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¡¡¡¡Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State
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¡¡¡¡Today we celebrate the 300th issue of the Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter. Every week as I start to compile the most relevant startup news from across the State of Texas, I imagine that I¡¯m fighting a battle to cover everything important. If I win the round for the week, my readers are armed with the most updated news to help understand our startup and investment landscape, and if I lose, it means that I¡¯ve overlooked something significant and my readers miss out. I¡¯m no warrior (obviously sitting in front of a screen all day certainly doesn¡¯t help my dad bod to look as fit as a Spartan), but I do fight to make sure that founders, funders, and service providers that care about Texas startups have enough information to fight and win their own professional wars.
¡¡¡¡As we round the corner of 300 consistently published weeks of the newsletter, in addition to 37 issues of the sister publication for the Consumer Packaged Goods community (https://www.bit.ly/txboxed) I must thank my ¡®Army¡¯ without whom none of this would be possible: My employer, the startup-focused boutique law firm Egan Nelson (https://www.egannelson.com) and the attorney who hired me six (!) years ago, Jos¨¦ Ancer who writes the excellent https://siliconhillslawyer.com/ blog, my sponsors over the years including Dell for Entrepreneurs, WeWork, Flatiron School, and General Assembly, the professional journalists and publications of the articles themselves, and especially you the reader who spends part of your Sunday scanning through the 300+ headlines that go into every issue. I must give special recognition for meritorious service to my own Home Front: my wife Joy and our girls who graciously allow me the space of several hours every Saturday morning to put this together for you by hand since August 2015.
¡¡¡¡The best way for you to continue to support this war effort is to share the newsletter with your friends and colleagues and send intel on published news and events that are relevant to the Texas startup community to email@example.com. Thank you and remember: THIS. IS. TEXAS!
¡¡¡¡- Houston Public Media¡¯s Lucio Vasquez
¡¡¡¡Largest innovation maker hub in Texas Launches in East End Houston ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Click2HoustonHow public funding enabled creation of $38M East End Maker Hub ¡ª Link¡°A new East End innovation hub that aims to turn the Houston neighborhood into a national manufacturing epicenter opened its doors Thursday.The 300,000 square-foot East End Maker Hub will serve as an incubator for high-tech manufacturing, medical and fabrication companies, officials said.The facility¡¯s developers aim to create 1,000 new companies over the next five years, which could potentially bring thousands of new advanced manufacturing jobs into the East End ¡ª an area that was once booming with a wide array of industrialized work.The $38 million facility was mostly paid for with federal funds, distributed through the city of Houston. It was developed in partnership with tech incubator TXRX Labs and Urban Partnerships Community Development Corp.¡± ¡ª Houston Public Media¡¯s Lucio Vasquez
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¡¡¡¡Productable Inks Deal with U.S. Air Force ¡ª LinkUnchained Capital Announces $25m Series A Led by NYDIG and Stone Ridge Holdings Group ¡ª LinkBitcoin-Based Lender Raises $25 Million as Loan Growth Soars- Link
¡¡¡¡- BloombergAs Austin¡¯s I-35 Mess Gains National Attention, the City Refocuses on the Palm District: Applying an ¡°equity lens¡± to reimagine the blocks alongside Austin¡¯s gnarliest highway ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- The Austin ChronicleVertify Partners with Zirous to Deliver Complimentary Offerings Through Both Software & Services ¡ª LinkCan Digital Technologies make us Better Humans? ¡ª LinkEthical AI: Demographic Bias in Facial Recognition Technology ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Austin StartupsI24 Supply Company, DM3D Technology and Elementum Named Winners of Hackthemachine Heavy Metal by Fathom5 ¡ª LinkTikTok scours downtown Austin for space ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- KXAN.COME-bikes, pandemic boost MetroBike ridership ¡ª LinkAustin Energy leader insists utility is resilient ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Austin MonitorCelebrities + Investments: Can They Be Trusted? ¡ª LinkJem Aswad, Music News Writer, and Pop Culture Expert ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Mediatech.venturesAustinites hop on meme stock AMC with hopes of big gains ¡ª LinkAustin renters plagued with higher rents, fewer deals heading into summer ¡ª LinkReport: TikTok scouting tower in Downtown Austin ¡ª LinkNational workers shortage reaches heights in Austin with half as many available workers for every open job ¡ª LinkCouncil eyes property tax hike above 3.5% ¡ª LinkWhen it rains it pours: Austin catches more rainfall than gloomy Seattle ¡ª LinkElon Musk, Tesla owners bring attention to law that keeps sales of Cybertruck and Model Y out of Texas ¡ª LinkSix months living in foodie Austin, Elon Musk shows signs of opening a Tesla restaurant ¡ª LinkTech workers and millennials trip on LSD and magic mushrooms in Austin psychedelic resurgence ¡ª Link¡®Boomtown¡¯ Austin leads country in tech migration, LinkedIn data says ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- AustoniaLillian Mills Appointed Dean of the McCombs School of Business ¡ª LinkWhat Makes an Excellent Professor? ¡ª LinkEquity is Playing a Part in Vaccine Hesitancy in Texas ¡ª LinkWhat the Great Unmasking Means for My Mom and Other Transplant Patients ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- University of TexasEnterprise Learning Platform A Cloud Guru to Be Acquired by Pluralsight ¡ª LinkHow Austin¡¯s Tech Scene Is Celebrating Pride and Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community ¡ª LinkNeed Some Real-World Tech Experience? Try This Austin Company ¡ª LinkVolcon EPowersports Brings in $17.5M to Double Production, Hire Ahead of Launch ¡ª LinkNow Hiring: These 11 Austin Companies Are Looking For Top Talent ¡ª LinkHypori Raises $20M to Expand Into Fintech and Healthcare, Hire 30+ ¡ª LinkAustin¡¯s 5 Largest Tech Funding Rounds Totaled $866M in May ¡ª LinkRev.com¡¯s Hiring Push, Homeward Raised $371M, and More Austin Tech News ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Built in AustinDeep dive into Austin¡¯s startup scene ¡ª LinkJournal Profile: New Texan Glenn Hamer is ¡í1 fan of state¡¯s business climate, BBQ ¡ª LinkSecurityLink names new CEO, first CMO ¡ª LinkCompanies making revenue leaps have the cloud in common ¡ª LinkOracle pays $254M for Nashville tech hub land ¡ª LinkPNC names Austin market president after BBVA USA buy ¡ª LinkHow the business community fared during 87th Texas Legislature ¡ª LinkTexas loosens alcohol-selling rules for restaurants ¡ª LinkTexas will slightly expand medical cannabis program ¡ª LinkChanges to online sales tax thwarted ¡ª LinkThe top Austin tech and startup executive hires and promotions (May 2021) ¡ª LinkHomeward CEO hopes to shift housing market in buyers¡¯ favor with fresh $371M funding ¡ª LinkBusiness leaders moving forward with high hopes for the road ahead ¡ª LinkTikTok said to be looking at downtown Austin tower that Facebook passed up ¡ª LinkHow wealth management can adapt to changing needs of market, talent pipeline ¡ª LinkAustin leads nation in tech migration, according to LinkedIn ¡ª LinkNikki Graham retiring, David Bader to become new Austin market president for Bank of America ¡ª LinkSwitch to put data center next to Dell HQ ¡ª LinkAustin social care company Aunt Bertha raises $27M ¡ª LinkAustin¡¯s Best Places to Work revealed for 2021 ¡ª LinkLillian Mills named permanent dean of McCombs School of Business at UT Austin ¡ª LinkKeller Williams¡¯ new head of DEI on why equity matters in housing market ¡ª LinkTexas cities retain powers to regulate private-sector hiring, benefits ¡ª LinkPNC starts June by completing $11.6B BBVA USA buy ¡ª LinkLyft, Uber short on drivers as Austin returns to normal ¡ª LinkM&A wrap: E2open ready to drop almost $1.7B on U.K. company ¡ª LinkIn the money May 31: $739M raised by startups making software, motors, treadmills ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno¡¯s Brent WistromAustin tech firm Aunt Bertha raises $27M for growth ¡ª LinkTexas remains a buzzkill for marijuana advocates despite national gains ¡ª LinkTesla set to build cars in Austin, but still can¡¯t sell directly to Texans ¡ª LinkAustin businessman Nate Paul loses 9 properties to foreclosure sales ¡ª LinkAustin¡¯s E2open acquires UK firm for $1.7 billion ¡ª LinkTexas bid to impose fees on electric vehicles fails ¡ª for now ¡ª LinkHypori raises $20 million to continue growth ¡ª LinkAustin¡¯s Alamo Drafthouse is out of bankruptcy and expanding ¡ª LinkAs vaccines roll out, travel is back and Austin is a top destination ¡ª LinkAmazon distribution building in Southeast Austin gets new owner ¡ª Link
¡¡¡¡- Austin American-Statesman
¡¡¡¡Rank 10 | Aavriti Choudhary | The Indian model was crowned Miss Diva Supranational 2020. The beauty pageant titleholder will represent Indian at Miss Supranational 2021. (Image: Facebook)
¡¡¡¡Rank 9 | Ruhi Singh | The Indian actress and model primarily appears in Hindi films and television. The actress became the Femina Miss India Universal Peace and Humanity in 2014. (Image: Wikipedia)
¡¡¡¡Rank 8 | Anupriya Goenka | The Indian actress has appeared in many Hindi and Telugu blockbusters. With her charming acting skills, Anupriya beats many to be among Times¡¯ top 10 most desirable women in the year 2020. (Image: imdb)
¡¡¡¡Rank 7 | Jacqueline Fernandez | With her brilliant dancing skills, the Sri Lankan actress and fitness enthusiast has taken over the many other beautiful ladies to take a spot in the top 10 Times Most Desirable Women 2020 list. (Image: Twitter)
¡¡¡¡Rank 6 | Katrina Kaif | The British actress has established herself in Hindi cinema and is one of India¡¯s highest-paid actress. The fabulous dancer and the beautiful actress has worked in various blockbusters. (Image: PTI)
¡¡¡¡Rank 5 | Deepika Padukone | The highest earning Bollywood actress and one of the most gorgeous women in the Indian film industry took the fifth position in The Times 50 Most Desirable Women in 2020. (Image: Reuters)
¡¡¡¡Rank 4 | Kiara Advani | The actress has worked in Hindi and Telugu films. She hot critical acclaim for her performance in the Netflix Anthology film Lust Stories (2016). (Image: Instagram/@kiaraaliaadvani)
¡¡¡¡Rank 3 | Disha Patani | The Bollywood actress made her debut in Hindi film in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). In the year 2019, the actress topped the Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2019 list. (Image: Wikipedia)
¡¡¡¡Rank 2 | Adline Castelino | The Indian model was crowned as Miss Diva Universe 2020 and 3rd Runner-up at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant. (Image: Twitter)
¡¡¡¡Rank 1 | Rhea Chakraborty | The Indian actress made her acting debut in 2012 with Telugu film Tuneega Tuneega and later appeared in the Hindi films. Last year, Rhea was one of the most-talked-about-people in connection with the sudden death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. (Image: Instagram/rhea_chakraborty)