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MassChallenge names managing director for new Houston location - Link

- The Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Lienfelder

Business accelerator program MassChallenge named Jon Nordby, director of strategy at Houston Exponential, as its Houston managing director.
  • MassChallenge Texas names former Houston Exponential leader as local exec - Link
    - InnovationMap's Natalie Harms
  • Boston startup accelerator names managing director for Houston program - Link
    - Houston Business Journal’s Chris Matthews


Help Regina Vatterott with her Recovery - Link

UPDATE: Regina is back in Houston, but still recovering in the hospital

On Sunday morning 4/31/19, Regina was rushed into emergency surgery due to a major brain bleed. The doctors were able to get the bleeding under control and she is currently recovering in a hospital in Israel, where she was at the time. 

We are raising funds for her recovery efforts, medical bills, rehab expenses, and travel expenses for her and her family - GoFundMe

Intro To Python For Spreadsheets & Data Analysis

by Byte Academy

Intro To Python For Spreadsheets & Data Analysis
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Station Houston
1301 Fannin Street Suite 2440 Houston, TX 77002

Outlier Podcast Festival

Outlier HQ, and Austin-based MediaTech Ventures, and local Podcaster Moby are hosting Outlier Podcast Festival in downtown Austin, May 17th and 18th. It’s a 2-day conference geared for content creators, podcasters, and media professionals to meet, collaborate, and learn.

Here’s what the team has put together for the Austin community:
  • 3 Tracks for content creators
  1. Building a Business using Content
  2. Tech & Innovation in Podcasting
  3. Creative Storytelling
  • Mayor Steve Adler on a live show Saturday morning
  • Pitch Competition for Potential / New Podcasters (win free equipment!)
  • Scholarship for underrepresented podcasters (email

Outlier Podcast Festival
May 17th, 6:30pm – May 18th, 4:00pm
119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701
Use code ‘AustinCreator’ for 15% off on for Texas-Squared readers
  • The 6 Stages of User Research for Start-ups - Link
  • $100,000 Defense Innovation Investment Challenge - Link
    - Austin Startups
  • ClearBlade, Austin winner of the Comet Competition - Link
  • Booting Up Big Tech: Forging a Technopolis | Austin Revealed - Link
    - PBS 
  • Atlanta-Based TommyRun Races into Austin, Texas, Homebuilding Market - Link
  • Industrious Buys Office Space Provider TechSpace - Link
  • Ten Pakistani startups to launch accelerated global expansion plans via Austin, Texas - Link
  • Plans to Acquire Musicians Desk Reference and Define a Path for Creative Economies and Artists - MediaTech Ventures - Link
  • MACC supporters enter the fray for $12M in creative space funding - Link
  • Harper-Madison questions electric vehicle resolution - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Bird's newest dockless scooter is flying into Austin with hefty price - Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • Canadian VCs Lead US in Gender Parity, But Both Need Work: Report - Link
    - Xconomy's Angela Shah
  • Zillow Expands Instant Home Buying To Austin, San Antonio - Link
  • REX, With New HQ In Austin, Plans Major Expansion - Link
  • CloudNine Sets New CEO - Link
  • Capital Factory Offers Up $100,000 To Defense Startups - Link
  • VanillaSoft Picks Up $4M For Sales Software From Canadian Government - Link
  • Lincoln Rackhouse Buys Data Center Operator Bytegrid - Link
  • Zix Buys DeliverySlip For $14M - Link
  • Data Gumbo Grabs $6M For Blockchain-Enabled Industrial Supply Chain - Link
  • Capital Factory Awards $300K To Clean Tech Startups - Link
  • TPG Launches New Investment Fund, TPG Tech Adjacenies - Link
    - Texas Tech Pulse
  • SXSW Says Farewell to Hiroshi Asada - Link
    - SXSW’s Hugh Forrest
  • UT researchers use satellites to measure climate, environmental changes - Link
  • Looking back on first full year with scooters on campus, how the money will be spent - Link
  • Students discuss motivations for blogging - Link
  • UT’s switch to Workday came with more than a few hiccups, but they were to be expected - Link
  • UT students, professors use podcasts as form of expression - Link
  • Austin business owner opens clothing store, Kindred Spirits - Link
  • With students’ help, UT can implement digital student IDs - Link
    -  The Daily Texan
  • Pitching In: How Google Helps Goodwill Analyze Its Data - Link
  • Entering SuperWorld’s Augmented Reality Landscape - Link
  • Seeing the Future of Algorithms with Imandra, Austin’s Newest Deep Tech Startup - Link
  • As Privacy Concerns Grow, This Austin Startup is Calling Out Misleading Policies - Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom - Subscribe Here
  • Under the hood: Inside the tech stacks of 4 Austin companies - Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Katie Fustich & Kelly O'Halloran
  • How to spot if your SEO, PPC, social media marketing service provider a con-artist - Link
  • Size matters – comparing corporate vs. startup life - Link
  • Texas employer to pay $85k in just one EEOC age discrimination settlement - Link
    - The American Genius
  • Austin's Best Places to Work in 2019 - Link
  • Lawmakers push $3B cancer funding bill to governor's desk - Link
  • Why Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd was at the Texas Capitol lobbying against unwanted sexting - Link
  • Bumble hires creative director to burnish its image - Link
  • $100K jobs more plentiful in Austin than most of U.S., according to new survey - Link
  • Journal Profile: Adam Butler's path from hungry upstart to branding visionary - Link
  • Capital Gains: New hall of famers, Juul lays down the law it wants & no Beards for ATX - Link
  • Funding is flush — be careful, warns Chris Shonk - Link
  • Apple keeps growing in Austin ahead of $1 billion campus - Link
  • ABJ editor: Austin’s biggest endeavor is largely ignored - Link
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors opens East Coast hub - Link
  • For CEOs looking to get things done, Texas is still the best bet - Link
  • Richard Suttle is Austin's legal lightning rod - Link
  • Online residential brokerage REX diving into way more cities - Link
  • Hemp inches toward legalization in Texas but Senate wants higher fines for 'hot' crops - Link
  • Target to put its weight behind Austin startup Shelfbucks - Link
  • First look: Habitat for Humanity's plan for 50-plus condos in East Austin - Link
  • School finance package advancing at Texas Capital, without sales tax increase - Link
  • Piper Jaffray leads $20M funding in Austin startup - Link
  • Austin nonprofits pitch ideas to potential donors at Philanthropitch - Link
  • Layoffs hit legal-tech company Mitratech, which is shifting work overseas - Link
  • Flyrite Chicken founder tapped to launch Kansas food hall - Link
  • Deep Eddy Vodka drops $1M on revamp of Dripping Springs tasting room - Link
  • Fast-growth cybersecurity company NSS Labs replaces leader - Link
  • TCAD says it did nothing wrong buying MLS data - Link
  • New CEO leads Civitas Learning - Link
  • FloSports signs landmark digital media deal with East Coast college athletics conference - Link
  • In the money May 6: $50M in deals, plus Next Coast Ventures aims for $150M second fund - Link
  • What millennials love — and hate — about Austin - Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • $3 billion more for Texas cancer fund? Voters will decide - Link
  • Facebook hiring surge turns Austin into key hub for social media giant - Link
  • Austin's Upland Software expects to raise $138M with stock offering - Link
  • Dallas Fed: Texas economy bounced back in 1st quarter - Link
  • E-learning platform Kahoot buys math startup DragonBox - Link
  • Austin Board of Realtors issues cease and desist order in data dispute - Link
  • With a new $7M infusion, Austin spa and beauty brand milk + honey is ready to expand - Link
  • Texas House OKs bills making medical cannabis more available - Link
  • Realtors group, Travis appraisal district at odds over access to MLS data - Link
  • Austin's Elligo Health Research raises $20 million for growth - Link
  • AMD's tech to power new supercomputer for Department of Energy - Link
  • National Instruments founders Truchard, Kodosky inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman / 512Tech

  • San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of May 13, 2019 - Link
  • 7 Tips on How to Win Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Grants - Link
  • What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding - Link
    - Startups San Antonio's Iris Gonzalez
  • MedCognition Making Augmented Reality Emergency Training for US Army - Link
    - Xconomy's David Holley
  • Retail Roundup: Laser tag business closed, Austin store opening San Antonio shop - Link
  • San Antonio, 6 other Texas cities rank among best places in the US to start a business - Link
  • The highest-paying job in every state, excluding doctors - Link
    - San Antonio Express News
  • San Antonio Takes City Council Meetings ‘On the Road’ - Link
  • Centro San Antonio Selects Matt Brown as CEO in Wake of Scandal - Link
  • UTSA Student Riding All the Way to Austria on a Winning Paper Airplane - Link
  • The DoSeum Announces Call for 2019 Artist-in-Residence - Link
  • Another Leadership Shuffle for San Antonio Marketing Firm Harte Hanks - Link
  • Accenture Federal Services Expands Local Operations with New Cyber Center - Link
  • Business Retention and Expansion Program: A Resource for San Antonio Businesses - Link
  • Foundations Host Kickoff Event to Launch Cycling Safety Fund - Link
  • Updating Bike Share Program Can Solve the City’s Scooter Problem - Link
  • New CPS Energy Community Solar Project Lets Customers Buy Stake in Solar Carports - Link
    - Rivard Report
  • Centro names new CEO from New Mexico - Link
  • Japanese manufacturer begins search for local parts suppliers - Link
  • CPS Energy's next big initiative: solar-powered parking spots - Link
  • Harte Hanks CEO resigns - Link
  • EDITOR'S NOTES: Trinity ‘student-preneurs’ learn from Netflix founder - Link
  • EPIcenter wants to put San Antonio on energy innovation map - Link
  • Easy Expunctions wins BBVA pitch competition - Link
  • Bank of America names new San Antonio market president - Link
  • SA biotech gets FDA orphan drug designation - Link
  • Medtech startup to use augmented reality to advance combat care - Link
  • Nominations closing for 2019 Women's Leadership Awards — don't miss out! - Link
  • 3M deal for Acelity a test for San Antonio retention strengths - Link
  • Rosa Santana recognized as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist - Link
  • Advocates for cannabis reform eager for progress at Texas Capitol - Link
  • SABJ Business Minute: What you need to know to start your week - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Early Stage Start-ups Awarded $300,000 at EarthX’s E-Capital Summit - Link
  • NCR acquires Texas P.O.S. to expand in hospitality - Business Insider - Link
  • At a Wacky Press Conference, VisitDallas Names an Interim CEO - Link
  • CEO Phillip Jones Will Resign From VisitDallas - Link
  • Checking In on the Region’s Disparities in Pay by Gender - Link
  • The Intersection of Sports and Commercial Real Estate - Link
  • Photo Recap: D CEO’s Financial Executives Awards 2019 - Link
    - D Magazine
  • New Dallas facility gives free lodging to cancer patients and families - Link
    - Culture Map Dallas
  • DFW company linked to secret knife-wielding missile, report says - Link
  • Another H-E-B opens in North Texas — just not in Dallas-Fort Worth - Link
  • Alexa, can you move that RPI-Dynamic Advances lawsuit closer to home? - Link
  • As tech labor pool tightens, DFW company turns to new source - Link
  • When it comes to venture capital and private equity in 2019, it's a tale of two markets - Link
  • Study: Dallas ranks high among U.S. cities with most $100K-plus jobs available - Link
  • Plano tech company - after more than a decade - sees market turning ‘very hot’ - Link
  • How healthy is Texas’ economy compared to rest of the nation? - Link
  • Why your business needs an incident response plan now - Link
  • Fort Worth jury awards local telecom co. millions in trade secret battle - Link
  • VisitDallas CEO steps down; interim CEO named - Link
  • Dallas data center company racks up key markets with new acquisition - Link
  • After massive acquisition, Dallas tech company is shopping again, but spending less - Link
  • Exxon plans to invest up to $100M over 10 years in lower-emissions R&D - Link
  • DFW startup evolves from 3 years of 'sleepless nights' to $1M business - Link
  • Dallas data center company is paying attention to 'underserved' markets to stand out - Link
  • TPG closes new tech fund with $1.6B in capital commitments - Link
  • Dallas startup with over $5M in funding expanding as customers embrace ‘cybersecurity-as-a-service’ - Link
  • VC office hours and educational programming: Inside DFW's latest coworking addition - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Dallas’ Female Founders Share How to Rock Business and Motherhood - Link
  • Meet the ‘Mompreneurs’ Making Frisco a Business Incubator - Link
  • How One Dallas Company is Changing the Game with Foot-Operated Controller Patent - Link
  • Discovery: Work on Crystals Pays off for UTD Grad Student; UTSW Targets Rare Genetic Diseases in Children - Link
  • Innovate With Peace of Mind: Why Employment Law is Fundamental to Startups - Link
  • Dynamic Sports Medicine’s Treatment Technology: ‘No One Else in Dallas Has It’ - Link
  • Follow the Money: Iconic Haggar Clothing Acquired; TPG Closes $1.6B Tech Fund - Link
  • Richardson Nonprofit ‘Parkinson Voice Project’ is Expanding to Help Patients Worldwide - Link
  • And the Survey Says: Millennials Really Love Dallas’ Value - Link
  • A Concierge in the Sky: Jetsuite Partners With Luxury Travel Agency to Offer Personalized Trip Itineraries - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 118 Patents Granted for Week of April 30 - Link
  • Jacobs Again Takes Top Spot on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms List - Link
  • Interested in Trying Cryptocurrency? Zabo Just Launched a Risk-Free Simulation: Papercrypto - Link
  • DI People: Jacobs, Transplace, projekt202, BioNorthTX Announce Leadership Moves - Link
  • Deep Dive: What Investors Should Know About the World of Healthcare - Link
  • Denton Transportation Authority Expands Services via Mobility as a Service Model - Link
  • Perspectives on Innovation: 5 Minutes with Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton - Link
  • UTD Ranks First Among Texas Public Universities on Forbes’ List of Best Value Colleges - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • The Riveter leases in Oak Lawn and other D-FW commercial real estate transactions - Link
  • Retail Therapy: Adolphus Hotel's neighborhood appeal and what's with frozen food in grocery bins? - Link
  • Why artificial intelligence's evolution could have outsize impact on D-FW jobs - Link
  • VisitDallas leaders appoint interim CEO, but say starting over 'would be a disaster' - Link
  • AT&T and Magic Leap take you inside HBO's 'Game of Thrones' - Link
  • Months after scathing audit, VisitDallas CEO Phillip Jones and its CFO are out - Link
  • Dallas-Fort Worth officially gains another Fortune 500 HQ on May 18 - Link
  • Tinder subscriptions are driving growth for parent company Match Group. Can they fend off Facebook? - Link
  • Iconic Dallas clothier Haggar is sold to New York's Randa Accessories - Link
  • Walmart opens an online pet pharmacy to compete with Chewy while adding vet clinics in stores - Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Nina Vaca’s “Crazy Good” Vision For Achieving Business Success - Link
    - Launch DFW
  • Omnivore's Kahn on raising bulk of second fund from foreign LPs, exit plans and more | VCCircle  - Link
  • Stroke of Genius: Pinot's Palette Marks Major Business Milestone - Link
  • The Cannon and LetsLaunch Live Fundraising Opportunity! - Link
  • LetsLaunch & The Cannon Partner to Support Houston Startups - Link
    - The Cannon Blog
  • Houston Company Wants To Bring Internet Service To Mars - Link
     – Houston Public Media
  • Enterprise XR: How ar/vr is preparing modern workers for the dangerous, expensive, and improbable - Link
    - Station Houston
  • How to Prepare the Best Application to the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx) - Link
    - TMCx Blog
  • UH experts weigh in on the funding gap for female researchers - Link
  • Overheard: Here's the future of oil and gas tech, according to this panel at OTC - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • Here's what you can expect at Houston's Comicpalooza this weekend from esports to Game of Thrones stars - Link
  • Houston restaurateurs share business lessons learned - Link
  • Houston 'RedBox of dry cleaning' startup wins the Rockets' Launchpad Contest and pockets a $10,000 prize - Link
  • Comicpalooza expects another record year, says Houston First Corp. executive - Link
  • Rice Alliance names the 10 most promising startups at Houston's Offshore Technology Conference - Link
  • Data Gumbo closes $6M round, Alice partners with accelerator, and more Houston innovation news - Link
  • Houston named a top city to start a business - Link
  • Houston expert shares her advice on how much startups should spend on marketing - Link
  • Accenture to double the size of its Houston innovation hub - Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
  • Houston-based tech subsidiary moves its headquarters to new space - Link
  • Houston restaurant titans serve up insider tips and lessons learned - Link
  • Houston gets job done as one of the best cities to start a business - Link
    - InnovationMap / Culture Map Houston
  • CEO of Houston-based health care co. resigns after less than 5 months - Link
  • Texas lawmakers push $3B cancer funding bill to governor's desk - Link
  • Houston hosts inaugural ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship - Link
  • Avoid these legal risks in your employee handbook - Link
  • Houston legal hiring trends: Demand for in-house counsel, IP lawyers rises - Link
  • It’s official: Anadarko cancels Chevron deal, enters into Oxy deal - Link
  • How entrepreneurs can successfully launch their startup - Link
  • Billionaire Tilman Fertitta's blank-check co. closes oversubscribed IPO - Link
  • Chevron ends Anadarko bidding war with Occidental - Link
  • Hemp inches toward legalization in Texas, but Senate wants higher fines for 'hot' crops - Link
  • Exxon plans to invest up to $100M over 10 years in lower-emissions R&D - Link
  • BP drops tech into new subsidiary - Link
  • Private Houston university announces first chief innovation officer - Link
  • Oslo energy tech co. to hire, expand office footprint in Houston - Link
  • Houston blockchain payment co. raises funds, aims to double headcount - Link
  • Billionaire Tilman Fertitta launches another blank-check co. with $275M IPO - Link
  • Houston-based legal tech firm acquires international IT specialist - Link
  • 5 frequent issues businesses encounter with HR-related internal investigations - Link
  • Small business owners optimistic despite changing economy - Link
  • National Houston-based retailer plans at least 20 store closures, other turnaround efforts - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Nick Carnrite – LetsLaunch - Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • Brittle pals bond for flexible electronics - Link
  • ‘Most promising’ companies win Rice Alliance Startup Roundup at OTC - Link
  • Richards-Kortum inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame - Link
  • Rice names IDEA winners - Link
  • Unconventional students at Rice: The blazing-fast bioengineer - Link
  • Rice-born company participates in entrepreneurship showcase - Link
    - Rice University
  • BP gets into the startup biz with its new Lytt company - Link
  • Dreams of ubiquitous social robots still aren't coming true - Link
  •  Report: Small business journey challenging in Houston - Link
  • There’s a drone for that: DroneWorks Studios can launch a flight for any project - Link
  • Rice University expert: surge flooding greatest threat to economic security - Link
  • Houston small business owners less confident about local economy - Link
  • San Jacinto College takes step to open aerospace training center at Houston Spaceport - Link
  • Houston hosts inaugural ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship - Link
  • It’s official: Anadarko cancels Chevron deal, enters into Oxy deal - Link
  • How entrepreneurs can successfully launch their startup - Link
  • Billionaire Tilman Fertitta's blank-check co. closes oversubscribed IPO - Link
  • Oslo energy tech co. to hire, expand office footprint in Houston - Link
  • Boston startup accelerator names managing director for Houston program - Link
  • Houston blockchain payment co. raises funds, aims to double headcount - Link
  • Houston-based legal tech firm acquires international IT specialist - Link
  • 5 frequent issues businesses encounter with HR-related internal investigations - Link
  • Small business owners optimistic despite changing economy - Link
  • National Houston-based retailer plans at least 20 store closures, other turnaround efforts - Link
    - The Houston Chronicle's Andrea Lienfelder / Techburger Blog
  • From Horse-Drawn Wagons To High-End Technology – Glazer’S Beer & Beverage - Link
  • People You Should Know – General Manager, Boggus Ford - Link
  • Meet Your Ambassador – Eddie Borrego - Link
    - McAllen Chamber of Commerce
  • The Foundation Newsletter by Rich Winley - Subscribe
  • Markets Are 10X Bigger Than Ever - Elad Gil - Link
  • The Flexible Office Economy - Ep 3. w/ Mark Gilbreath and John Arenas of Serendipity Labs - Link
  • Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp - The Register - Link
  • Apply To The Stacy’s® Rise Project For A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Grow Your Business Through Funding, Mentorship And Community - Link
  • Why Om Malik thinks ‘the VC subsidized life is over’ - Link
  • Meet Austin Geidt, the Uber exec whose life is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend - Business Insider - Link
  • Tom Gimbel - General Manager of Austin City Limits - Thom Singer’s Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do - Podcast
  • They Got Rich Off Uber and Lyft. Then They Moved to Low-Tax States. - The New York Times’ Kate Conger - Link
  • The World’s First 3D-Printed Village Is Coming to Latin America This Summer - Dwell’s Lucy Wang - Link
  • Here’s What CPG’s Fastest-Growing Companies Do Differently - ForceBrands Madison Troyer - Link
  • The Next Wave of Co-working is Designed With Emotional Intelligence in Mind Thirve Global’s Meghan E. Butler - Link
  • Despite Investor Rejection, This Single Mom Scientist Raised $58 Million To Make Hiring Less Biased - Forbes Contributor Alejandro Cremades - Link
  • I’ve been a freelancer for more than 15 years. Here’s what all clients should know - FastCompany’s Gwen Moran - Link
  • OpenView’s SaaS Metrics Survey - 2019 Edition - Link
  • New Companies Challenge Notion of ‘What is a Robot’? - Robotics Business Review - Link
  • Delivery startups and other unicorns are transforming restaurant tech - PitchBook  - Link
  • How To Navigate An Enterprise SaaS Deal - Dan Martell - Link
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Intro To Python For Spreadsheets & Data Analysis
by Byte Academy
Byte Academy: Python, FinTech, Blockchain, Tech Education Meetup
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Station Houston
1301 Fannin Street Suite 2440 Houston, TX 77002

Big Ass Social Happy Hour
Sponsored by Decent
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Hangar Lounge
318 Colorado Street Austin, TX 78701

Outlier Podcast Festival
May 17th 6:30pm – May 18th 4:00pm
Galvanize Austin
119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

SKU 7 Showcase Day
Tuesday, May 14th 6:00PM
Native Hostel and Bar & Cafe 
807 East 4th Street Austin, TX

Product Prodigy Demo Day - Prototype
Office of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Thu, May 16, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Impact Hub
5540 N Lamar Blvd Austin Austin, TX 78751

Black Girls CODE Houston Chapter Presents: Wakanda by Design with 3D Printing
Saturday, May 18, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
West Loop Center - Houston Community College
5601 West Loop S Houston, TX 77081
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