Archive for the ‘Startup’ Category

Dallas’ Buff City Soap Names Former Topgolf COO Craig Kessler To Be Its New CEO

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.

ICYMI: What’s New and Next in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Today

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

News travels fast, and we’re here to help you keep up.

Every weekday, Dallas Innovates brings you up to date on what you may have missed in the region’s innovation, technology, and impact news. From startup to enterprise, education to invention, and creative to social innovation, here’s our daily mix of what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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.…

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 Services Inc. Offers “First At-Home Solution” For Filling The IVF Cup

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas- and Lubbock-based Reproductive Services 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.…

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. 

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.

RedBird Capital’s Andrew Lauck On Recent Deals, the Firm’s Deep Texas Footprint, and Playing the Long Game

Posted by David Seeley

From the New York Yankees to a Little Caesars franchise near you, RedBird Capital Partners plays the long game. With offices in Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles, the private equity firm manages $5 billion of capital across its sports, financial services, consumer, and telecom/media/tech verticals. 

These North Texas Innovators Had ‘The Last Word’

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

These quotable North Texans inspire, inform, motivate, or simply make us laugh.

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“We’ve been looking forward to putting these vehicles up against the Dallas and Fort Worth summer heat.”

DI People: Exxon Mobil, Hyosung America, Medecision, Brinks Home, 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.…

Amazon Goes Electric in Fort Worth, Delivering With Rivian EVs

Posted by David Seeley

This story was updated on July 30, 2021, with additional photos and details.

If you’re in Fort Worth and hear an Amazon van hum by, you’re hearing the future. Amazon has begun testing custom electric vans on delivery routes from its Southwest Fort Worth station.

Dallas Invents: 111 Patents Granted for Week of July 6

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. 

Meet the Entrepreneurs Who Took Home Funding at Impact Ventures’ Startup Showcase

Posted by Alex Edwards

Impact Ventures is a Dallas-based startup accelerator that’s best known for empowering women and communities of color by creating more diverse and inclusive ecosystems. To do so, the nonprofit boosts underestimated entrepreneurs through its cohort programs and tech career pathways. It also hosts a bi-annual flagship event that offers access to capital for founders who are often overlooked: The Startup Showcase.

Dallas Veteran Launches Laundry On Demand Platform, Raises Funds With SMBX Small Business Bonds 

Posted by David Seeley

If you hire people to mow your lawn, change your oil, and mop your floor, James Chandler has a question: Why are you still running three loads of laundry and ending up with white shirts turned pink?

“Laundry is dumb,” Chandler says.…

DI People: Lennox International, Hillwood, Fossil Group, 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.…

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Here Are 15-Plus Opportunities for Dallas Innovators

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas is a big place, with plenty of opportunities. 

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, recognition programs, and available grants innovators can apply for. Keep in mind that application information may change at any time, so check the official websites for the latest details.…

Three Dallas-Area Companies Make the IDG Insider Pro and Computerworld ‘Best Places to Work in IT’ List

Posted by Alex Edwards

As companies begin to reshape the traditional workplace model and innovate their approach to employee gratification, many are turning to benefits outside the office to attract and retain top talent. According to IDG’s Insider Pro, what’s key to being an attractive company is “remuneration and benefits”—and some do it better than their competitors.

This ‘Blue Collar Analytics Company’ Delivers AI and ML Solutions For ‘People Who Work Hard’

Posted by Sandra Engelland

John Hancock calls Parasanti “the blue-collar analytics company”: It delivers AI and machine learning solutions to people who work hard.

Co-founded by Hancock in 2019, Dallas-based Parasanti provides analytics tools for the defense, agriculture, oil and gas, and (soon) space industries.…