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Austin / Central Texas Area

  • This Startup Wants to Create Quora for Data Scientists [Data.world] — Link
    - Inc. Magazine contributor Chelsea McCullough Collier
  • A New Technology Could Change the Whiskey Industry Indefinitely — Link
    - Austonian Spirits
  • How Austin has become an unlikely media hotbed — Link
    - Digiday (Hat Tip Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek)
  • How to Park Like a Pro in Austin — Link
    - Brad Pauly
  • High-speed system would get you from Austin to Dallas in 20 minutes — Link
  • New app makes dining at favorite Austin restaurants faster than ever — Link
    - CultureMap Austin
  • Tasktop raises $15 mln in AVX Partners-led financing round — Link
    - PE Hub
  • Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur — Link
  • Austin-based ClearDATA Raises $12 Million in VC Funding — Link
  • AMD Acquires Austin-based Nitero — Link
  • Michele Skelding Joins SkylesBayne as President and CEO — Link
  • Galvanize Austin’s Mission is to Change Lives — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • AVX Partners Makes Fourth Growth Investment, in Canada’s Tasktop — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • 4 startups that recently launched in Austin — Link
  • Why SoftServe’s design team hires for empathy — Link
  • Healthtech startup ClearDATA raises $12M — Link
  • Tech Roundup: Ortho Kinematics raises $18M, RetailMeNot acquired and more — Link
  • Teams that celebrate together, stay together: 4 Austin companies doing sales right — Link
  • UT’s TEX Talks podcast explores the minds of Austin tech entrepreneurs — Link
  • Meet the Austin tech startup that’s Home Depot’s secret weapon — Link
  • Why coders code: How these 6 Austin programmers started coding — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Jackson
  • Austin’s Startup Funding Slump Isn’t A Big Problem… Yet — Link
  • Chris Pacitti Lands an 11th Hour Deal for AVX Partners and Austin Ventures — Link
  • UT’s New Blackstone LaunchPad is a Springboard for Student Entrepreneurs [Video] — Link
  • Allset Launches Its Restaurant Reservation and Pre-Order App in Austin — Link
  • RetailMeNot is Being Acquired in $630M Deal — Link
  • AMD is Acquiring Austin-based Nitero’s VR Technologies — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom
  • Investors double down on ClearData’s growth in health care cloud software with fresh $12M — Link
  • After raising $2 million, Austin’s Consortia Health tackles problems that might make some blush — Link
  • Is Kroger interested in buying Whole Foods? Analysts read grocery merger tea leaves — Link
  • Airbnb guests to be charged hotel occupancy tax in Austin, across Texas — Link
  • GSD&M founders honored for immense influence on Austin’s advertising world — Link
  • Austin oil and gas financiers who took lavish vacations plead guilty to defrauding investors in Ponzi scheme — Link
  • In the Office: You just acquired another business — now what? Austin execs weigh in on merger strategies (Video) — Link
  • Watch out, Yeti: Tervis is bringing its funky designs to stainless steel — Link
  • Camelot’s Retreat — a medieval estate in Austin — is a grand escape that’s up for sale — Link
  • AMD buys Austin startup to power up wireless virtual reality headsets — Link
  • Houston funeral services company to acquire Austin chain — Link
  • PR firm led by up-and-coming Austin communications exec merges with New York company — Link
  • Austin real estate brokerage SkylesBayne taps innovation-focused female exec as first CEO — Link
  • HEB gives $1M to new downtown Austin teaching hospital — Link
  • Central Health finds new CEO at pivotal time for public health district — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • Best Podcasts Focused on Diversity in Tech — Link
  • Founder Follies: “Startup: A Novel” — Link
  • 5 Things You Can Offer People When You Don’t Have Money — Link
  • Why You Should Relocate Your Startup to Austin — Link
  • Welcome to Everybody Helping — A Better Way to Support Great Causes — Link
  • Ten Great Videos from SXSW 2017, Vol 2 — Link
  • Pitching America’s mayors — Link
    - Austin Startups
  • As tech firms aim for diversity, the going is slow — Link
  • To push for more women, Dell aims to train men — Link
  • Austin’s flow of venture capital slows in 1st quarter — Link
  • Austin’s ClearData lands $12 million to ramp up health care cloud services — Link
  • Tasktop raises $11.3 million more for growth — Link
  • Austin startup aims to help connect student artists with buyers — Link
  • Bookshare’s free ebook library making a difference for Texas students with print disabilities — Link
  • Tech crawl: Drone sales are flying, and it’s still going to be a big ‘no’ on using your cell phone on a plane — Link
  • Austin’s RetailMeNot sold in $630 million deal — Link
  • AMD makes another bet on VR with acquisition of Austin-based chipmaker’s technology — Link
  • How a team of Austin engineers are helping AMD challenge Intel — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman

Dallas / Ft. Worth / North Texas Area

  • DART, CBRE, Greyhound Seek Innovative Partners to Solve Challenges — Link
  • In Wake of Siren Hack, Cybersecurity Expert Calls For Vigilance — Link
  • I Bought Kurt Eichenwald’s Old Enron Papers — Link
    - D Magazine’s Danielle Abril
  • Continue reading This social club tries to make it easier for Dallas millennial women to make friends — Link
  • Continue reading Next challenge for McKinney’s Paul Bettner after creating Words With Friends is virtual reality — Link
  • Continue reading Why a charitable jewelry firm was the gem of Dallas’ ‘Shark Tank with a Heart’ — Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Not so fast: AT&T could be outbid on latest acquisition — Link
  • AT&T bids $910 million in FCC spectrum auction — Link
  • Drones over Facebook: Technology captures progress on $1B data center campus (Video) — Link
  • How the Dallas Cowboys manage a $4B brand, according to the chief brand officer — Link
  • AT&T bulks fiber availability in Southern Dallas — Link
  • AT&T buys spectrum owner for $1.6 billion — Link
  • With eyes toward nine upcoming acquisitions, Blue Star Sports receives major investment — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Innovation in sports technology builds new communities — Link
  • University Laundry announces during Dallas Startup Week their purchase by Proctor & Gamble — Link
  • Fooda brings pop-up restaurants to your office building — Link
  • Kickstart Monday: Software Dice to the rescue! — Link
    - Launch DFW’s Bradley Joyce
  • On Tap: Texas Marketing Summit, Texas Film Festival, and Earth Day Texas — Link
  • Toyota Steps Up Its Robotics With New Leg Brace — Link
  • You Create the Life You Want, Says Entrepreneur Jasmin Brand — Link
  • AT&T Fulfills Promise to Bring Fiber Network to Southern Dallas — Link
  • UTA MetroLab Project Tackles Parking, Security Issues — Link
  • Fort Worth Entrepreneur Bringing Psoriasis Cream to Market — Link
  • Dallas Mom Creates Cleaning Spray for Pacifiers, Suckers — Link
  • Like a Utility Player, Yellfy Sports App Does it All — Link
  • Latino Entrepreneurs at SMU Strengthen International Connection — Link
  • Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Can They Fight Diseases? — Link
  • Fort Worth Hospital is Using Ziploc Bags to Keep Babies Warm — Link
  • AT&T Acquires Company to Further 5G Development — Link
  • No Restaurant Experience? That Didn’t Stop These Dallas Eatery Founders — Link
  • Tritex: How One Dallasite is Bringing West Coast Vibes To The Lone Star State — Link
  • Interactive Fort Worth Map Makes Drivers More Street Smart — Link
    - Dallas Innovates

Houston / South Texas Area

  • Show Me The Honey: Houston Beekeeper Buzzes To $4,000/Month — Podcast
    - Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School’s interview of Nicole Buergers Bee2Bee Honey
  • From oil rigs to construction sites, Texas embracing drone technology — Link -
    - Crain’s Houston’s Mayra Cruz
  • Houston Start-Up Do Amore Wants to Shake Up the Engagement Ring Industry — Link
    - Houstonia’s Sarah Rufca Nielsen
  • Texas Medical Center Names McKeon as New CEO to Replace Robbins — Link
  • JLabs’s Tom Luby Talks About Houston’s Potential as a Biotech Hub — Link
  • BioHouston Chili Cookoff: Vampires, Convicts, Hippies, & More — Link
  • Health-Related Startups Dominate at 2017 Rice Business Plan Contest — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Ninth Annual Australian American Chamber of Commerce Energy and Technology Conference — Podcast
    - The BusinessMakers — HighDrive Network
  • Texas Medical Center names new president and CEO — Link
  • UH hires exec to oversee engineering program at new Katy campus — Link
  • American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast names Houston Zoo exec as new CEO — Link
  • 5 practices boards of not-for-profits should follow — Link
  • 4 keys to running a successful business event — Link
  • ‘Largest car wash in the world’ is coming to Katy — Link
  • Airbnb guests to be charged hotel occupancy tax in Houston — Link
  • Houston manufacturing co. names new CEO — Link
  • Houston burrito chain names C-level exec, plans for ‘substantial growth’ this year — Link
  • Houston among top 10 cities for attracting Millennials in 2016, moving company says — Link
  • Houston Astros’ value soars in new Forbes rankings — Link
  • Woodlands drug company names new top exec — Link
  • Houston funeral company to acquire Austin firm — Link
  • HBJ launches new and improved Crane Watch — Link
    - Houston Business Journal

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • Pipe Leak Detection System Employs Machine Learning to Limit Errors — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Online coupon site RetailMeNot acquired for $630 million — Link
    - TechCrunch’s Catherine Shu
  • Hulu to Open a $13 Million Center in San Antonio with 500 Jobs — Link
  • TaskUs Expands to San Antonio and Plans to Hire 500 Employees — Link
  • San Antonio-based Harland Clarke Acquires RetailMeNot for $630 million — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Google Fiber: No More ‘Fiber Hut’ at Haskin Park — Link
  • Streaming Service Hulu Expanding Into San Antonio with New Offices — Link
  • ‘No Store Does More:’ H-E-B Now Counts 100,000 Employees — Link
  • Co-Working Space Opens in Beacon Hill’s Historic Lighthouse Building — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • Hulu makes it official: San Antonio to get new viewer experience HQ — Link
  • Google Fiber changing plans for San Antonio’s network — Link
  • How much small businesses are selling for in SA and beyond (slideshow) — Link
  • Customer service startup for tech companies hiring 500 workers in San Antonio — Link
  • San Antonio venture capital deal flow perks up in early 2017 — Link
  • Harland Clarke to mesh digital and print retail coupons after acquisition — Link
  • San Antonio companies using H-1B visas meet new restrictions — Link
  • Tech meets real estate for military moves in San Antonio — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not Exactly Texas, but Worth a Look

  • The wrong question: Is now the right time to start a company? — Link — Jason Cohen
  • Startup curve balls and change-ups — Link — Patrick Curry
  • How Companies And Consumers Benefit from AI-Powered Networks — Link — VentureBeat — Mariya Yao
  • 25 Ways to Ask for a Referral Without Looking Desperate — Link — John Rampton
  • So you want a job in Venture Capital? — Link — Rude VC’s Mark Bivens
  • “The Only Woman in the Room” — And How We Can Change That by 2186 — Link — Suzy Ryoo
  • The Biggest Lesson Accelerators Impart To Startups: This Isn’t A Finish Line — Link — Christopher Steiner
  • Financial Modeling For Startups — Link — OpenView’s Mike Preuss
  • Please Stop Trying To “Empower” Women With Cutesy Titles — Link — Fast Company’s Kathleen Davis
  • Branding in the On-Demand Economy: Designing Experiences in the Last Mile — Link — Brian Solis
  • Whole Foods Wanted to Be More Than a Supermarket, and Therein Lies the Problem — Link — Wall Street Journal
  • This is why you’re not going to create the next SXSW — Link — Technical.ly’s Christopher Wink
  • How to use accelerators and incubators as a tech scouting tool — Link — Chris Curran
  • The Family Office Index: 35 Chicago Family Offices Investing in Tech Startups — Link — ChicagoInno’s Utsav Gandhi

Upcoming Texas Startup Events

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

Product Hunt Austin Meetup

We’re super excited to be hosting the first Product Hunt Meetup in Austin and we’d love you to be part of it! The idea is to bring together entrepreneurs, product people, developers, designers, founders, investors, anyone who has launched or is thinking of launching on PH and just people who are interested in startups and new tech for an evening of lively discussions, knowledge sharing and meeting new people.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM
1620 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Houston Global Startup Pitch Event

Aging2.0 Houston
April 20, 2017 / 5:30 pm

Techstars Austin Community Demo Day


Thu, April 20, 2017
5:00 PM — 10:00 PM CDT
Palm Door on Sixth
508 East 6th Street Austin, TX 78701

April 19–20 Addison TreeHouse from 6 pm — 8:30 pm and, on April 20th, at Brookhaven College, Building H, from 8:30 am — 3:30 pm

MobilityX Hackathon presented by Car2go

Fri, May 5 — Sun, May 7, 2017
Capital Factory

Community Leadership Summit

May 6th — 7th 2017
Austin Convention Center
Community managers and leaders from a variety of industries learn to evolve how we build communities.

2017 Rice Alliance OTC Startup Roundup

Monday, May 1, 2017
NRG Arena

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

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