Archive for August, 2021

Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of Aug 17

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. 

CarMax Is Boosting Its North Texas Footprint With a New Tech Innovation Center, Auction Facility, and 300 Hires

Posted by Alex Edwards

The nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles announced new plans today to bolster its North Texas presence with aggressive expansion plans in the region.

Richmond, Virginia-based CarMax is supporting its company-wide growth, digital innovation, and enhanced customer experience via three new local openings: a technology innovation center, auction facility, and remote customer experience center.…

MetroSpaces is Opening a New HQ2 in Dallas

Posted by Alex Edwards

MetroSpaces, a proptech pioneer that’s powered by Dallas-based Shokworks, is creating a new HQ2 in Deep Ellum and bringing on executive hires to support it.

New York-based MetroSpaces will be co-locating at 2904 Commerce along with Shokworks, a tech firm that helps companies go digital-first, and its real estate partner, ELEV8 Locating.…

Dallas-Based Public Safety Company SURVIVR Gets Acquired by InVeris Training Solutions

Posted by Alex Edwards

InVeris Training Solutions, a provider of virtual and live-fire training systems for domestic and international law enforcement customers, has acquired Dallas-based SURVIVR.

Brian Hoang and his co-founder, Marwan Kodeih, originally founded SURVIVR in 2016 as a game development studio called Immosis.…

First Look: Drive Shack Opens Its Debut Puttery Location Friday at Grandscape in The Colony

Posted by David Seeley

Forget everything you know about mini-golf—the sad old Astroturf, the ho-hum windmill, the sullen kid whacking your knee after her ball lips the cup. That all gets blown away Friday when the first-ever Puttery opens at Grandscape in The Colony, just north of Dallas.

Autonomous Trucking Firm Gatik Raises $85M and Expands Operations in AllianceTexas, With 500+ New Jobs Planned by 2025

Posted by David Seeley

Autonomous trucking was already big in North Texas. Well, today it got bigger. Palo Alto-based Gatik announced that it has expanded its customer deployments in Texas and opened a new autonomous trucking facility at the “MIZ”—the Mobility Innovation Zone in Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas.

How AllianceTexas’ Mobility Innovation Zone is Defining the Future of Logistics

Posted by AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone

The mobility and logistics landscape is constantly shifting. From the Pony Express to next-day international delivery, the only constant in logistics is a shift toward speed, reliability and convenience. Innovative entrepreneurs in logistics are always looking over the horizon to understand how to get ahead of the market and create solutions for tomorrow’s demands. 

Why Apple Chose Plano’s Argent Associates for Its Impact Accelerator Program

Posted by David Seeley

When Apple unveiled its first class of 15 Black- and Brown-owned businesses “on the cutting edge of green technology and clean energy,” phones began buzzing at Argent Associates. Apple said the Plano-headquartered company—founded in 1998 by president and CEO Beatriz “Betty” Manetta—”has built its legacy by creating innovative supply chain solutions while keeping its commitment to environmental protection.”

Frisco-Based Antuit.ai to Be Acquired By Zebra Technologies

Posted by Alex Edwards

Zebra Technologies, which offers front-line solutions to help businesses achieve a performance edge, announced today that it plans to acquire Frisco-based Antuit.ai.

The transaction is expected to close this year, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms were not disclosed.

The addition of Antuit.ai…

Dallas-Based Digital Health Solutions Company Recuro Raises $15M Series A Round to Build Its Growth

Posted by Alex Edwards

Just months after launching in March with a $2.9 million oversubscribed funding round, Dallas-based Recuro Health has brought in more capital to continue accelerating its growth.

The digital health solutions company has raised $15 million in Series A financing led by ARCH Venture Partners, a Chicago-based early-stage venture firm focused on investing in life science pioneers.…

Dallas’ Prebiotic Pop Brand Raises $13M From CAVU Ventures and Celebs Like Halsey, Russell Westbrook, and More

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based prebiotic beverage brand Poppi is taking on “big soda” with its clean, better-for-you product options—and it’s gotten some star-powered backing to do so.

Poppi today announced a $13 million funding round to expand distribution, scale its internal team, and invest in more marketing opportunities.…

The [email protected] Offers BIG iDEA DALLAS Program for Black Founders

Posted by David Seeley

The [email protected], an entrepreneurial hub for Southern Dallas, wants to help local Black founders launch the next big idea in business. So it’s offering BIG iDEA DALLAS, an intensive seven-week program to help propel them from an idea to “a successful, market-validated business concept.”

DI People: Kimberly-Clark, Cyber Defense Labs, Signify Health, and More Make Moves

Posted by Alex Edwards

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people for leadership positions.

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.…

Dallas’ MyndVR and Healing HealthCare Systems Offer Virtual Escapes for Seniors and Care Home Residents

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas-based MyndVR, a leading provider of virtual reality solutions for seniors and “active agers,” has partnered with Healing HealthCare Systems to offer Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment VRx (C.A.R.E.) to residents who use the MyndVR system at senior and memory care communities, assisted living centers, hospice care, and in the home. 

Plano-Based Masergy Is Acquired by Comcast Business

Posted by Alex Edwards

Philadelphia-headquartered Comcast Business, the country’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses, has signed an agreement to acquire local networking services provider Masergy.

The deal will accelerate Comcast Business’ growing effort to serve more large and mid-size companies, according to a news release.…

How UT Dallas’ ATEC Is Turning Its Students Into Animation and Game Design Rock Stars 

Posted by Alex Edwards

There’s a huge demand in the field of animation and game design, according to UTD’s Tim Lewis. That’s especially apparent in Dallas-Fort Worth, and he says it’s only going to continue.

Lewis is an assistant professor of instruction in The University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC)—a multidisciplinary academic research school with programs that build upon the creative disciplines of science, technology, art, engineering, and management.…

Fort Worth’s Skeeter Hawk Is Out to Conquer Mosquitoes For Labor Day Weekend and Beyond

Posted by David Seeley

One summer day in 2012, Brandon Roach blasted his 4-year-old son Gable with clouds of mosquito repellant. He was worried about Gable catching the West Nile virus in their Keller, Texas, back yard. Then he worried about all the chemicals Gable was slathered in every time he dashed outside.

DFW Orgs Team Up to Offer Certification Classes in Logistics to Unemployed Texans

Posted by Alex Edwards

Two Dallas-based organizations—READYTOWORK and Aspire—have formed a nonprofit/for-profit collaboration to build a robust workforce for the fast-growing logistics sector in Texas.

READYTOWORK, an affiliate of On-Target Supplies & Logistics (OTSL), is a workforce training and development organization that specializes in certifications for the logistics industry.…

Dallas-Based BreachQuest Emerges From Stealth With $4.4M in Seed Funding From the Founders of Tinder and Other Leading Investors

Posted by Alex Edwards

A new startup in Dallas emerged from stealth today with $4.4 million in seed funding and a goal of modernizing incident response.

BreachQuest is a cybersecurity firm that’s building the “first modern incident response platform.” Called PRIORI, the tech will pair with top industry talent to offer a more intelligent and seamless scoping, remediation, and recovery experience.…

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Is Leading 7- Eleven’s ‘Superfan Influencer Team’ With Juju Smith-Schuster and Erin Andrews

Posted by David Seeley

Usually only NFL players can get drafted. Now NFL fans will get the chance too—by trying to join Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Pittsburgh Steeler WR Juju Smith-Schuster, and ESPN NFL sideline reporter Erin Andrews on 7-Eleven’s “Superfan Influencer Team.”

The three celebs each have millions of social media followers.…