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Howdy from Texas Inc.

November 9, 2018

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Texas Inc., your weekly guide to business and enterprise in what can be counted as the world’s 10th largest economy.

Here we’ll be covering the big money, big players and big companies that drive the state’s economy. Our goal is to develop the most authoritative voice of Texas capitalism — covering everything from energy and industry to real estate and entrepreneurs — online every day and in print every week.

Please visit our website at texasinc.com and sign up for our daily business news briefing at

We’ll bring you exclusive features, profiles and stories on major issues, newsmakers and companies. We’ll name the winners and losers. We’ll tell you what’s growing and what’s slowing, gathering probing insights on how why companies, and their leaders, succeed or fail.

We’ll give you a weekly scorecard with our Bloomberg/Texas Inc. Stock Watch and Economics Dashboard. We’ll give you:

Real estate and development updates on our Prime Property pages

Energy news on our Fuel Fix pages

Legal news by Texas Lawbook on our Docket pages

Technology news on our Innovations pages

Business news on our Bizfeed pages

Each week, we’ll interview some of the state’s most powerful, successful and interesting business leaders.

In this week’s edition, CEO of ConocoPhillips talks about how he’s lead the energy giant to become Wall Street’s favorite oil company, and John Johnson, CEO of David Weekly Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, talks about the housing boom we’re enjoying now and the challenges that lie ahead in the near future.

Also be sure to catch veteran business columnist Chris Tomlinson’s take each week. In this edition, he brings up an inconvenient trend: American’s mistrust of leaders extends to corporate executives. And he offers some salient advice for what to do about it.

We are writing Texas Inc. for the C-Suite, for the people who own or manage large businesses, for investors, and for anyone who aspires to one day build a great enterprise. We’ll be sharing the best ideas in business. And we’ll be telling the stories of the companies and the people that truly make Texas great.

Texas Inc. is produced by the Houston’ Chronicle’s business news staff, one of the largest in the state, and it is backed by the power of the Hearst Corp., a privately held media giant with more than $11 billion in annual revenues. Nevertheless, this nascent publication should be thought of as a startup company - a business model in search of a revenue stream.

It will be instructive to see how we do - just as it is often illuminating to see how any company does.

We’re looking for sponsors to get behind this idea: Business leaders and companies that are proud of what they do, love sharing ideas, and support the communities in which they prosper.

Please let me know what you think of Texas Inc. Share your thoughts for business and economic stories you’d like to see covered. Your comments and questions are always welcome at al.lewis@chron.com.

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