Archive for May, 2018

Digital Dallas Comedy Roast: 5 Startups Walk into a Pitch … Here’s What Happened

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Startups do a lot of pitching. Whether it’s a Shark Tank-style competition or just a quick elevator spiel. Often there’s money, fame, and glory at stake, so it’s serious business even if it’s been done to death.

Digital Dallas, …

Follow the Money: Tailwater Doubles Silver Creek Equity to $300M, Independent Bank Buys Guaranty Bancorp for $1B

Posted by Lance Murray


Irving-based Silver Creek Midstream LLC announced that Dallas’ Tailwater Capital LLC has increased its equity commitment in the company from $150 million to $300 million.

The equity funding will come from …

Paññã’s AI-Backed Platform Simplifying the Hiring Process

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Plano-based Paññã (pronounced Panya) announced the official launch of its hiring and recruitment online video conference platform this week.

The roll out comes a few months after the startup raised two separate $500,000 funding rounds. It’s also received millions …

DI People: Urban Air, Varidesk, Kimberly-Clark, Murphy Center Name New Leaders

Posted by Lance Murray


Former Topgolf CEO Ken May will lead the U.S. operations and strategic growth of Dallas-based Urban Air Adventure Park as its new executive chairman.

Urban Air is a full-service family entertainment …

Q+A: Seeing is Glass-Media’s Defibrillator to Resuscitate Brick and Mortar Retailers

Posted by Aaron Cook

Glass-Media. The Dallas-based startup has re-imagined the way customers see, engage, and even interact with a brand when shopping the old fashioned way — in person.

I picked the brain of Glass-Media’s founder, Daniel Black, to understand why he’d …

TEXRail Unveils New Commuter Train in Fort Worth

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

At first glance, the new TEXRail trains look like something out of a science fiction film.

There’s no big locomotive chugging black smoke into the air. The FLIRT 3 (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) glides with almost no noise down …

Dallas Invents: 85 Patents Granted for Week of May 15

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

Pilotworks Has a Startup Sensibility With On-Demand Kitchen Space

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Pilotworks brings a stalwart of the startup world — coworking and incubator space — to the food preparation industry.

“Pilotworks is a new kind of business on a mission to change the landscape of the food industry, helping aspiring food …

Dollars for Good: JPMorgan Chase Investing $3M in Dallas-Area Students, BCBS Accepting Grant Proposals

Posted by Taylor Lowder



As a part of JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills for Youth investment, the company has partnered with Dallas County Promise and the Commit Partnership to help students receive the skills they need for

Bestow Inc. Raises $15M in Series A Funding Round

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Bestow Inc. has closed $15 million in Series A funding ahead of the company’s national launch of its life insurance services platform.

The Series A raise was led by New York City-based Valar Ventures, with participation from existing investors …

Narrowing the Gender Gap: North Texas Groups Empowering Girls in STEM

Posted by Isabella Couture

The popular phrase “breaking the glass ceiling” has brought awareness to the issue of gender inequality in the workplace, primarily with regard to upper mobility and pay. But, with stereotypes firmly in place, gender inequality also exists in terms of

North Texas Breweries Serving Beers With Entrepreneurial Spirit

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Craft beer has become a nationwide staple and North Texas has no shortage of home grown microbrews to choose from or places to find those beers with 69 and counting regional breweries, brewpubs, and retail members of the Texas Craft

Better Block’s Annual Field Day Sparks Eco-Friendly Designs

Posted by Katie Kelton

The force was strong at Better Block’s Star Wars-themed design competition recently.

“We have a lot of design friends who have a lot of good ideas, but don’t have the time or resources to bring them to life. We

TWU Announces New Institute for Women’s Leadership

Posted by Lance Murray

Texas Woman’s University has announced plans to create a new Institute for Women’s Leadership on its campus in Denton that will encompass three focused centers aimed at inspiring more women to run for political office, become entrepreneurs and C-suite executives,

Q+A: Modular is Taming the Wild Frontier of Distributed Networks

Posted by Aaron Cook

Nirvana. Maroon 5. Weezer. The Ramones. Some of the world’s most influential bands started out in their garage.

Garages, however, aren’t just a petri dish for experimenting musicians. They’re a breeding ground for earth-shattering tech and mind blowing business concepts, …

Discovery: UTD Study Probes Socioeconomic Impact on Brain, UTA Patents ‘Cancer Trap’

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchGrowing up in an environment without adequate education, nutrition, and access to health care can adversely affect a developing child’s brain structure and function, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have found.

A new study led by researchers …

Q+A: On-time Package Delivery? Dallas Startup CEO Says it’s Not a Far-fetched Idea

Posted by Aaron Cook

Apartment living is the ultimate social experiment.

From thin walls that give you more insight into your neighbors lifestyle than you want, to the fight for the last parking spot, to those awkward resident pool parties. Yah, it’s safe to …

Healthcare Dealmakers: The Future of AI, Risks & Opportunities in Substance Abuse

Posted by Lance Murray

Well-known Dallas tech entrepreneur Dave Copps told those attending the Healthcare Dealmakers Conference that artificial intelligence is the wave of the future because data is, well, really important.

Copps, founder and former CEO of Brainspace, a Cyxtera Business, is a …

RED Holographic Smartphone Coming to AT&T This Summer

Posted by Lance Murray

The first holographic smartphone will be available from AT&T Inc. this summer.

The Dallas-based telecom giant announced its plans to carry the RED Hydrogen One smartphone this week.

Verizon, which has a major regional presence in Dallas-Fort Worth, said it …

On Tap: Breaking Shadows, Women in Tech Awards & Startup Comedy Roast

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 …