Texas Roundup: New funds, Salesforce Buys Toopher, Chin Heads to UT

The post-South By Southwest haze revealed a lot of Austin innovation news, including several startups with new fundraises, an accelerator with a new name, and San Francisco’s Salesforce acquiring Toopher.

Here is the latest news from Xconomy Texas, with stories from myself and my colleague, David Holley.

—MD Anderson’s Lynda Chin departs the Texas Medical Center to become the first associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs for the University of Texas System. Chin, an Xconomist, says she will be leading efforts to use big data to help treat diabetes and hopes to collaborate with her former colleagues at the TMC.

—Austin’s Incubation Station gets a new name—SKU—and unveils its latest class of consumer goods startups.

Conceivable raises $800,000 in seed funding to help launch an app that uses traditional Chinese medicine to help women conceive.

Toopher, an Austin-based online security company, is bought by Salesforce of San Francisco. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

—Take a trip back to the just completed first quarter of 2015 and check out Xconomy Texas’s top stories, including new investments and a wrap up of SXSW, along with billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban.

—Two technology startups in Dallas—KeepTrax and Silicone Arts Laboratories—as well as myRoundUp in Houston, announce new funding.

—Retail data company eyeQ in Austin raises $1.2 million; investors include DreamIt and the Houston Angel Network.

Testlio, which has created a network of freelance mobile testers who can test apps for a variety of customers, has raised $1 million, Techcrunch reported. The startup was part of the first class of Techstars Austin in 2013.


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