Austin's top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now?

by Tessa McLean
July 22, 2015


It's officially more than halfway through 2015 and as the summer doldrums take hold, we thought it was time to look back at how Austin tech has been doing so far. 
In January, we created our list of the 50 startups (that were less than five years old) we thought could make some big moves in 2015. Today we're looking back at who has had news so far:


Everfest emerged from stealth mode in April and closed their angel round at $1.5 million. They told us then they plan to raise a larger Series A in 2016. They’re focused on the next phase of the platform and growing their company and by year-end they hope to grow their team to around 25 employees, focusing largely on mobile engineers and marketing. They’ll also likely move in Q4 to a larger space to accommodate growth. 
Paybook launched its automatic reconciling solution for CPAs and businesses with operations in Mexico at SXSW. 

Funding in 2015:

Apptive: $300K, July 15
Civitas Learning: $16.2M Series C, Jan 21
Datical: $2.3M Series A, Apr 23
Everfest: $1.5M Angel, Apr 3
Fashion Metric: $1M Seed, Jan 19
Hypori: $7.1M Series A, Jan 7, $6.6M Series A, March 18
Nuve: $6.2M Series A, Apr 17
Pivot Freight: $2.8M Seed, Jan 5
Querium: $800k Series A, Jan 28, $767k Debt, July 9
RealMassive: $8M Series A, May 14
ROIKOI: undisclosed seed, June 24
Shoutz: $1.7M, April 8
SignaCert: $4M, Debt, Jan 12 
Toopher: $200k Debt, Mar 10
Trendkite: $5M Series A, Feb 26
Written: $1M Seed, Feb 1


Shoutz acquired Front Flip in January. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Shoutz also partnered with China Netcom Technology Holdings Limited to implement Shoutz’s Grand Rewards loyalty and second-chance platform and launch a video lottery program in two Chinese provinces.
Salesforce acquired Toopher in April. The company had raised a total of $3 million in funding.

Leadership changes:

Edgecase named Susanne Bowen as its new CEO in April. Bowen was most recently CEO of PeopleAdmin.
RealMassive announced that co-founder Craig Hancock will become the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Joshua McClure will take the role of President. Hank Seale, who runs RHS Investments was also named to RealMassive's Chairman of the Board.
Pivot Freight announced in January that BlackLocus former President and Techstars mentor Rob Taylor joined the company as CEO.

New offices:

Spanning is moving into the 501 Congress building in mid-September or mid-October.
Umbel subleased 20,000 square feet in the Seaholm Power Plant from Athenahealth.
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