Archive for January, 2020

Meet the Future 50: North Texas Innovators and Disruptors You Need to Know

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Here are the innovators and disruptors in Dallas-Fort Worth who are having a breakout moment.

Each individual is a force to be reckoned with. All have the potential to disrupt industries, benefit society, or change the world. They are inventors, leaders, technologists, educators, and industry pioneers.…

DFW Universities Rank Among Nation’s Top Online Educational Programs

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

The University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Christian University, and Southern Methodist University are all among U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 online programs in a variety of categories.

U.S. News decides universities’ rankings based on a variety of factors depending upon the category.…

Discovery: UTSW Scientists Use AI to Improve Radiation Therapy, UTD Prof Gets $2.7M in Grants for Protein Research

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.

Atmos Energy Commits to Methane Emission Reduction by Joining ONE Future

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas’ Atmos Energy is joining Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition (ONE Future), a voluntary alliance of national gas supply chain companies seeking to reduce methane emissions through technology and policy solutions.

Atmos has committed to measuring and reporting emissions, as well as tracking its own progress per ONE Future protocols.…

Big Thought Launches a New Division Offering Educational Consulting

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Big Thought, a Dallas-based educational nonprofit, is launching a new division this year to provide professional development, curriculum design, technical assistance, and more to other nonprofits and organizations.

Called the Big Thought Institute, the new branch will offer a suite of consultation services based on the nonprofit’s evidence-based best practices.…

Engines, FinTech, Video Games: Dallas-Fort Worth Has Plenty of Growth Markets

Posted by Lance Murray

This story was originally published in Dallas Innovates 2020: The Magazine.

The Dallas-Fort Worth economy has a number of emerging industries that eventually may become synonymous with the region.

“We have an opportunity to be the electrification capital of the world,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and founder of Fort Worth’s Linear Labs, at last year’s Venture Dallas conference.…

Follow the Money: Mercado Labs Gets $3.2M, PLH Group Raises $25.7M, Three Agencies Merge to Form $500M Firm

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?…

Q+A: Rent My Wardrobe’s Rachel Sipperley Talks Company Culture and Female Empowerment

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

At her startup Rent My Wardrobe, Rachel Sipperley is keenly aware of gender disparity in the tech field.  

“As the founder, I am highly sensitive to the intrinsic need for balance of both masculine and feminine energy throughout the executive team and in the office,” Sipperley says.…

International Developers: Meet Jack Matthews From London (Ontario), Canada

Posted by Jim Fuquay

In the 1980s, Jack Matthews had already survived something of a trial-by-fire, putting his college studies on hold to help his father’s construction firm weather the sky-high interest rates
of the previous decade. 

His solution to the resulting slowdown was for the firm to create its own developments on the land it owned instead of depending on someone else, and in the process he discovered he preferred development to construction.…

International Developers: Meet Mike Hoque From Dhaka, Bangladesh

Posted by Jim Fuquay

When Boeing Co. went looking for a new corporate headquarters in 2001, they came to North Texas, flying over Exxon Mobil’s Irving facility and Las Colinas by helicopter, checking out the downtown street-level views by car.

One evening their driver, a young Bangladeshi named Mike Hoque, overheard an executive note how quiet—too quiet—downtown Dallas was after work hours.…

International Developers: Meet Fehmi Karahan From Istanbul, Turkey

Posted by Jim Fuquay

How’s this for a report card? Name: Legacy West in Plano. Evaluation: “The most successful real estate development in the history of North Texas.”

That was longtime Dallas Morning News real estate reporter Steve Brown’s assessment in 2018 of Fehmi Karahan’s $3-billion, 250-acre mixed-use project that launched in 2014.…

International Developers: Meet Mehrdad Moayedi From Tehran, Iran

Posted by Jim Fuquay

Ask Mehrdad Moayedi how he got into homebuilding and he has a quick answer. Three answers, really: Herman Smith, Don Horton, Larry Cole. 

In Tarrant County, those three are about as close to residential real estate royalty as it gets. Smith developed Fort Worth’s Wedgwood neighborhood and served as president of the National Association of Home Builders; Horton founded Arlington-based D.R.…

International Developers: Meet Gabriel Barbier-Mueller From Geneva, Switzerland

Posted by Jim Fuquay

In 1979, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller moved to Dallas, just out of college and seeking a real estate career.

He joined the big Henry S. Miller brokerage company before setting out on his own, developing small facilities in the suburbs.

It was less than satisfying, but then he had the kind of idea that a 26–year-old comes up with: Why not approach Swiss watch giant Rolex and propose building a Dallas office to service its Central America business?…

International Influence: How 5 Local Developers Are Making a Mark on North Texas’ Skylines

Posted by Jim Fuquay

To make your mark on the wide-open North Texas skyline, where anything close to 100 years old is downright historic, does it help to hail from some of the oldest and most densely-populated of the world’s cities, or at least from beyond the U.S.

The IQ: Richardson Innovation District Unveils New Name and Branding

Posted by Lance Murray

The 1,200-acre innovation district in Richardson has a new name and a fresh identity: The Richardson Innovation Quarter.

The new name tells a story designed to establish a location (Richardson), its purpose (Innovation), and a community (Quarter), say officials for the Collins/Arapaho Task Force.…

Seven DFW Leaders Selected as Presidential Leadership Scholars

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

The sixth class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program includes seven DFW residents out of this year’s 60 scholars. They have all been chosen based on applicants’ leadership growth potential and their personal leadership projects geared to improve civic engagement or social good, according to a statement.

McKinney EDC Launches Innovation Fund for Tech Startups

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has announced a new Innovation Fund targeted toward tech startups.

Through programs, funding, and support systems, the fund is designed to create opportunities for businesses that wouldn’t traditionally qualify for economic incentives. It also aims to invest in companies with high growth potential; the MEDC said innovators in the tech and startup sector are leading the way for “Economic Development 2.0 organizations.”…

Dallas Innovates 2020 Thought Leaders: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, C1 Innovation Lab

Posted by JoAnn Welch

How has your industry changed in the past five years?

The healthcare industry has drastically changed for the better in the past five years. I’ve experienced many of these changes as a pediatrician and health insurance professional. As a former pediatric emergency and urgent care provider, I saw how technology improved the patient experience through advances such as telemedicine and remote monitoring.

Dallas Innovates 2020 Thought Leaders: Bank of Texas

Posted by Erin Davis

How is technology impacting the needs of your clients?

The intersection of Payments and Technology is fascinating and why we’ve chosen to focus in these two areas. On the Payments front, we all see how consumer behavior has transformed. But the B2B space is trickier and much more complex. 

Mercado Labs Gets $3.2M in Seed Funding for Global Supply Chain’s ‘First Mile’

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Mercado Labs, a startup working to transform the global supply chain by digitizing the first mile, has closed a $3.2 million seed funding round led by Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners.

Mercado, which was founded in 2018, connects buyers and sellers with its platform to transform the global supply chain.…