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SXSW is Here!

  1. Insiders Guide to SXSW Interactive 2017
  2. Curated VIP / Invite-Only Events
  3. Add Your Name, if you will be in Austin

SXSW is in full swing here in Austin and yes, it’s both exhausting and exhilarating. For the first two days of Interactive, the vibe has been very positive. The crowds have been tame / mostly sober and lines are short — this may be a result of 24 tracks of programming being spread out all over downtown and the East Side. The only consistent gripe is that there is too much to see and do.

There hasn’t been a clear ‘winner’ — something so big that everyone is talking about it yet, but the fact is we haven’t seen that kind of huge break out since Twitter in 2007 or the Foursquare launch a year later. If you had to select any trend that’s getting the most attention in a crowded field of ideas, it would probably have to be Artificial Intelligence and its various permutations, specifically Chatbots. Smart Cities, Food Tech, Fintech, Blockchain, AR/VR and Robotics are the other through lines that people and panels are talking about consistently. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that SXSW is in decline as a few articles have mentioned. — It continues to be the very best place in Texas and maybe the US to learn interesting things, see Internet thought leaders and meet new people.

We’re hosting OpenCoffee Club: SXSW Edition on Tue. March 14th at 9:00am to 10:45am.

Join us for Austin’s best entrepreneurs, breakfast tacos (Tacodeli), and espresso (Houndstooth), all under one roof at one of Austin’s most amazing office spaces, Atlassian Austin. More Info

Austin / Central Texas Area

  • Austin Isn’t Going to Be the Next Silicon Valley. And It’s Perfectly Fine With That — Link
    - Inc. Magazine’s Anna Hensel
  • The Dark Ages of Austin Startup Capital: Revisited — Link
    - MI7’s Richard Bagdonas
  • The Vision For Austin — Link — Paul O’Brien
  • The Rise of Digital Health at SXSW — Link
    - MI7’s Zac Jiwa
  • Behind the Production of SXSW Interactive with Director Hugh Forrest — Link
    - Lennds Chris Carver
  • Why We Aren’t Launching at SXSW — Link
    - Compl.ai’s Daniel Senyard
  • MobilityX means transportation innovation and opportunity for Austin — Link
  • Texas School Ranked the №1 College in America: Admissions Angst Doesn’t Seem Silly Now — Link
     — Paper City’s Chris Baldwin
  • For small businesses in Austin, SXSW is like a second Christmas — Link — CNBC
  • Silicon Hills News’ Ideas to Invoices Podcast Launches at SXSW — Link
  • Wounded Warriors Push Improvements in Prosthetic Technology — Link
  • Austin Shows Off its Best VR/AR Startups — Link
  • A Techstars Austin Startup: Chowbotics Lands $5 Million in Funding — Link
  • Capital Factory and moovel Launch a Transportation Technology Accelerator — Link
  • Ten SXSW Interactive Events Highlighting the Austin Tech Community — Link
  • SXSW.edu Spotlights Hidden Figures and a Need for Diversity in STEM Fields — Link
  • Atlas Launches Shape, a Wearable Digital Fitness Coach — Link
  • Austin-based Dropoff Expands to Colorado and Arizona — Link
  • TrendKite Expands to London — Link
  • True Wealth Ventures’ $20 Million Fund Invests in Women-run Startups — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • More Women, Minorities Join Angel Investor Group, Austin’s CTAN Says — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • New DivInc cohort announced — diversity in tech pre-accelerator — Link
  • Brands questioning the universally blind dependency on digital advertising — Link
    - The American Genius
  • Five Questions For … SXSW Chief Programming Officer Hugh Forrest — Link
  • Austin Innovators Form Group to Promote Ethical Use of AI Tools — Link
  • Ex-Vice President Biden to Speak About Cancer Moonshot at SXSW — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Comcast opens Austin IoT center to fuel its suite of home tech solutions — Link
  • Talking tech with Digital Pharmacist CTO Alan Stickler — Link
  • How 5 Austin tech companies are shaping the future of VR — Link
  • 6 female founders who recently launched startups in Austin — Link
  • Austin Tech Neighborhood Guide: Southwest Austin — Link
  • Loom’s network offers ‘work-for-equity’ payment to freelance developers — Link
  • 5 Austin startups developing tech you can wear — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Jackson
  • The Biggest Product to Launch at SXSW is a Tiny Home — Link
  • Seeing the Future: An Innovator’s Guide to SXSW Interactive 2017 — Link
  • Spredfast’s Hiring of Former HomeAway CFO Lynn Atchison Hints at IPO Ambitions — Link
    - Austin Inno’s Brett Wistrom
  • Unemployment in Austin up, but so are jobs, helped by a surprising number — Link
  • SXSW Insider: Why the Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up came to Austin — Link
  • Moovel teams with Capital Factory on startup accelerator — Link
  • SXSW Daily Digest: Why entrepreneurs still flock to the festival — Link
  • Lock and forget: New type of bikesharing program rolls out in Austin for SXSW — Link
  • City memo details Austin’s growing ridesharing industry — despite fingerprinting rules — Link
  • Here are the highest-paying jobs in the U.S., with tech leading the way — Link
  • Austin cancer-fighting startup to rejoin public company it spun out from in 2012 — Link
  • SXSW Insider: Hugh Forrest dishes on killer apps, Trump’s effect on festival — Link
  • In the Office: How Austin is tackling the imbalance in corporate diversity (Video) — Link
  • Austin oil and gas company gets $400M investment from Houston firm — Link
  • Former Texas Longhorns QB partners with tech veterans in Austin real estate brokerage — Link
  • U.S. coding bootcamps joining Austin group to verify bold claims about job placement and wages — Link
  • Austin VC firm with focus on women-led startups looks south for more investments — Link
  • ​Gatorade’s NBA D-League deal seen as boon for drink company’s R&D as much as brand marketing — Link
  • Texas has some of the highest property taxes in the country — Link
  • Veteran reporter Mike Cronin to cover Austin’s tech scene for Austin Business Journal — Link
  • Texas top state for corporate expansions for fifth consecutive year — Link
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden to focus on cancer research during SXSW event — Link
  • Mark Cuban on the future of tech: ‘Not to try and scare the heck out of everybody, but things are going to change’ — Link
  • Amplify Austin surpasses goal; City’s day of giving heralded a success — Link
  • 4 Austin companies recognized for giving back — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • Capital Factory and Moovel team up to launch a transportation-focused tech accelerator — Link
  • 512 SXSW Coverage (Multiple articles) — Link
  • Austin, other key hubs keep expanding dominance in tech jobs — Link
  • What we learned about Austin’s ride-hailing options by testing six of Austin’s ride-hailing apps — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman

Dallas / Ft. Worth / North Texas Area

  • 10 Dallas technology startups poised to break out — Link
    - Geektime’s James Gaskin
  • A 29-year-old startup founder who built an ecommerce empire shares her advice for entrepreneurs — Link
    - Business Insiders Frank Chaparro
  • 5 Lessons I Learned Following Steve Blank’s ‘The Four Steps to the Epiphany’ — Link
     — Entrepreneur Magazine by Panamplify’s Michael Pratt
  • Military-Grade Tech to Monitor Eggplants Rather Than Explosives — Link
    - Bloomberg’s Gwen Ackerman
  • rewardStyle Just Made It Even Easier to Shop From Your Phone — Link
    - D Magazine’s Caitlin Clark
  • Legal feud over Facebook-owned Oculus has another Dallas chapter — Link
  • SXSW speaker lineup includes AT&T exec, Mark Cuban and Dallas area startups — Link
  • New app by Dallas’ RewardStyle takes you from screenshot to shopping cart — Link
    - Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko
  • Meet the robot butler that brings wine and snacks to guests at the new Aloft and Element Dallas hotels — Link
  • ‘Sour grapes’: Oculus exec sues over sale of his Dallas-Fort Worth company — Link
  • DFW auto dealership titans talk tech, hiring, and a trend toward leasing during roundtable — Link
  • AT&T facing investigation after 911 outages — Link
  • Coding bootcamps in Dallas, elsewhere take steps to verify bold claims about job placement and wages — Link
  • Dallas company to provide tech for SXSW’s first 360 video experience — Link
  • AT&T, CWA reach tentative agreement, bringing back offshore jobs — Link
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston lead Texas to top economic growth award — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Fox to Shoot Marvel Comic-Related Pilot in Dallas — Link
  • WeWork Honoring Entrepreneurs, Artists in ‘Creator Awards’ — Link
  • Pieces Tech Raises Community Awareness at SXSW — Link
  • UTD: You Successfully Launched a Startup — Now What? — Link
  • Meet Botlr, the Delivery Robot at Love Field’s Newest Hotel — Link
  • RewardStyle App Turns Screenshot into Shopping List — Link
  • MakerSeed Focuses on Student-Developed Hardware — Link
  • Dallas’ Most Innovative Health Care Startup: BioLum — Link
  • Investors’ Innovation Expo Adds Green to Earth Day Texas — Link
  • Pizza Hut Releases Next Step in Technology: “Pie Tops” — Link
  • ‘Create the Future’ Design Contest Open for Entries — Link
  • Dallas Entrepreneurs Chosen to Pitch on National Television — Link
  • Startup Plans Kickstarter Campaign for Adult Sports App — Link
  • 900lbs of Creative Will Offer ‘Sights and Sounds of SXSW’ Through VR Experiences — Link
  • Dallas Finds Spot On Gallup ‘Good Jobs’ Ranking — Link
  • ModoPayments Grows Its Digital Payment Business — Link
  • 3-D Heart Imaging Helps Diagnose, Treat Children — Link
  • UTD Students’ Safety App Wins Smart Cities Hackathon — Link
  • Software May Help Oil & Gas Industry Quell Earthquakes — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • RoboKind launches Robots4STEM — Link
  • Asset Panda protects with a user-friendly platform — Link
  • Tech Titans seeks nominees for the 2017 Awards Gala — Link
    - Launch DFW

Houston / South Texas Area

  • A multicultural Texas, 200 years in the making — Link
    - National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson
  • Houston’s Biotech Innovation Community Reacts to Robbins Exit at TMC — Link
  • DePinho Announces His Departure from Houston’s MD Anderson — Link
  • TMC CEO Robbins To Leave, Take Top University of Arizona — Link
  • ​Ingeneron Gets $20M From Sanford Health For Stem Cell Treatment — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Send the Right Message With Houston-Themed Emojis — Link
  • Save the Data: Houstonians Join a National Effort to Archive Federal Data Sets — Link
    - Houstonia Magazine
  • University of Houston, South Texas College of Law Houston end trademark dispute — Link
  • Rice’s Baker Institute lands multimillion-dollar grant from Koch Foundation — Link
  • Houston oncology company closes $22 million fundraise — Link
  • 3 Houston-based companies make Fortune’s 2017 Best Companies to Work For list again — Link
  • Fast-growing Houston software developer acquires Missouri company — Link
  • Yellow Cab unveils new Uber-like app in Houston — Link
  • Here’s why Tilman Fertitta is looking for Houston entrepreneurs — Link
  • Houston cancer company raises $5 million to fund clinical trials — Link
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden to focus on cancer research during SXSW event — Link
  • Enbridge to relocate downtown employees to Galleria after acquisition — Link
  • Houston doesn’t work as hard as Dallas and Austin, study finds — Link
  • Veterans attract investment money in Houston startup competition — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Fertitta hosts a ‘Billion Dollar’ casting call — Link
  • BBVA Compass seeking Texas entrepreneurs for new training program — Link
  • Rice’s Baker Institute receives grant to study U.S. tax, spending policies — Link
    - Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Rumbaugh

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • Biotech With Drug Developed by San Antonio Researcher Explores Sale — Link
  • Bluegrass Vascular Gets Funding, Signs Distribution Deal With Merit — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • America’s Conundrum: The Cities With Jobs Are Too Expensive To Live In — Link
  • What San Antonio Needs and a Major Challenge to Achieve It — Link
  • Scaleworks’ Move to Houston Street Latest Boost for Tech Corridor — Link
  • CaptureRx’s New Headquarters in SA’s Tech District to Add 200 Jobs — Link
  • Mayor Taylor: Hulu May Expand to San Antonio — Link
  • Developer to Transform Historic Burns Building Into New Tech Space — Link
  • LocalSprout Food Hub Provides Home Dedicated to Food Sustainability — Link
  • Ideas Come to Life in USAA’s Innovation Lab — Link
  • Robots Aren’t Out to Get Us All — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • Record-breaking year for solar includes big industry gains in Texas — Link
  • SABJ presents 2017 class of Legacy Leaders — Link
  • San Antonio biotech to get city money to augment its war on cancer — Link
  • City Council approves plan to bring new med tech HQ and 350-plus jobs downtown — Link
  • San Antonio one of two finalist cities for 500 Hulu jobs — Link
  • Rackspace to sell customer support for Google’s cloud offering — Link
  • Tech company turning natural gas flares into electricity in Eagle Ford (slideshow) — Link
  • Texas food tech executives join forces in new venture — Link
  • Women-led venture capital firm has sights on local health tech startups — Link
  • SA medical technology company lands major European deal — Link
  • Analytics startup seeks to predict next real estate collapse, raises millions — Link
  • Black car service tech company expands to SA, banks on business travelers — Link
  • How SA tech companies are adjusting to Trump’s immigration ban — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not Exactly Texas, But Still Worth a Look

  • Why Notes and SAFEs are Extra Dilutive — Link — Silicon Hills Lawyer José Ancer
    The Startup Founder’s Guide to U.S. Immigration — Link — Javid Jamae
  • These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of — Link — Bloomberg’s Ellen Huet
  • Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Personal Relationship Manager (PRM) — Link — Lucas Bazemore
  • The Perfect Investor Deck for Raising a Seed Round — Link Techstars’ Alex Iskold
  • What is Usage? Step One in Determining SaaS ROI — Link — Meta SaaS’s Arlo Gilbert
  • ‘The bubble has burst’: Brands are pulling back on SXSW 2017 — Link — Digiday’s Yuyu Chen
  • WeWork Is Giving Away $20 Million in Cash Prizes to Other Startups — Link — Bloomberg’s Ellen Huet
  • Say All The Things — Link — Jessica Bolaños Vanegas
  • Do You Even Meme Bro? The Law of Internet Memes — Link — eMedia Law Insider’s Travis Crabtree
  • Is Your Messaging Effective? A Simple Framework to Help You Evaluate Your Strategic Messaging. — Link — OpenView Labs’ Myk Pono
  • 34 Tools for Coworking Spaces
  • 5 Relationships You’ll Form at a Coworking Space — Link — WeWork’s Conor Crawley

Upcoming Texas Startup Events

Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio — Powered by Tech Events Network

March 21st | Palmer Events Center
TEN Capital will hold its next conference this spring focused on Consumer Product Goods. The event is geared toward helping startup and growth stage CPG companies reach to the next level.

2017 Rice Alliance OTC Startup Roundup
Event Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Application Deadline Friday, March 17, 2017
NRG Arena

My Idea(s) Unlocking the Next Greatest Thing 
Hosted by Fruition Technology Labs Perfect for entrepreneurs who are preparing to start a business, enter an accelerator program, or would like to launch a new product.

10 Week course on Saturdays beginning March 18th
Fruition Technology Labs
7505 South Freeway Suite A
Houston, TX 77021
Submit application for the first two sessions due March 8th
Tuition for the entire 10-week program is $1399 — $1699, with flex-pay options available.

Digital Dallas — StartUp Comedy Roast

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM · $20.00 USD
Dallas Comedy House 
3025 Main St. Dallas, TX 75226

Pitch With Purpose

Pitch With Purpose is a pitch competition for women entrepreneurs leading high-growth, scalable businesses that support the resolution of the world’s most pressing problems, presented in partnership with United Nations Foundation. The final deadline to apply is February 15, 2017. The competition will be held at the Circular Summit, March 30–31, 2017 in Houston.

Galvanize February Marketing Madness Series

Every Wednesday in February from 6:30pm — 8:30pm 
Topics: Branding & Engagement, SEO & Analytics, Growth and PR.

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