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Texas VC Report: $255M Invested In May, And The World’s Only LGBTQIA+ Startup Weekend Event - Link

- Crunchbase’s Mary Ann Azevedo

"Texas is the fourth largest state in terms of venture deals and the fifth largest when it comes to venture dollars raised. Since I’m lucky enough to live here, we wanted to dedicate a monthly column to covering cool startup happenings in Texas previously unreported on (by us at least)." - Mary Ann Azevedo

FloSports Raises $47m

  • Streaming Sports Site FloSports Raises $47 Million, Led by Discovery - US News’ Hilary Russ - Link
  • FloSports Lands $47 Million in Venture Capital Funding - Silicon Hills News - Link 
  • Austin-based FloSports scores $47 million in new funding - Austin American-Statesman - Link
  • FloSports Takes $47M For Live Digital Sports Broadcasting - TEXASTECHPULSE - Link 
  • FloSports gets $47M from heavy hitters for more live sports rights - Austin Business Journal - Link 
  • FloSports Scores $47M Series C Led by Discovery Inc. - AustinInno - Link

Help Regina Vatterott with her Recovery - Link

UPDATE: Regina had her sister write an update about her ongoing recovery: Facebook

On Sunday morning 4/31/19, Regina was rushed into emergency surgery due to a major brain bleed. 

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

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  • (Un)Reachable Markets - Link
    - Austin Startups
  • Dating App Bumble Is Opening Up a Wine Bar - Link
    - Bloomberg’s Kate Krader
  • Music Commission eyes minority populations in allocating $12M for creative spaces - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Zooey Deschanel on Her New Austin-based Startup - Link
    - ATX Woman
  • NASA, Liongard, Springdale, TFF, HX, Women@Austin & More TX Tech - Link
    - Xconomy's Angela Shah
  • 3 Austin entrepreneurs rank among Forbes' richest self-made women - Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • OmniSYS Buys Rx-net - Link
  • Lung Therapeutics Finds $36M - Link
  • Raptor Technologies Buys LobbyGuard - Link
  • Solera Founder and CEO Retires - Link
  • Tyler Technologies Goes Online With New Mexico Courts - Link
  • E2open Buys Averetek - Link
    - Texas Tech Pulse
  • Austin Tech Events to Attend in June - Link
  • Austin-based SmartDog Services Acquired by Apps Associates of Boston - Link
  • Austin-based Skills Fund is Acquired by Goal Structured Solutions of San Diego - Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • On the Road in Houston with the Texas Startups Roadshow (Video) - Link
  • On the Road in Dallas with the Texas Startups Roadshow (Video) - Link
  • From Perot Jain to Mayor Adler, Investors Line up to Back Hypergiant’s Vision for AI - Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom - Subscribe Here
  • Women in leadership: CognitiveScale's CRO talks growth plans, advice... - Link
  • Joint forces: Khoros’s CMO talks life after merger, the ‘why’ behind... - Link
  • Helping people 'go to work' is a big ask. Here's how 360training... - Link
  • This startup just raised $8M to streamline sign-ups and transactions - Link
  • Pro-Austin: How Procore's local team shines amid the company's massive... - Link
  • Take the leap: 7 Austin tech companies building work cultures worth... - Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Katie Fustich & Kelly O'Halloran
  • The perfect comeback to that earnest MLM guy you meet at every coffee shop - Link
    - The American Genius
  • Tech veteran with experience at Cvent, IBM to lead CMIT - Link
  • UT, city could team on redesign of old Home Depot in North Austin - Link
  • M&A wrap: Skills Fund sells, Epicor buys, IntelliEngines pivots - Link
  • The biggest public companies in Austin - Link
  • Documents shed light on what some Austin CEOs earn versus the rank-and-file - Link
  • Photo of the Week: The cutting edge of Austin's tech scene - Link
  • AMD's rise wins over more of Wall Street - Link
  • Austin picks new economic development director - Link
  • Winners and losers from the 2019 Texas Legislature - Link
  • Scribe Media founder envisions $1B impact on staid industry - Link
  • Startup roadshow connects Texas founders with investors - Link
  • How self-driving cars, smart roads and 5G could change Austin as we know it - Link
  • Firefly misses out on flying NASA to moon — for now - Link
  • Why creating a new economic development engine in Austin may be tricky - Link
  • Investor buys H-E-B's East Austin tech center - Link
  • Wells Fargo names new commercial banking exec amid leadership restructuring - Link
  • Hypergiant hooks up with Ross Perot's conglomerate, Japanese giant - Link
  • Lung Therapeutics releases details about $36M funding - Link
  • Abbott pledges resolution on plumbing regulations without special session - Link
  • Austin and San Antonio: A tale of two cities vying for tourists - Link
  • First look: Vrbo's new high-rise HQ is packed with amenities, design flourishes - Link
  • Infineon snaps up Cypress Semiconductor in $10B deal - Link
  • In the money June 3: Tons of dollars for health care - Link
  • M&A wrap: Amazon wants Austin advertising tech, TicketCity buys Fandeavor - Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • Law change means green light for Buffett's Texas dealerships - Link
  • More time to nominate a Top Workplace - Link
  • TRAFFIC TACTICS: As Austin grows, downtown tech companies work to find alternative transportation - Link
  • Retailers stop selling Fairlife dairy products after animal abuse allegations surface - Link
  • Austin's Q2 Holdings could raise $500 million with upsized stock, debt offerings - Link
  • Austin's SmartDog Services acquired by Apps Associates - Link
  • Dallas Fed: Trade tensions slowing Texas economic growth - Link
  • Austin ranked top 5 among most LGBTQ+ inclusive cities in the U.S. by Yelp - Link
  • Apple says App Store has created 133,000 Texas jobs - Link
  • Vrbo shows off its new Domain office tower - Link
  • Austin-based FloSports scores $47 million in new funding - Link
  • Austin's Lung Therapeutics raises $36 million to ramp up clinical trials - Link
  • In 'huge win,' AMD teams with Samsung and reenters mobile graphics market - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman / 512Tech

  • After the Geekdom Pre-Accelerator, FloatMe App Secures $25K from Alamo Angels - Link
  • Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Participant Checkups Scores $25K from Alamo Angels - Link
  • Catching Up with RealCo Accelerator Managing Director Cole Wollak - Link
  • San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of June 10, 2019 - Link
    - Startups San Antonio's Iris Gonzalez
  • Local Businesses Connect With Community During San Antonio Entrepreneur Week - Link
    - San Antonio Current
  • From Farm to (Financial) Table: Holt Ventures Partner Meg Paulus - Link
    - Xconomy's David Holley
  • CPS Energy Head Takes Stage for PechaKucha Vol. 34 - Link
  • San Antonio Had One of the First Summer Camps for Black Girls – Now, It’s Coming Back - Link
  • San Antonio Builds Pipeline for Tech Jobs as Local Skills Gap Narrows - Link
    - Rivard Report
  • Visit San Antonio taps VIA boss for new leadership - Link
  • Podcast: Turning clients into friends results in trusted partnerships and repeat business - Link
  • Health care disrupter raising millions to fund aggressive growth - Link
  • BizWomen SA: CE Group CEO Holliday on finding joy in work - Link
  • EDITOR'S NOTES: Time to get on the FastTrack - Link
  • Spurs put music festival at AT&T Center on hiatus over talent issues - Link
  • Pain treatment business expanding into telemedicine - Link
  • Inaugural Family-Owned Business Awards honorees meet each other - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Texas Tech Accelerator to award entrepreneurs $175,000 - Link
  • Apple may have a self-driving car startup in its acquisition sights - Link
    - Slashgear’s Chris Davies
  • Institutional Investor on Old Parkland Is Worth Your Time - Link
  • What Can Firms Tell Clients about Departing Financial Advisors? - Link
    - D Magazine
  • 2 DFW entrepreneurs rank among Forbes' richest self-made women - Link
    - Culture Map Dallas
  • Roofstock offers investors a piece of Dallas-Fort Worth residential rental market - Link
  • Plano fintech company is out raising again – and aiming for $55M this time - Link
  • SEC names new Fort Worth regional director - Link
  • More leave for dads means low turnover for moms - Link
  • Barbara Corcoran discusses A-Rod partnership, 'Shark Tank' businesses - Link
  • Sports betting? Apparel? Digital? Commissioner? David Levy ponders possibilities post-Turner - Link
  • After driverless car company wraps up pilot in DFW, Apple could step in with acquisition, report says - Link
  • After $120M deal, company wants to add hundreds of employees in Richardson - Link
  • Richardson technology company raises more than $12M in new funding effort - Link
  • Here's what to know about portfolio company performance for private equity firms - Link
  • AI-focused company raises funding amid sales, employee growth - Link
  • This tech firm is looking to go ‘bigger’ after already grabbing 1% of U.S. workforce - Link
  • Participate in the new Texas Cybersecurity survey - Link
  • Do CEOs really make 100X more than employees? They do here - Link
  • Two North Texas universities rank in top 10 list of best value schools - Link
  • Film incentives boosted to $50M in Texas - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Two North Texans Made the Forbes List of America’s Richest Self-Made Women - Link
  • How North Texas Meets the Needs of Advanced Manufacturing Companies - Link
  • Behind the Scenes: How Two North Texas Companies Are Reshaping the Pet Industry - Link
  • Discovery: UT Southwestern Earns Top Ranking, UNT Prof Helps Unravel Disease’s Genetic Risk Factors - Link
  • Sustainable Eatery MIXT Is Cooking Up Expansion Plans Around North Texas - Link
  • Prime Air: Drone Deliveries Get Closer With Amazon Trial - Link
  • Apple Reportedly Seeks to ‘Acqui‑Hire’ Autonomous Vehicle Company - Link
  • Follow the Money: Theatro Gets $12M, Cien Raises $3.5M, Pioneer Health Nets $45M - Link
  • Data and Evolving Tech Drive Changes in North Texas’ Advanced Manufacturing Facilities - Link
  • Perception of Deception: Museum of Illusions Headed to Dallas - Link
  • UTD and Rainbow Kids Partner in Summer Camp to Inspire Local Homeless Youth - Link
  • Dallas is One of Three Cities With a New Live Image-Capturing Project - Link
  • Hypergiant Industries Gains Funding from Sumitomo Corp. of Americas, Perot Jain - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 136 Patents Granted for Week of May 28 - Link
  • Capital Factory’s Texas Startups Roadshow Kicks Off in Dallas - Link
  • Technology Exports: New Report Says Texas a Major Player in Global Trade - Link
  • Dallas’ Entertainment Giant Dave & Buster’s Unveils a New Virtual Playground - Link
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Receives $150K to Expand Workforce Development Capacity - Link
  • Innovative Spaces: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Integrates Advanced Tech in its New Business Center at AllianceTexas - Link
  • Photo Recap: Dallas Hosts its First DreamHack Festival - Link
  • DI People: GameStop, Solera Holdings, OutMatch, VAR Technology Finance Make Executive Moves - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Walmart to begin direct-to-your-fridge grocery delivery this fall - Link
  • Walmart's tech focus: 'Take friction out' of 160 million weekly transactions - Link
  • The Federal Reserve is usurping authority and here's why you should care - Link
  • Alliance Data Systems names new CEO, moves corporate HQ out of Plano - Link
  • SEC picks former enforcement lawyer David Peavler as new Fort Worth regional director - Link
  • Dallas industrial park is sold, Infinite Electronics grows: A look at D-FW commercial real estate transactions - Link
  • Why Apple wants to buy a self-driving startup that ran tests in North Texas - Link
  • Rent the Runway opens Arlington fulfillment center with 500-plus employees by year end - Link
  • Why Facebook is investing in a huge solar farm in Texas that'll cost $416 million - Link
  • Office furniture firm Steelcase grabs two Carrollton industrial buildings to grow its D-FW operations - Link
  • Would you like wine or ale with your home-delivered meal? 'Enjoy,’ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says - Link
  • Dallas pipeline firm, beer brewer sign up to buy Texas-made solar power - Link
  • DART hired Uber to drive around riders. Now, it's considering driverless buses - Link
  • Meet the Dallas duo who bought Harvey Weinstein’s company and scored an instant hit - Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • AI Game changer Hypergiant announces new funding; continues meteoric growth - Link
  • Dallas and Fort Worth Mayors Lead Business Mission to Australia - Link
    - Launch DFW
  • Virtual platforms help surgeons plan ahead - Link
  • TMCx Demo Day offers digital health solutions for urgent issues - Link
  • The Early Bird Bleed Monitoring System is the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for internal complications - Link
  • NextMed: Building a durable, flexible iris - Link
  • How should we define innovation? - Link
    - TMCx
  • Welcoming WHMCS to the WebPros Family - cPanel - Link
  • Pierpont Makes Strategic Investments in Key Talent Across the Region - Link
  • 5 Texas entrepreneurs rank among Forbes' richest self-made women - Link
  • Overheard: Oil and gas experts weigh in on the future of low-carbon energy and Houston's role in the movement - Link
  • TMC Innovation Institute introduces new early stage programming opportunities for health care workers - Link
  • 5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week - Link
  • These are the 3 downtown Houston coworking concepts expecting to deliver by end of 2020 - Link
  • What you need to know for when your startup hits the big time, according to this Houston expert - Link
  • Houston entrepreneur launches an app that matches patients to their ideal therapist - Link
  • Tenavox leader on expanding in Texas and LGBTQ representation within in innovation - Link
  • University of Houston ranks among top schools for issued patents - Link
  • 5 things you need to know about Houston's Microsoft- and Intel-backed accelerator program - Link
  • 3 TMCx companies have raised funds while completing the Houston accelerator - Link
  • Texas boasts highest starting pay in nation and more perks for workers, study says - Link
  • Exclusive: Silicon Valley startup accelerator and venture capital firm will launch its Houston program by the end of the year - Link
  • Houston SaaS startup closes $4.5 million Series A round of funding - Link
  • 10+ can't-miss Houston business and innovation events for June - Link
  • Silicon Valley startup accelerator and venture capital firm will launch its Houston program by the end of the year - Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
    - InnovationMap / Culture Map Houston
  • Josh Mecca – M&S Biotics - Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • New Owls learn all about entrepreneurship - Link
  • Texas lawmakers dug in their heels on marijuana reform, says Baker Institute expert - Link
  • Molecular bait can help hydrogels heal wounds - Link
  • Microscopic ‘donuts’ a treat for quantum tech - Link
  • New genetic weapons challenge sickle cell disease - Link
  • Nanomaterial safety on a nano budget - Link
    - Rice University
  • UH Symposium Offers Update on Monetization of Carbon - Link
  • UH Experts Discuss SCOTUS Ruling on 2020 Census Citizenship Question - Link
  • UH Ranks among Top 100 Global Universities for Patents - Link
    - University of Houston
  • Deloitte’s Houston managing partner explains how the digital age is shaking up hiring - Link
  • University of St. Thomas set to embark on significant growth trajectory - Link
  • New Kroger Houston president talks future plans, innovations and more - Link
  • Photos: Life Time opens its first Houston coworking space in CityCentre - Link
  • Meet 2019's 40 Under 40: Former teacher dedicates his life to helping underserved students - Link
  • Houston co. receives $77M NASA contract for lunar mission - Link
  • Wells Fargo names new Houston commercial banking exec amid leadership restructuring - Link
  • Meet 2019's 40 Under 40: Houston lawyer spearheads cultural concert - Link
  • Meet 2019's 40 Under 40: Houstonian's high-risk pregnancy inspires memoir, career path - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Houston-based Intuitive Machines to be among first private U.S. companies to land on the moon - Link
  • Student to CEO: Local startup accelerator launches summer program to groom next generation of entrepreneurs - Link
  • Saudi Aramco’s venture arm pumps cash into startups seeking to reshape the energy industry - Link
  • Law school starts incubator for community-minded graduates - Link
  • Which Texas universities received the most utility patents in 2018 - Link
  • Plug and Play investment firm to open Houston office - Link
    - The Houston Chronicle's Andrea Lienfelder / Techburger Blog
  •  86th Legislative Session Update #17 – FINAL - Link
  • Why “RANTS” Don’t Work - Link
    - McAllen Chamber of Commerce
  • The Foundation Newsletter by Rich Winley - Subscribe
  • Men Tell All: Gender Equality in the workplace … the morning after. - Prowess Project - Link
  • The Reason You Can't Hire - Michael Girdley - Link
  • Let's be honest. Startups suck. - Keith Casey - Link
  • Loretta Lynn – Differentiation - Gordon Daugherty - Link
  • I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me  - Link
  • Uber’s Path of Destruction - American Affairs Journal  - Link
  • BeatBox Co-Founder on the Best Advice He Got From Investor Mark Cuban - Video
  • Purpose, Curiosity, and Humility in Innovation - Voltage Control’s Douglas Ferguson - Link
  • How to Get a Room Full of Lawyers to Think Differently - Voltage Control’s Douglas Ferguson - Link
  • You Are Confident They Are A Fit For Your Team. It Turns Out They Are Not.  - Link
  • Startup Bibles - The top startups' internal processes | Product Hunt  - Link
  • CIO Speaks – Gigaom  - Link
  • How to Use the Facebook Event Setup Tool : Social Media Examiner  - Link
  • Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas  - Link
  • How this woman’s journey to becoming a startup CEO illustrates tech industry’s gender issues – GeekWire  - Link
  • The US economy is about to break a record. These 11 charts show why - CNN  - Link
  • How to Get Unstuck and Start a New Project – Ep 92 | Communities That Convert  - Link
  • I can't handle the truth - 5+8 - Link
  • The Faustian Bargain of the Maker - The end of Make: Magazine and the rise and fall of a community? - Alasdair Allan - Link
  • A peek inside Sequoia Capital’s low-flying, wide-reaching scout program - TechCrunch’s Connie Loizos - Link
  • The Hoxby Collective: Putting Heart And Soul Into The Freelance Revolution - Forbes Contributor Jon Younger - Link
  • Life hacks from Marcus Aurelius: How Stoicism can help us - World Economic Forum - Link
  • Israeli Tech’s Dirty Ops - Richard Silverstein - Link
  • Guy Kawasaki On The 11 Lessons That Changed His Life - Link
  • Bunker Labs Narrative Series: Plated - Link
  • The Best Podcasts for Small Businesses - Scalefactor - Link
  • All WeWork And No Play - NPR - Link
  •  How to Raise Money From a VC - Scott Kupor - Link
  • I’m a 33 year old, white, male, Managing Director in the media industry. And I previously looked at D&I from the wrong angle. - Managing Director at Raconteur Will Brookes - Link
Tech Events Network: Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio
DEI Leaders Meetup | Austin
Monday, June 10, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
The Riveter Austin
1145 West 5th Street
Austin, TX 78703

Pitch Night for the Innovation Bridge Mexico-Austin Cohort
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Consulate General of Mexico Austin
5202 East Ben White Boulevard Austin, TX 78741

MassChallenge Texas in Houston 2019 Cocktails + Connections
by MassChallenge Texas
Friday, June 14, 2019 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
Hotel Alessandra
1070 Dallas Street Third Floor Bell 1 Ballroom Houston, TX 77002

1 Million Cups Double Shot joins forces with Bunker Labs
Wednesday, June 19th 9:00AM - 10:30AM CDT
Holiday Inn Austin North
2370 Chisholm Trail Round Rock, TX 78681

Houston's Social Media Day Conference 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM CDT
Houston Chronicle
4747 Southwest Freeway Houston, Texas 77027

Ask Me Anything with Brad Bentz, principal with ATX Venture Partners
Presented by Silicon Hills News
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Galvanize - Austin
119 Nueces Street Austin, TX 78701

OPEN Houston Roundtable
by OPEN Houston
Friday, June 28, 2019 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys At Law
1200 Smith Street #Suite 1400 Houston, TX 77002
Bunker Breakfast: Sports & Entertainment Tech
Tuesday July 9 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM CST
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Austin TX 78701

AI: The Power, Promise & Pragmatic Potential
Presented by the Austin Forum
Tuesday June 11, 2019 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Austin Central Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701

Connect Like A Boss: Speed Networking
General Assembly, Bumble & Young Women's Alliance
Wednesday, June 12th 6:30 – 8:30 pm CDT
W Austin Hotel
200 Lavaca St. Austin, Texas

Austin Chamber June Summer Social Happy Hour
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM
Cannon + Belle
500 E 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
8th Annual Entrepreneurial Roundtable
Hosted by Shelly Brenckman
June 17 at 8:30 AM – Jun 19 at 12:30 PM
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843

Fuckup Nights Houston - Vol. XV
by Impact Hub Houston + Creative Vida + FACC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Oakmont Houston
1916 Baldwin St Houston, TX 77002

MassChallenge Texas in Austin 2019 Startup Showcase
Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Native Hostel and Bar & Cafe
807 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78702
Austin Digital Jobs (ADJ) Recruiting Mixer
by Austin Digital Jobs Group
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
10900 Stonelake Blvd #350 Austin, TX 78759

Secretary of Defense Mattis - Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
World Affairs Council Houston
Thursday, August 01, 2019 7:00PM - 8:15PM
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
500 Texas St. 2nd Floor Houston, TX 77002

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