Archive for March, 2019

Dallas Innovates—The Magazine

Posted by Quincy Preston


We begin our fourth year with a toast to the newest member of the family — Dallas Innovates 2019, an annual magazine highlighting Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub for innovation. This year, our second annual print publication explores the region as a rising tech superpower and a global hub of innovation.

‘Why Dallas, Now’: State of Entrepreneurship 2019 Announces Powerhouse Speaker Lineup, Agenda

Posted by Lance Murray

Keeping with tradition, Dallas Startup Week will once again host the State of Entrepreneurship event at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. Now in its sixth year, the event is themed “Why Dallas, now.”

The event will feature Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with a lineup of other entrepreneurs who will discuss “why and how the state of entrepreneurship in Dallas has arrived,” Alyce Alston, CEO of The DEC Network, tells Dallas Innovates.

NASCAR Driver to Help Open World Wide Technology’s New Plano Office

Posted by Lance Murray

One of NASCAR’s rising young stars will help officially open World Wide Technology’s new office location in Plano this Friday.

WWT’s new Plano office at 601 Data Drive has roughly 70 employees in fields ranging from engineering to business development and professional services.…

Discovery: Neuro Rehab VR Teams Up With Schools for Robotic Glove; UTD Explores Roots of Chronic Pain

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.

Winter is Coming to Dallas With the Game Of Thrones Augmented Reality Experience

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Take your best shot at battling Game of Thrones’ infamous White Walkers with AT&T’s new AR game exclusive to only five cities—including Dallas.

The game, titled “The Dead Must Die: A Magic Leap Encounter,” will be available to play at select AT&T stores in early April, with the Dallas launch expected to be later this month.…

The ‘Airbnb for Events’ Expands its Rental Offerings to Dallas

Posted by Alex Edwards

Whether looking for a meeting space, event location, photo shoot backdrop, or media production site, Dallasites can now rent it all—by the hour—on Peerspace.

Billing itself as “the world’s largest marketplace for hourly rentals of unique spaces,” Peerspace announced its expansion to North Texas last week with a number of local offerings.…

Follow the Money: Linear Labs Gets $4.5M; TIER REIT & Cousins Merger Creates $7B Company

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and 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 a deal we should know about?…

Top 10: Tech Boosts Job Growth in Dallas Metro, Report Says

Posted by Lance Murray

Tech-related employment in the Dallas metropolitan area continues to grow. In 2018, the region added 9,324 new jobs, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Cyberstates 2019 report.

The findings show Dallas ranks seventh in net tech employment and sixth in jobs added among the 46 U.S.…

Soccer Meets STEAM: How FC Dallas is Using Sports to Educate Frisco Students

Posted by Blair Welch

The San Francisco 49ers education consulting academy (EDU) has paired with the National Soccer Hall of Fame (NSHOF) to bring a new STEAM program to Texas. 

The program will connect science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to the world of soccer and the operations behind professional sports venues.…

View from the Scooter: Uber Brings ‘Ride Pass’ to Dallas, SMU Tests Scooters on Campus

Posted by Payton Potter

Whether you’re a bootstrapping entrepreneur or just a person with a penchant for pinching pennies, rideshare surge fare is always an unwelcome expense.

In October 2018, Uber announced its Ride Pass program, which lets users who pay a monthly fee bypass surge fare pricing, opting instead for Uber’s flat rate, no matter the location or time of day.…

Lyft Launches its Scooters in Dallas, Debuts $5-a-Month Community Pass Program

Posted by Lance Murray

Starting Thursday, Lyft is adding dockless electric scooters to its transportation lineup in Dallas, making it the third city in Texas in which the company is offering scooters.

“Lyft is committed to a future where Dallas is built around people instead of cars—and scooters only help to further this movement locally,” said Odi Agenmonmen, Texas Market Manager for Lyft Bikes & Scooters.…

How One Dallas Startup Hopes to Change the Solution to Workplace Harassment

Posted by Alex Edwards

Jared Pope is on a mission to change the culture around workplace harassment.

Pope is the brains behind Work Shield, a third-party platform for employees to address any work-related issues. But, upon submitting a report, Work Shield independently conducts an investigation and recommends a solution—removing the employer and the fear from the process.…

Notable Projects: Developments Make Room for Innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

UT Southwestern is in the middle of a 20-year growth plan to add to and update its facilities to accommodate its growing education, research, and patient care operations, Warner says. This includes an ambulatory hub near the Clements University Hospital that will bring together around 1 million square feet of outpatient clinics, educational facilities, and offices.

The Prescription for North Texas Healthcare: ‘Retailization,’ Hospitality, and Mergers

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Healthcare in North Texas is growing and evolving in urban hospital districts and in suburban cities. This, in turn, is creating a real estate sector rife with new construction, existing facilities expansion, and creation of environments incorporating hospitality and new technologies.

GameStop, Envy Gaming Collaborate to Boost Esports Profile

Posted by Lance Murray

Grapevine-based video game retailer GameStop is hitting the play button on a wide-ranging esports sponsorship that will feature a partnership with Dallas-based Envy Gaming.

It’s all part of an effort to support the next generation of professional gamers and increase exposure to gaming, GameStop says.…

Dallas Invents: 87 Patents Granted for Week of March 19

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. 

Ziglar Launches SOS Assessment to Help You Discover Your Entrepreneurial Self

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based business and personal development company Ziglar Inc. says it can help you find out what type of entrepreneur you are. So, in collaboration with original “Shark Tank” star Kevin Harrington, Ziglar has launched the SOS Assessment.

Ziglar was founded in 1977 by Zig Ziglar, an influential motivational speaker and author about sales and entrepreneurship who died in 2012 in Plano.…

Linear Labs Closes $4.5M Seed Round for Revolutionary Electric Motor

Posted by Lance Murray

Fort Worth-based, father-and-son-led Linear Labs has closed a $4.5 million seed round in support of its revolutionary next-gen electric motor that’s said to be more powerful and efficient than conventional electric motors.

The funding will be used to market the motor, called the Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET), across the electric vehicle industry as well as the micro-mobility (scooters), robotics, wind turbine, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning industries.…

DI People: The Riveter, GameStop, Topgolf, Smoothie King Announce Executive 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 to innovation and technology in the region.

Irving Company’s Helicopters Play Pivotal Role in Norwegian Cruise Ship Rescue

Posted by Lance Murray

When more than 1,300 stranded passengers and crew on a disabled cruise ship off the coast of Norway were tossed and traumatized by heavy seas and strong winds over the weekend, it was crews from a North Texas company that came to their rescue.