Archive for January, 2017

UTD Entrepreneurs Explore Different Ways to Success

Posted by Jeanne Spreier

Many paths lead to a successful startup. Sometimes the idea has been in an entrepreneur’s brain for years; other times it’s taken experience in the work world to realize a need and act on it.

The following people have either been recognized for their scalable ideas that still are in early growth phase or they are entrepreneurs who have grown their concept and now qualify as a successful business owner:

Nicole Mossman | EverThread

Nicole Mossman UTD AlumniNicole Mossman worked in interior design and fashion before coming up with the idea of EverThread, a custom-print designer fabric company based in Dallas.…

Legal Interoperability: Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by Richard Blunk

As our dependence on data continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly clear that the inability to use data that resides on different, frequently incompatible databases makes our computer-based activities less efficient and more costly than we would like. Computer scientists call this ability to access, search, retrieve, and use data that resides on two different databases, “interoperability.”…

Deep Ellum Poet Helps Women
Find Their Voice Through Events

Posted by Heather Noel

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi hasn’t always considered herself a poet.

She’s long been writing, of course. Her first limericks came in fourth grade — one about bumble bees and the other, aliens. She still has the original papers they’re scrawled on tucked inside a treasure box full of childhood memories.…

Texas Scottish Rite Receives $7.5M Grants for Scoliosis Research

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital will conduct in-depth research into the root causes of idiopathic scoliosis thanks to three grants totaling $7.5 million, D CEO Healthcare reported.

Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis which appears around ages 10 to 15.…

Wal-Mart Nixes Membership for Online Shipping

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Wal-Mart has taken off its gloves in the fight against Amazon, eliminating the $49 membership fee so any customer can get 2 million items shipped free, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Wal-Mart has been on a distribution center building spree in recent years, including the one in north Fort Worth, so it can ship online orders faster.…

Healthcare Policy in Trump Administration to be Focus of UTD Event

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

Day by day, the health care industry is changing, sometimes at the drop of a tweet. Disruption will be the industry norm for quite some time as legislation, leadership, and practitioners struggle to keep up.

The University of Texas at Dallas Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management will address some of these looming issues at its free panel discussion, “Healthcare Policy in the Trump Administration.”…

Tesla to Seek Change in Texas Franchise Law, Again

Posted by Lance Murray

Tesla Motors said it’s not giving up on trying to change the Texas franchise dealer laws, coming back to this year’s legislative session for its third attempt to get the rules altered.

Texas law prohibits direct auto sales to the public in the state without going through a dealership, and according to a report in Crain’s Dallas, Tesla said the company expects a bill to be filed soon.…

Capital One Report: What Trends
will Shape DFW’s Future?

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

A report recently released by Capital One and The Institute for the Future (IFTF) at the Reimagine Communities Symposium identified some of the trends — such as growth, jobs, and education — that are expected to shape North Texas over the next decade. …

Tostitos Aims to Take 25,000 Cars Off the Road on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by Julia Falcon

Super Bowl Sunday is this coming weekend, and Tostitos has released a bag that can tell if you have had one too many alcoholic beverages during the big game. 

Together with Uber and Irving-based Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Plano-based Frito-Lay has created a Tostitos “Party-Safe” bag that is equipped with a micro controller sensor that can detect alcohol on a person’s breath. …

Abodo Study Ranks DFW’s Place Among Tech Cities

Posted by Lance Murray

The Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area ranks highly among U.S. tech cities, according to a new study release by the apartment search company Abodo.

According to the study, which looked at 76 U.S. cities by their tech employment opportunities, median tech salaries, and median one-bedroom rents, the Dallas area ranked No.…

5 Reasons Why Build-To-Suit Data Centers are Faster, More Efficient Investments

Posted by Gary Wojtaszek

In a previous article, we discussed how building your own data center is similar to owning a farm — it just doesn’t make sense in today’s world.

Companies should instead be looking to build-to-suit data centers, which are facilities that are custom-designed and constructed specifically for your company according to your IT specifications, but the building itself is owned by a data center provider.…

Center for BrainHealth Kicks off Lecture Series on Feb. 7

Posted by Lance Murray

The Center for BrainHealth’s four-part lecture series The Brain: An Owner’s Guide is scheduled to begin Feb. 7 and will offer neuroscience experts speaking on a variety of topics — from Alzheimer’s disease to the power of the teenage brain, the center said.…

Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Goes High Tech

Posted by Jeff Bounds

Long viewed as a late adopter of technology, commercial real estate is using bleeding edge hardware and software to work smarter — and Dallas-Fort Worth is helping lead the way, experts say.

“A lot of the old guard is retiring, and the people replacing them have grown up in a technology-first culture,” said Bradley Joyce, founder of Skyrise Inc.…

Capstone Makes Smart Water Meters Even Smarter

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Capstone Metering plans to make its smart water meters even smarter this year while also targeting new cities for installation.

The Plano-based company developed a cloud-based water meter that uses a cellular network to read usage and automate the billing process.…

Mary Kay Summit Speaker Vanderveldt’s
‘Secret Sauce’ for Success

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Ingrid Vanderveldt, CEO and founder of Empowering a Billion Women 2020 (EBW 2020), shared her recipe for success Friday at the inaugural Mary Kay Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit in Dallas.

Vanderveldt was one of the keynote speakers at the all-day event where nearly 200 women came together at the Fairmount Hotel to learn how to start their own business, build a successful brand and team, and how to get funded. …

Denton ISD Math Teacher Named Finalist in National Tech Contest

Posted by Julia Batlle

A seventh-grade math teacher at Crownover Middle School in the Denton ISD was selected as a finalist for Samsung’s national “Solve for Tomorrow” technology contest.

Robert (B.J.) Garcia and his students received $25,000 in Samsung technology for their project designing portable housing for disaster victims, according to the school district.  …

New Details Released in Novartis’ Purchase of Encore Vision

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Novartis’ purchase of Fort Worth-based Encore Vision carried a $465 million price tag. 

The deal happened late last year, but details of the transaction were kept secret until Swiss-based pharmaceutical company filed SEC documents this week, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.…

Private Management Taking Over Frisco Incubator NTEC

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Big changes are coming to the North Texas Enterprise Center as Frisco hires a private company to take over the business incubator.

Launch Pad City will run the 9-year-old incubator as a for-profit business, the Dallas Morning News reported. Frisco-based Launch Pad will be paid up to $600,000 in a 12-month contract to operate the facility.…

UNT Launches a New Autism Research Project

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Audiologists are taking a new approach to helping children with autism tune out all the background noise.

The University of North Texas in Denton received a $378,885 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that will pay for up to 60 autistic students ages 9-21 to participate in a research program. …

Richardson ISD Debuts New Classes in a Real Hospital

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

With a high-tech manikin, hospital beds, and diagnostic equipment, high school students in Richardson ISD are getting a new health science experience.

Students are working in a real hospital, a 7,000-square-foot wing of the Methodist Health System’s campus on West Campbell Road in Richardson. …