Tech Talk

Amazon Significantly Ups Order for Delivery Vehicles

When e-commerce powerhouse Amazon announced in late June it was rolling out its Delivery Service Program, in an effort to increase its package delivery and logistics service capabilities that it said will enable entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses to deliver Amazon packages, it drew a lot of attention, as it typically does, and interest.

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Amazon Embraces the Gig Economy

With Amazon's Delivery Service Partners Program, entrepreneurs can start and run their own delivery companies. Is this a ground-breaking business opportunity, or will it be a risky investment?

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Convey Announces Executive Appointments as Company Expands Operations

With strong momentum, 300% growth in revenue run rate, and a 4X multiplier of platform users, Convey announced that it plans on doubling headcount and expanding to a larger HQ. Additionally, the shipping software startup, based in Austin, TX, announced that it would bring on four key leaders to shape future growth.

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The Recipe For Better Company-Building

Great companies are built by great people, and the biggest opportunity in company-building for tech is identifying the right talent who can execute on the vision and ultimately drive value for customers. Read Rob Taylor's five principles for building a value-driving team.

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Austin logistics startup Convey lands millions to break into new markets

Austin-based Convey, which makes software to help online retailers with shipping logistics, has raised $8.25 million to break into new markets.

Convey received the funding from Techstars Venture Capital Fund, RPM Ventures and other investors. The latest round brings the company’s total funding to $15.75 million.
The company has focused on changing the way online retailers handle deliveries. It says its software makes it easier for customers to track orders and communicate with retailers, while providing retailers with information they need to solve potential problems before they happen.

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Top CEOs on Culture and Leadership

How deeply an executive thinks about culture and leadership influences my assigned probabilities for a company’s success. As a banker, a board member, on the executive team, and now a mentor to startups, there are several tells — some more reliable than others — and attention to leadership and culture is an important one. Check out what 6 CEOs, including Rob Taylor of Convey, have to say about how culture powers performance.

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Here Are The 2016 50 on Fire Winners

The 50 on Fire competition started with hundreds of nominees, which was trimmed to 150 fast-climbing people and companies. A few weeks later, a batch of 22 of Austin’s most accomplished innovators analyzed them all and picked 50 of the hottest Austin tech startups and entrepreneurs.

Now, here’s a list of the winners of 50 on Fire.

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8 Austin Tech Leaders Offer Advice for Finding a Startup Mentor

Finding a mentor can be a tricky step in the launch of a new business, and it's one that shouldn't be taken lightly. Just like personal relationships, the mentor/mentee partnership requires a balance of respect, care, honesty and trust.

A mentor at Techstars, Rob Taylor has been the first employee of seven startups over the past 20 years, filling just about every early stage role. He specializes in architecting and guiding a company's early development to minimize risk and maximize the chance of figuring it out.

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