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Athenahealth cuts 9 percent of jobs companywide, affecting Austin and other satellite offices

Athenahealth Inc. CEO Jonathan Bush told investors Friday morning that the involvement of an activist investor over the past few months has helped steer it in a new direction — which included its decision Thursday to slash 9 percent of its workforce. In a conference call Friday morning focused on the Watertown, Massachusetts-based health care software company's third-quarter financials, Bush detailed Athenahealth's (Nasdaq: ATHN) recent review of operational and financial strategy, leadership…

Peek inside Amazon in Austin: More room for employees but forget the 'sterile environments'

As Amazon.com Inc. considers where to build its second headquarters, there is little indication of where the company is leaning. CEO Jeff Bezos and his fellow executives have made it a very open, highly competitive process. But one thing is clear: Over the past two years, the Seattle-based retail and technology giant has built its Austin operations into much more of a self-sustaining hub. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) opened a local office two years ago with about 100 employees inside of a single mid-rise…

Golf with a dash of video games: Topgolf swings into Austin's F1 race weekend

Topgolf Crush combines elements of the 15th-century sport invented in Scotland with the feel of a video game and a dash of millennial verve. The combination has made it an alluring draw for owner Topgolf International Inc., based in Dallas — and could help a sport that is facing declining participation nationwide, especially among the young. Topgolf Crush players hit the ball from an elevated platform toward large circular bins, up to 140 yards away, and receive points for landing in the bins…

Here’s how much apartment rents could rise if Austin lands Amazon’s HQ2 prize

Now that hundreds of cities across North America have submitted their proposals to Amazon.com Inc.'s HQ2, those same cities may want to start prepping for the cost increases that would come with the $5 billion campus and up to 50,000 high-earning tech workers. Rental listing aggregator Apartment List took a look at HQ2's top contenders around the U.S. and projected how much apartment rents could rise over the next decade if Amazon came to town. Apartment List predicts an additional rent increase…

TreeHouse CEO: How I upgraded my company by upgrading my learning

Earlier this week, I hosted a panel discussion at our TreeHouse store in Austin with some incredible business leaders — including Gary Kusin, the former CEO of FedEx Kinko’s. As I looked out at the audience, I found myself reflecting not only on TreeHouse’s journey, but also on the crucial role learning has played in getting us here. As a native of southeast Texas, I know firsthand the delicate balance between human and ecological flourishing; the “Big Thicket” is home to some of the biggest…

Longtime leader steps down at Austin computer tablet maker Xplore after more than a decade of growth

He had worked at the company for 12 years and overseen sustained revenue and profit growth, including going public.

Manufacturing GDP in Texas is $226 billion, more than Greece's entire economy

Even as the Lone Star State lost 19 percent of its manufacturing jobs over the past 20 years or so, production has soared.

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