Archive for February, 2016

ACTIVE Network’s New Venture Inspired by Its Own Employees

Posted by Dan Koller

ACTIVE Network began in 1999 as a company that marketed 5Ks, half-marathons, and other running events. Before long, the firm branched out into the business of registering participants for races and helping to compile the results. Today, ACTIVE Network’s clients …

Cook Children’s Goes Beyond Traditional Care

Posted by Justin Smith

Almost every other industry has changed over the last 30 years. For instance, I haven’t filled out a deposit slip in years. I take a picture and submit checks for deposit from my kitchen countertop. If I decide I want …

4 Tips for Using Social Media to Connect with Customers

Posted by Thomson Reuters

People love being treated like a number, right? Or when brands talk at them instead of listening to their needs and engaging in a dialogue? And people surely love it when they feel like a robot is talking to them …

Is it Time to Consolidate Your Data?

Posted by Scott Brueggeman

Many organizations are struggling to deal with the explosion of data, applications and new technologies that are stretching their IT infrastructure to its limits. Companies often have multiple IT footprints across several locations or may be using their existing footprints …

Big Ideas Emerge at Dallas Festival

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

There was no shortage of big ideas at this year’s Festival of Ideas. The second annual event, held over two days at Dallas’ Fair Park, was buzzing with excitement and creativity.

“Our city is about people,” Brent Brown

With New Honor, 3 DFW Universities Push Toward Tier One

Posted by Lance Murray

When the question is, “what’s in a name?” the answer can be unclear when the name is Tier One.

The recent announcement that three North Texas universities were elevated to the prestigious R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity status …

Dialexa’s Tiny Wheelchair Gives Dog New Lease on Life

Posted by Lance Murray

The world of 3-D printing has a new, adorable face as a symbol of its myriad applications in innovation, and, well, just helping someone special get around with a tiny wheelchair.

That face belongs to Sir Joey, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, …

Dallas Has Its Fair Share of Patent Attorneys

Posted by Dan Koller

Ever since I started covering the invention beat for Dallas Innovates, I’ve been wondering how many intellectual property attorneys there are in North Texas, and how that number measures up to other major metropolitan areas. As it turns out, those …

ParkHub Wins Big at Super Bowl 50

Posted by Patrick Kobler

On the field, Peyton Manning broke the record for most quarterback wins with his Denver Bronco’s Super Bowl 50 victory. Off the field, ParkHub set another record across the parking lots of Levi’s Stadium. At peak time, the Dallas-based startup’s …

Modo Payments Completes $2 Million Funding Round

Posted by Lance Murray

Modo Payments, a Richardson-based payment services startup, just completed a $2 million raise intended to support expansion of its platform, the Dallas Business Journal reported.

The Journal said that the bridge round was led by Tim Keith, CEO of Texas …

Essilor Researchers are Looking Out for Our Eyes

Posted by Dan Koller

If you’re reading this through a pair of glasses, there’s a better-than-zero chance your lenses were manufactured by Essilor. But there’s an equally good chance you’ve never heard of Essilor, much less noticed the French company’s U.S. headquarters along …

Facebook Buys More Land Near Massive Alliance Data Center

Posted by Lance Murray

Facebook is in the midst of building a massive $1 billion, three-building data center campus in Hillwood’s AllianceTexas development in Fort Worth, but being gigantic may not be big enough.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook expanded its land holdings around the …

What the Hack? Why You Should Host Your Own Hackathon

Posted by Susy Solis

If you asked someone what a hackathon was five years ago, chances are they wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. But today hackathons are rapidly growing in popularity and changing the way companies and individuals do business. A …

Real Estate Accelerator Motive to Take a Hiatus

Posted by Lance Murray

On the heels of graduating its first class last year, Dallas real estate accelerator Motive is taking a hiatus, prompted by the drastic drop in oil prices and instability in financial markets.

Co-founder John Backes told Dallas Innovates that the …

CyberSecurity is Top Priority for CEOs

Posted by CyrusOne

There’s a business and financial obligation to keep clients’ sensitive information secure. A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers states cybersecurity is a top priority for CEOs in the U.S. Having a multifaceted data protection plan and process in place is paramount

Cyber Dust Offers Creative Approach to Networking

Posted by Patrick Kobler

As Cyber Dust is changing how people communicate, the company’s networking events are evolving the way Dallas entrepreneurs connect with and support one another.

“Dallas is booming with innovation,” says Cheri Garcia, president of Cheri Garcia Consulting, who organizes …

Mind Glass: A Look at the App that Won Verizon’s 2015 Innovative App Challenge

Posted by Krista Bourne

We recently wrote about the group of North Texas students who were named Best in Nation winners of the 2015 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The students, at the time all enrolled at Rice Middle School in Plano, were selected

Entrepreneural Development Series at UTD

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

Entrepreneurs often do know what they don’t know. This spring, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers a solution for resource-strapped entrepreneurs hoping to fill their knowledge gaps. The 10-week Entrepreneurial Development Series covers topics ranging from legal issues to

Destination Imagination Helps Students Perform Better in the Classroom

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

You walk into a room. On the table are some paper, rubber bands, cups, paper clips, mailing labels, two ping pong balls, and a spoon. Your task: Build a device that can transport the ping pong balls from one square …

Prestonwood Students Dig in the Dirt for STEM

Posted by Sarah Bennett

When people think about STEM in schools (science, technology, engineering, and math), most think of a laboratory setting. That’s not the case for Prestonwood Christian Academy’s new STEM garden, which opened on February 9.

It’s a space where students …