Archive for December, 2018

Year In Review: Our Top 10 Most‑Read Stories of 2018

Posted by Alex Edwards

It’s been a big year for North Texas, especially when it comes to innovation. From industry disruptors, to technological breakthroughs, to groundbreaking advancements, we’ve seen it all in 2018—and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

As we …

Restaurant with a Purpose Pops Up in Dallas

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

C21 is not your average pop-up restaurant: The name comes from the extra twenty-first chromosome that people with Down Syndrome are born with.

The unique dining experience, traveling to cities across the country, popped up in Dallas in December. The …

NeoRetroism: McKinney’s Adriatica Channels Old World Practicality In Mixed-Use Development

Posted by Brandon Call

A trip to Croatia years ago led to a profound, life-changing epiphany for Jeff Blackard, CEO of McKinney-based Blackard Global. By that point in his life, he had developed thousands of residential lots in North Texas and throughout Texas and

Follow the Money: PHAZR Exits, Spectral MD Gets $1M, Merck Buys Antelliq

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants to acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money every Thursday. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.


Plano-Based Research Now SSI Forms Partnership to Put Data to Use

Posted by Payton Potter

Plano-based Research Now SSI is changing the way data is collected and shared. With a new technology called the SamplePlus Meter, marketers, brand advertisers, and agencies now have access to a dataset that the company says encompasses 60 million people

Dallas Invents: 92 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 11

Posted by Quincy Preston

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

Transportation Revolution: Experts Tackle How a High-Flying Future Could Affect Us All

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Transportation is one of the most talked-about, critical elements of modern urban life. How many times have you been asked, “How was your commute today?” It’s a topic that raises many questions, such as: How do we get around more

Hedera Hashgraph Opens its Distributed Ledger Tech for Public Testing

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Dallas-based Hedera Hashgraph’s quest to revolutionize the internet took a giant leap Tuesday when the distributed ledger technology became available for testing to the wider public for the first time.

The Community Testing Program allows the public to test the

Q+A: CEO of Pei Wei on the Food & Bev Industry, Leading a Reboot, and How North Texas Has Enhanced Growth

Posted by Lance Murray

Fast-casual, Pan Asian-inspired restaurant chain Pei Wei relocated in late 2017 to Irving from its previous headquarters digs in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it shared space and some employees with P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc.

The 18,000-square-foot base in Irving includes …

Hypergiant Space Age Solutions Acquires Custom Software Studio

Posted by Lance Murray

Hypergiant Space Age Solutions, the commercial services arm of Hypergiant Industries, has acquired Black Pixel, a Seattle-based custom software development studio for flagship brands, the companies announced today.

Hypergiant Industries—which has offices in Dallas, Austin, and Houston—said the deal stokes …

DI People: Kubota Corp., SmithGroup, One Technologies Make Exec Moves

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are people moves tied

Dallas ‘Brand Stars’ Recognized by Adweek for Driving Business and Innovation

Posted by Alex Edwards

Last week, Adweek released the results of its newest city spotlight, highlighting a place us locals know as a hotbed for starting and growing successful businesses: Dallas. In the report, the publication chose 23 people—dubbed “Brand Stars”—that they considered

Women’s Foodservice Forum to Honor 3 ‘Industry Titans’ With North Texas Ties

Posted by Lance Murray

Three foodservice industry leaders with ties to North Texas are being honored by the Dallas-based Women’s Foodservice Forum as 2019 Industry Titans.

7-Eleven President and CEO Joseph DePinto, Dallas-based Brinker International CEO and President Wyman Roberts, and Yum! Brands CEO …

Innovative Spaces: Peabody Roanoke to Anchor the South Oak Street Redevelopment

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The Peabody is bringing its almost 150-year history and famous marching ducks to the Denton County city of Roanoke as the anchor of the South Oak Street redevelopment.

Several elements led to the Peabody choosing Roanoke for its Texas outpost.…

Year Ahead Summit: ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu’

Posted by Polsinelli

Each year, the Dallas Regional Chamber hosts a forward-looking discussion on business, economics, and political trends affecting North Texas. The 2018 summit, held in November, was presented by Polsinelli.

Topics discussed at the summit included important trends, issues, and …

Innovative Spaces: A Series on Space, Place, and Culture in Business

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

In this series, Dallas Innovates goes behind the scenes to take a look at businesses in North Texas driving creativity, culture, and collaboration through innovative spaces.

The places highlighted throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region break down the walls of tradition, …

R&D: UTD Seeks Answers to Migraine Questions, UTA Gets Grant to Study Area’s Water Resources

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchEvery week, we do a little research of our own. We’re looking for scientists, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs—anybody, really—engaging in research and development across North Texas.

There’s plenty of good work being done. If you want to put R&D under your …

Follow the Money: Gig Wage Gets $1M, AN Global Nets Acquisition Backing, Astrapi Receives Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants to acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money every Thursday. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.


Topgolf, TCL Partner on Esports Lounges for Gamers of All Types

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-headquartered global sports entertainment provider Topgolf and television maker TCL have announced a partnership to create lounges nationwide that will spawn esports entertainment designed for gamers of all kind.

The partners said that the first TCL esports lounge will open …

Safety-Minded ‘Once Kids’ Moving Production of Customizable Toys to North Texas

Posted by Payton Potter

Organic, Natural, Charitable, and Eco-friendly. More than an acronym, those words are the inspiration behind ‘Once Kids’: A product line of various customizable, child-safe toys crafted from biodegradable wood. 

The idea for Once Kids was born from a couple’s desire …