Kate Harrington

Kate Harrington

Founder, Thumbtack Austin

Kate Harrington is a writer based out of Austin, Texas, with a background in business reporting. During her time as a reporter for the Austin Business Journal, she covered the health care industry, economic development, transportation, and commercial real estate. In 2010 she launched Thumbtack Communications, providing writing and marketing services to Austin-area businesses. She has had articles published in Austin Monthly, USA Today, the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, McCombs Today, and is a regular contributor to the ChooseWhat.com STARTicles. She lives in Austin with her husband, son, dog, and two grumpy cats.

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Apple’s iPad Air vs. Microsoft’s Surface 2

If you’re in the market for a tablet, there are plenty to choose from this winter. No sooner did Microsoft release its Surface 2 in October then Apple announced the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Purchase Computers

How to Market Online Discounts For Your Products During The Holidays

The holiday season is a big time of year for many businesses – by some estimates, small and mid-sized retailers do up to 40 percent of their annual sales in … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media

How Does Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 Compare With MacBook Air?

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 launched recently, and so far it’s generated a lot of buzz. The newly updated PC is sometimes described as a tablet, although it really encompasses tablet, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Purchase Computers

Which Social Network is Best For Your Business?

Think way back to 2007. Google + didn’t yet exist, Twitter was just launching, and Facebook had just started gaining popularity outside the college crowd. Today, 75 percent of small … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media

How to Build a Quality Email Marketing List

A healthy email marketing list can be a huge asset to a business. But it’s not always easy to build up a marketing list, or to populate it with the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service

Tips To Get News Media Coverage For Your Small Business

You’ve worked hard to build your small business and seen some great successes, and now you want to share your knowledge and story with the world. Getting news media coverage … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Uncategorized

Should Social Media Be a Priority for Growing Your Business?

You’ve probably heard it before: your business HAS to have an active social media presence to succeed in today’s marketplace. But for every time you’ve heard that, you may have … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media

What To Consider If You’re Switching to a Telephony System

If you’re a small business owner considering a business VoIP system, you’re in good company: more and more businesses are turning to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) because it offers … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get a Business Phone System

What Small Businesses Need to Know about the ACA Rollout

The Affordable Care Act  (ACA) has gotten off to anything but a quiet start. But even with all the news surrounding its rollout, there are still a lot of questions … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Small Business Insurance