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AI company Moveworks makes the move to tech hub Austin

AI company Moveworks is expanding its office to Austin as part of its rapid growth. (Moveworks/Facebook)

Yet another tech company is staking a claim in the tech "boomtown" of Austin, Texas, with artificial intelligence company Moveworks announcing its move Thursday.

The Greater Austin Chamber joined Moveworks in announcing the expansion to the Texas capital. It joinsTesla, which announced its HQ move on Oct. 7, Oracle, and over a hundred AI companies that call Austin home.

Austin Chamber Vice President of economic development Charisse Bodisch said Moveworks is a great fit for Austin due to its employee-first culture.

"Moveworks is a company that prioritizes the well-being and support of its employees, and there is no better place to find a live/work culture with ample career opportunities and a high quality of life than right here in the Austin region," Bodisch said in a press release.

Moveworks, based in Mountain View, California, is a quickly-growing AI company that automates support for employees through IT, HR, finance and facilities. The company has more than doubled in the past year and has partnered with Microsoft Teams and Slack to streamline its services to employees, earning a spot on Inc.'s Best Workplaces of 2021 and an additional $200 million in funding in June. The startup is now worth over $2 billion.

Moveworks already has around 20 of its approximately 300 employees working in the new office and plans to add 20+ more by the end of the year.

Moveworks CEO Bhavin Shah said the move is vital as the company expands its reach.

"Austin is home to one of the most elite talent ecosystems in the tech industry," Shah said. "But the new office also allows us to support our many customers in the South—as they, in turn, support their employees using our platform. We're incredibly excited to invest in the development of our Austin team because, with their leadership, we'll bring instant help to every employee on earth."

The new company is ready to hire Austinites, too. The company is currently hiring across every department at its 13 locations across three countries, including remote work.


Tesla says it will preempt "recall" with a software update pushed to affected vehicles


Tesla is not recalling almost 1.1 million vehicles because windows may close with excessive force and pinch a driver or passenger, according to a Tesla filing, which says the windows' automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction.

The Austin company's internal testing revealed the issue in August. Tesla filed a "Part 573 Safety Recall Report" with the NHTSA identifying the issues, outlining a "recall plan," and listing affected models and years, including "certain vehicles":

  • Model S 2021-2022
  • Model 3 2017-2022
  • Model X 2021-2022
  • Model Y 2020-2022 (including some that were made in the Austin factory)
Instead of requiring vehicles to be serviced in-person, Tesla is pushing a software fix via an OTA (over the air) update. Similar to the process of an iPhone update, Tesla periodically modifies its vehicles' software systems with fixes and enhancements.

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Nov. 15.

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