Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Austin Ventures leads financing of Workstreamer - backing the next-generation business listening platform
Austin’s Workstreamer, a business listening platform company defining a new category - business information as a service, today announced that the company has secured $3.5 million in funding in their Series A round.
The new funds will be used to accelerate user growth, generate sales and meet the increasing demand for workstreamer across enterprise customers and anyone interested in listening to and monetizing real-time business information.
"Having received rave reviews from our thousands of users, we are ready to execute the next leg of our journey and excited to have Austin Ventures as our financial partner," said Hank Weghorst, Co-Founder and CEO of workstreamer.
With the explosion of online information sources, business professionals today are overwhelmed by the breadth and velocity of the new information economy. Workstreamer users are able to "listen" to a myriad of information sources about businesses, including prospects, customers, clients, suppliers, competitors, and partners. Workstreamer collects and filters content from thousands of sources including news, blogs and social collaboration, financial, jobs data and contact networks and delivers only the most relevant business information in real-time, resulting in an information advantage for the business professional.
Tom Ball, Partner at Austin Ventures, said, "We know there is a next-generation information horizon emerging. Workstreamer is well positioned to capitalize on the distinct need for more relevant and timely business information."
Workstreamer is currently in public beta.
Workstreamer is a real-time business listening platform, tailored for business professionals looking to stay informed, relevant and competitive. With its one-click business listening platform, professionals begin listening to customers, prospects, competitors, partners and vendors immediately. Workstreamer adds a layer on top of the social Web, providing significant business intelligence. The company was founded in 2009 by Co-Founders Hank Weghorst and Suaad Sait.
Austin Ventures has worked with talented entrepreneurs to build valuable companies for over 25 years. With $3.9 billion under management, Austin Ventures is the most active venture capital and growth equity firm in Texas and one of the most established in the nation. With an investment focus on Internet and information services, software, new media, business services and supply chain, and financial services, AV invests at all stages of company development, from $100,000 in "planned experiments" in early-stage ideas to $100+ million investments in expansion rounds, minority recapitalizations, and buyouts of lower middle market growth companies. AV's strategy is to partner with talented executives and entrepreneurs through its CEO-in-Residence and Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs.
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