Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #176

Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State 
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Medici starts 2019 by buying another Austin health-tech startup — Link

- Austin Business Journal’s Mike Cronin

Medici Acquires Chiron Health Expanding Mission of Transforming Healthcare Delivery

Plano-based tech and philanthropy company YourCause sells for $157 million — Link

- Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko

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Looking to streamline your business so you can spend more time on growth? Zoho’s coming to Austin on January 11th to help you learn how you can run your entire business online with one suite of apps for everything from sales and marketing, to support and collaboration, to finances and more. We’ll go over basics and best practices for running your business and provide everything you need to get you through a full day of learning, including breakfast, lunch, and plenty of coffee.

Zoho One Tour
January 11th 8:00am-4:00pm
AT&T Conference Center
1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

StartupGrind Welcomes Joshua Baer!
Thursday, January 10th, 6 P.M.
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St Austin, 78701

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Startup Grind Austin — https://www.startupgrind.com/austin/ Theme: Technology Company Leader Interviews 2nd Wednesdays at Capital Factory 701 Brazos Austin, Texas 78701

OpenCoffee Club Austin — www.opencoffeeaustin.org Theme: Tech Startups
1st and 3rd Thursday mornings at Houndstooth 401 Congress Ave #100c, Austin, TX 78701 & last Wednesdays at Whole Foods Domain 11920 Domain Drive Austin, TX 78758 [ Web | iCal ]

Wake Up! CPG Conversations over Coffee — http://bitly.com/wakeupcpg Theme: Consumer Packaged Goods — Fourth Thursday mornings at Cosmic Coffee & Beer 121 Pickle Rd, Ste 111 Austin, Texas 78704 [map]

Annual and Monthly Sponsorship opportunities available to get your company in front of tech startups and decision-makers: marc+asm@tsquaredagency.com

  • Meet the 2019 Changemaker Finalists — Link
    - Austin Young Chamber of Commerce
  • From Immigration to Taxes, Execs Talk Trump Effect on Innovation — Link
  • Get Off the Bus: Austin’s Hitch Offers Car Rides to Houston and Back — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Fundraising: Advice From Founders to Investors — Link
  • 2019 is Not Going to be “Your Year” if You Don’t Make Content for your Business — Link
  • Brett Hurt’s The Entrepreneur’s Essentials #11: New Year’s advice for middle-aged people — Link
    - Austin Startups
  • Startup Stage: Trip Loop coordinates group travel, with and without internet — Link
  • Will Downtown Austin’s 48 East Avenue Be ‘Powered by Airbnb?’ — Towers Realty’s James Rambin — Link
  • Austin, Texas, Supports a Circular Economy with New Incubator — Link
    - Waste360
  • Newly-founded Texas firm sues over Apple Pay’s virtual wallet — Link
    - Apple Insiders’ Roger Fingas
  • ScaleFactor’s 2018 in Review — Link
  • Baicells Raises $14.55M From Qualcomm — Link
  • WatchGuard Video Drops IPO Plans — Link
  • AlertMedia Raises $25M In New Funding — Link
  • Healthline Solutions Acquired By Medsphere — Link
  • Whole Foods, Amazon Plan Big Expansion — Link
  • YourCause Acquired By Blackbaud For $157M — Link
    - Texas Tech Pulse
  • Do women that downplay their gender get ahead faster? — Link
  • Basecamp went transparent, you should too — Link
  • Branded content coming to a theater near you? — Link
    - The American Genius
  • AlertMedia Lands $25M Investment From JMI Equity — Link
  • Watch Firefly Aerospace Test Fire Its Rocket — Link
  • Patriot Boot Camp Set to Help 50 Military Veteran Entrepreneurs in Austin — Link
  • Inno Approved: The Top Austin Tech and Startup Events of January 2019 — Link
  • 5 Austin Tech Offices We Envied in 2018 — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom
  • AlertMedia Raises $25 Million — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Five Reads: Big Tech = Big Trouble — Link
  • Yes, Fortnite is Going to Be Gigantic! — Link
  • 2019 Tech Trends at Austin Forum on Jan 8 — Link
  • Ring in the New New New at SXSW 2019 — Link
  • Five Reads: Austin is Weird, Wired — Link
    - SXSW’s Hugh Forrest
  • Austin tech wraps up 2018 with almost $80M in new capital raised — Link
  • With $25M in fresh funding, AlertMedia plans to add 70 employees — Link
  • New digs, new opportunities: How Ping Identity empowers employees — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Katie Fustich
  • Austin may influence San Antonio’s tech sector in 2019 — Link
  • Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher dies at 87 — Link
  • Oft-overlooked path to stock market is popular among Austin CEOs — Link
  • 9 people poised to have a big impact on Austin’s business scene in 2019 — Link
  • Apple places $1B cherry atop already sweet 2018 for Austin — Link
  • RetailMeNot founder to leave CEO post — Link
  • Want to follow in Amazon’s footsteps? There’s a new point person for business recruitment in San Marcos — Link
  • Journal Profile: Squeamish CEOs shouldn’t bother calling Annie Liao Jones of Rock Candy Media — Link
  • Austin’s graffiti park to be wiped from Earth — but preserved in virtual reality — Link
  • Hiring, overseas expansion on tap after AlertMedia raises $25M — Link
  • Texas tops U-Haul’s list of growing states again — Link
  • Big Red Dog, Austin engineering firm working on tall towers, acquired — Link
  • Dallas, Austin economies to lead Texas in next 20-plus years — Link
  • Independent Bank closes $1B acquisition — Link
  • Austin’s top-performing stocks of 2018 — Link
  • Report: Amazon to add more Whole Foods stores in U.S. suburbs — Link
  • Who has the fittest office in Austin? 2019 BizFit Challenge kicks off soon — Link
  • Beer to stop flowing at West Texas brewery; San Antonio expansion in question — Link
  • Vista Equity to buy Mindbody for $1.9B as it raises $16B buyout fund — Link
  • In the money Dec. 31: Four companies report more than $6M in deals — Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • Austin’s 2019 economic outlook: Still strong, but could slip from ’18 pace — Link
  • Apple’s China problem — Link
  • Austin’s Bumble partners with tennis star Serena Williams on marketing campaign — Link
  • Founder Cunningham stepping down as CEO of Austin’s RetailMeNot — Link
  • Austin software maker AlertMedia kicks off 2019 with $25M cash infusion — Link
  • Austin’s Luminex completes $75 million acquisition of testing unit — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman / 512Tech


  • Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance — Link
  • San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of December 31, 2018 — Link
    - Startups San Antonio’s Iris Gonzalez
  • How a San Antonio Physician Went From a Spy Plane to Olifant Medical — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • SwRI Scientist Discusses Discovery 4.5 Billion Years in The Making — Link
  • San Antonio Businesses, Researchers Put Artificial Intelligence To Work — Link
  • The Rivard Report List of What’s In and What’s Out for 2019 — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • How a Coworking Space Helped These Founders Find a Valuable Support System — Link
  • Here’s the most affluent town in every state — Link
  • The 29 tech companies with the best company culture in 2018 — Link
    - San Antonio Express News
  • City to award $15M contract for online portal for developers — Link
  • San Antonio’s tech sector outlook for 2019 — Link
  • SA tech startups see opportunity at CES — Link
  • Top quotes from SA tech execs in 2018 (slideshow) — Link
  • Tech executive nominated for CPS trustee seat — Link
  • San Antonio’s financial sector projections for 2019 — Link
  • SA health care software company to expand in 2019 — Link
  • Robotics software startup looks to expand in San Antonio — Link
  • New CEO tapped to lead Harte Hanks — Link
  • EDITOR’S NOTES: Ringing in 2019 with resolutions for biz community — Link
  • SABOR’s house of cards sits on shaky foundation — Link
  • Executive Q&A: Gary Raba on international M&A — Link
  • People we lost: Year in Review 2018 — Link
  • Alaska Airlines adding nonstop service from SA — Link
  • San Antonio’s academic medical center focuses on patient care and research while supporting the local economy — Link
  • SA health care software company to expand in 2019 — Link
  • Orangetheory Fitness co-founder on job loss, women entrepreneurship and the science behind her workout — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker
  • Here’s How Your Zip Code Impacts Your Life Expectancy in Dallas — Link
  • A Look Inside The Drunken Clam, the Family GuyThemed Pop-Up Bar — Link
  • VisitDallas Lacks Oversight in Spending Taxpayer Money — Link
  • How Herb Kelleher Changed My Life — Link
  • From a beat reporter: ‘Wildly entertaining’ Herb Kelleher was the spirit of Southwest — Link
  • My recollections of the irrepressible Herb Kelleher — Link
  • The City Has To Decide Where to Hide 10,000 5G Nodes — Link
  • Southwest Airlines Founder Herb Kelleher Passes Away at 87 — Link
  • Is 2019 the Year Dallas Stops Hating Pedestrians? — Link
  • Did Cynt Marshall Really Not Know Who Mark Cuban Was?: A D Magazine Guess-tigation — Link
  • VisitDallas Curates the Dallas Experience for Visitors — Link
    - D Magazine
  • Copps: Key Ingredient As A.I. Permeates Daily Life is Building Trust — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • TEXRail won’t open Saturday due to government shutdown — Link
  • Providence Equity’s growth arm exits Plano company as part of $157M deal — Link
  • Dallas esports company raises $20M as it taps rapid growth in competitive video gaming — Link
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. hires managing director of its greater West division — Link
  • Report: GameStop, under pressure, could announce deal with PE firm next month — Link
  • Herb Kelleher remembered for humor, forever changing airline industry — Link
  • This Dallas firm is leading a youth movement in insurance — Link
  • Coppell company to buy IBM mortgage servicing platform — Link
  • $1B DFW company shakes up leadership team with new CEO — Link
  • Dallas-based coworking concept to open second Plano location — Link
  • Pier 1 terminates its chief information officer — Link
  • Corporate relocations, real estate overrated as economic development tools, expert says — Link
  • Japanese cybersecurity company bolsters Irving location with hiring plans — Link
  • Site plan for Apple campus reveals who’s been tapped for $1B project — Link
  • Dallas’ Crocs-for-loafers startup gets new investment, partners with Neiman Marcus — Link
  • Cybersecurity company with major DFW presence wants to be first to achieve gender pay parity — Link
  • Dallas accounting firm acquired by Houston-based competitor — Link
  • Dallas, Austin area economies to lead Texas in next 20-plus years — Link
  • 2019 employee wellness trends: holistic health, data — Link
  • Bay Area startup bets on Texas with HQ move — Link
  • Dallas startup names new CEO after landing big funding round last year — Link
  • VisitDallas initiatives introduce visitors to the Dallas experience — Link
  • 5 retail trends to watch in 2019 — Link
  • Network 200: Meet the philanthropic leaders you need to know in North Texas — Link
  • Financial filings show that DFW companies are rolling in cash — Link
  • Meet the 2019 Minority Business Leader Awards honorees — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • By One Measure, Texas Addresses Are the Most Desirable in the U.S. — Link
    - Dallas Observer
  • R&D: UTSW Works on Alzheimer’s Prevention Drug; UTA prof tackles pipeline leaks — Link
  • Hotels Roll Out Innovative Concepts to Meet ‘Greater Expectations’ in North Texas — Link
  • Follow the Money: Trive Acquires EarthLink for $330M; We Buy Homes In USA Gets $25M — Link
  • Dallas Innovates 2019: The Magazine (in Augmented Reality) — Link
  • Dallas Invents: 86 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 18 — Link
  • Dallas Invents: 118 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 25 — Link
  • OrderMyGear Names Dutch as New Chief Executive Officer — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Dallas City Hall has very B_G problems with its convention and visitors bureau - Link
  • TEXRail calls off Saturday's planned debut after signal issue stalls federal clearance - Link
  • Herb Kelleher gave this small-town teenager the freedom to fly to the big city - Link
  • Hail and farewell to a 121-year-old Dallas business whose closing will again reshape Deep Ellum - Link
  • See who was hired, promoted at Accenture, CBRE and more for the last week of December - Link
  • What the decline of the out-of-office email says about our workaholic digital habits - Link
  • Herb Kelleher's genius was inspiring loyalty and joy among Southwest Airlines employees - Link
  • Thanks to HQ2, Amazon now has a database of private information about U.S. cities - Link
  • Dallas doesn't need Amazon to thrive as a tech start-up town - Link
  • Mr. Cooper buys IBM mortgage platform that brought in $200 million last year - Link
  • Large coworking center on the way near Plano's Collin Creek Mall - Link
  • Texas' 10 biggest incentive packages of 2018 includes five in Dallas-Fort Worth - Link
  • Apple's giant Austin expansion doesn't top Texas' biggest incentive deals of 2018 - Link
  • With esports events on the rise, North Texas cities look to get in the game - Link
  • Cary Council gives $50,000 grants to three promising UT Southwestern doctors - Link
  • Schools should beware of technology companies bearing gifts - Link
  • How much gambling revenue is Texas leaving on the table? - Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • What’s Next? Houston Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Share 2019 Industry Predictions for High Tech, Healthcare, Accounting, Real Estate, and Cybersecurity - Link
  • Gestalt Theory Venture Partners Announces Acquisition of WeCrowd Capital - Link
  • Houston company uses blockchain to follow the money - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • App aims to connect Houston mothers using AI technology - Link
  • Why fueling creativity at work is crucial to success - Link
  • Oil and gas startup exec positions Houston company for more growth in 2019 - Link
  • TxDOT asks Houstonians for input on rail projects - Link
  • Houston company is solving the energy and space industries' carbon dioxide problems with synthetic photosynthesis - Link
  • Restaurant-driven app focuses on Houston's food scene - Link
  • Houston company creates portable device that eases pain without the use of drugs - Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
  • Houston travel startup rolls out innovative road trip rideshare app - Link
    - InnovationMap / Culture Map Houston
  • Barbara Burger – Chevron Technology Ventures - Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • Meet the former Houston energy professional behind Washington Ave.'s first coworking space - Link
  • Houston oncology co. to merge with Boston’s struggling Flex Pharma - Link
  • What Houston employers need to know about H-1B visa changes - Link
  • These were the largest bankruptcies filed in Houston in 2018 - Link
  • Houston's industrial market ends 2018 on a hot note - Link
  • End of the year, end of the line: Companies we lost in 2018 - Link
  • In memoriam 2018: HBJ remembers Bushes, McNair, other local leaders - Link
  • Who were Wall Street's biggest dealmakers of 2018? Here's the tally. - Link
  • Law roundup: Houston offices promote, add new partners - Link
  • How the mission of the Houston Automotive Dealers Association drives the local economy and industry - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Tech entrepreneurs go ask Alice for help - Link
  • Report: Immigrants in Houston contribute billions to economy - Link
  • Can sputtering recycling market find a second life? - Link
  • You’ve got to know your stuff to climb the wind power career ladder - Link
    - The Houston Chronicle / Techburger Blog
  • “Top Startups” Lists and Accelerators - Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer - Link
  • Keep It Clean - Startup Decision Makings’ Ben Dyer - Link
  • Fishing for Talent with Innovation Nets - Voltage Controls Douglas Ferguson - Link
  • 6 Degrees of YC Separation - Kyle Mack - Link
  • Trends that will affect small businesses in 2019 - Nik Williams - Link
  • How you change a corporate culture (at a large company) - Summation’s Auren Hoffman - Link
  • Lend Academy Podcast 181: James Garvey of Self Lender - Link
  • Building a business as a Latino entrepreneur - Link
  • The 12 Best Moments From the ‘National Podcast of Texas’ in 2018 - Texas Monthly - Link
  • The Venture Monologues: How femtech is reshaping venture capital - The Logic - Link
  • A dearth of physician innovators can derail new biomedical startups - Link
  • The Mythical Million Dollar Run Rate - Founder Collective - Link
  • 2019 Will Be a Breakthrough Year for Food Robots - Spoon Tech’s Chris Albrecht - Link
  • The Year Of The Pop-Up Shop - PYMNTS - Link
  • Why Mentoring Matters, and How to Get Started - Lizz Schumer - Link
  • Zero to 22 Million Users With $0 in Venture Capital: How 1 Founder Made It Happen - Inc. Magazine’s John Koetsier VP Insights, Singular - Link
  • The 5 Things All Great Salespeople Do - Harvard Business Review’s Joseph Curtis - Link
  • Big Food Has Big Plans for Foodtech Accelerators in 2019 - Spoon Tech’s Jennifer Marston - Link
  • Introducing: SVB Trek Class of 2019 - Jake Mendel - Link
  • The Toolbox Toolbox - Link

Tech Events Network: Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio

FITA: Technology, Culture, & Policy with Dr. Bob Metcalfe
Freedom in Tech Alliance
Hosted by Freedom in Tech Alliance
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street 1st Floor, Austin, Texas 78701

Women Founders Series: Happy Hour
by Station Houston
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Spanish Village Restaurant
4720 Almeda Road Houston, TX 77004

ATX Ladies Lab | Kickoff Happy Hour for Members
Wed, January 16, 2019 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CST
115 East 5th Street #100 Austin, TX 78701

Finding your Niche: Creating the Message that Connects, Every Time
by Women@Austin
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CST
The Refinery
612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

Austin Women in Digital January +1 Meetup: 2019 Digital Trends
by Austin Women in Digital
Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Peached Social House
6500 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78752

Austin Startup Meetup
Fundraising 101 For Startups + 🍕
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1600 · Austin, TX

The Refinery's One Year Anniversary Bash
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
The Refinery
612 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701

A Preview of Station 3.0 for Station Mentors
Thursday, January 24th 5:30-7:30pm
Station Houston, 1301 Fannin Street
By Invitation Only

TAMUhack 2019
Jan 26, 2019 at 9 AM – Jan 27, 2019 at 4 PM
Texas A&M Memorial Student Center - MSC Programs
275 Joe Routt Blvd, Suite 2240, College Station, Texas 77843
Culturati Summit
January 27 - 28, 2019
Brazos Hall
204 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78701

Rice University Symposium on Data Privacy
Hosted by Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1 PM – 5 PM
Bioscience Research Collaborative
6500 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030

Oil, Gas & Energy Happy Hour Networking
Hosted by Houston Young Professionals + Houston Professionals
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
The Cannon Houston
1336 Brittmoore Rd., Houston, Texas 77043

Foundation for Launch
by Nectar House & Amazing at Home
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Launch SA
600 Soledad Street San Antonio, TX 78205

LEAD Summit
Hosted by Austin Young Chamber
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Rowling Hall
300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701
 Dallas New Tech
Launch DFW
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Tower Club
1601 Elm Street 48th Floor Dallas, TX 75201

Intro to Defense Innovation WEBINAR and ASK ME ANYTHING with DIUx and Capital Factory AMA
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST

Financials for Small Business with Wells Fargo
by Joi Chevalier and Carrie Smith
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST
The Cook's Nook
502 Thompson Lane
Austin, TX 78742

Co-Founder meetup by The tech^map
Cofounder Austin - Keynote: Lindsay Gray, Immigration Lawyer
Monday, January 14, 2019 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, 16th Floor Austin, texas 78701

Capital Factory Road Trip to Dallas (Real Estate)
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM CST
Capital Factory Dallas
3102 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, Texas 75219

Austin Fast Start: FinTech
Tuesday January 15, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St Austin, TX 78701

Inventors Software/Hardware Natural Disasters Hackathon
Hosted by Fruition Technology Labs
Saturday Jan 19, 2019 at 11 AM – Jan 21, 2019 at 2 PM
7505A South Fwy (288), Houston, Texas 77060

A Conference For Creatives And Entrepreneurs
presented by #bossbabesATX
powered by Texas MSTC, Texas MBA and Bumble Bizz
Saturday January 19, 2019 10 AM to 5 PM
Rowling Hall at the University of Texas

Silicon Hills News 2019 Austin Tech Calendar Party
Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)
6800 Burleson Road, Building 312 Austin, TX 78744

IoT & Blockchain Meetup
by North Texas Blockchain Alliance
Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST
UTDallas Makerspace
3000 Waterview Parkway Richardson, TX 75080

Station 3.0 Anniversary & Launch Party
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Station Houston
1301 Fannin St. Suite 2440 Houston, TX 77002

DivHack 2019: Bridging Differences
Hosted by Texas A&M College of Architecture Diversity Council
Feb 8 at 5 PM – Feb 9 at 5 PM
Langford Architecture Building
College Station, Texas 77840

[RE]verse Pitch - Opening Pitch Event
Tuesday February 26, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX, 78701

Houston Cyber Summit
Wednesday February 27, 2019
The George R. Brown Convention Center

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