Texas Roundup: Sketch City, Everfest, Neosensory, & Holiday Poetry

(With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.)

‘Twas three days before Christmas, and all through Xconomy Texas,
The developers were coding, dreams filled with exits.
Through software and apps, innovation is born,
All towards the goal of that billion-dollar unicorn.

And with that, let’s catch up on the latest news from Xconomy Texas:

—Houston has a new home for civic entrepreneurs called Sketch City. The group will host hackathons with themes: transportation, media, and public health.

—There are festivals for nearly everything under the sun these days—music, film, food, and beer—and last year Everfest was founded to help attendees search through the offerings as well as navigate the events they attend. We caught up with co-founder and co-CEO Jay Manickam to find out how things are going so far.

—Dallas’s nGame was bought by FullContact, based in Denver. nGame makes marketing software, which will be integrated into FullContact’s contact management software.

—In another Dallas acquisition, ShopSavvy was picked up by digital publisher Purch, which is based in Ogden, UT, and New York. ShopSavvy had also opened a hub in San Francisco.

—Co-working space Start Houston has formed a partnership with San Francisco’s Gigster to provide freelance developer help to local entrepreneurs.

Neosensory’s vest is a device that could help the deaf “hear” through vibrations. The Houston startup is co-founded by Baylor College of Medicine scientist David Eagleman. We interviewed Eagleman to find out more.

—Deluged by flash sales and other marketing e-mails touting the best deals on wine? Austin, TX’s Pure Vino has developed an app that will only send you the ones you want.

—Travis Oliphant, CEO of Austin’s Continuum Analytics, says the four-year-old company is on the verge of breaking even in 2016. The startup last week received $10 million in debt financing to build out its analytics tools and enhance its marketing efforts.

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