Dallas Startup Week 2018: Day 2 Roundup

Tuesday's conversations have covered everything from social entrepreneurship's role in nonprofits and inclusive leadership to tips on business growth paths and smart cities tech. 

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Dallas Startup Week is in full swing!

Last night, the startup community gathered at the historic Longhorn Ballroom for drinks, dancing, and live music by Raised Right Men during the official launch party. 

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Raised Right Men performs at the official Dallas Startup Week launch party Monday night at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas. [Photo: Heather Noel]


Before we dive into today’s events, let’s take a look back at some of Monday’s discussions in case you missed them: 

The ongoing conflict between privacy, security, and convenience took center stage during the Monday afternoon fireside chat session.

Debi Stack, the chief evangelist at Anticipatory AI, said the world is in an AI arms race right now where the countries with the most data will come out on top.

And China’s totalitarian government has no qualms about using facial recognition and other artificial intelligence to gather data on its billions of citizens.

“China has an advantage over the U.S. because they don’t have any privacy laws at all,” Stack said. “They have more data than the U.S.”

But concerns about privacy and how to ethically use personal information were also a hot topic. Stack explained that many in the millennial generation understand that they’re trading their information for access.

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Nathan Huey of StackPath (right) talks about emerging trends in cybersecurity Monday during Dallas Startup Week. [Photo: Nicholas Sakelaris]

Brandon Ward, director of user experience at Precocity LLC, said few people ever fully read the privacy policies on new apps. Even the companies that research your DNA to get your family’s origin own that information and can sell it, he said.

He cited one case where a woman was denied employment because her DNA identified a rare genetic condition.

“They sold that data to somebody else,” Ward said. “She can’t do anything about it because she clicked a checkbox.”

And, over at Fair Park, leaders across various sectors of society gathered to talk about equity, poverty, and how to build a more inclusive economy. 

“The conversation always starts with health.”

Vidya Ayyr

“The conversation always starts with health,” said Vidya Ayyr, director of social impact for the Parkland Health System. “If you’re not healthy you can’t go to your office, you can’t go to school, and really if you think about not being healthy you’re not feeding right into the economy. The forefront of those sustainable development conversations is ensuring healthy and productive lives.” 

Doric Earle, managing partner of Forward Planning and Dallas Unity Fund, explained that those preoccupied with their daily financial struggles are often unable to receive the help or information they need.

“A lot of the community gets isolated … Information and knowledge is power, we’ve go to make sure that information is getting to the community in a way that they can consume it,” Earle said. 

The social sector was in focus again Tuesday morning as Dallas-based leaders gathered to talk about the role of social entrepreneurship in nonprofit organizations.

“The difference between charity and social entrepreneurship is realizing that you have to consistently push your impact.”

Suzanne Smith

“The difference between charity and social entrepreneurship is realizing that you have to consistently push your impact,” said Suzanne Smith founder of Social Impact Architects. “Even though you’re an established charity, you have to think about how you can continue to serve your constituents better.”

Katie Kelton has more from the session

Other conversations Tuesday have focused on inclusive leadership, esports, smart cities tech, and business growth paths. 

Incubator and accelerator leaders such as Hubert Zajicek of Health Wildcatters and David Matthews, managing director of RevTech, gathered for a panel examining the question: Can an Accelerator or Incubator Jumpstart your Startup?

The answer likely depends on what your goals are as a startup. Nicholas Sakelaris has their insight here.

There are still a wealth of events to attend this afternoon. Take your pick from an indie game discussion at NoD Coworking, a panel featuring craft brewers and distillers, or another social talk focusing on getting youth involved.

Tonight, there will be a special Dallas Startup Week edition of Dallas New Tech. Darren Woodson, former Dallas Cowboys player and founder of CounterFind will be the featured speaker. 

In January, his startup, which helps businesses defend against counterfeit versions of their products being sold on the internet, received $1 million in venture capital investments

ICYMI: #DSW18 on Twitter


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You Are Only as Good as Your Data


Inclusive Leadership: Building Diverse Teams for Competitive Advantage



Smart Cities: Public-Private Partnerships and Driving IoT Adoption

Innovation by Design: Designing Your Own Future


Women Who Lead: Nina Vaca

A Happy Marriage: Traditional Sports & Esports


Social Good, the New Consumerism


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Check the official schedule here to sign up for events.


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