giftiki Acquired By LaunchRock

Former Houston area startup Giftiki, which operated an online service which allowed friends to collaborate with each other to gift gifts to others, has been acquired by LaunchRock, the company told its users today. Financial terms of the bu...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

BuzzStream Adds New Features

Austin-based BuzzStream, which develops software to connect companies with social influencers such as bloggers, said this morning that it has added number of features to its product. According to the company, it's added ability for users t...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dachis Group Set To Launch Social Advertising Tool

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social software and services consultancy led by Jeffrey Dachis, is set to launch a new social advertising campaign monitoring tool today, according to reports. The tool is aimed at helping social marketers mea...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Hotels.com Launches Facebook Deals

Dallas-based hotel booking site Hotels.com is looking to provide travel deals to people via Facebook, based on the activities of your friends, the company announced today. Hotels.com said its Deals Facebook app will provide tailored deals o...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Portalarium Raises $7M More

Austin-based Portalarium, the social gaming startup founded by game developer Richard Garriott, has raised another $7M in funding, according to a report this morning. The new funding round came from m8 Capital, FF Angel, and BHV Venture Cap...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Interview with Chris Treadaway, Polygraph

A couple of weeks ago, Austin-based Polygraph (www.polygraph.com) launched its Facebook analytics product into the market. Chris Treadaway--a technology industry veteran who last worked as a executive at Microsoft and who is the company'...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Safarious.com Connects With Adventurers, Wildlife Enthusiasts

Are you a wildlife enthusiasts or outdoor adventurer? If so, Dallas-based Safarious.com, a new website community founded by Andy Hogg, Michael Lorentz and Clay Knight, is hoping you'll join its new, interactive community centered around wil...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Polygraph Launches Facebook Data Mining Product

Austin-based startup Polygraph Media, which is developing Facebook analytics tools, has launched its product into the market, the firm said Tuesday. Polygraph, which is headed by Chris Treadaway, is providing software which helps companies ...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Youtoo Puts Facebook Users On TV

Do you want your share of your 15 minutes of fame? Dallas-based Youtoo wants to put everyday Facebook users on television, via its Facebook app, which allows users to record and upload videos of themselves which can be broadcast on network ...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mass Relevance Adds $3.3 Million

Austin-based Mass Relevance, the provider of social curation software headed by Sam Decker, announced this morning that it has raised $3.3M in a Series A round. According to Mass Relevance, the round was led by Austin Ventures, included new...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

BuzzStream Updates Software

Austin-based BuzzStream, the startup developing software to help companies interact with social influencers, said today that it has updated its software, adding more flexible filters and improved tag management to the product. The firm said...

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Social Dynamx Takes On Social Customer Care

Austin-based startup SocialDynamx launched this morning, saying that it is now offering up an online, customer care product aimed at large enterprises and customer contact centers. The firm, which is headed by Mike Betzer, said its software...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Umbel Finds $3.7M

Austin-based Umbel, a developer of software that measures audiences for publishers, agencies, and advertisers, has raised $3.7M, the firm announced Tuesday. The funding was led by Austin Ventures. Along with the funding, Umbel said it has h...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Interview with Sam Decker, Mass Relevance

How to you take the infinite flow of user-generated, social media, and filter and shape that into something which helps you as a company or brand? Austin-based Mass Relevance (www.massrelevance.com) think it has figured it out, by allowing ...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Sneaky Games Acquired By Zattikka

Austin-based Sneaky Games, which develops freemium, fantasy role-playing games, has been acquired by gaming and content studio Zattika, Zattika said Monday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Sneaky Games develops Fantasy Kingdo...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mark Cuban Backs Mention Mobile

Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban has put more funding into mobile games maker Mention Mobile, the gaming developer said this morning. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. The Los Angeles-based company has previously raised $750,000 from ...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gowalla Employees Score At Instagram

Austin-based Gowalla, the defunct location-based social networking startup acquired--and shut down--by Facebook in December, was not a huge success for Gowalla's investors, founders, or employees. However, it looks like two Gowalla employee...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

StoredIQ Links With Enterprise Social Software Firm

Austin-based StoredIQ, the developer of electronic discovery software, has linked with a developer of enterprise, social networking and collaboration software provider NewsGator, the two said earlier this week. Financial details of the stra...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mass Relevance Taps Golfsmith's Corey As Marketing Chief

Austin-based Mass Relevance, the startup headed by Sam Decker, said today that it has snagged Matt Corey, former CMO of Golfsmith, as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Corey has previously also served at The Bombay Company, and The Home Depo...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Dachis Group Launches New Software

Austin-based Dachis Group, the provider of social software and services, said this morning that it has launched a new, software-as-a-service offering, called Advocate Insight. The Austin Ventures-backed firm said that the new software produ...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

tweetTV Gets $750K

Austin-based tweetTV, which is developing an online, real-time social TV guide, said this morning that it has raised $750,000 in a seed funding round .The round came from angel investor Joe Kalfa. The social television conversations site, w...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Gowalla Checks Out, Forever

Austin-based Gowalla has officially gone off-line, telling its users Sunday that it was a "pleasure to journey with you around the world" and that it would soon be offering downloads of check-ins, photos, and lists soon on the site. Gowalla...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dell Backs Red Cross Social Media Effort

Round Rock-based Dell and the American Red Cross said today that they are booting up a new "Digital Operations Center" in Washington, D.C., which will provide information to the public during disasters. According to the two, the effort is f...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Snoball Upgrades Online Giving Platform

Austin-based Snoball, the developer of an online site which helps people run challenges to raise funds for nonprofits, said today that it has upgraded its online platform. The firm did not detail the major changes in the platform, but said ...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

CANWE STUDIOS Gets $1.5M For Mobile Apps

Another, Austin-based mobile development studio, CANWE STUDIOS, which is headed by Brooke Braswell and Dan Kloiber, said today that it has scored funding, to the tune of $1.5M. The firm said the funding came from private investors, and goes...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BuzzStream Enhances Social Outreach Software

Austin-based BuzzStream, a developer of software which helps companies interact with influencers on the web via social media, has enhanced its software. The firm, which is headed by Paul May, said it now supports sending emails directly fro...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Virallock Launches Social Media Monitoring Service

Dallas-based Virallock, a new startup launched headed by Michael P. Grace, said today that it has launched a social media monitoring service aimed at students and young professionals. The startup said its service helps provide social media ...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bazaarvoice Partners With Buddy Media

Austin-based Bazaarvoice said this morning that it has linked with social enterprise software provider Buddy Media. According to the two, they are partnering to help brands integrate their online "customer conversations" into their social m...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spredfast Takes On Facebook Tabs

Austin-based Spredfast, the developer of social media management software, said today that it has launched a new feature to allow enterprises to create and manage Facebook tabs. Spredfast said the new features make it easier for companies t...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

MapMyFITNESS Ties Into Facebook Timeline

Austin-based MapMyFITNESS, the developer of mobile tracking and fitness software, has joined a number of companies announcing apps for Facebook Timeline today. MapMyFitness said it has launched a fitness app for Facebook Timeline, which all...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Escalation Studios Acquired By 6waves Lolapps

Dallas-based Escalation Studios, a developer of mobile games, has been acquired by 6waves Lolapps, a social games firm based in San Francisco. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 6waves said that Escalation's co-founders, Tom Mu...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Socialware Adds Investment From CrunchFund

Austin-based Socialware, the developer of social business software, said this week that it has added CrunchFund, the investment fund run by TechCrunch's Michael Arringotn, as an investor. Socialware said that the investment comes as part of...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dachis Group Launches New Subscription Service

Austin-basd Dachis Group, the social business services and software firm headed by Jeffrey Dachis, has rolled out a new, subscription service aimed at social analytics, the firm said today. Dachis said its new Social Performance Monitor (SP...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spredfast, Dachis Group In Technology Alliance

Austin-based Spredfast, the social media management firm headed by Rod Favaron, and fellow Austin firm Dachis Group, the social consulting firm headed by Jeffrey Dachis, said today that the two are in a technology alliance. According to the...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Telligent Buys Enterprise Social Networking Firm

Dallas-based Telligent, which supplies social collaboration software for the enterprise, said Monday that it has acquired Leverage Software, a developer of enterprise social networking tools. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. T...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cinsay Pulls In LaunchFish

Austin-based Cinsay, a provider of social media and ecommerce products, said today that it has acquired Dallas-based LaunchFish. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. LaunchFish was a provider of social media marketing services, an...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

RetailMeNot.com Launches Facebook App

Austin-based RetailMeNot.com, the online coupon site owned by WhaleShark Media, said this morning that it has launched a new Facebook app called "Today's Top Deals". The app highlights top coupons, promotional codes, and deals from merchant...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Portalarium Set To Launch First Game

Austin-based Portalarium, the game development firm headed by Richard Garriott, is set to roll out its first game, Ultimate Collector: Garage Sale, the company said today. The firm said the game will be moving into a closed beta just after ...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Snoball Jumps Into Army-Navy Rivalry With Challenge

Austin-based Snoball, the newly launched startup looking to spur people to give to charities and nonprofits via challenges, said today that it is jumping into the Army-Navy rivalry for the upcoming Saturday game, to inspire people to make d...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Gowalla Confirms Facebook Buy; Service to Shutdown

Austin-based Gowalla confirmed its acquisition by Facebook on Monday, saying that the firm, indeed, will become part of Facebook. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. In a blog post, Josh Williams, one of the founders of G...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Snoball Takes On Charity Giving

Looking to spur charitable giving by online, social media users, Austin-based startup Snoball said today that it has launched a new platform aimed at spurring "viral social giving." According to Snoball, the purpose of its service is to hel...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Spredfast Bolsters Exec Team

Austin-based Spredfast, the provider of software for monitoring social media efforts by companies, said Thursday afternoon that it has bolstered its exec team with two hires. Spredfast said it has named Randy Potts as Chief Sales Officer, a...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mark Cuban Seeds Social Gaming Firm

A social gaming firm which develops iPhone and Android mobile games, Mention Mobile, announced Tuesday that it has scored $250,000 in funding from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Mention Mobile, which is based in Los Angeles, develops th...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Interview with Carrie Layne, BestBuzz

In the new world of social media, how do you get the attention and interest of users enough that they'll be willing to post to Facebook or other social networking sites about your company, product, or cause? Dallas-based BestBuzz thinks its...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bazaarvoice Launches New Social Features

Austin-based Bazaarvoice said Wednesday that it has unveiled a number of new, social features, which it says will help its clients tap into the Facebook social networks. Bazaarvoice said it has rolled out new sharing features taking advanta...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bazaarvoice Launches New Social Features

Austin-based Bazaarvoice said Wednesday that it has unveiled a number of new, social features, which it says will help its clients tap into the Facebook social networks. Bazaarvoice said it has rolled out new sharing features taking advanta...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

BestBuzz Boosts Social Good Effort

Dallas-based BestBuzz, a developer of social media and mobile marketing products, said today that it has signed on with a social good challenge being run by Team Escalade Texas, a charity challenge sponsored by Texas Cadillac dealers, to he...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Interview with Sara Gates, Wisegate

Recently, Austin-based Wisegate (www.wisegateit.com) launched a social networking site aimed at business professionals, focused on senior IT professionals. To get the story on the company, how it is really quite different from a typical s...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ReviewAnalyst Acquired By TrustYou

Dallas-based ReviewAnalyst, a developer of a social media monitoring tool for hotels and restaurants, has been acquired, according to TrustYou, a firm developing social media monitoring and semantics technology. Financial terms of the buy w...

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Monday, September 19, 2011

GameStop Ranks Tops In Social Shopping Ranking

Grapevine-based GameStop, the retailer of video games and accessories, is ranked number on in a report on social shopping and social commerce. According to a ranking from 8thBridge, in its "Social Commerce IQ: Retail" report, it was number ...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dachis Looks To Measure Business Adoption Of Social Media, Tools

Austin-based Dachis Group said Tuesday that it has launched an effort to measure the adoption of social business tools. The firm--which provides social business consulting services--explained that it will start publicly publishing its Socia...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wisegate Launches Business Networking Site

Austin-based startup Wisegate said today that it has launched a new, social networking site for business professionals today, specifically focused on senior IT professionals. The firm, is headed by Sara Gates, said its efforts are being fun...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Infochimps Buys Keepstream

Austin-based Infochimps said Wednesday that it has acquired Keepstream, the Austin-based social media analytics firm founded by Huston Hoburg, Jim England, and Tim Gasper. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Infochim...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Troy Aikman Launches Facebook Fantasy Football Game

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has launched a new, Fantasy Football Game on the popular Facebook social networking site, in conjunction with social games developer Prediculous and Sporting News. According to the three, the ne...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Socialware Gets $7M

Austin-based Socialware, the developer of enterprise social media tools, said this morning that it has raised $7M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Socialware, which is led by Chad Bockius, ...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

AT&T Ties With Social Gaming Firm ngmoco

Dallas-based At&T and social games firm ngmoco said yesterday that the two are in a social gaming deal, which will make ngmoco's Mobage social gaming platform as a hub for AT&T android users. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

IceRocket Acquired By Meltwater

Dallas-based IceRocket, a developer of a social search engine for searching blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, has been acquired by social media monitoring firm The Meltwater Group. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. San Fran...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Digital Harmony Games Snags CEO From True Games

Austin-based Digital Harmony Games, the newly launched social and casual games developer, said this morning that it has appointed Jeff Lujan as its CEO. Lujan was Founder and CEO Of True Games Interactive, has served as Senior Vice Presiden...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spiceworks Automates RFQs

Austin-based Spiceworks, the developer of IT management software and an associated, social network, said this week that it has rolled out a new, Request for Quote (RFQ) feature for its network. The firm said the new feature will help its us...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Digital Harmony Games Finds CTO

Austin-based Digital Harmony Games, a newly formed developer of social and casual games, announced Tuesday that it has named Hoan Vu as its Chief Technology Officer. Vu was previously founder of Intuvi, and has served at Vulocity and Dell C...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dachis Group Launches Business Index

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social business consultancy headed by Jeffrey Dachis and funded by Austin Ventures, said today that it has launched a "Social Business Index", which it says will provide a ranking, analysis, and benchmark of s...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Night Owl Games Gains Rights To Dungeon Overload

Austin-based game development studio Night Owl Games has taken on the sale, marketing, and operations of its Dungeon Overlord game from Sony Online Entertainment, the firm said this morning. Night Owl, which is headed by Chris Mayer, had co...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bazaarvoice Strengthens Ties With Facebook

Austin-based Bazaarvoice said Tuesday that it has tightened its integration with Facebook, and become certified as a Facebook Preferred Developer Consultant. Bazaarvoice said the certification came because of its "sophisticated understandin...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dachis Group Forms Advisory Council

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social business consulting firm, said this morning that it has created a new, advisory group called the Social Business Council. The firm said the new council is an outgrowth of its existing, 2.0 Adoption Coun...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SocialWare Signs Financial Services Customers

Austin-based Socialware, the developer of social networking software for enterprise customers, said today that it has added a number of financial services firms as clients. The company, which is headed by Chad Bockius,, said that it has add...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HomeAway Buys Second Porch

Austin-based online vacation site HomeAway said today that it has acquired Second Porch, a vacation rental site focused on marketing vacation homes through Facebook. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. HomeAway said the technolo...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dachis Group Promotes Two Execs

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social media and business consultancy headed by Jeffrey Dachis, said today that it has promoted Peter Kim as Chief Strategy Officer, and Jen Van der Meer to Managing Director. Prior to Dachis, Kim was at Forre...

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Spredfast Adds $2.0M In Funding

Austin-based Spredfast, the social media management software developer headed by Rod Favaron, has added another $2.0M in funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Friday. The firm, which is backed by Austin Ventures, said that o...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Mass Relevance Bolsters Advisors

Austin-based Mass Relevance, the social media startup headed by former Bazaarvoice exec Sam Decker, said this week that it has added two new advisors. Mass Relevance said it has added Don Loeb and Paul Yanover to its advisory baord. Loeb is...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bazaarvoice Launches New Social Tools, Analytics, API

Austin-based Bazaarvoice, the provider of ratings and review software for ecommerce sites, said Tuesday that it has launched a number of new offerings for its customers. The firm said that it has added a new analytics application called Baz...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TheRecipeDiva Takes On Recipe Sharing

Dallas-based TheRecipeDiva.com said today that it has launched a new website focused on recipe sharing. The site includes social networking features, an online recipe box, a collection of recipes, and more. The firm said it is focused on he...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mass Relevance Closes Funding Round

Austin-based Mass Relevance, the social curation and social media startup headed by Sam Decker, said Wednesday that it has closed on its seed funding round. The firm said it has raised over its $2M goal, with funding coming from Allegro Ven...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Gowalla Updates Android Client

Austin-based Gowalla, the provider of location-based social networking services, announced this morning that it has launched a new version of Google for Android. The firm said the software is a "complete new vision" of using Gowalla, includ...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spredfast Names Lombardi's Favaron CEO

Austin-based social media management software developer Spredfast said late last night that it has named former Lombardi executive Rod Favaron as its CEO. Favaron also joins the board. Favaron was most recently Chairman and CEO of Lombardi ...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gowalla Redesigns Spot Pages

Austin-based Gowalla has redesigned its "Spot" pages, the firm said this week, in what it called a significant re-design. The firm said that the pages--which highlight locations users can check into via the social checkin site--now features...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Socialware Raises $3M More

Austin-based Socialware, a developer of social networking compliance tools for the enterprise, said this morning that it has raised $3M in additional funding. The funding came from existing investors FLOODGATE, G-51 Capital and Silverton Pa...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Dell Social Innovation Contest Deadline Approaches

The deadline for the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition, the joint competition run by Dell and the University of Texas for university students, is approaching on February 14th, the firm said today. Dell said it is awarding more than $1...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Interview with Jeffrey Dachis, Dachis Group

Yesterday, Austin-based Dachis Group (www.dachisgroup.com), the social business and media consultancy firm headed by former Razorfish CEO Jeffrey Dachis, and backed by Austin Ventures, said it had raised another $30M in a Series B funding r...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dachis Group Gains $30M More

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social business consultancy headed by Jeffrey Dachis, has raised another $30M in funding, the firm said this morning. The Series B funding was led by Austin Ventures. According to the firm, the new funding wil...

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bazaarvoice Powers AT&T Facebook Effort

Austin-based Bazaarvoice has scored a win at Dallas-based AT&T, and is now powering AT&T's Facebook fan page, AT&T announced today. According to AT&T, it has joined forces with Bazaarvoice to allow consumers to read, share, and submit produ...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dachis Group Buys Powered

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social media marketing firm headed by Jeffrey Dachis, said this morning that it has acquired Powered, a social media marketing agency. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Powered also owns StepChang...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Southwest Runs Holiday Twitter Promotion

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has jumped into another social media promotion, the firm said last week, with a new, holiday Twitter contest. According to Southwest, it is offering up the chance to win a $1,000 gift card from the airline to...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Newtoy Acquired By Zynga

McKinney, Texas-based Newtoy, a developer of mobile games, has been acquired by social games giant Zynga. Zynga said this morning that it is acquiring Newtoy, maker of the Games With Friends franchise, and turning the firm's McKinney headqu...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dachis Buys Archrival

Austin-based Dachis Group, the social media and marketing firm headed by Jeffrey Dachis, announced today that it has acquired Archrival, a social youth marketing and Facebook developer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Archriv...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Dachis Group Buys Stuzo

Austin-based Dachis Group, the provider of social marketing product headed by Jeffrey Dachis, said today that it has acquired Philadelphia-based Stuzo, a developer of Facebook applications, and provider of social marketing applications, pro...

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Telligent Raises $2.3M

Dallas-based Telligent Systems, a developer of enterprise social networking software, has raised $2.3M in a funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm this week. According to the filing, the new equity funding round came from 1...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bazaarvoice Launches Social Commerce Analytics Tool

Dallas-based Bazaarvoice, the developer of e-commerce, ratings and review software, said today that it has launched a new product. According to the company, it has launched Social Commerce Insights, a new tool which allows users to measure ...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Karmaback Signs Nonprofits

Austin-based Karmaback, the Austin Technology Incubator startup which is developing social network marketing software and services, said today that nonprofits the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Learn To Be Foundation and the Bluebonnet Equine...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spiceworks Takes Clues From Social Networks In Release

Austin-based Spiceworks, the developer of IT management software, said today it is taking a clue from the social networking world, and has added a new "People View" feature to its product. The firm said the new People View feature allows IT...

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Gowalla Selects TOMS Shoes Winner

Austin-based Gowalla reported Friday that it has awarded the winner for the promotion it ran with AT&T and TOMS Shoes. According to the location-based social networking firm, it awarded Minara, a user from Dallas, as the winner of its conte...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Gowalla: 500,000 Photos

Austin-based location-based social networking site Gowalla reports today that it's just about reached 500,000 photos uploaded to the site. The firm, which allows users to "check-in" to different physical locations, said the photo upload fea...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Pluck Price Tag: $56.3M

An IPO filing Friday by Demand Media, the parent firm of Austin-based social media site Pluck, has finally revealed the official price paid for Pluck in March 2008. According to Demand Media's S-1 filing, it paid $56.3M to acquire Pluck, pl...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More Women Than Men Using Social Networking Sites, Says Report

The latest report out of Internet traffic analysis firm comScore finds that there's a higher percentage of women than men using social networking sites. According to comScore's new report "Women on the Web: How Women are Shaping the Interne...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Social Agency Adds Features To Spredfast

Austin-based Social Agency, which develops the Spredfast social media marketing software, said today that it has rolled out a number of new features for the platform. The firm said it has added new location-based services integration with A...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Karmaback Launches Social Coupons

Austin-based Karmaback, a startup out of the Austin Technology Incubator, said today that it has launched a "social coupon" feature which encourages users to share discounts and offers with Facebook, Twitter, and other users. According to t...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

GameStop Buys Kongregate

Grapevine-based videogame retailer GameStop announced today that it has acquired Kongregate, a San Francisco firm which operates an online social gaming site and community. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. GameStop said the ac...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gowalla Hits Blackberry

Austin-based location-based social networking site Gowalla said this week that it has rolled out a new version of its app which works for the Blackberry smart phone. The firm said the first beta of the app includes such features as photos a...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Convio Bolsters Social Media Connections

Austin-based Convio, the developer of nonprofit software-as-a-service tools, said today that it has rolled out a new module which helps organizations leverage social media, social sharing, and mobile technology. According to the firm, the n...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

SocialWare Ties Into LiveOffice

Austin-based SocialWare, which develops software which helps companies connect into public social networking sites, has tied in with software-as-a-service email archiving firm LiveOffice, the two said Tuesday. According to the firms, they h...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sneaky Games Nabs Funding

Austin-based Sneaky Games said this afternoon that it has raised a first round of venture funding. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. The round was led by Liahona Ventures, which is also based in Austin. Sneaky Games is working on soc...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Social Agency Launches Reseller Program For Spredfast

Austin-based Social Agency, the developer of social media management software Spredfast, said today that it has launched a reseller program for the title. According to Social Agency, the reseller program allows companies to license its soci...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Bazaarvoice Adds Social Networking Product

Austin-based Bazaarvoice, which develops ratings and review software-as-a-service, announced today that it has has launched a new software suite called SocialConnect. According to the firm, the new software allows brands to connect with soc...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Dachis Group Ties With Social Software Firm Jive

Austin-based Dachis Group, the Austin Ventures-backed firm focused on professional consulting and management, said Monday that the firm has partnered with enterprise social networking firm Jive Software. According to the two, they will work...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Karmaback Takes On Social Networking Sweepstakes

Austin-based startup Karmaback said today that it has launched a new site, which looks to help companies grow their social media community by awarding prizes through sweepstakes on Facebook, Twitter, and other websites. The firm, which is r...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Socialware Ups Funding To $4.2M

Austin-based Socialware, a developer of software used to manage social network policy for businesses, has now raised $4,166,688 in its most recent funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Monday. Details on the funding ha...

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Challenge Games Acquired By Zynga

Austin-based Challenge Games, a developer of social games and virtual goods, has been acquired by social games firm Zynga, Zynga said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Zynga said it would rename Challenge Games as Zynga ...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Nutshell Mail Acquired By Constant Contact

Nutshell Mail, a developer of software for managing social networks through email with roots in Houston, has been acquired by Constant Contact. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Nutshell Mail, which recently moved from Houston ...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Socialware Ties With Email Compliance Firm

Austin-based Socialware, a developer of enterprise social networking management tools, is tying with email archiving and compliance firm Smarsh, the two firms said today. According to Smarsh, the two are partnering where Smarsh wil integrat...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bazaarvoice Wins Carhartt

Austin-based Bazaarvoice said today that it has added workwear manufacturer Carhartt as a customer. According to Bazaarvoice, Carhartt is using its social commerce platform to add ratings and reviews for its products on its web site. Financ...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spredfast Gets $1.6M

Austin-based Spredfat said today that the firm has scored $1.6M in a Series A funding today, from Austin Ventures. The firm, which develops social media marketing software, said the funding will go towards business development and to increa...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Click Forensics: Less Click Fraud On Social Networking Sites

Austin-based Click Forensics, a provider of traffic quality and audience verification services for the online advertising industry, said it has run a study which finds click fraud is a lot less on social networking sites than overall. Accor...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

CheapTweet Launches Updated Social Deals Site

Austin-based CheapTweet, an online site focused on spotlighting coupon deals posted to Twitter, said it has updated its site. The firm said it has upgraded its search engine, voting mechanism, and has also added a new "DealStream" to allow ...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Gowalla Hits Android, Signs Travel Channel

Austin-based Gowalla, which develops a location-based social networking service, announced Monday that it has launched a new Android native application, and also tied into The Travel Channel. Gowalla previously only provided iPhone and web ...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Austin Ventures Backs MySpace Founders

MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe, Colin Digiaro, and Aber Whitcomb said Wednesday that Austin Ventures is investing, to the tune of $20M, in a new social gaming firm headed by the trio. According to the three, they are using the funding to ac...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Texas Looks To Attract Facebook To Austin

Gov. Rick Perry said today that the state is looking to invest $1.4M, through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), to pursuade social networking firm Facebook to create a new office in Austin for its sales and operations. Perry said that the fu...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big Six Acquired By hi5, Leaves Austin

Austin-based Big Six, a developer of social games, has been acquired by social gaming site hi5. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. hi5, which is based in San Francisco, announced the deal Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunate...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pluck Racks Up New Customers

Austin-based Pluck, the social media and social networking software arm of Demand Media, said Thursday that it has added a number of customers in the last 90 days. According to Demand, The American Medical Association, Best Buy UK, Comcast ...

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Friday, February 5, 2010

NASA Courts Twitterverse

NASA is looking to attract attention to the upcoming launch of Endeavor to the International Space Station, saying it is specifically looking to give Twitter users the ability to Twitter with the astronauts and crew on the mission. Accordin...

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Wonder Bread Launches iPhone App

Irving, Texas-based Hostess Brands, the bakery behind Wonder Bread and Twinkies, has jumped into the social media world, saying today that it has launched its own, free iPhone application, which also connects to social networking sites Face...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spredfast Launches Social Media Measurement Service

Austin-based Spredfast, a new company focused on social media campaign management, said today that it has launched a service to help monitor the social media efforts of companies. According to the firm, its service pulls together informatio...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

MSDC Targets iPhone With Social Music App

San Antonio-based MSDC Development, a developer of website and applications, said today that it has launched a new iPhone app called "MiJay". The firm said the new application combines social networking with music, and allows users to compa...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Powered Buys Three Social Media Firms

Austin-based Powered, a social media agency, said Monday that it has acquired three firms, all in the social media space. According to Powered, it has acquired StepChange, Drillteam, and Crayon, all social media and marketing firms. StepCha...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gowalla Gains $8.4M

Austin-based Gowalla, a developer of a location-based social networking service, said this morning that it has raised $8.4M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Greylock Partners, and also included Shasta Ventures, Maples Inves...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Mavenir Launches Rich Communications Service

Richardson-based Mavenir Systems, a provider of telecommunications tools, said today that it has launched a new Rich Communications Services supporting 3G and 4G devices. The firm said its new solution is targeted at providing a cost-effect...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blastoff Network Signs Pizza Hut

Dallas-based Blastoff Network, an operator of an online, social shopping and discount web site, has signed up pizza chain Pizza Hut, the firm said Tuesday. Blastoff Network said that Pizza Hut is an inaugural promoter of site PizzaHutBlasto...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Uvumi Takes On Music Promotion

Austin-based startup Uvumi is taking on social networking and promotion for musicians, saying today that it has launched a web site to help musicians and bands to create professional press kits and connect with their fans. The firm said its...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Dachis Group Links With Partners

Austin-based Dachis Group, the startup headed by former Razorfish co-founder Jeffrey Dachis and backed by a significant amount of equity from Austin Ventures, said Monday that it has linked with a number of partners in an alliance. The firm...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

WhoDoYouKnowAt Launches Networking Site

Dallas-based WhoDoYouKnowAt is launching today at the DEMOfall conference, saying that its professional networking application allows users to manage contacts and relationships. The firm said that its software, targeted at business developm...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pluck Upgrades Social Media Software

Austin-based Pluck, the social media firm now owned by Demand Media, said today that it has released the latest generation of the firm's social media software, Pluck 4. According to Pluck, the upgraded software now provides a new presentati...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Socialware Raises $1.5M

Austin-based Socialware, a stealth mode startup in the social networking area, has now raised $1.5M in an ongoing, $1.7M funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. The firm is headed by former Bazaarvoice executives...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Pluck Ties Into Twitter

Ausin-based Pluck, the social media software firm now owned by Demand Media, said today that it has tied its social media platform into Twitter. According to Demand Media, the Pluck software now integrates the ability to invite friends on T...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Bazaarvoice Ramps Social Media Efforts

Austin-based Bazaarvoice, which develops ratings and review software for ecommerce sites, is getting into the social media market, saying today that it has launched new "Social Network Accelerators" to help its clients reach social networks...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Convio Links With Facebook, Updates Software

Austin-based Convio, a developer of software-as-a-service for nonprofits, has updated the firm's software, saying today that it is has added new connections into social networking site Facebook. Convio said that its software now encourages ...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nomee Gains $5M In Funding

Plano-based Nomee, a firm which develops social networking software which allows users to choose how they share information between networks, has raised $5M. The funding was disclosed by Paidcontent. According to reports, the funding came ...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Red McCombs Invests In Online Banking Firm SmartyPig

Texas billionaire Red McCombs has made an investment in an online banking firm with a social networking bent, McCombs said today. According to SmartyPig and McCombs, McCombs has agreed to purchase a "substantial" equity stake in the banking...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Socialware Gains $300K

Austin-based Socialware, a stealth startup focused on social networking, has raised $300,000 out of a an ongoing, $1.6M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm last week. The firm has not released details of the fundin...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bazaarvoice Signs Local Jewelry Retailer

Austin-based Bazaarvoice reported Tuesday that the firm has signed on family-owned jewelry retailer James Avery as a customer. According to Bazaarvoice, James Avery used the firm's products as part of a promotion centered around the firm's ...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pluck Enhances Analytics

Austin-based Pluck, a developer of social media software, said Wednesday that it has enhanced its analytics capabilities with its products. According to Pluck, the firm's new SiteLife Analytics tool helps its customers gain more information...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pluck Gets UK Newspaper Win

Austin-based Pluck, developer of a social media platform for Web publishers, revealed Tuesday that its technology is powering social media functions for a popular U.K.-based newspaper's Web site. The financial impact of the customer win was...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bazaarvoice Links Into Twitter

Austin-based Bazaarvoice has jumped onto the Twitter micro-blogging bandwagon, saying Thursday afternoon that it has added a new feature which will allow users of its services to publish product reviews, answers, and stories on the Twitter ...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pluck to Collaborate with French Agency

Pluck, a publisher of integrated social media software, revealed Wednesday that it will collaborate with a French agency in order to develop interactive online marketing solutions. The Austin-based firm identified its new partner as SecondW...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pluck Corp. Gets Batanga Win

Austin-based Pluck, a publisher of software applications that provide Web sites with social media capabilities, revealed Tuesday that Batanga Inc. has adopted Pluck's SiteLife platform. The financial impact of the customer win was not discl...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

GodTube Becomes Tangle.com, Gets Investment

Plano-based GodTube.com, a faith-based video sharing site, has renamed itself tangle.com, saying this morning that it is now looking to appeal to audiences looking for family-friendly, safe social networking. Reason for the name change was ...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Spiceworks Takes Cues From Facebook, Twitter In IT Software

Austin-based Spiceworks, which develops IT management tools, has thrown an interesting twist into the firm's software, saying today that it has added new social networking features into its software. The firm said it has added features that...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Pluck Wins Publisher of U.K.ís Daily Mirror

Pluck Corp. revealed Monday that it has won the business of Trinity Mirror PLC, a U.K.-based newspaper and new media publisher. According to Pluck, Trinity Mirror has chosen Pluck's SiteLife suite of social media tools to improve reader int...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bazaarvoice Hires Finance Chief

Bazaarvoice, a publisher of hosted product ratings and review applications that support e-commerce transactions, reported Monday that it has hired Ken Saunders as chief financial officer. The Austin, Texas-based firm said Saunders possesses...

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Pluck Gets Win At Frommer's

Austin-based Pluck Corp., a publisher of white-label social networking software for businesses, revealed Monday that a popular travel Web site is leveraging Pluck technology to power its user-driven content. The financial impact of the cust...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

RipCode Lands MySpace In Mobile Transcoding Deal

Dallas-based RipCode, a developer of video transcoding appliances, has landed a major win with online social networking site MySpace. According to MySpace, the social networking site has launched a beta of a new, mobile video service, which...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Powered Names Marketing VP

Austin-based Powered, which provides social marketing services to brands, said yesterday that it has named Aaron Strout as its VP of marketing. Strout joins the firm from Mzinga, where he was Vice President of Social Media. Strout has also ...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pluck Signs Miracle-Gro

Pluck Corp., a publisher of white-label social media applications, said today that the Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has added Pluck's social-networking technology to its Scotts.com Web site. The financial impact of the customer win was not disclo...

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Pluck Expands Tools

Austin-based Pluck announced this morning that the firm has expanded its set of social media tools. According to the firm, it has rolled out a new offering called Pluck SiteLife Groups. The new tools allow visitors to web sites to create th...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DealTaker Names President

Media General, operators of the Plano, Texas-based social shopping and coupon Web site DealTaker.com, reported Tuesday that Kevin Strawbridge has joined the company as DealTaker's president. Media General said Strawbridge most recently serv...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Telligent Hires IT Vet

Dallas-based Telligent, a provider of software for creating online communities, said Monday that it has named Lawrence Liu as Director of Platform Strategy at the firm. Liu joins the firm from Microsoft, where he was Worldwide Community Lea...

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Pluck Scores Win At NFL

Pluck Corp., a provider of social media capabilities to publishers, brands and retailers, revealed Monday that it will power the fan communication features for the National Football League's official Web site, NFL.com. The financial impact ...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pluck Teams With Partners

Austin-based Pluck, a provider of social media tools for publishers, said Thursday that it has launched an extensive partner program with a number of service providers and technology firms. According to the firm, the partners include Avenue...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Telligent Systems Raises $20M

Dallas-based Telligent Systems, a developer of social networking software, has raised $20M in a funding round from Intel Capital, Intel announced Tuesday. According to Intel, Telligent will use the funding to expand its sales team and terri...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bazaarvoice Hires Svatek As VP

Bazaarvoice, a publisher of hosted social commerce and customer feedback applications, reported Monday that it has hired Mike Svatek as vice president of product strategy. In this newly created role, Bazaarvoice said, Svatek will supervise ...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pluck Signs Sun-Times

Austin-based Pluck Corporation said Wednesday that the firm's social media products have been selected by the Sun-Times News Group, publisher of the PioneerLocal.com, SuburbanChicagoNews.com, SouthtownStar.com, and Post-Trib.com. According ...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pluck Gets Win With News Publisher

Austin-based Pluck, which provides social networking and media software for publishers, said Wednesday that the firm has been selected by Swift Communications, a publisher of regional news and information. Financial impact of the deal was n...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Powered Bumps Warren to Accounts Vice President

Powered Inc., an Austin, Texas-based publisher of social marketing applications, reported Monday that it has promoted Kathy Warren to vice president of account planning and management. Powered said Warren boasts 10-plus years of experience ...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pluck Adds UK Media Firm

Pluck Corp., a provider of white-label social media content and functionality to media companies and retailers, revealed Tuesday that a leading U.K.-based entertainment and communications company will deploy Pluck's platform across its netw...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pluck Ties In With Digital Marketing Firm

Austin-based Pluck said today that it has tied into iCrossing, a digital marketing firm, to offer Pluck's products to iCrossing's clients. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. According to Pluck, iCrossing has chosen to work wi...

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Pluck Signs Dallas Cowboys

Austin-based Pluck, a proivder of social media tools and social networking software, said Thursday that the firm's software has been selected by the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Pluck said that the Dallas Cowoys will use the firm's Pluck S...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Waste Management Jumps On Web 2.0 Bandwagon

Houston-based Waste Management Inc., a provider of waste management and environmental services, unveiled a green-focused, social networking Web site Tuesday. Waste Management said the site, called Greenopolis.com, aims to educate people on ...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Minggl Launches Beta

Minggl Inc., publisher of software for managing a user's various online social networks, reported Tuesday that its social interaction manager is now in beta. As a result, Minggl said, individuals can download the Minggl Web browser toolbar ...

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pluck Signs RollingStone.com, Film.com

Social media platform developer Pluck Corp. revealed Thursday that its flagship SiteLife application is now powering the social media capabilities of Film.com and RollingStone.com. The financial impact of the customer wins was not disclosed...

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Small World Labs Gets $1M

Small World Labs, a publisher of social media software, announced Wednesday that it has received a tranche of venture financing in excess of $1 million. Small World said the sum will be included in its Series A funding, which it expects to ...

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Superpages.com Creates Facebook App

Dallas, Texas-based Superpages.com said Friday that it has created a new restaurant review application for the popular Facebook social networking web site. Superpages.com, which is operated by Idearc Media, said that its new application wil...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Red McCombs Launches User-Generated, Christian Web Site

Red McCombs, co-founder of Clear Channel and owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, said late Wednesday that he has launched a new business venture focused on the Christian community. McCombs said that Faithvine.com will provide content and ...

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Med3q Targets Doctors

Online health care community Med3q.com announced Monday that it has launched an online social networking site for physicians. The new site said that it is looking to address better business practices, medical developments, and other issues ...

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