Archive for December, 2018

Hidden Ridge: Verizon’s $1B, 5G-Enabled Development Rises From its Ranching Roots

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

On former ranch land that stood undeveloped for decades, Verizon is replacing sagebrush and grass with 5G technology, innovation labs, and high-rise buildings made of stone and shimmering glass.

It’s the Hidden Ridge development, Verizon’s $1 billion, 150-acre mixed-use project in partnership with real estate development and investment company KDC.…

Amazon Air To Open Innovative Regional Hub at Alliance Airport

Posted by Lance Murray

North Texas’ reputation as an aviation center got a boost today when Amazon announced plans to open an innovative Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. 

Construction has already begun on a new facility in the city of Haslet to house the Regional Air Hub for Amazon Air, formerly known as Prime Air.…

Atmosphere’s Tech Helps Local Leaders Create and Monitor Air Quality Strategies

Posted by Lance Murray

Weather network and analytics company Understory unveiled a real-time air quality and weather monitoring technology—already live in Dallas—that delivers hyper-local insights to civic leaders to formulate and monitor air quality improvement strategies.

Wisconsin-based Understory revealed the technology, called Atmosphere, in Poland this past weekend at the 9th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum, an affiliate event of COP24, the 24th Session of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.…

DI People: American Airlines, Kibo, La Madeleine Announce Promotions

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 to innovation and technology in the region.

Serena Williams Partners With Neighborhood Goods to Unveil Her New Size-Inclusive Line

Posted by Alex Edwards

On the heels of an A-list Grand Opening, national recognition, and $8M funding round, Neighborhood Goods is coming through with yet another ‘Grand Slam’—partnering with Serena Williams to unveil her new size-inclusive fashion line, with a pop-up event hosted by the tennis queen herself to celebrate.

Tyler Technologies Acquires SceneDoc, Bolsters Law Enforcement Solutions

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based Tyler Technologies, a provider of end-to-end information management solutions and services for local governments, announced today that it acquired Canada-based SceneDoc Inc., a provider of mobile-first, software-as-a-service field reporting for law enforcement agencies.

The deal is the latest acquisition for Tyler Technologies.…

ICYMI: Dallas is 5G Hotspot, DFW has Jobs for Hackers, Texas as a Major Biotech Hub, and Voltea’s Water Tech Goes Smart for CES

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Data and connectivity undergird the tech world, and according to local technology experts we are about to experience a major upgrade for the end-user experience as 5G begins rolling out.

Last week’s ICYMI mentioned AT&T will make Klyde Warren Park part of its initial nationwide rollout of the high-speed communications tech, and Dallas’ AT&T and Verizon have both announced they will carry the upcoming 5G Samsung smartphone.

Follow the Money: TPG Raises $12B for Flagship Fund; Pizza Hut Acquires Online Ordering Platform

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.

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Dallas-based App Lets You ‘Preciate’ Your Peers

Posted by Blair Welch

When Ed Stevens moved to Dallas from California, he quickly realized that bringing your credentials along with you isn’t as easy as it seems. He did some research, and found that 81 percent of workers wish they had stronger connections to those around them.

R&D: UTSW Shows Neuron’s Link to Exercise & Metabolism; Palm Fronds Influence Wind Turbine Blade Design

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 microscope, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Look Inside: Travel Startup The Guild is Creating Hotels of the Future

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Instead of choosing from pre-selected options in a hotel room fridge, guests can have it stocked themselves via Instacart. Rather than order from room service, guests can choose their favorite snacks from apps like Favor. This technology-based travel environment is what’s making The Guild a hotel of the future—and it can be experienced right here in Dallas. 

Recycling For A Cause: Re-Teck Turns E-Waste Into Charitable Giving

Posted by Payton Potter

Making the world a better place is about more than just feeding the hungry or preserving the environment—especially for Re-Teck, a reverse supply chain management and recycling company that aims to do both.

Re-Teck, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Li Tong Group, uses reverse supply chain management to implement a “circular economy” that keeps obsolete electronics and equipment out of landfills, opting to instead recycle or refurbish the devices.…

Dallas-based App Spotio Keeps Field Workers Connected to Home Base

Posted by Blair Welch

For workers in the field, staying connected just got easier. Dallas-based Spotio, a four-year-old company with a mobile platform, is designed to help in-office management track the outside sales activities of a company to uncover where its next customers are located.

WeWork at Legacy North Ushers in Change in Tech

Posted by Liz Freezor

WeWorkThe intersection of Dallas Parkway and Legacy Drive is burgeoning with new developments, and global workspace leader WeWork is creating a legacy in Texas. Building upon the success of WeWork at Legacy West, which opened last year, the Shops at Legacy North is the backdrop for WeWork’s latest outpost—and the site for exciting developments in tech.

PGA of America Will Bring Innovations, Economic Impact to Frisco with HQ Move

Posted by Lance Murray

Frisco is already the home of the Dallas Cowboys’ The Star, the FC Dallas major league soccer team, and the RoughRiders minor league baseball team. Now, it’s going to be home to the PGA of America—a stroke of economic good fortune that will help drive the city as one of the top sports destinations in the country.

BionorthTX Names Local Entrepreneur as President, CEO

Posted by Alex Edwards

The BionorthTX Board of Directors has appointed Jorge Varela—a Dallas entrepreneur, executive, and angel investor—as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. The announcement was made Dec. 4. 

In his new role, Varela will assume day-to-day leadership of the association. …

Dallas Invents: 116 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 27

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 future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. 

29 Acres to Fill a ‘Need in North Texas’ with Innovative Autism Community

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Nonprofit organization 29 Acres is working to bring a supported living community, complete with a “state-of-the-art technology platform” and an 8,000 square-foot community center” to Denton County by 2020.

Last year, Dallas Innovates told you about the Dallas couple behind the nonprofit: retired doctors Clay Heighten and Debra Caudy.

Varidesk Creates First Airport Coworking Space at DFW — In Just 24 Hours

Posted by Alex Edwards

Most frequent fliers have experienced the headache that is a crowded terminal: having to search amidst disgruntled travelers for an open outlet, settle on the floor for space, or uncomfortably balance a laptop on your knees. And for those traveling for business, navigating how to get stuff done in an airport can sometimes be more effort than the actual work itself.