Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #315 | by Marc Nathan | Sep, 2021 | Medium - Venture Views

Texas Startup News, Opinion & Events in the Lone StartUP State
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- Techcrunch’s Mary Ann Azevedo

  • Self Financial Raises $50 Million in Funding — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Self Financial closes $50M funding round as it continues hiring frenzy — Link
    - Austin Business Journal’s Mike Cronin
  • Austin’s Self Financial lands $50 million for expansion — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman’s Lori Hawkins

Self Financial, a fintech company that aims to help consumers build credit and savings at the same time, announced today it has raised $50 million in Series E funding.

Altos Ventures led the financing, which also included participation from Meritech Capital and Conductive Ventures and brings the Austin-based startup’s total raised to $127 million since its 2015 inception.

The company, as many fintechs these days, aims to make building credit and savings more accessible, regardless of a person’s financial history. It requires no hard credit check to get started.” — Techcrunch’s Mary Ann Azevedo

“Santé Ventures (‘Santé’), an early-stage healthcare and life sciences investment firm, announced today the final close of its oversubscribed Fund IV. Consistent with Santé’s industry focus, expertise, and previous success, the new fund will make strategic investments across early-stage Biotech, Healthtech, and Medtech companies.

Fund IV secured capital commitments from more than two-dozen limited partners, including the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (“PSERS”) and new institutional investors in Asia and Latin America. Returning limited partners in previous Santé funds accounted for nearly 90% of the total capital.”

- Texas Monthly’s Tom Foster

  • Lawyer Aids Genome Project to Revive Mammoth, Extinct Creatures — Link
    - Bloomberg Law [Congrats to my Egan Nelson colleagues mentioned in this article, Aaron Barker & Kevin Chou]
  • Colossal Wants To “De-Extinct” The Woolly Mammoth — Link
    - Fast Company
  • Dallas company makes colossal move to resurrect extinct woolly mammoth — Link
    - Culture Map Dallas
  • Colossal Launches with $15 Million in Funding to Genetically Engineer Woolly Mammoths to Restore the Arctic Wilderness — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Dallas’ Ben Lamm and Harvard’s Dr. George Church Plan to “De-Extinct” the Woolly Mammoth With Their Colossal New Startup — Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • Could Austin entrepreneur’s company bring back woolly mammoth? — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman’s Kara Carlson

“Ben Lamm has always come off as the type of tech super-entrepreneur whose creations might either save humanity from itself or destroy us all. Or at least that’s how he’s styled himself. His corporate headshots tend to show him, wavy hair flowing past his shoulders, with dramatic lighting and, say, a spaceship in the background. His companies’ websites have the feeling of sci-fi movie posters, and his enthusiastic monologues tend to hurtle from trillion-dollar ambitions to UFO research to carbon-eating robots.

So it was with equal parts curiosity and a cocked eyebrow that I recently met up with Lamm at the Soho House roof deck overlooking Austin’s South Congress Avenue to hear about his latest project. He’d handed over the CEO reins at Hypergiant — the company he launched in 2018 to create artificial-intelligence systems for space satellites, undersea robots, and other advanced machinery — and this time he was onto something really big, I’d been told.” — Texas Monthly’s Tom Foster

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  • Applications for Techstars Austin close in less than a month on October 6th! — Apply
  • Apply to FoundersBoost 2021 Fall Austin — F6S — Link
  • Business Growth Do’s and Absolute Don’ts: Applied Wisdom from My Work with Dell, Costco, Amazon, and Multiple Start-ups, Carolyn Byron Lowe — Amazon Books — Link
  • Rocket Dollar Gets $8 Million in Funding for its Retirement Investment Platform — Link
  • Loop Launches in Texas to Bring Fairer Insurance Rates to Drivers — Link
  • Walmart teams up with Ford and Argo AI to Deliver Groceries via Autonomous Vehicles in Austin — Link
  • How Technology Plays an Increasing Critical Role in the Future of Philanthropy — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • Austin TX EdTech startup launches training for the skilled trades — Texas News — Link
    - inforney.com
  • Interview with Congressional Aide Jordan Dickenson — Podcast
    - Beta Business Podcast with Grant Gurtin and Nick Spiller
  • Early redistricting map reflects population growth of Northwest Austin — Link
  • Three-quarters of county employees to work from home for good — Link
  • What happened to Austin’s 24/7 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops? — Link
  • Music Commission’s oversight could further delay emergency funds for musicians — Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • SXSW 2022 Registration & Housing Open on September 14 — Link
    - SXSW
  • How should freelancers be saving for retirement (is it even possible)? — Link
  • Removing remote work options creates a new caste system — Link
  • Infinity Maps is the most mind-blowing visual workspace ever — Link
  • China cracks down on user data collection, allegedly cares about privacy — Link
  • Stripe makes it easier to collect money from customers — Link
  • Why Trump’s lawsuit against social media still matters — Link
    - The American Genius
  • Walmart selects Austin as first city for self-driving delivery service — Link
    - Culture Map Austin
  • As ACL set-up begins, Austinites feel confident the festival will obtain special events permit — Link
  • SpaceX’s all-civilian crew sends views from space after successful Inspiration4 launch — Link
  • Company behind ‘robotaxis’ is moving into driverless delivery — Link
  • 6 Latina entrepreneurs to keep your eye on in Austin — Link
  • Logging on: Twitch streamers cash in on big growth in Austin and beyond — Link
  • Austin entrepreneur and Harvard scientist are resurrecting the woolly mammoth — Link
  • Home is where the party is: Here’s how rent in Austin’s nightlife districts stack up — Link
  • As Uber and Lyft drivers weigh COVID risks and pay, Austinites paying more for rideshare services — Link
    - Austonia
  • Kendra Scott WEL Institute — Pitch Competition — Link
  • Innovative Cancer Research Bolstered by Grants from CPRIT — Link
  • UT Joins NSF-Funded Center for Oldest Ice Exploration — Link
  • First Study of Brief Suicide Interventions for LGBTQ+ Young Adults Aims to Save Lives — Link
  • UT Austin Climbs in Latest National Undergraduate Rankings — Link
    - University of Texas
  • CesiumAstro Prepares for First Satellite Launch — Link
  • Rocket Dollar Raised $8M, Calendly’s New CCO, and More Austin Tech News — Link
    - Built in Austin
  • BigCommerce to pocket up to $335M in latest stock offering — Link
  • Austin metro’s August unemployment rate falls to lowest level since pandemic began — Link
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area helps region’s essential economy stay strong during pandemic — Link
  • Recalibrated density bonus fees bring good news for commercial projects, bad news for residential — Link
  • Amid Hays County boom, Momark president Terry Mitchell weighs in on Kyle’s past, present and future — Link
  • Southwest Airlines will launch slew of new, nonstop flights from Austin airport next year — Link
  • Journal Profile: Erika Thompson of Texas Beeworks escapes TikTok fame at Elgin home — Link
  • Walmart plans autonomous delivery service in Austin, Miami and Washington D.C. — Link
  • NASCAR returning to Austin in 2022 — Link
  • Nearly $60M secured for more Mueller housing — Link
  • Austin M&A wrap: Ontic adds to security threat offerings, plus more — Link
  • Travis County will inject $110M into Austin’s homelessness, affordable housing crises — Link
  • Analysis: Vaccine mandates picked up in August among local employers — Link
  • How Four Hands bucked the Great Resignation as it paces for 50% revenue growth in 2021 — Link
  • Cushman & Wakefield names new managing principal for Austin, San Antonio — Link
  • Investing $50 million in startups to drive the future of transportation and logistics — Link
  • As Samsung inches closer toward Taylor plant, all eyes turn to housing market — Link
  • Bring back the mammoth: Ben Lamm’s new startup focuses on de-extinction — Link
  • In the money Sept. 13: $77M raised, including by a company making private 5G networks — Link
  • More details unveiled about Miami’s F1 race — Link
  • UT Austin ranks among top universities in the country — here’s what talents shine bright — Link
    - Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno’s Brent Wistrom
  • Walmart partners with Ford, Argo AI on self-driving delivery service — Link
  • Austin’s Sellers Shield raises $15 million, plans expansion — Link
    - Austin American-Statesman

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