New Chapters: A farewell from the shortest member of the LAUNCH DFW team

Over a year ago, I met Bradley Joyce, founder of LAUNCH DFW, at The Grove coworking space in the West End.

I was trying to get my consulting business off the ground, and had spent a lot of time at home and in coffeeshops (and in my own head) working on my company.

Jumping into the coworking community there connected me with so many brilliant and talented people, and Bradley was one of them.

Sidenote: If you’ve never been to the Grove, they have a weekly “Wine’d Down Wednesday” for their members. It’s a chance for people to check in and say what they’re working on and what their challenges are.

Bradley mentioned at one particular Wine’d Down event that he was looking for people to help with writing on the LAUNCH DFW site. My ears perked up, and we started talking.

I helped out with a few LAUNCH events here and there, and started writing back in May of 2014.

Since then, I’ve had the honor of sharing your stories — successes, acquisitions, breaking news. I’ve had the honor of meeting this startup community and getting to know the entrepreneurs who make Dallas a place that I love.

Bradley and LAUNCH DFW gave me a place to find my voice and further understand what it is that I’m passionate about most — community.

And the writing. Apparently I love the writing, if you can’t tell by the 260+ articles that I’ve published on the site.

And with all stories, there are chapters. I know — metaphors can be ridiculous. But the LAUNCH DFW chapter in my book does need to come to a close, so that I can take that foundation and write new chapters for myself.

That said, I’m looking forward to continue writing stories for LAUNCH DFW, but will be stepping down from my role as Marketing Director.

LAUNCH DFW is a brand that will grow and continue to support our North Texas startups – in ways that I’m beyond excited about. With Lauren as LAUNCH’s Executive Director, the events and programs will only expand to ensure that our entrepreneurs have the resources they need to build their companies in Dallas. 

I’m so grateful to Bradley and to LAUNCH DFW for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their story. And a huge thank you to YOU GUYS, the readers, for inspiring me and keeping this community engaged and connected.

Seriously, y’all, I love you. Deuces. 🙂




  • 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.

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  • Shams Juma

    Rachel, you’re going to be missed. You gave many startups a voice and helped bring awareness in the larger ecosystem.

  • Mike

    Thanks for all you’ve done Rachel! What’s next?

  • Rachel Gilliam

    You’ll still see me around, for sure. Thank you so much for the kind words and support! 🙂

  • Rachel Gilliam

    Thank YOU for the kind words, Mike (and for being, like, the top commenter on all of my posts).

    We’ll see what’s next. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted.

  • Ray Hernandez

    I need really short people in my life…so you better still be hangin around.

  • Ali (at) iSocialYou

    thank you for all you do Rachel 🙂

  • Raj Daniels

    Rachel. Really appreciate all you’ve done

  • Duncan


  • Rachel Gilliam

    Thank you for the support, Ali! 🙂

  • Rachel Gilliam

    Thank you so much for your support and kind words, Raj!

  • Chirag

    next chapter = #NextLevel

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