Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #100

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The Big Texas News this week is that we’ve made it to our 100th issue of the Texas-Squared Newsletter! What started out as a simple, light-touch way for me to send out relevant startup news to a few friends around Texas has morphed into a mild compulsion.
 
I must say that I earn huge amounts of ‘psychological profit’ when I see the biggest influencers in our startup community open the newsletter each Sunday and I have to admit that I obsess over each click.
 
I’ve learned a few lessons about publishing startup news in Texas that I’d like to share:
 
Texas really is an underserved media market. The major cities have good press outlets, but there aren’t many news outlets that cover all of the Texas region as a single entity. Even with all of the startup activity going on here in Texas, the public is still only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the things that are happening here. Some of this has to do with the fact that startups and people who work with them are singularly focused on building their own businesses. I also believe that a lot of this has to do with the physical space between companies both in terms of individual cities and the region itself. We talk in terms of startup density from an investor perspective, but being disconnected actually hinders the free flow of ideas and knowledge transfer that other areas enjoy. This is also one reason that seemingly natural partners don’t work together, or even know about each other. One of the main motivations I have with Texas-Squared is to give people a chance to know what’s going on down the street and up the freeway to minimize overlapping effort.

‘News’ is relative.
I have a new-found respect for the professional journalists who cover the Texas tech and startup scene, which is why I strive to include their names and personal twitter accounts in the articles I re-post. Writing about a very dynamic landscape like startups is hard — especially when unverified information streams constantly from social media. Compounding the problem of good coverage is that journalists typically have to cover multiple, usually unrelated beats, like Transportation, Banking, and Insurance. Without knowledgeable context and getting the right people to speak on deadline about a topic, journalism can take a back seat to breaking news. I can understand in a hyper-accelerated news cycle and relentless demand for clicks that sometimes Press Releases are barely re-written, or more weight than necessary is put on topics like funding rounds because they are easy to publish. One note on this is that I’ve tried to minimize coverage of funding rounds as they aren’t important news to me, and I don’t like to perpetuate the myth that they are for our community. I want to personally thank the professional journalists that strive get it right day in and day out.

Consistency Counts
Anyone who knows me would never say that follow-through is my strongest trait. Having an 8am Sunday deadline every week and meeting it 100 times (if this one goes out on time) has taught me a bit of discipline. I think that this lesson translates to building any kind of brand (defined as ‘a promise, delivered’). Being consistent builds trust and allows others to rely on what you offer — this is true whether it’s for your startup or your investments. I can say with 100% confidence that regularly sending out this newsletter led to my somewhat unique role at Miller Egan
 
Thank You
I truly appreciate your support, constructive criticism, news tips, design suggestions and readership. In order to fix some of the readability issues and in honor of the 100th issue, I’m introducing a new redesign inspired by my friend Keith Dudley at Brand New Marketing who went out of his way to help me make the design function better.
 
I’d like to acknowledge all of my sponsors, especially Miller Egan & José Ancer at Silicon Hills Lawyer as well as the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute. I would also like to say a special thank you to my family who have tolerated me not spending enough time with them with my frequent excuse of ‘working on the newsletter’.
 
What you can do to help
I’m grateful for every comment, like and share and could always use more to extend the reach of the Texas Startup community. My only goal is to continue to make it useful for understanding what’s happening in the Texas startup super-region. It’s one small way that I can #BeHelpful, to follow the lead of Alan Weinkrantz, a stalwart of the Texas startup scene who was tragically taken from us too soon. Please sharethe newsletter with a founder, peer, colleague, investor, advisor or mentor that cares about the Texas startup ecosystem.
 
I am always happy promote important startup news and events if they are aligned with the mission. Please don’t hesitate to email me at marc+newsletter@tsquaredagency.com.
 
Also, along the lines of promoting Texas as a startup region, I’m proposing a SXSW panel this year called: Texas: The Lone StartUP Region along with Grace Rodriguezfrom Station Houston, Michael Girdley from Geekdom in San Antonio and Chirag Gupta from NōD Coworking in Dallas and we would all appreciate your support when voting starts in a few weeks.
 
Sincerely,

Marc Nathan
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marc+newsletter@tsquaredagency.com
713–401–9394 mobile

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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.
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