AlertMedia Sees a Huge Increase in Demand for its Emergency Communications Software in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

AlertMedia has become a critical communications tool for many companies during this COVID-19 global pandemic. The Austin-based startup provides emergency communication software, used by over 2,000 enterprise companies in 100 countries to keep employees safe from threats to their health and safety. Its customers include Walmart, HEB, DHL, Greyhound and Healthgrades. “We’re solving a big […]

Xenex Deploys Germ-Zapping Robots Worldwide to Fight the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus is hitting like a tsunami worldwide with 105,586 cases confirmed in more than 100 countries resulting in 3,584 confirmed deaths, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., the threat of a widespread outbreak of the Coronavirus is causing governments to declare states of emergency, companies to have their workers telecommute and large […]

Austin Officials Cancel SXSW

The show isn’t going on after all. On Friday, City of Austin officials held a press conference and announced the cancellation of SXSW and SXSW.EDU, set to take place next week. “We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time […]

Zoho Cancels Zoholics in Austin Amid Concerns About the Coronavirus

Zoho, which has a large and growing campus in Austin, announced on Wednesday plans to cancel its annual Zoholics event in Austin, in late April. “After consulting with global health experts across our various regions, we believe that this is the safest and most responsible decision for the entire Zoho community,” ccording to an email […]

SXSW is On Track to Happen in Austin

The show will go on. South by Southwest is not cancelled. “There’s no evidence to suggest cancelling SXSW makes the community safer,” Mayor Steve Adler said during a press conference Wednesday morning.  If that changes, the city, county and a health advisory panel will take action, Adler said. They are continually evaluating the evidence and […]

Hypergiant to Host SpaceCom and The AI Collective During SXSW

SXSW is less than three weeks away and Austin is going to be hopping. There’s a ton of great programming for those with badges, but there are also some great activities going on for the general public. This year, Hypergiant, a startup in downtown Austin cofounded by Ben Lamm, is hosting two special events and […]

WSJ Ranks Austin as the Nation’s Hottest Big City Labor Market

The Wall Street Journal has ranked Austin as the hottest big city labor market in the country. Austin beat out number two, Nashville, on the list. The Wall Street Journal ranked Austin, which has an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent, as its top spot because of big expansion projects announced in the area, particularly Apple’s […]

Austin Ranks Third in the Milken Institute’s List of Best Performing U.S. Cities

Austin ranked third on Milken Institute’s list of 2020 Best Performing Cities. It ranked third last year as well. The greater San Francisco area claimed the top spot on the list, followed by Provo-Orem, Utah. Rounding out the top 10 list was Reno, Nevada in fourth place, followed by the greater San Jose area, the […]

Swivel Lands $8 Million in Funding to Expand its Office Space Leasing Platform Nationwide

Swivel, an Austin-based office leasing platform, announced Tuesday that it has raised $8 million. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to expand nationwide starting with the Denver, Colorado market, said Scott Harmon, Swivel’s co-founder, and CEO. Swivel’s $8 million Series A round was led by Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital. Breyer was one […]

PurPics Closed on a $920,000 Funding Round to Connect Brands to Generation Z

PurPics, a Generation Z intelligence, and brand advocacy platform announced recently that it has raised $2 million in total funding. The Austin-based startup closed on $920,000 this round, bringing total funding to $2 million. Felton Group, the family office of Jaffray Woodriff, led the round with participation from The Syndicate Fund and Techstars Ventures. “PurPics […]