Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State 
View this email in your browser
SUBSCRIBE to Texas-Squared
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Share Share
Email to a Friend Email to a Friend
Sign up for reminders about Austin Startup meetups
Sign up for the Texas-Boxed CPG Newsletter
Austin Quick Start Guide
Download the Texas-Squared Startup Resource Guide PDF
Gregslist of Software Companies - Austin | Dallas Fort Worth
HTX Tech List - UH Tech Map

Flash Lands $250 Million for its Intelligent Parking Platform - Link

- Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Parking Tech Platform FLASH Becomes a Unicorn With $250M Raise - Link
    - BuiltinAustin

"Flash, a parking solutions provider, announced this week that it has raised $250 million in strategic investment led by Vista Equity Partners.The Austin-based company, founded in 2011, has created a smart parking system that lets real estate owners, parking operators and cities solve problems of congestion and lack of visibility into parking supply and demand.To date, the company has raised $314.3 million in total funding, according to Crunchbase." - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek

SXSW 2022 Wrapup 

Now that SXSW 2022 is in the books, here are a few stray observations: It felt ‘full’, but not ‘crowded’. I did see people in lines for the ACL venue, but otherwise, nothing seemed like it was at or over capacity. I was surprised to see a completely empty Convention Center lobby near the escalators where it’s usually shoulder-to-shoulder. I still attribute this to more Downtown venues spreading crowds around than to a lack of attendees. It seemed ‘quieter’ this year and that’s a positive sign. We had fewer “Professional Spring Breakers” and more business people checking out SXSW for the first time. There were fewer ‘stunts’ and buskers on the street and that helped focus on the business atmosphere. The only two places that were loud (and where I’m certain I lost my voice – a SXSW occupational hazard) were the private parties with live bands. I’m all for live music, but when it’s overwhelming the conversations I think it misses the point of the event. Entrepreneur’s Lounge, typically my favorite event of SXSW learned this lesson so the conversations were great and we didn’t have to scream over speakers. The Wellness Expo at the Palmer was well done, and I hope to see the CPG Track emerge from it again in years to come. The main trade show at the Convention Center was eclectic to say the least. There wasn’t much of a floorplan that I could follow, and it had booths next to each other that didn’t flow smoothly for someone walking the floor. Swag, like T-Shirts, stress balls, and koozies were at a minimum and I don’t think that most people missed it too much. Overall, the actual speakers and panels were well-received though I admit I only got to see one this year. The off-site parties and events had a great vibe and interesting people. I really believe that this may be one of my best SXSW’s and certainly Top 3. I think that the organizers did an outstanding job of balancing content with safety and that made every attendee feel good about their decision to participate. Since the weather held up and our events went off without a major problem, I’m calling SXSW 2022 a massive win and I’m already planning next year.

Techstars Austin 2022 Winter Demo Day Presented by Brex

Techstars Austin 2022 Winter Class is wrapping with a virtual Demo Day presented by Brex. The founders of the 12 company class will pitch, followed by live Q&A moderated by Amos Schwartzfarb, Techstars Austin Managing Director.


Techstars Austin Virtual Demo Day
Wednesday, March 23 11:30 AM
  • Digital Roadtrip to Atlanta and Nashville - Link
    - Austin Next Podcast
  • TechCrunch Live is coming to Austin and here’s the speaker lineup! - Link
  • As Austin aims to build a Southern Silicon Valley, it’s spending $20 billion on infrastructure - Link
    - Forbes
  • Austin’s mayor details what sets his growing city apart for business - Link
  • Dolly Parton Set to Perform Tonight at SXSW and in Dollyverse, the Virtual World - Link
  • Wonderfuel Launches at SXSW to Create Unscripted TV Shows with NFTs - Link
  • Austin-based Strap Technologies Wins Best in Show at SXSW Innovation Awards - Link
  • Center for Autonomous Robots Launches at SXSW - Link
  • Onnu Raises $6 Million for Financial Platform Aimed at Lower-Income Consumers - Link
  • Whistleblower Says Facebook Continues to Prioritize Profits Over Safety on the Platform - Link
  • uturist at SXSW Says Robots, the Metaverse, NFTs, and Synthetic Chickens Don’t Mean Anything if the World Doesn’t Stop the Planet from Warming - Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Resolutions push city to look toward future use of crypto, blockchain tech - Link
  • Council to consider equitable funding levels for minority chambers of commerce - Link
  • Health leaders developing plan to help those with substance use disorder - Link
  • Chamber of Commerce offers rosy jobs report - Link
  • Commissioners want business, tech funds to support creative sector - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • An Austin group is exploring new territories in crypto by providing credit - Link
  • San Antonio in talks with the Boring Company for tunnel running between airport and downtown - Link
  • Anticipation around Gigafactory grand opening grows with tickets on sale for Tesla Con Texas - Link
  • SXSW 2022: American Airlines CEO says the future of travel starts with tough conversations - Link
  • Austin's share of million-dollar homes is at an all-time high, topping other Texas cities - Link
  • SXSW 2022: Pete Buttigieg on building a better future through transit - Link
  • Disrupting 'the daily dose model': Discussing psychedelics in life and death at SXSW 2022 - Link
  • Austin metro's median home price hits all-time high of almost $500k - Link
  • Commissioners want business, tech funds to support creative sector - Link
  • A Halo ad took over the Austin night sky with drones shaped into a QR code - Link
  • Sandra Bullock, San Antonio tacos and more: what’s on celebrities' minds at SXSW - Link
  • Tesla announces new lower-mileage Model Y vehicles ahead of Giga Texas launch - Link
    - Austonia
  • 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards Winners Announced - Link
  • Weedmaps Talks Cannabis at SXSW - Link
  • MAPS x Vine Ventures Partnership and Fundraise - Link
  • Shiner Welcomes the World to Austin, Home of SXSW - Link
  • The Metaverse Manifesto: A Pledge for an Open Metaverse - Link
  • 2022 SXSW Pitch: Meet The Finalists - Link
  • SXSW 2022 Announces Winners of 14th Annual Pitch Event - Link
  • What The ‘She-cession’ Will Teach Us About Hiring By Indeed - Link
  • Meta Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Conversation at SXSW with Shark Tank’s Daymond John - Link
    - SXSW
  • Nation’s largest event for Black tech entrepreneurs plugs into Austin - Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • Loveseat Lands $7M to Give Returned Furniture a Second Life - Link
  • How Managers Can Combat Employee Burnout - Link
  • Parking Tech Platform FLASH Becomes a Unicorn With $250M Raise - Link
  • Austin’s mayor details what sets his growing city apart for business - Link
  • Restaurant365's Growth Journey Is Driven by Tech, Mission and Heart - Link
  • Appeals court sides with property owners in Austin land code revision case - Link
  • Rumble Nets $15M to Help IT Teams Find and Catalog Devices on Their Networks - Link
  • Austin Tops CompTIA's Tech Town Index for the Third Straight Year - Link
  • Colossal Gained $60M, MDisrupt Raised $6M, and More Austin Tech News - Link
  • Why Nearly 90% of Machine Learning Projects Fail - Link
    - Built in Austin
  • How the Metaverse will change the trajectory of eCommerce as we know it - Link
  • A succession plan isn’t for setting and forgetting – update it regularly! - Link
  • New Uber feature allows users’ to book things to do - Link
  • What the federal inflation rate hikes mean for your small business - Link
  • Should you file head-of-household? Don’t miss this important tax tip! - Link
  • How the daylight savings time bill will affect business - Link
  • This Google Slides plugin adds tons of design elements to choose from - Link
  • How to find the cheapest gas near you with GasBuddy - Link
  • You can sell your Metaverse profile picture for NFT’s, Cryto, and more - Link
  • A recap of the Apple spring launch event: What’s new and what’s next! - Link
    - The American Genius
  • Going Global, Texas style - Link
  • A Place to Explore and Grow - Link
    - University of Texas
  • Are out-of-state buyers really driving up Austin housing prices? - Link
  • Sovereign Flavors to move HQ to Kyle from Southern California - Link
  • Oracle again extends tender offer for Cerner shares (and maybe this is why) - Link
  • Journal Profile: How digital storyteller Lucas Martell balances work, life on virtual putt-putt greens - Link
  • M&A wrap: ESO, open wallets for deals - Link
  • Downtown up, up & away: Our urban core is the envy of the nation — but with the gain comes some pain - Link
  • Amazon, Apple, Tesla and others taking Austin by storm - Link
  • It's not just Austin, DFW: Elon Musk's Boring Company also talking with San Antonio transportation officials - Link
  • Austin medical cannabis co. expanding to Houston - Link
  • Flash, Austin startup putting parking in the cloud, lands $250M-plus investment - Link
  • These serial entrepreneurs want to give 'modest Americans' personalized paths to building wealth - Link
  • Holograms, e-bikes & other future tech: Check out scenes from 2022 SXSW Creative Industries Expo - Link
  • Viewpoint: Austin, San Antonio need super-regional partnership, new chamber chairman says - Link
  • Author talks about the 'Metail' economy and the radical shift in consumer-business relationship - Link
  • NAPEO report: Businesses using a PEO fared better through COVID-19 - Link
  • Why this local, family-owned operation is in the sweet spot of banking - Link
  • North Central Texas governments group has ‘initial conversations’ with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company - Link
  • When will tech giants return to their Austin offices? Some already have, others in coming weeks - Link
  • Austin meadery files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy - Link
  • Portland footwear startup wins Best in Show at SXSW - Link
  • Developer hopes to build tequila-inspired neighborhood - Link
  • Funding wrap: Slingshot Aerospace grabs $25M; $500M stockpiled for startup investments - Link
  • Capital Factory launches Center for Autonomous Robotics in Austin - Link
  • Oracle plans to give Cerner stockholders more time to tender shares - Link
    - Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno's Brent Wistrom
  • Enthusiasm revs up for electric vehicle industry - Link
  • San Antonio in talks with Musk's Boring Co. on possible transit tunnel - Link
  • Debate rages at SXSW: What should we think about cryptocurrency? - Link
  • During SXSW, Uber and Lyft riders will pay more because of rising gas prices - Link
  • American Airlines CEO says carrier is betting big on Austin - Link
  • SXSW: Why Austin is becoming a hub for the transportation industry - Link
  • Could 'floating cities' address global housing crisis? - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman

  • San Antonio startups still fall short on venture capital funding; Austin companies jet ahead - Link
    - San Antonio Express-News
  • Venture X Celebrates Newest San Antonio, Texas Location with Grand Opening on April 7, 2022 - Link
  • USAA fined $140 million for failure to comply with anti-money-laundering laws - Link
  • Buttigieg: High-speed rail would be good for Texas - Link
  • Census: San Antonio remains most impoverished major U.S. city despite some gains - Link
  • Elon Musk’s Alamo Loop underground tunnel proposal selected for further study - Link
  • San Antonio chef named as finalist for James Beard award - Link
  • San Antonio’s tech sector sees job gains during pandemic - Link
  • Bexar County announces $60M collaboration with University Health to tackle health disparities - Link
  • Free tuition program at UTSA expanding - Link
    - San Antonio Report
  • Billionaire Elon Musk's plans for a San Antonio hyperloop approved for further study - Link
  • A second San Antonio Starbucks store files to unionize - Link
  • Both candidates in Democratic runoff for Texas Attorney General reiterate call to legalize cannabis - Link
    - San Antonio Current
  • Delayed by pandemic, construction on $62M cancer center could start this year - Link
  • Seguin to hold first ever food truck fest, ranch rodeo festival - Link
  • H-E-B expands facility in Northeast SA, looks to add up to 300 new employees - Link
  • Fuddruckers to open ‘new non-traditional’ restaurant San Antonio's North Side - Link
  • SA officials to advance talks with Elon Musk's Boring Company on transit project - Link
  • San Antonio-based Dura Software announces newest member of Board of Directors - Link
  • Startup Spotlight: Jobward strives to create an equitable relationship between employers and job seekers - Link
  • New initiative aims to boost regional public health equity and preparedness - Link
  • We need new approaches to address diversity in business - Link
  • Here's how Texas stacks up for trade with Russia, Ukraine - Link
  • Inno Madness: Only three days left to cast your first-round vote - Link
  • Sale of Lone Star Brewery site could impact city’s $24M redevelopment incentives - Link
  • Find out how the 40 Under 40 winners spend their downtime: Slideshow - Link
  • Local woman-owned niche beverage company sees big revenue growth - Link
  • Whataburger names former Walgreen's exec as vice president, chief legal officer - Link
  • UT Health doctor lands business grants to develop new cancer-fighting drugs - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Fort Worth Business Press to honor Great Women of Texas on April 28 - Link
  • Texas warns firms they could lose state contracts for divesting from fossil fuels - Link
    - Fort Worth Business Press
  • TexasMed Launches the First Medical Coworking Solution in Dallas, TX - Link
  • Dallas workers earn 3rd highest pay in Texas in this coveted tech job - Link
    - Culture Map Dallas
  • ClubCorp Will Take Over The Texas Tech Club, Providing Enhancements - Link
  • Dig Dallas History? Kevin Costner Has an App for That. - Link
  • When Will Texas Physicians Be Able to Dispense Medication? - Link
  • Scenes From D CEO’s 2022 Power Brokers Awards - Link
  • Now Available: D CEO’s Digital Edition March 2022 - Link
  • Tex-Mex Will Never Die, But We’re Living for Mex-Mex - Link
  • Tiffany Derry’s Roots Southern Table Is a 2022 James Beard Award Finalist - Link
  • Nominations Open: D CEO’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards 2022 - Link
  • Scenes from D Magazine’s D Best Hall of Fame Celebration - Link
  • The Dallasite’s Guide to SXSW - Link
  • The Richards Group Hires New CFO - Link
  • Lawsuit Accuses Former Encompass Health CEO April Anthony of “Illegal Solicitation and Interference” - Link
    - D Magazine
  • DI People: Jacobs, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, Sunwest Communications, KKR, Comerica, and More Make Moves - Link
  • DALLAS Regional Economic Development Guide 2022 - Link
  • Suzanne Smith: Making a (Business) Case for the Dallas International District - Link
  • Why A Payments Platform Moved its Global HQ to Dallas, with Plans to Become a Unicorn - Link
  • See How the Dallas International District Is Taking Shape, from a ‘People Mover’ to a 20-Acre Park to Smart Cities Tech and More - Link
  • Cold Chain Cargo: DFW Airport Aims to Help Put North Texas on the Global Map as a Life Science Hub, Expert Says - Link
  • Collaboration Is the Key to North Texas’ Emergence as a Bio-Hub - Link
  • CRE Inflection Point: Which Way Will the Industry Go? - Link
  • These North Texas Innovators Had ‘The Last Word’ - Link
  • With Adults-Only Nights on Tap Soon, the Perot Museum’s Speed Wall Beckons - Link
  • Fort Worth Founders Launch Platform to Tie Concert Tickets to NFTs - Link
  • Mattye Gouldsby Jones on Opportunities in Affordable Housing in Dallas-Fort Worth - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 119 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 15 - Link
  • Meet the Fastest-Growing Local Companies in the Southwest, According to Inc. - Link
  • State of Entrepreneurship ‘Lightning Rundown’: The North Texas Startup Ecosystem in 2021 - Link
  • Dallas-based Fashion Tech App Launches to Connect Brands, Consumers Via Digital Content - Link
  • Dallas-Based HF Sinclair Launches on NYSE Under the Ticker ‘DINO’ - Link
  • State of Entrepreneurship: More Than $2 Billion Invested in North Texas Entrepreneurs in 2021 - Link
  • Local Innovators Take Home Awards at Dallas’ State of Entrepreneurship Event - Link
  • Fort Worth’s Sundance Square Is Seeking Entrepreneurs with the ‘Next Big Idea’ - Link
  • L.A.’s Two Bit Circus Expands to Dallas with Arcade Games, VR and AR Experiences, Robot Bartenders, and More - Link
  • Fort Worth’s Fulcrum Group Joins CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech Program - Link
  • Winning Deals: Granite Properties’ David Cunningham on Amenities, Architecture, and the ‘Flight to Quality’ in Office Real Estate - Link
  • Cawley Partners’ CEO: ‘Dallas Is Thriving While Other Markets Continue to Lag’ - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Dallas-based Harwood International is seeing spike in flexible office demand - Link
  • Neiman Marcus Group names Katie Anderson as new CFO - Link
  • Real estate tech startup makes Dallas acquisition to expand newly formed business unit - Link
  • Blizzard's Overwatch League to resume live events in Texas with Houston, Dallas Fuel matchup - Link
  • 83% of residential real estate pros are seeking out homebuilding tech, survey finds - Link
  • Form D Friday: Old Parkland-based PE firm CIC Partners raising fifth fund for $250M - Link
  • DFW companies – including some big names – are pulling back on Russia amid Ukraine events - Link
  • 2021 capital markets in Texas: An extraordinary year across the board - Link
  • Roots Southern Table, chef Tiffany Derry make James Beard finalist lists - Link
  • Overhead Door did not violate competitor’s patents, jury finds - Link
  • Dallas-based startup studio launches ‘Myte’ to transform the way people give - Link
  • Dallas-based o9 Solutions partners with research firm to invite manufacturers to test outside-in supply chain concepts - Link
  • TD Bank's $13.4B acquisition of First Horizon to expand Dallas branch footprint, team - Link
  • Dallas-based financial consulting firm approaches $1M in revenue at newly established Charlotte office - Link
  • Richards Group worked toward 'proof points' in Chief Talent and Culture Officer's first year - Link
  • PODCAST: Author talks about the 'Metail' economy and the radical shift of the consumer-business relationship - Link
  • Walmart adding more tech jobs in Dallas as well as new hubs in Atlanta and Toronto - Link
  • 'New day' as EB-5 resuscitated with more transparency, higher investment thresholds - Link
  • Rip Van Wrinkle — The grandfather of biometric laws awakens - Link
  • TCU announces large medical education building in Fort Worth's Near Southside District - Link
  • Wingstop names current COO as new CEO after current exec leaves for Salad and Go - Link
  • Dallas firm Pariveda looks to grow to 900+ workers, double-digit revenue gains in 2022 - Link
  • 'The strategy has changed because the economics have changed.' Link Logistics managing director emphasizes infill - Link
  • NTX Inno Madness Bracket Round 2: Vote for your favorite tech companies today - Link
  • North Central Texas governments group has had ‘initial conversations’ with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company - Link
  • Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics grows routes in Texas, Oklahoma - Link
  • Wilson Logistics recommits to deploying 1,120 trucks with Locomation's autonomous tech, including in DFW - Link
  • Wing Guru, via CloudKitchens partnership, to expand to 20 locations, including DFW - Link
  • Dallas-based Alto launches service in Silicon Valley - Link
  • Tennessee Governor on DFW trip: 'What Nashville might look like going forward … if we do it right' - Link
  • Princeton Equity Group has doubled team, portfolio since fund launch last year - Link
  • Craftsman Capital seeking investments after pandemic pause, finishes first exit - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal & NXT Inno
  • Halliburton Labs selects next clean energy cohort - Link
  • These Houston companies clock in as the top employers in the U.S. - Link
  • Electric buses powering up for service in Houston starting soon - Link
  • Houston cleantech company receives grant to harvest waste pressure in the U.K. - Link
  • After catching a deal on Shark Tank, these Houston-area fish foodies swim toward more funding - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • Houston startup ranks as a most innovative company in the world - Link
  • Houston startup raises money, Texas VC closes fund, and more local innovation news - Link
  • Houston DEI programs are in place — now it's time to trust them, this expert says - Link
  • Houston-area hospital performs first robotic-assisted lung surgery - Link
  • Rice University, Houston Methodist announce human performance joint research project - Link
  • Podcast: Houston innovators discuss energy transition, diversity, and health tech at SXSW - Link
  • These Houston startups and companies clock in as the top employers in the U.S. - Link
  • March Madness: 4 tips for Houston businesses to embrace 'The Big Dance' - Link
  • 2 Houston universities team up premiere small business accelerators - Link
  • SXSW panel: What Houston needs to do to develop as an equitable tech ecosystem - Link
  • Houston showcases 12 energy transition startups at annual CERAWeek conference - Link
  • Memorial Hermann and Blue Cross reach crucial agreement for Houstonians - Link
    - InnovationMap's Natalie Harms / Culture Map Houston
  •  Rice, Houston Methodist launch Center for Human Performance - Link
    - Rice University
  • Lennar takes loss on venture capital investments, prepares for spinoff - Link
  • Think Californians are to blame for increasing Texas home prices? Not so fast. - Link
  • Energy tech co. Validere eyes hiring in key Houston hub after $43M Series B, office expansion - Link
  • Encina Development secures $55M for its advanced recycling project - Link
  • Houston veteran chamber CEO is on a mission to support veteran-owned businesses - Link
  • Future condo community on Tiki Island opens sales gallery, prepares for groundbreaking - Link
  • Blizzard's Overwatch League to resume live events in Texas with Houston, Dallas matchup - Link
  • How Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine could impact Houston, beyond oil prices - Link
  • Patterson-UTI CEO: How oil field services can help scale Gulf Coast geothermal energy production - Link
  • TXOG expands footprint to Houston with permanent medical cannabis dispensary - Link
  • Rice University, Houston Methodist launch Center for Human Performance - Link
  • Houston's Weaver merges with New York City accounting firm - Link
  • Leading industrial services provider invests in the future of skilled craft professionals - Link
  • SEC charges Houston-area school district with fraud related to bond sale - Link
  • Exclusive: Auto repair shop software co. Tekmetric raises funding - Link
  • Princess Cruises to return to Galveston for first time in years - Link
  • Introducing the Houston Inno Madness Semifinals Bracket - Link
  • Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity reaches $25M, planning distribution - Link
  • Texas oil and gas has gained 16,000 jobs in the past year, new report says - Link
  • The Woodlands earns 2nd straight No. 1 spot on Niche's Best Cities to Live ranking - Link
  • Prairie View A&M President Ruth Simmons to step down - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Five things to know about NASA’s next moon mission - Link
  • NASA is now confident the James Webb Space Telescope will 'meet or exceed' its science goals - Link
  • NASA's tiny Mars helicopter just keeps flying - Link
  • Astronaut will set a NASA record for longest single spaceflight - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
  • Making the Most of Conferences with Creative Branding – MediaTech Ventures - Link
  • 7 Startups You Can Invest in Now on Fundify - Link
  • Ohanian’s Recipe for Owners’ Success: Do the ‘Exact Opposite’ of Dan Snyder - Link
  • Alabama Inno - Fundrage wins competition at SXSW - Link
  • WeWork founder Adam Neumann is back—as a VC - Link
  • WeWork Losses Top $4.4B, But Earnings Report Still Tinged With Optimism - Link
  • Once the Stars of SXSW, How Have These Technologies Fared Since? - Link
  • The Brave New World of Legalized Psychedelics Is Already Here - Link
  • As Tiger Global's VC Arm Borrows Billions, JPMorgan Calls In More Banks - Link
Exploring Tech & Society Through Sci-Fi: Austin Forum Sci-Fi Book Club
Thursday March 24 7:30pm

OpenTexas Forum
Saturday March 26, 2022
UT Commons Conference Center in the Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road #Building 137 Austin, TX 78758
BioMedSA presents
Wednesday March 30, 2022
Sky Room @ University of the Incarnate Word

TechCrunch Live
Wednesday April 6, 12:00
Texas Squared
Marc Nathan
Texas Squared
Copyright © 2022 T-Squared Agency, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp