Numerous studies have shown that Austin is one of the hottest places in the country to launch a startup. Not only is the city brimming with youthful tech talent, we’re also significantly less expensive than Silicon Valley or New York City, and the taxes are lower here than in California or New York. That makes for a very appealing value proposition for any founder weighing their options for their next venture.
With so many new companies coming out of Austin, it can be hard to keep track of the fast-moving startup scene in Austin. That in mind, here’s seven Austin startups that are totally disrupting their respective industries right now, setting an awesome example of how to do it right in the Silicon Hills.
AppSumo is a daily deals site that focuses specifically on digital goods, such as apps, ebooks, learning courses, and software-as-an-service packages. Since they don’t have to deal with physical good costs like shipping, the profit margins are substantially higher than they are for a traditional daily deals business. That’s good for the customer too: you’ll often find deals for 75 percent off or more.
Getting a car rental at the airport often involves headaches, whether paperwork-induced or by the sheer amount of time you have to wait. That’s where Silvercar comes in, which seeks to eliminate lines, counters, paperwork, and all the other annoyances of traditional car rental agencies. They have an easy mobile app and a dedicated concierge service that gets you a fully-loaded silver Audi A4, ready for pickup at the airport.
Sparefoot is the world’s biggest marketplace for self storage units. You can find and then book a storage unit without ever having to call someone. They currently have the largest inventory in the states, with a network of more than 9,000 facilities, including mom-and-pop shops and publicly-traded REITs.
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