Archive for January, 2019

Raising Money: Four Rules for Finding Dough in DFW

Posted by Jeff Bounds

Rule No. 1:
Assemble Your Team

Every business needs three things: a banker, an accountant, and a lawyer. This is especially true at its genesis. Professional guidance can help entrepreneurs avoid less-than-obvious mistakes that can become major issues down the

Quest for Capital:
The Dallas-Fort Worth Difference

Posted by Jeff Bounds

When Dayakar Puskoor was looking for early-stage funding in the mid-1990s for JP Mobile, the Farmers Branch startup he co-founded, he didn’t have to travel far to talk to big names about investing.

A group of venture capital firms had

Don Morphy Becomes First Dallas Menswear Label to Win Rising Star Award

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

The Rising Star award in menswear was presented to Daniel Mofor, founder of Dallas’ Don Morphy, at the 22nd Annual Fashion Group International awards presentation last week—and Tommy Hilfiger was there to congratulate him.

Leah Frazier, a fashion journalist and …

DI People: DCS Global, One Technologies, Zinwave, Deloitte Announce Leadership 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

Intuit’s James Helms Announced as Designer-In-Residence at SMU

Posted by Blair Welch

James Helms, vice president of design at software company Intuit, has been named the new Designer-in-Residence for Southern Methodist University’s Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) program this spring. 

As a Designer-In-Residence (DIR), Helms will be tasked with …

Medtech Phynd Technologies Raises $8M in Series B Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based medtech company Phynd Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday that it has completed an $8 million Series B funding round that will enable further collaborations and enhance its core platform.

Phynd offers healthcare providers a strategic information management SaaS solution that …

Feast Your Eyes on This: Dallas’ Unicorn-Themed Dessert Bar

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Dallas is home for Usman and Javeria Babar. That’s why when they decided to open what they call the “First Unicorn-Themed Dessert Bar in the U.S.,” Magical Dessert Bar, it was a no-brainer to do it in North Texas.

The …

Rising of the Rest: Collaboration, Clusters, and Commerce Charge the Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Ecosystem

Posted by Jonathan Auping

In 2019 you won’t find anyone denying that Dallas-Fort Worth, from the two cities that make up its name to the suburbs and cities that help constitute the region’s nearly 8 million residents, has a thriving economy that has been

George Brody on North Texas as Home to Corporate Giants, an Esports Mecca, and the Telecom Transformation

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

You could say George Brody has experience in the world of technology. Perhaps best known as the founder and CEO of GlobeRanger, which was acquired by Fujitsu in 2014, Brody has been a leading innovator in the wireless space for

ICYMI: North Texas Breaks Out, Female Entrepreneurs Make Waves, TCU Teen Becomes Youngest MythBuster

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The overarching theme of the recently released Dallas Innovates annual print edition magazine was how North Texas is in the midst of a breakout moment, especially in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, and the

Cody Marx Bailey on Emerging Tech Poised to Make an Impact and Why ‘Now Is the Time for North Texas’

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Cody Marx Bailey is president of the North Texas Blockchain Alliance; founder of XRAM Companies, Rawhide, Multinode and Ocean Currency Network; and advisor to FourPark Minted. He is a leading blockchain innovator and one of North Texas’ deep thinkers on

Project Runway: New Innovation Officer Tackles Travel Roadblocks at Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Posted by Payton Potter

Innovation is a matter of strategy, says Paul Puopolo, chief innovation officer at Dallas Fort Worth Airport.

A 13-year veteran of the innovation trade, Puopolo offers insights into staying current in an evolving technology market and creating a top-tier travel

Dallas-based Arfinn Med Launches ‘First-Ever’ Clinician-Based Medical Cannabis Portal

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

When James West saw a gap in the information available to physicians who prescribe medical cannabis, he knew he had to find a way to help. So he founded Arfinn Med, a Dallas-based ‘Electronic Medical Record program’ that provides full-service

R&D: No Pleasure in Life—SMU Scientists Test Treatment; UTSW Studies Hepatitis C & Liver Cancer

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 …

Anurag Jain on Tech Talent, Building an Innovation Ecosystem, and Defining the ‘X’ Factor

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Today, Anurag Jain is sitting atop the corporate and investment world, despite having first arrived in the U.S. almost 25 years ago via a 20-hour low-cost smoking- section flight from India to Detroit.

Jain previously told D Magazine, “I …

The X Factor: Four Ingredients are Turning North Texas into a Rising Tech Power

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Every American city is hunting the same big prey: Artificial intelligence. Blockchain technologies. The internet of things. Virtual and augmented reality.

So why will North Texas put these trophies on the wall and take its place in the pantheon of

ClubCorp Launches Luxe Traveling Wedding Showcase, Win-a-Wedding Contest Coming to Dallas

Posted by Payton Potter

With season 23 of The Bachelor airing on ABC and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s hard not to think about romance. Luckily, even if your friends don’t want to listen to you talk about your latest crush, ClubCorp’s wedding experts

Follow the Money: Satori Invests in Grapevine Company, Dynata 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.

Have …

Look Inside: Historic Purse Building Reopens In West End

Posted by Payton Potter

The Purse Building, originally named the The Parlin & Orendorff Building, is among the historic district’s last projects to undergo renovation. Built in 1905 as a farm equipment factory, the approximately 70,000-square-foot commercial facility aims to attract innovative companies relocating

New Digital Activations Show ‘Avocados From Mexico are Always Worth It’

Posted by Alex Edwards

What do Kristin Chenoweth, talking dogs, an interactive digital platform, and the Super Bowl all have in common?

Avocados, apparently.

Irving-headquartered Avocados From Mexico (AFM) has announced major plans leading up to the fifth rendition of its Big Game advertisement …