Archive for July, 2018

Dallas Innovator Perk: 10 Free Tickets to Digital Fight Club 2018

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Mayhem, indeed. Ten of the sharpest wits in Dallas will spar in 5 “fights” on the hotbed of undecided topics in digital technology today. 

This year’s lineup has some real heavy hitters (pun intended), says Digital Dallas Founder Michael Pratt. The Dallas Morning News called last year’s event “a lively, if nerdy, debate.” …

What Do You Want to Drive? DFW Dealers Create Auto Subscription Programs

Posted by Lance Murray

Carrollton-based eCarOne and Hurst-based Essence Maserati & Alfa Romeo are joining the vehicle subscription trend by choosing Flexdrive as their technology partner to launch their vehicle subscription services.

Flexdrive is an Atlanta-based car technology and services company that enables car dealerships and fleet owners to offer on-demand car subscriptions via mobile devices to consumers.…

PTSD, Depression: MyndVR Tech Puts Aging Veterans In a Peaceful Place

Posted by Lance Murray

Addison-based tech, health, and wellness company MyndVR has partnered with a veterans home in New York, helping the seniors there who are living with depression, PTSD, dementia, and other age-related illnesses by using virtual reality technology.  

Immersive and meaningful experiences — such as entering a virtual world where they can swim with dolphins, watching a professional artist create a masterpiece, or sitting in the front row for the musical “The Lion King”—are part of MyndVR’s turn-key virtual reality solution, which includes a content library geared toward adults 55 and older with original content and content from the nation’s top VR producers. 

The Cloud: Wrangling Your Migration Challenges

Posted by Kyle Berry

Stop for a moment and think about your business. 

What kind of company do you work for?  Is it an IT company? More than likely, it’s a manufacturing company, an energy company, a retail company, a health care company, or any other industry in between.…

New Windsong Ranch Owners Plan to Complete Crystal Lagoon

Posted by Lance Murray

The unique Crystal Lagoon in Prosper is headed for completion, thanks to a new real estate partnership.

Windsong Ranch, the 2,030-acre master-planned community in Prosper has been bought in a joint acquisition by Texas real estate investors Craig Martin and David Blom and Minnesota-based Värde Partners.…

Michael Cope: As a Mentor, He’s ‘Been There and Done That’

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The “Meet the Mentor” series is a way for Dallas Innovates to celebrate the depth and breadth of mentors in North Texas and highlight the collected wisdom and experience available to the startup community, entrepreneurs, and other seekers of knowledge. We hope you enjoy meeting some of those who are volunteering their time and expertise for the benefit of the local startup ecosystem.

RevTech Closes $10M Follow-On Fund to Support Portfolio Companies

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based RevTech announced the initial close of a $10-million follow-on fund that it said will allow the retail seed fund and venture accelerator to support portfolio companies as they scale.

Investments range from preseed to series A funding.

Managing Director David Matthews said this follow-on fund is RevTech’s “largest fund to date, enabling us to make more investments that will accelerate the growth of our innovators and entrepreneurs.”…

Can User Experience (UX)
Save Lives?

Posted by Reagan Alhadef

User Experience encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products. As User Experience (UX) expands beyond software navigation and app interaction, the effects of UX on a variety of industries are increasingly apparent. Understanding user experience and the use of methodologies like Design Thinking have resulted in innovative approaches to the most basic and significant of human activities.…

Discovery: UTD’s Big Week for Research, UTSW Researcher Honored, How Ancient Native Americans Used Fire

Posted by Lance Murray


Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchIt was a big week for research at the University of Texas at Dallas.

On Monday, the university was featured in an article on the Windpower Engineering & Development website that detailed how a team of researchers at UTD has developed a new way to pull more power from the wind —  an approach that has the potential to increase wind-power generation with “a consequent increase in revenue.”…

Dallas’ Roomored Now Designing Virtual Walk-throughs for Major Homebuilders

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

With the touch of his fingers, Farrukh Malik navigates from room to room inside a digital floor plan for a house.

A few swipes later, he’s changing the color and style of cabinets, the countertops, flooring, and paint. He’s swapping out stainless steel or black appliances.…

A World of Opportunities Awaits These Toyota Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Toyota Motor North America

It’s the rush when the car first takes to the road after the assembly line. Or the tears of hope when a partially-paralyzed family member walks again. Toyota Scholars’ Day presented by Toyota Financial Services in June was about these moments of wonder and discovery.…

Dallas-Fort Worth Scores High for Large, Affordable Tech Labor Pool in CBRE Report

Posted by Kerry Curry

Dallas-Fort Worth has the largest tech labor force in the South, the fifth largest in North America, and the most affordable large market in the nation, according to a new report from CBRE.

CBRE’s sixth-annual Scoring Tech Talent in North America ranks 50 U.S.…

On Tap: Founders Live, CodeLaunch Startup Expo & Digital Fight Club

Posted by Chrisa Head

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. …

Follow the Money: CareView Gets $1M, TheCapitalNet Raises $500K, Milkshake Nets $400K

Posted by Lance Murray


Lewisville-based technology company CareView Communications Inc. said in a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it raised $1 million in a debt only funding round. It has raised more than $3 million this year.

WeWork Will Open Victory Plaza Coworking Space in 2019

Posted by Lance Murray

Coworking space provider WeWork continues to build on its North Texas footprint, announcing this week that its location in Victory Park will occupy two full floors of one of the signature Victory Plaza office towers near American Airlines Center early next year.

Celanese Announces $100K Grant to Support Dallas’ GrowSouth Initiative

Posted by Lance Murray

As a way to note its 100th anniversary, Celanese Corp. announced Tuesday a $100,000 grant challenge to support the southern sector of Dallas.

Irving-based Celanese—whose slogan is “The Chemistry Inside Innovation”—makes products for nearly all areas of business and life—from materials for the chemical, paints, and coating industries, to automotive, consumer electronics, and life-improving medical, food, and beverage products.…

Jack Automation Uses Conversational AI to Help Landlords Handle Issues at Their Properties

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A new artificial intelligence platform could handle maintenance requests for apartments and rental homes without the tenant ever knowing they’re talking to a machine.

Jack Automation Technologies was developed in Dallas by Izzy DiChiara and Fernando Higuera to revolutionize how landlords manage clogged sinks, broken air conditioners, and other issues that come up.

Dallas Invents: 117 Patents Granted for Week of July 17

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 assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included.

Now Topped Out, New Renderings Show The Luminary’s Potential as Innovation ‘Hotbed’

Posted by Lance Murray

The Luminary in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas was topped out Tuesday, and Crescent Real Estate LLC took the milestone as an opportunity to release new artistic renderings of the building’s lobby and the rooftop terrace that will offer panoramic view of Dallas.

Three Ways Education Design Can Further Establish Dallas as a Hub for Innovation

Posted by Holly Ragan

An exciting new report from the Dallas Regional Chamber, Southern Methodist University, Accenture, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas analyzes the city’s innovation economy and offers recommendations for actions to accelerate its growth.

To fuel this push, the DFW Regional Innovation Study calls for “a communitywide effort” uniting startups, corporations, universities, government, social impact groups, and creatives.…