Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #074

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Venture capital funding sinks in Texas, across the U.S. — Houston Chronicle
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The Houston Technology Center welcomes Lori Vetters as the new CEO as the current CEO, Walter Ulrich steps down on February 1st.
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Natalie Solis from Dallas FOX 4 interviews the new Executive Director of The Southern Region, Michelle Williams. Danielle Abril has the story in D Magazine.

Austin Area

  • How to make friends at your coworking space — Line
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Jackson
  • Data.world CEO Brett Hurt reads email on vacation — and why he’s fine with that — Link
  • Austin venture investment slows to end 2016 as part of national shift — Link
  • Amazon adding 100,000 jobs in U.S., including in Austin — Link
  • Austin still a top destination for tech jobseekers, report says — Link
  • Austin biopharma firm in advanced trials brings on CEO with IPO, acquisition experience — Link
  • Austin software maker to spend millions buying document storage firm — Link
  • Austin’s Luminex lays off 50, still has high hopes for 2017 — Link
  • Besomebody, after ‘Shark Tank’ appearance and move from Austin to Boston, shuts down app — Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • Shark Tank is Looking for Startups — Link
  • National Instruments Opens the NI Industrial IoT Lab in Austin — Link
  • 20 Hot Austin Startups to Watch in 2017 — Link
  • A Blueprint for B2B Tech Trade Shows — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • [Exclusive] Aceable, popular Austin startup gets into the real estate education game — Link
  • Medium’s struggle is the perfect illustration of Silicon Valley’s weakness — Link
    - The Real Daily / The American Genius’ Lindsay Huber
  • Austin Toy Company to Pitch on Shark Tank — Link
  • National Instruments Launches Industrial IoT Lab in Austin — Link
  • This AI Bot Will Help Find You Free Beer in Austin (For Real) — Link
  • Inside Capital Factory’s New Virtual Reality Lab — Link
    - Austin Inno’s Brent Wistrom & Billy Utt
  • Austin’s patent activity grew 11.2 percent last year — Link
  • Talking about 2017 tech prognostications with Texas Standard — Link
  • When Intel employees worked 50-hour weeks — Link
  • Austin’s Main Street Hub lands millions in debt refinancing to launch ambitious growth plan — Link
  • Game designer Richard Garriott’s big life of adventure detailed in new book, ‘Explore/Create’ — Link
  • Analysis: Few women spoke at Austin’s tech meetups — Link
  • What’s ahead in 2017 for tech? Only Omarstadamus knows — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman

Dallas / Ft. Worth Area

  • Tech Wildcatters Interview: Gabriella Draney Zielke — The Huffington Post
  • Shared work spaces offer entrepreneurs options, access in Southern Dallas — Link
  • Why Texas startup Conversable is drawing some looks at global tech show CES — Link
    - Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko
  • Why Ari Rastegar Thinks an Economic Downturn Is Looming — Link
  • How Beaver Raymond Turned Marshmallows Into a Sweet Business — Link
    - D Magazine
  • Dallas-based Backpage.com shuts down ‘adult’ section after scathing Senate report — Link
  • This DFW university has some of the country’s top online business programs — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • CyrusOne: Federal Government Looks to Colocation to Reduce Spending — Link
  • Dallas Firms Collaborate to Update the Consumer Wait Experience — Link
  • UTD Researchers Receive Grants for VR-based Medical Work — Link
  • On Tap: Women’s Empowerment Conference, Collidathon, & MLK Symposium — Link
  • Dallas-based Wingstop Offers 1st Menu-specific Ordering Via Alexa — Link
  • In Tech-Driven Society, Students Should Learn Myriad of Big Data to Marketing — Link
  • 7 Dallasites Make Forbes List of ’30 Under 30’ — Link
  • Axxess: Nurturing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs — Link
  • Incubators Signal Entrepreneurial Groundswell in Southern Dallas — Link
  • Search-fund Model Gains Popularity for Acquisitions — Link
  • 5 Health Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2017 — Link
  • Coffee Shop, Coworking Space in the Works for Fort Worth’s Near Southsids — Link
  • GoVision to Supply LED Screens for Trump’s Inauguration — Link
  • SunToWater Takes Air’s Moisture, Makes Drinking Water — Link
  • IBM Offers 5 Predictions of Life-Changing Innovations — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: What to expect from the startup community — Link
  • Founders listen up: Three key events in January 2017 — Link
  • Ignite DFW is back, January 24th, 2017 — Link
  • How to interact with a Dallas based VC — Link
    - LaunchDFW

Houston / South Texas Area

  • Five Questions For … Houston Entrepreneur and Investor Neal Murthy — Link
  • Crowdfunding Site EnergyFunders Expands to Offer More Than Just Money — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Mayor Turner trying to attract filmmakers to Houston — Link
  • 21 new grocery stores planned amid Houston’s strongest retail growth in years — Link
  • Houston medical device company raises millions as CEO departs — Link
  • HP inks massive office lease in Springwoods Village — Link
  • Co-working space announces opening date in Houston’s East End — Link
  • See which Houstonians made Forbes 30 Under 30 list this year — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Houston companies hire more female directors, still lag S&P 500 — Link
  • Rice Business Plan Competition alumni make Forbes 30 Under 30 — Link
    - Houston Chronicle

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • U-M Gets $2M to Study Xenex Robots’ Ability to Sanitize Hospitals — Link
  • Dropped Call? San Antonio’s Carnegie Technologies May Have An Answer — Link
  • LiveOak Gives Infocyte $3.4M Series A For ‘Threat-Hunting’ Software — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • USAA to Subsidize Geekdom’s Growing Military Membership — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • San Antonio biotech company closer to commercializing its first device — Link
  • MagicJack rejects SA investors’ $135M offer, omits proposal from shareholder vote — Link
  • How Google and AT&T Fiber changed the rules for rolling out fiber networks — Link
  • City of San Antonio pumps the brake on Google Fiber construction — Link
  • USAA subsidizes reduced fees for 200 military Geekdom members as downtown investment — Link
  • Dallas investor group snaps up 15 percent stake in SA-based Globalscape — Link
  • Malware hunting tech startup in SA raises $3.4M — gets new CEO — Link
  • Rackspace promotes one executive to president as another retires — Link
  • Bank of San Antonio files lawsuit against local advertising business after millions in loan issues — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not Exactly Texas, But Still Worth a Look

  • Krishna Srinivasan of Live Oak Ventures gives a podcast interview on The Art of Investing in Legal Tech
  • How to hear pitches from 150 startups in less than 40 hours — Link Alexander Muse
  • What Makes a Good Random Inbound / Cold Email to an Investor? — LinkStephen Hays Deep Space Ventures
  • Family Offices Rush In Where Angel Investors Dare To Tread — Link
  • The Sound of Silence — Link Jessica Livingston
  • Top 3 Startup Accelerators Produce Nearly 10% of U.S. Series A Deals — Link Danielle Morrill Mattermark
  • You ARE an Idea Person | Laurie Smithwick | TEDxCharlotte — YouTube
  • Could Your Startup Answer These 23 Pitch Competition Questions? — Link Entrepreneur Magazine
  • How to effectively use mailing lists to update mentors, team, current and prospective investors on your startup — Link Techstars Alex Iskold
  • A VC Explains Why It Takes So Long for Startups to Fundraise Link — Fortune.com
  • House Passes Chairman Chabot’s Bill to Help Startups Access Early Capital — Link House Small Business Committee

Upcoming Events Around Texas

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Houston Technology Center West
Grand Opening Open House
January 18th 8 am — 5 pm
Republic Square
13501 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079
PROGRAM & LUNCH 11:30–1:00

14th Annual IT and Web Venture Forum
January 19, 2017
8:00 am — 5:00 pm
McNair Hall, Rice University

2017 Startup Pitch Competition
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6pm to 8:30pm
Location: Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, 78704
Cost: $20 ($25 after January 9, 2017)

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