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December 2015

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Please join us on Tuesday, January 5th, at the Downtown Dallas Public Library for the first Dallas New Tech of 2016! Also known as #BigDNT, this is our opportunity to share some of the greatest tech in the Dallas-Fort Worth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCxO7MbfK3c By Marlene Den Bleyker The travel business is a $1.4 trillion industry, and according to Aassia Haq, founder of Guidrr, Inc., peer-to-peer influencers are the new gatekeepers of the industry. While lost in Florence Italy, Haq called a friend who was a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD9NobPrH44 By Teryn O’Brien Eighty-two percent of all carbon emission is man-made, and 28% of that emission is from automobiles. Electric cars are the answer to this problem, according to Edward Morgan, CEO of Revitalize Charging Solutions, Inc. “Most people want to buy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJZwshqKCoQ By Marlene Den Bleyker Parents play a large role in the development of children, so when preparing a child for kindergarten, it is important to embrace those teachable moments that can lead a child to academic success. Ready Rosie is a platform

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. Our guest on the show today, Jill Young is a master of helping businesses get unstuck through

Dallas based Panamplify has closed a seed round of financing, a $1.1 million deal, with just $175k coming from outside of the metroplex. For founders Michael Pratt and Christopher St. John, this round solidifies the model and provides the means

Transaction-based experiences have been leading the way to blur the lines between virtual and real life experiences. For example, a customer doesn’t really see the difference between a physical or online store – to them, it’s just a store. 36% of

Edward Allegra, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) student, became the proud winner of the Dallas qualifying competition for the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA), a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). To qualify for this award, Allegra had to be an

Earlier this month we profiled Mass Venture, a platform that provides real investment opportunities ranging from $500 to $5,000 for non-accredited investors. Mass Venture capitalizes on the recent changes to state laws that now allow Texas residents to invest in Texas

Every week, I meet with future community members relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They're coming from all over, including the State Capital. A common thread is the opportunity here versus others, and of course the cost of living. These

There are many ways to compare one thing with another. When it comes to Silicon Valley, one common unit of measure might be the number of times the sound of a startup’s pitch bounces from one border to the other,

Collide Village held its second annual Pitch Day for its three month startup accelerator yesterday. The CEO and Managing Partner of Collide Village, Tahir Hussain, kicked off the event by giving a run-down of the program’s data-centric approach to startups,

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. This episode is all about Dallas Innovates, the exciting new venture between D Magazine Partners and the

Many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s success stories go unnoticed to the local startup community, so we’ve decided to share these stories as we discover them. This story was written by Jenni Carlson of Oklahoma's NewsOK. In it, Carlson notes that Code Authority’s

In December of 2013, local startup lawyer Ryan Roberts (Disclaimer: Ryan is an stakeholder in Launch DFW, LLC.) wrote a piece titled: "Safe and Sound? A Primer on the New YC Docs." It detailed his thoughts on the SAFE financing

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. Travis McElroy and his team at Governor are rolling out a scalable, intuitive, platform-as-a-service way of building websites

There are several things we hear regularly about the Dallas-Fort Worth startup community. The two most popular among founders are: “We need more investors willing to take risks,” and “it’s hard to find talent.” Skipping right over the fact that there

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and

We’ve been telling the story of the Dallas-Fort Worth Startup Community’s trajectory for years. When the family offices and the area's billionaires (there are about 20) participate in startup funding events, we’re on the way to full-throttle. That happened again today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgIvaig3A2U by Marlene Den Bleyker The healthcare industry is turning to new technology to reduce costs and improve patient care. In tandem, the insurance industry is seeking to reduce and increasing the amount of C‐sections performed due to the five‐billion dollars in

Dallas-based health-tech startup, Mend, today announced that it is now an official affiliate of Children’s Health System of Texas (Children’s Health). The deal is the first of its kind in the country, where a legacy academic health system has strategically

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scWvJ0yKD0o by Marlene Den Bleyker Providing mental and physical stimulation for your dog is critical. Today’s pet owners find themselves caught up in their everyday life, often leaving dogs on their own. Santiago Gutierrez, founder and chief executive officer for PulsePet, had an

Last night, more than 800 entrepreneurs, investors, tech nerds, and startup evangelists took over a ballroom at the Hilton Anatole to celebrate the State of Entrepreneurship. Trey Bowles, CEO and Co-Founder of The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), Jonathan Clarke,

*Disclaimer: Rapid 121 is part of the Collide Village Accelerator. This profile originally appeared on the Collide Village blog. We live in the age of “Data.” We are able to count, quantify, and track nearly everything. The flip side of this is that

Many nights when I’m at home and unwinding after work, I’ll sit out on my balcony, pull out my phone, and watch some of my favorite gaming YouTubers (usually a guy named after an ocean-bound banana and another sharing David

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z1u0bzhUI0 by R. Danes The sports and fitness industry suffers a similar problem as the restaurant industry. Many people who start these business have a passion ­­be it for Pad Thai or spinning classes ­­but lack the know-how to run a business

*Disclaimer: BareLabor is part of the Collide Village Accelerator. This profile originally appeared on the Collide Village blog. Nearly everyone owns a car. Very few know anything about repairing it. Going to the auto mechanic when something is wrong with one’s car can be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYzr0hbXwXA by R. Danes Milo is a two­foot tall robot that helps kids with autism overcome the social handicaps that characterize the disorder. Developed by Dallas, Texas­ based Robokind, the facially expressive, socially responsive robot breaks a lot of molds in children’s

I’d like to thank The Dallas Morning News for the writeup on the Dallas-Fort Worth Startup Community. It’s important to recognize what is arguably the fastest growing industry in the region. That it’s the Sunday before the regions largest celebration

This Wednesday evening at the Hilton Anatole, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) will present the State of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Address to hundreds of entrepreneurs, startups, corporate representatives, and countless others involved in our ecosystem. As the event announcement mentions, an

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and

Launching its fifth program year and seed investment fund after seeing breakout success in its 2015 startups, REVTECH is accepting applications for its 2016 program. The accelerator’s focus area revolves around tech and product innovation for the retail, restaurant and hospitality

*Disclaimer: JobNow is part of the Collide Village Accelerator. This profile originally appeared on the Collide Village blog. Turnover is a common problem for all companies, but the revolving door of restaurant employees is a challenge of magnitude. With some restaurant chains

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJzhI6M3p_g R. Danes One size does not fit all when it it comes to healthy living assistance, said Maria Del Carmen Uceda, CEO of a new health and wellness platform. The Vidas Sanas Healthy Lives platform aims to relieve the cost of

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. Our guest on the show today, James Bohan-Pitt, has created HipPocket, a mobile solution for Real Estate

*Disclaimer: HomeBlis is part of the Collide Village Accelerator. This profile originally appeared on the Collide Village blog. Maintaining a home in the 21st century often requires some help. Whether it be landscape, or home cleaning, home-owers just can’t do it

Last night was the final Dallas New Tech of 2015. It's been an incredible year and we can't wait to see everyone again for DNT on Tuesday, January 5th. In the meantime, check out the recap from last night and

*Disclaimer: MassVenture is part of the Collide Village Accelerator. This profile originally appeared on the Collide Village blog.  MassVenture is changing the way crowdfunding works, by letting the crowd have access to equity investments via their new online platform. No longer is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zofTAcKRgsw by Marlene Den Bleyker How much do you charge to manufacture a circuit board? Ask Chintan Sutaria, founder of CalcuQuote, who has developed a software program that helps electronic contract manufacturers improve the speed and accuracy of their quote process. “We help

NachoBirthday is a crowdfunding website where users can raise money for a good cause in lieu of receiving birthday presents. The Dallas-based company was launched by founder Ryan Ogbeide in the Spring of 2015. Like most new online platforms, NachoBirthday has had

According to a story in Tampa Bay Business Journal, "Strategic Property Partners has struck a deal with a Dallas-based company that uses mobile technology to manage parking in its district in downtown Tampa." That Dallas-based company is none other than Parkhub, a

Founded by three high-growth technology executives, Buzzlogix is offering marketers and app developers a new toolkit with which to build their brand. Their full software suite, dubbed a "Smart Social Media Management platform for the social media specialist," offers numerous

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP82-2MdAP0 by Marlene Den Bleyker Describing local tourism as a sweaty bus full of people, Omeed Shams and Andrew Brown, co‐founders of Kwest, propose a whole new twist to exploring a city to the audience at Dallas New Tech in October. Shams said, ”Kwest

I don't like shopping—rather, I don't like the process or experience: the driving, the parking, the uninspired collections of clothes, the 19 year old salesgirl who reminds me of my ever-fading youth—it's all quite unpleasant. In my dreams, stores only

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLeguDCjjGI by Teryn O'Brien At this very moment, 850,000 people are celebrating their birthday in the United States. Nacho Birthday is an online crowdfunding platform intended to tap into the celebration of birthdays. Ryan Ogbeide, Founder of Nacho Birthday, presented at Dallas

In the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, Clyde Greenhouse of Kessler Baking Studio bakes up delicious local treats like habanero brownies, hot chocolate cookies, and Oak Cliff Ranger cookies for his hungry customers. But he also spent hours every

I was running a little late to the 2015 Business Idea Competition Final Pitch Event at UT Dallas –traffic was much heavier than expected for a Friday morning. Ironically, I met Jurgen Arts (VP and CFO Region North America for

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFiauxeHdgc by Teryn O'Brien Most often, people have to wait weeks or months to see a medical specialist, even with dire needs to address. “This is a real issue that’s affecting millions of Americans,” said Cobby Amoah, Founder and CEO of Obaa,

Guidrr is a Dallas-based travel startup founded by world traveler and tech entrepreneur, Aassia Haq. The Guidrr app is available in Dallas, Sao Paulo, Florence, Paris and more major travel destinations around the world, and features curated lists of things to do

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1st, at Lofty Spaces for Dallas New Tech—Holiday Edition! Also known as #BigDNT, this is our opportunity to share some of the greatest tech in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the greater community. Check out the

Launch DFW is currently searching for a few stellar individuals to join our team as interns this coming Spring and Summer. If you want to kick off 2016 with a killer internship at a rapidly growing media startup, we want to

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev2KJ8sXypc by Marlene Den Bleyker Engaging the customer through email can be a frustrating experience for many organizations. Maintaining large databases containing email addresses is a daunting task due to the accuracy and availability of the email address. Daniel Stevens, founder of Kickbox,

Mark Cuban, everyone’s favorite Dallas based tech billionaire, host of ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” and owner of the Dallas Mavericks has some words of wisdom for you, dear entrepreneur. When you’re serious you’ll know. Everyone will know, says Cuban: “You

Match Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTCH) debuted yesterday at $13.50 per share. It was up 20% by noon local time. Match Group, Inc. is the world's leading provider of dating products with a portfolio of more than 45 brands including Match.com,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEQRwCqnsZA by Teryn O'Brien Imagine you’re away from home, and you’re getting calls from your home security company about an activated alarm, and you can’t do anything about it. It’s with this scenario that Omar Barlas, Founder of SensorSphere, opened up his

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Some friends of ours were featured in a special web series, called SHAPING:DFW, a partnership between WFAA and Cadillac. The concept of the show is to document successful entrepreneurial journeys and leaders in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The ladies of Tech

Below is a blog post submitted by James Loomstein, Managing Partner, Rogue Marketing Startup life is always a roller-coaster ride. Even when the planets align, execution is flawless, and customer acquisition is through the roof, you’ll likely feel you’re perched atop an

Think back to when you were 5-years-old: you were cute, mischievous, smart, and full of dreams for your life. Dreams that included what you would be when you grew up. Entrepreneur, public servant, business executive, philanthropist, owner of the Dallas

With thousands of events taking place across the globe for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), it should come as no surprise that The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) would seize the opportunity to participate in this international conversation. "Global Entrepreneurship week is

Described as “the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare,” Global Entrepreneurship Week has racked up some very impressive worldwide statistics: 157 Countries participated 11,101 organizing

One of the themes for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 (GEW) is youth entrepreneurship. Below is a personal essay written by Gautam Bhargava on his experience as a youth entrepreneur.   --------- *Disclosure: I recently put together SATUS, a program oriented towards youth

This week marks Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)— a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. While there's never a shortage of events to take part in

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. The weekend of Nov. 13 to 15 marks the 3rd annual Startup Weekend Denton. After existing in Dallas for years, we brought this event up to Denton in 2013, and it has

The 2015 Health Wildcatters (HW) session launched back in August and since then, the teams have been working hard to prepare for the final event, Pitch Day 2015. For those of you who are unfamiliar with HW, or the accelerator

Dallas soon will celebrate its two-year anniversary of hosting 1 Million Cups, a weekly program to help educate, engage and connect local entrepreneurs. Innovators, investors and other interested community members are invited to attend the second anniversary of 1 Million

Startup Hustle showcases leaders in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship across North Texas. Not your typical news story, this weekly series gives an inside look at the personalities of the diverse and multi-faceted people who make the DFW startup community so

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. I’m so excited to bring you today’s episode. Damian Skinner and his company, Ideaium, are helping startups

Tonight, NEED Edition is celebrating their 2nd anniversary and the Downtown Dallas-based startup has plenty to celebrate. In the two short years since the fashion brand launched, they've seen incredible success, expanded their team, and launched a second brand, Foremost

Paul Conrady founder of Crimeseen® provided an impassioned presentation at One Million Cups Fort Worth last Wednesday about fighting crime—from your couch. Crimeseen® is the crime solving social network. Conrady created the company to facilitate communication within communities to fight crime, support the

Last Wednesday, One Million Cups Fort Worth got a refill from Edward Morgan with Revitalize Charging Solutions (RCS), a Fort Worth-based LLC with the mission of to help to create a greener world by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases

Inc.com recently posted a story about Dallas' return to an entrepreneurial hub. If you've been involved in the startup community at all, you can tell that something cool is happening here but our excitement for the scene sometimes falls on

The third installment of IgniteDFW takes place on January 26, 2016 and applications are now open for speaker submissions. What is IgniteDFW? Enlighten us, but to make it quick. IgniteDFW is a fast-paced speaker series where folks from a variety of backgrounds from

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and

Startup Hustle showcases leaders in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship across North Texas. Not your typical news story, this weekly series gives an inside look at the personalities of the diverse and multi-faceted people who make the DFW startup community so

Please join us November 3rd, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in wonderful Downtown Dallas for Dallas New Tech! Also known as #BigDNT, this is our opportunity to share some of the greatest tech in the Dallas/Fort Work area

Term sheets can have lasting and serious effects on any startup. Startup founders are often blinded by the possibility of funding and don't fully understand how much of their company they are giving away, in terms of both equity and control. This

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. Daniel Oney and Richard Carrizales are on the show today talking about their brand new initiative, Dallas

Last year we introduced Take Command Health, a Dallas-based web platform that helps consumers make better, more informed decisions when it comes to selecting a health insurance plan. Today, Take Command Health, has announced the release of its enhanced online tool

Two seniors at Texas Christian University (TCU), Mason Tucker and Daniel Younan cofounded Haggle Textbooks, a marketplace where students can buy and sell their textbooks from semester to semester with other students on their own campus. Tucker and Younan came

“Carvana is a customer service business using technology to buy cars. Everything we are doing has the customer in mind." —Ryan Keeton, Chief Brand Officer, Carvana.  Used car salesmen typically have a horrible reputation. When many of us decide to buy

Melvin Roberson, owner of Dough Boy Donuts, eloquently presented his business case at One Million Cups without slides, glossy brochures, or other visual aids. He did bring donuts. These morsels of goodness transcends the definition of donut. Roberson has created

The North Texas Enterprise Center, or NTEC, provides a total of $117,087,392 of economic output into North Texas according to a regional impact study released by Collin College. In the five north Texas counties (i.e., Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall and

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and

On Monday, Tech Talent South launches its third class of coding courses. We caught up with their director of community operations, Melissa Nemec to see what they've been up to.   Raquel Vincent: What can students expect from Tech Talent South?  Melisa Nemec:

Startup Dallas is a webseries and podcast hosted by Jason Croft that brings you in-depth interviews with the top entrepreneurs in the DFW metroplex. There is still a gap between how seriously female entrepreneurs and male entrepreneurs are treated and taught in the business community. In this episode, Mishty Deb

The Addison Treehouse, a coworking space known locally as ‘the Treehouse’, is celebrating their 1 year anniversary. We thought it would be the perfect time to interview their current Director, Tara Vornkahl, about how they got started. We’ve also included

We recently published a blog which discussed alternative lending sources for small businesses. Daniel De Valdenebro of LiftFund’s Dallas office (devaldenebro@liftfund.com) stopped by recently to tell us more about LiftFund (http://www.liftfund.com/).

During my tenure in the Dallas startup scene, I’ve come across countless startups through working in accelerators, attending (far too many) pitch events, and writing about them for Launch DFW. And over the years I’ve noticed something quite alarming: Most

Current marketing director for Dialexa and former director of the Addison Treehouse, Paula Gean drops some serious Dallas startup knowledge in her recent post for Tech.co: "If you haven’t heard of Dallas’ robust startup community, you’re probably asking “Wait… Dallas has a startup scene?

Expose UX is a new web series premiering in December in which startup founders demo their products and receive honest, real feedback from user experience experts. In each episode, five startups pitch and demo their product in front of three experts—think

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