Tech roundup: Dell to rejoin the stock market, two Austin companies get acquired, and more

by Katie Fustich
December 13, 2018
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Dell’s going public (again)

On December 28, Dell’s stock will be publicly traded once more. Earlier this week, Dell shareholders approved a plan that will see the company back on public exchanges before the new year. The deal also finalizes a reverse merger that began several years ago, for the purposes of tracking “Dell’s interest in VMware Inc.” More than 61 percent of shareholders are reported to have approved the deal. [Austin Business Journal]


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Austin’s Ambonare acquired by Red River

Ambonare has called Austin home since its founding in 2007. The company offers consultancy services in the fields of software and IT design, development and management. Now, New Hampshire-based technology “transformation” company Red River has acquired the Austin company to expand its development capabilities. Ambonare employees won’t need to break out the snowshoes, though: Red River actually opened an Austin office in 2017, and plans to continue its expansion in the area. So who really acquired whom? [Business Wire]


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Tech Academy readies its brand new Austin campus

Tech Academy has already made a name for itself as one of the top coding bootcamps in both Denver and Seattle. Now, an Austin location is on the way. According to reports, Tech Academy is set to open its first Texas outpost in January of 2019. Students are welcome to pre-register for courses, and begin their training in one of Tech Academy’s online courses. The program’s physical classes are set to include a software developer bootcamp, C# and .NET framework bootcamp, Python bootcamp and a front-end web development bootcamp. [Switchup]


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uShip founder sees aircraft startup take flight

Matt Chasen, founder of Austin’s uShip, launched a new company this week: Lift Aircraft is a new flight company that not only wants users to experience the thrill of soaring through the skies — it literally wants users to pilot its ships. Lift’s fleet consists of the “Hexa” — an 18-rotor passenger drone that weighs in at just 432 pounds. The company will use virtual reality to train pilots on the craft, which can sustain roughly 15 minutes of flight with a single passenger. While testing locations have yet to be announced for the new company, I will say this now: I am first in line. [TechCrunch]


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TeacherTalent acquired by local CEO and entrepreneur

TeacherTalent made waves as part of the 2017 Sputnik ATX accelerator, where it was awarded for its rapid revenue growth. Its product, which uses data to help match teachers with schools with open positions, caught the eye of local CEO and investor Tim Edwards. Edwards ultimately purchased TeacherTalent for an undisclosed amount, and plans to reorganize the startup under his newly-minted QualityPPL umbrella. [Austin Inno]

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