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Geekdom Fund opens new $50M investment fund - Link

- The San Antonio Business Journal's 
“San Antonio-based Geekdom Fund has launched its third fund with $40 million in investment, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The new fund is the Geekdom Fund's third and largest equity-based venture capital investment pool. Listed as Geekdom Fund III LP, it has raised the $40 million from seven investors and has $10 million left in equity…”

Bayou Startup Showcase

Help us celebrate the launch of the newest startups from Rice University's OwlSpark and University of Houston's RED Labs!
Bayou Startup Showcase
Thursday August 1, 2019 3:00 – 7:00 p.m
The Cannon
1400 Brittmoore Road Houston, TX 77043

  • Real Estate Startup Homeward Secures $25M In Debt & Equity To Help People Buy Homes Faster - Link
    - Crunchbases’ Mary Ann Azevedo
  • At-Home Health Tests Get the Direct-to-Consumer Treatment (Everlywell) - Link
    - Bloomberg’s Arianne Cohen
  • Health Tech Austin Interviews Kerry Rupp - General Partner, True Wealth Ventures - Link
  • Announcing the Divinc Fall 2019 Cohort - Link
  • Newchip Accelerator Launches New Seed Cohort in July 2019 - Link
  • Texas-Sized Cleantech Scene Built by IN2 - Link
  • Hero Digital is acquiring Austin-based marketing company Bulldog Solutions - Link
    - Philly’s Paige Gross
  • Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: TrustRadius - NextCoast Ventures - Link
  • U.S. Army looking to Austin entrepreneurs for answers - Link
  • As UTIMCO goes through changes, it still favors early stage, emerging funds - Link
    - PE Hub
  • 21 Teams Gather at Capital Factory to Hack Daimler North America’s Voice Technology for Truck… - Link
    - Austin Startups
  • 42 Startups Graduate from Newchip’s Inaugural Accelerator Cohort - Link
  • City finds almost 7,000 unregistered short-term rentals, with enforcement on the way - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Turnkey, TrustRadius, Homeward, Geekdom, Ion, GasMob, & More TX Tech - Link
    - Xconomy
  • CyrusOne Sets CIO - Link
  • Compass Datacenters Buys Canada's Root Data Center - Link
  • TrustRadius Finds $12.5M - Link
  • Homeward Gets $25M For Real Estate Startup - Link
  • NTT DATA Links Into Google Cloud Premier - Link
    - Texas Tech Pulse
  • Austin-based TrustRadius Raises $12.5 Million in Funding - Link
  • Austin-based Homeward Raises $25 Million in Debt and Equity Funding - Link
  • Austin’s TurnKey Vacation Rentals Raises $46 Million in Additional Funding - Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • In Austin, a Majority of Short-Term Rentals Operate Illegally - Link
  • Austin Vacation Rental Management Startup Raises $48M - Link
  • TrustRadius Raises $12.5M and Plans to Double Headcount - Link
  • DivInc’s New Cohort Innovates for Cannabis, AI and Beyond - Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom - Subscribe Here
  • This Austin Startup Wants to Make First Dates Feel More Meaningful - Link
  • Beyond stars: TrustRadius raises $12.5M to scale its B2B peer review... - Link
  • TurnKey raises $48M in funding to make managing vacation rentals a... - Link
  • We heart Austin tech: 10 Austin tech sales gurus on why they love... - Link
  • Weekly refresh: Austin ranks high in tech talent, and Ground Labs... - Link
  • Homeward secures $25M in funding to flip the home buying process - Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Katie Fustich & Kelly O'Halloran
  • SXSW Moments: Is it Real — or Fake? - Link
  • SXSW Moments: Future Travel - Link
    - SXSW’s Hugh Forrest
  • Journal Profile: Leading businesses is in Kurt Rathmann's DNA - Link
  • H-E-B names Quest for Texas Best 2019 finalists: Here are the Austin-area contenders - Link
  • Austin's Moviehouse & Eatery sold to Dallas company - Link
  • M&A wrap: Austin's latest deals in marketing & security - Link
  • uShip CEO to step down, replacement named - Link
  • Ground Labs chooses ATX for HQ, plans to hire - Link
  • Startup Hippo gains unicorn status - Link
  • Baker Botts partners with Capital Factory - Link
  • Tech company Spreetail cuts dozens of jobs in Austin - Link
  • Round Rock Chamber names new CEO - Link
  • How Cision-TrendKite merger is working 7 months after $225M deal - Link
  • Startup's smell alarms neighbors in little Buda - Link
  • There are more than 10,000 short-term rentals in Austin. The overwhelming majority are illegal. - Link
  • Stellar views, music-inspired design found at new $70M SXSW HQ tower - Link
  • TurnKey Vacation Rentals nabs $48M to grow - Link
  • 13 diverse startups to watch - Link
  • TrustRadius to double headcount after raising almost $13M - Link
  • Austin ranks No. 1 for growth in million-dollar businesses - Link
  • Homeward scores millions from LiveOak, Opcity to help people buy homes in cash - Link
  • Report: Army Futures Command needs improvement when it comes to working with business - Link
  • In the money July 22: More than $8M raised for fashion, tech & health care - Link
    - Austin Business Journal
  • Austin's Venturi Wealth Management sees opportunity in private equity - Link
  • Austin Central Library’s new seed library a free way to expand your garden - Link
  • Austin baby food maker spoons up $1.5M to expand paleo-inspired product line - Link
  • Austin-based uShip shuffles management team, names new CEO - Link
  • Austin-area homebuilders slowed pace in 2nd quarter - Link
  • Online retailer Spreetail lays off 86 Austin workers as it shifts focus - Link
  • A look inside the new SXSW Center - Link
  • Austin startup TrustRadius raises $12.5M, plans to double staff - Link
  • Austin's TurnKey Vacation Rentals lands $48 million for expansion - Link
  • Austin real estate startup Homeward raises $25M for growth - Link
  • Austin's Bulldog Solutions acquired by San Francisco marketing firm - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman / 512Tech

  • San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 29, 2019 - Link
    - Startup San Antonio
  • TechTonics: From Fireworks to Fundraising, Michael Girdley Leads Cheer for SA Tech Scene - Link
  • ‘Cannabusiness’ Panel Talks Budding CBD Industry in SA - Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • Charles Schwab agrees to buy USAA Investment Management for $1.8B - Link
  • CPRIT grants help Bexar County with cancer prevention, research - Link
  • Jungle Disk's TeamPassword expands user accessibility with new app - Link
  • TRTF courts DoD to bring military medical research hub to Merchants Ice campus - Link
  • Weston enlisting former Rackers as corporate recruiters - Link
  • UTSA launches open source security software to protect users on AWS - Link
  • Executive Q&A: Meet San Antonio's newest Nasdaq-listed company - Link
  • SA to be home for new shared-space redevelopment - Link
  • "Hiring our Heroes" event provides job opportunities for local veterans and their spouses - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Killing my own startup: Why I decided to leave Fade. - Link
    - Farhaj Mayan
  • Traxo Provides easyJet’s Corporate Travel Clients With a Solution to Aid Capturing Their Business Travel Bookings for Duty of Care and Spend Tracking - Link
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth Area Gets Another Esports Arena - Link
  • Is Dallas Really Attracting Tons of Young Professionals? - Link
  • Jody and Sheila Grant to Be Honored at D CEO’s 2019 Nonprofit Awards - Link
  • This D Magazine Intern Encourages Students to Take Her Place - Link
  • Photo Recap: D CEO Women’s Breakfast Panel - Link
    - D Magazine
  • QuakeCon Will Celebrate 30 Years of Gory Gaming Goodness With New DOOM - Link
    - Dallas Observer
  • Dallas is one of the country's top cities for Opportunity Zone investing, according to new report - Link
  • Deep Ellum comedy staple to open new location with full-service restaurant, coworking space - Link
  • Inside Opportunity Zones: Here's how the program works, what it means for DFW - Link
  • Will Opportunity Zones in North Texas leave some residents behind? - Link
  • Plano software company lands its biggest cloud-based contract ever at $85M - Link
  • 'Uber for kids'? New rideshare for pre-teens, teens launches in Dallas - Link
  • Why this Fort Worth coworking-coffee shop hybrid is targeting multifamily developers - Link
  • Amazon inks deal with residential real estate company with DFW ties - Link
  • The future of grocery stores is being shaped by mixed-use development, technology - Link
  • Why millennials are choosing – or spurning – Dallas - Link
  • DFW fintech firm that’s gathered about $20M in funding looks for more growth - Link
  • Public company rumored to eye relocation to North Texas adds Dallas skyline to investor site - Link
  • Exclusive: Growing DFW company 'out of parking spots' completes first major acquisition - Link
  • Texas M&A plummeted in first half of the year - Link
  • Roundup for recent deals and dollars | July 22, 2019 - Link
  • Message to execs that want to collaborate with Texas-based Army Futures Command: 'Come visit' - Link
  • This Dallas organization helps entrepreneurs in a number of ways — but networking is not one of them - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Irving-Based Textellent is Awarded a Patent for Its TCPA Compliant Telemarketing Texts - Link
  • Discovery: UTD Works to Make Nanomedicines Safer; UTSW’s Breakthrough in Cancer Research - Link
  • Walgreens Adopts Dallas-Based Theatro’s SaaS Solutions for Nearly 10,000 Stores - Link
  • SMU Researchers Among Team Using Video Game Tech to Fight Cancer in Africa - Link
  • Tyler Technologies Signs $85M 10-Year Deal With North Carolina Judicial System - Link
  • Follow the Money: Naya Raising $2.5M to Back Viviota; Tenet Plans Conifer Spin-Off; Compass Datacenters Makes Acquisition - Link
  • 2 DFW Workforce Agencies Get State Grants Totaling $750K - Link
  • Dallas is One of 40 Cities Chosen For Twitter’s First-Ever Global Experiential Activation - Link
  • Common Desk is Powering Coworking and Office Amenities With Its New Mobile App - Link
  • Capital Factory Boosts Statewide Connectivity With Its New Location - Link
  • Spectral MD Gets $27M to Advance Trials of AI-Powered Wound, Burn Care Device - Link
  • The Recovery is the Best Part of a Disaster - Link
  • Dallas Invents: 156 Patents Granted for Week of July 16 - Link
  • Venture X to Open Full-Floor Coworking Space in Offices at The Realm in Lewisville - Link
  • Kings Club Coworking Space in Historic Dallas High School Vies for Entrepreneurial Creatives - Link
  • Plano’s Siemens Digital Industries Software is Driving Mazda’s Next-Gen Autos - Link
  • DI People: DART, Purple Land, Varsity Brands Name New Innovation and Tech Leaders - Link
  • Count Her In: Texas Women’s Foundation Celebrates the History of Women’s Suffrage - Link
  • The Largest Robotics Competition in the World is Returning to Dallas - Link
  • Thomson Reuters’ Confirmation Acquisition Will Simplify Audit Workflow for Customers - Link
  • Diversity in the Workplace: The Key to Innovation - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Comerica executive tapped to lead high-profile Wells Fargo division - Link
  • Retail Therapy: CBD-infused products land in Texas, and Swappa wants to sell your electronics - Link
  • D-FW is among cities with the most to gain from new real estate Opportunity Zones - Link
  • Plano-based Tyler Technologies signs record $85 million software contract - Link
  • 'Mass layoff' hits Huawei's Plano-based research arm Futurewei amid trade crackdown - Link
  • No, the U.S. is not energy independent and here's why - Link
  • North Texas YouTuber Preston Arsement surpasses 10 million subscribers with family-friendly channel - Link
  • Tenet Healthcare plans spinoff of its payment services business - Link
  • 2 former execs admit swindling Dallas bank out of $1.2M for lavish vacations - Link
  • Coworking firm Venture X lands in Lewisville with new location - Link
  • First came Buc-ee's, and now small-town Terrell's new big box stores are opening - Link
  • Smile! Bags of Lay's potato chips will feature kindhearted Dallas people - Link
  • Corporations make a real difference for LGBTQ Americans - Link
  • Meditating at McDonald's: Chronic understaffing is a sign of greater economic ills - Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • Fannin Innovation Studio Closes $5.25 Million Fundraising Round; Total Portfolio Funding Now Exceeds $115 Million - Link
  • Meet Aquanaut, the Underwater Transformer - IEEE’s Evan Ackerman - Link
  • The Cannon Main Campus is Now Open! - Link
  • Modernize Your Move - Link
    - The Cannon Blog
  • Introducing the TMCx09 Medical Device Cohort Companies - Link
  • Why hospitals are investing in health care upstream - Link
    - TMCx Blog
  • The Cannon’s Houston Entrepreneurial Campus Now Open! - Link
    - The Cannon Blog
  • 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
  • Clever app that's like Tinder for moms swipes into Houston - Link
  • Iconic Sears building's transformation breaks ground in Midtown - Link
  • TMCx announces its next medical device cohort with 5 startups hailing from Houston - Link
  • Rice University researcher studies whether engaging with unethical consumers pays off - Link
  • First-of-its-kind app for pool sharing splashes into Houston - Link
  • New TMCx program launches, C-level execs named at Houston startups, and more innovation news - Link
  • Houston company is using 3D printing to enhance surgeon training and prevent avoidable patient deaths - Link
  • Houston entrepreneur using cloud-based AI technology in space and satellite applications - Link
  • Here's how to make Houston the smartest city in America - Link
  • Photos: The Cannon unveils its 120,000-square-foot startup hub in West Houston - Link
  • Houston-based international law firm forms partnerships with local startup accelerators - Link
  • Houston home builder stays ahead of the competition by incorporating new technologies - Link
  • Overheard: The Ion breaks ground in Midtown's former Sears building - Link
  • 3 Houston innovators to know this week - Link
    - InnovationMap / Culture Map Houston
  • Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues - Link
  • Kinder Institute will expand urban data work with $2.25M from Houston Endowment - Link
    - Rice University
  • H-E-B names Quest for Texas Best 2019 finalists, to hold final round in Houston - Link
  • Houston solar co. prices downsized IPO below initial range, starts trading - Link
  • Op-ed: Cybercrimes are an issue that should not be taken lightly - Link
  • Four steps to a successful digital transformation - Link
  • Notable Houston law firm partners with Texas tech accelerators for startup, investor practice - Link
  • Fitness chain backed by A-Rod to open first Houston location in Galleria area - Link
  • 120K SF entrepreneurial campus officially opens in west Houston - Link
  • Questions to ask yourself when considering an executive role - Link
  • Houston-based national retailer to convert 100 more stores to off-price chain - Link
  • Amazon enters homebuying business with new partnership - Link
  • First NASA flight director dies at 95 - Link
  • Construction progresses as New Orleans brewery nears Houston opening date - Link
  • Houston-based app company expects significant employment growth by fall - Link
  • Funding Roundup: Energy tech co. grows C-suite, Apartment Butler changes name, female-focused VC fund makes first investment - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Amazon launches Houston web services hub as city looks to boost tech sector - Link
  • JPMorgan Chase commits $1M to affordable housing, improving small business credit scores - Link
  • UT Austin creates method for banks to 'know when to fold 'em' - Link
  • Houston energy analytics firm raises $20M - Link
    - The Houston Chronicle's Andrea Lienfelder / Techburger Blog
  • 6 Questions to Ask When Considering an Accelerator - Elise Graham Kennedy - Link
  • Toys 'R' Us Is Back. Meet The $40 Million-Backed Startup That Made It Possible - Forbes Alexandra Wilson - Link
  • Discomfort is Necessary for Innovation - Sterling Hawkins - TEDxChulaVista - Link
  • This Key-Fob Is Like A Universal Remote For All Your Smart-Devices - Yanko Designs - Sarang Sheth - Link - Kickstarter
  • How AI Encourages Marketers to Be More Thoughtful With Data - AdWeek’s B. Bonin Bough - Link
  • Advice from founders on VC - Sammy Abdullah - Link
  • The Israeli startups taking NYC property-tech by storm - Link
  • Nick Soman (Cofounder and CEO of Decent) on the Future of Health Insurance - Forward Thinking Founders - Link
  • What restaurants need to know since Global Payments merged with TSYS - Flyght’s Chris Rumpf - Link
  • Why More Brands Are Ditching The CMO Position - AdAge’s E.J. Schultz - Link
  • 2018 U.S. Food & Beverage Startup Investment Report - Food+Tech’s Ryan Williams
    - Link
  • Time to launch an MVP: guidance on how to launch an MVP whilst avoiding potential pitfalls - Max Babych - Link
  • Free SaaS tools for companies on a budget (and a pre-formatted budgeting sheet) - Link
  • Latina at Helm of First VC-Backed Tech Accelerator for Latinx-Led Startups - Link
  • Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator introduces its third startup class - Link
  • Patriot Boot Camp Announces Partnership With Google For Startups - Link
  • Six Benefits of Innovation Consulting - Voltage Control’s Douglas Ferguson - Link
  • I Asked 100 Founders, CEOs and VCs About Career Transitions — Here’s What I Learned - Link
Tech Events Network: Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio
PitchRural Event
Hosted by The PlatForum
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9 AM – 2 PM
Fayette County District Court
La Grange, Texas

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

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
Governor’s Small Business Workshop - Gulf Coast
August 1, 2019 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center
400 W. Walker Street, League City, Texas, 77573

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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