Archive for December, 2015

Local Churches Build Community Through Coffee

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

The power of a coffeehouse cannot be underestimated. There’s something connective about a low-key, chilled-out place where people come to work, read, utilize free Wi-Fi, and of course, sip a hot brew.

“Once upon a time, when someone moved into a new neighborhood, the first thing they found was where they were going to work, the second thing was where they’d get groceries, and the third thing was where’d they’d go to church,” Union Coffeehouse community curator Mike Baughman says.…

The Role of Universities in the Innovation Ecosystem

Posted by Jeremy Vickers

Universities have played a significant and historical role in the development of new industries, creation of new jobs, commercialization of technology, and training of business leaders leading to innovation hubs across the U.S. Over the past 10 years, the state of Texas has doubled down its efforts on creating multiple Tier One research universities that can continue to improve the economy and ensure that Texas remains competitive globally.…

2015 Data Breach Investigations Report—Retail

Posted by Verizon

Almost 90 percent of security incidents in the retail sector involved denial of service attacks, crimeware, or point-of-sale intrusions. Attackers were often able to compromise systems and walk away with data in days or less. But in over 50 percent of cases, it took retail organizations months or more to discover a breach had occurred.…

Dallas Natives Bring Parking Into the 21st Century Through ParkHub

Posted by Patrick Kobler

When George Baker was 12 years old, he began his career in the parking industry by sweeping lots for his family’s business, Parking Companies of America. Two decades later, the Highland Park High School graduate is sweeping traditional parking operations into the digital age with ParkHub.…

Entrepreneurship: Yes, There’s a Class for That

Posted by Jeremy Vickers

Big names tied to innovation—Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg—did it their way in a garage, or a dorm room, or around a conference table typically used for poker.

So does this mean innovators are born, not made?

Most entrepreneurship professors have broad academic experience and are innovators in their own right.

Dallas: The Impact City

Posted by Salah Boukadoum

In the 1990s, when an entrepreneur came up with a new technology, it was common to head to Silicon Valley to raise capital, hire a team, build a connected board, and develop industry relationships — all the resources were concentrated in one place.…

The Secret Behind Community Development

Posted by Larry James

People power innovation. Without a doubt this concept—or, better, this commitment—is the most important truth I have learned in the past 21 years. People possess the power, the capacity, and the desire to solve their own problems if they are given the resources they need and the opportunity they crave.…

Got a Question About the Invention Process? Asktheinventors.com Is Here for You

Posted by Dan Koller

Because Barbara Russell Pitts and Mary Russell Sarao invented Ghostline, a poster board with faint grid lines that guide the user but seem to disappear at a distance, thousands of students and their parents have had an easier time crafting school projects.…

What’s Old Is New Again

Posted by Amanda Talbot

Nostalgia, distraction, therapy, unplugging—these are just a few of the reasons for the new craze of adult coloring books that’s hitting the book and craft stores. Amazon’s list of bestseller books for 2015 includes 14 coloring books. There are stacks of adult coloring books at Barnes & Noble, Sam’s Club, Joanne’s Fabrics, and countless other chain stores.…

Launching a Startup Takes a Village

Posted by Lauren Hasson

Launching a startup in Dallas has never been easier than it is now. I should know—nine years ago, I founded my first company here in Dallas, and it was anything but easy. There were very few resources for startups, and I had to hustle for everything I needed to launch my business, from office space for a company of one, to meeting other entrepreneurs and mentors, to spreading the word about my company.…

Four Dating Tips That Apply to Startups

Posted by Stephanie Lee

Our lives are filled with relationships. What motivates us to develop new ones or maintain pre-existing ones? Based on my experience, I believe it all boils down to mutual trust, benefit, and effort. I found these characteristics apply in personal and professional contexts.…

YW Enterprise Program Helps Women Out of Poverty by Giving Them the Power

Posted by Krista Nightengale

Arlene Young stands in front of the crowd. She’s wearing a navy blazer and black trousers. A bright peacock broach rests on her lapel. Cameras flash around her, and a bright light shines on her perfectly coiffed hair. She begins explaining her company, Total Image Beauty Services, which she started 25 years ago when her husband, who works in the health industry, came home and told her the patients he sees needed some uplifting.…

Watch: Emily Heger With Akola Project

Posted by Krista Nightengale

Emily Heger with the Akola Project discusses why North Texas is the best place to operate from, and she gives us her definition of innovation. “Innovation to me means tackling really hard problems with really creative solutions,” she says.


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Off Metro Sourcing for IT Talent

Posted by Todd Chusid

Where can you find more than twice the expected number of software developers, project managers, systems analysts, and web developers? If you answered Frisco, Texas, you’d be correct, according to a 2014 labor market study for the Frisco Economic Development Corporation.…

A New Kind of Education

Posted by Neal Smatresk

When I meet industry leaders, the conversation usually turns to what kinds of skills they need in college graduates. As a university president, I want to make sure we’re preparing our graduates to be workforce ready from day one.

No matter what the industry is, corporate leaders want graduates who not only know how to do their job, but who are up to speed on the latest technologies and can communicate well.…

What Do Conan, TI, and the Fort Worth Museum Have in Common? Star Wars.

Posted by Krista Nightengale

I’m on my way to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a second time (I know. I’m behind a few of you). But before I go, I wanted to point your attention to a couple ties that the franchise has to Dallas-Fort Worth.…

Watch: Jeremy Stewart With Hari Mari

Posted by Krista Nightengale

Jeremy Stewart, owner of Hari Mari, talks about the best advice he has ever received, the importance of creating a product that gives back, and starting a business in North Texas. “I’ve never been in a place where entrepreneurs are so open and willing to help one another,” he says.…

Watch: Lauren Clarke With Mend

Posted by Krista Nightengale

Mend brings healthcare to you. Co-founder Lauren Clarke talks about the entrepreneur scene in North Texas, the inspiration of female businesswomen, and resources for creating your own startup.


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BRAIN Aims To Help Small Businesses Grow

Posted by Mark Gilman

Going from idea to execution involves a lot of learning. Entrepreneurship is a form of literacy and involves mastering content on how to successfully start and grow a business. It requires learning special ways of thinking and acting to maintain focus and momentum.…

Innovation Is Happening in Unlikely Places in Dallas-Fort Worth

Posted by Kevin Walker

As we explore and examine what it means to be innovative, we should take a look at the creative people here who are rethinking how we do things. The people who are powering Dallas by bringing the energy, production, new thinking, and intellect that powers new things being built, new ways of solving old problems, and finding new opportunities for economic growth.…