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Island Becomes Dallas’ Newest Unicorn Weeks After Emerging From Stealth - Link

- Dallas Innovates Kevin Cummins
  • This new DFW tech unicorn just got a $1.3 billion valuation as it lands another $115 million in funding - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal’s Brian Womack
  • Dallas IT software startup Island reaches unicorn valuation with new $115 million investment - Link
    - The Dallas Morning News

"Island, a company that says it’s creating the “desktop of the future,” unveiled a $115 million Series B funding round led by Insight Partners at a $1.3 billion valuation, bringing its total amount raised to more than $200 million since exiting stealth in early February.

“Island has created a whole new way of thinking about enterprise work,” said Mike Fey, Island CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “The enthusiasm from our customers and the IT community has been extraordinary… and increased investment from our original funding partners validates our product-market fit, accelerates our momentum, and highlights the huge opportunity in front of us." - Dallas Innovates Kevin Cummins

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Techstars Austin Virtual Demo Day
Thursday, April 7th 8:30 AM - 10:30am
Houndstooth Coffee
401 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
  • A First Timers’ Impression of SXSW - Link
    - Austin Next Podcast
  • LiveOak Announces Partner Promotions After the Successful Close of $210M Fund III - Link
  • Austin's $13.1M Fashion Incubator Sets Tech Innovation to Sustain Beyond SXSW - Link
    - WWD
  • Trammell Venture Partners Launches First Dedicated Bitcoin-Native Institutional Investment Fund - Link
  • As Austin-area evictions rise, lawyers are on hand (virtually) to help tenants - Link
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity gets windfall $8.5 million donation - Link
  • Council cautiously supports city’s look into blockchain, crypto - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Texas metros see enormous growth while widespread US population declines - Link
  • Becoming a crypto capital: Austin commits to fostering blockchain environment - Link
  • Austin Oracle executive searching for love on new Bachelorette season - Link
  • As rich residents seek out Austin, the wealth management industry sees a boom - Link
  • After Outdoor Voices, Austin's Ty Haney is using web3 to connect brands to consumers - Link
  • Billionaire MacKenzie Scott donates $8.5 million to Austin nonprofit - Link
  • From juice shack to statewide legend, JuiceLand CEO reveals what's next for the Austin brand - Link
  • Dell Match Play: Behind the March Madness-style PGA golf tourney coming to Austin - Link
  • As crypto seeps into the entertainment industry, an Austin startup brings NFTs to TV - Link
    - Austonia
  • Best of ATX Winners 2022 - Link
  • Best of ATX 2022: Readers’ Poll Winners - Link
  • Best of ATX 2022: What to See - Link
  • Best of ATX 2022: What to Do - Link
  • Best of ATX 2022: What to Buy - Link
  • Best of ATX 2022: What to Eat - Link
  • Is SXSW Officially Back in Top Form? - Link
  • The Highs and Lows of SXSW 2022 - Link
  • Meet FreeWater: The Austin-Based Water Company Tackling Global Issues - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
  • See You Next Year: SXSW 2023 Dates Announced - Link
    - SXSW
  • Texas university granted $1.7 million to keep coastal waters clean - Link
  • Billion-dollar global startup plugs into Austin with U.S. headquarters - Link
  • Texas-based Match stirs up dating scene for single parents via new app - Link
  • California beverage company flows into growing Austin suburb with HQ - Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • Firefly Aerospace Raises $75M With New Ownership - Link
  • At, Sales Reps Support Each Other — They Don't Play Games - Link
  • Heavy Equipment Marketplace Boom & Bucket Lays Foundation for Growth - Link
  • Smarter Sorting Nets $25M to Help Companies Identify Product Ingredients - Link
  • Austin's 10 Featured Companies of the Month - Link
  • FLASH Raised $250M, Rumble Gained $15M, and More Austin Tech News - Link
  • How Ditching the Script and Responding With Care Empowers Everyone - Link
    - Built in Austin
  • Should you be paying people to interview? - Link
  • This new to-do app is different than the rest, it’s based on your personality - Link
  • DoorDash, Uber, Lyft look to ease pain at the pump through gas rebates - Link
  • Tracking apps like Life360 are selling your location information - Link
  • 5 reasons why we HIGHLY recommend that you have a mentor - Link
    - The American Genius
  • Academic Calendar Adapts for the Future - Link
  • High Gas Prices Might Be Here For A While, But We Have A Way Out - Link
    - University of Texas
  • Rezoning approved for television shopping network's Cedar Park headquarters - Link
  • Firefly Aerospace gets new backer as Ukrainian investor who helped rescue it from bankruptcy sells stake - Link
  • How did restaurants fare during SXSW? - Link
  • Nate Paul's World Class loses control of more properties - Link
  • Austin man sentenced for fraud scheme targeting Martin Marietta - Link
  • Inside Argodesign's sleek new HQ on South Congress - Link
  • Austin unicorn Workrise announces layoffs - Link
  • Israeli electric vehicle company to open first US headquarters in Pflugerville - Link
  • What's known about Tesla's April 7 factory grand opening - Link
  • Nate Paul's Great Value Storage portfolio purchased out of bankruptcy for $588M - Link
  • Report: Austin tops US for software salary increases during pandemic - Link
  • Small plates: Uchi reveals Hollywood expansion plans - Link
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity gets $8.5M donation from MacKenzie Scott - Link
  • Pluckers spreading wings for even more expansion - Link
  • Why SupportNinja moved HQ to Dallas from Austin - Link
  • Former Apple worker Dhirendra Prasad charged with defrauding company of $10M - Link
  • SXSW 2022 in pictures - Link
  • ABJ hires new events director - Link
  • Funding wrap: Fresh $100M for Triumvira; Serent Capital stockpiles $1.1B - Link
  • As startups partied at SXSW, some of the VCs who fund them warn of coming turbulence - Link
    - Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno's Brent Wistrom

  • - Austin American-Statesman

  • Trinity University names finalists in Spring 2022 Stumberg Venture Competition - Link
    - Startups San Antonio's Iris Gonzalez
  • Black Rifle Coffee brews up expansion with Houston location, 9th Texas store - Link
  • Robot waiters are delivering food at Central Texas Chick-fil-A location - Link
    - San Antonio Express-News
  • USAA executives pulled in $24.5 million last year from insurance groups - Link
    - San Antonio Report
  • South by Southwest's commercialization is symbolic of Austin's larger problems - Link
  • San Antonio 8th fastest-growing metro in the nation, according to U.S. Census - Link
  • High-Tech Hall: Can San Antonio's Tech Port Center Arena thrive with a mix of music and esports? - Link
  • One of Texas' three medical cannabis suppliers puts San Antonio on 'short list' for dispensary - Link
    - San Antonio Current
  • Meet the winners of round one of Inno Madness - part 1 - Link
  • Meet the winners of round one of Inno Madness - part 2 - Link
  • Presenting 2022's SABJ 40 under 40 honorees - and the woman and man of the year - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Madison Marceau, Kairoi Residential - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Michelle Madson, San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Nicholas Lopez, The Bubble Bath Car Wash - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Rebecca Lively, United States Air Force - Link
  • 40 Under 40: La Juana Chambers Lawson, Tacit Growth Strategies - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Loretta Kerner, CPS Energy - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Bradford Kaufman, CBRE - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Ben Jones, Skipcart - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Mark Johnston, Generations Federal Credit Union - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Kristen Hoyt, Comal County - Link
  • 40 Under 40 Woman of the Year: Connie Gonzalez - Link
  • 40 Under 40 Man of the Year: Jordan Ghawi with Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Melanie Fry, Dykema Gossett PLLC - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Kimberly Harle Solis, Las Aguilas Enterprises - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Monica Hayes, Fusion Success Group - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Phillip Hernandez, Geekdom - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Cecilia Velasquez, San Antonio Water System - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Corey Wehmeyer, Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C. - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Dr. Alison Wiesenthal, Brooke Army Medical Center - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Arturo Herrera Jr., VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Amber Dodds, Bracewell LLP - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Jon Briggs, Cavender Auto Family - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Jacob Cavazos, Broadway Bank - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Joshua Bar-Yadin, Entrada Partners - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Mike Bratten, AXIS Structural - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Lindsey Berwick, Chicago Title - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Stephanie Reyes, The Real Estate Council of San Antonio - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Darnell Smith, Texas A&M University-San Antonio - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Garrett Ruple, Ruple Properties - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Adam Blanchard, Double Diamond Transport and Tanager Logistics - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Fernando Diego, Metropolitan Contracting Company - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Kiran Kaur Bains, SA2020 - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Stephen Dyer, Vaco - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Scott Ota, Second Growth - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Craig Crow, Trinity University - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Ali Palmerson, Parallel, A Brand Agency - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Rachel Brehm, dwg - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Alberto Piña, Braustin Homes - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Charlotte Creech, USAA - Link
  • 40 Under 40: Mercedes Ramcharan, Indatatech - Link
  • MacKenzie Scott continues SA philanthropic streak with $20M donation to nonprofit - Link
  • Office vacancy up, availability down in San Antonio market - Link
  • Navistar expanding new SA facility to accommodate EV growth - Link
  • VA cybersecurity company looks to hire in San Antonio - Link
  • Florida-based Venture X franchise adds new coworking space on North Side - Link
  • 2021 Valero Alamo Bowl tops pre-pandemic economic impact - Link
  • Visit San Antonio and partners hosting upcoming food and wine festival - Link
  • Six local companies make Inc.'s list of fastest-growing businesses in Southwest - Link
  • Texas Biomed to house national training center for tuberculosis research - Link
  • Tech company Webscale Networks rolls out plans to quadruple its San Antonio presence - Link
  • SA-based Unintech Consulting Engineers acquires Alamo City competitor - Link
  • DeLorean could bring more than HQ jobs to San Antonio - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Legendary business and civic leader John Roach has died - Link
  • Richard Connor: Dear John – this is goodbye but not good riddance; you will be missed - Link
    - Fort Worth Business Press
  • 'World's most powerful woman' MacKenzie Scott gives Dallas charity $9M - Link
  • New app from Dallas-based Match stirs dating scene for single parents - Link
    - Culture Map Dallas
  • Dallas-based Island Completes Series B Funding, Reaches $1.3 Billion Valuation - Link
  • Four Reasons Why North Texas is a Favored Corporate Relocation Destination - Link
  • Achieving Workplace Satisfaction Through Resiliency - Link
  • Meet the Dallas Sports Tech Company That’s Predicting the Future - Link
  • Meet the Dallas 500: Christian Corts - Link
  • Coffee With: Craig Scheef, CEO of Texas Security Bank - Link
  • Legal Poker Rooms Defeat the City of Dallas (For Now) - Link
  • See the Film That Helped Save a Small Business in Stephenville - Link
  • Meet the North Texas Entrepreneur Revolutionizing Higher Ed Healthcare - Link
  • Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison Departs - Link
    - D Magazine
  • Design Connect Create Names New Leaders, Plans Expanded Programming to Help Girls ‘Engineer Their Futures in STEM’ - Link
  • DI People: Frisco’s EDC, Vistra, Lennox International and More Make Moves - Link
  • Frisco EDC’s First Director of Innovation Will Focus on Startups, Tech, and Venture Capital - Link
  • Dallas-Based Goes Live With Its Own Line of E-Bikes - Link
  • From Automated Airport Parking to On-Demand Rides, North Texas Boosts Autonomous Vehicle Capabilities - Link
  • Dallas Arts Month: AURORA Will Present ‘Video Art Nights’ Across Five Fridays in April Downtown - Link
  • Vari CEO Jason McCann: ‘Workspaces Should Ebb and Flow—Just Like the Needs of Businesses’ - Link
  • New Spinoff Company Aims to Create Digital Solutions with ‘Next-Gen’ Technology - Link
  • Aurora Unveils Ride-Hailing Test Fleet, Gives Toyota Execs an Autonomous Ride Toward DFW Airport - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 22 - Link
  • Dallas Regional Economic Development 2022: Your Guide to Dallas-Fort Worth Business - Link
  • Do You Know How to Manage, Monetize & Protect Your Intellectual Property? - Link
  • See Inside: BioLabs Coworking Lab Opens at Pegasus Park for North Texas Biotech Startups - Link
  • Outsourcing Company Grows its Global Presence from New Dallas HQ - Link
  • Dallas Talent Expert: Why Our Best Leaders Have Been ‘Over-Communicating,’ and Why Top Talent Is Flocking to North Texas - Link
  • Follow the Money: Dallas SPAC Raises $123M IPO, FortyTwo.VC Aims to Raise $50M Fund, Crestline Investors Closes Funds with $3.6B in Commitments, and More - Link
  • Dallas Startup Studio Launches Latest Company With Plans to Form Multiple Impact-Focused Ventures Annually - Link
  • Frisco-Based esrp’s Susan Arledge on What’s Driving Corporate Execs to ‘Look South’ - Link
  • How Irving-Based Darling Ingredients Makes the World Greener, from Biofuels to ‘Neutraceuticals’ to Insect-Based Pet Food - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Foxtrot opening third Dallas location at Knox Street this summer - Link
  • Ad agency TRG will relocate to The Stack Deep Ellum; building is now 100% leased - Link
  • Frisco EDC hires first Director of Innovation - Link
  • ShearShare closes $2.3M round of funding following move to Buffalo - Link
  • Netflix acquires video-game company Boss Fight Entertainment in Allen - Link
  • Form D Friday: Dallas commercial real estate firm raises $44.7M - Link
  • This Fort Worth pair has a passion to 'revolutionize' crypto with a hedge fund and $25M goal - Link
  • Autonomous vehicle firm Aurora rolls out testing with Toyota minivans in Dallas area - Link
  • Exotic cars, cryptocurrency & Hollywood: Inside KeyCity Capital’s alternative investing strategy - Link
  • Temple, Texas, economy benefits from diversified talent pipeline - Link
  • Gauge Capital recapitalizes Dallas-based software company - Link
  • SupportNinja moves HQ from Austin to Dallas, unveils acquisition - Link
  • 'Sports betting is skyrocketing': This startup just raised $3.5M to provide buckets full of data on games - Link
  • Textron buys electric aircraft company Pipistrel - Link
  • Chick-fil-A chooses Darling Ingredients to turn used cooking oil into renewable fuel - Link
  • NTX Inno Madness Bracket Round 3: Vote for your favorite tech companies today - Link
  • Here's how local banks, wealth and private equity will see the effects of rising interest rates - Link
  • 3 tips every business leader can implement to fight inflation - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal & NXT Inno
  • Burger to step aside... but she’s not about to stand down - Link
  • Software Startup Wins First-Ever Energy Transition Pitch Competition at CERAWeek - Link
  • New app from Texas-based Match stirs dating scene for single parents - Link
  • New service rolls into Houston with robot food delivery in 15 minutes - Link
  • 'World's most powerful woman' donates $11 million to Houston charity - Link
  • Houston cashes in with soaring salaries for this hot tech job - Link
  • Houston-area fish foodies reel in big cash after Shark Tank appearance - Link
  • Houston oil and gas company reveals details on $1B carbon capture facility - Link
  • Nike swooshes into Houston with new technically enhanced store - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • Exclusive: Houston biotech coworking spot expands with new wet lab space - Link
  • Houston researchers: Avoid becoming a lab rat with these work-life balance tips - Link
  • Houston experts at SXSW: Why now is the opportune time for space commercialization - Link
  • City of Houston partners with digital waste, recycling solutions company - Link
  • How this Houston entrepreneur is preparing the workforce for Gen Z employees - Link
  • Houston cleantech incubator adds 3 startups in its latest cohort - Link
  • Houston expert weighs in on marketing from an investor’s perspective - Link
  • VC funding tracker: Report finds Houston the 3rd fastest growing tech ecosystem - Link
  • Houston airports deploy disinfecting robots in their terminals - Link
  • Shell commits $10M to UH for new Energy Transition Institute - Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
    - InnovationMap's Natalie Harms / Culture Map Houston
  • Thomas Senftle wins NSF CAREER Award - Link
  • Saudi Aramco joins Rice University’s Carbon Hub - Link
  • Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas - Link
    - Rice University
  • Digital availability expectations need to change - Link
  • Valenti down to one academic adviser - Link
  • Urban Experience Program renamed as Center for Student Empowerment - Link
    - University of Houston
  • HX report: VC investment in Houston tops $2B, but barriers remain for startup growth - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Goode Company Barbeque reopens location; Austin-based burrito, wings chains expand - Link
  • Houston among metro areas with most new residents last year, despite pandemic - Link
  • How founder of VIPInsiders rewards platform pivoted from restaurants to med spas with RepeatMD - Link
  • Kinder Foundation gives $1.3M to James Beard nominee's Houston nonprofit - Link
  • Nobel laureate Jim Allison to lead new M.D. Anderson cancer immunotherapy institute - Link
  • The Howard Hughes Corp. hires longtime Hines exec as chief innovation officer - Link
  • After Honeywell acquisition, Houston co. sees growing interest for gas-leak detection tech - Link
  • Multi-institutional TMC3 Collaborative Building tops out - Link
  • Japanese manufacturer a step closer to moving US HQ from Tennessee to Katy area - Link
  • Introducing the Houston Inno Madness championship matchup - Link
  • Houston Habitat for Humanity receives piece of MacKenzie Scott's $436M donation - Link
  • PODCAST: Author talks about the 'Metail' economy and the radical shift of the consumer-business relationship - Link
  • Men's Wearhouse parent co. Tailored Brands selects co-CEOs, president - Link
  • Houston's Black Restaurant Week begins April 1 - Link
  • Advanced Power considers $184.5M solar, battery storage project in Texas - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Elon Musk's tweets are being investigated by the SEC - Link
  • NASA opens 50-year-old moon rock samples that may offer insights into how the moon was created - Link
  • NASA announces boosting competition among landers to lower... - Link
  • NASA confirms 5,000 planets outside solar system - Link
  • Elon Musk to host invite-only party for opening of Tesla's Austin manufacturing facility, Giga Texas - Link
  • Texas A&M tech could be the future of NASA's spacesuits - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
  • Janice Omadeke: How we used our own methodology to save over $200k during Techstars Mentor Madness - Link
  • ‘I Recently Left an Agency to Join a Startup…’ SEOBrien’s Paul O’Brien - Link
  • Why I’d Rather Be Acquired by Vista Than a Big Tech Company - SaaStr - Link
  • Startups in 400+ Congressional Districts Received VC Funding Last Year; Globally, US Accounted for Less Than 50% of VC Dollars and 40% of Deal Count - Link
  • T-Minus: 3 Things They Don’t Tell Tech Entrepreneurs - Link
  • Austin Is Sparing No Effort to Attract Crypto Enterprises - Link
  • Attempt to digitalize coal: the US becoming cryptocurrency mining capital of the world - Link
  • As Austin aims to build a Southern Silicon Valley, it’s spending $20 billion on infrastructure - Link
  • TechCrunch Live is coming to Austin and here’s the speaker lineup! - Link
  • Austin, TX Game Developer Resources -- collected by Patrick Curry - Link
  • Fresh off dramatic majority shareholder exit, Firefly could be headed for a SPAC | TechCrunch - Link
  • Spotlight: True Wealth Ventures – ShareNett - Link
  • Clark Nowlin Of Golden Ratio Coffee: Five Things I Learned As A Twenty-Something Founder - Link
Women in Venture Capital
Monday, March 28, 2022 at 5:30 PM

BioMedSA presents
Wednesday March 30, 2022
Sky Room @ University of the Incarnate Word

Sputnik ATX Online Demo Day
Consumer, Web3 and MarTech
Tuesday April 5th 1:00pm — 2:00pm CDT

TechCrunch Live
Wednesday April 6, 12:00
Softeq Venture Studio Demo Day - Q1 2022 Cohort
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
The Ion
4201 Main Street Suite 120 Houston, TX 77002

Texas Smart Cities Summit 2022
Wednesday April 27-29
Tech Port Center & Arena
San Antonio, TX

Health Supernova
May 9-10, 2022
Pegasus Park
3000 Pegasus Park Dr Dallas, TX 75247
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