Archive for August, 2020

Toyota Motor North America Makes Four Executive Moves on its Automotive Operations Team

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Plano-headquartered Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has announced multiple rounds of executive moves this summer with its latest announcement focused on the automotive operations division.

Bill Fay has announced his retirement after spending over 38 years with Toyota, which is effective September 1, 2020.…

DDI Foundation Donates $300K for West End Park Water Feature That Changes With the Weather

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Anyone who has lived in Texas long enough knows that the weather can be difficult to predict, but West End Square’s Water Table will be able to change right along with it.

This is thanks to the Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Foundation’s $300,000 gift to Parks for Downtown Dallas and West End Square, which was made to make sure the Water Table becomes a reality.…

Denton is Getting a New Startup Incubator Exclusively for Female Entrepreneurs

Posted by Quincy Preston

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) at Texas Woman’s University and coworking company Stoke have launched AccelerateHER, a new incubator program for women-owned startups.

The program—the first of its kind in Denton—will take a “hands-on approach” by its program manager, mentors, and partner networks to help early-stage companies develop and test ideas and grow their businesses, according to organizers.…

Robinhood Closes $200M Series G to Improve Core Product and Customer Experience

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Robinhood announced it had 3 million new customer accounts at the beginning of 2020, bringing its total customer base to 10 million. At the time, it also had closed two Series F funding rounds. Now, the pioneering broker of free trades is building on its success by raising $200 million in Series G funding, increasing the company’s valuation to $11.2 billion from D1 Capital Partners.

Q+A: Dr. Joe May Discusses Dallas College’s Impact on Dallas County and How It Hopes to Help Rebuild the Local Economy

Posted by Dave Moore

In this Q&A, Dallas College Chancellor Dr. Joe May discusses the important role education plays in pandemic recovery as well as the institution’s move from seven independent colleges to one college with seven campuses.

Q: What is the “Texas 300×300” jobs initiative?

CodeLaunch Announces Finalists for its 8th Annual Seed Accelerator Competition

Posted by Alex Edwards

Frisco-based Code Authority has a major announcement for the North Texas startup ecosystem: CodeLaunch 2020 is on.

A seed accelerator competition, startup conference, tech tradeshow, and networking event, CodeLaunch was originally scheduled for Sept. 10.

It was started by Code Authority, a custom software development company that specializes in technology consulting, digital marketing, and application development for businesses of all sizes.…

Work Shield’s CEO on Why ‘Workplace Culture is a Microcosm of What is Going On in Society at Large’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Since Dallas-based Work Shield was founded in 2018, its team has been on a fast growth track to change the culture of workplace harassment. Last year, Co-Founder and CEO Jared Pope had aggressive plans to build the startup’s third-party platform for employees to address any work-related issues, and earlier this summer, closed on a $4.11 million Series A funding round.

Department of Defense Awards UNT Researchers $1M Grant for Metallic Alloy Bonding

Posted by Alex Edwards

A research team at the University of North Texas in Denton has received a major grant from the Department of Defense to better understand how metal alloys function at the atomic level.

The DoD, under the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, awarded $1 million to three experts from UNT’s College of Engineering who aspire to “give scientists better insight on how certain metal alloys used by the military and aerospace industries deform under stress.”

DI People: Vari, Sigfox, KAI, Mr. Cooper, and More Make Executive 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.…

North Texas Teens Match ‘Bigs’ With ‘Minis’ to Fight Social Isolation

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Southlake-based Allen Zhou decided to create a nonprofit with his brother Anthony and his friend Aditi Merchant after trying to figure out what he could do to help people during the ongoing pandemic. In an attempt to solve the issue of loneliness due to COVID-19 forcing many people into social isolation, he launched Big & Mini.

Dallas Regional Chamber Names 44 to its Leadership Dallas Class of 2021

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Dallas Regional Chamber has announced the 46th class for its premier leadership development program, Leadership Dallas.

Leadership Dallas was founded in 1975 to prepare “a diverse group of leaders through intensive curriculum that explores critical issues and creates positive change.”…

Plano Tech Consulting Firm Advances Strategic Growth With Acquisition of Midwest Software Company

Posted by Quincy Preston

Improving, a Plano-based tech consulting and training firm with offices across North America, today announced it has acquired Object Partners, a custom software development firm based in in Minneapolis.

The deal comes on the heels of Improving’s acquisition of Austin nearshore development firm iTexico in June and this week’s release of the 2020 Inc.…

Smart Tech Partners: North Texas‑Based Polte and Teltech Bring Asset Tracking Solutions to IoT Marketplace

Posted by Alex Edwards

Polte, the Richardson-based innovator in accurate Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, has announced a partnership that will bring its Mobile IoT location solutions to market. And, it’s with a fellow North Texas neighbor.

The Polte location solutions will be available through Teltech Group’s new virtual IoT marketplace located at

Dallas ISD Students Go Digital for NAF Future Ready Lab Powered by Capital One, Take a Byte Out of Local Issues

Posted by Capital One

Cierra Walker wakes up at 7:30 a.m. four days a week for her first paid internship at Capital One. As a South Oak Cliff High School senior, she is eager to participate in the month-long NAF Future Ready Lab program, only this year, there’s no commute.

Nominate Now: Dallas Innovates and D CEO Present ‘The Innovation Awards’ 2021

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

For a second year, Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine are teaming up to present The Innovation Awards. The program honors companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and more—driving innovation in North Texas.

All nominations must be made online. You can make submissions for individual categories here, and for company categories here.…

Education On Trend: Oak Cliff’s Momentous School Launches Bitmoji Classrooms for Virtual Learning

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

The Momentous School is joining in on a trend rising nationwide: Bitmoji classrooms. 

It’s a trend that’s “sweeping the nation,” say teachers at the Oak Cliff private school that’s designed as a laboratory for learning. But most importantly, the cartoon avatars created through the popular Bitmoji app can play an an important role in creating “a socially emotionally healthy classroom.”…

Fast Growth and Reinvention: 158 Dallas-Fort Worth Companies Make This Year’s Inc. 5000

Posted by Alex Edwards

On Inc.’s 2020 ranking of the fastest-growing privately-held U.S. companies, 158 North Texas companies made the cut.

Though each list represents some of the most successful founders in the country—in company culture, employee engagement, growth, and results—this year looked a little different.…

MassChallenge Texas: Vigilant Software’s Anesthesia Solution Could Save Hospitals Revenue and Risk

Posted by Alex Edwards

Ed. Note: Dallas Innovates teamed up with MassChallenge Texas to highlight entrepreneurs and their high-impact companies in the current Texas cohort. Find them here.

Vigilant Software was born from an anesthesiologist’s confusion.

One day in 2013, Peter Baek was in an operation and became unsure which drug was which on the anesthesia cart.…

Dallas Invents: 149 Patents Granted for Week of July 28

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. 

Fast-Growing Trading App Robinhood Invests in Southlake Expansion, Plans Hires

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Robinhood is joining the growing list of financial institutions hiring in and moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Earlier this year, Charles Schwab announced it was moving its headquarters to Westlake after acquiring TD Ameritrade and Fidelity Investments announced plans to hire 300 employees in North Texas.