Archive for December, 2017

Addison Nonprofit Behind PBS Film Highlighting Dietary, Health Issues of Native Americans

Posted by Lance Murray

Addison-based Partnership With Native Americans has collaborated with Front Page Productions to create a documentary about dietary and health issues faced by Native American communities.

The documentary, which is airing on Public Broadcasting System stations across the nation, is hosted …

Richardson To Host Another Smart Cities App Challenge

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

The Richardson Economic Development Partnership and University of Texas at Dallas are kicking off another Smart Gigabit Cities Application Challenge next week. 

Two app developers will have the chance to win up to $10,000 each for their solutions developed to …

As Corporate Printing Business Declines, Pioneer OKI Data Finds New Purpose in Garments

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

When the digital revolution upended the traditional printing business, many companies were forced to evolve or face extinction.

OKI Data Americas has thrived on innovation for decades, whether it was leading the way with LED printing or developing more efficient …

Dallas Invents: 64 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 28

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

Web Series Helping Startups Improve Their User Experience

Posted by Jewels Clark

A new web series based out of Dallas is helping early-stage startups identify user experience issues through a panel of experts.

ProjectUX, which launched on YouTube last week, is hosted by Brandon Ward, an instructor with degrees in media …

Impact Shares Creates Funds With NAACP, YWCA

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Impact Shares has filed for its first two exchange-traded funds being developed by The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Minority Empowerment ETF and the Women’s Empowerment ETF are expected to …

Common Desk Acquires Local Coffee Shop

Posted by Jewels Clark

Common Desk is getting into the coffee business with its purchase of local shop Method Coffee. 

The Dallas coworking company announced the acquisition Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but as part of the deal Common Desk will take control …

Topgolf Plans to Tee Up Dubai Entertainment Venue in 2019

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Topgolf announced that it has entered into a partnership with Dubai Golf to open a venue in the United Arab Emirates, the company’s first location in the Middle East.

The announcement comes on the heels of Topgolf’s international expansion …

Varidesk Parent Introduces Alexa-Controlled Lights

Posted by Lance Murray

Coppell-based Gemmy Industries has introduced Light Rhapsody, a Alexa-controlled light string that allows the user to manipulate the lights using only their voice.

Users will be able to have a range of command options from color to themes to effects, …

Tyler Technologies Acquires Radio Communications Tech, Announces Mobile App Launch

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based Tyler Technologies has made two major announcements in the past week — the acquisition of assets from Radio 10-33 LLC, and the launch of its New World CrewForce mobile application for emergency first responders. 

Tyler Technologies is a provider …

Interim USPTO Director Sees DFW’s Innovation Side

Posted by Dave Moore

United States Patent and Trademark Office Interim Director Joe Matal visited North Texas last week. 

The stop was part of his barnstorming tour of sorts. He’s already visited the USPTO’s Midwest regional office in Detroit and the Silicon Valley Regional …

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Acquires Atos Quantum Computer to Help in Research

Posted by Lance Murray

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has acquired a 30-Qubit Atos Quantum Learning Machine, a high-powered quantum computing system built on the principles of quantum mechanics.

Bezons, France-based Atos said the Quantum Learning Machine is the highest-performing quantum simulator in the …

Funding Roundup: Mark Cuban, Perot Jain Make Investments & Dallas’ BenefitMall to Be Acquired

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

The holidays came early for some companies around the country, as Dallas-area venture capitalists provided funding to everything from startups to expansions.

FinTech, health tech, and food all benefitted from the following rounds of financing.


TheHaps App is Keeping You
in the Know With DFW Events

Posted by Jewels Clark

Christopher Curry, a former civil engineer and MBA student at the University of Texas at Dallas, has developed an app that allows you to check out what’s happening in Dallas-Fort Worth every day at any time.

The consumer mobile app …

Testing Ground: Party City to Debut New All-In-One Party Planning Tool in Dallas

Posted by Jewels Clark

Dallas is the first and only testing market for Kazzam the newest online party planning platform by Party City.

The online platform from the New Jersey-based party supply chain lets you pick and choose activities and themes in order to …

TREC Commits $1M to Revive Forest Theater, MLK Blvd

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

More hope is coming to the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard area as The Real Estate Council Foundation committed $1 million in money and services to a key revitalization project.

TREC selected the Forest Theater project to be the first …

Discovery: Innovative Thinking Study, Cancer Survivors & Clinical Trials, Quake Sensors

Posted by Lance Murray


Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchA pilot study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas has shown that cognitive training improves innovative thinking — as well as other positive brain