Archive for April, 2020

Q&A With Goldman Sachs: The Evolving Virtual Workplace in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by Dave Moore

In this Q&A, Doug Villone, Managing Director and Head of U.S Operations for Marcus by Goldman Sachs, describes the firm’s transition of one of its primary call centers in Richardson to remote work, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Marcus is an online banking arm of Goldman Sachs.

How Moving Companies in Dallas Are Handling the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Brandon Morris

For those who are looking to move during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to take numerous health and safety precautions. Even during the season of quarantine, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing, life goes on. For those who already had their move lined up or those that are planning now for the coming months, the good news is that relocations can still move forward.

Brighten Your Next Video Meeting With a ‘Zoombomb’ From One of Equest’s Horses

Posted by Alex Edwards

In an effort to spread joy during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas-based Equest wants to help people videobomb their next meeting with some unlikely special guests—their horses.

Equest has made its 30 therapy horses available to make cameos on video conference calls while we’re all at home practicing social distancing.…

Closing the Gender Gap in STEM: High-Tech High Heels Texas Chapter Adds New Directors

Posted by Alex Edwards

For nearly two decades, High-Tech High Heels (HTHH) has been dedicated to increasing the number of young girls in STEM. Now, the Dallas-based nonprofit is ramping up efforts with the hiring of seven new directors to its Texas Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Dallas Proptech RefineRE Boosts its Scale, Resources, and Tech by Acquiring Corporate Real Estate Leader

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based RefineRE, a proptech company made up of longtime industry leaders, has announced an acquisition that will add to its corporate real estate industry-leading benchmarking data and services.

In acquiring BenchCore LLC, RefineRE said its robust platform for corporate real estate occupiers will be boosted.

Dallas Gene Therapy Startup Launches with $30M Series A and a UT Southwestern Partnership

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas-based biotech Taysha Gene Therapies has emerged out of stealth with a $30 million Series A and a new strategic partnership with UT Southwestern. The company aims to end severe and life-threatening diseases of the central nervous system caused by variation in a single gene, also known as monogenic CNS diseases.

7-Eleven Partners With Postmates, DoorDash, and Google for Delivery Expansion

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

7-Eleven is looking to serve the needs of its customers better while many Americans are under stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, so it’s expanding its delivery footprint through Postmates, DoorDash, and Google.

“How convenience is defined is completely different today than it was just a month ago,” Chris Tanco, 7-Eleven chief operating officer, said in a statement.…

City of Dallas Innovation Team Launches COVID-19 Tracker and Food Access Surveys to Crowdsource Data

Posted by Alex Edwards

The City of Dallas’ Office of Innovation—with feedback and support from Dallas County, academic institutions, and the DFW Hospital Foundation—has launched a myriad of data-driven initiatives that it says will aid in responding to the global pandemic.

The goal is to help Dallas residents more easily understand complex information related to COVID-19.…

BAL Law Firm Introduces Ellie, a First-of-its-Kind Immigration Chatbot

Posted by Alex Edwards

Richardson-headquartered Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL), one of the top global corporate immigration law firms, has launched a new tool intended to demystify misconceptions around immigration.

“Ellie”—named for the historic Ellis Island—is a first for the industry. The chatbot is able to field questions surrounding legal definitions and immigration concepts, like visa categories, and give BAL clients straightforward answers.…

Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of April 14

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. 

Texas Prepares for the ‘Digital Future,’ Signs Atos to Deliver Next-Gen Cloud Services

Posted by Alex Edwards

Atos, a European information technology services and consulting giant, has been awarded a multi-year contract with its home state in the U.S.

Atos North America, headquartered in Irving, has signed a contract with the State of Texas’ Department of Information Resources (DIR) to deliver next generation private cloud transformation, along with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.…

Linear Labs’ Smart Electric Motor is Now Available to Entrepreneurs, Makers, and Small Businesses

Posted by Alex Edwards

Linear Labs, the Fort Worth-based smart electric motor maker, is making its technology available to anyone—regardless of order size—for the first time.

The HET MM17555 motor, which Linear Labs refers to as The Honey Badger, will provide a competitive advantage to anyone who owns it.…

Cyberstates Report: Dallas-Fort Worth Lands in Top 10 for Net Tech Employment

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has released a new report showing that information technology employment in the U.S. has reached around 12.1 million workers. That means the decade ended with an expansion of 2.3 million jobs. And, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro accounts for a decently sized chunk of that.

COVID-19 Speeds Sprint to Virtual Marathons, Triathlons, Workouts

Posted by Dave Moore

An airborne bug like the new coronavirus could quickly spell the end of large group activities like marathons and triathlons, and the companies that plan them.

So, when COVID-19 hit and bans on activities occurred in March, Dallas-based ACTIVE Network saw a significant percent decline in fitness event registrations.…

Study: Bottle Rocket Finds Quick Service Restaurants Remain In Demand

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

The ongoing pandemic has affected every industry in some way and the restaurant industry is no different. Bottle Rocket got a closer look at the state of the latter by surveying more than 500 people nationwide on topics such as how their needs were being met by their favorite restaurants, how they prefer to receive information, and what restaurants could do to get more business.

Big Thought, Dallas City of Learning Launch Educational Hub With Content from Boeing, the Perot, and More

Posted by Alex Edwards

Two Dallas-based leaders in education—Big Thought and Dallas City of Learning—have launched an online learning hub with hundreds of free programs from major local companies and organizations.

Boeing, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Dallas ISD, and the State Fair of Texas all have featured educational content on the new virtual platform.…

#WeAreHEWMAN: Dallas Citizen Science Effort Crowdsources Gamers to Help End the COVID-19 Threat

Posted by Alex Edwards

While medical professionals everywhere have been hard at work for months searching for a cure to the COVID-19 virus, an unlikely industry has emerged to join the fight: the video game community.

A new effort from BALANCED Media|Technology (BALANCED) and Complexity Gaming intends to garner spare computer processing power that could help find treatments for coronavirus.…

Dallas-Area Care Providers Learn to Think Outside the Box

Posted by C1 Innovation Lab

People don’t usually think of health care as a creative field. In some ways it’s not—diagnosing disease and crafting care plans rely on following well-established best practices.

“Providers lean on best practices, guidelines, protocols and algorithms to identify treatment plans that are most appropriate for their patients.…

DI People: AT&T, Toyota, and More Make Executive Leadership Moves

Posted by Alex Edwards

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.…

‘Work Spacing’ the Workspace: Vari Renovates HQ, Develops New Products in Response to COVID-19

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Despite the COVID-19 crisis resulting in around 95 percent of Vari’s employees to work from home, CEO and Co-founder Jason McCann and his team have been anything but stagnant. Vari, which may be best known for its disruptive standing desks, had a multi-million dollar rebrand in February that included a name change.