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Big Texas News of the Week

Local social media, PR expert killed in Tel Aviv car wreck

Chris Quinn of the San Antonio Express news reports the very sad news that Alan Weinkrantzwas killed by a speeding car that plowed into a street cafe where he was eating dinner in Tel Aviv. Alan earned a stellar reputation as a PR consultant for both American and Israeli startups and most recently as the startup program ambassador for Rackspace in Israel before returning to San Antonio. Alan was a friend to all and will be missed by many. He often ended his many thoughtful tweets and posts with the hashtag #behelpful — and he unquestionably was to everyone in our community.

Featured Articles

Agriculture Tech IoT company 
Flux names long-time Dallas startup supporter, Blake Burris as CEO and moves headquarters to the new NEX Innovation Lab. Flux uses hardware sensors developed by the Israeli military to manage hydroponic farming in urban settings.

D Magazine’s Danielle Abril reports that Dallas startup stalwart Alex Musesells Architel and launches $10m Seed Fund, Sumo Ventures. Muse plans on investing in 100 to 150 startups across the country in a variety of industry verticals.


TransportationCamp Texas 2016

Calling all transportation engineers, planners, and tech professionals interested in transportation and tech in Houston!
TransportationCamp Texas 2016, a partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Houston and Austin Chapters of the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), aims to bring together diverse views and perspectives on pressing transportation issues in Texas. TransportationCamp Texas will be held as an unconference — a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. Typically at an unconference, the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who want to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space.
Date and Time: Sunday, June 26th, 2016 from 10am — 4pm
Location: Omni Houston Hotel, 4 Riverway, Houston TX 77056
Cost: $25
Registration Link: http://www.asce-ictd.org/transportationcamp/
More info: http://transportationcamp.org/events/texas-2016/

Interesting Texas Reading this Week

The Top 10 Coworking Spaces in Texas — the Farm Soho

VC investors have deployed $7.2 billion in 444 Texas-based startups since 2011pic.twitter.com/XuFhRM1oZi
— NVCA (@nvca) June 16, 2016

Startup fundraising in 2016 — Silicon Valley and Austin decline while Boston and San Diego grow — Morgan Linton

Austin Area Events

Austin’s CodeNext boss calls it quits — Austin Business Journal Staff

Chaotic Moon to be absorbed into global design company

Austin PE firm launches with $2M and sights set on tech, real estate

Austin mobile payments company files fraud suit against Appconomy [and the Appconomy response]

- All posted by the Austin Business Journal’s Chris Calnan

Austin investment group acquires Ebony, Jet magazines — Austin Business Journal’s Allison Brown

What are some of the most interesting startups based in Austin in 2016? — Paul O’Brien

Why Austin gets high marks for supporting big thinkers and small business — Austin Business Journal’s Will Anderson

More CEO departures in Austin; turmoil continues in tech sector — Austin Business Journal’s Greg Barr

Umbel Acquires Lodestone — Silicon Hills News Laura Lorek

How the Internet of Things will change cities — Austin-American Statesman’s Lilly Rockwell

Austin’s Blue Goji adding VR to its fitness games — Austin-American Statesman’s Omar Gallaga

Dallas Fort Worth / North Texas Area Events

Dallas Innovation Alliance Announces $205,000 Investment From United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas

Tech company tries to bring “a little of Silicon Valley to Dallas” — Dallas Business Journal’s Evan Hoopfer

New DFW tech company has goals of $100M revenue, IPO within five years — Dallas Business Journal’s Evan Hoopfer

Meet the Texas A&M grad and DVR inventor who turned us into binge TV watchers — Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko

IDEA Works FW’s Hayden Blackburn: Innovation is Everywhere — Dallas Innovates’ Jeff Bounds

Google Fiber Looks to Dallas for High-Speed System — Dallas Innovates’ Jana Pruet

Able’s DFW Debut at the DEC, Highlighted by $5 million Fund to Support Startups and Small Businesses — LaunchDFW’s Harmony Tapper

REVTECH Announces their 2016 Cohort — LaunchDFW’s Harmony Tapper

Houston / South Texas Area Events

EY names 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year winners for Gulf Coast area — Houston Business Journal

Houston’s Centre Technologies acquires Dallas-based managed service provider Architel

Here’s the local company that wants to solve the city’s Uber problem

Here’s what UT could do with its Houston campus

- All posted by Houston Business Journal’s Joe Martin

Houston management co. inks deal, moves HQ into coworking space — Houston Business Journal’s Cara Smith

Five Questions For … Surgeon, Inventor, Musician William Cohn — Xconomy’s Angela Shah

Local tech ecosystem produces startups to watch — Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Rumbaugh

Is This Houston’s First Step To Becoming A Significant Coworking City? — Bisnow Houston’sKyle Hagerty

San Antonio / Central Texas Area Events

HEB-backed charter high school for high tech careers and entrepreneurship planned in SA, to be steered by Tech Bloc

Data crunch: Over 14-year stretch, more venture capital funding flows out of SA than into the market

Tech Bloc celebrates its first anniversary: What you don’t want to miss as year two begins

- all posted by San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

San Antonio Mulls Grants to Retain Tech Startups — Silicon Hills News Laura Lorek

San Antonio’s Infocyte Takes Cybersecurity Threat Hunting to Linux — Xconomy’s David Holley

Not Entirely Texas, But Still Worth a Read

Your Idea Stinks, Now Go Do It Anyway — WP Engine’s Jason Cohen

Steve Case’s Revolution Growth Raises $525 Million To Keep Backing Startups Far From Silicon Valley — Forbes’ Alex Konrad

How to “Create” a Civic Tech Community — OpenAustin’s Mateo Clarke

Going All In. — DormInUp’s Shanil Wazirali

Don’t Go It Alone: Why Your Entrepreneurial Success Needs Community — Kelly Hoey

What investors want startups to know: A conversation with Corey Schmid of Seven Peaks Ventures — Silicon Florists Rick Turoczy

Raising Venture Capital As An On-demand Marketplace Startup — GoFetch’s Willson Cross

Bending Bullets Or, How Corporate Venture Capital Can Improve Outcomes for Entrepreneurs & Other VCs — Touchdown VC’s Scott Lenet

Hire Mini-Founders For Your Startup And You Will Succeed. Here Is What I Look For — RoverPass’ Ravi Parikh

Atomization of Seed Rounds Part I: An Explanation — GenuineVC

Featured Events

FRESH: Food & Restaurant Entrepreneurship Society of Houston

Come hang out with us for the FIRST official FRESH Meetup next Thursday at DoorDash Houston’s office! Bruce Mann, Director of Freight Mobility at the Port of Houston

Food and Restaurant Entrepreneurship Society of Houston [FRESH] meetup!

Thursday, June 23 // 6pm-8pm
Doordash Office
1818 N. Memorial Way 77007

OwlSpark, Rice University’s startup accelerator, and RED Labs, University of Houston’s startup accelerator, invite you to come out and meet our startup teams. Enjoy refreshments and nachos with our teams at TMCx’s accelerator.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT)
TMCx Accelerator — 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77021
Eventbrite Registration

Founders Academy Boot Camp

In partnership with Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, Gordon Daugherty of Shockwave Innovations will be hosting a 2-day experiential learning boot camp just for entrepreneurs. Whether you’re almost done developing your MVP and preparing for launch or generating early revenue, you will be exposed to numerous insights and workshops to help dramatically increase your odds of success.

August 5–6
Capital Factory
701 Brazos
Austin, Texas 78702
Register here

Click on the image above for the promo video


Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

For more information and to sign up visit:

Friday, July 8–10, 2016
NoD Coworking (noddfw.com)
17290 Preston Road 
Suite #300 
Dallas, TX 75252

Theme: Food, Fitness, and Physical Education

Houston Startup Weekend

Friday, July 22–24, 2016 
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Houston Technology Center 
410 Pierce St. 
Houston, TX 77002Buy TicketsCopyright © 2016 T-Squared Agency, All rights reserved.
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