If you haven’t noticed, Austin is quickly becoming a hotbed for tech startups. Several of the most powerful social companies in the world have opened offices here over the last couple of years and as more venture capitalists seed projects here, the more our tech scene will continue to grow. Here are a few notable tech companies and startups that are currently making a name in Austin.
Uship is the on the forefront of the bidding marketplace. Their platform allows independent shippers find freight nearby their routes and offer shipping to customers at deeply discounted rates. Through a combination of search and mobile apps, they allow people to ship large cargo and freight for super cheap. Did I mention that they’ve got a global presence with a European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands? Founded by UT alum, uShip.com controls their North American base of operations out of downtown Austin, Texas. For reality show junkies, you may recognize them from A&E’s Shipping Wars. Their platform is a feature component of the show all of the shippers use uShip to offer bids for crazy shipping jobs. Check them out: uShip.com
The premise behind Outbox may look counterintuitive at first glance. Essentially, they access your mailbox, sort through your mail, take pictures of it all, post it to your personal account on their site, and allow you to decide whether to keep or recycle. Outbox is working to revolutionize what they call the oldest social network: snail mail. This might seem extraneous (why can’t I keep track of my own mail?), but their beautiful website and ease of use allows you to keep tabs on physical mail in the digital world across any platform, unsubscribe from junk mail, and take note of important pieces of post. Right now, this service is only available in Austin. Give their video a look and check them out: Outboxmail.com
MapMyFitness is the umbrella company for all of your favorite endurance activity apps: mapmyrun.com, mapmyride.com, mapmywalk.com and so on. Based in Austin, TX, this company has made an entire business out of showing people how far they’ve gone and how far they could go with easy to use apps on mobile and desk devices. Perhaps the most intriguing feature is the user’s ability to create their own route and share it with everyone in town. For a small monthly fee, premium subscription users can get access to recommended routes, training suggestions, split times on various routes, and heart rate and power analytics. Check them out and map your neighborhood jog: MapMyFitness.com
HeyRide is an innovative app that allows users to find and offer rides to and from different locations in town. Their service works on the auction model as drivers can offer a specific cost to people looking for a ride. Riders, of course, get to pick the offer they feel is the most appropriate. After HeyRide’s initial launch back in October, they got a hefty endorsement and a cover story in the Austin Chronicle. Shortly after that, the City of Austin issued a cease and desist order again them because their business model resembled that of a taxi company. Despite the action, HeyRide CEO, Josh Huck remains confident in HeyRide’s peer to peer innovation. The company is currently offering a ride network only in Austin, TX. Check them out: HeyRide.com