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  • Top of Texas 2016: Big Exits, Ride-Sharing Leaves Austin, & More
    As 2016 comes to an end, let’s take a look at some of the more notable stories from Xconomy Texas over the past year. What follows is my highly subjective list of news that we covered in 2016. Notable exits and fundraises: —San Antonio cloud computing company Rackspace was bought by New York private equity […]
  • ‘Creepy Bird’ Anyone? Meet San Antonio’s Retro Video Game Developer
    San Antonio—Video games are big business, and highly dynamic. From the Xbox to virtual reality, how players play has changed quite a bit since the Atari and the NES brought home gaming to the masses. One San Antonio video game developer is riding a wave of renewed interest in older gaming systems, starting a business […]
  • Despite Political Rhetoric, Staff Diversity Remains a Top Priority
    I don’t think the election of Donald Trump as president does much to bolster those in tech working on creating a more inclusive and diverse industry, but I will continue to be a champion for it nonetheless. Specifically, I’ve ended 2016 by doubling our team at Localeur and introducing an Advisory Board, both of which […]
  • Political Focus on Rust Belt Could Help Boost VC Investment
    Much has been written in the tech industry as a result of the Presidential election. Many coastal VCs and entrepreneurs believe that Trump’s America-first, anti-immigration platform could put the brakes on the venture industry’s core globalization strategies. While this may be true, regardless of which candidate you supported, most would agree that with chaos and […]
  • 6 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017: Ransomware, Skills Gap & More
    In 2016, we saw cyber attacks increasingly shift from external breaches of confidential data to internal disruption of data and services, as attackers used distributed denial of service (DDoS) or encryption to hold businesses hostage. Attackers continue to focus more on exploiting users than technology. Users are often unaware and uneducated about the potential risks, […]
  • East Coast Silicon Valley
    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller Reinvention A few months ago I was talking to executives in charge of innovation at a large U.S. bank. “Our biggest problem is that we look at all this new […]
  • Immigration Restrictions, Lack of Healthcare Could Imperil Innovation
    It’s hard to predict what effect the new administration will have, since we have very little information on any concrete policies they plan to enact. We do know a few things—namely, they are anti-Obamacare and anti-immigration. Decreasing the number of visas granted to highly skilled workers (a likely possibility given Steve Bannon’s comments on Silicon […]
  • Ambiq Micro Lands $2,458,624 New Financing Round
    Feed Type Link http://www.venturedeal.com/Search/SearchResultTransactionDetail.aspx?TransactionId=b14cce5b-17e6-45ad-8174-a48eded4efe6 Date 12/26/2016 Company Name Ambiq Micro Mailing Address 11305 4 Points Drive West Lake Hills, TX 78726 USA Company Description A semiconductor company with a breakthrough patented technology, Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) that dramatically reduces the amount of power consumed by ICs. Website http://www.ambiqmicro.com Transaction Type Venture Equity Transaction Amount […]
  • Texas Roundup: “1st & Future,” “Pink Tank” Pitch Contests, & More
    As we approach Santa’s annual visit—are your milk and cookies ready?—let’s get caught up with the latest innovation news from Xconomy Texas: —The National Football League has teamed up with the Texas Medical Center to sponsor the 1st & Future startup pitch competition Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl takes place in Houston. […]
  • Bio Roundup: Crazy ’16, Trials of ’17, Senate on Drugs & More
    You’ve probably seen the Internet memes. “When 2016 started, I looked like this. [Insert picture of young Leo DiCaprio.] Now I look like this. [Leo, with mountain beard, after mud-wrestling with a grizzly in The Revenant.]” In life science terms, let’s just say all our telomeres feel a lot shorter than 12 months ago. The […]
  • The Price of Growth: Founders’ Dilution
    Founders of a company considering the various available fundraising options often ask the challenging question: Why take venture capital money, which may significantly dilute the founders and might result in a loss of control of the company? Although the venture capital path is always a possibility, founders are often concerned about the consequences of such […]
  • Mary Kay Creates “Pink Tank” Pitch Event for Women Founders With DEC
    Dallas—Women in Texas interested in founding a business now have a female entrepreneurial icon offering them support: Mary Kay. The company is partnering with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center to host a one-day “Women’s Entrepreneurs Summit” on Jan. 27 to offer guidance to female entrepreneurs interested in fashion, tech, consumer-packaged goods, and business services. In particular, […]
  • 14 for ’17: Key Clinical Data To Watch For Next Year (Part 2)
    We continue our look ahead to some of the clinical data due in 2017 that could shape healthcare practice and sway investor sentiment for years to come. Part one of our preview is here, with looks at key studies in lung cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, and more. In part two, we examine studies in leukemia, […]
  • Message.io Lands $5,315,162 New Financing Round
    Feed Type Link http://www.venturedeal.com/Search/SearchResultTransactionDetail.aspx?TransactionId=4ec0ef5f-ed3b-4ee0-a5d3-899a05073bd1 Date 12/22/2016 Company Name Message.io Mailing Address Undisclosed Austin, TX 78751 USA Company Description Deploy your existing Slack app to other messaging platforms in 15 minutes with no coding changes. Website http://www.message.io Transaction Type Venture Equity Transaction Amount $5,315,162 Transaction Round Undisclosed Proceeds Purposes Proceeds purposes were not disclosed. 15 investors […]
  • 14 For ’17: Key Clinical Data to Watch For Next Year (Part 1)
    [Updated, 4:28 pm ET, see below] After years of research, frustration, hype, and millions (sometimes hundreds of millions) of dollars invested, a drug program boils down to the clinical data—usually from big, late-stage studies—that can sometimes make or break a company. There were high profile successes in 2016. Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: […]
  • Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks
    A silver lining has emerged in the wake of the massive and well-publicized denial-of-service attack launched less than two months ago by hackers using millions of IoT devices to cripple the websites of major companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter. This ambush has triggered a redoubling of efforts to focus on the need for industry-led […]