Archive for May, 2017

Blockchain to Fund $655M
Residential Community in DFW

Posted by Chloe Bennett

A Fort Worth-based developer is using a real estate blockchain platform to raise funds for its multi-million dollar Tarrant County residential project. 

Serene Country Homes Group has contracted with MGI who has made the token offering with the help of an ACCHAIN blockchain tool for digitization financing, according to a press release. …

LaunchPad City Partners With Dallas-Based VC Firm

Posted by Mallory Houser

In an effort to further cultivate North Texas’ innovation community, LaunchPad City announced a partnership recently with venture capitalist firm, Blossom Street Ventures.

This is LaunchPad City‘s fourth business partnership this year, investing in a startup or venture capital firm.…

Is Dallas Ready to Become
a Leader in Social Innovation?

Posted by Kyle Lukianuk

Why Dallas? I got this question a lot recently while down in Nicaragua.

I wasn’t there to learn about the local culture, see amazing sights, or finally learn how to surf (although I did all three), but rather to participate in a venture development program in a community of 24 selected world changers.…

Greyhound, Google Maps Team to Aid Bus Riders

Posted by Lance Murray

Greyhound Bus Lines started in 1914 transporting iron mine workers from Hibbing, Minnesota to the town of Alice two miles away, stuffing 15 passengers into an eight-seat car and charging 15 cents a ride.

The company was known as the Mesaba Transportation Co.…

Technology Thought Leaders on
Key Issues Facing IT Today

Posted by Karen Krygowski Bruno

Technology Ball, a Dallas Innovates Partner OrganizationIf you missed this year’s InnoTech Conference and Exhibition, you missed an exceptional opportunity to glean valuable and applicable IT insights from Dallas-Fort Worth tech leaders through the inaugural Technology Ball IT Leadership Track. 

More than a dozen Technology Ball panelists offered blue-chip information, specialized insight on current trends, and their best predictions on the future of IT.…

DustUp App Hopes to Lasso Cattle Ranchers Into Digital Age

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The multibillion-dollar cattle industry largely has been ignored by the digital revolution with ranch owners still loading their herds into trailers and hauling them to auctions to sell.

It’s also costly with fees that are attached to the sale.

Erik Cooper wants to create an online marketplace where ranchers can upload their herds for sale, saving time, money, and hassle.…

Comeback of the Corridor: The Rousing Revival of Richardson

Posted by Jeff Bounds

A speculative real estate bubble is fun until it pops, just as it did nearly 20 years ago along the Telecom Corridor in Richardson.

Motorists in the early 2000s got a first-hand glimpse of the impact of telecom’s implosion in Richardson by traveling the 5.5-mile stretch of U.S.…

‘Para Pickup’ Tops Toyota Mobility Challenge; Students Win Plano Internships

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

A team of students at Georgia Tech won Toyota Mobility Foundation and Net Impact’s national competition, the “Next Generation Mobility Challenge.”

The award-winning team developed the app-based, “Para Pickup,” a paratransit taxi service providing wheelchair users with a safe, affordable, and flexible way to get around.…

TCU Trio’s Startup Gives Kids
VR Escape in Hospital

Posted by Mallory Houser

From Dallas Cowboy football games to Disneyland attractions, virtual reality technology may become a way for children’s hospital patients to experience events from their hospital beds. 

A trio of Texas Christian University students developed a concept for virtual-reality headsets to help long-term patients in children’s hospitals to escape from the walls of their treatment rooms. …

International Art Market Picks
Arlington For First Expansion

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Six Flags Over Texas, and many other attractions. Now, the city can add another notch to its event belt: the first-ever expansion of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.

Partners Raise $548K for Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Susan G. Komen, in partnership with the Milburn Foundation and Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation raised more than half a million dollars in March to fund research into inflammatory breast cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of the disease.

The initial campaign goal was $100,000, with the campaign raising more than $548,000.…

T.D. Jakes, UNT Dallas Team for MegaFest Student Pitch Contest

Posted by Chloe Bennett

The new [email protected] entrepreneurial pitch competition for students in grades six through 12 gives them a chance to be their own boss and possibly win some of $50,000 in prize money being awarded.

The competition was announced this week by T.D.…

The Technology Propelling
Texas’ High-Speed Rail

Posted by Dave Moore

The thought of rocketing Houston-bound through the Texas prairie at 200 mph seems hardly old-school or conservative.

But, the folks at Texas Central Partners are in the process of delivering a contradiction on rails: technology that delivers gee-wiz results in no-drama fashion.…

New Legislation Could Ease Restrictions on Telehealth

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Texans may soon be able to have easier access to physician care via their smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Last week, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1107, which eases restrictions on telemedicine services allowing for patients to receive virtual care from physicians without having an initial in-person visit. …

Jamba Juice Gives New Smoothies Collagen Boost

Posted by Lance Murray

Jamba Inc., the Frisco-based operator of the Jamba Juice brand of stores is introducing two watermelon smoothies that add collagen to the company’s boost menu to promote healthier skin and joints.

Called the Poolside Fit and the Watermelon Breeze, the drinks contain the protein that is touted to have many health benefits and has been widely used as a cosmetics supplement in the beauty industry.…

Facts+Firsts:
Iconic Texas-Shaped Pool

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

A 168,000-gallon Texas-shaped pool tucked away in Plano is aiming to get a historical landmark title — and maybe a world record. Janet Moos, a PR Director for the nonprofit Texas Pool Foundation says she plans to talk to the Guinness Book of World Records, according to WFAA-TV.…

Allen Developer Designs Maintenance-Free Home

Posted by Mallory Houser

A maintenance-free home sounds like a dream, but an Allen-based company says it’s shaping into reality with a prototype home in Frisco. 

The New Modern Home‘s design utilizes solar panels, LED lighting, and a masonry exterior to create a home that can make its own energy and has very little wood that needs painted, The Dallas Morning News reported.…

SMU Researchers Find
West Virginia Geothermal Spots

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

The state of West Virginia has been home to coal-driven energy for nearly two centuries. Now, there could be another energy source directly under the Mountain State’s surface discovered by researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The researchers, examining previously overlooked oil and gas data, located several hot patches of earth, some as hot as 392 degrees Fahrenheit.…

Course Teaches Med Students Compassion Through Art

Posted by Lance Murray

A new course at the UT Southwestern Medical Center is using art in preparing medical students to treat patients like individual people. 

The course, which ended May 18, has the students —many wearing their white UT Southwestern lab coats — slowly walk through the Dallas Museum of Art where they are challenged to think about each patient the way artists pay attention to their sculptures or paintings, The Dallas Morning News reported.…

Dallas’ Lyda Hill Cited in Study of ‘Big Bet’ Philanthropy

Posted by Lance Murray

Donations from wealthy people can help solve problems, but many of them don’t give in major ways for a number of reasons, according to a new study that mentions the work of Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill.

Although most of the wealthiest people in the world have expressed an interest in helping to solve such complex social issues as poverty, the environment, human rights abuses, and education inequity, only about 20 percent follow through with funding of $10 million or more.…