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Thanks to your loyal readership and the generous support from sponsors over the years, Texas-Squared crosses the threshold of 350 weekly issues consistently delivered to your inbox every Sunday morning. Texas-Squared continues to gather all of the relevant news for startups and investors who care about the Texas ecosystem. Thanks again and the best way to sustain the momentum is for you to share it with your friends and colleagues. 

Austin Startup Floorfound Raises $10.5M to Help Retailers Resell Returns - Link

- Austin Inno's Brent Wistrom
 
  • FloorFound Will Scale 'Recommerce' Platform With $10.5M Series A - Link
    - Built in Austin

"Led by e-commerce veteran Chris Richter, the startup's software platform manages the return and resale process end to end, making it easier for online retailers to recoup some of their costs when a product gets sent back by selling it on their own branded marketplace, as well as FloorFlound's store.

The company, which launched at the outset of the pandemic in April 2020, said May 19 it has raised $10.5 million in new funding.

The Series A round was led by Austin investment firms Next Coast Ventures and LiveOak Venture Partners. Prior backers, including FlyBridge Capital Partners and Schematic Ventures, also pitched in, as did new investor Datapoint Capital." - Austin Inno's Brent Wistrom

The Entrepreneur's Essentials by Brett Hurt - Link


"A compendium of essays, articles, podcasts, video lectures, and other materials that have informed and inspired the contents of The Entrepreneur’s Essentials are organized here by chapter to help readers dive deeper into the various themes of the book.." The Digital Companion

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Antler Austin Launches
 


Ready to build your idea into a startup? Antler is a 6 week, in-person residency for founders launching startups from scratch. Applications are open for Antler’s Summer ‘22 residency, kicking off on June 27th in Austin (as well as Boulder & New York City). Founders can pitch for $150k pre-seed funding in just 6 weeks, receive hands-on support from the Antler team, and are surrounded by a community of talented founders in each batch. We’re looking for top-quality founders solving huge problems - please reach out to Caroline Healey (caroline@antler.co) if you’re interested & share this with builders in your network. Apply now! https://www.antler.co/austin

Wake Up! CPG Austin
 

 

Austin-area CPG brands, retailers, service providers, and local enthusiasts are welcome to join us for a lively discussion about the CPG scene and helping each other grow our businesses and community. We are especially welcoming to new startups and companies just landing in Austin.

Wake Up! is a new, casual meetup for people interested in the Austin Consumer Packaged Goods Community. This event is hosted by Marc Nathan with generous sponsorship from the startup-focused law firm Egan Nelson (http://www.egannelson.com/) and the Silicon Hills Lawyer blog (http://siliconhillslawyer.com/)

Wake Up! CPG
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 8:30 AM
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd. Austin, TX 78704
REGISTER
  • Newest Female-founded Austin Startup Raises $100k in Pre-Seed Round to Deliver ‘Better-for-You’ IV Drips to Your Door - Link
    - Austin Startups
     
  • Austin Sector Deep Dive: Transportation with Meg Merritt and Joseph Kopser - Link
    - Austin Next Podcast
     
  • Alamo Drafthouse owners bought an old school and promised affordable housing. Years later, there is none. - Link
  • Waterways beginning to recover from Samsung acid waste spill - Link
  • Council endorses development bonuses near the Capitol - Link
  • Stream Realty reveals plans for reinventing ‘dirty Sixth’ - Link
  • Austin’s airport now wants people to arrive three or more hours before departure - Link
  • City, music groups seek partners for update of 2015 creative ecosystem census - Link
  • TSA lines are out the door again at Austin’s airport - Link
  • MetroBike program gears up for 10-year expansion project - Link
  • HAAM seeks $1M from city to provide health care for musicians - Link
    - Austin Monitor
     
  • UPDATE: Austin Dollar Tree employees tell Austonia of heat, mistreatment in wake of viral TikTok - Link
  • Environmental groups call on city to hold off on approving further development at Tesla gigafactory - Link
  • Amid market crash, how is Austin's crypto and Web3 community holding up? - Link
  • Austin knocked down from top 10 places to live ranking - Link
  • New mothers step up to donate milk as Austin weathers formula shortage - Link
  • Get ready to see driverless vehicles as Argo AI launches new pilot in Austin - Link
  • Celebrity map: Meet the 'Most Wikipedia'ed' residents in Texas - Link
    - Austonia
     
  • This Austin-Based App Uses Birth Charts to Find Soulmates - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
     
  • FloorFound Will Scale 'Recommerce' Platform With $10.5M Series A - Link
  • City National Bank Isn't Just the 'Bank to the Stars.' It's a Tech Solutions Powerhouse. - Link
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk Promises the Rollout of Full Self-Driving Beta Software in 2022 - Link
  • Billd's Incredible One-Woman Show - Link
  • A brewing slowdown? Austin home prices slow, while prices continue to rise - Link
  • Mothership Raised $76M, Sudozi Gained $4.3M, and More Austin Tech News - Link
  • CertifID Raises $12.5M to Protect Users From Wire Fraud - Link
  • The Social Impact of Language/Market Fit - Link
  • Sudozi Rakes in $4.3M for Its Financial Software Services - Link
    - Built in Austin
     
  • The next Amazon delivery partners are your corner mom-and-pop shops - Link
  • Grindr got busted for selling users’ data locations to advertisers - Link
  • Shady salary transparency is running rampant: What to look out for - Link
  • Influencer marketing isn’t new, it’s actually centuries old - Link
  • How to identify and minimize ‘invisible’ work in your organization - Link
    - The American Genius
     
  • UT Researchers Aim to Change the Cancer Equation - Link
  • First Cohort of Impact Scholarship Graduates, Makes History at UT - Link
  • A Professor Says Goodbye to UT - Link
  • The Patton Challenge - Link
    - University of Texas
     
  • Samsung may go even bigger in Austin area - Link
  • More details revealed about Austin Convention Center redevelopment plans - Link
  • In rare Austin-area semiconductor setback, Round Rock ISD declines Chapter 313 application from supplier - Link
  • Luminar calls attention to shortcomings it sees in Tesla Autopilot system - Link
  • NXP Semiconductors moves forward with Chapter 313 incentives negotiations in Austin - Link
  • The Business of Sustainability - Link
  • Colette Pierce Burnette reflects on Huston-Tillotson CEO tenure, Austin's attempts to right historic wrongs - Link
  • Arrival of fitness chain Barry's furthers Second Street's transformation - Link
  • M&A wrap: Planview headcount to surge with latest deal; Envestnet buys Austin startup - Link
  • ABJ hires Mike Christen to cover economic development - Link
  • Letter from the editor: Austin isn't so alluring anymore, which is good and bad - Link
  • Chapter 313 incentives: What they are, why they're suddenly the talk of the town - Link
  • Austin EV startup Infinitum Electric raises $80M for hires, R&D - Link
  • No driver, no problem: Argo AI puts fully autonomous cars on streets of Austin, Miami - Link
  • Spurs get green light to move some games from AT&T Center - Link
  • Texas would recover from a recession faster than other states, Fifth Third Bank exec says - Link
  • Stream Realty pitches vision for bigger, safer Sixth Street - Link
  • Legal discovery software company Disco opens NYC office - Link
  • Why this general contractor started its shell division - Link
  • REE Automotive's UK electric vehicle factory offers glimpse of what it'll do in Pflugerville - Link
  • Electric power sports company Volcon cancels plans for Liberty Hill HQ campus - Link
  • Which Texas universities offer the best value to students? SmartAsset has some answers - Link
  • Journal Profile: Must-know tech connector Amber Gunst opens new career chapter - Link
  • Funding wrap: Elsewhere Partners closes $175M fund, plus more news of money on move - Link
    - Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno's Brent Wistrom
     
  • For Austin expansion, NXP seeking up to $140 million in tax breaks - Link
  • New St. David's unit aims to help meet Austin's need for more rehab space - Link
  • ERCOT says Texas power grid is ready for summer - Link
  • Austin-based Clairity uses AI, mammograms to predict breast cancer risk - Link
  • Mothership rising: Austin shipping startup poised for swift growth - Link
  • Tiktok sensation Poke Bay on Drag closing after UT buys its building - Link
  • Fast-growing Austin-area motor maker looks to jump into EV market - Link
  • Austin airport tells travelers to arrive 2.5 hours before flights - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman

SAN ANTONIO
  • gener8tor launches new security tech accelerator for cybersecurity startups - Link
    - Startups San Antonio’s Iris Gonzalez
     
  • San Antonio Tech Startup Shares Beta at Geekdom Mixer - Link
    - Digital Journal
     
  • VelocityTX founders build momentum toward Eastside innovation district - Link
  • Latest employment figures show local tourism industry racing toward full recovery from pandemic losses - Link
  • Geekdom seeking mentors and investors for new cybersecurity accelerator - Link
  • Alamo RMA discusses details of Elon Musk’s Alamo Loop tunnel proposal, next steps - Link
  • After pitch from team owner, Spurs score approval to play ‘home’ games away from AT&T Center - Link
  • Making their way in a new land: Grant funding to aid refugees in finding jobs, starting businesses - Link
  • Massive city jobs program launched, open for enrollment - Link
  • 70-acre ‘innovation district’ on the East Side moves closer to reality - Link
    - San Antonio Report
     
  • San Antonio-tied founders of Project Pollo and Aqua Boxing Glove fail to land Shark Tank deals - Link
  • The U.S. census estimates it missed more than a half-million Texans during 2020 count - Link
  • San Antonio entrepreneur will pitch workout invention on Friday's Shark Tank season finale - Link
  • Bentley's Age Limit, Project Pollo on Shark Tank: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Alamo RMA paperwork questions revenue projections for Elon Musk's San Antonio tunnel - Link
  • Buying a used car in San Antonio more expensive than buying new, study says - Link
  • New poll shows most Texans want marijuana legalized, but Gov. Greg Abbott says he won't budge - Link
  • San Antonio man on a 'mission to burn down 5G cell towers' in custody over tower blaze - Link
  • Data breach at Department of Insurance exposed personal information of 1.8 million Texans, audit says - Link
    - San Antonio Current
     
  • How local cybersecurity startups can grow with new Geekdom-hosted accelerator - Link
  • Q&A: SA-based Project Pollo's leader talks crushing expansion plans ahead of 'Shark Tank' debut - Link
  • Executive Q&A: New fintech company CEO announces plans after launch - Link
  • UTSA achieves national research fund eligibility - Link
  • Can SA-Austin be EV manufacturing mega region? Why local leaders say yes - Link
  • Bank of San Antonio rolls out free new training program for entrepreneurs - Link
  • Turning the page: Brian Strange leads his family's catering business into a new era - Link
  • Dallas-based coworking concept to debut in San Antonio - Link
  • Spurs get green light to move some games from AT&T Center - Link
  • San Antonio's $200M jobs training program opens enrollment - Link
  • Winners of San Antonio's Best Places to Work 2022 revealed - Link
  • Presenting the winners of San Antonio's Best Places to Work 2022: Medium sized companies - Link
  • Presenting the winners of San Antonio's Best Places to Work 2022: Large company - Link
  • Presenting the winners of San Antonio's Best Places to Work 2022: Extra Large - Link
  • Presenting the winners of San Antonio's Best Places to Work 2022: Less than 50 employees - Link
  • What are Texas-based Buc-ee’s' new expansion plans? - Link
  • San Antonio's Def-Logix graduates first cybersecurity boot camp cohort - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Here’s Why Crypto Companies are Flocking to Texas - Link
  • Bitcoin ATM company Coinsource in Fort Worth strikes deal with Kwik Trip - Link
    - Dallas Morning News
     
  • 9 DFW companies land on Inc.'s new list of the best places to work - Link
    - Culture Map Dallas
     
  • Honoring boundaries & energy as an introverted entrepreneur with Jennifer Urezzio & Aleasha Bahr - Link
  • VoyageDallas Podcast: Jimmy Tran of Code Ninjas in Preston Hollow - Link
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 6 - Link
    - Voyage Dallas Magazine
     
  • Small businesses drive the economy; they need support to thrive - Link
  • Fort Worth business leader Rosa Navejar named to board of directors by US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Link
  • Focus on Colonial: Fort Worth gears up for Charles Schwab Challenge - Link
  • Fairways, greens and green: Charles Schwab Challenge boosts local economy - Link
  • Texas has jobs to fill. Where are the workers? - Link
    - Fort Worth Business Press
     
  • Digital Seat Media is Elevating the QR Code—for Sporting Events and Suicide Prevention - Link
  • Why Mayor Johnson’s Sports Committee Will Likely be a Wild Pitch - Link
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Welcomes New Leader - Link
  • Is the City of Dallas Actually Getting Serious About Environmental Justice? - Link
    - D Magazine
     
  • DI People: Brinker International, DART, GameStop, Stream Data Centers, ATTPAC, Dallas Regional Chamber, and More Make Leadership Moves - Link
  • Indoor Farming Pioneer Gotham Greens Is Expanding to North Texas - Link
  • Eco-Conscious Plastics Firm Expands to McKinney, Will Invest $30M in New Facility - Link
  • The UNT Health Science Center is Launching its Next Innovation Challenge - Link
  • Capital One Aims to Go ‘Fully Hybrid’ by Opening All U.S. Offices September 6 - Link
  • Which tech trends will shape businesses in 2022? - Link
  • Worldwide Express Is Moving into The Stack in Deep Ellum and Is ‘Hiring Aggressively’ - Link
  • Dallas Real Estate Giant Sees Opportunity in Flex Space With New $100M Investment - Link
  • TI Breaks Ground on New Semiconductor Wafer Plants in Sherman with Potential $30B Investment - Link
  • Medical Device Startup Raising $2M for ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Tourniquets - Link
  • A Laser Built in McKinney Can Destroy Drones, Mortar Rounds, and More - Link
  • C&W Top High Tech Cities Report: DFW Is No. 7 in U.S. - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 135 Patents Granted for Week of April 19 - Link
  • The Water Cooler at Pegasus Park Unveils its Newest Impact-Focused Tenants - Link
  • Deloitte’s New DEI Institute Announced at Westlake’s Deloitte University - Link
  • Follow the Money: OxeFit Lands New Celebrity Backers, Dallas Biotech Raises $10M to Fight Cancer, Blockchain Investor Raises New Fund-of-Funds, and More - Link
  • Dallas Startup Lands Funding to Expand its ‘Educational Metaverse’ Nationally - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
     
  • ScionHealth moves to acquire Dallas-based Cornerstone Healthcare Group - Link
  • Match says it received 'various concessions' from Google amid legal battle - Link
  • Years behind bars: Prison sentences handed down for UDF executives - Link
  • Executive insights: Women in Technology – Accenture’s Kris Torres - Link
  • UT Dallas and Fullstack Academy launch product management program to address job shortage - Link
  • Plano health-tech firm VitalTech raises about $14 million, filing shows - Link
  • Form D Friday: Rosewood raises $67M - Link
  • Convicted United Development Funding executives face long prison terms, restitution in sentencing today - Link
  • Stream Data Centers announces formation of new investment vehicle for development - Link
  • Gensler's Cindy Simpson discusses talent war, what return-to-office looks like - Link
  • ‘The right choice’: Texas Instruments CEO on selecting Sherman for $30B semiconductor chip facility - Link
  • Re/Max report: Dallas-Fort Worth posts biggest home sales price spike in nation - Link
  • Dak-backed Plano startup OxeFit wants to shake up the home fitness industry - Link
  • There won’t be a recession, but here's how businesses can weather the storm, Fifth Third chief investment strategist says - Link
  • DFW startup offering an educational metaverse lands seed funding of over $3 million - Link
  • ‘Everything’s going to be connected’: Geoforce sees growth as it helps track assets - Link
  • What are Texas-based Buc-ee’s' new expansion plans? - Link
  • Wells Fargo cites entrepreneurship as key to fast-growing AAPI community’s economic success - Link
  • Dallas mayor creates new City Council committee for attracting, retaining professional sports teams - Link
  • Brinker CEO Wyman Roberts announces retirement; company names replacement - Link
  • Pharos Capital Group makes third investment in renal care company with latest fund - Link
  • BenefitMall brokering new growth as CEO 'feeling pretty optimistic’ - Link
  • Irving-based Teknion Data Solutions acquired by Indianapolis consulting firm - Link
  • Which Texas universities earn the biggest return on their educational investment - Link
  • Dallas oil and gas firm to merge with Paul Ryan's SPAC in $1.3B deal - Link
  • How one small business is infusing Mexican culture into American fashion - Link
  • Sales and scones: Society Bakery looks to feed 'untapped market' with new venture - Link
  • New tech-driven office from CBRE may offer a glimpse into tomorrow's hybrid workplace - Link
  • Texas would recover from a recession faster than other states, Fifth Third chief investment strategist says - Link
  • Addison analytics firm expanding offices amid need for ‘high degree of collaboration’ - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal & NXT Inno
  • With Six Lateral Hires in Houston, Egan Nelson Launches its Third Texas Office - Link
    - Texas Lawyer
     
  • New Generation of Startups Aim to Fuel Resurgence of Advanced Manufacturing in Houston - Link
    - Houston.org
     
  • Following $50M gift,Tilman Fertitta reveals goals for eponymous medical school at University of Houston - Link
  • Creative Houston art duo unveils dreamy new tech world in downtown's hottest destination - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • Overheard: Houston experts discuss how to navigate tech transfer - Link
  • Houston plummets in prestigious annual list of best places to live in the U.S. - Link
  • Houston innovator: 3 reasons you should incorporate estate planning to your company benefits - Link
  • Houston startup rolls out B2B program for onboarding new hires - Link
  • Houston thought leaders look for extraterrestrial intelligence at Future Focus event - Link
  • Houston hospital ranked best in state according to recent report - Link
  • Cleantech accelerator leader looks forward to new cohort and making an impact on Houston's energy transition - Link
  • Houston tops list of most popular destinations for movers in U.S. - Link
  • Pearland to open innovation-focused hub to support local entrepreneurs - Link
  • Houston expert: How to avoid unintentional plagiarism in your research work - Link
  • Early-stage startup accelerator names latest Houston cohort, new local leader - Link
  • Vote now for your favorite 2022 Houston science teacher - Link
  • Houston ranks as No. 3 city for Asian American entrepreneurs - Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
    - InnovationMap's Natalie Harms / Culture Map Houston
     
  • Applications open for next Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator- Link
  • Rice chemists skew the odds to prevent cancer - Link
  • Kinder Houston Area Survey: As pandemic wanes, economy and crime become top concerns - Link
    - Rice University
     
  • Universal health care in the US has a long way to go - Link
  • College of Medicine renamed after Tilman Fertitta’s ‘legacy-defining’ donation - Link
  • Social media tips for graduating students - Link
    - University of Houston
     
  • Houston Business Journal names 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 honorees - Link
  • Houston tech startup Syzygy Plasmonics to move HQ to Pearland - Link
  • Photos: Hines tops out on first phase of Levit Green life sciences complex near TMC - Link
  • Renewable fuel retailer sues Phillips 66, alleging theft of trade secrets - Link
  • Sunnyside 'best place to put solar energy in Texas,' but project faces other challenges, developer says - Link
  • Houston's Sunnyside solar farm aims to transform neighborhood with job training, clean power for community - Link
  • Tilman Fertitta family makes massive donation to UH College of Medicine - Link
  • Women-owned de novo Agility Bank receives regulatory approvals, sets opening date - Link
  • More details about Meow Wolf's Houston location, economic impact revealed - Link
  • Amperon hiring sales, engineering employees after raising $7M round led by HSBC - Link
  • Allegiance Bank, CBTX unveil future post-merger brand for combined $1.5B bank - Link
  • Kinder Houston Area Survey identifies Houstonians' main concerns post-pandemic - Link
  • BP and Linde team up on carbon capture and storage project in Houston area - Link
  • Battery-maker Microvast still sees high raw material costs, supply chain issues impacting profits - Link
  • After admitting to fraud, former Bellatorum CEO attempts to make restitution with new book - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
     
  • Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft docks with the space station - Link
  • TX Social Media Law Reinstated By Appeals Court - Link
  • These Texans were named Forbes' richest self-made women - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
  • Alignment in Startup Governance: Conflict, Collusion, Corruption - Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer - Link
  • 5 Apps That Web3 Companies Are Using - Kirk Coburn - Link
  • Economic Downs are Entrepreneurs’ Up - MediaTech Ventures - Link
  • QuotaPath CEO addresses tech downturn and path ahead - Link
  • 33 Best Business Newsletters for Entrepreneurs in 2022 - Link
  • 101 Black Tech Titans 2022 - Link
  • How This Startup Accelerator is Fueling Founders that are Disrupting the Status Quo - Link
  • Businesses You Didn't Know Your Favorite Celebrities Own - Link
  • To win insurtech 2.0, focus on underwriting before growth | TechCrunch - Link
  • Inside the Retail-Media Explosion: Amazon, Walmart, Kroger - Link
  • Business Buzz: Hampr receives $5 million in funding for national expansion - Link
  • New Best-selling Book, Visionary Leadership in Healthcare, Highlights Importance of Press Ganey’s Compassionate Connected Care™ and Human-centric Insights - Link
Halliburton Labs Finalists Pitch Day
May 20, 2022 9:00 AM-12:30 PMCT
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Capital Factory Open Coffee at the CAR
Tuesday, May 24th 9:00 AM
Center for Autonomous Robotics
5000 Plaza on the Lake Austin, TX 78746
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THAT Conference
Monday May 23rd – Tuesday May 24th
Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center
3001 Kalahari Blvd Round Rock, TX 78665
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Pitch Workshop for Founders
Tuesday, May 31 5:00 PM
Capital Factory
701 Brazos St Austin, Texas 78701
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