Thought Leaders: Dallas Innovates 2020 The Magazine

Musings on innovation from the region's paradigm-shifting companies and organizations.

In Dallas Innovates 2020: The Magazine, we heard from some of North Texas’ paradigm-shifting companies and organizations. These ten local leaders discuss how their companies continue to innovate, how their industries have changed, and what’s next for them in our special advertising section. Our Thought Leaders stories range from tech-focused financial services companies (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of Texas) to innovation centers (C1 Innovation Lab) to business-focused organizations (Allen Economic Development Corporation, Collin County Business Alliance).


Founded in 2008, 900lbs is a future-focused interactive design agency with a mission to serve and empower its clients and industry trailblazers.

[Image: Courtesy 900lbs]

Allen Economic Development Corporation

The Allen Economic Development Corporation is charged with facilitating company relocations and assisting the expansion of existing businesses, which creates jobs and generates additional tax revenue for the community.

Watters Creek, Allen, Texas [Image: Courtesy Allen Economic Development Corporation]

Bank of Texas

Bank of Texas offers nationally competitive financial products and services, delivered by talented employees who are local decision makers deeply committed to the communities they serve.

[Image: Courtesy Bank of Texas]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, C1 Innovation Lab

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, C1 Innovation Lab serves millions of Texans daily with their healthcare challenges. Factors surrounding a person’s social determinants of health—such as access to healthcare services, transportation, safe housing and economic opportunities, among others—can negatively impact their health status. While this serves as a major challenge in healthcare, BCBSTX awarded more than $1.6 million in grants statewide to support 17 community-based organizations addressing social factors that impact health.

[Image: Courtesy Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, C1 Innovation Lab]

Collin County Business Alliance

CCBA was born in 2011, out of the idea that vibrant businesses and vibrant communities go hand in hand. The alliance includes business leaders who believe they have a responsibility to take action now to ensure that their already successful county has an even brighter future.

Sanjiv Yajnik [Image: Courtesy Collin County Business Alliance/Grant Miller Photography]


Interrogating situations, discovering opportunities, and developing intuitive solutions, Corgan designs spaces and novel experiences that chase new ideas and proactively confront the hardest, most vital questions facing their clients, their profession, and their culture.

[Image: Courtesy Corgan]

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an education program for small businesses that links learning to action. 10,000 Small Businesses (10ksb) is an investment funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.

[Image: Courtesy Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses]

JPMorgan Chase

At JPMorgan Chase, there are more than 50,000 technologists working around the globe. In a hyper-competitive world, a successful business must deliver products and services that are better and faster, saving customers both time and money.

As part of its commitment to DFW, JPMorgan Chase has built a world-class campus at Legacy West in Plano. Phase One of the campus is complete and is home to nearly 6,000 workers. The bank has started construction of a 12-story building that will bring campus employment to almost 11,000. [Image: Courtesy JPMorgan Chase]

A Cloud Guru / Linux Academy

A Cloud Guru is an online learning platform that has helped over 1 million learners worldwide understand and advance skills in cloud technology. After recently acquiring Linux Academy, the total organization now boasts the largest library of hands-on cloud training content in the world.

[Image: Courtesy A Cloud Guru / Linux Academy]


TaskUs is the fastest growing tech-enabled business services company in the world, delivering customer support, AI operations and content security services that power the world’s most innovative companies. 

[Image: Courtesy TaskUs]

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It’s a moment for innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth, one that we’ve been working toward for a long time. In Dallas Innovates 2020: The Magazine, we explore the people and companies you need to know in Dallas-Fort Worth. From first-time startups to innovation icons, these are the people and companies driving the future forward.

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