Archive for August, 2017

5miles Forms Blockchain Lab to Offer Tech Services

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based shopping app company 5miles has formed a blockchain lab that will offer technology development services for building new digital infrastructure.

Called 5xlab, the new network infrastructure will be designed in house by the lab’s team of engineers and will be similar to Ethereum, a public open-source, blockchain-based distributed computing platform, the company said.…

UTD Researchers Make Electric ‘Twistron’ Yarns Discovery

Posted by Lance Murray

A discovery by a research team from the University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea is really a stretch, and a twist, and a potentially important way to generate electricity.

In the Aug. 25 issue of the journal, Science, the researchers described the high-tech “twistron” yarns they developed, along with the possible applications for them — harvesting energy from the motion of ocean waves or from temperature fluctuations.…

13-year-old CEO Lands Cozys in Walmart to Benefit Dallas-based Susan G. Komen

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

A 13-year-old entrepreneur is bringing her coffee cup cozys to Walmart stores this fall to benefit Dallas-based Susan G. Komen.

Jordan Phillips, CEO of Cozys For the Cure, first caught the eye of the breast cancer organization last year. 

During a meeting with Komen, Jordan met with Greensource, a Seattle-based apparel manufacturer who also serves as a Walmart vendor and Komen national partner.…

Dallas-based Fanpage Raises $3M in Cash, Media Promotion

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

Fanpage has raised $3 million in cash and media promotion and announced partnerships this week with Townsquare Media and iHeartMedia.

The Dallas-based startup allows users to create fan pages for music, sports teams, comics, and more via its app. Through the platform, users can compare and compete with friends to see who has the highest “Fandom DNA” as well as connect with other users with similar interests around the world.…

Dallas EdTech Startup Finds Partnerships are Key for Growth

Posted by Heather Noel

When Tech EdVentures started offering its technology courses three years ago, it had 16 students.

Now, it provides instruction at 16 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and has touched the lives of more than 3,000 children.

With the growth, there has been an evolution in the Dallas startup’s business model.…

Real Estate Tech Startup Truss Raises $7.7M, Plans Expansion

Posted by Lance Murray

A $7.7 million funding round will help the startup Truss — which simplifies the office leasing process for small- and medium-sized businesses — expand its real estate offerings and add employees.

TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois reported that the funding round was led by Los Angeles-based Navitas Capital. …

Fort Worth Inmates Helping Raise Service Dogs for Nonprofit

Posted by Heather Noel

Female inmates at a Fort Worth prison are helping raise puppies that will one day become service dogs for people with disabilities. 

Their work is for a national nonprofit organization called Canine Companions for Independence, which provides service dogs free of charge to those in need.…

Dallas Invents: 56 Patents Granted for Week of Aug. 22

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. 

Health Wildcatters Names 9 Companies in its Fifth Class

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Health Wildcatters on Wednesday announced the nine companies that have been selected to take part in the mentor-driven, seed fund accelerator’s 12-week 2017 program.

“This is a unique class we have this year with the majority of startups being in the medical device space,” Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek said.…

Toyota Forms New ‘Connected Technologies’ Group in Plano

Posted by Lance Murray

Toyota North America has created a new “Connected Technologies” group that will focus on improving user experiences and new technologies for its Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the company announced Monday.

The new group, based at the company’s Plano headquarters, will leverage the new “One Toyota” structure, and will have roughly 100 positions.…

Skratch, Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County Start Pilot Program

Posted by Lance Murray

Mobile app company Skratch has announced a partnership and pilot program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County that will enable teens in the organization to find quick, safe, skills-based ways to earn extra money with “gigs” inside club locations in Plano.

Kimberly-Clark Brings Fresh Perspective to Brainstorming

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Different thinking styles and personalities can lead to problem-solving and creative thinking, but as a leader how can you harness that variety into a cohesive group to determine a solution?

The good news is, you’re not alone in this situation. Nor were employees at Irving-based Kimberly-Clark.…

Talking Shop in Retail Real Estate: Technology and Trends

Posted by Lance Murray

Retail Real Estate RoundtableE-commerce. Mobile technology. Big data.

Retail real estate experts shared their perspectives on how technology continues to change the way consumers shop — and its impact on retail space. Tom Salanty, Jennifer Frank, Alan Shor, Frank Mihalopolous, Herb Weitzman, and Mike Geisler talk about Dallas-Fort Worth retail real estate in a roundtable discussion at the Amenity Lounge conference room at St.

Unfiltered Entrepreneurship: CometX Startup Coach Talks Grit, Hustle, and Sweet Success

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

UTDallas_University of Texas at Dallas_ Dallas Innovates is a Gold Founding SponsorSometimes, the benefits of being a university student far outweigh the actual cost of attending college. Take Comet Accelerator — an experiential program that pulls student teams from The University of Texas at Dallas and throws them into a 10-week non-credit, no-fee class designed to turbocharge their innovation ideas.…

DFW Spaces Offer Free Coworking to Entrepreneurs Displaced by Hurricane

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

As Hurricane Harvey continues to pour sometimes heavy rain on southeast Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth coworking offices are opening up spaces for entrepreneurs displaced by the storm. 

“Wishing we could do more but at the very least we can help you continue to start, build, and grow your business while everything else is going on,” The Dallas Entrepreneur Center said in a Facebook post. …

First Film + Music Conference Coming to Fort Worth

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has a robust film community. And, Sept. 29-30, Musicbed and Filmsupply plan to add to the knowledge and strength of said community by hosting the first Film + Music Conference.

The event, which will take place at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, will feature keynote speakers from the industries, along with breakout sessions led by filmmaking leaders, and live concerts.…

Tech Titans Celebrates Winners of Annual Tech Impact Awards

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Tech Titans Innovator AwardsCutting edge technology from corporations, nonprofits, schools, and startups took on larger than life status at the Tech Titans Awards Gala Friday at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel.

Tech Titans, a North Texas technology trade association, recognizes local individuals and companies each year who have made significant contributions to the technology industry. …

On Tap: Tech Titans Gala, Sharing the Common Pool & Marvel Studios Week

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.…

Digital Realty to Build $1B Data Center in Garland

Posted by Lance Murray

The city of Garland announced Friday that California-based Digital Realty will build a $1 billion data center project in the city.

It’s the second time in two years that Garland has secured a large data center project, and the city said the Digital Realty commitment is the largest private capital investment in Garland’s history.…

DI People: Polsinelli Names VC Practice Co-Chairs; 25 Women in Tech Honorees

Posted by Lance Murray

A roundup of who’s on the move or being recognized among Dallas Innovators.


Adam Hull and Rick Jordan have been added as the new co-chairs of the nationwide Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice group at the national law firm Polsinelli and will be based in the firm’s Dallas office.