Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #177

Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State 
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Houston-based Onit gets $200M for growth — Link

- Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Leinfelder

Fast-growing Houston tech co. secures $200M private equity investment — Link

- Houston Business Journal

Onit Secures 200 Million Strategic Investment From K1 Investment Management To Accelerate Global Growth — Link

Austin Retains Crown As King Of Texas VC In 2018 — Link

- Crunchbase’s Mary Ann Azevedo

“The nearly $300 million in reported venture funding raised by Austin startups was the highest Q4 total since 2014, clocking in 45 percent greater than the $206.2 million raised in 2017’s final quarter, according to Crunchbase data. Notably, the number of reported deals, though, was far lower: 39 in Q4 2018 compared to 61 in the 2017 fourth quarter.”

In latest reboot, startup hub Station Houston becomes nonprofit — Link

- Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Leinfelder

Station Houston restructures into a nonprofit — Link

- Houston Business Journal’s Chris Matthews

I want to qualify my quote in the Houston Chronicle article. “An active startup ecosystem is not looking for grant dollars,” said Marc Nathan, who publishes the Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter and previously worked with Houston entrepreneurs. “They’re not begging. They’re earning their money through making successful companies.”

What I was trying to convey is that strong startup ecosystems are built on successful exits from private companies that create business value organically. Station Houston has switched from a for-profit entity to a non-profit in a bid to better align with its partners Rice University and HX in the planned Sears Building Houston Innovation District. This makes perfect sense from the perspective of the organization, and they did what was best to keep the organization on a growth trajectory. I don’t like the fact that shareholder value was wiped out in the process, nor the message was about the organization itself, not the member startups.

The issue I have is that it’s very difficult to engineer communities by committees made up of non-entrepreneurs. We’ve already seen what happens when stodgy committees made up of business people like bankers and lawyers when they take over the board and direction of a startup hub (to be crystal clear, I’m referencing the now-shuttered Houston Technology Center). I can’t help but think that the Houston startup scene is a little bit too similar to the Houston Texans — we have all the hype, we have world-class individual contributors like JJ Watt and DeAndre Hopkins, and we have the relentless zeal of a fanbase that supports them, but we just can’t seem to make our way through the playoffs. We need private individuals with a profit interest, not a strictly philanthropic one.

Houston is dealing with the concept of ‘Feeders and Seeders’ that Brad Feld described in his book Startup Communities — where Seeders are respected, motivated entrepreneurs and Feeders are supporters and cheerleaders (I fall squarely into in this category). Both parties are necessary, but Seeders are in fact more important for a sustainable startup community because they are the engine that drives the ecosystem — nothing really starts without the first dollar of earned revenue. To put it in the provocative words of a long-time Rice Business Plan Competition donor, “Cashflow is more important than your mother”.

I want to see Houston putting more effort into supporting startups and entrepreneurs individually and directly. This support starts with more press about startups in traditional publications like the Houston Business Journal and the Houston Chronicle and local niche sites like Xconomy, Houstonia, and now CultureMap spinoff InnovationMap Houston. The next step is getting local established companies to buy from startups — something that Station Houston has made a great effort to stimulate through their corporate partnerships. The final step is to encourage first-time founders to become serial founders by celebrating their wins, supporting their next startups, and telling their stories.

Speaking of telling a compelling Houston startup story, it’s something we’re seeing this week with Eric Elfman’s thunderously big news of raising a massive $200m round for www.onit.com. Eric founded DataCert in 1998, became an Entrepreneur in Residence with me at HTC only to incorporate Onit on the very day that his non-compete ran out with an original seed investment from Red House Associates, followed immediately by one of Austin Ventures last Series A investments. Now how many of you knew Onit existed before you read the headline today? We have many other tales like this in Houston such as Eric Pulaski building BindView, taking it public and selling it to Symantec which allowed him to create another successful exit with SmartVault. Or Michael Holthouse building ParaNet and selling it to Sprint after six years which gave him the chance to start Lemonade Day. Or Phil Fraher who started in Houston as the CEO of Visual Numerics and went on to become the CEO of FuelQuest, guiding them to a profitable sale. Or Tyler Gill who guided StrongRoom Solutions to a sale to AvidXChange (and pending IPO) after working on a medical billing software company.

We’re seeing a few second-time founders now with Chris Chruch and Misha Govshteyn starting AlertLogic and now managing MacroFab’s startup journey. This idea is also true of Mark Schmulen who started and sold NutShell Mail in eleven months and is now building a new startup in the Real Estate tech space. Daniel Cotlar is now working with Apartment Butler after a stellar run with Blinds.com that sold to Home Depot.

We must keep reminding ourselves that Houston does have a startup community outside of the Oil & Gas and Health Care, including several large FinTech companies based in Houston such as P97, PROS, and High Radius that paves the way for others like NextSeed, Harvest Exchange, PledgeCents and GroupRaise but I think that story is lost on many people and in the press because they don’t often participate in startup events held by startup support organizations.

I have high hopes for startups coming out of Houston, and I will continue to support any company from Houston that focuses on discovering a gap in the market, exploiting it profitably, and ultimately providing financial returns for their founders, employees, and shareholders. Ultimately, I believe in the Houston hashtag, #SLGT — Support Local, Grow Together.


MassChallenge Texas will kick off the #MCTX19 #startup accelerator application season with a launch event on January 23, 2019 from 6pm — 8pm at the Austin Film Society. Attend the event to learn MassChallenge Texas’ plans for up to 100 high impact, high potential startup participants in their second Austin-based accelerator and competition. Startups selected for the program will compete for up to $500,000 in equity free cash awards, receive a 6-month complimentary community membership to WeWork (anywhere in Texas!), bespoke mentorship opportunities, unique curriculum, curated deals and discounts, and gain access to the global MassChallenge network. Attend the launch event and be among the first to hear MassChallenge Texas’ plans for 2019! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masschallenge-texas-2019-launch-event-tickets-53562522948

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  • Capital Factory Promotions, Opportunities and Gratitude for 2019 — Link
  • Will Cities Be Ready for 5G? — Link
  • Austin’s Paper Census: Helping Government Break Up with Paper — Link
    - Austin Startups
  • From Burn-Out to $100M in ARR with Jason Cohen of WP Engine (Video + Transcript) — Link
    - Saastr
  • City employee forced out for using city computer for food trucks — Link
  • Political accelerator ready for next class of future Council hopefuls — Link
  • New event deadline means clarity, crunch time for SXSW planners — Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Praxent Attracts Talent From Prominent Austin Tech Firms, Expands Executive Team — Link
  • A Newly Public Cloud Developer Surged 2,000% in Its First Week — Link
    - Bloomberg
  • Artificial Intelligence’s Renaissance: Manoj Saxena On The Next Decade Of AI — And Beyond — Link
    - Forbes
  • 1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Krishna Srinivasan of LiveOak Venture Partners (Part 1) — Sramana Mitra — Link
  • Vespa-like vehicles zoom into Austin’s fleet of electric scooters — Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • Smooth sailing on the “Seven C’s” — Link
    - Glenn E. Robinson, Managing Director at IC2 Institute at UT
  • DISCO Snags New HR VP From Bazaarvoice — Link
  • Hostway Merges With HOSTING — Link
  • HOSTING Merges With Hostway — Link
  • SailPoint Names New Board Member — Link
  • Dell-backed CloudEndure Acquired By Amazon, Say Reports — Link
  • Techstars Impact Opens Apps For Next Class In Austin — Link
  • VaaS International Holdings Acquired By Motorola Solutions — Link
  • Asure Software Buys Payroll Maxx — Link
  • RetailMeNot Enters New Era With CEO Shift — Link
  • RF Code Taps CA Technologies Vet For Bizdev Role — Link
  • Trend Micro Dangles $60K In Investments To Startups At CES — Link
    - Texas Tech Pulse
  • Once and for all — will we ever get Social Security benefits or not? — Link
  • Half of the jobs Amazon will offer at their new headquarters won’t be tech — Link
  • The FBI has a new division to investigate leaks to the media — Link
  • Shocker: tech giant tried to patent a job candidate’s ideas — Link
  • Apple HQ2 move in Austin throws shade at Amazon’s HQ2 drama — Link
  • New years resolutions are useless — try this instead — Link
  • How ecommerce brands can increase sales, even on tiny purchases — Link
  • Social media’s ironic and desperately lonely outcome — Link
  • Become an intrapreneur where you work instead of quitting — Link
  • Unlimited PTO is going extinct, for the worst reasons — Link
  • Why I paused my career to raise our child — Link
  • Living as a 7 in the Instagram world of 11s (why hotties rule IG) — Link
  • How to spot when it’s time to go full freelance — Link
    - The American Genius
  • UT System begins laying off employees to cut costs, refocus administrative functions — Link
    - The Daily Texan
  • Tech Madness Nominations Are Open! — Link
  • New Sit-Down Electric Scooters are Coming to Austin — Link
  • Report: Austin Startups Closed the Year Strong with $1.5B in Venture Funding — Link
  • Tankee’s Take on a Safe Video Gaming Network for Kids — Link
  • SXSW Picks 50 Finalists From Around the World (and Austin) for the 2019 SXSW Pitch Showcase — Link
  • From Smart Dog Toilets to Conductive Ink, 25 Austin Startups Bring Their Tech to CES — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom
  • RapidDeploy Opens US Headquarters in Austin — Link
  • Infinitum Electric Gets $1.8 Million in Funding to Improve the Electric Motor — Link
  • The Top 25 Austin Tech Stories of 2018 — Link
  • Nine Austin Startups Make the SXSW Pitch List — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • 50 Startup Finalists Announced for the 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition — Link
  • Five Reads: Taming Toxic Trolls — Link
  • Whurley Interview in Austin on Jan 16 — Link
  • SXSW 2019 Startup Opportunities — Link
    - SXSW’s Hugh Forrest
  • On the move: 9 Austin tech companies name new executives — Link
  • Tech roundup: SXSW Pitch finalists announced, WeWork expands reign — Link
  • Views, style and comfort: Inside 4 of Austin’s sleekest tech offices — Link
  • These Austin teams are ready for the 2019 startup games — are you? — Link
  • Come one, come all: 5 tech companies that recently expanded operations — Link
  • Hop in: This Austin startup is bringing back hitchhiking — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Katie Fustich
  • Crane Watch: Apple’s $1B campus is latest big construction project planned in Austin — Link
  • Viewpoint: Austin will work hard at Capitol to keep corporate incentives, better fund schools — Link
  • Run a small business? The government shutdown has halted SBA loan approval — Link
  • Austin labeled king of Texas VC — again — Link
  • Bus service Chariot to shut down in Austin, elsewhere — Link
  • A successful meeting starts here: Save money, get stuff done with your next executive retreat — Link
  • Capital Gains: Austin’s sporty vibe, from a Serena Williams partnership to a visit from MLS Commissioner Dan Garber — Link
  • Play these cards to make your business meeting smarter — Link
  • Avoid the horror stories of meeting planning — Link
  • Austin tech photo of the week: Firefly closer to liftoff with test of new rocket — Link
  • Austin companies hauled in $1.5B in funding in 2018, a 19% jump from 2017 — Link
  • Thomsen leaving Capital Factory, Daugherty promoted to president — Link
  • M&A wrap: New global data center business to be based in Austin; Civil engineering firm acquired — Link
  • Gary Keller returns as CEO of nation’s largest realty company — Link
  • What businesses will lobby for at the Texas Capitol in 2019 — Link
  • World Surf League buys Austin’s NLand park — Link
  • After raising $25M, San Francisco startup wants to significantly grow in Austin — Link
  • Rolling in fresh $2B from SoftBank, WeWork buys chunk of downtown Austin — Link
  • Austin fintech startup sues Apple, alleges patent infringement — Link
  • Former Calvin Klein exec to lead marketing at Yeti Coolers — Link
  • Media moves: Texas Monthly, KUT name new leaders — Link
  • In the money Jan. 7: Four companies raise nearly $30M — Link
  • Outdoor Voices opens 10th store; Many more on the way — Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • As session gears up, Texas business groups ready to fight for economic priorities — Link
  • Austin’s tech sector prepares for a Gen Z invasion — Link
  • The PC market declined last year, study says — Link
  • On-demand shuttle service Chariot going out of business — Link
  • AMD unveils new high-end graphics processor line — Link
  • South African tech company RapidDeploy moves HQ to Austin — Link
  • Austin web service Hostway merging with Denver’s Hosting.com — Link
  • Dallas Fed: Austin economy still expanding at solid pace — Link
  • Austin-area office rents hit record high at year-end — Link
  • As session gears up, Texas business groups ready to fight for economic priorities — Link
  • Thanks to ambitious goals, Austin wins Bloomberg climate change challenge — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman / 512Tech


  • Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials — PATCH — Link
  • San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of January 7, 2019 — Link
    - Startups San Antonio’s Iris Gonzalez
  • Tech-Based Mobile Home Dealership Bringing Virtual Reality Experience to Winter Texan Expo — Link
  • Philly start-up Houwzer draws $4.5M from basketball great David Robinson and local investor Ira Lubert — Link
  • Victory Capital Acquires USAA Investment Arm, Moves to San Antonio — Link
  • To Buy or Not to Buy: FunnelAI Studies Consumers’ Intent to Purchase — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • At TAMU-SA, Wireless Technology Can Locate Emergencies Down to the Floor, Room Number — Link
  • Cellphones Welcome at SA Symphony Performance: They’re Part Of The Program — Link
  • San Antonio Receives Bloomberg Staffers, Support for Climate Initiatives — Link
  • Ohio Firm Acquiring USAA Investment Arm Moving HQ to San Antonio — Link
  • Michael Bloomberg Visiting San Antonio to Discuss Climate Action Plan — Link
  • Rachel Dolezal Appearance at DreamWeek Canceled Following Community Backlash — Link
  • Rackspace Executive Dan Goodgame to Take Editor’s Job at ‘National Magazine of Texas’ — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • San Antonio scooter company raises another $5M for expansion — Link
  • Patents awarded to SA companies increased in 2018 — Link
  • GVTC boosts minimum internet speed — Link
  • Bloomberg gives San Antonio $2.5M for green initiatives — Link
  • Honda taps USAA for real-time driver safety software — Link
  • Untangling Cybersecurity: Digital Defense grades companies’ network security — Link
  • Payment Data Systems set to grow its software — Link
  • SABJ to offer mentorship from some of the city’s best-known women leaders — Link
  • Hostway to merge with Colorado competitor — Link
  • Report: How the San Antonio market stacks up for STEM workers — Link
  • South Texas representative files bill to tackle spoof callers — Link
  • South Texas gigabit internet provider expands to SA — Link
  • San Antonio’s venture capital pipeline slows in 2018 — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker
  • Motorola Solutions Pays $445M for VaaS, Which Tracks Car Locations — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Alto, a New Car Service, Launches in Dallas — Link
  • Whole Foods’ Exec: “Amazon Said: ‘Start Growing Again’” — Link
  • Varidesk Getting Into Commercial Real Estate — Link
  • Dallas’ First Female-Focused Coworking Space Will Open This Year — Link
    - D Magazine
  • TVX Partners, New DFW VC Firm — Link
  • Deloitte appoints new North Texas managing partner — Link
  • Dallas man customizes football cleats from inside enemy lines — Link
  • Excessive social media use comparable to drug addiction — Link
  • Kohl’s shuttering Dallas center that employs about 300; offers voluntary retirement program — Link
  • AT&T is making a first-of-its-kind 5G hospital — Link
  • Dallas area gets a new venture capital firm raising $50 million for early-stage investments — Link
  • Network 200: Across 9 industries, these are the DFW leaders you need to know — Link
  • How does DFW’s defense sector compare to D.C. or Los Angeles? — Link
  • Accounting firm acquires Fort Worth health care data delivery business — Link
  • Fed makes it official: Texas tops destinations for business relocations — Link
  • Could sit-down scooters become the newest rental ride in Dallas? — Link
  • TEXRail to begin service Thursday after delay due to government shutdown — Link
  • DFW tech company that pulled IPO filing still plans to go public ‘in the next few years’ — Link
  • Plano tech firm acquired by Dallas PE last year just made its biggest acquisition ever — Link
  • Entrepreneur talks plans for Texas’ first Opportunity Zone investment — Link
  • What does the future of the retail real estate look like? Look at Whole Foods, Weitzman says — Link
  • DFW company withdraws rare local IPO that sought up to $75 million — Link
  • 5 benefits of robotic process automation to CFOs and finance departments — Link
  • 3 strategies to help your company through high growth — Link
  • 5 things to think about for your upcoming financial transaction — Link
  • 5 ways digital transformation is changing enterprise for the better — Link
  • Air taxi shows how Bell is evolving from just a helicopter maker — Link
  • Exclusive: California footwear company relocating headquarters to North Texas — Link
  • Pizza Hut is expanding its beer delivery service — Link
  • DFW is getting a $1.1 billion standalone data center company — Link
  • Dallas PE firm’s deal to reboot Earthlink a sign of carve-out deals to come — Link
  • VARIDESK to convert recently purchased Las Colinas corporate campus into new office concept — Link
  • 2019 will bring 2 more Buc-ee’s to North Texas — Link
  • Monday Money: Local private equity firm raising third fund above $180M — Link
  • Fashion forward: Tech startup moves to Dallas, eyes more growth — Link
  • City of Dallas hires chief innovation officer — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Enterprise: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • ICYMI: AT&T’s 5G, Toyota’s Autonomous Safety System, and the Bell Nexus Air Taxi Make Waves at CES 2019 — Link
  • Discovery: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • Q+A: New Music Audience Exchange CRO on Bringing Experience From Rolling Stone — Link
  • Communities Foundation of Texas Names 3 New Board Members and a Chair-Elect — Link
  • R&D: UTA Professor’s Quest to Unify Storm Forecasts; UTSW Studies ‘Couch Potato’ Behavior — Link
  • Creative: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • Look Inside: Interactive Art Exhibit and Selfie Studio Coming Soon to Dallas — Link
  • Follow the Money: YourCause Exits in $157M Deal; Viziv Technologies Raises $1.37M; Floafers Gets $200K — Link
  • Interactive Map Highlights Dallas Region’s Smart City Advances — Link
  • Invention: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • Dallas Sisters Create the First Female‑Oriented Coworking Concept — Link
  • Bell Unveils its Full-Scale ‘Nexus’ Air Taxi Design at CES 2019 — Link
  • Education: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • Dallas Invents: 99 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 1 — Link
  • Varidesk to Transform Office Building into ‘Active Workspace Environment’ — Link
  • DI People: RealPage, Istation, One Technologies Announce Leadership Additions — Link
  • Social Innovation: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • Startup: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018 — Link
  • City of Dallas Welcomes New Chief Innovation Officer — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Deloitte changes top leader in Dallas, as Jason Downing moves into national role — Link
  • Texas should copy California: Pass a new internet privacy law like the Golden State’s — Link
  • By naming a chief innovation officer, Dallas took a big step toward becoming an innovation hub — Link
  • Richardson data center starts construction with debt and equity funding — Link
  • Dallas taxpayers can’t accept city’s convention booker spending $150 million with little accountability — Link
  • Neiman Marcus pays $1.5 million to Texas, 42 other states over 2013 data breach — Link
  • A Whole Foods exec thinks Amazon has finally stripped off the ‘Whole Paycheck’ label — Link
  • Motorola Solutions pays $445 million for Fort Worth license plate-recognition firm — Link
  • Dallas Morning News lays off 43 as company struggles with revenue declines — Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Community health workers embedded in emergency rooms improve patient health, cut costs — Link
  • Construction to begin this summer on UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health — Link
    - TMCx
  • Liongard Names Adam Slutskin Chief Revenue Officer — ChannelE2E — Link
  • Rebecca Richards-Kortum named to National Inventors Hall of Fame — Link
  • Creativity can be taught: Rice invites everyone to experience Creativity Up Close — Link
  • Students to show off work at Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium — Link
  • Former Houston Mayor Parker to discuss ‘Why Cities Matter’ at Rice’s Glasscock School Jan. 28 — Link
  • ‘Texas’ Stem Cell Future’ in focus at state Capitol Jan. 16 — Link
    - Rice University
  • Houston-based app serves up a whole new experience for diners — Link
  • 5 Houston startups beginning 2019 with new capital — Link
  • Houston fundraising platform launches for the next generation of investors — Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week — Link
  • Growing Houston cyber security company plans to hire — Link
  • When it comes to meeting with investors, a simpler pitch deck is better — Link
  • Growing Houston coworking space announces plans for new Galleria-area satellite — Link
  • Houston startup creates the Alexa or Siri for oil and gas companies — Link
  • 2 Houston companies named pitch finalists for SXSW 2019 — Link
  • Houston entrepreneur positions her company as a leader in online dating — Link
  • Report finds Houston has room to grow as an attractive city for STEM professionals — Link
  • Canadian startup fresh off $7 million seed funding raise picks Houston for U.S. expansion — Link
  • 5 tips for establishing your startup’s communications and public relations plan — Link
  • Report finds that Houstonians played over 97 million hours on mobile games last year — Link
  • Growing Houston tech company using facial recognition for event security — Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week — Link
    - InnovationMap / Culture Map Houston
  • Perfecting Your Pitch — Link
  • The Cannon Expands to Galleria Area Location — Link
    - The Cannon Houston
  • Technology Innovation Hub Station Houston Restructures as a Non-Profit to Accelerate Growth, Industry Impact — Link
    - Station Houston
  • Emily Reiser — Enventure — Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • TechnipFMC exec chairman announces plans to retire — Link
  • Bank lending failed to recover from 2008 recession, Baker Institute report finds — Link
  • Big Four accounting firm to overhaul downtown space — Link
  • Sneak peek: Plans revealed for $125M UTHealth psychiatric hospital in Houston — Link
  • NFL attendance down slightly in 2018, Houston Texans buck trend — Link
  • Deal of the Week: Houston oncology co. to merge with struggling pharma co. in Boston — Link
  • Help Wanted: The industries driving Houston’s projected job growth in 2019 — Link
  • Houston billionaire named chairman of Houston World Cup Bid Committee — Link
  • Houston-based medical equipment co. opening regional hub in Nashville — Link
  • Dress for Success Houston co-founder retires, new president named — Link
  • Former M.D. Anderson president dies at 82 — Link
  • Houston’s retail market ends 2018 on record-high, even amid big-box closures — Link
  • Houston to receive $6.5M of United Arab Emirates’ gift for Hurricane Harvey recovery — Link
  • Memorial Hermann partners with John Arnold-backed nonprofit drug co. — Link
  • Texas companies more optimistic on the economy than most — Link
  • 4 data points to know in Texas energy this week — Link
  • Houston energy company’s C-suite shake-up continues with CFO replacement — Link
  • Exclusive: Houston accounting firm makes fifth acquisition in past year — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • TMC confirms that leader of its Innovation Institute has stepped down — Link
  • Deal boosts medical device innovation in Houston — Link
  • SE Texans made $245K last year through Airbnb — Link
  • Houstonians made a combined $72M last year through Airbnb — Link
  • Need to get to Austin? Startup matches up drivers and riders — Link
    - The Houston Chronicle / Techburger Blog
  • Visit McAllen 2019 Campaign Content Launch — Link
  • Texas Workforce Commission to award STC $900K in grants for Advanced Training — Link
  • Seven Things My Kids Have Taught Me — Link
    - McAllen Chamber of Commerce
  • The Numerous Evolutionary Paths to Startup Greatness — Shockwave Innovation’s Gordon Daugherty — Link
  • How Venture Capitalists Venture — SEO’Brien’s Paul O’Brien — Link
  • Accel Believes The Future of Investing Is Outside of Silicon Valley — Crunchbase’s Mary Ann Azevedo — Link
  • Why Keeping The Nation’s Secrets Could Depend On Whether The US Is First To Master Quantum Computing — Texas Public Radio — Link
  • Ashton Kutcher to Judge WeWork Global Finals — Link
  • 6 Inspiring Women Changing Tech and Business This New Year — Entrepreneur Magazine — Link
  • The way SoftBank invests in startups just doesn’t work, says Khosla Ventures’ Keith Rabois — Link
  • Meet the angel investing pioneer who changed Tampa Bay’s startup landscape — Link
  • The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2018 — First Round Review — Link
  • They Saw the Future of Media, and Found a Way to Build It — Far West Capital — Link
  • The Cold E-mail That Changed My Life — Ryan Merket — Link
  • Isn’t It Time to Be Your Own Boss? These Women-Founded Companies Want You to Join the Movement. — Entrepreneur Magazine — Link
  • A calm before the AI productivity storm — MIT Sloan — Link
  • Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom — The New York Times — Link
  • How to Choose a Startup to Work For by Thinking Like An Investor — Triplebyte Blog — Link
  • 22 Innovative Technology Startups To Watch At CES 2019 — Link
  • How to Take the Cringe Out of Sales Recruiting | OpenView Labs — Link
  • 20 Reasons Why Herb Kelleher Was One Of The Most Beloved Leaders Of Our Time — Link
  • What I wish I knew about fundraising as a first-time founder — Link
  • 20 Brutal Truths About Life No One Wants to Admit Inc.com — Link
  • Where Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest fund is investing 1 year in VentureBeat — Link
  • Information Rights — West Loop Ventures Jeffrey Carter — Link

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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
 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

Austin Young Chamber Coffee Connection
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (8:00 AM — 9:30 AM)
St. Edward’s University
Edmund Hunt Hall, 3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704

PowerUp Austin! with Hugh Forrest and William Hurley
Wednesday January 16th 2019 4:00 pm — 6:30 pm
Capital Factory, ACL Room
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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