Whole Foods Mobile Payment Saga

There is one awesome thing about having a really hip grocery store headquartered in your city; you get to be the test bed for new technologies. Especially if you are downtown at the flagship Whole Foods store.

Powerhouse Team of Women Leading Entrepreneurship at McCombs

Violina Rindova, Zlotnick Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship in the McCombs Department of Management, has been appointed as the new director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal. Lauranne Jarrett, managing general partner for G-51 Capital Management, LLC, is the incoming entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for 2014-2015; and Laura Kilcrease, previous EIR, is returning to further her support for entrepreneurship at the school.

Polygraph Media Acquires Offergraph; Harvard Data Science Expertise

Polygraph Media today announced it has acquired Offergraph, the predictive marketing technology company founded by Ian Karnell, Jeremi Karnell, and Dr. Edo Airoldi.

Famigo Grows Network of Pre-Loaded Mobile Devices, Adds Two New Samsung Tablets

Famigo, a company providing safer experiences for children on mobile devices, now comes preloaded via the Android platform on two new and popular tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Families can access educational entertainment—with new content added daily for constant engagement—and use Famigo’s optional child lock to keep tablets family-safe.

Parqer Brings Cashless Valet to Austin

A new, better way to pay, Parqer is an exciting new app enabling consumers to pay their valet through their mobile app. Simple, safe, and fast—no cash necessary. Founded by a University of Texas alum, Parqer launched in Dallas in May and has quickly expanded across the city and to locations in Arlington, Houston, and now – Austin.

Austin Startup DrillingEdge.com Targets Upstream Oil and Gas Data as a Service

Austin entrepreneurs Jeff Chambers and Marshall Capps, Co-Founders of DrillingEdge.com, a data as a service platform, are simplifying the upstream oil and gas data market and taking it to the masses.

LawnStarter, the Easiest Way to Order and Manage Lawn Care, Launches in Austin

LawnStarter, a company that makes ordering lawn care easy, affordable and reliable, today announced the launch of its operations in Austin, TX. With its sophisticated online lawn care booking and management system, LawnStarter is bringing a traditionally offline service online, empowering customers to book and manage all of their lawn care needs at their convenience.

Introducing NuHabitat: Comprehensive Online Real Estate Search Where Others Fall Short

Searching for a new home or investment property in Austin and Central Texas just got a whole lot easier, with today’s launch of NuHabitat, a residential real estate application (and Capital Factory Accelerator company) designed with ease of use, speed and 100% data accuracy in mind.

Mobile Commerce in Las Vegas – On the Ground at the Downtown Project

Last year, Zappos’s CEO Tony Hsieh spent much of his keynote speech at SXSW V2V 2013 on the Downtown Project, the name he gave to his personal economic and cultural revitalization effort of several acres of the original, downtown Las Vegas. Tony made a considerable financial commitment to the Downtown Project of $350 million, to [...]

Comfy Raises $600K

Comfy, the rental marketplace that lets students discover and secure the right housing, has announced an initial $600,000 round of seed funding led by Mike Lee, partner at Dominion Ventures.