Archive for March, 2021

Artificial Hearts to Remote Monitoring: Fort Worth Startup Brings Medical Devices to Life

Posted by Alex Edwards

DesignPlex Biomedical, which designs and manufactures medical devices, has earned an ISO 13485:2016 certification for its Quality Management System. DesignPlex is a client of TechFW, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs launch tech companies.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed ISO 13485 because “safety and quality are non-negotiable in the medical devices industry.”…

Dallas-Based IoT Startup Haxiot Acquired by Digi International

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based Haxiot, a provider of low power wide area (LPWA) wireless technology, has been acquired by leading Internet of Things company Digi International. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Haxiot was founded in 2015 to offer end-to-end LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) solutions, which enables the transmission of small packages of device data across long distances.…

Find Me In the Club(house): Here’s Why You Should be on Social Media’s Latest Phenomenon

Posted by Leah Frazier

It’s not everyday that you can hit the club and work at the same time—but since November, I’ve been frequenting one of social media’s most buzzed about hotspots, Clubhouse, almost every day.

Launched as an “audio only” app, Clubhouse skyrocketed as one of the hottest new networking platforms, attracting the likes of Elon Musk, Deepak Chopra, Van Jones, Tiffany Haddish, and Mark Zuckerberg—down to business extraordinaires like Gary Vee, Grant Cardone, Amy Porterfield, and Beyonce’s dad, Matthew Knowles.…

ICYMI 2021: The Q1 Archive

Posted by Quincy Preston

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Funding Roundup: Arcosa Makes $375M Acquisition, Trinity Private Equity Group Leads $14M Funding Round

Posted by Bella Pinera

From acquiring companies to participating in investment rounds, these Dallas-Fort Worth organizations have recently made news due to their money moves.

Arcosa acquires StonePoint Ultimate Holding for $375M

Headquartered in Dallas, infrastructure product and solution provider Arcosa, Inc. has agreed to acquire StonePoint Ultimate Holding, LLC and its affiliated entities for $375 million in cash.

PICKUP Closes $15M Series B to Accelerate Growth, Double Team Size

Posted by Alex Edwards

PICKUP, a last-mile delivery company that’s based in Dallas, has raised $15 million in a Series B funding round led by NewRoad Capital Partners.

The money will be used to assist PICKUP in expanding its geographic footprint and suite of services.…

Southern Dallas Thrives Receives $750K Grant from PepsiCo Foundation To Help Women with Job Placement and Security

Posted by Michaela Markels

Made possible by a three-year, $750,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation, the Women’s Workplace Readiness Initiative is the latest project of Southern Dallas Thrives, a program launched by a partnership between United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The PepsiCo Foundation, and Frito-Lay North America.

UT Arlington Team Wins $40K Research Grant to Redesign Historic Black Settlements in Dallas-Fort Worth

Posted by Alexa Vickaryous

The University of Texas at Arlington team’s idea for a design playbook on historic Black settlements won $40,000 through a nationwide 2020 SOM Foundation Research Prize for examining social justice in urban contexts.

The team’s project is centered around questions about the role of environmental justice, historic preservation, and economic development in creating a more equitable future for historic Freedmen’s Towns, which are Black settlements founded by formerly enslaved people after the Civil War.…

Leaders, Follow the Research: Students Can Catch Up After the Covid Learning Slump, SMU Experts Say

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

SMU education experts have some good news for school leaders considering how to help students recover from the COVID-19 “learning slump”: Students can recover.

But don’t let those catch-up plans “speed past the basics,” caution the experts from SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. …

Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of March 16

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. 

Full STEAM Ahead: Texas Middle School Girls Experience Virtual Innovate(her) Conference

Posted by Michaela Markels

With March being Women’s History Month, Capital One and UT Dallas have taken it as an opportunity to expand the scope of the annual Innovate(her) program, which is meant to empower girls to pursue their passions in fields where they are currently underrepresented.

This Goes On Your Permanent Record: GreenLight Credentials Uses Blockchain for Students’ ‘Life Transcript’

Posted by Sandra Engelland

GreenLight Credentials CEO Manoj Kutty and his team are using blockchain technology to make records secure and shareable. The applications of the tech is two-fold: to connect students, academic institutions, and businesses by providing real-time access to lifelong learning achievements, and also to advance the treatment of mental illness in primary care settings.

People Connectors: This New Tech Platform Is Ushering in the Hybrid Events Era

Posted by Alex Edwards

With more than a decade of experience in the software space, a tech-based service company with local ties has launched a toolbox to assist organizers in designing events of the future—ones that are based on hybrid experiences.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hindered mass in-person gatherings for the past year, event planners have been forced to iterate.…

DI People: Pillar Clinical Research, Dallas City Homes, Mohr Capital, 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.…

Chase Opens Its First Texas Community Center Branch in Oak Cliff

Posted by Bella Pinera

In an effort to make financial services and education more accessible for the people of Oak Cliff and southern Dallas, Chase has opened its first Community Center branch in Texas.

The Oak Cliff branch was constructed as part of Chase’s $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity and create economic opportunities for diverse and underserved communities.…

Dallas’ BaCo Tech Patents Its Transaction-Based Workflow for CPA Firms

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Farmers Branch-based IT company Ford Squared Technologies has been granted a U.S. patent for BaCo Tech, its middleware accounting software-as-a-service technology.

The patent, titled “Accounting Platform Functionalities,” covers BaCo Tech’s ability to gather and manage all clients of a firm’s accounting records in a single location, regardless of any existing accounting software.…

$10M Dallas VC Fund for AI Companies Closes First Round of Funding

Posted by Alex Edwards

Sentiero Ventures, a Dallas-based venture capital fund, has closed on its first round of funding to close the gap between what AI can do and what is useful to a business.

The $10 million fund has what it calls a unique approach to screening and supporting investments.…

Sevis Systems Launches Trusted Caller ID on Its Hybrid Call Verification and Customer Engagement Platform

Posted by Alexa Vickaryous

Plano-based telecom security company Sevis Systems allows companies to personalize the caller ID experience through a newly launched technology, Trusted Caller ID, on its eCallMe! verification and customer services platform. 

Sevis Systems’ eCallMe! is what the company calls the first enterprise solution available on both Apple and Android devices, regardless of manufacturer, operating system, or carrier.…

Dallas-Headquartered Ryan Acquires PTX Tech To Strengthen Its Property Tax Software Solutions

Posted by Bella Pinera

Ryan, a global tax services and software provider, has acquired Atlanta, Georgia-based PTX Tech, a specialist in property tax data and software.

Ryan, which says it is the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes, has an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services. …

Perspectives from Deloitte Leaders
Future of Work, Inclusive Leaders and Workplace Strategies

Posted by Deloitte

Over the past months, Deloitte has featured various studies and leaders who have provided insights and expectations about the post-COVID world and considerations for the future, as well as shed light on what the workplace and workforce might look like and the intersection points that could matter most.