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Big Texas News

Q&A: Venture capitalist focuses on Houston’s strength as a tech center — Link

- The Houston Chronicle’s Lydia DePillis

I’ve known Blair since we first met at the grand opening of the Houston Technology Center back in 1999. This was when the carpet wasn’t even put down yet and John Beddow, the brand new at the time publisher of the Houston Business Journal introduced Paul Frisson as HTC’s first Executive Director.

There is no one person that better exemplifies both the motivation and ability to make a meaningful change in the Houston startup scene. Blair has been working tirelessly behind the scenes for years and has now finally been able to say (and do) the things publicly that many of us have known for a long time. I absolutely support the Innovation Initiative that the GHP and the Mayors office have launched with Blair at the helm. I just hope that more like-minded people rally to the cause because he can’t do it alone.

This his best quote of the article, and a sentiment that I’ve shared for some time.

“You need to make room for all comers. And you need to let the market, the entrepreneurs, decide where they find value and where they don’t. For years, Houston has allowed organizations to exist because they exist. When startups are no longer needed because the market says we don’t need your product, they go away. Why shouldn’t startup development organizations go the same way?”

Expedition Hacks Hackathon
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is hosting a hackathon for developers with mapping and predictive AI skills for in Austin.

“We want you to create the next generation of immersive experiences. We want to see your vision of what the future of conflict prevention will be like.”

Saturday July 29th, 2017 9:00am thru Sunday July 30th, 2017 5:00pm
Gather Lamar
5540 N. Lamar Rd. Austin, TX 78756

Startup Weekend: Fitness
Friday, July 28–30, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm
NoD Coworking
17290 Preston #300
Dallas, TX 75252

Startup Grind Austin
Fireside Chat with data.world’s Brett Hurt
July 12, 2017, 6:00 PM
Capital Factory, 1st Floor
701 Brazos St, #100
Austin, 78701
REGISTER with Texas-Squared Discount Code TSQ07

Liftoff Houston, the City of Houston’s annual business plan competition is an entrepreneurial initiative aimed to empower Houstonians with business literacy education and mentorship to start their own business while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy.

To be eligible, applicants must be in the start-up phase of their business which means they either must have a developed business idea or have a business in operation for less than one year with revenue of less than $10,000. Contestants must live in the Houston city limits with their business in the Houston city limits.Capital One Bank is the key sponsor for this event providing cash prizes totaling $30,000.

Austin / Central Texas Area

  • The 18 hottest enterprise startups of 2017, according to how investors value them [Austin’s LeanDNA #11 & OpCity #2] — Link
    - Business Insider’s Julie Bort
  • NFL’s Arian Foster and Glover Quin among Me and The Bees lemonade startup investors — Link
    - FanRag’s Raphielle Johnson
  • Expand your personal network and be part of the solution — Link
  • ATA Action Alert: Texas’ bathroom bill — Link
  • Tesla Is Not A Car Company — Link
  • How to Conduct Your Mid-Year Money Check In — Link
  • Uber’s Long Tail: More Focus on Misogyny — Link
    - Austin Startups
  • Never not in hiring mode: Employees talk tech and culture at fast-growing TrendKite — Link
  • Love what you do: 5 Austin tech companies hiring now — Link
  • Tech roundup: CreditCards.com faces acquisition, RideAustin teams up with med centers and more — Link
  • How WeWork and Patriot Boot Camp are assimilating veterans into the Austin tech ecosystem — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Jackson
  • Meet the woman behind Austin’s first LGBTQ-friendly fitness studio — Link
  • World’s largest online thrift store opens shop of future near Austin — Link
    - CultureMap Austin
  • Finding Bigfoot: 7 Seriously Strange Datasets on data.world — Link
  • Group Rallies Austin Tech Community to Oppose Texas Bathroom Bill — Link
  • This Austin Founder Sees Robots as The Farmers of the Future — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom
  • California venture capital firm opens Austin office with appetite for later-stage deals — Link
  • Freelance Conference scheduled for September — this time with awards — Link
  • Will Liberty Lunch be reborn at Stubb’s? Owners seek to protect iconic Austin name — Link
  • Energy tech startup that makes big trucks more efficient searches for Austin office — Link
  • How 2 Austin-area furniture retailers are riding a wave of growth to millions of dollars in new revenue — Link
  • Inside the tense Amazon-Whole Foods negotiations: How they settled on $42 per share — Link
  • Sears Grand store in Austin to slim down, make way for AMC movie theater — Link
  • Rooster Teeth’s RTX 2017 festival expected to break attendance record — Link
  • Money in America: How we tallied up Austin, and the nation’s, wealthiest enclaves — Link
  • Austin Convention Center: Do attendance numbers add up for multimillion-dollar expansion? — Link
  • Journal Profile: Why Ricky Joshi’s company poses a rude awakening for the mattress industry — Link
  • When rents factored in, Austin wages actually decline, study shows — Link
  • UT’s Dell Medical School welcomes diverse second class — mostly women — Link
  • CreditCards.com owner Bankrate agrees to $1.4 billion buyout — Link
  • Austin tech scene’s quote of the week: Where startup founders can turn for advice — Link
  • Rackspace makes deal with data company to streamline operations — Link
  • Solar’s emergence energizes entrepreneurial spirit of former pro hockey player — who’s eyeing Austin for expansion — Link
  • DivInc’s Demo Day: Why such events benefit Austin’s startup ecosystem — not just company founders — Link
  • Austin ridesharing company to provide free trips to doctor’s office for those in need — Link
  • Gold’s Gym’s new CEO, a former Longhorn, explains what’s pumping up the brand’s growth — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • As Austin startups struggle to raise expansion capital, California firm arrives to make deals — Link
  • Rooster Teeth offers up more animation, musical performances with RTX 2017 event in Austin — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman’s 512 Tech

Dallas / Ft. Worth / North Texas Area

  • Trey Bowles of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center VIDEO
  • AT&T Targets IoT Startups with New $200M Venture Fund — Link
  • New Direction for Frisco Software Company: A Platform for Custom Apps — Link
    - D Magazine’s Danielle Abril
  • This Dallas company might convince your leasing office to care if you are a happy tenant — Link
    - Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko
  • How Wingstop’s newly-appointed executive will use data to improve the customer experience — Link
  • Dallas-based Dex Media just acquired this company, CEO Joe Walsh expects more acquisitions — Link
  • Cybersecurity suits low, but Dallas lawyers find cyber consulting in high demand — Link
  • Shkreli lawyer recalls ‘Cowboy’ VC’s con past in cross examination — Link
  • New Dallas wealth adviser firm started with focus on LGBT, women clients — Link
  • How Cinemark’s CEO is changing the way you go to the movies — Link
  • Trive Capital invests in Dallas pharma supplier — Link
  • Meet the Deep Ellum CEO trying to make accounting cool — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Toyota Gives $1M to Help Homeless in Collin County — Link
  • Baylor Scott & White Health App Provides Direct Communication Between Paramedics, Hospitals — Link
  • DISD, Brewer Foundation Renew ‘Future Leaders’ Partnership — Link
  • Wal-Mart Has Towering Answer to Online Pickup — Link
  • AT&T Makes $200M Venture Capital Fund Investment — Link
  • Plano ISD Teachers Become Externs for Local Companies — Link
  • Sabre Welcomes Joe DiFonzo as First Chief Information Officer — Link
  • Spending Time Looking For Email Attachments? Rettach Autosaves Them to Cloud Storage — Link
  • Historic IP Decision: The Future of ‘Immoral,’ ‘Scandalous’ and ‘Disparaging’ Trademarks — Link
  • Phil Romano’s West Dallas Bar To Serve Up Networking — Link
  • Cornbread Hustle Expands, Gives Second Chances For Felons — Link
  • NEC’s NeoFace Tech Being Tested in U.S. Airports — Link
    - Dallas Innovates

Houston / South Texas Area

  • South Coast Angel Network funds cutting-edge ventures — Link
    - 101corpuschristi.com’s Suzanne Freeman
  • Dynamic duo aims to step up Houston bagels with new Heights shop — Link [Congrats to regular Texas-Squared reader Gregg Goldstein for opening his new bagel shop. I will forever be a New York Bagel guy (I lived directly across the street on Hillcroft) but I’m always willing to try something new when I’m back in Houston]
    - CultureMap Houston’s Eric Sandler
  • Drugshoppe: How Next-Generation Drug Development Can Move From Idea to Inhibitor in 90 Days and $10,000 — Link
    - Drugshoppe’s Erol Bakkalbasi
  • Startup Spotlight: Noninvasix — Link
    - AngelMD
  • Five Questions For … Fannin Innovation Studio’s Atul Varadhachary — Link
  • Acer Therapeutics Announces Reverse Merger With Houston’s Opexa — Link
  • Building Bridges: IATA Aims to Foster Innovation Across the Americas — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • New book by Jones School’s Dholakia’s guide on how to price effectively — Link
  • Greener molecular intermediates may aid drug design — Link
    - Rice University News’ Jeff Falk
  • Staying in Shape to Feel Rich — Link [Shawn Ulman is Houston-born, and lives in Austin when he’s not on a plane hobnobbing with the biggest celebrities in the Rap and Hip Hop world]
  • Dr. Tyler Smith — ConsenSys Energy on BLOCKCHAIN — Link
    - HighDrive.tv
  • Bidding process finalized for Joe’s Crab Shack, Brick House — Link
  • Money Makers: Houston pharma co., construction company file multimillion-dollar raises — Link
  • Op-ed: Why corporations use data centers and individuals own them without knowing it — Link
  • Exclusive: AmazonFresh inks 110K SF lease in in northwest Houston business park — Link
  • Major Houston hospital system names new top executive — Link
  • Houston wage growth nearly flat, lags national growth, report says — Link
  • Protect your energy company from cyberattacks — Link
  • New movie theater chain to enter Texas with 2 Houston locations — Link
  • Why energy companies will be major users of blockchain technology — Link
  • Op-Ed: Why you should consider a switch to stocking American-made products — Link
  • Woodlands biopharmaceutical co. to merge with Boston-area startup — Link
  • How a Houston business owner ended up selling Dr. Phil a jet — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • What Houston’s iconic businesses were like 20 years ago — Link
  • Staffing company owner sentenced to 3 years in prison for not paying $18 million in taxes — Link
    - The Houston Chronicle

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • Investor and Entrepreneur Michael Girdley Featured on Ideas to Invoices Podcast — Link
    - Ideas to Invoices Podcat with Laura Lorek
  • On Luck / Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog — Link
  • Startup Spotlight: FunnelAI — Link
  • On Personal Productivity; Getting Things Done — Link
  • The CityHacker Manifesto — Link
  • Young People Should Travel — Link
  • Startup Spotlight: Chowbotics — Link
  • The Agency Problem and Startups — Link
    - Geekdom Funds’ Michael Girdley
  • From Proving Ground to Air Force, San Antonio Builds IT Security Cluster — Link
  • San Antonio Medical Device Contractor NuPak Sold to NJ-Based Katena — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Think Twice Before Investing in Your Child’s Startup — Link
  • Medtronic Introduces First Insulin Pump with Predictive Software — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • Top of the List: Highest-paid public company CEOs in San Antonio — Link
  • Local leaders weigh in on new UTSA president — Link
  • Editor’s Notes: News that keeps you ahead is news worth paying for — Link
  • Finding San Antonio’s hottest spots of affluence — Link
  • Lilis Energy names oil & gas veteran as president — Link
  • Searching for wealth? Look big, then step back — Link
  • Texas A&M investing $46M for new San Antonio STEM building (slideshow) — Link
  • Rackspace hires new CFO from new CEO’s old company — Link
  • Historic San Antonio company gobbles up Canadian snack business — Link
  • Exclusive: What local businesses told the FBI about cyber crime — Link
  • San Antonio biotech acquired by New Jersey medical device marketer — Link
  • How a pro hockey player from Canada became a solar entrepreneur in South Texas — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not Exactly Texas, but Worth a Look

  • Lies About Startup Legal Fees — Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer — Link
  • The Solution to Sexism and Bias in Venture Capital: Throw Money at It — Inc. Magazines Elizabeth Gore and Carolyn Rodz of The Circular Board — Link
  • Exclusive: Dave McClure resigns as general partner of 500 Startups funds — Axiom’s Dan Primack — Link
  • Silicon Valley’s cultural problem is so severe it needs a reset, said investor McNamee — CNBC’s Chantel McGee — Link
  • Silicon Valley Reeling After 24 Female Entrepreneurs Speak Out About Sexual Harassment — Inc. Magazine’s Minda Zetlin — Link
  • Mile High Comics Withdraws From San Diego Comic-Con After 44 Years — Link[Potential lessons for SXSW as it grows exponentially]
  • US podcast ad revenue expected to nearly double this year, hitting $220m — The Drum’s Lisa Lacy — Link
  • Silicon Valley is Dead — Micah Baldwin — Link
  • A template for investor/founder sexual harassment policy — Techcrunch — Link
  • The Five Questions You Need to Answer About Your Startup’s Strategy -
    Redpoint’s Tomasz Tunguz — Link
  • Life After Coworking: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Find Your Own Office? — Entrepreneur Magazines Jonathan Wasserstrum CEO and Co-founder, SquareFoot — Link
  • Final Investor Update — Parker Thompson — Link
  • America’s Future Is Texas — [remarkably biased, but well-researched piece on the Texas Legislature] The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright — Link
  • How to be a World-Class Negotiator — Jonathan Chew — Link

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