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MassChallenge Texas Announces Inaugural Class of Startups — Link

“The 2018 cohort was selected from more than 520 applicants, of which more than 280 were invited to pitch MassChallenge Texas’ expert community at Strasburger & Price, LLP in downtown Austin. The 84 startups represent:

  • 5 continents
  • 11 countries
  • 12 states
  • 5 major Texas cities/regions: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio
  • 32% female founders

5 major industries

  • High tech (33 startups, 39.3%)
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences (24 startups, 28.6%)
  • General Consumer (12 startups, 14.3%)
  • Social Impact (9 startups, 10.7%)
  • Energy and Clean Tech (6 startups, 7.1%)”

5 Rules for Starting an Email Newsletter and the Tools to Manage Them — Link

I was recently asked how to start a newsletter similar to this one, and I usually give the standard answer, “just start”. Now that it’s going into the third year of publishing, I’m more comfortable sharing my lessons learned and providing some details on how it works and the tools I use. I’m looking for feedback and criticism to enhance this post in the future.

UT Entrepreneurship Week

February 26 — March 2, 2018

Apply Here for the First Inaugural True Wealth Ventures SXSW Startup Pitch Session Saturday, March 10, 2018 http://truewealthvc.com/startup-pitch/

  • Complai Raises $1.4M Seed Round to Save Growing Companies on Their Second Largest Expense, Travel — Link
    - VentureBeat
  • Why two of Australia’s hottest tech exports Atlassian and BigCommerce love Austin — Link
    - The Australian Financial Review
  • An Asset Class by Any Other Name — An Analysis of new Austin-based buyout fund, Think3 — Link
    - Peter Teneriello
  • South Austin coffee shop caters to working parents, offers childcare — Link
    - KXAN’s Arezow Doost
  • Council puts off decision on digital contract — Link
    - Austin Monitor’s Jo Clifton
  • 3DS Recaps the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit — Link
  • TX Tech: Luxe Co-Working, Mass Challenge, RVshare, Hypergiant & More — Link
  • Forget Perfume Counters: Phlur’s A.I. is E-Commerce’s Scent Sherpa — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Lightstone Leads the Tech Tribe at SXSW — Link
  • Scorecard: 50 Top Startups at SXSW 2018 — Link
  • Your Last-Minute March Magic Checklist — Link
    - SXSW’s Hugh Forrest
  • Ryan Wuerch Plans to Build Dosh into a Billion Dollar Company Disrupting the Ad-Tech Market — Link
  • Imagine Virtua and Alamo Reality Bring the Alamo Back to Life Through Technology and Storytelling — Link
  • AT&T Opens 5G Telecommunications Lab in Austin — Link
  • SparkCognition Announces it has Raised $56.5 Million in Funding — Link
  • Mass Challenge Texas Selects 84 Startups for its First Program — Link
  • New Coworking Space: work well win to Open in East Austin — Link
  • Hypergiant Emerges from Stealth Mode to Create AI Products — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Make it work: 5 Austin tech companies investing in UX design and research talent- Link
  • Meet the leaders — and the tech — behind these fast-growing dev teams — Link
  • Tech roundup: Austin’s big funding week, Favor acquired by H-E-B, and more — Link
  • Want to learn to code? Here’s where to start — Link
  • SparkCognition continues hiring spree following the close of $56.5M — Link
  • How EventSpace’s new booking platform helps bring hidden venues to light — Link
  • 5 ways to avoid legal trouble as a startup — Link
  • Make a note: 5 Austin tech events you don’t want to miss this week — Link
  • Fashion, fitness and more: Meet 4 Austin startups that recently hit the scene — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly O’Halloran
  • Austin American-Statesman has been reportedly sold for $50M — Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • Why Flyover Capital is Landing in Austin — Link
  • Report: Michael Dell Bought the Most Expensive Home Ever Sold in New York City — Link
  • Austin Selected for AT&T 5G Test Lab — Link
  • Can Blockchain Technology Help Austin’s Homeless? — Link
  • Tips to Navigate the Tech Madness Event Next Week — Link
  • Ben Lamm’s New Startup, Hypergiant, Capitalizes on AI’s Hype and Confusion — Link
  • SparkCognition Closes on $56.5M Series B — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brent Wistrom
  • Bazaarvoice buys startup developing voice-recognition tech to challenge Siri, Alexa — Link
  • Ads against tax breaks for Amazon’s HQ2 launched by Koch brothers group — Link
  • How Austin stacks up among Amazon HQ2 finalists for college-educated millennials — Link
  • Austin American-Statesman expected to sell to GateHouse Media — Link
  • Michael Dell bought the most expensive home ever in New York City — and it’s a ‘duplex’ — Link
  • Capital Gains: Get your ‘Westworld’ game face on at SXSW; Ranking HQ2 cities with romance factor — Link
  • Journal Profile: Meet Tam Hawkins, a CEO champion for diversity in Austin’s startup realm — Link
  • Viewpoint: Why Cirrus Logic employees plan to ‘amp it up’ for Austin — Link
  • Dozens of Austin ad agencies honored for work with Yeti, Whataburger, Popeyes and other brands — Link
  • Future of business education on display at UT-Austin’s $186M Rowling Hall — Link
  • Former WeWork exec wants to transform co-working, starting in East Austin — Link
  • Amazon HQ2 hunters take note: Follow secret web traffic for clues on winner — Link
  • How Austin’s New Knowledge helps companies escape social media harm — Link
  • A dive into Austin’s startup scene: Cronin’s Office Hours resume Feb. 23 at Galvanize — Link
  • New Austin funding leader: SparkCognition adds millions to round for AI development — Link
  • Martin Floreani abruptly steps down as CEO of Austin’s FloSports — Link
  • In the money Feb. 20: $7M raised for recycling, business travel; Plus, a $19M VC fund — Link
  • How an Austin CEO motivates his staff to be 1 percent better every day — Link
  • Former HomeAway exec reunites with Austin investors on $50M deal for RVshare — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • As Whole Foods reshapes procedures, Austin-area suppliers rush to adapt — Link
  • Austin software maker Bazaarvoice acquires Chicago e-commerce startup — Link
  • In new South Austin development, smart homes come with a roommate: Alexa — Link
  • AT&T to operate 5G testing lab in Austin — Link
  • VR journalist Nonny de la Peña added as SXSW keynote; Bernie Sanders and Schwarzenegger coming, too — Link
  • MassChallenge Texas unveils inaugural class of 84 startups — Link
  • Austin AI company SparkCognition closes on a $56.5M round of funding — Link
  • Check out SpareFoot’s new Austin headquarters, where in-house chefs prepare lunch and employees’ dogs roam the halls — Link
  • Luke Skywalker is coming to Austin to turn South By Southwest into South by ‘Star Wars’ — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman’s 512 Tech
  • Determine the Best Structure for Your Startup — Link
  • Seasoned Entrepreneurs on the State of San Antonio’s Startups — Link
  • STEM Startup Events this Week in San Antonio — Link
    - San Antonio Startups
  • Austin-based meal prep service expanding to San Antonio — Link
  • Becoming an Entrepreneur Is Easy but Succeeding as an Entrepreneur Is Not — Link
  • VIA gathering San Antonio coders to tackle challenges at codeathon — Link
  • San Antonio no standout for 2016 economic growth, Brookings says — Link
  • Uresti, Cain found guilty on all charges in end to salacious month-long fraud trial — Link
  • San Antonio door company wins $58.5 million case against supplier — Link
  • H-E-B pilots self-checkout mobile app at two San Antonio stores — Link
  • Meet the 10 richest Chinese billionaires, who have a combined fortune of $225 billion — Link
  • The 25 hottest cybersecurity jobs on Glassdoor in San Antonio you can apply to right now — Link
    - San Antonio Express News
  • Evestra Snags DoD Grant For Experimental Breast Cancer Drug Research — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Short-Term Rentals Have a Place Until They Displace Neighbors — Link
  • City Backing Could Help Sustain San Antonio’s Individual Artists — Link
  • After the Verdict: Calls for Sen. Uresti’s Resignation, Speculation Over Seat — Link
  • Panelists: Small Business, Affordable Housing Can Help Fix SA’s Economic Disparity — Link
  • State Sen. Carlos Uresti Found Guilty on All Counts in Federal Fraud Trial — Link
  • San Antonio City Contracts: Where Small Business Made Big Gains in 2017 — Link
  • San Antonio’s Next Climate Event is All About Public Input — Link
  • City Backing Could Help Sustain San Antonio’s Individual Artists — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • SABJ honors 40 Under 40 honorees in front of sold-out venue (slideshow) — Link
  • Navy’s whirlwind tour of SA ends on a cyber note — Link
  • SA biotech rolling out wearable epileptic seizure alert device — Link
  • Scott’s Take: SA may have found a path to more research funding — Link
  • Navy Week highlights contract opportunities for small businesses in San Antonio — Link
  • GOOD WORKS SA: Brick offers magic of Blue Star to nonprofits — Link
  • San Antonio Business Journal honors the 2018 class of 40 Under 40 honorees — Link
  • 40 Under 40 Woman of the Year: Emma Faye Rudkin — Link
  • 40 Under 40 Man of the Year: Lawrence Scott — Link
  • Jury finds Carlos Uresti guilty on all charges — Link
  • Inside SwRI’s year in science discovery (slideshow and video) — Link
  • Scaleworks launches apprenticeship to grow its own digital marketers — Link
  • Reporter’s Notebook: A glimpse of H-E-B’s future retail tech — Link
  • Say goodbye to BCycle as SA bike-share program rebrands — Link
  • SwRI weathered funding headwinds in 2017; sees smoother sailing in 2018 — Link
  • Local chamber losing its long-time leader — Link
  • Where are Millennials moving? Look to San Antonio — Link
  • Why the U.S. Navy is meeting tech executives in SA — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker
  • Hypergiant helps big brands look beyond the AI buzzwords — Link
    - Techcrunch’s Anthony Ha
  • Innovative Seed Accelerator Opens Applications For 2018 — Link
  • Dallas Innovation Alliance Accelerates Smart City Projects — Link
    - Government Technology’s Skip Descant
  • Dallas Is Ground Zero For The Online Grocery Wars — Link
    - Food Dive’s Jeff Wells
  • Buy This Dallas House with Cryptocurrency, Not Cash — Link
  • That Time Dallas’ ‘Dump Truck’ Full of Money Didn’t Land a Corporate Relocation — Link
  • Dallas Serial Entrepreneur Ben Lamm Launches Artificial Intelligence Startup — Link
    - D Magazine
  • After success building chatbot to order wings, Dallas’ Ben Lamm wants to help other companies win at AI — Link
  • This week in Amazon-o-mania: HQ2 clues point to D.C. area, but maybe not — Link
  • Flower Mound marketing firm acquired by Wisconsin company in $92 million deal — Link
  • UT Southwestern withdrew $2 million grant from a cancer researcher who allegedly falsified data — Link
  • Dallas oil investor Mike Terry now seeks to tap potential of Cafe Express chain — Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Cryptocurrency makes its way to Dallas-Fort Worth’s housing market — Link
  • Minority business leader event recognizes 30 honorees — Link
  • Commentary: Investing in the future of Dallas — Link
  • Form D Friday: E-commerce investor may tap robotics tech to help online shoppers — Link
  • Michael Dell bought the most expensive home ever in New York City — and it’s a ‘duplex’ — Link
  • Traffic from internal Amazon website might hint at HQ2 site winner — Link
  • Houston-based coworking company expands to Dallas — Link
  • Future of business education on display at UT-Austin’s new $186M Rowling Hall — Link
  • Tech consulting firm to hire 50 in Dallas as demand grows for cloud computing services — Link
  • Opposition mounts to tax breaks for Amazon’s HQ2 — Link
  • Dallas’ newest private investment firm will hold onto companies longer than traditional funds — Link
  • This organization is helping female leaders ‘have it all, and have it all at once’ — Link
  • North Texas’ lack of college-educated millennials could derail bid for Amazon HQ2, study suggests — Link
  • How this non-restaurateur co-founded some of Dallas’ most iconic brands — Link
  • Mark Cuban acknowledges ‘problem in the Mavericks organization’ in report alleging hostile work environment — Link
  • DBJ honors 2018 Minority Business Leaders — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Blue Star Sports Rolls Out Youth Sports Management Platform — Link
  • Tacky Box Hackathon to Focus on Anti-Cyberbullying Solutions — Link
  • Darwin Ecosystem Helps Improve Lives With Cognitive Technology — Link
  • Innovation Supports Care in the Home — Link
  • North Texas Startups Among MassChallenge’s 2018 Cohort — Link
  • Follow the Money: Meritize Raises $6.8M, Shop Simply Nets $400K, Headington Buys TenOverSix — Link
  • On Tap: Art in the Dark, Trade Vs. Tech & Social Innovation Luncheon — Link
  • Dallas Startup Week Announces Ross Tower as Its 2018 Basecamp — Link
  • Dallas’ Reel FX Spins Off Advertising Arm Into Company ‘Challenging the Status Quo’ — Link
  • Accenture Technology Vision: Report Unravels Trends Transforming Business — Link
  • As Part of Engineers Week, Perot Museum Challenges Young Girls to Build Bridges — Link
  • Nonprofits Will Get Tools for Growth in $21M Initiative from Deion Sanders, Stand Together — Link
  • Dallas Invents: 72 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 13 — Link
  • Coding Student Prepares for Beta Launch of AI Degree-planning Software Startup — Link
  • Could Arlington’s Smart District Water Meters Save Money, Avert Disaster? — Link
  • Applications Open for CodeLaunch Seed Accelerator — Link
  • AI Firm Hypergiant Officially Launches From Stealth — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • BizTrack launches, offers step-by-step guide for small businesses to grow — Link
  • The Study: Irving’s new hot spot for business — Link
  • Are busy days hurting your wellness? NERDbody CEO gives tips to stay active — Link
  • Machine intelligence startup launches with plans to create new industry model — Link
  • Podcasts We’re Diggin’: theSkimm debuts a new podcast — Link
    - Launch DFW
  • Twelve successful entrepreneurs and A&M graduates share their inspiring stories — Link
    - Bryan-College Station Eagle
  • Momenta :: Save and Share Your Best Memories in a Unique Way — Kickstarter
  • Houston’s Real Estate Economy is Back on Track — Link
    - Collier’s The Tenant Advisor Coy Davidson
  • Dr. Erik Halvorsen — TMC Innovation Institute — Link
  • Navin Goyal — LOUD Capital — Link
  • Alex Bandar — Columbus Idea Foundry — Link
  • Larry Shaffer — Insperity — Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • Rice U.’s Entrepreneurship Initiative receives $1M gift from Napier family for new startup competition — Link
  • Rice Urban Data Platform now available to public for data access — Link
  • Martel College students win Rice’s inaugural Houston-Centered Policy Challenge — Link
  • What can cartoonists teach engineers? — Link
    - Rice University
  • A closer look at who’s behind the Houston-to-Dallas high-speed train — Link
    - Culture Map Houston
  • Storyteller Promotions: A Life Long Love Story — Link
    - The Cannon Blog
  • Photos: See who attended HBJ’s 2018 Book of Lists party — Link
  • KBR to buy another NASA-focused government contractor for $355M — Link
  • New catering co. launches with prominent Houston restaurateurs, Jim Crane behind it — Link
  • Behind the deal: Houston solar co. expanding into Nevada — Link
  • Prominent Houston couple gives $2.5M matching gift to complete private high school’s $66M campaign — Link
  • KIPP co-founder fired after investigation into alleged misconduct — Link
  • Houston startup lands spot on ‘Shark Tank’ with its ‘vitamin for alcohol’ product — Link
  • Ninfa’s on Navigation chef wins national TV competition — Link
  • Exclusive: Houston-based co-working co. expands to Dallas — Link
  • Software co. with former Enron CFO picks Houston for U.S. HQ — Link
  • Texadelphia exec: Company to focus on Houston growth for 2018, 2019 — Link
  • Houston City Council confirms new Houston First CEO to replace Ullrich — Link
  • HISD looks toward Houston businesses to help improve public school system — Link
  • 3 greater Houston restaurants named to Yelp’s national top 100 list — Link
  • Cinema-microbrewery concept to open first Houston-area location in new community — Link
  • Houston’s Andrews Kurth Kenyon to merge with another law firm — Link
  • Cybercrime spurs PI firm in Houston to launch new lab — Link
  • Houston billionaire relinquishes CEO role of energy company he founded — Link
  • Sneak peek: Take an animated tour of the future Houston Farmers Market renovations (Video) — Link
  • Houston cryptocurrency miners spark issues for CenterPoint Energy — Link
  • Global nonprofit hires local leader for new position overseeing Harvey-relief efforts — Link
  • Ronnie Killen, dessert concepts among big winners at Rodeo Houston’s 2018 Best Bites Competition — Link
  • Houston takes 4 of 10 spots on Texas Monthly’s 2018 best new restaurants list — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Station Houston connects entrepreneurs with big industry — Link
  • New startup district coming to west Houston — Link
  • TMCx builds bridges to Australia’s health tech sector — Link
  • SBA wants Houston businesses to discuss federal regulations, NAFTA — Link
  • Texas company: AI can help Houston businesses use their data — Link
  • Rice received $1M for new startup competition — Link
  • Zero-G gives wannabe space tourists a sense of what it’s like out there — Link
  • Virtual conversation: Is cryptocurrency the future of money, or just a sucker’s bet? — Link
    - The Houston Chronicle & Techburger Blog
  • With Their Patagonia Vests, Investors Turn To Funding Outdoor Startups — Crunchbase’s Mary Ann Azevedo — Link
  • Sneak peek at what Gen Z wants from employers — The American Genius’ Lindsey Huber — Link
  • Charlotte dog-walking startup lands $750K angel investment — Link [Waggle is currently participating in Tech Stars Austin]
  • Want a globally competitive KC? Look beyond smart city ‘bling,’ Digi.City founder Chelsea Collier says — Startland News’ Leah Wankum — Link
  • 25 black founders and VCs to watch in 2018 Pitchbook’s Kate Clark — Link
  • A new unconventional co-working space is undercutting WeWork’s membership fees by 80% — Business Insider’s Zoë Bernard — Link [Similar to Austin’s Switch Cowork]
  • What does it take to raise capital, in SaaS, in 2018? — Christoph Janz — Link
  • Really Bad UX Mistakes That Even Great Teams Make — Jonathan Kim — Link
  • Design’s Lost Generation — Mike Monteiro — Link
  • 500 Startups to Bring Global Community of 3,000 Entrepreneurs and Mentors onto the Union Platform — Link
  • How to Get Your First Sale — SputnikATX’s Joe Merrill — Link
  • Where Did All the Advertising Jobs Go? — The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson — Link
  • Air Force Announces Funding for Wings to Innovate New Ways to Address Immediate Needs — Air Force Magazine’s Brian Everstine — Link
  • Ranking: Top Business Incubator — Managed by University — Link [Congrats to #9 Startup Aggieland]
  • The number of Americans working for themselves could triple by 2020 — Quartz’s Amy X. Wang — Link [Hat Tip: Paul O’Brien]
  • 6 Habits For Success From Top Female Entrepreneurs — Forbes’ Maryann Reid — Link
  • Why You Have To Stop Networking If You Want To Succeed — Inc’s Stacey Ferreira — Link
  • 9 Secret Elements of Highly Effective Sales Conversations — OpenView’s Chris Orlob — Link
  • Like Peter Thiel, Tech Workers Feel Alienated by Silicon Valley ‘Echo Chamber’ — Wall Street Journals’ Douglas MacMillan — Link
  • ATL Deal Flow: A Roundup of Atlanta’s Q1 Tech and Startup Deals — Link
  • Hillbilly Elegy author JD Vance says most of venture capitalmoney goes to three states — PolitiFact — Link

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Social Media Week Happy Hour & Conference
Monday February 26th 5:30 pm 8:00 pm
CU29 Cocktail Bar
720 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

H/IMA Interactive Marketing, Design and Technology Career Fair

Wednesday February 28, 2018 (CST)

University of Houston, Insperity Classroom and Business Bldg. (UCBB)

4744 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX, 77004


Philanthropitch San Antonio
Tobin Center H-E-B Performance hall
Feb 27, 6:00 pm
100 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, TX 78205

Beginner Podcast Meet-up

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM CST
Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy St.Houston, TX 77072

Workforce Development Reverse Pitch Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM CST
Impact Hub Austin
5540 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78751

Bunker Brews — WeWork ViR Presents: Where Venture Capital Ends
Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
WeWork Domain
11801 Domain Blvd, 3rd Floor, Austin, Texas 78758

Spark Impact 2018
Saturday, March 17 at 1 PM — 6 PM
Soma Vida — Work / Life Balance & Wellness Center
2324 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78702

2X, An Evening of Storytelling
Tuesday, March 20
ZACH Theatre
202 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas

HX Town Hall at UH
March 19, 2018
2:00 pm — 4:30 pm
Elizabeth D Rockwell Pavilion
4333 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204

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