Dallas Startup Week Calendar: Wednesday, April 5

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Dallas Startup Week 2017 runs through April 7, and we couldn’t be more excited! In fact, we’re so excited about all the events that we decided to put together our own calendar, which we thought you might like, too. And we’ve added a registration link to all the events listed.

An interactive calendar can be viewed at Dallas Startup Week’s site and there’s an app you can download on your phone. Be sure to double check dates, times, and venues, in case there are changes.

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Here are the events planned for Wednesday.  


8:30 – 10 a.m.  
Social Media Event Series and Video Walk: Editing iPhone Videos on iOS and Mac  
Apple – Knox Street Boardroom, 3101 Knox St., in Dallas  

Join Sports Photographer/Apple Creative Cindy Boyd and Apple Creative Lexi Hart for a video walk and editing session to learn tips and best practices on how to take live photos and videos with your iPhone. We will cover sharing features on your iPhone, iPad and Mac for your business to stay engaged with followers on your social media networks including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and more! 

8:30 – 10 a.m.  
The Pulse: Hospital Innovation and Startups  
Health Wildcatters, 1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas 

Hospitals are at the forefront of healthcare innovation regarding care delivery and the patient experience. The fireside chat will include how Cook Children’s and Baylor Scott and White are addressing this challenge. 

9 – 10 a.m. 
1 Million Cups  
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St. Suite 200, in Dallas 

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisers. 

9 – 10 a.m.  
CIO Roundtable: What is the future of Innovation at Corporations and How Can Entrepreneurs be Involved  
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas  

Corporations are constantly trying to figure out how they should innovate for their future. Every organization is looking how to compete in this current economy and corporations are no different. These CIO’s are working to help develop the strategy and vision for the future of their organizations. Come and hear what corporations are doing to help develop plans for innovation within their companies and also how these innovative leaders are looking to engage entrepreneurs and startups to help them plan for the future. This session is a must for entrepreneurs who have solutions to support corporations develop, compete, and provide solutions for their organizations. 

9 – 5 p.m.  
Free Coworking (for pre-registered attendees only)  
Location TBD  

All attendees who pre-register will receive information on the free coworking schedule for the week when they come to pick up their badges. Don’t forget to register early to have access to these perks!  

9 – 5 p.m.  
Free Coworking: The Dallas Entrepreneur Center  
311 N. Market St. Suite 200, in Dallas  

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) is a coworking space and 501c3 non-profit created to help entrepreneurs start, build, and grow companies through education, mentorship, and community. 
Come join The DEC for free coworking this Wednesday following 1 Million Cups!  

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
Free Coworking @ Health Wildcatters  
1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas  

You need an office you can be excited about. For a limited time, Health Wildcatters is offering a free week to find out what coworking is really like. What do you have to lose? 

10 a.m. – Noon  
Mentor Sessions  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

Meet one on one with experts and members of the Dallas business community! Read the member bios below and follow the link to slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes – arrive on time to check in! 
Sign up here: https://slotted.co/dsw17mentorsessions/ 

Chelsie Spencer | Partner | Kennedy Law 
Chelsie Spencer is a partner with Kennedy Law, LLP. Her practice model focuses on a balance of transactional and litigation work in intellectual property matters and complex commercial disputes. On the transactional side, Spencer routinely advises clients on securing federal registrations of their trademarks and copyrights. She has secured registration of multiple federal trademarks and copyrights for her clients. Spencer has negotiated and drafted licensing agreements for a variety of industries, including record labels, publishing companies, authors, and other content providers.   
Dayakar Puskoor | Managing Partner | Naya Ventures 

Jennifer Trujillo |English III/Humanities Teacher | DISD 

Ron Dagdag | Lead Software Engineer | thyssenkrupp 

Michael Pratt | CEO, Co-founder | Panamplify
Michael Pratt is the Co-founder and CEO of Panamplify, a company using artificial intelligence to automate report building for marketing agencies. Panamplify was born out of insights identified while running Extra Sauce, the digital marketing agency he founded in 2010. In a previous life, Pratt ran the Media, Telecommunication and Entertainment proprietary trading desk at Goldman Sachs for 10 years before forming the statistical arbitrage hedge fund Modulus Capital in 2005. After a long career in finance, he went back to first love digital and started Extra Sauce. Along the way, Pratt founded the 4,000 member professional organization Digital Dallas after relocating from New York. He has a degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers he received an MBA in finance from Duke University. Pratt currently resides in Dallas with his wife Erica and sons Harry and Jack. 
Tisha Dodge | Attorney, Founder | Start Up Great Good 
Tisha Dodge believes an entrepreneur can make a profit and serve a greater good.  

Her practice areas include: business law, employment law, intellectual property, and Internet law known as cybersquatting (domain name disputes). Dodge is able to assist you with legal advice as a lawyer and with practical advice as a fellow business owner who developed her own law firm through entrepreneurial classes and one-on-one counseling in 2006. By the end of her first year in business, she was able to double her income. She now volunteers for non-profit organizations to help other business owners to achieve the same success and to give back to the community that helped her. Since 2006 she has been regularly educating small business owners locally with informative seminars. Dodge has also been selected to assist in national conference training for small business development professionals (sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration) from across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America in 2012-2016. 

Charles Read | President, CEO | GetPayroll, SIMON   
Charles Read is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with more than fifty years of financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries, as well as a licensed CPA. His extensive background stretches across accounting, tax, manufacturing, construction, information technology, marketing, transportation, logistics, human resources, wholesale distribution, insurance, credit, and more. He is a US Tax Court Non-Attorney Practitioner which enables him to represent clients in the US Tax Court without being an attorney.   
Read is not the typical CPA. He leverages his education, experience, and hard-earned wisdom to connect with individuals at every level within an organization. With a wealth of expertise as a CEO, CFO, COO, teacher, and consultant working in domestic and international markets, Charles is able to intuitively understand what a business needs to succeed and assist with laying out a strategic road-map to accomplish that vision.   

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
QA in Residence  
Fort Work, 211 N. Ervay St. Suite 900, in Dallas  

QA Consultants, an award-winning provider of software testing and quality assurance solutions, recently launched its U.S. headquarters in Dallas.  Please join QA Consultants during Dallas Startup Week to showcase the value of independent QA and capabilities of professional software testers as QA Consultants provides free QA for your products.  If you have an APP, an MVP, a website, or other software you can bring us, QA Consultants will provide up to 1 hour of free software testing, consulting, or analysis of the product.  Even if you don’t have a product yet or one that’s not portable, stop by to talk about your QA strategy, how you plan to test the products, or other related topics like cross device compatibility testing, usability, performance, and security.    

QA Consultants is an independent QA services firm dedicated to 100 percent onshore QA services.  QA Consultants practitioners live for tough QA challenges and are eager to support all types of products and applications.  QA Consultants engagements include large managed services for enterprises and “On Demand” services for Startups where you only pay for the testing consumed. 

10:30 a.m. – Noon  
5 Key Components of Cause Marketing  
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas 

Whether you are in the non-profit or for profit realm, Nick Marino, Jr, will provide what he considers the five key components that every marketer should master in order to have a successful brand and make a positive impact. Named as a Top Texan Under 30 in 2016, Marino is focused on making an everlasting impact in his community through his work as the Director of Social Change at TangoTab, a company that is working to end hunger in America. 

Noon – 2 p.m.  
Share Your Founder Story!  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

Chase for Business invites you to share your defining moments as an entrepreneur through “Founder Stories” –  a video series dedicated to shining a light on business owners in the startup community. 

Visit #ChaseBasecamp and be prepared to answer brief questions regarding your business journey. Your responses may be shared across Chase’s digital and social channels to help other business owners. 

Follow @chaseforbiz or visit www.chase.com/forbusiness for great Startup Week and other business content. 


  • Why did you start your business? 
  • What’s been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome? 
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring entrepreneur?  

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  

Teaming Up with Radio, Media and Advertisers to Get Exposure for Your Brand  
SPACES – McKinney, 1919 Mckinney Ave. Suites 100 and 200, in Dallas 

How do I obtain sponsorship? What is the best way to spend  my money to get my music out there? How do I go about getting in touch with the media and bloggers to further my business? These questions and much more are addressed in a discussion about local and national online radio. 

1 – 2 p.m.  
Let it Snow in Virtual Reality Web: Bringing 3D & VR into HTML with JavaScript  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

This session will start out with a discussion of what A-Frame and WebVR is, why you should use it, and when to use it. Then will look at some A-Frame code to learn the basic concepts and features. Be amazed how easy WebVR can be integrated into your IoT and Robotics projects with this IoT Snow Globe and Earth Rover demo. By the end of this presentation you should have enough information to get started writing your own WebVR applications. 

1 – 2:30 p.m.  
Power of Creative Partnerships  
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas  

Find out how creative brand partnerships can unlock new markets, sales streams, and provide win/win results. Hear answers to questions like what to look for in a partner,and how you can build a co-branding strategy in your current network. Discover how picking the “right” partner can transform your business. 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  
How Working Remotely Brings Us Together: Breaking Down Barriers  
Barista Ventures, 211 N. Ervay St. 11th Floor, in Dallas  

Globalization and the advent of an international and remote workforce has the potential to bring the world together in ways never before imagined. But to successfully break down the barriers that separate us, we must learn from our travels and the people we meet. This interactive event will explore the interplay of the seemingly contradictory elements of travel–recognizing differences and celebrating similarities. 

Globekick will be giving away a 2 week “mini-kick” during Dallas Startup Week.  This trip, valued at $2K, gives the participant housing, co-working space, yoga classes, one group dinner, and one group field trip with the full community.  This giveaway can be used in any partnering Globekick city. 

1:30 – 3 p.m.  
How to Raise $10,000 to $1 Million For Your Project  
Location TBD  

Getting a deal in the Entertainment Industry can be tricky. Come learn how to obtain your core fan base, build your team, attract investors, and raise money all whilst keeping a budget.  

2 – 3 p.m.  
How Dallas Startups are making Airbnb Safer, Easier to Book and Simpler to Manage  
DevMountain, 500 Ervay St. Suite 101, in Dallas  

Despite Airbnb’s increasing popularity, many consumers have yet to warm up to the idea of staying in a stranger’s home. In this panel, you will hear from two Dallas Startups who are working on bridging the gap to make Airbnbs safer and easier to use, for both consumers and for Airbnb owners. 

2 – 3 p.m.  
Selling into the Restaurant Industry  
Location TBD  

The restaurant industry moves at an incredibly fast pace, figuring out how to get a few minutes to pitch your product or service can be daunting. Regardless of your tenure as a salesman, selling to restaurants will take some time to figure out. Panelists will discuss their experiences and challenges in closing business working with this unique industry. 

2 – 5 p.m.  
Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Applications for Business, from trailblazing Dallas companies  
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas  

Format for this event:  
2:00 to 2:45pm – Panel, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality for Business by trailblazing Dallas companies 
2:45pm to 5pm – Showcase, 12 trailblazing Dallas companies creating VR/AR for Business 
Come hear leaders of local VR and AR companies explain real world applications of VR and AR technology for a range of business applications, from marketing and retail to real estate! 

3 – 4 p.m.  
Restaurants, Rewards & the State of Payment: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of LevelUp 
750 N. St. Paul St., in Dallas  

Seth Priebatsch calls himself the Chief Ninja at LevelUp, a five year old startup that’s helping power the technology behind Chase Pay’s order ahead and pay at thousands of restaurants. In this fireside chat, Seth will share his innovation journey, his leadership style and payment trends. 

3 – 4:30 p.m.  
Entrepreneurial Mindsets: A Conversation with Four Generations  
Health Wildcatters, 1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas  

Four generations of leaders discuss employee engagement, customer experience, and leadership for startups. 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  
The Benefits of Global Community: How Sound Travels in the Startup World 
The Centrum, 3102 Oak Lawn 5th Floor, in Dallas   

In true start up fashion, Sofar Sounds was born in a living room.  Join for an hour of conversation with the Director of the DFW branch of this company to hear about how they’ve set themselves apart as leaders of the live music industry and linked up with brands such as Airbnb. The event explores how to create a global community and how this has a lasting impact on the growth and creativity of a new start up in the modern world. 


4 – 5 p.m.  
Questions Answered: VCs in DFW  
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas  

The availability of capital is a key ingredient in any startup ecosystem. Bring your hardest fundraising questions and join this interactive discussion with five local venture capitals who will share their thoughts on the state of Dallas’ ecosystem, raising capital, and what Dallas needs to do to attract even more. 

4 – 5 p.m.  
ShopTalk: What Are Boutique Buyers REALLY Looking For? The Secret to Retail Success  
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas 

Local boutique owners discuss candidly what they look for when sourcing for their stores. This is the perfect session for fashion designers, accessory designers, product creators and more. Hear firsthand from successful store owners on what they look for when working with designers, how they buy for their targeted demographic, and what you need to do in order to have a successful buyer’s meeting.

5 – 6 p.m.  
Don Julio Happy Hour – Chase Basecamp  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas 

6 – 9 p.m.  
4th Annual State of Entrepreneurship  
The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., in Dallas  

Dallas was built with a can-do spirit and enterprising attitude. That’s why The Dallas Entrepreneur Center is proud to host the Fourth Annual State of Entrepreneurship event bringing together a dynamic network of local and national business leaders as we celebrate our city’s growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and share a recap of some of the big news and events from 2016. 
The DEC invites you to join us for an evening of what’s sure to be filled with many laughs, drinks, and an exciting recap of what’s taken place over the last year in the Dallas Startup Community! 
For tickets, click here. See you soon! 
Don’t forget to tag #SOETX17 on all of your posts. 


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