Tech Roundup: Dropoff takes off, uShip's new HQ, and more

by Kelly O'Halloran
August 25, 2016

uShip announces new south of the river headquarters location

On Wednesday, uShip announced its plans for a new headquarters location at 205 E. Riverside Drive. The new location will have an outdoor area overlooking Bouldin Creek, a kitchen and dining area and nursing rooms for mothers to name a few amenities. The 45,000-square-feet campus will host the entire company's 200-person workforce and accommodate uShip's hiring plans to expand its software developers and sales teams. [Press Release]


Austin's Dropoff adds Florida to its service areas

Founded in 2013, Dropoff, the on-demand courier service for businesses, announced this week its expansion into Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The launch in the Florida cities occurred one month after Dropoff moved into its first California market in Los Angeles. [Austin Business Journal]


SchooLinks adds survey feature to recommend career paths and colleges for high schoolers

SchooLinks will launch a new feature to its app this Friday. Removing the cognitive load and complexity of standard personality quizzes that most colleges use, SchooLinks created a dynamic set of 50 yes/no questions to analyze data and recommend career paths. With similar gestures to popular dating apps, students will swipe through the quiz, while SchooLinks interprets the data and develops a pathway to help students identify early what they’re motivated by and how they work. [Press Release]


Capital Factory signs up for global mentoring platform

Capital Factory joins the 1776 Startup Federation as its first member to sign up for Union, the global mentoring platform. Union is a technology platform and network that connects Austin’s entrepreneurs to resources internationally, while connecting local mentors with opportunities to spread their impact regardless of geography. [Austin Startups]


Readycart and Beverage World partner to offer booze delivery

Travis Heights Beverage World, a family owned and operated wine and spirits retailer has partnered with Austin based startup to launch a redesigned website to provide alcohol delivery to your doorstep within one ­hour. The delivery service will be available in zip codes 78701, 78702, 78703, 78704, 78741, 78745 & 78746. [Press Release]


S3 Ventures closed $75M to invest in Austin tech startups

Austin venture capital firm S3 Ventures closed a new $75 million fund to invest in tech startups. The firm plans to use most of its investment for enterprise software and medical technology companies in Texas, with a majority here in town. [512 Tech] promotes CMO to president

Bryan Kranik has been promoted to president of the company after 27 days of working as chief marketing officer for He fills the role after about a year and a half of vacancy when the former president joined a software startup as CEO. [Austin Business Journal]


XOR Data Exchange launches Dark Web fraud protection 

Lumen, XOR Data Exchange's newest technology, launched on Tuesday, offering comprehensive, automatic fraud protection to consumers. The technology identifies and collects personal records for sale online, then combines those records with data reported by organizations that have suffered data security breaches and fraud analysis to determine which individuals yield the highest risk of identify theft and protect them before fraud occurs. [Press Release]


ESO hires new CFO

Austin healthcare software developer ESO Solutions has named Jennifer Mabe as its new chief financial officer. Mabe previously served as CFO at DataTrack International and has over 20 years of financial executive experience. Hiring Mabe follows ESO's $17.6 million round of funding last month. [Blog Post]


TABC: Mobile launches interactive app

Neubus launched an interactive app, TABC: Mobile, to provide users with the ability to search for alcohol-selling businesses, view pending permits in your area, report TABC-licensed businesses not abiding by TABC standards, provide feedback about TABC employees and certification schools, and identify what alcohol permit violations have occurred. The app is available on the Android and Apple markets. [PR Newswire]


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