Archive for June, 2019

Fixer-Upper Solution: Ebby Halliday, Curbio Team Up for Presale Home Renovation

Posted by Lance Murray

If you want to sell your home, but it needs a little work, Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Cos. and Maryland-based Curbio have announced a partnership this month that could offer you a solution: presale home renovations.

Curbio is a real estate technology company that exclusively works with homeowners who are represented by licensed agents.…

Global Wipro Expands in Plano with Innovation Lab, Aims to Hire Local High-Tech Workers

Posted by Alex Edwards

Wipro Limited, an India-based global information technology company, has officially opened the Pivotal Center of Excellence at its Plano office.

The new Center is in collaboration with Pivotal Software, Inc., a San Francisco-headquartered cloud-native platform provider. The strategic partnership aims to advance the innovation offerings the two companies provide their joint customers.

Dallas-Based Streaming Channel Gives Viewers a Taste of Texas

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

You might find yourself hungry for more after watching Nikky Phinyawatana—founder of Dallas’ Asian Mint and EnjoyMint—bring the movers and shakers of DFW’s food industry into your home with new streaming channel Texas Foodies TV.

Viewers can interact with Phinyawatana and her guests by commenting and receiving feedback in real time.…

UNTHSC Scientist Shoots for the Stars with Device to Study Eye Damage in Astronauts

Posted by Lance Murray

Whether you’re an astronaut, a zookeeper, or anything in between, good vision is important to your life and your work.

A patent-pending device developed by a research scientist at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth could benefit the eye health of everyone.…

Discovery: UTA Prof Pursues Novel ALS Research, Legislature Gives UNT $10M for New Manufacturing Tech Center

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.

Follow the Money: MoneyGram Gets $50M Investment, LegacyTexas Makes $2.1B Bank Merger

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 a deal we should know about?…

3 Studies Tout Dallas-Fort Worth as Destination for Startups and Tech Professionals

Posted by Lance Murray

Three new studies have named Dallas-Forth an ecosystem that’s ideal for startups and an attractive place for IT professionals to move to and work.

“Have laptop, will travel.”

That’s the mindset of tech workers who said in the first study—titled Tech on the Move, and released Wednesday by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)—that they’re willing to move to another city to better themselves.…

Meet the Crypto Creative Painting His Way to Success in Dallas

Posted by India Edwards

Art meets tech in the work of Jeremiah Onifadé, a Dallas-based creative who is literally incorporating cryptocurrency into his pieces, painting a gateway to the digital currency, and using it to sell his paintings.

Onifadé’s idea to incorporate crypto into his work started with his personal Ethereum account, an open-source platform for decentralized applications.

‘Epitome of Mixed Use’: Old Meets New in Deep Ellum’s The Epic Development

Posted by Payton Potter

The late urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs believed four core qualities were necessary to create a sustainable urban community: population density, mixed uses, mixed-age buildings, and short blocks that promote walkability. Today, Deep Ellum is thriving. Until recently, Deep Ellum served primarily as a nightlife district, as Kourtny Garrett, president of Downtown Dallas Inc.,

Million Dollar Milestones: Dallas-based Qentelli Keeps Growing

Posted by Liz Goodwin

How would you grow your companies revenue from $50,000 to over $10 million in three and a half years? Sanjay Jupudi, the founder and president of Dallas-based Qentelli, would tell you it’s just like riding a bike.

After all, this isn’t the first time he has skyrocketed a companies growth.…

TREC Foundation Funds Renovations for the We-Cycle Resource Center to Promote Safe and Quality Transportation

Posted by Natalie Le

As part of the Dallas Catalyst Project (DCP), The Real Estate Council (TREC)—in partnership with St. Philip’s School & Community Center, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and CitySquare—began its work to revitalize parts of South Dallas and Fair Park in late 2017. Last week, the project hit a milestone with the We-Cycle Resource Center becoming one of the first new storefronts to open.

One North Texas Rideshare Company Launching, Another Expands Coverage Area

Posted by Lance Murray

Two Dallas-Fort Worth-based rideshare companies have made major announcements about their services: One’s set to launch this year and the other is expanding its coverage area.

Pick, headquartered in Frisco, is a new ridesharing service that announced it’s launching in Texas with plans to expand nationwide.…

Dallas Invents: 163 Patents Granted for Week of June 11

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 Seeker: Meet the ‘World’s First Robotic Quarterback’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Whether you’re shooting hoops, swinging at a tee, swimming laps, or throwing a ball against the wall, most sports have the tools and capabilities that allow you to practice all on your own—except football. Yes, there’s plenty of drills to run and exercises to sweat out, but if a wide receiver wants to perfect his catching, it typically requires another person.

DI People: Dynata, One Network Enterprises, Payer Compass Make Leadership Announcements

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.

MoneyGram’s New Partnership Leverages Blockchain in International Payments

Posted by Lance Murray

In an effort to leverage blockchain to facilitate cross-border payments, Dallas-based MoneyGram International Inc. has entered into a strategic agreement with Ripple, a provider of enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments.

MoneyGram is one of the world’s largest money transfer companies, with more than 200 countries and territories.…

Dallas Health Tech Startup the Only HRA Solutions Provider Invited to White House Ceremony

Posted by Alex Edwards

Last month, we told you about Dallas-headquartered Take Command Health reaching its goal of $1.5 million with the completion of a bridge funding round. Now, the health tech startup is getting the presidential treatment—the team was invited by the White House to the Rose Garden last Friday to discuss the newly established Individual Coverage HRA.

UT Southwestern-Linked Startup Exonics Therapeutics Exits in Deal Valued at $1B

Posted by Lance Murray

Exonics Therapeutics, a Massachusetts-based biotech company that uses technology licensed from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, is being acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals in a deal roughly valued at $1 billion.

The acquisition of Exonics Therapeutics is part of a potentially $2 billion expansion of Vertex’s presence in gene editing that also includes spending $1.175 billion to expand a 3-year-old, potentially $2.5 billion-plus collaboration with the Swiss firm CRISPR Therapeutics that Boston-based Vertex said has resulted in the first clinical trial of a gene-editing therapy candidate sponsored by a U.S.…

Better Block in a Box is Bringing Placemaking to Cities’ Doorsteps

Posted by Payton Potter

It seems like everything is delivered in a box now, from meal prep kits to groceries to late-night Amazon shopping binges. Now, urbanism-focused nonprofit Better Block Foundation is joining the ranks of online retailers to bring placemaking materials to cities’ doorsteps.

Google Boosts its Texas Investments With a New $600M Midlothian Data Center

Posted by Alex Edwards

After calling it home for the past 12 years, Google is furthering its investment in the Lone Star State. The global tech giant today announced its data center that’s already under construction in North Texas—the first in the state.

The new data center will be housed in Midlothian in northwest Ellis County, along U.S.…