Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #254

Marc Nathan
16 min readJul 19, 2020

Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State
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BigCommerce Files to Go Public

- Techcrunch’s Alex Wilhelm

“As expected, BigCommerce has filed to go public. The Austin, Texas, based e-commerce company raised over $200 million while private. The company’s IPO filing lists a $100 million placeholder figure for its IPO raise, giving us directional indication that this IPO will be in the lower, and not upper, nine-figure range.” — Techcrunch’s Alex Wilhelm

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Jon Nash talks with Dave Lawson about his predictions regarding business fallout from the current quarantine crisis.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM (CDT)
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  • 2020 MassChallenge Showcase Lookbook — Link
  • GoFundMe: Silicon Hills News Operating Expenses — Link
  • Travis County Commissioners Give the Green Light for Economic Incentives to Lure the $1.1 Billion Tesla Gigafactory to the Austin Area — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • HireBetter — HireBetter Names New CEO As Co-Founder Steps Aside — Link
  • Grief Wellness Startup Eterneva Adds $3M To Seed Round — Link
    – Crunchbase News’ Christine Hall
  • Travis Schwab of Eventus Systems on Rapidly Growing a Startup While Navigating Long Sales Cycles — Link
    - finservMarketing
  • Announcing 3rd & Lamar’s Rooftop Live — Link
    - 3rd & Lamar
  • Army Futures Command announces Austin-based software factory — Link
    - KVUE
  • Amazon to create 1,000 new jobs in Pflugerville, Texas as it opens new fulfillment center — Link
    - MarketWatch
  • Why Customer Retention Is So Important For A Recurring Revenue Business — Link
    - Consero Global
  • Hat Trick! Renzoe Box achieves three major milestones amidst COVID-19 — Link
  • Austin woman Deb Gabor shamed for PPP loan she never applied for, tied to Horseshoe Bay Resort — Link
    - KXAN Austin
  • Music Commission looks at Black cultural district, music fund based on equity — Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Almost there: Travis County OKs Tesla incentives, hoping to snag $1.1 billion ‘Gigafactory’ for Austin — Link
  • KUT/KUTX asking for voluntary furloughs, early retirement to stave off $1M shortfall next year — Link
  • Indeed tells employees they can work from home until July 2021 — Link
    - Austonia
  • Power of DNA to Store Information Gets an Upgrade — Link
  • New Cobalt-Free Lithium-Ion Battery Reduces Costs Without Sacrificing Performance — Link
    - University of Texas
  • Startups in Houston and Austin team up on touchless vital monitors for Covid-19 — Link
  • Indeed won’t require employees to return to offices until July 2021 — Link
  • ToyPrints blends STEM education with 3D printing mask extenders for essential workers — Link
  • Report: Fewer VC deals in Austin in Q2 — Link
  • BigCommerce plans a big IPO — Link
    — Austin Inno’s Brett Wistrom — Subscribe Here
  • How will pausing the reopening of states impact the recovery of the economy? — Link
  • 6 tips to easily market your side hustle — Link
  • You can pivot your business in the middle of a pandemic — you have to — Link
  • Basic tips on how to handle common (and ridiculous) interview questions — Link
  • How can a small business beat a large competitor moving in next door? — Link
  • Google bullies Europe with its data access to show it’s not a monopoly — Link
  • How a newly funded coffee delivery startup is thriving during COVID — Link
  • Walmart+ hopes to beat Amazon at their own game — Link
  • Elon Musk wants to connect your brain to a computer this year — Link
  • Metrics that SaaS startups should track to achieve growth — Link
  • Walmart teams up with ThredUp: The online market for second-hand fashion is heating up — Link
  • Pierre Laguerre makes history by being the first Black man to raise max crowdfunding amount in one week — Link
  • Amazon sellers’ information will now be available to stop scams — Link
  • Working from home could be permanent for many after COVID — Link
  • Could TikTok soon be banned in the U.S for privacy breaching? — Link
  • Clyde helps smaller brands to offer product protection programs — Link
    - American Genius
  • Social Solutions Hiring Up to 50 People as Company Adds Key Executive… — Link
  • Travis County Approves Tax Breaks for Tesla’s Next Gigafactory — Link
  • Dating App heybaby Launches to Bring Parents and Wannabe Parents… — Link
  • How to Be an Effective Self-Advocate, According to Women in Tech — Link
  • How Cognite Is Implementing Anti-Racist Actions in the Workplace — Link
  • Weekly Refresh: PRESERVED’s New App, DocuSign Acquired Liveoak, and… — Link
    - BuiltinAustin
  • Pandemic makes startup’s robots hot commodity for hospitals — Link
  • Texas schools get OK to stay virtual longer; $200M set aside to buy tech — Link
  • Biotech CEO explains how he’ll use fresh $9M — Link
  • CPG accelerator SKU to launch Dallas-area program this fall — Link
  • HumanCo makes first acquisition since emerging from stealth — Link
  • Journal Profile: Tony Montero leads Uchi, other high-end restaurants through pandemic — Link
  • Mighty Swell scores deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Link
  • How P. Terry’s has stayed ahead of disaster during pandemic — Link
  • Son of Sport Clips founder takes reins as company weathers pandemic — Link
  • What’s next for Tesla’s proposed Austin factory on zoning, housing and more — Link
  • Dell exploring potential spinoff of 81% ownership of VMware — Link
  • Tech giants continue to push back reopening offices — Link
  • VC investment hasn’t plunged in Austin area but fewer deals being done — Link
  • BigCommerce’s IPO plans become public — Link
  • Magnitude Software adds former Google director to executive team — Link
  • Austin company pioneers way to monitor seniors’ vital signs without physical contact — Link
  • Proposed Austin budget: 3.5% tax increase, $11.3M less for police — Link
  • Coronavirus surge is killing America’s small businesses — Link
  • In the money July 13: 7 companies score funding, from tech to CPG — Link
  • Why an Australian unicorn expanded to Austin during a pandemic — Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • Austin’s BigCommerce files paperwork for IPO — Link
  • Army Futures Command plans Austin-based software unit — Link
  • Austin tech firm Green Revolution Cooling raises $7M — Link
  • Dell weighs spinning off ownership stake in VMWare — Link
  • Austin’s Eterneva, which makes diamonds from cremated ashes, raises $3 million for expansion — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman


  • In This Together San Antonio — Link
  • Michael Girdley’s Four for Friday Podcast — Link
  • Texas Biomed Focuses on Efficacy Ahead of Speed in COVID-19 Treatment R&D — Link
  • USAA Extends ‘Work From Home’ as Valero Returns to the Office and Others Wait it Out — Link
  • Mayor Talks Economic Recovery With Chamber of Commerce — Link
  • Small Business Owners Flock to City’s Recovery Grant Program — Link
  • Rackspace Readies Long-Awaited Return to Public Market, Eyes Nasdaq — Link
  • Big Bucks: Businesses Owned by Wealthy San Antonians Get Millions in Forgivable Loans — Link
    - Rivard Report
  • SA biotech eliminating about 100 jobs — Link
  • Best Places to Work: Broadway Bank not defined by size, but its talent — Link
  • Best Places to Work: Building success starts with strong work culture — Link
  • Best Places to Work: Möbius Partners perfects its workplace culture — Link
  • Best Places to Work: Kairoi Residential offers fresh take on company culture — Link
  • Best Places to Work: Building success starts with strong work culture — Link
  • SABJ announces the 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards honorees — Link
  • HOLT CAT names new chief information officer — Link
  • SA sports agency to gain New York presence with merger — Link
  • Want more diversity? Some experts say reward CEOs for it — Link
  • Black business owners had a harder time getting federal aid, a study finds — Link
  • Tech groups and 18 states take on Trump over foreign student visas — Link
  • Have a new business idea? ACBJ, Global Silicon Valley launch free startup bootcamp — Link
  • Online roundtable to feature experts on cybersecurity in health care — Link
  • When scholars collaborate with tech companies, how reliable are the findings? — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Let’s Grow North Texas Business — Link
  • Apply to Health Wildcatters Accelerator 2020 — F6S — Link
  • 13 Finance Technology Companies In Dallas To Know — Link
    - BuiltIn
  • Decentralized software startup Shardus looks to bring blockchain to the masses — Link
  • Invene moves HQ to McKinney following MEDC grant — Link
  • Dallas’ NuVinAir launches coronavirus-killing disinfectant — Link
  • Report: Q2 VC funding continues to fall in North Texas amid pandemic — Link
  • INC Beauty brings entrepreneurial education and style to the doorstep — Link
  • Silicon Valley biotech startup CAGE Bio expands to UNT HSC at Fort Worth — Link
    - North Texas Inno’s Kevin Cumming
  • EY Announces 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists — Link
  • A Fight for Funding: Women Entrepreneurs Continue to Battle Sexist Stereotypes — Link
    - D Magazine
  • DI People: Signify Health, MediaKind, Sabre, Envy Gaming, and More Make Executive Moves — Link
  • From Tanks to Teleportation: Defense Innovation Unit Partners on Podcast About National Security and Commercial Tech — Link
  • Q+A: PepsiCo Foods North America’s Joan Cetera on Frito-Lay’s Local Community Efforts — Link
  • Impact Ventures’ Inaugural Startup Accelerator: Meet Exgratias, a Financial Platform for Entertainment Gig Workers — Link
  • Dallas-Fort Worth’s Growing Tech Workforce and Degree Completion Make it a Top Tech Market, CBRE Report Says — Link
  • Five Impact Organizations Move to the Water Cooler at Dallas’ Future-Focused Pegasus Park — Link
  • UTD Venture Development Center-Based Healthcare Startup Relocates HQ to McKinney — Link
  • Dallas-Based Manufacturing and Development Company Hires Roger Raley As President — Link
  • Lights, Camera, Climate Action: Environmental Documentaries Directed By UNT Professor Wins Six Telly Awards — Link
  • First Look: Amazon Picks Las Colinas as the First Location for its New Neighborhood Health Center Pilot Program — Link
  • Food and Hunger Relief: Nonprofits Discuss Why Need Will Be Long‑Lasting — Link
  • Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of June 30 — Link
  • Dallas Invents: Patents Granted in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington — Link
  • Capital 54: New Dallas Family Office Opens, Appoints Former YPO Global President as CEO — Link
  • Business $ense Bootcamps: Comerica and The DEC at Redbird Partner on Virtual Series For Small Businesses — Link
  • Tech Titans’ Grand Challenge to Award $5K to Entrepreneurs for 5G-Enabled Solutions — Link
  • Paul Quinn College Launches 36‑Month Urban Scholars Degree Program for High-Achieving Students Who Want to Make a Difference — Link
  • LiftFund’s Women’s Business Center DFW Launches COVID‑19 Business Resiliency Program — Link
  • Three Dallas-Headquartered Companies Make Deloitte and Wall Street Journal’s Best Managed Companies List — Link
  • Pegasus Park: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Unveils Details of 23-Acre Hub for Biotech Innovation, Social Impact in Dallas — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Texas Instruments — under pressure from COVID-19 — may be doing better than expected, analysts say — Link
  • Form D Friday: Luther King Capital Management raises $352 million — Link
  • Why has demand for new PPP loans slowed down? DFW bankers weigh in — Link
  • The Dallas area lands in top 5 for technology labor force, report says — Link
  • CPG accelerator SKU to launch Dallas-area program this fall — Link
  • Molson Coors invests in Fort Worth brewery, hard seltzers — Link
  • Roundup of deals and dollars: Satori Capital invests in Fort Worth firm — Link
  • Even amid COVID-19, software company RealPage exceeds its rosiest forecast — Link
  • Should companies bring employee COVID-19 testing in-house? This small DFW business is trying it out — Link
  • RealPage CFO resigning after getting post early last year — Link
  • New CEO ready to take Envy Gaming to next level as he brings ‘real passion’ for market — Link
  • Q&A: SMU Cox School of Business professor and economist discusses local impact of downturn — Link
  • The data center market — while tumultuous — saw an increase under COVID-19 (and 2020 could be strong) — Link
  • Entrepreneur eyes community investment through majority stake in Plano firm — Link
  • California company relocates headquarters to Dallas area as it looks to expand reach — Link
  • CRE investor expands, relocates headquarters to Grand Prairie — Link
  • North Texas’ venture investments drop amid COVID-19 in second quarter — but it could have been worse — Link
  • ROBO Global CEO discusses AI index and the firm’s strategy going forward — Link
  • Unlocked: Meet our 2020 Women in Business honorees — Link
  • Railroad Commission of Texas prioritizes drones, technology in fiscal 2021 — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Hiring: Capital Factory Venture Associate, Houston — Link
  • BBL Ventures Energy & Industrial Tech Challenge — Apply by July 18th — Link
  • TMCx Fall 2020 Program — Apply
  • Biomedical Engineering Researcher Receives $5 Million Grant To Further Cancer Studies — Link
    - Texas A&M University Today
  • Techxans Helping Techxans ft. Medical Informatics Corporation — YouTube — Link
  • Flood-focused startups pitch at virtual event held by Houston’s new resiliency innovation hub — Link
  • Here’s how much house you can buy in Houston for $250,000 — Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week — Link
  • Houston venture capital group enters into new era with rebrand — Link
  • Startups raise funds, Houston biz contest opens apps, and more innovation news — Link
  • Houston expert: How COVID-19 fast-tracked real estate technology — Link
  • Overheard: International startup accelerator shares advice for Houston companies navigating COVID-19 era — Link
  • New product sold in Houston gets EPA approval as eco-friendly, coronavirus-killing car cleaner — Link
  • Entrepreneur hopes to bring microbiology into the future with her Houston-based, pandemic-founded startup — Link
  • Rice University physicists granted $1.3 million to continue study on dark matter — Link
  • Startup aims for goal of connecting Houston sports community — Link
  • Now is the time to expand machine learning, says Houston researcher — Link
  • Houston entrepreneur plans to revolutionize and digitize the energy industry — Link
  • University of Houston designs device that instantly kills COVID-19 — Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week — Link
    - InnovationMap’s Natalie Harms / Culture Map Houston
  • Tale of the tape: Sticky bits make better batteries — Link
  • When many act as one, data-driven models can reveal key behaviors — Link
  • Rice lab helps power electric car research — Link
  • Global health students’ innovation not stopped by COVID-19 — Link
  • Changing CEO before IPO may raise valuation — Link
  • President announces fall semester plans — Link
    - Rice University
  • New University of Houston research suggests improved air filtration may help fight Covid — Link
    - KFDM-TV News
  • Startup nonprofit Impact Hub Houston joins Downtown Launch Pad, launches new type of membership — Link
  • Houston’s largest VC fundraises in Q2 included Liongard, ThoughtTrace, Quidnet Energy — Link
  • Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail project just got easier to build, but hurdles still remain — Link
  • Founder of Houston law firm Susman Godfrey dies — Link
  • Two Houstonians charged with PPP-related fraud — Link
  • Op-ed: Time to walk the walk in the fight for equality — Link
  • Texas Bankers Association, LiftFund launch small business grant program -Link
  • with the technical skills needed to thrive — Link
  • Applications open for $30M Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund small business grant program — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Got a business idea but no idea how to start? — Link
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon, NASA astronauts will return to Earth Aug. 2 — Link
  • James Webb Space Telescope to launch on Halloween 2021 — Link
  • How to see a comet that won’t return to Earth for 6,800 years — Link
  • NASA OIG report scrutinizes Orion’s cost overruns and… — Link
  • Humans aren’t the only ones who practice social distancing — Link
  • Texas lab testing COVID masks for frontline workers — Link
    - The Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Lienfelder / Techburger Blog’s Dwight Silverman
  • The Future Arrived Ahead of Schedule — Link
    - McAllen Chamber of Commerce
  • The Stress of Running a Venture Backed Startup — SEO’Brien’s Paul O’Brien — Link
  • The Data-Driven Tech Engine at the Heart of Hollywood’s Content Factories — WSJ’s Christopher Mims — Link
  • Alexa von Tobel’s Three Rules for Raising Money — Inc. Video — Link
  • Professional networking tips for the age of remote work and social distancing — Link
  • VideoPeel, a Lehi, Ut.-based video testimonial platform, raised $1.5 million of funding. Active Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Next Coast Ventures, and eonCaptial.
  • What Accelerators Are Learning From ‘Virtual’ Cohorts During COVID-19 — StartUp Beat — Link
  • Facebook alum Dave Morin starts rolling fund Offline Ventures — Business Insider — Link
  • The 50 Most Profitable Companies In America, Visualized — Digg — Link
  • Fundraising 101: How to trigger FOMO among VCs — TechCrunch — Link
  • Clearbanc wants to give founders an inside look at startup valuations — Business Insider — Link
  • Agglomerators vs. Specialists — next big thing — Link
  • VC Brad Feld has a new book — and some advice — for startups trying to deal with the unknowable — TechCrunch — Link
  • Maynard Webb says fundraising founders should not panic — Link
  • The Changing Landscape of Influencer Marketing in 2020 and Beyond — Find Your Influence — We Make Influencer Marketing Easy — Link
  • TEXGHS — Texas Global Health Security Innovation Consortium — Supporting innovations to fight this pandemic — and the next one — Link
  • Stewart & Stevenson’s Apollo ABVM Receives Emergency Use Authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration NYSE:KEX — Link
  • The Courage to Raise an Entrepreneur — Link
  • From Twenty Minute VC to 20VC, Harry Stebbings launches a micro VC off the back of his popular podcast — TechCrunch — Link
  • Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders — Link
  • 2020 Review of Invoiced — CPA Practice Advisor — Link
  • Lendio, Web.com Team Up To Help SMBs Access Loans — PYMNTS.com — Link
  • Lessons from running a successful niche newsletter — Simon Owens’s Tech and Media Newsletter — Link
  • 50 lessons learned from writing 50 newsletters — Ness Labs — Link
  • The Power Of The Pivot — Link
  • Runway — The Startup Cash Planning Tool by LTSE — Link
  • 11 Benefits of Telemedicine to Private Physician Practices — Link
  • Future Of Work: Rural Coworking as a Gravity Center for Economic Activity — Jamie Orr — Link
  • The Ultimate SaaS Pricing Resources Guide — OpenView Labs — Link
  • Why Startups Should Launch Quietly — Link
  • Former Tinder VP Jeff Morris Jr. opens up Product Club, an accelerator meant to stay small and focused — TechCrunch — Link
  • How Remote Work Could Destroy Silicon Valley — by Steve LeVine — Jul, 2020 — Marker — Link
  • Predictions, Prognostications, and The Future — Feld Thoughts — Link
  • Getting Attention — From Home — Ell Thoughts — Link
  • The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen — by Andy Raskin — Mission.org — Medium — Link
  • Back to SPAC — Witty Wealth — Link
  • The Hard Truth of Working At a Startup — by Dave Bailey — The Founder Coach — Link
  • Meet 10 startups in the new Techstars Atlanta 2020 class — Link
  • Meet Techstars LA 2020 Class — dot.LA — Link
  • Largest Black-Led VC Firm Base10 Doubles Size of Latest Fund — Bloomberg — Link
  • 6 Reasons Why Product Managers Must Master the Ability to Write — Product School — Link
  • How To Be Ready To Go Public Following The COVID-19 IPO Pause — Link
  • A Pitch Deck Masterclass. Lessons for founders from reviewing… — by Samantha Wong — Jun, 2020 — Blackbird — Link
  • A Former Tech CEO Uses Permanent Capital to Build Lasting Businesses — Link
  • Maintaining an Ecosystem in the Time of uncertainty — July 15 — General Assembly — Link
  • First venture capital fund led by women of color — Business — miamitimesonline.com — Link
  • Kraettli L. Epperson of Vigilant Aerospace Systems — The Tech Tribune — Link
  • Updating Your Seed Investors — Board Deck & Update Email Templates — NextView Ventures — Link
  • How today’s fastest growing B2B businesses found their first ten customers — Issue 33 — Lenny’s Newsletter — Link
  • Fundraise From Home — Link
  • Copy Paste List — Quick, unformatted, copy and paste-able lists of everything — Product Hunt — Link
  • Why you should be more unlikeable — Link
  • How Storytelling Can Help Build An Innovation Culture — Link
  • Don’t Ask Investors to Change. Change Policy. — by Samer Yousif — Jul, 2020 — Medium — Link
  • Clearlake, Insight, Vista and other private equity firms create 50 new board roles for diverse candidates — Mergers & Acquisitions — Link
  • Coronavirus Conversations With One of America’s Richest Men — Bloomberg — Link
  • Welcoming Cotter Cunningham as an NCV Entrepreneur in Residence — Next Coast Ventures — Link
  • PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor 2Q 2020 — Silicon Valley Bank — Link

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