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SXSW Tragedy

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the incident last night at SXSW involving an apparent drunk driver and crowds of people at the festival. As an Austin-based tech company, we are deeply saddened to see this kind of thing happen anywhere, but most especially in our hometown. Our CEO(…)

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SXSW Arrives; Austin Loses Mind

We’re nearing the end of SXSW’s interactive festival, which is allowing Austin to breathe a sigh of relief. It’s great that we have such a party in UpgradeUSA’s home town, as it makes networking and building relationships extremely easy. We haven’t been doing a lot to participate in the show, although we did hit a(…)

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Response to The New York Times Story on Credit Card Debt

Sunday’s edition of The New York Times Magazine featured a story on the importance of credit card debt, and how it can help “the poor” – that is, people in lower income brackets. The story features the work of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, an Illinois-based nonprofit. Here’s the point of view of their director,(…)

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

We hear from customers all the time, through email, phone, and online chat. A typical set of questions goes something like this: “I am applying to your site right now – do you have a no credit check option?” “I’m a small business without a lot of credit – can I apply?” “I was referred to you by (insert(…)

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