In the Office: Deliberate approach necessary to raise venture capital in Austin (Video)

In the Office: Deliberate approach necessary to raise venture capital in Austin (Video)

With venture capital harder to come by in Austin, the experiences of local businesses that do attract growth capital are all the more illuminating for other founders in search of cash. Companies in the Texas capital attracted $590.4 million in venture capital funding in 2016, a 30 percent decrease from the $852.2 million collected in 2015. Such is the cyclical nature of the VC ecosystem and a national dip last year reflected a normalization, not a systematic defect, many experts caution. For this…

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Technological ‘bells and whistles’ in spotlight at Austin area’s first 365 by Whole Foods store

Technological 'bells and whistles' in spotlight at Austin area's first 365 by Whole Foods store

At first glance, the Austin area’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market in Cedar Park looks much like a traditional grocery store: the packed aisles inside a cavernous space, distinct produce, meat and drink sections and the checkout area up front. But at closer inspection, the technology that will play a critical part in Whole Food Market Inc.’s plan to simplify and streamline the shopping experience becomes more apparent: There are the mobile kiosks at the in-store “taqueria,” where customers can…






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Austin Marathon’s economic impact grows to $34M

Austin Marathon's economic impact grows to $34M

The 2017 Austin Marathon on Feb. 19 funneled an estimated $34.4 million into the local economy during race weekend. That is an increase of $8.7 million from last year’s event, according to a study by faculty at the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University. Below: See a list of the largest annual festivals and events in Austin The marathon started in 1991 and has since grown into one of the city’s premier athletic events, with weekend warriors taking to the 26.2-mile course…






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Popular South Austin eatery Güero’s drums up support for AIDS services fundraiser

Popular South Austin eatery Güero’s drums up support for AIDS services fundraiser

My husband Rob and I have owned and operated Güero’s Taco Bar for more than 30 years. Our goal was to create a meeting place for locals and newcomers alike and we’re happy to say we’ve achieved this over the years. We were influenced by our travels to Mexico and wanted to bring the flavors and spirit of interior Mexican cuisine to Austin. Over the years we’ve learned a lot, but perhaps the most important thing we’ve learned is that dining out is something people love to do together. We…






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Intersection, traffic signal improvements and more ongoing transportation projects in Southwest Austin

Intersection, traffic signal improvements and more ongoing transportation projects in Southwest Austin

Proposed street improvements to St. Elmo Road and Redd Street Both streets will be resurfaced prior to proposed improvements, which include completing sidewalk gaps on Pack Saddle Pass near Redd Street, shortening and improving the visibility of pedestrian crossings on Redd and St. Elmo Road, and upgrading bicycle connectivity to improve active and Safe Routes to School for both St. Elmo and Joslin elementary school students. Timeline: summer 2017-TBD Cost: $178,000 Funding sources: city of Austin Transportation and Public Works departments South Lamar Blvd. Adaptive Traffic Signal Control pilot project Phase 1 The city of Austin completed Phase 1 of […]

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The best-performing public high schools in Austin, according to new U.S. News ranking

The best-performing public high schools in Austin, according to new U.S

The top-ranked public high school in Central Texas is the Austin school district’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy. The magnet school received the honor as part of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the top high schools in America, a closely watched list, which was released Monday night. In ranking schools, U.S. News relied on students’ overall performance on state high school proficiency tests, disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests, graduation rate, and then Advanced…






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10 things to check out at Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston

10 things to check out at Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston

Perched on the edge of downtown Houston, Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the Bayou City’s largest green spaces. The park is a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists, but there is much more to do there than just exercise. Check out some of the park’s most exciting attractions and activities: Running and biking trails Miles and miles of trails encircle the bayou, giving runners, walkers and bikers an endless amount of routes to choose from. Up and down the park, several bridges cross the bayou—runners do not have to travel the entire length of the park to get their […]

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Sprint targets largest Texas expansion since the ‘90s

Sprint targets largest Texas expansion since the ‘90s

Sprint said Monday it will open 79 stores in Texas this year, the company’s largest expansion in the state since the mid-’90s launch of Sprint PCS. Six of the openings will be in the Austin area, a spokesman for the company said: three will be brand new builds, two will be converted Radio Shack locations and one will be the relocation of an existing store. Sprint hasn’t released the exact locations of the new stores because not all of them have been finalized. The Kansas City-based telecom brings…






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Pollo Tropical closes 30 more stores, including in Austin; parent company plans brand revamp

Pollo Tropical closes 30 more stores, including in Austin; parent company plans brand revamp

The parent company of the Pollo Tropical restaurant chain is shuttering 30 locations, including two in the Austin area, as it prepares to relaunch the brand. Fiesta Restaurant Group (Nasdaq: FRGI) announced the closures Monday, which also affected North Texas and Nashville and occurred Monday. Where possible impacted employees will be offered jobs at nearby Fiesta restaurants. Fiesta did not release a list of the affected stores, although it has two Central Texas stores — one in Kyle and one…






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