Archive for April, 2019

STEM in the Schoolyard: Sparking the ‘Curiosity’ That Fuels Innovation

Posted by Lance Murray

A sunny sky. A sparkling green football field with gleaming white tents. Hundreds of bright young minds interacting with energetic tech experts. Words like “wow,” and “cool” floating throughout the air.

It was the perfect mix Tuesday to inspire hundreds …

Tyler Technologies is “Fueling Connected Communities” at its Largest User Conference Yet

Posted by Alex Edwards

The last time Tyler Technologies held its annual user conference, Tyler Connect, in Dallas-Fort Worth, it was 2012 and around 2,000 people gathered at the Gaylord in Grapevine.

Fast forward to 2019, and Tyler Connect is back in North Texas—and …

Walmart’s Dallas Optical Facility Frames its Success With Glasses by the Tens of Thousands

Posted by Dave Moore

Manufacturing is alive and well in the United States. Meet Exhibit “A”: the Walmart Optical eyeglass manufacturing facility located in the Stemmons Corridor, which quietly produces tens of thousands of custom-crafted eyeglasses each week.

Recently, Walmart invited Dallas Innovates to …

Dallas Invents: 129 Patents Granted for Week of April 2

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

Don’t Miss These Local Flicks at This Year’s Dallas International Film Festival

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Dallas International Film Festival is back—and it appears it’s better than ever. Because for the first time at DIFF, all seats are reserved, and tickets are only available through Atom.

“Each year we strive to improve the customer …

Winners Take Home $100K in Cash Prizes From TCU’s Socially Conscious Business Competition

Posted by Lance Murray

Hundreds of college students on teams from 56 universities around the world gathered last weekend at Texas Christian University for the annual Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition, all competing for a total of $100,000 in cash prizes.

The two-day …

DI People: Celanese, Alerian, MTX Group Make Chief Executive Appointments

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on executive and 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

Finding the ‘Pathway to Success’: How Julian Placino Turned His Podcast Into a Full-Time Job

Posted by Blair Welch

Julian Placino has always been interested in the world of entrepreneurship.

After spending several years overseeing talent acquisition at Addison-based Bottle Rocket, the UNT grad finally made the push to put his interests to the test, and decided to try …

LiveOak Venture Partners Closes $105M Fund for Investing in Texas Startups

Posted by Lance Murray

Austin-based venture capital firm LiveOak Venture Partners, which has a track record of investing in Dallas-Fort Worth companies and other early-stage startups across the state, today announced the successful close of Fund II, a $105 million oversubscribed fund.

LiveOak co-founders …

Capital One’s Innovation Summit Unites Corporations and Startups to Spark Real Change

Posted by Alex Edwards

On Friday, Capital One’s inaugural Corporate Startup Innovation Summit wrapped up a week of leaders, founders, innovators, and investors connecting, brainstorming, and sparking change in North Texas.

The day-long Summit closed Dallas Startup Week, uniting the region’s corporate presence and …

DSW19: The Week Wraps at the Corporate Startup Innovation Summit

Posted by Alex Edwards

Entrepreneurs and change-makers have gathered in downtown Dallas this week for the fifth edition of Dallas Startup Week, powered by Capital One. Roughly 10,000 attendees are participating in the free, five-day event put together by The Dallas Entrepreneur Center,

AfroTongues Launches as “the World’s First Crowd-Sourced App Exclusively for African Languages”

Posted by Benjamin Vann

On most days you can find local tech entrepreneur Derek Smith diving head first into learning new languages and finding ways to expose his community to the benefits of being multi-lingual in a global society.

Smith, while working as a …

Trend Micro’s IoT Joint Venture Offers a New Approach to Tackling Weaknesses in Cybersecurity

Posted by John Branch

Keeping intruders armed with the newest methods out of older industrial systems is a growing challenge, with power utilities only one of the targets. Trend Micro, an IT security company with U.S. headquarters in Irving, is introducing a new response

This Tech Unicorn Is Growing Internationally With WeWork—Here’s How

Posted by WeWork

In November 2018, TripActions, a business travel startup based in Palo Alto, California, reached a $1 billion valuation.

The company describes themselves as a “travel platform that moves businesses forward” and a “travel agent in your pocket” for companies and

DSW19: Founders Live Sparks New Ideas, Rent My Wardrobe Celebrates With the Housewives

Posted by Alex Edwards

Entrepreneurs and change-makers have gathered in downtown Dallas this week for the fifth edition of Dallas Startup Week, powered by Capital One. Roughly 10,000 attendees are participating in the free, five-day event put together by The Dallas Entrepreneur Center,

The DEC, North Texas Angel Network Announce Partnership at Dallas Startup Week

Posted by Lance Murray

A strategic and operational partnership between some of North Texas’ biggest startup supporters aims to boost innovation, deal flow, and company launches in North Texas.

The DEC Network and the North Texas Angel Network announced Wednesday at Dallas Startup Week’s

DSW19: Real Housewives of Dallas Highlight Rent My Wardrobe Launch Party

Posted by Brandon Call

Rent My Wardrobe founder Rachel Sipperley knows how to throw a party.

Not only did the Dallas-based and female-founded mobile app maker hold a chic launch party at Circo TX that was attended by the who’s who of Dallas fashion …

Trinity River Paddling Trail Project Earns Conservation Wrangler Recognition

Posted by Lance Murray

A well-known Dallas nature project has been selected one of the 2019 Conservation Wranglers by Texan by Nature, an Austin-based nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, a Dallas resident.

The Trinity Nature Conservancy-Trinity River Padding Trail in Dallas …

Seesaw Art Installation to Turn Dallas Parks Into Playgrounds

Posted by Payton Potter

“Don’t touch the art!”

You’ve surely seen this inscribed on a placard at a fancy art museum. And while, no, you shouldn’t touch valuable pieces of history, we know the temptation is real.

Luckily, a hands-on art exhibit is coming …

Discovery: UNT Prof Joins Drone Safety Research Effort; UTA Studies Cardiovascular Disease-Depression Link

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 …