Archive for May, 2019

Jack in the Box Mascot Pops Up in Dallas Fuel Animated Web Series

Posted by Lance Murray

A new six part series titled “Fuel House” is taking Jack in the Box’s signature mascot and dropping him into an animated world where he can root for his favorite esports team.

California-based advertising agency David & Goliath created the animated series as a way to leverage the burger chain’s role as a sponsor of Team Envy’s Dallas Fuel and provide fans with behind-the-scenes access to their favorite players, The Drum reported.…

Mary Kay Chief Executive Named Among World’s 10 Most Reputable CEOs

Posted by Lance Murray

The late American industrialist Henry Ford once said, “You can’t build a reputation on what your are going to do.” It’s built on accomplishment and commitment.

Those qualities have earned Mary Kay Inc. Chairman and CEO David Holl a place in the Top 10 of the Reputation Institute’s CEO RepTrack 2019 ranking of the world’s most reputable chief executives.…

Virtual Tour: Step Inside Complexity Gaming’s New Headquarters at The Star

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas’ Complexity Gaming has officially opened the doors to its new headquarters at The Star in Frisco. Now introducing: The GameStop Performance Center.

Leading up to the opening, Complexity made a series of big moves by way of a slew of partnerships aimed at advancing the professional esports industry and bringing the video game culture to life.…

Dallas’ Peloton Therapeutics Exits to Merck in $2.2B Deal

Posted by Lance Murray

Just weeks after Dallas-based Peloton Therapeutics filed for an initial public offering, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. announced it is buying the biotech company in a deal valued as much as $2.2 billion.

The deal should close in the third quarter.…

Medical Innovation District: Fort Worth Targets Near Southside for New Hub

Posted by Lance Murray

The City of Fort Worth has big plans for a 1,200-acre area south of downtown for the creation of a first-of-its-kind regional medical innovation district. Not only could it attract new medical-related enterprises to the city—it might even become an innovation hub for the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

Dallas Invents: 133 Patents Granted for Week of May 14

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. 

The Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator Announces its Inaugural Cohort of Companies

Posted by Alex Edwards

Back in February, we told you about the Dallas Entrepreneur Center Network launching its Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator at its flagship West End location. The program was created to support entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in urban and civic transformation, and was backed by public, private, and academic collaborators including AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Dallas Innovation Alliance.

DI People: Funimation, Fluor, Frisco EDC, Skanska USA Make 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.

State of DFW Airport:
‘Innovative Projects are Paying Dividends for Our Customers’

Posted by Payton Potter

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is lauded as an economic engine in North Texas. Its central location and nonstop access to 250 destinations make it an important part of the region’s ecosystem.

The nearly 50-year-old airport faces challenges and celebrates successes like any other.…

Tax Tech: EY, Thomson Reuters Form Alliance to Aid Multinational Organizations

Posted by Lance Murray

Keeping up with ever-changing tax regulations across various countries is a daunting task, even for the largest multinational corporations.

A new alliance between Ernst & Young LLP  and Thomson Reuters—that joins Thomson Reuters’ ONESOURCE global tax technology with EY Tax Technology and Transformation (TTT) services—will make innovative solutions available to multinational organizations to help them better comply with tax requirements in multiple jurisdictions.…

Mapping, Crowd-Sourced Data Key Elements in City of Richardson’s Smart City Game Plan

Posted by Dave Moore

smart citiesMapping technology is ubiquitous now—from onboard navigation to hailing an Uber.

The City of Richardson is harnessing that tech to inform its residents of what’s going on in the world, to collect information from residents who see instances where help is needed, and to apply data to improve how the city works.…

This New Dallas-based Consumer Magazine Wants to be the ‘Pulse of CBD’

Posted by Alex Edwards

From cosmetics and candy, to dog treats and capsules, to oils and bath bombs, a myriad of products across numerous industries have decided to jump on the CBD craze. Said to help treat nearly anything—pain, acne, depression, stress, insomnia, various medical ailments, and more—but not get you ‘stoned,’ it’s no surprise CBD is sweeping the nation.

Fort Worth Biopharma Actuate Therapeutics Raises $21.7M in Series B Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

Fort Worth-based Actuate Therapeutics Inc. has announced that it raised $21.7 million in a Series B financing round.

Actuate is a private biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing compounds to be used in the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases leading to fibrosis and neurodegeneration.…

This Woman, Minority‑Owned Sales Tax Firm Is Using Tech to Solve Problems Nationwide

Posted by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a Dallas Innovates is Silver Sponsor

Davis, Davis & Harmon LLC (DDH) knows sales tax law, how to interpret it, and how to advocate for its clients.

Formed in 2001, the woman and minority-owned sales tax firm is comprised of former Big 4 tax consultants, business process consultants, and former state sales tax auditors.

Strategic Partnerships Roll Out in Advance of Complexity Gaming’s New Esports HQ: The GameStop Performance Center

Posted by Alex Edwards

Complexity Gaming, which bills itself as one of the most elite and longest-standing esports organizations in the U.S., announced in March it was relocating its headquarters. Together with GameStop, Complexity is opening the new GameStop Performance Center, an 11,000-square-foot esports facility at The Star in Frisco.

EarthX Founder Trammell S. Crow Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Posted by Lance Murray

EarthX founder Trammell S. Crow has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his efforts in creating the largest Earth Day celebration in the world.

“What an honor to be recognized for something that, at the most basic level, is really just my passion,” Crow said in a statement.…

Discovery: UNTHSC Expands Pain Research Registry, UT Arlington Student Gets NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

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.

Safety in (Smart) Numbers:
How This Dallas Startup is Securing Your Phone

Posted by Payton Potter

There are few people in the world who don’t know the endless frustration that comes with spam and robocalls, and that’s especially true in Dallas-Fort Worth. Hiya, a data collector cited by the FCC’s February 2019 report on robocalls, notes Dallas is the No.

UNT Dallas Unveils New, $63M Student Center

Posted by Jeff Caplan

On Tuesday, May 14, students, faculty and staff celebrated with the UNT Dallas community by officially opening the state-of-the-art, $63 million Student Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 131,000-square-foot showpiece of UNT Dallas’ evolving campus is a game-changer for a student population that has grown by 51 percent over the last three years to reach an enrollment of more than 3,750 students, 90 percent of which hail from southern Dallas and its surrounding communities.

Innovative Spaces: Peterbilt Brings Advanced Manufacturing to 2 Denton Truck Facilities

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

In 2017, Peterbilt Motors Co. opened two advanced manufacturing facilities in Denton.

The Plant 1 expansion and the Peterbilt Test Building increased the production square footage of the plant to 600,000 square feet with the Test Building accounting for 102,000 square feet.…