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Next Coast Ventures Hires a New Chief Operating Officer - Link

- Silicon Hills News' Laura Lorek
Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm, announced this week that it has hired RetailMeNot's Jonathan Kaplan as its chief operating officer.

TeXchange Austin 2019 Kickoff Lunch

TeXchange Austin 2019 Kickoff Lunch
Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

Innovative startups - Pitch @ SXSW PITCH 2020

Showcase your tech product or service startup to get noticed & networked in front of industry leaders, investors & media on a big global stage during SXSW. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.  Learn about the qualifications, tech categories & application process: now to get early-bird $100 fee good until 12a CST Sept. 6.  Application deadline is 11:59p CST Nov. 15.  See what happened at SXSW PITCH 2019:
The previous 11 SXSW PITCH competitions had distinguished judges including VCs and industry experts like: Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners, Constantijn van Oranje of Startup Delta, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Kay Koplovitz of Springboard Growth Capital/USA Network Co-Founder, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Whurley, Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, Werner Vogels of Amazon, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Whurley,  Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Bob Metcalfe of 3Com/Ethernet Co-Founder, and Laurie Segall of CNN to name a few.
I’m a SXSW PITCH Advisory Board member.    

  • The Small Business Radio Show #544 How Beta Leaders are Changing the Way We Lead - Lyn Graft - Link
  • on KXAN - Video
  • HR Tech Startup TalentGuard Snags $4M To Help Companies Keep Employees Longer - Link
    - Crunchbases’ Mary Ann Azevedo
  • Startupbootcamp Australia Travels to Austin to Scout for 2020 EnergyAustralia Program - Link
    - Austin Startups
  • Austin's Tiny Home Startup Kasita Rides Again, With Tiny Hotels in Mind - Link
  • Commissioners approve ‘pause’ on economic incentives - Link
  • Commission proposes code change to get housing in opportunity zones - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • ProsperOps Seeks Spot in the Growing Cloud as Amazon Still Dominates - Link
    - Xconomy's David Holley
  • Next Coast Ventures Names Chief Operating Officer - Link
  • TalentGuard Finds $4M - Link
  • Vertex Group Acquired By DFW Capital Partners - Link
  • Mouser Electronics Expands In Vietnam - Link
  • Kony Connects With $37M In Debt Funding - Link
  • New Knowledge Takes $3M For Social Media Monitoring - Link
  • RealPage Buys SimpleBills - Link
  • Spectral MD Finds $27M For Medical Imaging Efforts - Link
    - Texas Tech Pulse
  • Is futures trading a viable side hustle? - Link
  • How entrepreneurs can easily reclaim their time - Link
  • How to build shopper loyalty (it’s cheaper than earning new customers) - Link
  • How to effectively share negative thoughts with your business partner - Link
  • What Oregon’s doing about their billion pound legal marijuana surplus - Link
    - The American Genius
  • Member Monday: Alison, Jon, & Nema From Travendly - Link
    - Center for Social Innovation
  • Hypergiant Industries Hires Two Key Executives in Austin - Link
  • OJO Labs Hires Two Top Real Estate Leaders - Link
  • TalentGuard Lands $4 Million in VC Funding - Link
  • Austin-based New Knowledge Receives $3 Million in Additional Funding - Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • QuotaPath Launches Sales Tracking Software and Plots Path to $1B - Link
  • Takeaways From Our Insider Innovations Event - Link
  • Shooting for the Moon: 13 Companies Driving Momentous Change in 13 Markets Copy - Link
  • New Knowledge Raises $3M and Plans New Hires and Office Space - Link
  • Inno Approved: The Top Austin Tech and Startup Events of August 2019 - Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom - Subscribe Here
  • These 5 Austin Tech Companies Collectively Raised Over $1B in July - Link
  • Come Sail Away: How SailPoint’s ‘Design-First’ Methodology Harbors a... - Link
  • TalentGuard Raises $4M to Help Companies Keep Employees Around - Link
  • Kony Raises $37M for Its Low-code App Development Platform - Link
  • Changemakers, Leaders, Innovators: Take Your Talents to the Next Level... - Link
  • Weekly Refresh: Bazaarvoice Acquired by Marlin Equity for $521M - Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Katie Fustich & Kelly O'Halloran
  • The Best Way to Book Your SXSW Stay - Link
  • SXSW Moments: Gender, Tech and $$ - Link
    - SXSW’s Hugh Forrest
  • FaceApp raises concerns about privacy for UT students - Link
  • UT student Will Nakata crosses Broadway into video game world with “Clemativa!” - Link
  • Longhorns Invade Tik Tok - Link
    - The Daily Texan
  • 5 takeaways from Yeti's midyear financial update - Link
  • Journal Profile: Eric Korman puts lessons learned from Ralph Lauren into action - Link
  • Viewpoint: Here's what makes a great CEO - Link
  • Inside Texas' Green Rush: The people & companies engineering a 'cannabusiness' boom in Austin - Link
  • Capital Gains: Big burgers are in, tiny homes are out - Link
  • Community Impact finds that print is alive and well - Link
  • New Knowledge nabs $3 million, plans next moves - Link
  • Kony Inc. has $37M in debt financing, including $10M of new money - Link
  • Travis County hits pause on accepting new corporate incentives applications - Link
  • Travis County could bill 'Fear the Walking Dead' for damages - Link
  • Former Longhorn to lead $20B corporate giant - Link
  • California-based Fatburger to open in Austin - Link
  • Gecko Robotics to expand - Link
  • In the money July 29: Seven companies raise about $42M in funding deals and securities offerings - Link
  • Cannabis testing company Ionization Labs finalizing $5M series A round - Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • Army Futures Command plans $130M complex on Texas A&M campus - Link
  • REVENUE STREAMERS: Austin-based online video stars adjust to life as a business - Link
  • Austin HR tech firm TalentGuard raises $4M for expansion - Link
  • Strong sales boost Yeti's 2nd quarter performance - Link
  • Wheatsville exec placed on leave; co-op board says investigation planned - Link
  • New owner for Austin-based dinner-and-a-movie chain - Link
  • Austin cybersecurity firm New Knowledge lands $3M for expansion - Link
  • Austin's HotSchedules merging with London-based Fourth - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman / 512Tech

  • Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio - Link
    - Startup San Antonio
  • Lyft Offering Free Transportation for Area Veterans - Link
  • Rackspace Gets a Roommate: IT Firm TaskUs to Bring 1,200 Employees to the ‘Castle’ - Link
  • San Antonio Woman Sues Lime, City Over Scooter Mishap - Link
  • UTSA, Trilogy to Launch Coding Boot Camp in September - Link
  • At SA Expo, Firm Demos Facial Recognition Tech to Boost Retail Stores - Link
  • Braustin Mobile Homes ‘Outpost’ Gives Customers Virtual-Reality Sales Pitch - Link
  • The DoSeum Calls for Author Series 2020 Nominations - Link
  • As City Faces Scooter Decision, Will Bird and Lime’s Gig Workers Survive? - Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • Globalscape reports 21% increase in revenue from last year - Link
  • San Antonio receives nearly $6M to replace aging diesel buses - Link
  • SA chamber's interim chairman on taking over midyear, organization's stance on paid sick leave law - Link
  • EDITOR'S NOTES: Successful women share insights on entrepreneurship - Link
  • Texas Research & Technology Foundation's new venture looks to buy family-owned businesses - Link
  • The land of OZ: Opportunity Zones abound in SA. Here’s where the money is likely to flow - Link
  • What Opportunity Funds are seeking in San Antonio - Link
  • Great Expectations: A local perspective on Opportunity Zones - Link
  • Executive Q&A: Wealth management company president on its new digital platform - Link
  • Rackspace subleases part of its HQ to fellow tech company - Link
  • Lyft launching free rides to take veterans to where help is - Link
  • Express-News names new publisher - Link
  • UTSA launches coding boot camp aimed toward working professionals - Link
  • West Texas brewery's SA expansion dreams end with bankruptcy filing - Link
  • JBSA, local industry partners working to employ transitioning military members and spouses - Link
  • First Look: New whiskey distillery and brewery opens downtown (slideshow) - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • What I learned from building 5 companies in 5 totally different industries - Link
    - Fast Company Guest Contributor Ben Lamm
  • Maybe Millennials Sort of Like Dallas After All - Link
  • Finalists Announced: D CEO’s 2019 Corporate Counsel Awards - Link
  • In Deep Ellum, Cops Are Now Ticketing for Sidewalk Scooter Riding - Link
  • You Leased the Perfect Apartment–Now Lease the Perfect Furniture - Link
    - D Magazine
  • QuakeCon Became DOOMCon Last Weekend After 25 Years of Dissecting, Dicing and Disemboweling Demons - Link
  • A Look at the Newest Bits of Gory Gaming Goodness from QuakeCon Including the New DOOM Eternal - Link
    Southern Dallas’ Investment Climate Is Similar to Kazakhstan’s – SCARY - Link
  • Why Dallas Rentals Are on the Rise: Millennials and Homebuying - Link
    - Dallas Observer
  • PowerBand acquires Dallas-based fintech company - Link
  • Dallas-area mobile company with over $100M in funding gets traction as market evolves - Link
  • Form D Friday: Dallas-based NexPoint Group raises $71.6 million - Link
  • 32-year-old Fort Worth native launches new CRE firm in her hometown - Link
  • Why Dallas is Texas’ most expensive big city to own a home - Link
  • DFW software companies climb on strong quarterly reports - Link
  • Golf company consolidating national fulfillment operations into huge AllianceTexas distribution center - Link
  • Bulletproof backpacks hit Dallas school supply shelves - Link
  • Dallas is adding million-dollar businesses at the same rate as New York - Link
  • Under new CEO, Mizzen+Main opens second out-of-state location - Link
  • Buffalo Wild Wings and Topgolf could partner up for new restaurant concept, DMN reports - Link
  • Tech company that relocated to Dallas goes on hiring surge as sales rise - Link
  • Want to buy a business? Tips to get you started - Link
  • Franchise to open 10 new restaurants in Texas, eight in Oklahoma - Link
  • Here's a sneak peek of the Dallas Cowboys coworking space that opens tomorrow - Link
  • Former football player turned Mary Kay executive on what keeps him up at night - Link
  • Including DFW, here's where millennials get the most bang for their buck - Link
  • Electronics company moving U.S. headquarters from California to Fort Worth - Link
  • Texas publisher continues to expand monthly newspaper footprint - Link
  • Arlington ranks as best city in North Texas to live in, WalletHub says - Link
  • Activision Blizzard’s Pete Vlastelica on building home teams for esports - Link
  • Lyft motorized scooters expanding service area in Dallas - Link
  • Merger agreement terminated between CEC Entertainment, Leo Holdings - Link
  • RealPage makes another purchase – and this time it’s a Texas technology firm - Link
  • 'A shock to the system': One-day shipping costs Amazon more than expected - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Say Goodbye to Tents: This Carrollton Company Brings Pop-Ups To The Next Level - Link
  • K2View Expands Data Management Company’s International Footprint - Link
  • Richland College Student Accepted into NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program - Link
  • Ready for Takeoff: New Southwest Program Gives Prospective Pilots a Pathway to the Cockpit - Link
  • Discovery: UTA, Lockheed Work on UVA Sensor Research; Parkland Center Joins Kidney Disease Initiative - Link
  • Photo Recap: Online Educational Series Wins This Year’s CodeLaunch - Link
  • UK-based Cloud Technology Company Acquires OpenConnect - Link
  • Four Pieces of Advice For Women in Tech From Dallas’ Female Founders - Link
  • 5G Whiz: AT&T Works With Robotics Firm to Accelerate Retail Automation Beyond Wi-Fi - Link
  • Follow the Money: GridLiance Gets $185M Credit Facility; Avondale Nets $13.23M; RealPage Makes Acquisition - Link
  • The Countdown: Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in July - Link
  • Axxess Keeps Its Clients Ahead of the Curve Concerning Major Regulatory Medicare Changes - Link
  • Look Inside: Coworking The Cowboys Way - Link
  • TWU Receives Nearly $1M Grant to Bolster Education in STEM Fields - Link
  • Seeing Double: How UNT Dallas’ School of Business Dean Is Leading the Program’s Rapid Expansion - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 111 Patents Granted for Week of July 23 - Link
  • Biologics Company LakePharma Opens Dallas Office - Link
  • Pizza Hut Lands the First-Ever Virtual Esports Stadium Rights Deal - Link
  • Happy? Sad? New UTD Study Uses AI to Examine What Affects Our Emotions - Link
  • DI People: One Technologies, ZeOmega, Dean Foods Make Executive Moves - Link
  • Kanarys Launches Unique Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Platform - Link
  • Kimberly-Clark ‘RightCycles’ a Giraffe’s Worth of Nitrile Gloves from Dallas Zoo - Link
  • 11 Years Later: Eno’s Shane Spillers on Food, Family, and Forging the Craft Beer Industry - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • How much is too much when it comes to Dallas-Fort Worth coworking offices? - Link
  • The best, most creative leaders in any field have a background in the arts - Link
  • Costco Business Center's Dallas opening has been delayed - Link
  • SMU gaming app aims to teach millions of U.S. adults who can't read - Link
  • Dallas' franchise king Guillermo Perales just opened his 1,000th store — and he's not done growing yet - Link
  • Callaway Golf nearly quadruples Fort Worth distribution center space with new warehouse lease - Link
  • Why Dallas needs a chief data officer — and why not having one should scare you - Link
  • Why did Shakey’s, once Dallas’ most popular pizza joint, close? Curious Texas investigates - Link
  • Longtime On The Border restaurant is closing in Dallas this weekend - Link
  • Dallas Cowboys' new coworking center in Frisco is already a success, even before it opens - Link
  • NBA star David Robinson's private equity firm buys company that repairs military vehicles - Link
  • Container Store debuts new Custom Closets concept in L.A., with Dallas store soon to follow - Link
  • Plano is America's second hardest-working city. Here's where other North Texas workaholics live - Link
  • A Topgolf inside a Buffalo Wild Wings is set to make its nationwide debut at DFW Airport - Link
  • J.C. Penney's top executive over stores and supply chain leaves abruptly as replacement hired - Link
  • Dallas and U.S. apartment renters are more likely staying put instead of moving - Link
  • A Dallas-Fort Worth Dreamer has a pitch for Texas business: ‘Let’s help you and me’ - Link
  • RealPage Inc. buys bill-paying company founded by Baylor University roommates - Link
  • ETF trading under T. Boone Pickens' moniker to replace crude stocks with 'low-carbon economy' leaders - Link
  • Chuck E. Cheese parent company cancels deal to bring Irving chain public - Link
  • International luxury cinema Cinépolis adds 6 Texas theaters with Moviehouse & Eatery acquisition - Link
  • With people drinking less milk, Dallas' Dean Foods hires new CEO for turnaround - Link
  • When popularity on social media exploded, North Texas teen had to rethink his priorities - Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Introducing the TMCx09 Medical Device Cohort Companies - Link
    - TMCx Blog
  • Digital Trends Live Episode - 179 With Station Houston’s Gabrielle Rowe - Link
  • Amazon delivers newest Tech Hub to Houston and plans to hire - Link
  • 2 Houston hospitals land on list of nation's best in new report - Link
  • New ranking of America's smartest cities puts Houston near back of the class - Link
  • Houston Outlaws esports team sold to local real estate investor for $40 million - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • 10+ can't-miss Houston business and innovation events for August - Link
  • University of Houston expert on feeling the churn of customers and what to learn from it - Link
  • Houston ranks high on lists for startup ecosystems and economic growth potential - Link
  • Houston-based travel software company closes multimillion-dollar Series A and plans growth - Link
  • Houston entrepreneur has created a way to protect vehicles from devastating floods - Link
  • Houston Spaceport to connect the city to the rest of the world - Link
  • 2 Houston hospitals honored among America's best in prestigious report - Link
  • When it comes to emergency preparation, Houston buildings need to focus on communication and compliance, says this expert - Link
  • Kinder Institute expands its urban data initiatives following $2.25M of fresh funds from the Houston Endowment - Link
  • 4 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
  • Global space startup and innovation connector opens Houston branch - Link
  • Amazon opens newest Tech Hub in Houston and plans to hire - Link
  • Testing around the web - Link
  • 5 Houston startups keeping Houston known as the Space City - Link
  • Low-vision technology allow for the seeing impaired to have access to Houston venues - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
    - InnovationMap / Culture Map Houston
  • Matsuda named interim provost - Link
  • No experience, no problem for Rice grad student turned top fundraising cyclist - Link
  • Oddball edge wins nanotube faceoff - Link
    - Rice University
  • Report: Houston real estate investor to buy local esports team in $40M deal - Link
  • HBJ reveals finalists for 2019 Fast 100, Houston's fastest-growing private companies - Link
  • Houston Business Journal's conversations with Ed Wulfe - Link
  • Origins: Retail guru’s most beloved projects are transformational - Link
  • Longtime Houston real estate developer dies at 85 - Link
  • Pittsburgh-based robotics co. opens Houston office - Link
  • Need snacks, diapers? On-demand retailer expands delivery to Houston - Link
  • Astros owner's logistics business names new CEO - Link
  • How Houston's skills gap could affect business - Link
  • Improving workplace productivity begins with quality sleep - Link
  • HBJ's inaugural Innovation Awards honorees revealed - Link
  • Behind the deal: Why Houston solar co. made public market debut with lower-than-expected IPO - Link
  • Houston-based coworking company opens in Greenway Plaza - Link
  • Millennial demands drive hotel-style amenities at Houston's office properties, panel says - Link
  • Funding Roundup: Houston PE firm raises $408M fund, local investor backs female-founded mobile app - Link
  • How a gig economy can hurt or benefit your company - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Medical device firm Procyrion passes key FDA milestone - Link
  • Peanut app for moms launches in Houston - Link
  • Fannin Innovation Studio closes $5M fundraising round - Link
  • Networks sue Locast service that streams TV for free - Link
    - The Houston Chronicle's Andrea Lienfelder / Techburger Blog
  • How Paralegals and Junior Lawyers Can Hurt Startups - Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer - Link
  • Startup Advisor & Board Compensation Guidelines - Shockwave Innovations’ Gordon Daughtery - Link
  • Awareness - Startup Decision Making’s Ben Dyer - Link
Tech Events Network: Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio
50 Ways to Fight Biases in the Workplace
by Lean In ATX
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
303 Colorado St #1600 Austin, TX 78701

Startup Grind Austin 
Master Bootstrappin' with Mark Phillip
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM CDT
701 Brazos St., Austin, Texas 78701

Austin Entrepreneur Social - August
Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Casa de Luz Village
1701 Toomey Road Austin, TX 78704

A Conversation with VC
Friday, August 16, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Addison TreeHouse
14681 Midway Road Addison, TX 75001

Laugh Hack: A Night Of Laughter and Networking
by Money In The Bank Productions
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT


Food Incubation Summit
October 23-24, 2019
Austin, Texas

Lean Startup Circle Houston
Market Validation, Part 2: How do founders discover and overcome fatal flaws?
Thursday, September 5, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce St · Houston, TX 77002
Technology, Space & Humanity
by The Austin Forum on Technology & Society
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 6:15 PM
Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701

1 Million Cups Austin
Wednesday, August 7 2019 at 8:45 AM
Walmart Technology 
409 Colorado St, Suite B, Austin, TX 78701 

BossbabesATX August '19 Community Meet-Up
Hosted by BossBabes ATX
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Native Hostel
807 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78702

TeXchange Austin
Thursday, August 22nd 2019 11:30am -1:00pm
Capital Factory
701 Brazos St. Austin, Texas 78701

Finding Hidden Markets for Business Growth
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Cook's Nook
502 Thompson Ln Austin, TX 78742

Technology Innovation Lecture Series: The Future of Payments
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall Rice University
6100 Main Street Houston, TX 77005

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