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December 2016

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For the last podcast of the year, we talk about our favorite TechMill and community highlights of the year and what we’re looking forward to in 2017. Kyle’s highlight list * TechMill workshop series * Open Denton / Open Data in Denton.

Linux Academy, a Fort Worth-based company, just launched a Community Edition that will now be available for free. Previously, only members were allowed to access the online training academy. Now, those that sign up can access all the features in order to get

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

Three Things is a podcast hosted by Vela Wood startup attorneys Kevin Vela and Aaron Terwey. They interview leaders in the startup and small business communities (founders, employees, investors, etc.) about three pieces of advice they would give to someone

If you've ever worked in an office building, you've probably noticed and felt the separation between your company and other companies. Office buildings can house anywhere from a few dozen to thousands of employees. But how many of us have worked

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

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide was spearheaded by Fiona Schlachter and curated based on feedback from the DFW Startup Community Slack. If you haven’t yet joined, now would be a great time! Special thanks to Jeff Carterson for getting the

Modern Message is a Dallas-based SaaS company founded in 2012 that created a unique platform called, “Community Rewards." They announced on Facebook Live their new branding and program design for Community Rewards, which is set to release in 2017. This redesign is strategized

RideConnect is a downloadable app for Android and iOS devices that professional drivers, students, universities, events, and others can use as their ride-sharing platform. Santosh Krishnan is the founder and CEO of RideConnect, and presented at Dallas New Tech this past week. Krishnan

The concept of coworking made its way to Dallas from San Francisco in 2008, when CoHabitat launched in Uptown Dallas. In 2012, the trend really caught on, with a number of coworking spaces setting up shop across the Dallas/Fort Worth

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

ReferLocals is attempting to breach the gap between local businesses and their customers. The new Dallas start-up, founded by Mahesh Kashyap, has recently launched their iOS app and website for both the online consumer and business professional. Marketed as an

As online retailers continue to pop-up across the internet, so does competition. Recently launched Threadhabits looks to join the fray by creating an affordable peer-to-peer fashion marketplace where anyone can sell their unused clothes or their designer clothing. Currently, in

This week we met with Josh Berthume, co-founder of all-media agency here in Denton, Swash Labs, and chatted about advertising, helping brands find a voice, and turning eventual destruction into fuel for your passion. Show Notes: Strange Brew: http://

At Dallas New Tech, Jerry King presented on the company he founded called Primal Sensors. Primal Sensors is a construction operations platform that provides clients with the current location of their job site resources. The idea of a proactive location awareness platform came

Abu Sadeq is the founder and CEO of Zartech, a Dallas-based cyber threat and cybersecurity advisory firm. Sadeq has over 22 years of experience in the technology industry, including positions at global companies as chief information officer and chief information security

Matthew Tyler Brown visited Dallas New Tech to talk about his latest project, Caterly. Caterly is led by Smoot Carter and provides the Dallas, Forth Worth, Houston, and Atlanta, GA regions a platform that connects businesses with restaurants to meet their catering

At Dallas New Tech this week, Tanner Maxon, founder of Ammo Subscription, spoke about his company, his inspiration for the business, and the background that led him to create this business.  Ammo Subscription, launching this week, is a Dallas-based subscription

Local developer, Blake Harris, has introduced an app that allows anyone to run their own ad agency from the convenience of their phone.  The game, Advertising Agency, is a fun simulation game that creates the experience of being an ad

Early last month, David Cherrie, cofounder at Workplace Arcade, stopped in to Dallas New Tech to talk about his company and why he is working to change how people think about employee engagement.  Workplace Arcade guarantees retailers an uptick in sales,

Dr. Sunit Sebastian took to the Dallas New Tech stage to talk about HealPal, created in order to empower cancer patients in a way never before possible.  Dr. Sebastian is a cancer radiologist, and has experience in the clinical, educational,

SevenTablets is a mobile development and marketing firm that set its sight on making apps for businesses that will help boost revenue and reduce costs. In this global economy, companies often look for the best way to reach the consumer

Jackpot Rising is slowly emerging from years of development, and if things go according to plan (oh, and they are), they’ll be the first to leverage a massive opportunity in the gaming industry. William Webb watched the whirlwind of legal activity

Who is Share Rocket? The company was founded by Chris Kraft in 2013, and was officially launched at NAB (an annual conference for the media industry) in the late spring of 2014. They’ve since been heads down, building the tech

Health insurance is a perplexing topic—but if you’re on a company plan, many of the biggest headaches are avoidable. For the rest of us – entrepreneurs, consultants, independent contractors, change agents, retirees and anyone who suspects they’re overpaying – it

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

Melanin Origins, founded by Louie T. McClain The Second, is a new publishing company that seeks to become the largest Afrocentric book provider in the United States. Their mission is to provide educational material that will inspire children to

Hail Storm Products has won entry into the 2017 Gauntlet Class of Tech Wildcatters along with six months of co-working space at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) in Dallas, following an outstanding performance at the 2016 Pitchocracy contest.  Sponsored by Comerica Bank,

A recent discussion on a community Slack channel has led to an interesting debate. The discussion centered around the desire for those who are hiring to keep their cards closely held while also needing to offer specifics for those who might

Matt Holland is the CEO and co-founder of KnKtd (pronounced connected) Behavioral Health. He presented at BigDNT and explained that there is a problem that most of us don't ever talk about, but is increasing every year. "88 million people in the

Soccer is well-loved around the world, and the team behind F.C. Link is looking to help managers and coaches work better by offering a free team management app designed specifically for the sport.  Designed by former players and coaches who

Mark Cuban, Dallas' favorite investor, has made another huge investment, this time in a company from outside of the Dallas ecosystem.  Paul Sawers writes that Apptopia raised $2.7 million from Cuban, Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary's Sound Ventures' project, 500

If you're a soccer fan, then you'll already be waiting for Major League Soccer's 2016 MLS Cup that will take place on Saturday, December 10th. What you might not know about is a branch of the MLS called MLS Works, which is

The independent pop-up shop Unbranded is back in time for the holiday shopping. Unbranded is the brainchild of Bryan Deluca, CEO of Foot Cardigan, and Matt Alexander, CEO of Q Fifty One Digital. The event has now become a successful annual

Epic Orchestra. Hopefully you have some hours to put aside today, because you have an orchestra to lead. Epic Orchestra was developed by Nick Culbertson at NōD Coworking in North Dallas. The app is a swipe-based rhythm game, where you're conducting an orchestra.

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

We sat down with Jacob Scott Moses, a technical writer working remote for Rainmaker Digital out of Colorado, and talked about writing, podcasting, urban planning, and contributing to your community. Show Notes The Not Boring Tech Writer Podcast: http

ShearShare was excited to announce on Twitter that they are in Batch 19 of 500 Startups, a group of startup founders, mentors, and investors from all over the world. 500 Startups was founded by Dave McClure in 2010. Their company name

This post is courtesy of Dallas based “The Modern Block,” a weekly online publication of conversations with today’s most influential founders, creatives, and makers. Says Jason Vo, Founder & Editor of The Modern Block: “I believe there’s a tremendous amount

Panamplify has announced that Kevin Jemison has joined the team, having been lured from Adobe.  While at Adobe, he led analytics and optimization efforts for some of the biggest brands in the business including United Health Group, BBVA, Cox Cable, and Fidelity.

TOOR is a real estate tool that is used by realtor and home sellers to ensure potential buyers have immediate access to a house on the market.  Recently featured on ABC's Shark Tank, and showcased on both Tech Crunch and

Ivie & Associates, a marketing solutions company headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas, has acquired BuzzShift, a digital strategy agency based in Dallas, Texas. Buzzshift is a Google Premier Partner, which means that they've passed exams and earned certificates to earn their

Josh Baer, an angel investor and well known startup community leader in Austin wrote a post about what it’ll take to raise $500k in Austin next year. Every element was on point, in my opinion

Caterly makes one of the most arduous tasks, in-office catering, easy.  Available in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Atlanta the Caterly platform connects businesses with restaurants for all of their catering needs. Led by Smoot Carter, Caterly provides and serves more

Traxo, a leader in traveler data aggregation has released their newest comprehensive suite of travel data aggregation tools named the "Traxo CAPTURE." The Traxo CAPTURE utilizes email inbox scanning with existing data aggregation services to capture detailed information for partners, such as

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

Yahoo Finance reported that it's been a record-breaking third quarter for investors and startup companies in the Dallas area. In total, these companies received over $274 M of venture capital. This breaks previous quarterly records for both 2015 and 2016.

The Tech Wildcatters have more reason to celebrate, as they announced on their twitter feed that one of their teams, Fast Visa, leveled up to Level 4 in their Gauntlet program. The Gauntlet is an accelerator program created by the Tech

Linux Academy is announcing a partnership with Microsoft's Visual Studio Dev Essentials to connect the first 25,000 Visual Studio Dev Essentials members to also receive Azure training as part of a three-month, all-access membership with Linux Academy.  Meanwhile, the next 25,000 program members

On November 4 thru the 6, Fort Worth hosted a startup weekend where developers, designers, and entrepreneurs came together to share their fresh ideas. The highlight of the convention was the pitching contest that had startup teams selling their ideas

The Digital Transformation. That’s what historians are going to call the first few decades of the 21st century, when data analytics and automation usher in a new paradigm of communication and change the nature of transactional business. Software tells bankers

In today's society, social media is a powerhouse and includes a vast majority of apps to post and view news and social posts. While some post on only a few apps like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, or Instagram, others utilize all

Milk Snob is a well-loved multi-functional cover designed by a mom, for moms, that is taking the Internet by storm.  The soft, breathable fabric serves as a car seat cover and nursing cover, in fun and funky prints, offering a

Our guest this week is Danielle Gaither, a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in computer science. Danielle, a regular in the TechMill community, is a freelance copywriter, photographer, and developer who is constantly engaged with the tech

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

Sunny Nadolsky is the CEO and founder of MediBookr and presented at Dallas New Tech last week. MediBookr is an online marketplace for medical imaging such as CT scans and MRIs for both patients and medical imaging centers. On the patient side, they are

In a press release, CalcuQuote was honored to be named part of the Techweek100 for Techweek Dallas. CalcuQuote provides electronics manufacturing service (EMS) quote management systems. They have integrated with big component suppliers and utilize custom labor profiles, to create a sophisticated request for

Earlier this year on June 1, a new food delivery service opened in Addison. Since then, MenuRunners has gone through a tremendous growth spurt. MenuRunners has acquired several companies since their opening, including their latest acquisition, 380 Delivery located in

Every neighborhood has that one location that seems to house a new restaurant every six months. It could have great service and a delectable menu, but for one reason or another no one can seem to make it work. If

Tech Fort Worth, a non-profit organization with a goal of helping entrepreneurs and startup companies successfully launch technology-based platforms, has announced that Hayden Blackburn, former owner of IDEA Works FW, will be joining as an Assistant Director on December 1.

At last week's Dallas New Tech, Cristiano Oliviera, the CEO of Olivia.ai, presented. Oliviera opened by explaining that his company solves the problem that is the #1 cause of distress for 75% of adults in America: money. For the millions of adults living

Alyssa Mercer is the co-founder and CPO of Floor Show VR. She recently presented at Dallas New Tech about how Floor Show VR wishes to solve the problem of a lack of mental visualization. "Floor Show VR is a virtual reality based and home

The Dallas Business Journal recently reported that a new accelerator and investment hub called the "Blue Star Accelerator" will be launched at The Star, the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys located in Frisco, Texas. The Blue Star Accelerator will help

Tech Wildcatters is a leader in Dallas accelerators, and is beyond pleased to announce that StuntShare and Mobifalcon leveled up to Level 4 as part of their new accelerator model, the Gauntlet.  The advancement to Level 4 means that these teams

In the last few years, Dallas has experienced a co-working migration, with many new developments still underway. Generally speaking, these spaces have accepted any and all startups that come through their doors. Adam Lotia felt that despite an abundance of spaces,

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has announced a move for some of their employees from their Richardson-based location to a historic building in Dallas' West End.  This exciting news is the first major business to relocate any of their

When it comes to the health and well-being of our children, there is nothing that most parents would not do to ensure they are feeding their youngsters healthy, safe, high-quality food.  For parents that are always going a million miles

Molly Cain, in an article "3 Fatal Mistakes Startups Make in An Accelerator" for Medium, asks the question if your startup really benefits from an accelerator.  Then she goes even further and introduces the idea that perhaps there are some instances

Fort Worth-based Linux Academy is the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community. Offering users a high-quality, in-depth training program at prices that nearly everyone can afford, Linux Academy ensures that no one is ever left out of improving

Retail Technology Ventures, known as REVTECH, announced in a press release that the Australian-based startup company Workplace Arcade, is opening an office in Dallas. REVTECH is a seed fund and venture accelerator company located in Dallas. Arcade recently graduated 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

  DALLAS – Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 – Capital One has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest programming lesson at a “Monster Coding Jam” session attended by 724 participants, including 560 Dallas Independent School District (DISD) students

Today it was announced that Medina Capital and BC Partners have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Addison-based Brainspace.  Medina Capital and BC Partners are leading private equity firms with a joint venture holding a portfolio of 57 data

The Frisco-based company Touch Titans just launched their new app that uses the iPhone camera to gamify fitness. Gamification applies game mechanics and design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. Typically, it incorporates the user's desire to achieve success, in order

PediaQ, the leader in on-demand nursing triage and pediatric house calls, is pleased to announce another successful round of funding with $4.5 million raised for its Q.care application platform. Along with the increase in funding PediaQ is also announcing the

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

Creative Minds Solutions, a company that designs and manufactures hydroelectric turbines to generate electricity from water sources, won the 2016 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition Thursday at the TCU Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center. The sixth annual competition was a Fort

RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, together with the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, announced today their new Robots4Autism School Grant Program. This program will give schools the opportunity to adopt a research-based curriculum to aid

Launch DFW is proud to formally announce the “Launched in DFW” badge. And yes, the badge has been loaded more than 2 million times. Why Launched in DFW? AngelList, Crunchbase, Startup Genome, and the others all require the founders to proactively

Chris Mogridge, the COO and co-inventor for iLumaware created a Kickstarter campaign to fund his project called the Shield TL. Kickstarter is an online community where creators of all kinds can find the resources they need to make their creation come to

This month, a new social app has hit the iMessage app store that will take a picture of a friend’s reaction to weird or funny clips and send it back to the creator. AwSnap! was created by Dallas-locals Ryan

Randi Skinner, Project Manager @ Blue Steele Solutions This week we're talking with a local marketing guru and community service advocate, Randi Skinner!

The Dallas News recently reported that ParkHub, a startup that coordinates parking payment systems, received an investment from Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, according to Tom Walker, the vice president of tax and business development for the Jones family. George Baker, the founder and

On November 7th the Global World Summit will begin and last until November 10th in Lisbon, Portugal. The summit will see around 50,000 attendees from entrepreneurs, to big businesses that will show off their latest tech, and share business practices.

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

William Cervin presented at Dallas New Tech this month on Tantrum Street, a startup he founded with the goal of becoming the world's first personalized item-level transaction data marketplace. He explained that we are in an era of convergence, with the whole world essentially following each

Ruben Izmailyan presented at Dallas New Tech this month on Budgit. Budgit is a new personal finance service that helps user organize their finances and savings better, by getting information directly from the bank instead of from the internet. Ruben is the founder of

Today, Edition Collective is  excited to announce its acquisition by Q Fifty One, marking a bright new step in a company that has been bucking the typical retailer trend. Alexander founded Imprint (formerly Need) in 2013, which was quickly followed by

StackPath might be a young company on the Dallas start-up scene, but it has certainly hit the ground running. With over 30,000 customers, and an estimated $4.3 billion in investments from partners and other investors, CEO Lancy Crosby has set

There was once a time when kids would go around their neighborhoods and offer to mow lawns for a few bucks. In recent years, these opportunities have dwindled, or altogether disappeared. Scott Bennett, founder and CEO of Skratch, saw a

On October 8th, 900lbs of Creative debuted their industry-first virtual reality goalie simulation for Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas team. This took place at FC Dallas’ exclusive "Meet The Team" event at Toyota Stadium. At the event, fans were able 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

Joshua Kidd presented on behalf of the Arlington-based company he founded, Infusion Payment Technologies. The six-year-old FinTech (financial technology) Firm processes payments and offers mobile solutions. They service manufacturers, distributors, retailers, healthcare companies, and multi-location franchises both in the DFW area and nationally. Kidd

In a press release, Richardson-based Ranzure Networks announced that they completed a Series A funding of $13 million dollars, co-led by LiveOak Venture Partners and Mitel. Ranzure plans to use the funding to further its product and solutions development, and build a sales

Yahoo Finance recently announced that Brainspace has reached a partnership agreement and investment from In-Q-Tel, Inc. (IQT). The result of this strategic alliance will accelerate the market presence of Brainspace in analytics for digital investigations. By supporting Brainspace's technology, IQT also ensures that

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