Weekly Refresh: CKD Brings First U.S. Site to ATX, Top Tech City, and More

November 16, 2020
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Austin to invest in free tech training. The city plans to invest federal funds into free training for residents via the RE:WorkNow initiative. The program, in partnership with Tech Talent South, aims to provide 260 Travis County residents with full-stack development training by mid-December. [Built In Austin]

Austin named nation’s ‘top tech town’ for second year in a row. CompTIA, a leading IT trade organization, just released its ranking of the nation’s top tech metro areas and Austin came out on top, followed by Dallas and Raleigh. The city beat out hubs like NYC and Silicon Valley because of its relatively low cost of living and number of available IT roles. [Built In Austin]

Spruce raised $8M. The startup offers on-demand apartment cleaning and homecare. Mercury Fund led the Series A. [Built In Austin]

CKD Corporation to bring first U.S. production site to Austin. The Japanese tech company is scheduled to begin operations there in fall 2021. The investment will create up to 70 jobs in the area. [KVUE]

Udemy and altMBA co-founders started new business. Still unnamed and in early stealth, the startup will focus on live, cohort-based learning. First Round Capital led a $4.3 million round for the new company. [TechCrunch]

Mitratech announced fifth acquisition of 2020. It offers legaltech and compliance software. Its latest acquisition is INSZoom, an immigration case management software. [Built In Austin]

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