Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #297 | by Marc Nathan | May, 2021

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Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State
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  • AnthemIQ Raises $10 Million to Expand its Real Estate Platform — Link
  • Rocket Maker Firefly Aerospace Lands $75 Million in Funding and Becomes Austin’s Latest Unicorn — Link
    – Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Platform Capital Leads a $1.3 Million Investment Round into STRAP Technologies — Link
  • IoT Startup Hologram Hires Mike Georgoff as Chief Product Officer — Link
  • Automation is En Fuego (part 1) — Link
    – Austin Startups
  • Josh Chodniewicz of Fundify: How To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur — Link
  • Audible Releases ‘Best of SXSW 2021’ Podcast — Link
    – SXSW
  • NFTs — WTH Are They? — Link
  • Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) — Link
  • Susan Paley’s Making Beats for Sneakers — Link
    – Mediatech.ventures
  • First-of-its-kind following robot rolls into Austin market — Link
  • Another California tech biz charges to Austin with new headquarters — Link
    – CultureMap Austin
  • Tourism Commission recommendations include gondolas funded by hotel tax — Link
  • Downtown vacancies eyed for arts activations, tenants with new pilot program — Link
    – Austin Monitor
  • Austin businesses have a mixed response to new CDC masking guidance — Link
  • Outdoor Voices’ Ty Haney to join crypto craze with new business — Link
  • Austin’s hot housing market is driving up down payments — Link
  • Meet 11 Austin companies that rank among the nation’s best of 2021 — Link
  • Pop-ups and partnerships: 5 new moves in Austin food — Link
  • Austinites need an office to return to. Are coworking offices the answer? — Link
  • Buc-ee’s boasts booming employee base while nearby businesses struggle to hire — Link
  • ‘I feel like Superman’: Vaccinated Austinites are ready to party like it’s 2019 — Link
  • Austin-based hard seltzer company sweeps competition in San Francisco — Link
  • Getting Hotter: New climate data shows Austin warming to record levels — Link
  • Boomtown Austin loses tech workers — Link
  • Millennial homebuyers ‘rule the roost’ in Austin, accounting for nearly 60% of mortgage purchase requests made in 2020 — Link
    – Austonia
  • Dylan Thomas Digital Collection Launched Online — Link
  • Commonsense Policies for Texas Students Could Go a Long Way — Link
  • Open Data Shows Texas Education’s Digital Divide Improved During the Pandemic — Link
  • Honoring the Life of Marye Anne Fox, Former VP for Research at UT Austin — Link
  • Priceless Astronomy Data Saved After Collapse of Arecibo Telescope — Link
  • UT Austin Studies Mysterious Substance that Could Transform the Future of Energy — Link
  • Millennials Commit Less Crime Than Prior Generations — Link
  • McConaughey’s Polling Numbers Show Texas Democrats Are in Trouble — Link
    – University of Texas
  • Inflation is coming to big brand goods, how small business can keep up — Link
  • Simplify your team communication for work and play with Memo — Link
  • Apple takes a bite out of Facebook’s tracking policies — Link
  • The 7 deadly sins of technical interviews — Link
    – The American Genius
  • Startup Competition From Austin FC, Q2 Now Accepting Applications — Link
  • AI Processor Startup Mythic Closes $70M Series C With Plans to Hire 36 — Link
  • 3 Local Sales Pros on Tactics to Build Trust — Link
  • BigCommerce Announces First Quarter Financial Results — Link
  • EnergyX Raised $20M, Firefly Secured $75M, and More Austin Tech News — Link
  • AnthemIQ Raises $10M Series A to Double Team, Expand Its Platform — Link
    – Built in Austin
  • M&A wrap: Pet food startup Nulo has new majority owner; Removery still hungry for deals — Link
  • Austin may soon alter, expand Downtown Density Bonus Program fees — Link
  • 3 Ascension Texas hospitals to pay nearly $21M in fines for alleged kickbacks — Link
  • Google leads Big Tech fight for spouses of skilled immigrant workers — Link
  • UT Arlington’s Myrtle Bell on a lifetime of work in diversity — Link
  • Austin’s Legacy One Financial Advisors, tied to John Paul DeJoria, merging to create $9B wealth adviser — Link
  • 3 supply chain lessons learned in uncertain times — Link
  • 5 takeaways for business leaders to survive the next recession or disruption — Link
  • Austin ‘on the brink’ of transportation revolution with connected cars, city says — Link
  • How will Elon Musk use all this land he’s acquired? — Link
  • Austin’s Notley expands funding, fellowship programs to San Antonio — Link
  • Texas sales tax overhaul bill that would have hurt small cities, helped large ones looks to be dead — Link
  • Mythic CEO to stock up on engineering talent after $70M funding round — Link
  • Bastrop Economic Development Corp. names interim leader, seeks permanent director — Link
  • Viewpoint: Austin employers can strengthen economy, community by caring for the whole employee — Link
  • Winter blackouts, pandemic couldn’t stop AlertMedia — or its private equity deal — Link
  • Ethos to invest part of $200M funding in its Austin HQ2 — Link
  • Q2, Austin FC team on $100K startup competition — Link
  • Even Zoom employees suffer from ‘Zoom fatigue’ — here’s how the company combats it — Link
  • H-E-B sues wipes supplier, alleging false Covid claims — Link
  • Austin serial tech entrepreneur expected ‘dark culture of ruthlessness’ at Oracle — it was anything but that — Link
  • AI chipmaker Mythic scores $70M haul from heavyweight investors — Link
  • CEO Q&A: Wayne Peacock’s first year leading USAA could hardly have been more challenging — Link
  • Art Gensler, founder of the world’s largest architecture firm, has died — Link
  • Julian Read, presidential advisor and Texas PR pioneer, dies at 93 — Link
  • Stoking a discussion on how to support workplace mental health — Link
  • In the money May 10: $106M raised by 6 companies — Link
  • AnthemIQ raises $10M for real estate tech, aims to double headcount — Link
    – Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno’s Brent Wistrom
  • Many Austin area retailers to keep requiring masks — Link
  • Medical marijuana company starts work on $25M San Marcos facility — Link
  • Austin startup AnthemIQ raises $10M for growth — Link
  • Austin’s Yeti beats Wall Street expectations in Q1 — Link
  • Texas-transplant Elon Musk says Tesla won’t accept bitcoin as payment — Link
  • Gas prices in Austin, nationwide continue to climb — Link
  • Austin-based Army Futures Command continues to grow, adapt — Link
    – Austin American-Statesman

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