HotSchedules buyer plans for more local tech jobs

Nov 12, 2013
Austin Business Journal

Software maker HotSchedules.com Inc. has become part of a Georgia-based company that plans to base its software development operations in Austin


Red Book Connect Inc., which markets a suite of applications for restaurants, quietly acquired HotSchedules in January when the Austin-based company employed 130 workers. It now employs 158 workers in Austin for Red Book Connect, which is planning to release four more applications in coming years, CEO Larry Abramson said


HotSchedules founder Ray Pawlikowski came up with the idea for an electronic scheduling system for waitstaff in 1999, when he was a bartender in Austin. Neither he nor Abramson would disclose what Red Book paid for HotSchedules. But the software is now used by 15,000 restaurants with 1 million individual users, they said


Red Book Connect also develops a training software called Schoox, business intelligence software Macromatix, and employment application processor GoHire. Such products are used by businesses as part of their basic operations, Abramson said


In addition to Austin, Red Book Connect operates offices in Atlanta, Denver, Australia, San Francisco and Greece. But the company plans to centralize its customer support division in Austin, Abramson said


Abramson, Red Book’s CEO since May, was previously a senior vice president and general manager at California-based Oracle Corp.’s (NYSE: ORCL) advanced customer services. Pawlikowski is now Red Book's chief operations officer


In 2009, Pawlikowski said the company had doubled its revenue during each of the previous three years and was on track to do so again


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