The Austin tech guide to the perfect Valentine's Day

February 10, 2016
In an industry full of buzzwords like "agile" and "disruptive," "romance" isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of startups. But we also know startups can go beyond the techiest of categories — some can even add a little spark to consumers' love lives. These Austin companies are working to fan the flames of romance this Valentine's Day, and all year long.
 
Amp up this Valentine's Day with a little luxury, and drive to your date in style. Who doesn't want to cruise around in a shiny, new Audi A4? Silvercar makes renting a car easy with their mobile app and you only pay for the gas you use and the tolls you incur. Maybe even use the car to travel to a weekend destination getaway.  
 
 
Austin isn't exactly known for its beach vacations. But, now that you're in your Silvercar, you could use Wavecation to scout out the nearest sandy place to relax, and if you're a surfer, well, surf. 
 
 
If the lady in your life would prefer a tangible Valentine's Day gift, get her a gift card to Stitch Fix. The e-commerce company sends five pieces of women's clothing to your door as often as you like, and you only keep and pay for want you want. 
 
 
Think of them a little bit like Airbnb, only for photographs. Like Airbnb, these arrangements cut out the professionals – meaning customers like you can have (and probably afford) a photographer for all sorts of events not otherwise possible. It would make a great gift if you've been putting off a family portrait session or never got that engagement session you always wanted. 
 
 

Alright, this gift might not be that sexy. But any busy man or woman will tell you cleaning the house or waiting around for a handyman is a big time suck. Broomly is betting on a more personal, trust-based touch for a tech-enabled home services industry. Rather than hire landscapers, cleaners and handymen on separate sites, Broomly customers schedule it all through one service.

 

Harvest bills itself as the Kayak.com for food delivery, aggregating options available in your area to minimize hassle and maximize selection. The service passes users’ orders through in real time without a surcharge. If you're not heading out to dinner this Valentine's Day, this guarantees you'll at least get the best option available for delivery. 
 
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