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This Austin entrepreneur scored a historic deal on ‘Shark Tank’ Link

- Austin American-Statesman’s Eric Webb

“The deal wasn’t just notable for the company’s bottom line. According to EverlyWell, it was a milestone for “Shark Tank” — the largest valuation deal for a solo female entrepreneur ever on the show. EverlyWell CEO and founder Julia Cheek walked away from her TV appearance with a $1 million line of credit from investor Lori Greiner, in exchange for 5 percent equity.”

Meet The Startup Revolutionizing The Lab Testing Industry — Link

SpaceCom is all about the business of Space
December 5–7, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas

Capital Factory 2017 Winter Job Fair Presented by Comcast

Who is this event for?

Job hunters, students seeking internships, and more — essentially, those interested in connecting with potential employers.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Capital Factory, 1st Floor
701 Brazos St Austin, TX 78701

  • The Fire Show #11 SXSW: How A 10-Day Mega-Festival Is Managed | Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer SXSW — PODCAST
  • Success Story: University Of Texas At Austin & True Wealth Ventures Partner To Help Female-Founded Startups Access Elusive Venture Dollars — Link
  • ‘This is home now for me’: Dreamers discuss concerns at DACA summit — Link
    - KVUE
  • How to Gather + Parse through Customer Feedback like SXSW — Link
  • When choosing Austin’s next City Manager, find a tech-forward candidate — Link
  • When S*@! Hits The Fan: How To Master Your Mind — Link
  • Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Customers? — Link
  • What I Noticed On Social Media During the 2017 Hurricane Season — Link
  • Is Cash Still King — Link
  • Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Competencies? — Link
  • Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Capital? — Link
  • Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Culture? — Link
  • MassChallenge Texas Entry Deadline Dec 5 — Link
  • Magic 7: The CMO’s Listening List — Link
  • Why Start Ups Need to Understand Consumer Surplus — Link
  • The 7 Super-Effective Habits of Austin CEOs — Link
  • We are back at it again. — Link
  • One All-Female Engineering Team: Observations From the Inside — Link
  • Austin Design Week Takeaways — Link
  • Will the next Mark Zuckerberg please stand up? — Link
  • $25,000 UT Austin Student Startup Investment Challenge with Longhorn Startup — Link
  • Experiment, Orchestrate, Execute — Link
    - Austin Startups
  • Google Fiber Commissions Austin Artists to Paint Murals — Link
  • Favor is Joining Feeding Texas and Statewide Toy Drives to Help Texans in Need — Link
  • Emma is Soliciting Nominations for its 14th Annual Grant Program — Link
  • Marlin Equity Partners to Acquire Bazaarvoice for $521 Million — Link
  • Austin-based EverlyWell Lands a Deal on Shark Tank — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • How this Austin startup is delivering taste transparency to your dog’s dish — Link
  • 5 recently-launched Austin startups you should know — Link
  • Tech roundup: Bazaarvoice set to go private, EverlyWell catches a shark — Link
  • 11 startups raised funding this month, totaling $60.4 million — Link
  • How this Austin startup is delivering taste transparency to your dog — Link
  • Passion projects: 4 Austin techies on their favorite work undertakings — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Jackson
  • UT Austin professor selected to man world’s most powerful telescope — Link
  • Amazon now lets drivers drop off deliveries inside your home — Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • Watch Kendra Scott Surprise a Plane Full of Austin Travelers — Link
  • The Top Hires and Departures in Austin Tech in November — Link
  • The Best Austin Tech Events of December 2017 — Link
  • Austin Founders Launch Bitcoin-Based Loan Startup — Link
  • HomeAway is Launching a TV Series on A&E Network — Link
  • Austin Tech’s Big November: See All the Fundings, Acquisitions and More — Link
  • Work Can Wait: Employees Say They’ll Shop While on the Clock Cyber Monday — Link
  • Bazaarvoice is Going Private in a $521M Buyout — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brent Wistrom
  • Kasita, Austin’s maker of tiny modular homes, preps for breakout with new CEO — Link
  • How to build an effective marketing strategy when trust in business is at an all-time low — Link
  • Austin’s C3 Presents makes big changes with Houston music festival — Link
  • Texas moves up Forbes’ best states for business list — but misses top spot — Link
  • Austin cybersecurity company NSS Labs hires execs from Cisco, Zimperium to lead divisions — Link
  • Want former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb to invest in your startup? Here’s what he’s looking for — Link
  • Amid Bitcoin’s crazy rise, Austin investor launches $20M fund and offers tips for buying into cryptocurrencies — Link
  • Planning a company holiday party? Better cover your legal bases — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • In Austin, can code schools help ease tech job crunch? — Link
  • Peek inside AOL co-founder’s Horseshoe Bay estate, which is up for auction — Link
  • Code schools can be lifeline for those with ‘no options,’ Austin grads say — Link
  • Austin lender Skills Fund focuses on code school market — Link
  • Austin tech firm BlazingDB raises $2.9 million for growth — Link
  • In Texas, veteran tech workers not seeing much progress on diversity, survey finds — Link
  • Why some Austin tech companies are offering more paid time off for new parents — Link
  • Austin startup Kilroy Blockchain builds program to help the blind and visually impaired — Link
  • Austin’s Bazaarvoice to be sold, go private in $521 million deal — Link
  • Mayor Adler: Landing Amazon’s HQ2 could push Austin to find solutions to some key issues — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman’s 512 Tech
  • Holt siblings will take over operations of Holt Cat dealership company in January — Link
  • Progress slow at SpaceX’s planned South Texas spaceport — Link
  • US sports leagues are hedging their bets on legal gambling — Link
  • National Geographic Traveler magazine lists San Antonio as a top 2018 site — Link
  • First look: Hulu opens Viewer Experience Operations headquarters in San Antonio — Link
  • Tech Bloc, AT&T launch mentorship program for San Antonio’s CAST Tech High School — Link
    - San Antonio Express News
  • Rising Social Entrepreneur Helps Two San Antonio Startups Take Root — Link
    - Xcomony’s David Holley
  • Post-Vegas, Security Enhanced for SA Marathon, Convention Events — Link
  • City, UTSA Researchers to Begin Creating Formal Climate Action Plan — Link
  • Event Pros Attend ‘Meeting About Meetings’ Expo in San Antonio — Link
  • Tech Bloc, AT&T Launch Mentorship Program at CAST Tech High School — Link
  • PechaKucha Vol. 28 to Close Out 2017 at Laurie Auditorium — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • How San Antonio stacks up as a city to move a business to — very well, it turns out (slideshow) — Link
  • San Antonio to get cut of Google Fiber revenue (map) — Link
  • Meet some of San Antonio’s most prolific inventors — Link
  • Holt siblings to take top two leaderships roles at family-run company — Link
  • Central Texas investment firm fined for unregistered oil field securities sales — Link
  • SA gets rare audience with global group to pitch convention assets — Link
  • A snapshot of emerging technology patents that SA companies are waiting for — Link
  • Centro San Antonio’s CEO resigns following discovery of fraudulent audit — Link
  • Hulu’s new San Antonio office now online (slideshow) — Link
  • WellAware collaborates with Amazon Web Services to power oil field Internet of Things platform — Link
  • Cybersecurity startups in SA struggle to connect with businesses — Link
  • AT&T underwrites industry matchmaker job at new SA tech high school — Link
  • Globalscape’s accounting firm walks away amid investigation — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker
  • Party Pics: Whitney Wolfe Herd and Amber Venz Box Launch the Cherry App — Link
  • We Break Down Unbranded’s Epic, Three-Weekend Pop Up — Link
  • Varidesk’s $1 Million ‘Thank You’ Gift — Link
  • Let The Amazon HQ2 Incentive Game Begin — Link
  • The Social CEOs of Dallas — Link
    - D Magazine
  • Dallas native’s medical testing company lands $1 million deal on ‘Shark Tank’ — Link
  • This week in Amazon-o-mania: HQ2 can’t always get what it wants — Link
  • Texas kicks in $2.1 million for Cognizant’s new Irving office with 1,000 jobs — Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Form D Friday: Frisco electronic flag football startup scores investors — Link
  • Arsenal of incentives is crucial for Texas to compete for companies like Amazon, CEO says — Link
  • Coworking spaces in Dallas have changed the way companies do business — Link
  • Dallas ranks among best cities for sports fans — Link
  • Study: Is Texas actually good for business? — Link
  • Get to know Jay Hartzell, dean of UT’s McCombs School of Business — Link
  • Post-Harvey, Dallas-based restaurant chain launches online liquidation auction for Houston items — Link
  • Dallas tycoon T. Boone Pickens puts iconic Texas ranch on market for $250M — Link
  • Lamar Hunt private equity firm is betting more lawyers will outsource trial work — Link
  • Speculation around release of Amazon HQ2 shortlist swirls — Link
  • The Dallas Foundation names new president and CEO — Link
  • Arby’s to buy Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9 billion — Link
  • Dallas-based veteran shopping mall opens online store — Link
  • Williams-Sonoma banks on augmented reality in retail with $112 million acquisition — Link
  • ‘How to get to yes’: A lesson Amazon’s real estate chief learned from Jeff Bezos — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Funding Roundup: Mark Cuban, Perot Jain Make Investments & Dallas’ BenefitMall to Be Aquired — Link
  • TheHaps App is Keeping You in the Know With DFW Events — Link
  • Piece of Cake: Party City Bringing the Party to Your Door With New All-In-One Planning Tool — Link
  • TCU Senior’s Startup Offering Tech Repair On Demand — Link
  • Which Are the ‘Coolest’ Tech Employers in DFW? DevMountain Has Made Its Picks — Link
  • UTD Entrepreneurs Earn Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarships — Link
  • On Tap: The Great Seed Bomb, Lunch With HuffPost Founder & Dallas Networking Mixer — Link
  • CyberMiles Announces $30M Raised in Initial Coin Offering — Link
  • Unbranded Announces Vendors For 2017 Pop-up Shop — Link
  • Do You Have An ‘Edison Award’ Worthy Innovation? Here’s a Chance to Be Honored — Link
  • Dallas Invents: 97 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 21 — Link
  • Lockheed Martin Forecasts Tech Trends for Defense in 2018 — Link
  • Trend Micro Boosts Hybrid Cloud Security with Canada-based Immunio Acquisition — Link
  • UT Southwestern Piloting Career Exploration Program — Link
  • UNIBEES App Planning Rapid Expansion in 2018, Venturing Beyond a Freebie Finder — Link
  • Arlington Turns to Rideshare Service Via for Mass Transit — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Richardson To Host Smart Gigabit Cities Challenge For Local App Developers — Link
    - Launch DFW
  • Take the Entrepreneurship in Houston Survey
  • Blair Garrou — Mercury Fund — Link
  • Ashley Johnson — Mouth Marketing — Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • Hoppy Holidays: HopDrop to Begin Delivering Craft Beer to Doorsteps — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Rent your holiday party look for less with Poshare — Link
    - ABC Channel 13
  • Are You Ready to be a TMC Biodesign Fellow? — Link
    - TMC News
  • Houston co. to start local craft beer delivery service through app — Link
  • Houston ranks among best sports cities nationwide but misses top 10 — Link
  • Getting the most out of Houston’s coworking spaces — Link
  • Houston launches new task force, names leader to fix $54B flood problem — Link
  • Major Houston nonprofit announces new CEO — Link
  • Free Press Summer Fest transforms into new springtime festival — Link
  • Houston has a new №1 health care system by bed count due to acquisitions — Link
  • New Houston Arts Alliance CEO: ‘The job opportunity seemed too good to be true’ — Link
  • Reincarnated Austin brewery to begin distributing in Houston again — Link
  • Live Nation Entertainment bidding to acquire operator of NRG Park facilities — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business now accepting applications for new online MBA — Link
  • Jesus Cortez, CS Trailblazer — Link
  • Baker, Kinder institutes make recommendations for a more equitable Houston — Link
    - Rice University
  • Houston-based Linux Journal ceasing publication — Link
  • Houston company packs offices into former shipping containers — Link
  • Rice Business accepting applications for inaugural online MBA program — Link
  • SpaceX engineers put rocket engines through their paces — Link
    - The Houston Chronicle & Techburger Blog
  • Commercial / Tech Transactions Lawyers — Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer — Link
  • Founder Burnout and Long-Distance Thinking — Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer
    - Link
  • Kendra Scott Surprises a Southwest Airlines Flight — Texas Monthly — Link
  • Tech CEO tweet ruins years of a young designer’s hard work — The American Genius — Link
  • Entrepreneurs: You’re unemployable in your own company, must define your role — The American Genius — Link
  • Top audiobooks for Startup Founders — Link
  • Smart Contracts for Business — An Accessible Solution — Link
  • I’m an Angel Investor — Justin Potts — Link
  • via @Techshop: 
    TechShop, Inc. has reached an agreement to sell the company to TechShop 2.0, LLC. New ownership seeks to re-open, continue running makerspaces. TS2.0 staff will work with members to pick up personal items. More info on schedules, membership, and engagement in the next few days.
  • 1871 Launches Digital Platform 1871.Live — Link
  • Five Posts I Would Have Written If Someone Else Hadn’t | Hunter Walk — Link
  • Entrepreneurship in Houston — Link
  • Q&A with Emily Huskinson Heath and Ryne Heath of RingWraps | Innovators — Link
  • About Us — TechSquare Labs — Link
  • Texas CEO Magazine Austin 2018
  • Economic Forecast — Acceleration — Texas CEO Magazine — Link
  • Our Favorite Podcasts | Notley Ventures — Link
  • The Tyranny of warm introductions — Haje Jan Kamps — Medium — Link
  • How Southwest Airlines kills startups that monitor its prices | The Outline — Link
  • Who funds the crowdfunders? — Link
  • Linux Journal Ceases Publication | Linux Journal — Link
  • How to raise the first investments: to do checklist — Link
  • What corporates and start-ups need from each other — Link
  • This Is Why WeWork Is Buying Meetup | WIRED — Link
  • 3 industries poised to grow outside of Silicon Valley | VentureBeat — Link
  • 500 Startups still owes money to its latest group of startups — Axios — Link
  • Gobs of Google Goodies — Google Docs — Link
  • Unofficial Goldman Sachs gift guide — Business Insider — Link

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The Austin Forum Presents
Our Annual ‘Tech for Giving and Sharing’ Event
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)
Impact Hub North
5540 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

Startup Grind 2017 Holiday Party!
Wednesday December 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 150 Austin, 78701

Startup Grind Houston Pitch-a-Kid + MassChallenge = Crossing the Finish Line
Wednesday December 13, 2017
7:00 PM
TMC Innovation Institute
2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite X Houston, 77021

NoDCon is our annual “show and tell” event at NoD Coworking where our members get to share their stories about what they’ve been up to all year. If you’re curious about what we do at NoD, NoDCon is a great opportunity to learn about our community and make new connections.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
NoD Coworking, Suite 300
17290 Preston Rd · Dallas, TX

Holiday Mini Maker Faire
Bullock Texas State History Museum
December 28th — 30th 

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