Archive for October, 2020

DI People: Kimberly-Clark, Comerica, the Dallas Institute, Alkami, 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.…

Two North Texans Made Inc.’s List of the Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs of 2020

Posted by Alex Edwards

Inc. has released the third rendition of its Female Founders 100, an annual list that celebrates the female entrepreneurs who are producing game-changing innovations, inspiring others, or having fast success. This year, two North Texans made the cut: Enseo’s Vanessa Ogle and Scout & Cellar’s Sarah Shadonix.

Dallas Rideshare Company Alto Aims To Get People to the Polls on Election Day

Posted by Sandra Engelland

Thanks to a Dallas-based rideshare company, getting to the polls on Election Day has never been easier.

Alto, which provides rides and deliveries in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, announced that their drivers will be providing free rides to and from polling places in their coverage areas on Nov.…

Adaptive3D Closes on a Series B Investment to Scale Up On Materials for 21st Century Manufacturing

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based Adaptive3D, which calls itself the premium supplier of Additive Manufacturing polymer resin, has secured a round of undisclosed Series B financing.

The funding was led by the Arkema Group, a France-based producer of specialty chemicals, and had support from West Pharmaceutical Services, Clear Fir Partners, and current investors, such as Applied Ventures and the founding family of Texas Instruments.

The Pitch: Better Block Foundation Named Social Innovator of the Year, New $1M Competition Announced

Posted by Dave Moore

An Oak Cliff-based, grassroots urban renewal startup landed the title as Social Innovator of the Year (and an extra $15,000) at Wednesday night’s virtual The Pitch competition. Nonprofit Better Block Foundation is launching a workforce development program to help students earn a living wage while learning how to use digital fabrication to reshape their communities.

How They Did It: Redesigning the State Fair of Texas

Posted by Dave Moore

The State Fair of Texas doesn’t translate to a Zoom call.

First, there’s the thrill of a freshly fried corny dog and the chill of a frosty beer at the foot of Big Tex. The fleet of new cars to wander through at the Texas Auto Show.…

Dallas Region Sets Record Industrial Growth, Rises to No. 1 Industrial Market

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

The Dallas Region’s industrial market is on trend to close out 2020 as a record-breaking year for new industrial construction and leasing—there are no signs of slowing down.

During the first half of 2020, the Dallas Region’s industrial market growth outpaced Chicago and the Inland Empire, ranking it No.…

My Startup Story: How This Founder Uses Tech to Prove Work-Life Harmony Is Possible For Accountants

Posted by Riley Farrell

In 2012, Ford Baker, a certified public accountant and the founder of accounting software firm BaCo Tech, had a eureka moment. Baker, weighing in at nearly 400 pounds and storing an air mattress in his office, realized his personal life was out of balance. 

Self-Driving Startup TuSimple Teams With Hillwood On Tech Truck Hub at AllianceTexas

Posted by Quincy Preston

Driverless tech startup TuSimple has teamed up with Hillwood on a new trucking hub to support the company’s continued expansion into Texas. The San Diego-based company has secured property in AllianceTexas’ Mobility Innovation Zone, Hillwood announced today in a news release.…

Fort Worth Convenience Store Operator Yesway Raises $235M For an Extensive ‘Raze and Rebuild’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Fort Worth-headquartered Yesway, a fast-growing convenience store operator, announced today that it has closed on an additional $235 million in equity funding.

Yesway is new to North Texas, having just announced in August 2020 that it was closing its Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters and opening a new HQ in Fort Worth and corporate office in Clovis, New Mexico, as reported by CSP.…

This New Dallas Firm Offers ‘Concierge-Level Service’ With its eDiscovery Platform for the Construction Industry

Posted by Sandra Engelland

What do you get when you combine “concierge-level service” with AI and machine learning tailored specifically to construction industry firms dealing with legal issues? A new Dallas firm that aims to make litigation less painful for construction companies.

Construction Discovery Experts (CDE) is a new eDiscovery and consulting firm founded by experts in construction law and eDiscovery.…

Plano-Based Founder of Purpose Tea Part of ‘Female Founder Finder’ Packaging Initiative by Frito-Lay Brand

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Earlier this year, Stacy’s Snacks conducted a survey that found 67 percent of consumers wish it were easier to find products and services from female-founded businesses and 79 percent think it is important to see more female-founded businesses in their communities.

Debate Recap: Allred, Collins Spar on COVID-19 Relief, Trade Policy, Public Education, and More

Posted by Michael Wood

In 2018, the election for Texas’ 32nd Congressional District made waves as Democratic challenger Colin Allred scored an upset victory over Republican Pete Sessions, an 11-term incumbent.

Two years later, the 2020 General Election will pit first-term Congressman Colin Allred, who serves on the Transportation & Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Veteran Affairs Committees, against Republican challenger Genevieve Collins, a seventh-generation Texan who leads corporate strategy for Istation, a Dallas-based education technology firm.…

Navigating a Prolonged COVID-19: 6 Tips For Your Small Business to Survive a Masked Economy

Posted by John Steinmetz

As the CEO of a 108-year old bank, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about what leaders who sat in my chair during the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, two World Wars or on September 11th must have thought in those times.

E Smith’s Tamela Thornton: We’ll See New Retail Concepts Taking Advantage of Vacancies in the Market

Posted by Quincy Preston

Retail is a big part of Dallas’s DNA. That’s made us resilient, and we’ll need to be: with 10,000 stores closing nationwide as of August, retail has faced unprecedented challenges. But bright spots have stood out, and a renewed focus on quality and service is turning the tide for many.

The Hardest Hit: How Retail and Restaurants are Retooling for an Ever-Changed Future

Posted by Quincy Preston

Remember restaurants so loud you couldn’t hear your friend across the table? Or lines at store counters so long, you put the sweater back? If those seem like distant memories, they’re mirrored by the damage COVID has done. 25,000 stores are predicted to close in 2020, with a record number of retail bankruptcies continuing into 2021.

Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 13

Posted by Quincy Preston

Week of: 10/13/2020 For: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (19100) Total patents this week: 139 Ranked (11) this week in patent production out of 250 metros nationally.

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.

Future Ready: UNT at Frisco’s $100 Million Campus Will Prep Students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted by Lance Murray

The University of North Texas has always had an eye on the future. Founded in 1890 in a rented space above a hardware store as the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute, the school aimed to produce educators for what became known as the first industrial revolution.

CitySquare is Building “a More Equitable Future” for Dallas by Creating Affordable Housing—and Showing How Real Estate Professionals Can Help Drive Change

Posted by Sandra Engelland

What can real estate professionals do to help fight poverty and homelessness? A lot, says John Siburt, president and chief operating officer of CitySquare.

“We recognize the significant lack of affordable housing in Dallas. We can’t really build an equitable future unless real estate professionals help tackle that,” he said.

Health Wildcatters Co-Founder and CEO Hubert Zajicek To Receive 2020 Dennis K. Stone Award

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

At this year’s Sixth Annual iC3 Life Sciences Summit, investment and innovation catalyst Dr. Hubert Zajicek will be presented with the 2020 Dennis K. Stone Award.

Zajicek, who is a co-founder, partner, and CEO of Health Wildcatters, is being honored by the BionorthTX Foundation because he has positively affected quality of life by raising life science research awareness and funds, impacted innovation to bring discoveries to commercial relevance, and gave back to his community and those in the scientific field, according to a statement.…