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Austin Area

  • Savills Interactive Tech Map Austin
  • Five Questions For … Joseph Kopser, Ex-Army Officer, RideScout founder — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Loom helps entrepreneurs lure freelance developers with equity — Link
    Techcrunch’s Anthony Ha
  • Investor Spotlight: For Vista Equity Partners, a narrow focus yielding vast returns — Link
    - Pitchbook
  • Austin Tech Industry Worries Obamacare Repeal Could Stymie Innovation — Link
    - KUT.com’s Ashley Lopez
  • SXSW Finalists for 2017 Accelerator Pitch Announced — Link
    - Austin Pulse
  • An Austin couple who have run a business together for 16 years say the best part of working with your spouse is also the worst — Link
    - Business Insiders Áine Cain
  • Thoma Bravo-Backed SailPoint Lays the Groundwork for Future IPO — Link
  • No, Really, That’s a Travel Agency — Link
    - Wall Street Journal
  • Top 5 things we learned from our first million RideAustin rideshare trips — Link
    - RideAustin’s Andy Tryba
  • Indeed to Add 500 Jobs in Ireland — Link
  • Spredfast Lays Off 47 Employees and Closes its Wisconsin Office — Link
    - Silicon Hills News
  • Why didn’t I think of that? 8 Austin startups turning simple ideas into big business — Link
  • How 5 sets of Austin co-founders met, and their advice for making it work — Link
  • This Austin startup brings easy, online check-in to local urgent care centers — Link
  • These 4 companies have groups dedicated to improving the culture at work — Link
  • Searching for love? There are plenty of apps for that — Link
  • This Austin startup just introduced “The New Internet” to fight fake accounts — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Black
  • Office Envy: Inside ShopGate’s Congress Avenue Digs — Link
  • Report: 3 ‘Mega Trends’ Shaping Entrepreneurship’s Future — Link
  • Political Future Uncertain for Tech’s Beloved H-1B Visa Program — Link
  • An Inside Look at What Austin Coding Bootcamps Offer — Link
    - Austin Inno
  • Austin startup lures users to overhauled music news app with free concert tickets — Link
  • With $130M in annual revenue, next step for Austin’s SailPoint could be IPO — Link
  • HEB leader’s education foundation to build 44-acre HQ on Lake Austin — Link
  • Austin’s housing shortage spreading to suburbs — Link
  • Keller Williams now has 2 CEOs to lead its 154,000-plus agents around the globe — Link
  • Why shares of RetailMeNot jumped more than 15 percent — Link
  • In the Office: As Austin buzzes with growth, execs who live downtown offer a wish list of amenities (Video) — Link
  • Here’s a sign that the shortage of women in tech startups is getting worse — Link
  • Alphabet restructures Google Fiber, names new head of internet access division — Link
  • RetailMeNot’s surprise Q4 results lead to stock market rollercoaster ride — Link
  • Austin’s music industry czar quits, citing growing bureaucracy — Link
  • How Expedia changed HomeAway’s business model to take on Airbnb — Link
  • With Uber gone, a smaller ridesharing company earns key contract as SXSW’s choice — Link
  • Austin’s most embattled resident, Lance Armstrong, dealt another big blow — Link
  • Austin ranked №2 among healthiest Texas cities — Link
  • Tech giants struggle with diversity despite throwing more than $1B at problem, report says — Link
  • Why it’s hard to be a woman in Texas — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • New-to-Austin nonprofit surpasses million-pound produce donation — Link
  • Austin job site Indeed doubles down on Dublin with plans to add 500 jobs — Link
  • Austin startup wants to end fake news — and fake everything else — on the internet — Link
  • Austin’s RetailMeNot beats the Street, and its stock soars — Link
  • Austin’s uShip lands $25 million for expansion push — Link
  • Bots 101: What you need to know about chatbots, AI and digital assistants — Link
  • SXSW gets more transparent about its politics in 2017 — Link
  • Tech Crawl: Google staffers leave self-driving car project because they were paid too much — Link
  • Tech crawl: Passenger-carrying drones and new features from Google Maps — Link
  • What’s the deal with that ‘Halo Wars 2’ mural in downtown Austin? — Link
  • Yahoo issues new warning of potential email account breach — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman

Dallas / Ft. Worth / North Texas Area

  • Rebirth of The West End Historic District — Link
    The DEC’s Trey Bowles
  • From couches to tuxedos, Addison startup Pickup delivers — Link
  • - Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko
  • Here’s how Project Oaken nabbed a hundred thousand dollars -
    - LaunchDFW
  • 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart Beefing Up Convenience — Link
  • Stand-Up Company: Coppell’s Varidesk Continues to Grow — Link
  • Could Improv be Key to Effective Communication in Business? — Link
  • Local Companies Named to ‘World’s Most Innovative’ List — Link
  • NorthPark Microsoft Store Hosts Entrepreneurship Week Events — Link
  • Medical Shirts Give Hospitalized Children ‘Comfort’ in Their Fight — Link
  • Industrious Moving into Downtown Dallas’ One Arts Plaza — Link
  • With Vinyl Records Making Their Comeback, Addison Company Debuts Modernized Press — Link
  • Life as a Serial Entrepreneur: The World of Ben Lamm — Link
  • Fort Worth Cancer Center Wins Innovator Award — Link
  • Benchmarking Dallas: Initiative to Boost DFW as International Business Destination — Link

Houston / South Texas Area

  • The Sky’s the Limit Station Houston Puts High-Tech In A High-Rise -
    - Local Magazine
  • Rice, UH Libraries to Host Data Rescue Project Next Month — Link
  • TMCx Brings On Largest Class, HealthIT Startups from US & Abroad — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Saint Arnold moves forward with ‘Saint Arnoldville’ beer garden, restaurant — Link
  • 3 mega trends shaping entrepreneurship’s future — Link
  • Two longtime Houston nonprofits merge — Link
  • 16 Texans gain new position of influence at Texas Lyceum — Link
  • Houston encryption company raises first capital — Link
  • CultureMap acquired by another Houston media company — Link
  • Another healthy meal company will accept My Fit Food offers, gift cards — Link
  • Replacement named for Meghan Trainor’s canceled Rodeo Houston performance — Link
  • Texas bullet train could cost taxpayers $21.5 billion, new report concludes — Link
  • NRG shakes up board of directors on activist investment, chairman resigns — Link
  • Houston’s Super Bowl set NFL record for concession sales — Link
  • Texas Medical Center launches largest accelerator class so far — Link
  • Healthy meal company My Fit Foods abruptly shuts all stores — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Startup aims to add more power to choosing electric plans — Link
  • Capital One unveils new loan to assist small business owners in Houston — Link
  • Q&A: Bank of America chief on technology, Trump — Link
  • TechConnect offers entrepreneurs a one-stop shop for resources — Link
  • Muscle Maker Grill to help customers abandoned by My Fit Foods — Link
  • Tech to improve bathroom cleanliness at Houston airports — Link
  • Women, African-Americans paid less in Houston technology sector — Link
  • Sudden demise of My Fit Foods a shock to customers, employees — Link
  • United president shows support for privatizing air traffic control — Link
    - Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Rumbaugh

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • EO2 Concepts Aims to Impress CME With Med Device Study, Gain Funding — Link
  • Starting a Medtech Company? Try Skipping Venture Capital, VCs Say — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Building SA’s Ecosystem One STEM Entrepreneur at a Time — Link
  • Local Health Professionals Develop App to Manage Bipolar Disorder — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • See SABJ’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 honorees — Link
  • San Antonio ranked among least healthy cities in America — Link
  • UTSA President Romo placed on administrative leave — Link
  • Wells Fargo looking to develop its own Siri-like virtual assistant — Link
  • San Antonio gets small cut of $34 million in new cancer funding — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not exactly Texas, but still worth a look

  • UT alumnus fights for local film funds — Daily Texan — Link
  • Apple puts on its grey suit: Firm, 40, keen to meet corporate types — The Register — Link
  • The State of Cannabis Entrepreneurship — Youngry’s Eric Rice — Link
  • Houston (Restaurants), We Have a Problem — Houston Press’ Thomas Nguyen — Link
  • Freelancers: Scams on Upwork, other job sites could cost you — Link — The American Genius
  • 4 things to remember when things look bad for you as an entrepreneur — Link — The American Genius
  • 16 Rookie Errors Founders Make Pitching to VCs — And Passing the “20 Minute” Test — Link — SaaStr’s Jason Lemkin
  • 11 Fundraising Secrets from 1600 Startups — my SaaStr talk — Link — Elizabeth Yin
  • Raise the Bar — Automating Prospecting Research, Epic Guide to Customer Interviews, and more — Link — Mattermark’s Nick Frost
  • 2017 YC Annual Letter — YCombinator’s Sam Altman
  • Alexa, what is the Alexa Accelerator? — TechStars’ David Cohen

Upcoming Texas Startup Events

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Pitch-a-Kid: Where entrepreneurs pitch to kids!
Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 1pm to 3pm
Norris Conference Center
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, Texas 78757

2017 Startup Career Fair
Friday, March 24, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
TMCx 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77021

My Idea(s) Unlocking the Next Greatest Thing
Hosted by Fruition Technology Labs

Perfect for entrepreneurs who are preparing to start a business, enter an accelerator program, or would like to launch a new product.

10 Week course on Saturdays beginning March 18th
Fruition Technology Labs
7505 South Freeway Suite A
Houston, TX 77021
Submit application for the first two sessions due March 8th
Tuition for the entire 10-week program is $1399 — $1699, with flex-pay options available.

Digital Dallas — StartUp Comedy Roast

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM · $20.00 USD
Dallas Comedy House
3025 Main St. Dallas, TX 75226

Pitch With Purpose

Pitch With Purpose is a pitch competition for women entrepreneurs leading high-growth, scalable businesses that support the resolution of the world’s most pressing problems, presented in partnership with United Nations Foundation. The final deadline to apply is February 15, 2017. The competition will be held at the Circular Summit, March 30–31, 2017 in Houston.

Galvanize February Marketing Madness Series

Every Wednesday in February from 6:30pm — 8:30pm
Topics: Branding & Engagement, SEO & Analytics, Growth and PR.

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