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AllianceTexas at 35: How a Pioneering Vision Led to a $120 Billion Game Changer

by | Feb 8, 2024
When Ross Perot Jr. and Mike Berry were in their mid-20s, they set out to defy skeptics and fast-track a first-of-its-kind industrial airport in North Fort Worth. Today, AllianceTexas stands as a 27,000-acre global nexus fueled by that same trailblazing spirit—and public-private collaboration on a grand scale.
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Next Chapter: University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk Announces Plans to Step Down
by | Feb 6, 2024
Neal Smatresk's decade at UNT sparked big changes and growth, boosting its standing in academics and research. From "record-breaking enrollment" to "making UNT the highest-ranked Tier One institution in the North Texas region," his tenure marks transformation across multiple fronts.
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The Last Word: Brooke Hart Jones on Getting Her HBCyoU Dolls Into Top Retailer Brands
by | Nov 30, 2023
After Brooke Hart Jones graduated from Dallas' Kimball High School, she became the third generation in her family to attend an historically black college or university (HBCU), getting a finance degree from Hampton University in Virginia. Now she's putting that degree to use—and inspiring a new generation of future HBCU hopefuls—with her line of HBCyoU Dolls.
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Frontier Communications Partners with Amazon’s eero on ‘Future of Fast’ Wi-Fi
by | Nov 8, 2023
Whether you're downloading a movie or editing one yourself in your home office, Wi-Fi speed is everything. Frontier—the telecommunications giant that announced its HQ move to Dallas in September—aims to kick that speed up a notch with eero's first mesh Wi-Fi 7 system.
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Competitive Edge: 4 Former Athletes Bringing Their A-Games to Startups

by | Sep 28, 2023
A former Yale track captain and three NFL vets—including two Dallas Cowboys—talk frankly about their entrepreneurial journeys from playing field to founder.
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How Selling in Amazon’s Store Fuels Local Businesses and Personal Passions
Amazon's "Sellers in Your Community" program lets entrepreneurs and small businesses share their stories with local leaders, creating more awareness and opportunity. Meet two Dallas-area founders who have big visions and philanthropic purpose.
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Amazon Hiring 13,000 New Workers in DFW for Coming Holiday Crush
by | Sep 20, 2023
The DFW hires will be part of the 250,000 employees the company aims to bring on board throughout the U.S. in full-time, seasonal, and part-time roles across its operations network. Amazon has roughly 20 facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and said that more than 28,000 of the new workers will be in Texas.
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The Last Word: Sentiero Ventures’ David Evans On Why Jeff Bezos’ ‘Customer Obsession’ Is a Good Idea for Startups

"Everyone by now has seen the video of Jeff Bezos just repeatedly saying 'customer' and his customer obsession is a well known part of Amazon lore," Evans wrote today in a LinkedIn post. "But what amazes me is how few companies think about customer success as a core function and just something 'we have to do once we get bigger,'" he adds.
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The Last Word: Retail Expert Steve Dennis On the AI-Led Demise of ‘Mediocre Middle’
“The potential shifts made possible by generative AI (and related technologies) do seem fundamentally more game-changing, while illustrating that disruption continues to happen more exponentially than linearly," Steve Dennis said in an email promoting his "Retail Apocalypse" podcast.
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The Last Word: Why Six Flags Will Become the First Theme Park to Use Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Technology
by | May 31, 2023
Arlington-based Six Flags Entertainment wants to make it easier for its guests to buy food and drinks in a frictionless way. So it's partnering with Amazon and Coca-Cola on a joint venture to pilot Amazon's Just Walk Out technology at a New Jersey Six Flags theme park beginning June 1. 
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Unleashed Brands Expands Leadership Team, Adds New Role of Chief Development Officer
by | Apr 28, 2023
Slemons, an experienced retail real estate developer, spent more than 10 years at Starbucks and Amazon in key retail leadership positions. The position expands the Unleashed leadership team and is intended to help franchisees who have recently signed franchise agreements to find the best real estate, secure leases, and get units opened quickly.
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Aaron Lobliner is CataBoom's first chief client officer and a member of the executive team.

Gamification Startup CataBoom Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Client Officer

by | Feb 23, 2023

Aaron Lobliner has been named as the first chief client officer and a member of the executive team at Richardon-based Cataboom, a leader in gamification and incentivized engagements.

He will oversee account leadership, business development, and marketing, the company said.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Aaron to the CataBoom team,” CEO Doug Kramp said in a statement....

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Amazon Clinic Offers ‘Message Board’ Healthcare for Millions in North Texas
by | Nov 17, 2022
Online giant Amazon announced that it is offering a new service called Amazon Clinic that provides virtual "message-based" healthcare for more than 20 minor health conditions, adding another affordable healthcare option for more than 8.5 million people in North Texas. Along with the company's Amazon Pharmacy service, Amazon Clinic joins Mark Cuban's Cost Plus Drug Company as a new, affordable healthcare option for North Texans.
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No Wallet, No Problem: Amazon Expands Palm Payment to DFW Whole Foods Stores
by | Nov 8, 2022
The Amazon One palm recognition service can identify "unique features" on your palm's surface and even vein patterns beneath the skin, enabling you to check out by simply hovering your hand over the device. Currently offered at Whole Foods Markets in Irving and Highland Village, the service is coming to 16 DFW Whole Foods locations in the coming weeks. And for those worried about security and privacy, Amazon says it's got those covered with tech, too.
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Amazon Aims to Hire 6,500 New North Texas Workers, Says Holiday Jobs Could Become ‘Long-Term Careers’
by | Oct 6, 2022
Before long, porches across North Texas will be strung with holiday lights—and covered with delivery boxes. Amazon's hiring push, part of 150,000 new openings across the U.S., comes with signing bonuses of up to $3,000 in select locations, average pay above $19 an hour, and the potential for advancement into "long-term careers." "This year alone, more than 20,000 front-line employees received promotions," says John Felton, the company's SVP of worldwide operations.
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