Clarify Lands $1M Financing

Clarify, an Austin-based startup offering a platform for audio and video search and analytics announced today that it has closed a $1 million seed financing with enthusiastic participation from Projector Ventures and Silverton Partners, and additional notable support from Austin-based Blake Chandlee together with several other early Facebook executives; Michael Rauchman, a pioneer in electronic trading; Brett Hurt, the founder of Coremetrics and Bazaarvoice; and Sam Decker, a founder of Mass Relevance (now Spredfast) and now a Clarify Board Member. The primary use of funds will be to continue to engineer the core platform, support early customers, and grow in key markets.

Spanning Acquired by EMC

Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc., the most trusted provider of data backup and recovery for cloud applications, today announced that it has been acquired by EMC Corporation. The company will continue to operate under the Spanning® Cloud Apps brand in Austin, Texas and will be the foundation of EMC’s “born-in-the-cloud” data protection strategy in its Core Technologies Division. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

HireBetter Acquires Expiritis Consulting Group

I’m excited to announce HireBetter’s third acquisition this year! We have expanded our presence in Texas by acquiring Expiritis Consulting Group, a Dallas-based firm specializing in providing growing companies executive search, interim search and talent management expertise.

By combining forces, HireBetter and Expiritis will be better positioned to help our high-growth middle market clients scale and get to the next level – across Texas and beyond. Patrick Webster, Expiritis CEO, and his team share our professional service, business-first philosophy on recruiting, which is quite uncommon in the industry.

Querium and Sapling Learning Sign Strategic Partnership

Querium Corporation today announced a strategic partnership with Sapling Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., to provide mobile-ready review and preparation platform for the Texas STAAR Algebra 1 End of Course assessment. Under the agreement, students in more than 1,200 school districts will have access to the Querium “Step-by-Step” performance assessment program designed to assist mastery of concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Good Technology Acquires Macheen

Good Technology, the leader in secure mobility, today announced its acquisition of Macheen, Inc., a privately held, mobile cloud application service provider based in Austin, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Building on the company’s recent hassle-free BYOD announcement, this acquisition further enhances Good Technology’s capabilities to provide customers with embedded corporate data plan support across business-required apps, and broadens Good’s carrier relationships, offering organizations more access and choice to work with their preferred wireless operator. Additionally, these new split-billing capabilities will enable customers to tie data usage costs directly to the apps using that data, reducing regulatory risks associated with traditional mobile billing models.

StackEngine Launches out of Stealth to Manage & Automate Docker, Raises $1M

StackEngine, the platform that gives organizations the power to simply and massively deploy, manage, and scale resilient Docker applications, today formally exited stealth mode and announced $1M in seed funding from Silverton Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners.

StackEngine is currently in private alpha and plans to use the current round of funding to move towards general availability later in Q4 of this year.

80Legs Launches Major Update

Datafiniti, the first search engine for data, today announced a major platform update to 80legs, a service platform for web crawling and processing Web content. The relaunch makes 80legs simpler and easier to use, complete with a new back-end design that helps the platform crawl with increased power, speed, and reliability.

Pristine.io Raises $5.4M From S3 and Capital Factory

Pristine, developers of the only HIPAA-compliant video streaming and checklist solutions for Google Glass, announced today that it has raised $5.4 million in Series A financing. Austin-based S3 Ventures led the oversubscribed round, which also included Capital Factory, HealthFundr, and a syndicate of strategic clients. This new financing enables the company to expand its R&D, sales, marketing, and operations teams, supporting the company’s rapid growth.

Magnitude Software Secures $100M Capital Committment

Magnitude Software, a leading provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, today announced it has secured up to $100 million in capital investment led by Audax Group, a leading middle market private equity firm, and a significant personal investment by Chris Ney, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Magnitude Software will use the investment to further build the company through product innovation, organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Acxiom Opens Austin Office, Plans To Hire 150 People

AcxiomAcxiom Logo, a publicly traded enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company, today announced that it will be opening a new office in Austin, Texas, to accommodate growing demand in its technology, engineering and operations. The company intends to fill up to 150 positions in technology fields including network engineers, security engineers, systems engineers, security architects, network architects, infrastructure architects, software engineers and project managers.

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