Archive for March, 2020

Dallas Invents: 143 Patents Granted for Week of March 24

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. 

Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in March

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

As we wrapped up March, here are the stories of innovation and inspiration that are grabbed our readers’ attention the most in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

From Alex Edwards’ top story on six locals in fashion who are making medical masks, to UTSW’s discovery of a protein that could stop the coronavirus, to a pharma company growing and expanding in Frisco, our most-read stories highlighted what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Quarantine Survival: Rideshare Startup Alto Launches More On‑Demand Delivery Services

Posted by Maddie Preston

Local businesses have been adapting every day amidst the pandemic. Dallas-based Alto, the on-demand ride-sharing service, is now offering new on-demand delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nimble startup has partnered with a variety of local restaurants to bring essentials, meals, and ready-to-cook items to the doorsteps of North Texas homes. 

Dallas Regional Chamber Deploys Bot to Connect Displaced Workers With Jobs

Posted by Dave Moore

The century-old Dallas Regional Chamber has brought in autonomous software to fuel a microsite geared toward helping workers displaced by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In roughly a week’s time, DRC staff worked with Dallas website consultant David Fares, founder of DS Fares Consulting.…

DI People: AECOM, Mohr Partners, and More Make 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 the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

Rideshare Startup Via Raises $200M in Series E Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

Mobility startup Via, which operates a rideshare service with the City of Arlington, has raised a $200 million Series E funding round that values the company at $2.25 billion.

The funding will allow New York-based Via to advance its vision of efficient, accessible, and equitable public mobility, the startup said in a statement.…

New Fort Worth Office Building Will Feature First Fully Automated Parking Garage

Posted by Lance Murray

Development plans have been revealed for a new Class A office building in Fort Worth that developers said will be the first office development in the nation to feature a fully-automated robotic parking garage.

Called Triune Centre, the development was announced by Fort Worth-based Cornerstone Projects Group, a real estate investment development, architecture, and construction company; Trident Structures, a Fort Worth total-solutions engineering, procurement and construction company, and Stream Realty Partners, a full-service national real estate investment, development, and services company.…

AT&T Collaborates With Plano’s VitalTech On Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted by Lance Murray

AT&T Business announced that it is teaming up with Plano-based startup VitalTech to offer virtual house calls. Through the VitalCare telehealth platform, business customers such as hospitals can support their physicians and patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

VitalTech Telehealth

AT&T said the move will allow the partners to help deliver patient-centered care when and where they need it most.…

Trey Bowles: My 18 Favorite Free Tools to Help You Get Through the Coronavirus Crisis

Posted by Trey Bowles

I saw this wonderful article at a few days ago, and I wanted to pass along a few of the tools that I like the best. What started out as 65 Free Tools To Help has now become an article with 111 free tools and I am sure it will be growing daily.

Texas Central Working to Keep High-Speed Train on Track Despite COVID-Related Layoffs

Posted by Quincy Preston

Impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak have thrust the nation’s first high-speed bullet train project into more uncharted territory. The timetable for the 90-minute train line connecting Dallas and Houston is uncertain after Texas Central laid off more than two dozen employees on Friday due to the effects of the pandemic. 

Toyota Tackles the COVID-19 Crisis With Money, Manufacturing, and Customer Support

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based Toyota Motor North America has put its efforts related to the COVID-19 crisis in overdrive.

The carmaker is making monetary “in-kind” donations, using several of its North American facilities to fabricate face shields, and collaborating with medical device companies to hasten the manufacture of ventilators, respirators, and other devices for hospitals.…

Neiman Marcus and JOANN Partner to Make Protective Gear for COVID-19

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group is partnering with JOANN Stores to begin producing personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and scrubs for frontline healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neiman Marcus’ alterations facilities are receiving product from Ohio-based JOANN to begin creating nonsurgical equipment.…

COVID-19 Response: Jacobs Execs Take Pay Cut to Help Raise $1M, Company Realigns Federal Contracts

Posted by Lance Murray

Senior executives and board members at Dallas-based global engineering firm Jacobs are taking 10 percent pay cuts during the COVID-19 crisis to help the company reach a donation of $1 million toward coronavirus mitigation.

At the same time, Jacobs announced it is shifting some of its contracts in response to the pandemic.…

Calling All Makers: Better Block Has a How-To for Creating Medical Face Shields

Posted by Alex Edwards

From fashion designers to software developers, a number of North Texas companies have stepped up to make and donate personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 supply shortage. Dallas’ Better Block Foundation is now joining the fight—and urging others to do the same.

Peer-to-Peer Lending: Dallas Fintech Adds Corporate Partners, Offers Alternative to Borrowing During COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Lance Murray

The COVID-19 crisis is creating financial hardships for many people who have been laid off, furloughed, or taken pay cuts, which could lead to some people taking out bank or payday loans or piling up debt on a credit card.

Through its app-based lending, the company wants to help financially distressed people stay afloat without turning to high-interest alternatives—some of which may charge interest as high as 400 percent.…

Tech Wildcatters: How COVID‑19 Will Affect Tech Investments and Startups

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters—founded in 2009—has one of the longest-running programs of its type in the world. The seed-stage VC just opened its eighth fund, raising an undisclosed round last week, and has invested in 150 startups with eight exits to date.

Dollars for Good: North Texas Businesses Pitch In to Help Those Impacted by COVID-19

Posted by Lance Murray

All across North Texas, businesses and organizations are providing resources and funding to help small businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Here are some of their stories (and let us know if you know someone that should be on the list).…

Dallas Biopharma ReCode Therapeutics Gets $80M Series A Investment for Lung Disease Drugs

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas biopharmaceutical company ReCode Therapeutics has received an oversubscribed $80 million Series A investment—the largest funding round this year in Dallas-Fort Worth—that it will use to bring new lung disease drugs to market.

The company said that it will file an investigational new drug application with the U.S.…

Discovery: HSC Opens COVID-19 Test Site for Tarrant County First Responders

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.

#SaaSTalentNow: Gregslist Launches List to Highlight Local Tech Talent Seeking Jobs

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

A few months ago, we told you about Greg Head, an ex-Infusionsoft executive who is now the CEO of Southlake-based Scaling Point. At the time, Head was working to keep track of DFW’s ever-expanding list of software companies with the launch of Gregslist DFW.