Archive for November, 2019

Follow the Money: ULURU Raises $690K, RevTech Backs Pensa’s $10M Round; HMS Makes $155M Acquisition

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.

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Dallas Invents: 180 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 19

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.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. 

Harbour Group Acquires Dallas-based IoT Monitoring Systems Maker SpotSee

Posted by Lance Murray

Harbour Group has acquired SpotSee, the longtime Dallas-based developer and manufacturer of shock, vibration, temperature, and other environmental condition monitors for in-transit, in-plant, and in-storage applications using the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a statement.

“With a strong reputation of operational excellence, Harbour Group is uniquely positioned to assist in our efforts to grow the business,” Tony Fonk, SpotSee’s CEO and president, said in a statement. …

TEDxSMUWomen is Back With a Full Lineup of Local and National Female Leaders

Posted by Alex Edwards

For the past decade, TEDxSMU has presented more than 30 events, auditions, and salons. That translates to upwards of 375 ideas being shared from the stage. Over time, it has grown into a season of events, with spinoffs gathering niche audiences looking for inspiration, entertainment, or advice.

Cirque du Soleil Co-founder to Showcase Pyramid-Shaped Entertainment Venue in DFW

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

On New Year’s Eve, an 81-foot-tall pyramid plans to open its doors for the first time in the U.S. as “a unique venue filled with technology” and “fueled by storytelling,” according to a Lune Rouge Entertainment video.

PY1 is the creation of Lune Rouge and Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté, who also founded Lune Rouge itself.…

Lyft Partners with Per Scholas Dallas to Give Free Rides for Training Sessions, Site Visits, and Employment

Posted by Lance Murray

A new partnership between ridesharing company Lyft and Per Scholas Dallas will help the nonprofit’s students reach training sessions and its recent graduates get to work with free transportation through Dec. 31.

The partnership is part of the Lyft Jobs Access Program, a new initiative aimed at closing short-term transportation gaps related to employment access and job training, according to a statement.…

DI People: Elevate Credit, Devenney Group, Kimberly-Clark Make 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 to innovation and technology in the region.

#GivingTuesdayDFW: United Way and UTD Expand Business for Good Program to Enhance Social Media

Posted by Lance Murray

With #GivingTuesdayDFW approaching next week, the semester-long Business for Good program is being expanded to help nonprofits enhance their social media ahead of the giving day. The program is a collaboration of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Emerging UNT Dallas College of Law is Setting a High Bar

Posted by UNT Dallas Law Communications

J.L. Turner’s 67th Anniversary Scholarship & Awards Gala was a grand affair. The elegance and pageantry was equally accented by its powerful purpose. Since 1982, the J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation (JLTLA), has hosted an annual event to honor trailblazers in the local black legal community while providing financial support to many deserving law students in the Dallas area.

Hack Culture: Asterisk Redefines Tech Recruitment Through Hands-On Coding Experiences

Posted by Payton Potter

Born in The Netherlands, Adam Kila is an entrepreneur and UTD graduate looking to bring people together through the power of shared experiences.

In this case, he and his team at Asterisk are using hackathons to unite problem-solvers and redefine everything from recruiting to how a company uses technology.…

Schwab’s Acquisition of TD Ameritrade Will Result in Headquarters Move To DFW

Posted by Lance Murray

The Charles Schwab Corp. has agreed to buy TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. in an all-stock deal valued at roughly $26 billion. It will eventually result in moving the combined company’s headquarters to North Texas.

Both San Francisco-based Schwab and Nebraska-based TD Ameritrade already have major campuses in North Texas, with Schwab finishing up a 1 million-square-foot regional campus on the Circle T Ranch in Westlake, and TD Ameritrade having recently completed its own regional campus in nearby Southlake.…

Jacobs Launches its New Global Tech‑Forward Brand, Changes NYSE Stock Ticker

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced a global branding overhaul that represents its shift from engineering and construction to becoming a technology-forward solutions company. The transition will result in a planned name change to Jacobs Solutions Inc. and a NYSE stock ticker edit from “JEC” to “J,” effective Dec.

Ontronics Takes the Top Spot at SMU Cox’s Annual Dallas 100 Awards

Posted by Alex Edwards

After placing in fourth last year, Ontronics took home first at the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship’s 2019 Dallas 100 Awards. The recognition goes to the organization SMU Cox considers the No. 1 entrepreneurial company in the Dallas area.

Farmers Branch-based Ontronics is a “reverse logistics” company that specializes in device monetization by remarketing and repairing mobile devices and accessories.…

Dickey’s Leaders Make Plans for Revamping the Company’s Tech

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

On the cusp of its 79th birthday, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants is getting younger, sleeker, and more savvy.

The Dallas-based franchise, which calls itself the nation’s largest barbecue chain, is launching a tech revamp in 2020. And two female innovators—CEO Laura Rea Dickey and VP of Technology Carissa De Santis—are at the helm.…

Ready, Cassette, Go: This Nostalgic Music Player Gets a Functional Fix

Posted by Maddie Preston

MIXXTAPE, a hi-fi digital music player, is packed with modern technology in an old-school cassette tape look. Dallas-based Mixxim’s retro product design incorporates modern-day features like Bluetooth, OLED displays, touch navigation, and a rechargeable battery.  

Paul Burns, the inventor of MIXXTAPE, chose to hit rewind on the way we consume music.

DCCCD Teams Up With Edquity to Launch Emergency Aid Mobile App for Students

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The Dallas County Community College District has announced a partnership with Brooklyn-based student financial success and emergency aid company Edquity. The organizations are launching a mobile app that allows students to apply for and receive emergency grants in less than 48 hours.

Discovery: Three UTA Chemists Among World’s Top 100 Scientists, UNT Prof Helps with Fossil Identification Breakthrough

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.

SoGal Foundation’s Global Pitch Competition Announces Dallas Regional Finalists

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

The SoGal Foundation, a platform for the empowerment and education of diverse entrepreneurs and investors, brought a round of its Global Pitch Competition to Dallas. Dubbed the “largest worldwide startup competition for women and diverse entrepreneurs,” the event provided founders with the chance to pitch to an all-star panel of investors.

Capital One’s Beyond Summit Talks the Future of Mobility in Dallas

Posted by Alex Edwards

The past year, Capital One has been fostering conversations around making Dallas-Fort Worth a hub for innovation. Its latest all-day conference, the Beyond Summit, focused on the technology, products, designs, and data science driving the future.

“Profits are the life blood,” Sanjiv Yajnik, president of the Financial Services Division at Capital One, said during the event’s Customer Experience Panel.…

European Wax Center’s CEO on Staying Ahead in the Beauty Industry

Posted by Alex Edwards

European Wax Center, newly relocated to Plano, is one of the leading beauty and lifestyle franchises. 

With its decades of wax experience, EWC is known for its unmatched expertise in the science of wax. But at its core, and at the center of everything the company does, is the guest experience.…