The Re-Launch of Launch DFW

Today we are thrilled to announce a new chapter for Launch DFW, one wherein we not only embrace the entire region and all of its players, but one that simultaneously empowers every willing community member to share their voice and experience.

Launch DFW will continue to be a leader in news, information, and stories about startups, technology, and entrepreneurship in North Texas. And now with new relationships and partnerships, we will play alongside other influencers and communities that surround us.

The first such relationship is with Dallas Innovates—a new web-based initiative between the Dallas Regional Chamber and D Magazine Partners that will highlight innovation across six specific channels. The startup channel will be powered by Launch DFW from day one when they officially launch in December. Thank you to Quincy Preston, Courtney Garza, and Krista Nightengale for the opportunity to work together.

Startup Dallas has agreed to allow Launch DFW to publish every released episode in the Launch DFW channel. And soon, we’ll be curating even more video and audio content from around the region, giving North Texas content creators even more visibility.

With the help of newly appointed regional editors, Launch DFW will have more insight than ever into the communities you call home. In the coming weeks, we’ll release new region-specific landing pages for Dallas, North Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton.

Each regional editor is already a leader in their community and has a pulse on what unique qualities their region brings to the overall North Texas startup ecosystem:

Fort Worth: Lin Nelson and Hayden Blackburn 

Denton: Kyle Taylor

North Dallas: Chirag Gupta

Dallas: Raquel Vincent 

Startup Happy Hours will take place in each of the regions and will move to a monthly or quarterly schedule as determined by each regional editor. Stay tuned for more information on the dates of those events.

Dallas New Tech (#BigDNT) will continue as it has, but will move to a new downtown location. The next event is September 1st, 2015, at the Dallas Public Library—you can get your tickets from this page, from the top of the right hand column. There are two startups from Revtech, two from EMERGE, and two other local companies in this batch. One just might be in the space “space.” You won’t want to miss it.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts in this effort. My goal with Launch DFW is to put our community on a national stage, and that can only happen with a community effort and an amazing team effort. While there are way too many people to thank directly, I do want to specifically thank a few people. Thank you to Bradley Joyce for seeing the greater opportunity ahead and agreeing to pass the baton of day to day operations in order to make this happen. Thanks to Ryan Roberts for dealing with the issues leading up to this agreement—incredible patience. Thank you to Raquel Vincent for helping with the early conversations, and for agreeing to come on board as Editor in Chief.

Above all else though, thank you to my wonderful wife Heather for indulging in this endeavor, to Sarah White for simply making sure it happens, and to Emmanuel Obi for keeping it on the rails.

This acquisition of controlling interest in Launch DFW is less about Launch DFW, and more about you, The North Texas startup community. More to come…this is about YOU. Thank you.

—Michael

Publisher, Launch DFW

  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.

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