Archive for July, 2021

Dallas-Based Applied Blockchain Launches Crypto Hosting Business

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas-based Applied Blockchain Inc. is entering the crypto hosting business.

Last week, the company closed a $32.5 million private placement led by Bitmain, a producer of blockchain and AI application products. The proceeds will help Applied Blockchain acquire land, construct facilities, procure components, and other project costs related to the hosting business.…

Former Topgolf COO Craig Kessler Named New CEO of Dallas’ Buff City Soap

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas’ Buff City Soap, a plant-based home and personal care brand franchise, has named Craig Kessler as its new CEO effective August 2nd. Kessler won’t have to move far—he joins Buff City from his post as COO of Dallas-based Topgolf, which tripled in size to nearly $1 billion in revenue under his tenure.

DI People: Buff City Soap, Comerica Bank, Sally Beauty, 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.…

BILT Raises $9M in Funding to Expand 3D Intelligent Instruction App

Posted by Quincy Preston

BILT Inc., which makes a 3D interactive app to help folks to assemble things on their own at home, today announced its latest capital infusion: a $9 million dollar investment from Silverton Partners.

Grapevine-based BILT, which saw increased demand last year during the lockdowns, created a smartphone app that uses interactive 3D animated images, voice, and text to replace paper and video instructions for TV stands, swing sets, flooring, and more.…

Dallas Digital Real Estate Startup Nada Closes $2.5M Seed Round

Posted by Alex Edwards

Since launching in 2018, the team at Nada has been hard at work.

Initially, Dallas-based Nada raised around $800K from private and institutional investors to quickly garner traction for its all-in-one online solution that acts as an alternative to the traditional commission structure for selling a home.…

OneDay Raises a $19M Series B Funding Round to Continue Expanding Its Video Storytelling Tech Across Industries

Posted by Alex Edwards

When OneDay initially launched its video storytelling technology in 2017, it transformed the way people preserved their loved ones’ life stories. But the Dallas-based startup had unearthed a solution that actually had myriad applications—and today, the team is rapidly iterating to meet the needs of various industries, with growth that has no signs of slowing down.

‘Age of Empires’ Legend Wants to Make Dallas the Center of the Gaming Universe

Posted by Sandra Engelland

PeopleFun Founder Tony Goodman, a gaming legend behind Age of Empires, anticipated the rise of mobile free-to-play games. His company’s success—especially in the last 18 months, when games have provided a much-needed distraction—is just one reason why the video game industry in Texas generates $4.15 billion in annual economic output, according to the Entertainment Software Association. 

Calling Female Founders: The $100,000 Investment Challenge at the Women in Tech Summit Could Be Your Fast Track Into Capital Factory

Posted by Bella Pinera

The 4th Annual Women In Tech Summit is featuring a $100,000 Investment Challenge, offering female founders the chance to win big for their startup—and get a fast-track into Austin’s Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas.

The Capital Factory’s Texas Fund and its partners Beam Angel Network, Seven Seven Six Fund, and Houston’s Golden Seeds are holding the summit.…

The Man Factor: Dallas-Based Reproductive Solutions Inc. Offers “First At-Home Solution” For Filling The IVF Cup

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas- and Lubbock-based Reproductive Solutions Inc. (RSI) is offering the “first at-home solution” for the in-vitro fertilization process that begins at the beginning—the semen collection.

Typically the collection is done in a medical office in awkward, high-pressure circumstances, using a simple plastic urine cup.…

Plano-based Martin UAV to be Acquired by Shield AI

Posted by Alex Edwards

Martin UAV, a Plano-based aerospace company specializing in unmanned aircraft systems and associated flight control software, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by fast-growing artificial intelligence developer Shield AI.

The deal is meant to reinforce Shield AI’s status as a leader in defense-focused edge autonomy.…

Watch Out Wyoming: Could the Texas Blockchain Council Turn Texas Into America’s Blockchain and Crypto Capital?

Posted by David Seeley

Lee Bratcher was featured in Dallas Innovates’ Future 50 in Dallas-Fort Worth in the 2021 edition of our annual magazine. We checked in with the Texas Blockchain Council president on his council’s mission, its recent big wins in the Texas Legislature, and what’s next.

Winners Announced for the Children’s Health Innov8 4 Kids Hackathon

Posted by Dave Moore

Doctors, hospitals, and medical care in general can be mentally and emotionally taxing for kids who suddenly find themselves hospitalized.

The top two finishers at the Children’s Health Innov8 4 Kids Hackathon—which occurred over the weekend of July 16-18— offer solutions to help those children.…

Dallas Invents: 127 Patents Granted for Week of July 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. 

Aussie-Based Spot Parking Kicks Tires For DFW Business Opportunities

Posted by Dave Moore

Australia-based Spot Parking is eyeing Dallas-Fort Worth to set up operations to connect drivers with parking spots, as it has in cities across the land Down Under.

Spot Parking U.S. General Manager Mark Frumar attended the Parking Industry Expo July 19th at the Gaylord Texan, where he met with Dallas Innovates to discuss the company’s strategy for entering the U.S.…

Here Are the Top 25 Companies to Work For in Dallas-Fort Worth, According to LinkedIn

Posted by Alex Edwards

As companies across the country recover from the pandemic, LinkedIn believes most workers are “looking to hit the reset button.” Professionals navigating the business-focused social network are exploring new jobs, at new places, in new cities across the U.S. Bottom line?

Dallas Health Solutions Startup MediBookr Acquired by Plano’s Catalyst Health Network

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based digital health solutions provider MediBookr is continuing its momentum. On the heels of a bridge round in October and a fast feature rollout spurred by the pandemic, the startup has now been acquired by the parent organization of a major network that amasses more than 1,000 primary care providers throughout Texas.

TPG Rise Climate Raises $5.4 Billion To Help Build Climate Solutions Worldwide

Posted by David Seeley

Carbon, prepare to be crushed. Today Fort Worth- and San Francisco-based TPG Rise Climate announced it has raised $5.4 billion in subscriptions to its inaugural fund. The goal: invest in entrepreneurs and businesses building climate solutions around the world. 

TPG Rise Climate ultimately plans to raise $7 billion in total capital commitments by end of this year from some of the world’s largest institutional investors and more than 20 leading companies.…

A Slice of Fashion: Plano-Based Pizza Hut Drops Tastewear Line

Posted by David Seeley

Someone at Plano-based Pizza Hut is about to get a big raise—if they aren’t moved to a dark basement with their stapler swiped. Yep, those photos are real: Pizza Hut just dropped its first-ever streetwear line.

Pizza Hut has innovated pizza, so why not innovate consumer fashion?…

Dallas-Based Delta Agriculture Rebrands as a Full-Scale Industrial Hemp Supplier

Posted by Bella Pinera

Dallas-based Delta Agriculture, formerly Delta Ag Partners, has launched an official rebrand to coincide with the announcement of its new hemp fiber line. The move represents the Dallas-based company’s transition from a hemp flower producer: Now the company says its the nation’s largest industrial producer/processor of raw hemp.

Southwest Airlines Expands Partnership With Sabre to ‘Welcome Business Travelers Back to the Sky’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Two North Texas travel pioneers are expanding on a decades-old partnership to make it easier to book business trips at low fares.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is now offering flights within Sabre’s global distribution system (GDS), giving more organizations the ability to quickly book and modify travel with just a few clicks.…