TrendKite Acquired by Cision

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  We are thrilled to report that Mercury Fund portfolio company TrendKite has been acquired by Cision (NYSE: CISN) for $225 million.  The acquisition enables Cision, the global leader in PR software, to integrate TrendKite’s best-in-class PR analytics and artificial intelligence platform into a single cloud offering.  The merger also …

Why We Invested in Apartment Butler

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While open source and SaaS continue to serve as mediums for delivering software applications and data science capabilities to enterprises, Mercury has identified a continued movement of entrepreneurs in the Midcontinent who are reinventing traditional outsourced enterprise services firms by “in-housing” data and business process automation technology. These TechNative Services …

40 Austin startups raised $385.9 million in Q2

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40 Austin startups raised $385.9 million in Q2, was published in Venture Beat and was written by Mary Ann Azevedo. Blair Garrou, Partner at Mercury Fund, discusses the future of Houston’s startup scene. Second quarter venture investment in Texas once again reflected a common trend: Austin nabbed the most amount …

VCs remain optimistic about Austin despite overall tech slowdown

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VCs remain optimistic about Austin despite overall tech slowdown, was published in Crain’s Austin and was written by Mary Ann Azevedo. Aziz Gilani, Partner at Mercury Fund, shares his insight into Austin’s sustainability as a thriving city for entrepreneurs. While much of the nation is seeing declines in venture capital …

9 Secrets Of Data-Driven Companies

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9 Secrets Of Data-Driven Companies, was published on InformationWeek and was written by Lisa Morgan. Aziz Gilani, Partner at Mercury Fund, shares his insight into how companies that are using data to fuel customer-centricity have shifted their hiring and workflow allocations.   Mercury Fund portfolio company, TrendKite, is an example …

Launching Station Houston

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In November at the Rice Alliance IT and Web Venture Forum, Emily Keeton and I announced we were launching Station Houston, a new coworking organization that will bring together key players in Houston’s startup community to launch software startups.   Station Houston to open at SURGE Shack on March 1st…

Mercury Fund Wants to Drive Entrepreneurial Growth

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This interview was originally featured in the Houston Business Journal One of Mercury Fund’s Managing Partners, Blair Garrou, sat down with Houston Business Journal to discuss challenges facing the venture capital industry and the Houston startup ecosystem. Photo: Jackson Myers What’s one part of your job that people don’t know …

Why we invested in Trendkite

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Sometimes the journey to investment is a long one, and that certainly was the case with TrendKite. Mercury originally met TrendKite while they were part of DreamIt Ventures‘ inaugural Austin class in 2013. We liked the Company’s founders, Matt Allison and AJ Bruno, and were fascinated by the concept of …