Archive for August, 2020

Disrupt Dallas: Minority Founders Discuss How ‘Innovation Lives in the Hood,’ Emerging Tech, and Where to Go From Here

Posted by Alex Edwards

Last year, minority guests made up 61 percent of Dallas Startup Week’s nearly 10,000 attendees.

In an effort to continue fostering connections between these minority business owners and entrepreneurs that tune in to DSW20, The DEC Network this year kicked off its event with Disrupt Dallas, a summit that serves as a celebration of those in the entrepreneurial ecosystem who are disrupting the diversity pipeline.

‘This is the Paradigm Shift’: Walkabout Workplace CEO Makes Working from Anywhere a Social Experience

Posted by Sandra Engelland

The pandemic put the work-from-anywhere trend into hyperdrive, although many businesses and schools were unprepared for the change. 

But a few organizations had already made the leap into the online space with Walkabout Workplace, which places everyone in an organization—whether in an office or a school—into an elaborate virtual world, which has been called “coworking meets Ready Player One.”

Experts from RevTech Ventures and Accenture Interactive Discuss the Future of Retail During Dallas Startup Week

Posted by Riley Farrell

Heather Hildebrand, managing director for Accenture Interactive, and David Matthews, managing director of RevTech Ventures, imparted their perspectives on the ways in which a pandemic-induced recession will change the landscape for retail on the second day of Dallas Startup Week 2020.

How North Texas Dispatchers Tapped Waze Data to Speed 9-1-1 Response Times

Posted by Dave Moore

smart citiesAnyone who has been in a car crash understands the resulting chaos. Few involved immediately dial 9-1-1 following the rush of adrenaline. Those lost seconds cost lives, according to at least one analysis.

More than 140 million Waze App users, meanwhile, constantly pump driving traffic and highway condition information into Waze, alerting peers in nearly real-time.…

DI People: Freese and Nichols, The Michaels Companies, HilltopSecurities 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.…

Kendra Scott Partners with Dallas’ Balfour in its First-Ever Brand Collaboration

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Dallas-headquartered Balfour and Kendra Scott hope to reinvent tradition by bringing together Balfour’s over 100 years of jewelry expertise with Kendra Scott’s fashion-forward designs as a 19-year-old accessories brand.

It’s a first of its kind collaboration for Austin-based Kendra Scott as its first design partnership.…

Here’s How Linesight’s New Dallas Office is Using Tech to Accelerate Construction Speed to Market

Posted by Alex Edwards

Earlier this year, global construction consultancy firm Linesight opened a new Dallas office. Now, the Dublin-headquartered company is further progressing its presence in the Central U.S. with 1.3 million square feet of new projects that value more than $600 million.

According to Linesight, Dallas-Fort Worth is the second-busiest construction market and second highest data center leasing market in the country.…

Here’s What You Can’t Miss During Next Week’s Dallas Startup Week

Posted by Alex Edwards

Following a series of exciting announcements—like partnering with Global Entrepreneurship Week and opening nominations for the State of Entrepreneurship awards—the DEC Network’s annual anchor event is finally here. Dallas Startup Week kicks off this Sunday, Aug. 30, with its first-ever virtual debut. 

This DFW Commercial Cleaner Wants to Disrupt an Industry with Robotics, Green Clean, and Purpose

Posted by Quincy Preston and Sandra Engelland

Thomas Holland has a rule of thumb: “If it costs more to disinfect your facility than to clean your carpets, you’re likely getting ripped off,” the APEX Property Services CEO and founder says.

“$25,000 to disinfect an office building? Toxic chemicals sprayed in a daycare?…

SMU-Hosted VC University LIVE is a Crash Course on How Venture Capital Works. Scholarships Remain, But Deadline Looms

Posted by Dave Moore

A deadline is approaching rapidly for women and minorities—who are underrepresented in the Venture Capital industry—to apply for scholarships that will allow them to attend this fall’s VC University LIVE. The program, which is a crash course on how venture capital works, will be offered in a virtual format in conjunction with Southern Methodist University.

De La Vega Development Opens Rooftop Cinema Club at The Central with Drive-In Movie Series For Contact-Free Entertainment

Posted by Chantal Canales

Formally the location of the “Leaning Tower of Dallas,” The Central is now host to The Rooftop Cinema Club, a drive-in movie theater complete with a 52-foot screen with skyline views, safety measures, and contactless food and drinks. The drive-in movie series started on Aug.

Allen Tech Hub Among City’s 2 Million Square Feet of New Commercial Development   

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Allen ranks 28 percent higher in tech job concentration than the national average and Dallas-Fort Worth has the seventh-largest concentration of high-tech jobs in the U.S., according to the Allen Economic Development Corporation. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that a technology-focused hub is coming to Allen.

In a Time When Restaurants Have Taken a Hit, Here’s Why Revolving Kitchen’s Commercial Kitchen Rentals Thrive

Posted by Alex Edwards

Tyler Shin was born to a mother who ran restaurants in Seoul, Korea.

Growing up, he saw glimpses of the business. His mom came home overworked, and the day-to-day was often cumbersome and austere. It was an industry Shin swore he’d never get into.…

Creating an Environment That Promotes Growth

Posted by Tim Black

Axxess is a Dallas Innovates is Silver Founding SponsorBuilding high performing teams through collaboration, with others being top of mind, takes a unique approach to bringing on the best and brightest talent. Axxess, the leading technology company for healthcare at home, has been using this focus on engaging with others to create a culture that is viewed nationally as a “Best Place to Work.”

Dallas Invents: 122 Patents Granted for Week of Aug. 11

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. 

Nominate an Entrepreneur for Dallas Startup Week’s State of Entrepreneurship Awards by Friday

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Although Dallas Startup Week 2020 will look different this year after its initial postponement in March and decision to go completely virtual in July, the sixth annual event looks to be bigger than ever. The DEC Network will still host its annual State of Entrepreneurship gathering, complete with an awards ceremony.

Holly Reed Exits Texas Central, Joins Ryan as Principal and Practice Leader of U.S. Advocacy Services Practice

Posted by Alex Edwards

Holly Reed has moved on from her role as managing director of External Affairs at Dallas-based Texas Central. She has been hired by global tax services and software provider Ryan as a principal and new practice leader of the firm’s U.S.

Texas Women’s Foundation Board Announces New Directors and a Chair Elect

Posted by Alex Edwards

Texas Women’s Foundation is blazing a trail for its “legacy of inclusion” with its 47-member board that makes up one of the most diverse and powerful in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Dallas-based Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) today announced eight new board members set to serve three-year terms from 2020-2023.…

Recent Success Should Carry Dallas-Fort Worth Forward

Posted by Mike Rosa

Dallas-Fort Worth closed out 2019 with robust economic growth and held its rankings as the top metro area in the U.S. for job growth and destination for corporate moves and expansions.

In 2019, McKesson and Core-Mark moved their Fortune 500 HQs to the Dallas region.

Dallas-based Biotech CerSci Acquired by ACADIA Pharmaceutical in $52.5M Deal

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas-based biotech CerSci Therapeutics has been acquired in a $52.5 million deal that could net nearly $900 million more for its shareholders with milestones and royalties.

The clinical-stage biotechnology startup was acquired by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, along with the worldwide rights to its portfolio of novel compounds for neurological conditions, which includes the startup’s non-opioid therapies for acute and chronic pain, the California-based public company announced today.