Archive for May, 2021

AI Startup Aiotics Opens Its Headquarters With a Grant From the McKinney EDC

Posted by Alex Edwards

The McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Innovation Fund is at it again.

Aiotics, a young AI startup that makes scalable, easy-to-use solutions, has established its headquarters in McKinney with a boost from the MEDC. With the Innovation Fund’s grant, the team plans to focus on rapidly expanding its efforts in the artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science industries.…

Accelerate Real Asset Management Launches Renewable Energy Infrastructure Venture With $500M in Capital

Posted by Alex Edwards

A new joint venture has launched out of Dallas that aims to acquire real estate and royalty interests—specifically those associated with renewable energy—across the U.S.

The business, founded by local real asset platform Accelerate Real Asset Management, will invest in infrastructure associated with utility-scale solar, wind, and energy storage facilities.…

1091 Pictures Acquires “No Ordinary Love” by Fort Worth Filmmaker Chyna Robinson, sets June 15th release date

Posted by Sandra Engelland

Fort Worth-based filmmaker Chyna Robinson’s debut feature, “No Ordinary Love,” has garnered major success since its international festival run began in late 2019. Now it’s been acquired by 1091 Pictures for a June 15th release date, streaming on video on demand and digital platforms.

Recuro Health’s At-Home COVID Rapid Test Platform Featured at Census Bureau and HHS’s TOPx Solutions Showcase

Posted by David Seeley

Richardson-based digital health startup Recuro Health had its at-home COVID-19 rapid test platform featured Tuesday at the TOPx Solutions Showcase, presented by the Census Bureau in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The virtual event featured digital solutions from 12 technology teams selected from the HHS COVID-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon.…

New Dimensions: UT Dallas’ $750M Fundraising Campaign Will Go to Students, Research, and Cultural Dialogue

Posted by Alex Edwards

The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson has publicly announced the second major fundraising campaign in its history: a $750 million initiative dedicated to transformative priorities across campus.

New Dimensions: The Campaign for UT Dallas aims to raise enough money to help meet the needs of students, expand the impact of research, and create a destination for cultural dialogue in North Texas.…

VIRA Insight Unveils Brand Refresh, New Manufacturing Center and Headquarters in Lewisville Amid Business Boom

Posted by Alex Edwards

Lewisville-based VIRA Insight is getting a major facelift.

The designer and manufacturer of retail and commercial environments this week announced a new look (by way of a logo, visual identity, and website), new capabilities, and a new 350,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing center.…

Dallas-Based Fintech Apex to Speed Equity Trade Settlements with No Two-Day Wait

Posted by David Seeley

For years, financial verticals have evolved toward instant gratification, with ATM cash withdrawals, debit card purchases, electronic payments and more. But there’s one thing you still have to wait days for: your stock trade to be settled. Now Dallas-based Apex Fintech Solutions will speed that up too—with a new product launching in Q3 of this year.

Dallas-Based Fund Night Ventures Is Making Moves in the Creator Economy

Posted by David Seeley

Night Ventures, a new $20 million Dallas-based venture fund, is going off the rails—in a good way. General Partner Ben Matthews believes today’s creators are often blocked by the big four owners of the “rails” for customer acquisition and marketing: Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

Dallas-Based Bestow Named To 2021 CNBC Disruptor 50

Posted by Alex Edwards

While technology and its adoption has transformed many financial services, the life insurance industry “lags far behind in its ability to appeal to a digital consumer, says Melbourne O’Banion. The co-founder of Dallas-based Bestow set out to change that in 2016.

Dallas Invents: 125 Patents Granted for Week of May 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. 

Frisco PropTech Elm Street Technology Expands With New Senior Leadership, Aggressive Acquisition Strategy

Posted by Alex Edwards

Five years since its founding, Elm Street Technology is building momentum aggressively.

In partnership with Aquiline Capital Partners, a New York- and London-based private investment firm with $6.1 billion assets under management, the Frisco-based PropTech has adopted what it calls an “aggressive growth acquisition strategy.”…

Plano-Based Auto Crypto Company Carnomaly Partners With National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

Posted by Alex Edwards

Plano-based Carnomaly is boosting its mission to transform the future of the automotive industry through a new partnership with the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

Carnomaly, an automotive crypto company that offers a fleet of tech solutions, will now be able to offer consumers up-to-date records for their vehicles.…

Spurred by Texas Growth, Local Consulting Firm Slalom Adds 200+ Jobs

Posted by Dave Moore

Increased business activity and the shift toward digitizing company operations have spurred the Slalom consulting firm to increase its Dallas operations by about a third, and to expand its other Texas offices even more.

Slalom plans to add more than 200 total jobs in Texas by end of this year in software development, experience design, strategy, and jobs relating to the Salesforce platform and other key technologies, according to a company news release.…

American Heart Association’s Precision Medicine Platform and Hitachi Vantara Announce New Alliance

Posted by David Seeley

The Dallas-headquartered American Heart Association announced a new alliance today between its Precision Medicine Platform and Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. 

The alliance will make the platform “even more accessible to healthcare organizations for fast, efficient supercomputing data analysis research, even from a laptop computer,” the association said in a statement.…

Dallas-Based Snipitz Wants to Let You Choose Your Own Live Broadcast POV

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas-based Snipitz wants to change the way you watch live content—by letting you choose the camera angle. Through its content delivery interface (CDI), the web and mobile app lets viewers select their own POV when watching live events and videos. Combined with sharable “Snipz” video clips and a social media interface to interact with other viewers, “you have YouTube marrying Facebook on steroids,” the company says.

Arlan Hamilton: ‘Be Yourself So That the People Looking For You Can Find You’

Posted by Alex Edwards

A decade ago, Arlan Hamilton started thinking about a thesis focused on investing in underrepresented founders.

The Dallas native, who was in Houston when the idea formed, had just learned that 90 percent of venture funding goes to white men in the United States.…

Mickelson Wins Historic Golf Major at 50: It’s Gotta Be the Shirt!

Posted by David Seeley

Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship yesterday, making history as the oldest golfer ever to win a major. Some say he won through grit, focus, and booming drives. But Phil’s other secret weapon isn’t in his bag: it’s his partnership with Dallas-based performance menswear brand Mizzen+Main.

Dallas-Based AR Startup ARKH Signs 50/50 Joint Venture With UK-based Litho

Posted by David Seeley

As a teenager Landon Nickerson earned millions as a YouTube gamer, with up to 4 million subscribers watching his Fortnite, Roblox, and Minecraft videos. In 2019 he gave that up to found his AR platform startup ARKH. Last week he announced something new that could prove game-changing: his company’s 50/50 joint venture with UK-based Litho Holdings LLC.

Tech Titans Will Host a Reverse Pitch Virtual Event June 10th

Posted by David Seeley

Usually entrepreneurs do the pitching. But on June 10th the opposite will happen during the Tech Titans Reverse Pitch virtual event. Representatives of leading U.S. companies will pitch innovators and entrepreneurs on what they’re looking for most—in new ideas, products, and partnerships.

DI People: Lockheed Martin, Signify Health, Eyemart Express 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.…