Archive for April, 2021

DI People: Keurig Dr Pepper, Berkshire Biomedical, Caris Life Sciences, and More Make Moves

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

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.…

The Dallas Cowboys Are About To Get Thumped — By $700M Recovery Tech Firm Hyperice

Posted by David Seeley

Will the Cowboys draft a cornerback tonight? Hyperice wants to know, because they’ll be thumping his muscles for years to come.

The Dallas Cowboys and Irvine, CA-based recovery tech company Hyperice have announced a multiyear partnership. The team will use Hyperice’s innovative handheld percussion massage devices and other recovery technologies to optimize player performance.…

Careington Expands Its Corporate Campus in Frisco to Fuel Growth and Product Innovation

Posted by Alex Edwards

Careington International Corporation, an owner and operator of discount and preferred provider organization dental networks across the country, has officially opened the doors to its revamped corporate campus in Frisco.

The new 75,000-square-foot facility on Flyers Way is an addition to Careington’s existing headquarters, which includes two buildings located just a few minutes away.…

Outmatch Hires New COO To Grow Its ‘Hiring Experience Stack’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based Outmatch, a talent analytics platform that touts ‘the industry’s first and only Hiring Experience Stack,’ has appointed Wilson Warmack as its chief operating officer to accelerate growth and product adoption.

Warmack brings to Outmatch more than a decade of experience in operational and financial leadership for SaaS technology companies.…

Reflect Systems Launches Innovation Lab and ‘Zero Touch’ Tech for Interactive In-Store Experiences

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Through digital signage, large-scale LEDs, video walls, interactive applications, wayfinding, and more, Reflect Systems works to transform the digital signage industry. That’s where its newest technology comes in: Zero Touch. 

The innovation is a first-of-its-kind scalable signage solution enabling users to control interactive digital signage experiences directly from their mobile devices, according to a statement. …

The DEC Network’s State of Entrepreneurship Event Has a Confirmed Speaker Lineup and a New Title Sponsor

Posted by Alex Edwards

Published March 24, 2021; Updated April 29, 2021
The DEC Network has announced its title sponsor, Dallas Incorporated, and the lineup of speakers (below) for the event. Dallas Incorporated is launching a 12-month program to find, fund, and launch the best ideas in the region.

Falkon Technologies to Double Team, Expand Footprint With a Grant from the McKinney Innovation Fund

Posted by Alex Edwards

Yet another tech startup has gotten a boost from the McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Innovation Fund. Falkon Technologies, a custom software development company, is the latest to receive a grant from the MEDC and expand its headquarters in McKinney.

With the new capital, Falkon plans to add 3,000 square feet to its headquarters at 2150 S.…

Dallas’ Take Command Health Raises $12M in Series A Funding to Capitalize on Demand for More Flexible Health Benefits

Posted by Alex Edwards

Take Command Health, a Dallas-based health reimbursement arrangement administrator on a mission to create a consumer-centric healthcare system, has closed on a $12 million Series A round to “capitalize on tremendous demand.”

The funding was led by LiveOak Venture Partners, an Austin VC firm that focuses on tech-enabled service companies, and SJF Ventures, which invests in high-growth companies working to create a healthier, smarter, and cleaner future.…

‘The Social Hotel’: SOVA Prepares to Open its Doors in Downtown Dallas

Posted by Bella Pinera

Coming soon to downtown Dallas is SOVA, a premier boutique hotel that has announced plans to revamp the hospitality industry with its new hotspot that’s “fresh to the shores of America.”

Developed by 27-year-old twin brothers, Blake and Brandon Shirk, SOVA was born out of the pair’s passion for traveling, but also their need to save money.…

Dallas Invents: 144 Patents Granted for Week of April 13

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. 

‘Overcoming the Innovation Readiness Gap’: North Texas Companies Make BCG’s Ranking of the Most Innovative

Posted by Alex Edwards

A number of companies with a large North Texas presence have been recognized on the 2021 ranking of the Most Innovative Companies by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

California’s Samsung sits at No. 6, though last year it nearly doubled its operations in Coppell.…

Dallas Fintech Zirtue Receives Investment From Northwestern Mutual, Bringing Its Total Seed Funding to $4M

Posted by Alex Edwards

Zirtue, a Dallas-based fintech startup behind the first and only relationship-based lending app, has received an undisclosed investment from Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of industry titan Northwestern Mutual.

The funding is an addition to Zirtue’s seed round, bringing the total raise to $4 million.…

Made For Motherhood: Neiman Marcus Veterans Create Luxury Activewear for Moms-To-Be

Posted by Bella Pinera

Let’s face it, for many women, the 40 weeks of pregnancy can often be among the least fashionable—and the least comfortable—of their lives. The dynamic duo behind Berkley Clothing aims to solve this problem with their fashionable, and comfortable, activewear line. 

Medchart Raises $17M in Seed and Series A Funding to Hire Talent, Expand Product Innovation

Posted by Alex Edwards

North Texas-based Medchart has raised $17 million in Seed and Series A funding to help businesses get better access to patient-authorized health information.

The investment was led by Crosslink Capital and Golden Ventures, with additional participation from Vast Ventures, Union Ventures, iGan Partners, Stanford Law School, and Nas, an original backer.…

New York Fintech Katapult Makes Executive Hires Following an HQ Move to Plano

Posted by Alex Edwards

Following its relocation to North Texas, Katapult, an omnichannel lease-purchase platform, is making big moves to develop its footprint in the region.

Katapult Group, which employs some 100 employees, is a provider of eCommerce point-of-sale lease-purchase options for nonprime consumers in the U.S.…

Handcrafted Footwear Company Twisted X Raises Minimum Wage and Invests in Its Talent

Posted by Michaela Markels

While the past year has been difficult for many companies, Twisted X has decided to take the time to invest. The company is investing in talent, in sustainable growth, and in its professional relationships. 

Twisted X was founded in 2005 in Decatur, Texas, as a footwear company specializing in Western styles, and has since grown to include casual, work, and outdoor wear, too.…

DI People: The Dallas Foundation, BenefitMall, D.R. Horton, and More Make Moves

Posted by Bella Pinera

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.…

The Pitch: Cornbread Hustle Sweeps Five Categories, Including Social Innovator of the Year

Posted by Alex Edwards

This year, Dallas-based Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency that assists people with criminal records in finding meaningful employment, snagged the spotlight at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ fifth-annual The Pitch.

Presented by AT&T, The Pitch is a social innovation competition that culminates United Way’s yearlong Social Innovation Accelerator program with Accenture (United Way is currently accepting applications for the next cohort, due April 30).…

Southwest Airlines Continues Its Support of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Research to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted by Alexa Vickaryous

Southwest Airlines is showing its dedication to a healthier environment through its continued support of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) sustainable aviation fuel initiatives.

Southwest aligns with the NREL’s sustainable fuel goals as a global citizen that seeks to do the right thing for its employees through its performance and service to the planet, according to a statement.…

Denton Nonprofit Carton Council Wants to Make Sure Cartons Don’t End Up in Landfills

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Carton Council, a Denton-based nonprofit that aims to find long-term collaborative solutions to divert valuable cartons from landfills, has released new research that shows consumers don’t “speak the same language” as those in the recycling and packaging industries.

Based on a national survey of 7,627 interviews conducted by the Logit Group, the Carton Council found that most people aren’t familiar with commonly used sustainability terminology.…