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‘Innovation Meets Investment’: Venture Dallas Sets Sights on National Stage with New Branding, Expanded 2023 Summit

by | Sep 27, 2023
The rebrand "marks the start of our next chapter of growth," says Venture Dallas Chair Aaron Pierce. The nonprofit's 2023 summit, backed by JPMorgan Chase and Perot Jain, is set for October 25.
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The Last Word: LCM Group’s David Luttrell on Why Family Offices Should Look at Startups
by | Mar 16, 2023
In our recent 2023 issue of Dallas Innovates magazine, we reported on a panel discussion about family investment offices that was held late last year at the annual Venture Dallas conference. During the panel session, Luttrell spoke about the single-family-office LCM Group, and how it views startups as driving innovation.
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Troy Aikman on Launching EIGHT Beer, How Meditation Changed Him, and Why the Right People Matter More Than a Great Idea
by | Nov 17, 2022
Troy Aikman spoke in a fireside chat at the Venture Dallas conference last week with Ameeth Sankaran, CEO of Religion of Sports. Here's what he shared on his businesses past and present; how Roger Staubach inspired his post-NFL life; his advice on choosing your team; and the importance of wellness for both life and work. "If you don't feel good, it's hard to do good," Aikman said. "I feel the best I've ever felt, and I'm probably doing the best good that I've ever done."
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‘It’s a Different World Out There’: Investors Share Their Insights on the Changing Funding Landscape
by | Nov 14, 2022
At the recent Venture Dallas conference, a panel of leading investors talked market trends and shared insights to help those on both sides of the cap table. Here are key takeaways—from tips for fundraising founders to what startups need to offer to what makes Dallas an exciting place to invest. “As an entrepreneur, just hustle. Don't take ‘No’ for an answer. You're going to get a lot of ‘No’s,’ so just keep at it," said Pialy Aditya, chief strategy officer at Republic.
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How Axxess’ John Olajide Built a Bootstrapped Unicorn in Dallas

Axxess founder John Olajide built his Dallas-based healthcare tech company from a fledgling startup in 2007 to a global company with 1,000 employees serving 3 million-plus patients. But the journey getting there wasn’t a straightforward path. 

He tells his own story to inspire others and strengthen the ecosystem. And he's confident that "we'll be celebrating several more unicorns going forward."
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Anurag Jain Shares the Seven Trends Shaping Innovation and His Investment Strategy
by | Nov 8, 2022
Anurag Jain and longtime business partner Ross Perot Jr. talked about the region's high growth with a roundup of innovators and investors at Circle T Ranch in Fort Worth's AllianceTexas development. The VIP reception was the prelude to the 2022 Venture Dallas conference—and one of the most coveted invitations in town.
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Tech Talk and ‘Meaningful Connections’: 10 Takeaways From Venture Dallas 2022
by | Nov 7, 2022
At last week's Venture Dallas conference, more than 400 VCs, angel investors, startups, and business leaders gathered for a showcase of North Texas' entrepreneurial and venture ecosystem. Here's a look at the highlights—from Troy Aikman saying "There are no shortcuts" to Alto Founder Will Coleman on the power of doing "the opposite" to Mark Cuban's "ready, fire, aim" approach. “Regions like Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth, we’re the model for the rest of the nation on how to get things done," Ross Perot Jr. said at the conference kickoff.
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‘I’ve Never Been More Bullish on Our Region’: Longtime Dallas Investor Aaron Pierce Joins Perot Jain as Partner
by | Oct 12, 2022
Aaron Pierce, the co-founder and board chair of Venture Dallas, has a deep investment background and a history of supporting the local entrepreneurial community. As partner at Perot Jain, his role is "all encompassing." One item on his agenda is overseeing the firm's investments in Major League Cricket—along with managing the firm's investment portfolio of more than 60 companies.

“We have the ingredients required to be a major player in the national investment landscape," Pierce says, "especially as the family office and private investment focus grows from funds to direct investments in venture-backed companies.”
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Venture Dallas’ Event Sponsors Prepare for 34-Day Virtual Pitch Conference
by | Sep 9, 2020
Meet the supporters of Venture Dallas' upcoming month-long virtual experience that connects Texas founders with active investors. They say now is an ideal time to build the startup ecosystem, investment opportunities, and new relationships.
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Venture Dallas Announces Month-Long Virtual Experience to Connect Texas Startups and Investors Across the Country
by | Aug 5, 2020
Venture Dallas 2020 is "not your typical virtual conference." The 34-day event is an experience—one that will connect companies and investors with a curated networking platform. Applications are now open to participate.
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Venture Dallas: Big-Name Speakers Talk Tech, Funding, and Growth in Dallas-Fort Worth
Read about what you may have missed from panels and individual presentations.
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Venture Dallas: Emmitt Smith on Why Retirement is Overrated, Off-Season is Key, and DFW is the ‘Center of the Universe’

Here's how one man rose from hardscrabble beginnings to build a career in sports and real estate.
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Venture Dallas: A Look at the Industries Dallas-Fort Worth May Dominate Down the Road
by | Sep 12, 2019
Entrepreneurs and investors at the Venture Dallas conference this week painted pictures of four fields with which this region may be synonymous one day. Video games are involved.
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Venture Dallas Kicks Off With One-on-One Meetings at Capital Factory
by | Sep 11, 2019
Some 80 entrepreneurs and investors gathered at Capital Factory for custom-tailored meetings during Day 1 of Venture Dallas. Here's how it went.
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Venture Dallas: Inaugural Tech Summit Will Highlight North Texas as an Investment Catalyst
by | Sep 6, 2019
Hear from the nine members of Venture Dallas' host committee on why the investment-focused event matters in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.
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