Top Tech News and Startup Events August 20 – 25, 2013

The TechMap

Lots of new things are happening at TheTechMap. Our Co-founders Austin event is about to breach the 1,500 members threshold. The largest startup event in the big tech areas have about 2,000 members, so in comparison to that, this is really huge. It is a lot of work to put this all together, and we are doing it out of enthusiasm in parallel to our day jobs, maximizing our time between making an income, family, and promoting entrepreneurship.

We have started a new campaign to bring you a wider footprint: first, we are most excited about that we have been invited to apply to SXSW 2014 (March 7th through 16th here in Austin). This is a big honor as there was a reach-out to some selected organizations in Austin and we were included. But we still have to show community support. 30% of the decision is crowd-sourced, and we need your vote.

Please help us to make SXSW 2014 Co-founders event happen by giving us a thumbs up: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/25100

Furthermore, we started to reach out to partners worldwide. Our vision is to give you an international footprint of meetup networks, to checkout co-founders, talent, and investors. We are building a network of one strong meetup group with similar philosophy in each tech center.

Specifically, we want to strengthen our relationship with investors. You have seen many Texas angels, and even some representative of the VC community, on our past events. Coming up, we will not just give you the opportunity to pitch your idea to the crowd of the evening, but we want to follow up after the pitch and help you to be more than a flash in the passing to investors. We want to follow your story and keep investors informed. Stay tuned.

Finally, we rely on sponsorships and volunteers. If you want to be part of TheTechMap family, please write us at team@thetechmap.com. If you feel generous, you can always donate or become an official sponsor.
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Girl Develop It Austin – Intro to Responsive Web Design 
Websites are no longer seen only on computers. These days, people access content on their phones, their e-readers, their TVs, and even their portable gaming consoles. Designing responsively allows for the website content be seen at its best on any device. In this class, you’ll learn how to make a website responsive. We’ll cover best practices, common design patterns, and code. This two-class course runs the weekend
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| Tech/Startup News from last week 8/12 – 8/16, 2013 |

Austin-based Localeur LLC will soon expand to its fourth city in six months and has plans in the works for a music program that introduces travelers to emerging musicians in specific cities.

The travel and local guide website will roll out in New York City next month with several local residents contributing, including Grungy Gentlemen founder Jace Lipstein and Team Epiphany’s Susan Morgan, according to a news release.
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Central Texas Angel Network Executive Director Jeff Harbach is stepping down after two years with the Austin-based angel investing group.

He’s being replaced by Brent Elyea, a Michigan native, ex U.S. Marine and former F/A-18 Hornet pilot. He will be the group’s fourth executive director in seven years.

Harbach couldn’t be reached for comment.

After the Marine Corps, Elyea attended theUniversity of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where he studied entrepreneurship, venture capital and private equity finance, CTAN officials said Tuesday.
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An Austin entrepreneur has launched an online tool designed to enable vacation home rental operators to manage their properties.

TJ Clark, the former CEO of San Francisco-based Limos.com Inc., last year founded TurnKey Vacation Rentals LLC — which began operating in January. It is developing a mobile-based system for rental homeowners.

The Austin-based company recently raised $1.5 million of a planned $1.9 million round of seed funding. It collected the capital from 27 investors, according to a Wednesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Software maker JPG Technologies Inc. has completed a $100,000 financing.The Georgetown-based company collected the capital from four investors, according to a Wednesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing is an update to a 2011 filing in which companyreported a $163,000 funding goal.

JPG Technologies, which was founded in 2009, develops MediMobile, a software application designed to provide billing solutions for handheld devices such as smartphones. The company’s software operates with six different operating systems, officials said.

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Startup accelerator TechStars Austin has named 10 companies to take part in its first three-month mentoring boot camp in Austin.

The inaugural class will be introduced tonight at the Capital Factory headquarters downtown, where the program will operate from.

After reviewing more than 850 companies,according to Silicon Hills News, TechStars chose the 10 listed below:

  • Filament Labs
  • MarketVibe
  • Fosbury
  • Atlas Wristband
  • AuManil
  • Ube
  • ProductGram
  • Testlio
  • Accountable
  • ProtoExchange

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