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Taking Stock Of Austin’s M&A Year

Austin has been a regular topic here at Crunchbase News, especially its venture inputs. Turning our sights to M&A outputs is, therefore, all the more important.

“I think 2018, in general, has been a great year for fundraising, exits, and IPOs in the Austin area,” said LiveOak Venture Partners’ Mason Rathe...Read more


Rollick Lands $8.3 Million in Venture Capital Funding

Rollick announced Thursday that is has closed on $8.3 million in venture capital funding. The Austin-based company, which has created an online platform for dealers and retailers to sell powersports, RV, marine and industrial equipment, has raised $14 million to date. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partnersled the Series A round...Read more

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News Corp. is buying Opcity for $210M

News Corp. subsidiary and operator, Move Inc., today announced the acquisition of Opcity, a real estate lead generation technology platform that matches vetted buyers and sellers with real estate agents in real time, for $210 million...Read more

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Austin’s lands $3.8 million for expansion

The startup plans to expand sales and marketing, and invest in engineering, operations and research and development. The Austin-based company, which launched in 2016, received the seed funding from LiveOak Venture Partners with participation by Deep Space Ventures, RSH Ventures, Capital Factory and Keshif Ventures...Read more

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LiveOak Venture Partners Expands Team

LiveOak Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Austin, Texas, is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Marcantonio as Principal and Mason Rathe as Senior Associate. Mike and Mason are the first investment professionals being added to the team outside of the three founding partners and will focus on both executing new investments and supporting the firm’s growing portfolio...Read more


OJO Labs Raises $20.5 Million in VC Funding and Plans to Double in Size

OJO Labs, an Austin artificial intelligence startup, has raised $20.5 million in venture capital.

The company, founded in 2015, raised the Series B round from new investors Realogy, the Royal Bank of Canada, Northwest Mutual Fund Ventures and ServiceMaster. It also included existing investors LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners, both based in Austin...Read more

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Austin VC firm, Houston incubator partner up

Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners, which has invested roughly a quarter billion dollars in Texas companies, is starting a mentoring partnership with Houston incubator Station Houston.

The partnership is expected to be announced May 10 and will increase LiveOak's presence at the incubator, which is considered one of the most prominent in Houston...Read more

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Veros Systems locks in $4.3M Series B for industrial risk analytics platform

AI tech firm Veros Systems closed a $4.3 million Series B round of funding this week, led by five undisclosed investors.

The company develops machine learning solutions using electrical signal analytics that continuously monitor industrial assets without interruption. By predicting equipment failures before they occur, Veros Systems helps clients “increase uptime, improve efficiency and optimize maintenance.” ...Read more


San Antonio’s Infocyte closes $5.2 million funding round

San Antonio cybersecurity company Infocyte is expected to announce Monday that it has closed a $5.2 million funding round and brought on Curtis Hutcheson as its new CEO.

Hutcheson will be replacing Peter Klante, who was hired January 2017 as interim CEO on a one-year contract, said Chris Gerritz, Infocyte founder and chief product officer....Read more

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Threat Hunting Startup Infocyte Lands Ex-SonicWall Top Exec As CEO, Launches Channel Blitz

Infocyte has tapped former SonicWall General Manager Curtis Hutcheson to double the company's headcount and size of its partner community over the next year.

The San Antonio-based threat hunting startup appointed Hutcheson as CEO in conjunction with the company's close of a $5.2 million Series B funding round,...Read more


DISCO Raises $20M Growth Financing

CS Disco Inc., the legal technology company that makes the market-leading cloud ediscovery solution DISCO, today announced a $20M equity financing. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, with participation from LiveOak Venture Partners and The Stephens Group. All three were existing DISCO investors. This brings the total investment in DISCO to more than $50M...Read more

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Palliative Care-Focused Austin Startup Iris Plans Raises $5.1M

Iris Plans, a telemedicine company that connects patients to palliative care, announced Wednesday that it has raised $5.1 million...Read More

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LiveOak & Telestax Discuss Early Stage Technology Investing

In 2010, LiveOak Venture Partners saw a vast opportunity in the Austin and Texas market for early stage technology entrepreneurs. “But there was not as much capital available as many of the local entrepreneurs would attest to”...Read More

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Austin VC funding bounces back, jumps 182 percent in 2nd quarter

After a slow start to the year, venture capital activity in Austin bounced back in the second quarter, with internet companies leading the charge. A total of $330 million was raised by 43 companies during the quarter...Read More


Austin telecommunications startup brings in $4.7 million in VC funding

Austin telecommunications startup founded in 2011, announced Monday they had closed a $4.7 million series A round of funding. Austin's LiveOak Venture Partners led the capital infusion...Read More

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Digital Pharmacist Closes Series B

“The company has grown over five-fold since our initial investment a little over 18 months ago”...Read More


Opcity’s momentum surges on with $27M Series A

Ben Rubenstein first launched Yodle at the ripe age of 21 years old. By 32, he sold the marketing automation company for a whopping $342 million...Read More


Austin startup Opcity raises a whopping $27 million

An Austin startup that describes itself as the eHarmony of real estate has raised a whopping $27 million in its first round...Read More

NarrativeDX Raises Venture Capital for its Artificial Intelligence Platform Aimed at Healthcare Providers

NarrativeDX, an artificial intelligence platform that lets healthcare providers...Read More

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RxWiki is now Digital Pharmacist!

For RxWiki Inc., an Austin-based software firm developing tools to connect pharmacists with their customers, the prescription for growth was absorbing a New Jersey company with a healthy client list. The merger with Newark-based TeleManager...Read More


Malware hunting tech startup in SA raises $3.4M — gets new CEO

Infocyte Inc., a malware hunting technology startup in San Antonio, just got a booster shot of capital to grow deeper roots...Read More

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Funding Drop Worries Entrepreneurs

"If you have a good company in Austin, you can raise money"...Read More

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Attendance doubles at Texas Venture Summit

While venture capital investing has slowed somewhat in 2016, interest in Texas startups remains strong, based on an event held Thursday in Austin.

In its second year, the Texas Venture Summit drew twice as many attendees than its inaugural year...Read More

RXWiki Helps Indie Pharmacies Compete with The Big Boxes

For most people the concept of the “corner drugstore,” with or without a soda fountain, is a quaint anachronism befitting the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but not modern society.

In fact, though, there are more than 22,000 small, independently owned...Read More

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The Top Startup Mecca in America is Far From Silicon Valley

Big drivers are low taxes and a cost of living that is low relative to major metro areas such as New York, Boston, Chicago and Silicon Valley...Read More

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Disco Raises $18.6M Series C

Houston-based tech startup that builds software for the legal industry, has raised $18.56 million...Read More Launch Comes Out of Stealth Mode

With an initial investment of 120 Swiss Francs ($122), the rest came easy...Read More

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RxWiki Hires a New CEO

The former CEO of Travelzoo Inc. has been named CEO of a tech-based Austin health care sector startup...Read Article

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Venu's First Blog

Texas Investment Landscape: Dark Ages or a New Beginning...Read Blog Post

LiveOak Enters 2016 With Investment in OJO Labs

A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from local investors. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners...Read Article

LiveOak's First Exit!

Oracle StackEngine Acquisition Part Of Expanding Cloud Strategy...Read Article

What Austin VCs...

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LiveOak Invests in Health Care Software Maker RxWiki

RxWiki Inc., an Austin software maker for independent pharmacists and their customers, reported raising $5.7 million...Read More


LiveOak-Funded UT-Spinout Capsenta Helps Healthcare Companies Harness Data

Anyone familiar with the University of Texas at Austin is no stranger to the words “what happens here changes the world.”...Read More


Young entrepreneurs flock to hip Austin

Tech startups are flocking to Austin, Texas, as the city’s reputation...Read More

Black Sand Technologies Acquired by Qualcomm

Black Sand Technologies Inc., an Austin-based "fabless" semiconductor company, has been acquired by technology giant Qualcomm Inc...Read More

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Why Austin isn’t— and never will be — Silicon Valley

...From the startup’s perspective, venture capitalists’ pockets in Central Texas will never be as deep as Silicon Valley’s. But that’s OK...Read More

Mitel Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Mavenir

Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, and Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR), a leading provider of software-based networking solutions for mobile carriers...Read More

CS Disco Raises $10MM Series B

AHouston-based technology company that specializes in software-as-a-service e-discovery systems...Read More

StepOne’s Software Seeks to Improve Customer Service

Ever call a customer service center about a product and get lost in a time consuming maze involving pressing buttons, entering information and getting nowhere...Read More

StackEngine Emerges From Stealth With Seed Investment From LiveOak

A startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers...Read More

LiveOak Venture Partners Sees Lots of Quality Startup Deals in Austin and Texas

Right now is the best time to be in the venture capital business in Austin...Read More

LiveOak Ventures’ Launch Points to Stronger Texas VC Climate

Two years ago, Venu Shamapant, Krishna Srinivasan, and Ben Scott, all veteran venture capitalists in Austin...Read More

New $100MM Fund Targets Early-Stage Startups

Some good news for Austin startups looking to raise money: LiveOak Venture Partners is closing its first fund of about $100 million...Read More