Patented: Netflix’s Streaming Media Techniques and More North Texas Inventive Activity

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 9 for patents out of 250 metros for the week of June 4, 2024. 153 patents granted include: 7-Eleven's feedback and training for a machine learning algorithm configured to determine customer purchases during a shopping session at a physical store, Apple's enhanced RACH (random access channel) design for 5G CIoT (cellular internet of things), ATT Intellectual Property I's facilitation of voice over new radio for 5G or other next generation network, Avohdah's automated gesture identification using neural networks, Bank of America's dynamic unauthorized activity detection, and more.
Apple Executive Joins Board of Irving’s Neovia Logistics
by | Mar 8, 2024

Irving-based global contract logistics provider Neovia Logistics has appointed Apple executive Gerard Macken to its board of directors.

According to Neovia, Macken has held a variety of executive leadership positions overseeing logistics and supply chains, most recently as senior director, Worldwide Logistics and Supply Chain for Apple.

“Gerard brings a wealth of industry experience, know-how, and expertise to Neovia,” Board Chairman Carlos Rodriguez said in a statement, adding that Macken “will be a tremendous asset to the board and the company’s executive leadership team” as Neovia continues its focus on growth and expanding its global customer base....

Fort Worth’s PMG Acquires Dallas-Based Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media
by | Oct 12, 2023

Fort Worth-based PMG has acquired Dallas-based Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media, one of the largest independent agency buyers of video, OTT, and CTV, and leaders across business and marketing transformation for more than 40 years....

The Last Word: Steve Case On a “Once in a Lifetime” Kind of Opportunity
by | Sep 15, 2023
Investor and tech pioneer Steve Case, best known as the co-founder and former CEO of AOL, made this call to action yesterday while visiting North Texas at Dallas Startup Week in Frisco. The pandemic "created an opening that's a unique, maybe even once-in-a-lifetime, kind of opportunity," he added.

From ‘Smart’ Exercise Bands to Glasses That Monitor Your Heart: Demo Day at the Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator

Meet the 10 promising startups that took the stage to demonstrate their potential to disrupt healthcare.
Finisar Considers $3 Billion Semiconductor Expansion Project in Sherman
by | Dec 7, 2022
A new plant, an expansion to its current 76-acre site, would produce wafers for semiconductor chips and create 700 jobs.
Maintenance Marketplace Startup Stellar Has Eyes on ‘Next Phase of Growth’ With New Name and New CTO
by | Oct 20, 2022
Dallas-based Stellar connects contractors with property managers in the single-family rental market. With $15M in funding to date, it's punching up its tech with new CTO Renaud Casanova—whose Silicon Valley background includes stints with Facebook and the San Francisco 49ers. "We're on a continued trajectory to build world-class software to power one of the market’s top managed maintenance marketplaces," says Founder and CEO Dustin Marx.
Sherman Picked for New $5B Silicon Wafer Plant, Bringing 1,500 New Jobs to North Texas
by | Jun 27, 2022
Beating out potential sites in Ohio and South Korea, the city of Sherman was selected today by GlobiTech for a new $5 billion, 3.2 million-square-foot silicon wafer facility. The plant could eventually produce more than 1 million silicon wafers monthly when production begins by 2025. It's Sherman's second big manufacturing win in a month. Just weeks ago, Texas Instruments broke ground in the city on new semiconductor wafer fabrication plants with a potential $30 billion investment.

Firm Bringing Major Retail Brands to Dallas Is Acquired by Public Company

by | May 4, 2022
Dallas-based Open Realty—a retail-focused real estate investment firm that's helped companies like Apple, Warby Parker, and Bonobos bring brick-and-mortar stores to North Texas—has been acquired by New York-based Newmark Group. Open Realty will now join Newmark's retail services business, joining the public company's global team of more than 6,300 worldwide.
With a New CEO at the Helm, Bottle Rocket Creates Three Leadership Roles
by | Apr 29, 2022
Addison-based Bottle Rocket has promoted three execs into the new roles as it eyes continued growth.

The leadership moves come after the experience consultancy and app maker began the year with a new CEO. Founder and former top executive Calvin Carter is working on a new, stealthy venture called Talon Labs.
Why Apple Chose Plano’s Argent Associates for Its Impact Accelerator Program
by | Aug 30, 2021
Apple selected Argent Associates to be one of the 15 Black- and Brown-owned businesses on its first-ever Impact Accelerator class. The goal: combating systemic barriers to opportunity, while advancing innovative solutions for communities most impacted by climate change. Founder and CEO Beatriz "Betty" Manetta reveals the secret to her company's success.
Apple Invests $410M in II-VI Inc., Supporting 700+ Jobs in Sherman and Other U.S. Cities
by | May 5, 2021
The optical tech firm produces iPhone laser technology that powers Face ID, Memoji, Animoji, and Portrait Mode selfies.

Follow the Money: Swych Sells Majority Stake; PICKUP Nets $5M; Sabre Agrees to $350M Deal for Farelogix

by | Nov 15, 2018
You’ll also find D.R. Horton, Finisar, Mr. Cooper, Mark Cuban, Pacific Union Financial, KAI Texas, Savhera PBC, HIG Holdings, Crestline Capital, Southlake Equity Group, and Texas Pride Impact Funds in this roundup of investment, merger, and acquisition activity by investors and companies with ties to North Texas.
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Distracted Driving: EdgeTensor’s AI Tech Keeps Drivers on the Alert
by | Sep 18, 2018
The “edge” in EdgeTensor comes from its use of Edge computing to drive the Dallas-based startup's technology.
Apple Investment Will Help Finisar Open Sherman Plant, Create 500 Jobs
by | Dec 14, 2017
The Sherman facility will be transformed into a high-tech center developing VCSEL chips and is expected to open in the second half of 2018.
Dallas Invents: 74 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 24
Patents secured range from Amazon's inter-service network communication optimization to Robokind's system and method for controlling animated characters for lifelike interactions to Health Happy Pets' method for creating an animal litter that detects health conditions in felines.