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LAUNCH DFW Weighs In on KERA’s Think

If you didn’t catch it this afternoon, LAUNCH DFW’s Bradley Joyce got the opportunity to speak with Lauren Silverman today on KERA’s Think!

Bradley, along with enrepreneurs Missy Malone of Spa-ta-neity and Craig Lewis of Kairos, all weighed in on the resources and community here in the North Texas area for startups. The amount of activity and growth in our community has been astounding, and Lauren asked why that might be.

“It’s a combination of things. A lot of people here locally in the community are looking to create a better place for startups here in town,” Bradley suggested.

When Bradley first moved to North Texas, there wasn’t a good deal going on specifically for startups. But, as entrepreneurs tend to do, the individuals started creating their own opportunities so that a more connected community could emerge.

It also helps that there’s a low cost of living here in Dallas — compared to, say, Silicon Valley. People are able to put some roots down and build their businesses, while getting involved in the community and tapping into its resources.

Missy Maron was a graduate of the Health Wildcatters accelerator program, and was able to access the array of resources available through that. “It gave me a sense of confidence and opportunities I would have never received,” she explained, and for someone looking for direction and guidance, it was very helpful.

The interview turned towards raising funds and the culture of Dallas around capital. Dallas investors are used to what they know, and “they know business and finance, not necessarily something high risk like tech,” said Bradley. “And we need to change that in order to build our ecosystem.

But, as Craig Lewis pointed out, “Entrepreneurs will find a way to make it happen.

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You can listen to the entire show here. Thanks again to Lauren Silverman for such a great discussion!

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.