Archive for July, 2020

ICYMI 2020: The Archive, Jan. 1 – July 31

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

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Dallas Mavs, Stars, and Zoo Team With Dallas County Health for #NTXDoesItRight

Posted by Quincy Preston

The Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, and the Dallas Zoo have teamed up with Dallas County Health and Human Services on a clever mask-wearing campaign called North Texas Does It Right. Described as a “full-fledged movement” by the group’s creative partner, it’s intended to be a call to action for people in Dallas County to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

DI People: Match Group, Brinker International, Capital Alliance Corp, and More Make 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.…

New Digital Resource Library from Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative Promotes Women in STEM

Posted by Sandra Engelland

Inspiring the next generation of women scientists and engineers is the goal of a new campaign just launched by Lyda Hill Philanthropies.

The IF/THEN Collection is the world’s first free digital resource library containing thousands of images and videos of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, according to a statement.…

This Dallas-Based Photography Company Wants To Make Dating Apps ‘Click’ For Everyone

Posted by Riley Farrell

Social distancing mandates are continuing to shift many peoples’ daily routines and work life. Among these changes is dating, with singles across the country turning to dating apps in record numbers.

Since March 2020, dating apps Bumble and Tinder have enjoyed statistical increases in online traffic.…

Look Inside: Bomb Factory Owners Are Creating Virtual Events for Any Occasion

Posted by Dave Moore

COVID-19 has moved artists such as Idina Menzel to perform from their living rooms, often with all the production value of a Zoom conference call, while concert venues including The Bomb Factory, Canton Hall, and Trees—all owned by Clint and Whitney Barlow—have largely been vacant since the pandemic forced lockdowns in March.

AT&T Commits $10M in Support of Black and Underserved Communities

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Dallas-headquartered AT&T is adding $10 million to its contributions to Black and underserved communities, which have totaled $215 million in the past five years.

The latest commitment has been made to create economic opportunities and foster upward mobility for Black and underserved communities that have continued to face social inequities and higher unemployment rates, which have only been worsened by the ongoing pandemic, AT&T said.

Kandi Brings the ‘Most Affordable’ Electric Cars in the U.S. to Dallas-Fort Worth

Posted by Quincy Preston

Kandi America wants to make electric vehicles more accessible. Launching first in Dallas-Fort Worth, Kandi is bringing the EVs it calls “the most affordable” in the U.S. to North Texas. The company will launch two new models—the K23 and K27—with pricing that starts at about $13,000 (after incentives) for its compact version.

Impact Ventures: Meet TopIt, a Social Platform for Communal Direct-Challenge Competitions

Posted by Alex Edwards

When work forced Roderick Turner and his family to relocate from their home state of Alabama in 2017, Turner found himself disconnected from his close circle.

As a former college athlete, competition and camaraderie is ingrained in Turner’s DNA. But losing the ability to connect with former teammates and friends put a damper on his social life.…

Richardson Fintech Launches Credit Building Solution in Response to COVID-19

Posted by Alex Edwards

Millions across the U.S. are struggling to meet financial needs following unemployment brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. But a Richardson-based tech startup sees a larger—and less sought-after—problem looming, and has come up with a solution to fill a growing gap.

Q+A: RSM’s Ty Beasley on How Company Culture May Look Post-Pandemic

Posted by Dave Moore

Ty Beasley is North Texas Managing Partner for RSM, a global tax, auditing, and advisory firm. In this Q&A, he discusses how COVID-19 has changed the future of the workplace from a business-efficiency perspective.

Q: How has COVID-19 changed the way people see their offices?

Reel Representation: Fort Worth Filmmaker’s Romantic Thriller Chosen By Multiple Film Festivals

Posted by Riley Farrell

Fort Worth-based Chyna Robinson released her newest, critically-acclaimed film “No Ordinary Love” last year. Now, it has made the cut and will be among those showcased at the BronzeLens Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which both take place in August. 

Office Equipment Company Shifts Sales Strategy, Adds Incentives to Maintain Business During Pandemic

Posted by Gloria Salinas, Managing Director, Economic Development, DRC

When a pandemic takes away face-to-face interaction, selling a product or service requires a major shift in sales strategy.

For Southwest Office Systems, a small business that sells and services multi-functional printing and document management office equipment, the shuttering of corporate offices meant dramatic revenue declines.…

How Vista Bank and the Main Street Lending Program Help Small Businesses Recover From COVID-19

Posted by Alex Edwards

The government has been hard at work in its efforts to save small businesses in the U.S. from the backlash of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was rolled out months ago to help businesses with 500 employees or fewer keep their workforce employed.…

Plano-Based Purpose Tea Among Stacy’s Rise Project $10,000 Grant Winners

Posted by Chantal Canales

Last month, we told you about how Ciara Dilley, VP of Transformation & Innovation at Frito-Lay America, is leaving a legacy for female entrepreneurs including through the Stacy’s Rise Project. The project recently announced the 15 winners of its grant and mentorship program with Plano-based female entrepreneur Chi Nguyen, founder of Purpose Tea, among the recipients.

Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of July 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. 

This Dallas-Based Digital Real Estate Startup Charges ‘Nada’ to Sell Your Home Online

Posted by Alex Edwards

The mission behind Dallas-based real estate startup Nada is as simple as it sounds: Sell your home online, pay nada.

Nada was created to disrupt the residential real estate model. Not only is the platform easily accessible online, but homeowners are able to save thousands against the traditional buy-finance-sell model. …

Plug-and-Play Power: Fort Worth Tech Manufacturer Expands Production of Smart Electric Motors for e-Mobility

Posted by Quincy Preston

Fort Worth-based Linear Labs is moving into “phase two” of manufacturing its smart electric motors. On the heels of a $68.9 million economic incentive deal with the City of Fort Worth last month, the startup has announced mass production of an energy-efficient, high-torque motor to expand plug-and-play power uses in e-bikes, e-scooters, autonomous robots, and more. 

Dialexa’s Mentorship Program Provides Innovative Experiences for Students During Pandemic

Posted by Chantal Canales

During the ongoing pandemic, Dallas-headquartered Dialexa is providing educational experience through a mentorship program for the next generation of product designers and engineering problem-solvers called Dialexa EDU.

Sanjay Shah, a digital product designer at technology research, design, and creation firm Dialexa, came up with the idea to provide a mentorship program due to his background in sports.…

Impact Ventures: Meet Red Plum, a Platform That Makes Building WordPress Sites Easier

Posted by Alex Edwards

To Andrea Malone, learning how to navigate open-source content management system WordPress is necessary to successfully building a brand. But launching a website can be difficult (and time-consuming) for businesses without the budget or in-house knowledge to do so.

Last year, Malone set out to make WordPress easy for designers and marketers so they can get back to making clients and customers happy.…