Weekly refresh: Austin ranks high in tech talent, and Ground Labs opens office

July 22, 2019



Ground Labs opened its first office in North America, and they chose Austin as the place to do it. The cybersecurity firm helps big companies like 1-800-FLOWERS and Avis manage sensitive data. By the end of the year, Ground Labs hopes to grow their Austin team from 12 to 20. [Built In Austin]

Austin ranked high in CBRE’s Tech Talent Report. Austin took sixth place in the report for having the best tech talent. It also ranks sixth in having the highest education-attainment: 51 percent of Austin workers hold a bachelor’s degrees or higher. The quality of the labor pool trails only Silicon Valley and Seattle. [Built In Austin]

NuWash closes $720,000 in seed funding for brake repair services. Using NuBrakes, customers can receive repairs on demand while their car is parked at their home or office. The sister company of the on-demand car-detailing service promises customers transparent pricing, no wait time in an auto repair shop and no upselling. [Press Release]

OJO Labs adds two big names to their team. The AI technology platform named Chris Heller as OJO’s Chief Real Estate Officer. Heller is the former CEO of Keller Williams and mellohome. Karen Starns, previously leading at brand and customer experience at Amazon, will now take on the role Chief Marketing Officer at OJO labs. [WAV Group]

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