Archive for June, 2017

Dallas Film Festival Features African Stories ‘In Their Words’

Posted by Chloe Bennett

A summer film festival is bringing authentic African stories to Dallas in the hopes to change the narrative of African culture in the Western world.

With submissions from local and international independent filmmakers, The African Film Festival, which runs June 30-July 3, is set to deliver 40 original projects.…

A Snow Cone Stand and a Dream: Southern Dallas Open for Business

Posted by Dave Moore

If capitalism could be reconfigured to allow neighbors to become owners of their own unique businesses, what would it look like?

That question is being answered in Southern Dallas, where six co-working/entrepreneur centers are in varying stages of development.

Representatives from the Red Bird Entrepreneur Center, Impact House, GoodWork, the Fair Park Entrepreneur Center (The District), Tyler Station, and the Grow DeSoto Business Incubator gathered on June 15 to describe their progress, strategies, and their aspirations for Southern Dallas.…

Time Warner’s $100M Deal Could ‘Snap’ Up Young Viewers

Posted by Lance Murray

Time Warner Inc. is going to invest $100 million to produce TV-like programs and advertising on Snap Inc. with the aim of have the media giant’s content reach young audiences via the social network.

It’s a deal that could impact Dallas-based AT&T Inc.…

Vending Machine at Deep Ellum Bookstore Dispenses Local Literature

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Zines have been a form of self-expression for decades, but a Dallas-based artist is leading a resurgence of the DIY mini-magazines from inside a Deep Ellum bookstore.

A former baseball card vending machine has been revamped into a zine-producing hotspot called the White Rock Zine Machine by singer, artist, and poet, Lisa Huffaker, in the Deep Vellum bookstore.…

LinkedIn: DFW Tech Skills Abundant, Hiring’s Up

Posted by Lance Murray

The recently released LinkedIn Workforce Report shows that North Texas has an abundant supply of skilled workers in the tech sectors, from telecom to IT infrastructure. 

The monthly report looks at employment trends in the U.S. workforce and is divided into two parts — national and city sections that detail insights into hiring, skills gap, and migration trends.…

Bottle Rocket Works with NPR on App for Apple TV

Posted by Mallory Houser

Addison-based Bottle Rocket collaborated with NPR to create a version of the NPR One app compatible with Apple TV. 

Launched three years ago, the NPR One App allows users to listen to NPR’s programming anytime on their mobile devices.

Bottle Rocket, the award-winning mobile development, design, and strategy company helmed by Calvin Carter, has also built custom apps for companies such as Starwood Hotels, Coca-Cola, and Mary Kay. …

Mensa Foundation Honors Teen Creator of Anti-Bullying App

Posted by Mallory Houser

Arlington-based nonprofit, Mensa Education & Research Foundation, is awarding a California teen for creating an app that provides an avenue for students to find others to sit with at lunch. 

Natalie Hampton knows the humiliation of sitting alone in the cafeteria, as she was bullied throughout her middle school years.…

What’s On Trend in Retail? REVTECH Founder: It’s About Customer Experience

Posted by Heather Noel

REVTECH Managing Director David Matthews is concerned for Dallas’ future in retail, but through the startup accelerator’s new space he foresees hope for the industry. 

It’s there in the 13,000-square-foot North Dallas office, which REVTECH will officially celebrate Thursday, that he envisions retail veterans and startups working side by side on new approaches to reach customers where they are. …

Blackstone LaunchPad Helps Transform Bold Ideas Into Better Businesses

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

UTDallas_University of Texas at Dallas_ Dallas Innovates is a Gold Founding SponsorWalter Voit is a serial inventor with more ideas than time to execute them. Voit, an associate professor in material science engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, started his first company a decade ago when he was a grad student at UT Dallas.…

Entrepreneur Craig Lewis Says ‘Dream Bigger, Get Better’

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based entrepreneur Craig Lewis is in the business of payroll services for small businesses, and he’s pushing hard to make a dream pay off for him.

His mission: provide free payroll to one million small businesses and startups with cutting edge features in the next five years.…

CEOS Sharing Entrepreneurial Journeys With South Dallas High School Students

Posted by Dave Montgomery

Nearly 50 male high school students from across southern Dallas are gathering this week at the University of North Texas at Dallas for five days of intensive training and mentoring designed to help mold them into tomorrow’s business leaders.

Known as ELEVATE, the leadership academy, which began Monday, is being organized by RISE Clothing entrepreneurs Terrence and Tim Maiden, twin 38-year-old brothers who plan to share some of the hard-won lessons they learned in building a successful apparel business.…

On Tap: Creative Mornings, REVTECH Launch Party & International Folk Art Market

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. As always, events may change at any time, so check the event website or registration page for the latest details.…

Simmons Cancer Center Joins Beat AML Trial

Posted by Lance Murray

The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center  has been chosen for a national Cancer Moonshot clinical trial to find individually tailored approaches to treat acute myeloid leukemia more effectively.

The Simmons Center is one of 12 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the Beat AML trial, which is led by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.…

Celebrity Chef Tim Love to Create Cuisine for Truck Stops

Posted by Mallory Houser

Fort Worth-based celebrity chef Tim Love is bringing his urban western cuisine to the truck stop scene. 

Pilot Flying J announced its partnership with Love on Monday, highlighting its mission to provide innovative, fresh food options for those on the road.…

Enterprise Center Planned for Women Veterans

Posted by Lance Murray

Female veterans in North Texas will soon have a new resource to help them navigate the entrepreneurial world.

On Monday, ground was broken for the first Women Veterans’ Enterprise Center at the Veterans Resource Center at 4900 S. Lancaster Road in South Dallas.…

Lyft to Donate Portion of
Rides to Paul Quinn College

Posted by Mallory Houser

Rideshare company Lyft is donating one percent of all rides to and from Paul Quinn College to the school’s Work Program.

The college south of downtown Dallas sees this as an opportunity to enhance employment opportunities through its Work Program. Lyft will also become the campus’ transportation consult, boosting rideshare and entrepreneurial options in the community.…

Connecting the Unconnected: Cities and Cars are Getting “Smarter” Every Day

Posted by Ed Christmas

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a Dallas Innovates is Silver SponsorThe connected world has given us smart phones, smart homes, smart buildings, smart TVs, and the emergence of smart cars. Soon these will be components of a “smart city.” After connecting the world with video, voice, and data, the next movement, the “Internet of Things” has emerged—connecting the unconnected.…

VBikes App Lets You Rent, Ride, Return Anywhere

Posted by Lance Murray

A Garland startup is placing bicycles around downtown and Uptown where eager bike riders can use an app to rent their ride.

D Magazine’s Matt Goodman recounts the earlier Dallas effort in 2014 that essentially confines riders to the Fair Park area, was very expensive to start, and which ultimately is little used.…

Hunt Energy Incubator-Created Company Sells for $75M

Posted by Mallory Houser

Identifying a weakness in well drilling technology, Hunt Energy Enterprises created a business venture to focus on tapping into unconventional oil and natural gas deposits.

The move paid off.

That company, Motive Drilling Technologies, was sold last month for $75 million to Tulsa, Oklahoma-based oilfield services operator Helmerich and Payne Inc.,…

Emmitt Smith is Fighting Fake Collectible Trades with Tech

Posted by Chloe Bennett

After finding a Cowboys helmet with a false signature claiming to be his own at a shopping mall, Emmitt Smith made it his mission to put a stop to the trading of fraudulent collectibles.  

The former Cowboys running back founded Prova Group, a company that has created a tech system to track and verify sports memorabilia, in hopes to preserve the market for collectibles, The Dallas Morning News reported. …