Archive for January, 2019

Thought Leaders: Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Posted by Brent Christopher

Children’s Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising arm of Children’s HealthSM, a private, non-profit institution. It’s one of the largest comprehensive pediatric health care systems in the country. To ful ll the mission of making life better for children, we’re dedicated to:

How does your company differentiate itself from others in the region?

Thought Leaders: Capital Factory

Posted by Joshua Baer

Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. We provide Texans with a tech-centric work environment, event space, mentorship opportunities, an accelerator program, and funding opportunities.

Last year more than 100,000 entrepreneurs, programmers and designers gathered day and night for meetups, classes, and coworking.

Thought Leaders: Bottle Rocket

Posted by Bottle Rocket

After ten years of success in mobile app development, what’s next on the horizon for Dallas-based Bottle Rocket?

Today’s customers are in control. More than ever before, brand experiences matter. And not just any ordinary experience. Customers expect brand interactions that are preeminent…personalized… customized – and even differentiated based on their specific needs and wants.…

Thought Leaders: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Posted by Summer Wright Collins

How does your company differentiate itself from others in the region?

The C1 Innovation Lab is positioned in North Texas to work directly with national employer customers on developing new solutions that help increase the affordability of care and improve health outcomes for our members.…

Thought Leaders: Allen Economic Development Corporation

Posted by Daniel S. Bowman

The Allen Economic Development Corporation is charged with recruiting and retaining quality businesses that increase the ad valorem tax base and bring quality jobs to the City.

Businesses in Allen enjoy a supportive, service-based EDC committed to ensuring their continued growth and success, whether that comes from a simple introduction to other community members or fulfilling research needs.

Thought Leaders: Sabre

Posted by Sean Menke

How does your company stretch the boundaries of what’s been done, or reinvent itself within the industry?

Sabre is on a mission to reimagine the business of travel, which is all about retailing, distribution and fulfillment. How do we fulfill the end traveler’s wants and needs through increased personalization and loyalty?

TRED’s Online Car-Selling Marketplace Brings Savings to Dallas

Posted by Blair Welch

TRED is aiming to make selling or buying a used car easier and less expensive than ever before. 

Founded in 2011, TRED is a used car dealership and marketplace that connects sellers and buyers directly. The process is designed to save both parties money without dealing with the fixed fees that are commonly linked to used car dealerships as well as keeping the information of both parties private.…

Hedera Hashgraph: Going Beyond Bitcoin

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

North Texas didn’t invent blockchain, but Hedera Hashgraph significantly advanced distributed ledger technology by unleashing a limitless number of use cases and better reliability.

Co-founders Mance Harmon and Leemon Baird started the company in August 2017 and have raised $124 million in funding.

Thought Leaders: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Posted by Cristin Thomas

In its simplest form, what is innovation to you?

Innovation is the action of changing or transforming a method, idea, product, or process to solve a problem and/or create value that satisfies the needs of customers. It’s something that Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni understand is necessary for growth.

Bell Helicopter: Giving New Meaning to ‘Get a Lift’

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

These days, only the rich and famous can summon a helicopter to travel from Fort Worth to Frisco, rising above the “regular people” stuck in rush hour traffic.

But engineers at Bell Helicopter are working on a VTOL aircraft that uses an electric propulsion system that aims to democratize regional air travel to the point that it will be affordable for average people.…

North Texas Genome Center: Leading the Way in Biometrics

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Two people walk into a doctor’s office with the same type of cancer.

The doctor may be inclined to treat them with the same drugs, but those patients may respond in very different ways. Why? The answer lies in DNA. At the North Texas Genome Center (NTGC) at the University of Texas at Arlington, researchers are using multimillion dollar machines to sequence human DNA.…

Good Returns: Shifting the Paradigm on Giving

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Businesses have never had more incentive to give to social causes, and through Good Returns it’s never been easier.

Salah Boukadoum, co-founder of the company, didn’t invent an app or a new cryptocurrency. Rather, he invented a system of philanthropy that’s zero risk and provides mutual benefit to all the stakeholders.

Ripple Effects: Four North Texas Innovators That ‘Think Locally, Act Globally’

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

With a few swipes, a rideshare app selects a combination of ground and air transportation to get you from your home west of Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to your office in Frisco.

When you board the hybrid-powered, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft developed by Bell Helicopter, it may have a pilot or it could be autonomous.

Ripple Effect: Big Ideas Become a Reality in North Texas

Posted by Lance Murray

Big ideas are easy to come by, but take a lot of work to make a reality.

They take time and require the commitment of corporate resources and people. But, here are a few companies in North Texas working on big ideas that could have the potential to make an impact, here and beyond.

Follow the Money: Elm Park Closes $300M Fund, Phynd Gets $8M, KonaTel Makes Acquisition

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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‘Built by Women, For Everyone’: Coworking Network The Riveter Coming to Dallas Mid-2019

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Riveter is founded, accelerated, led, and built by women. But, it’s for everyone.

And it’s coming to Dallas.

An inclusive coworking space, The Riveter is focused on women and their work, but is open to all genders. From its professional and personal development programs to its collaborative workspaces, the Seattle-headquartered company aims to amplify the conversation surrounding gender equity in business.…

Dallas on Short List for U.S. Debut of All-in-One Mobility App Whim

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas is among a short list of cities being considered for the U.S. debut later this year of MaaS Global, the Finnish company behind the all-in-one mobility app Whim, according to a report by TechCrunch.

Whim offers a range of subscription options that give users unlimited access to ride-hailing services, bike and car rentals, and public transportation.…

Diversity Fuels North Texas Startup Funding

Posted by Jeff Bounds

From angels to family offices to venture capital firms, women and people of color are emerging in North Texas both as decision-makers on who gets capital and as the writers of checks.

“Women are starting businesses at record levels, with the ideas, skills, and talents to build great companies,” says Laura Baldwin, co-leader of the Dallas chapter of Golden Seeds, an angel investment group that backs businesses with at least one woman in a C-suite operating role.

Dallas Invents: 108 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 22

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. 

Hit the Ground Running

Posted by Eric McConnell


It is 2019. The New Year. As we see friends and family around us starting fresh and looking to accomplish bigger and better things, similarly most companies are looking to do the same. With new initiatives defined and outlined, and teams ready to get to work, we sat down with Eric McConnell, Consulting Principal, to gain some insight into the most common roadblocks seen once a project kicks off.