Archive for December, 2016

New Cook Children’s Trophy Club Integrates Patients’ Ideas

Posted by Justin Smith

If you wanted to build the best clinic possible for patients, how would you design it?

Why not let the patient do the designing themselves?

Next spring, I will open Cook Children’s Trophy Club, as a “pediatric clinic built by your ideas.”…

Sabre’s Technology Gives Airlines the ‘Connected Crew’

Posted by Pranay Das

Crew management has never been a straightforward job. The ripple effect of disruptions can split crews apart, dealing a blow to any given flight’s crew manifest. Crew controllers are the wizards behind the curtain, moving the pieces as seamlessly as possible to keep an airline operationally sound.…

Oak Cliff ‘Athleisure-wear’ Startup Expects 2017 Growth

Posted by Dave Montgomery

Eight months after launching an athleisure-wear company that they bought in Cincinnati and brought to Dallas, identical twins Terrence and Tim Maiden envision a year of robust growth for a brand that offers not only clothes, but inspiration.

Appropriately named RISE, the Oak Cliff-based venture couples the sales of its online apparel with a commitment to foster “positive change,” particularly in impoverished communities.…

Frisco Becomes 1st Inland Proving Ground For Smart Car Tech

Posted by Dave Moore

smart citiesThe Smart Cars have landed. On Nov. 9, Frisco became the first U.S. city outside the San Francisco Bay area to test Smart Car technology on public streets — a four-mile loop on Frisco’s south side, north of Stonebriar Centre.

On that day, 2017-model Audis equipped with the automaker’s Audi Connect feature pulled up to a traffic light, automatically communicated data with Frisco’s traffic control system, which then cast that information to the cloud; one of the parties that received the info, Audi, further processed that information and sent it back to its cars in Frisco.…

CyrusOne Helps Business Leaders Handle Data Explosion

Posted by CyrusOne


It is rare to come across someone who doesn’t own some type of smart device — whether that is a smartphone, tablet, or watch.

The increase in popularity of these devices over the past few years has enabled users to access the internet from nearly anywhere and send data at an accelerated rate.…

Year in Review | Our Top 10 Stories of 2016

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

This year is quickly coming to a close, so it’s a great time to take a look back at our top 10 most-read stories of the year. From restaurants to research to local startups, these are the stories that resonated with you.…

On Tap: Hip Hop Nutcracker, Mod NYE, & Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Editor’s Picks of events for Dec. 22 – Jan. 4.

Thursday, Dec. 22

LONESTAR TAPS & CAPS POPUP DINNER WEEK — 7 p.m. at 4740 TX-121, Suite 500, in Lewisville. Lone Star Taps & Caps is celebrating the holidays with a special week of Pop Up DInners at each Lone Star location.…

TEX Rail Project Gets Boost With Federal Grant

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The 27-mile TEX Rail project could be operating from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport by 2018 thanks to a $499 million federal grant, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The remaining funding for the $1 billion project will come from local and state sources.…

Carvana Introduces Car Vending Machine, Could Dallas Be Next?

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

UPDATED at 10:15 a.m.

Well, it looks like Carvana has finally confirmed its newest location that will be opening in Frisco early this year, according to a report from The Dallas Morning News.

The “verticle automotive dealership” will be just north of Toyota’s new headquarters on State Highway 121. …

Top 5 Voices Columns of 2016 Struck a Chord with Readers

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

It’s been a great first year at Dallas Innovates, and as you know we invited guest writers, or Voices columnists, if you will, to share their views and visions for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. These columnists are experts, thought leaders, who have their pulse on the city and innovation throughout North Texas. …

Dallas Holocaust Museum, DISD Partner For Educational Event

Posted by Dallas Holocaust Museum Center


The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, in partnership with the Dallas ISD and Hold Onto Your Music, sponsored the first-ever City-Wide Read and Performance this fall for approximately 12,500 DISD fifth graders, as well as students from several Jewish schools.…

North Texas Early College Academies Receive State Grants

Posted by Heather Noel

Early college academies in Dallas, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie have received a financial uplift from the state of Texas in the form of grants. 

On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced 19 schools statewide would split a total of $7.1 million in Texas Industry Cluster Innovative Academies grant funding. …

5 Steps to Integrating Design Thinking Into Your Group

Posted by Jonathan Silk

When organizations are performing at their best and when they are learning and leading change, it usually connects back to organizational leadership at some level. 

Before we go further, let’s define leadership to establish a common understanding of the term. Based on my experiences, a commonly accepted definition of leadership is “a process whereby an individual inspires and influences a team, or group of people to achieve a common goal, task, mission, etc.”…

Need Inspiration? Find Your Mantra in Our Top 2016 Quotes

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

We’ve sorted through our stories from this year and, though it was hard to choose, we selected our top 10 favorite quotes.

We hope these tidbits of wisdom will inspire you to think deeper, encourage you to act, and help you find new perspective as we reflect back and get ready for 2017.…

Swiss Pharma Powerhouse Buys Encore Vision

Posted by Lance Murray

Nearly a decade of research to solve a common eye ailment paid off for Encore Vision in Fort Worth.

The company, founded by Alcon Laboratories veteran Bill Burns, has been acquired by pharmaceutical giant Novartis, the Swiss company that also owns Alcon.…

Dallas Says $10M Raised for Wounded, Fallen Officers

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Donations from around the world added up to $10 million, all of which will go to families of five officers killed or others who were wounded in the July 7 ambush in downtown Dallas, the city of Dallas announced.

The money came from the Assist the Officer Foundation and The Dallas Foundation.…

7-Eleven Breaks New Ground with Drone Deliveries

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Drones delivered Slurpees and other snacks from 7-Eleven to customers who live within a one-mile radius of the store in Reno, Nevada.

The pilot program marks the first large-scale commercial delivery via drone in the United States, Recode reported. That means Irving-based 7-Eleven cut through the red tape faster than Amazon’s Prime Air and Alphabet’s Project Wing.…

Mary Kay, DEC Partner for Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Mary Kay announced Tuesday it will host its inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit Jan. 27 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.

“For 53 years Mary Kay has been empowering, mentoring and promoting women entrepreneurs. Our founder, Mary Kay Ash herself was one of the greatest business minds of all time and millions of women around the world have built successful businesses by following her proven leadership and sales techniques,” Mary Kay’s Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green said in a media release.…

Plano-based Aerospace Automator Buys Boeing Robotics Supplier

Posted by Heather Noel

Plano-based Advanced Integration Technology is amping up its robotic technologies by acquiring KUKA Systems Aerospace North America for an undisclosed amount. 

AIT and KUKA Aero are leaders in aerospace factory automation and robotics integration as well as suppliers of aircraft manufacturer Boeing, according to the 

‘Drumstick’ Creator Parker Products Breaks Ground on Plant

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

It’s likely you’ve eaten a “Drumstick” ice cream cone at some point in your life, but did you know it was created right here in North Texas? It’s true. The original “Drumstick” was created in 1928 by Parker Products in Fort Worth. …