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Join us May 3 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library for Dallas New Tech (#BigDNT).  Here you will find opportunity to share in discovering some of the newest, freshest tech in DFW with our start-up and established business communities. If

The SMU School of Engineering is already known for its many triumphs.  Now it’s adding to its reputation for leadership. There Marc Christensen, dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, leads a multi-institutional team working under the complicated acronym “REVEAL”

What do you think of when you hear about Dallas? Triple-digit summer heat? Petroleum? A (currently lackluster) football team? What if I told you that the Dallas mobile development scene has produced world-class games and applications? Larger companies like Game

  One of the programs that TECH Fort Worth offers is the SmartStart program which offers assistance for entrepreneurs needing help with their business format. The purpose of SmartStart is to offer guidance through bi-weekly meetings and is an opportunity for business owners to

California-based retail analytics startup Dor has joined XClaim Mobile as part of an early selection for their summer accelerator program. The company will be in Dallas for an extended period after a March visit proved itself fruitful. That’s because there's

Emiola Banwo was awarded, along with Dr. Ryan McMahan, a Google Internet of Things Technology Research award.  Emiola, a senior at the University of Texas, Dallas and Ryan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, received a grant to purchase the hardware and software necessary to

In the beginning, there were startups. Then there were startups that sprang up to help other people with ideas build better startups. By the way, many people think the word, "startup" describes only IT businesses, but actually, a startup can be

The internet and social media in particular have made going where eyeballs are, AKA advertising, accessible to many people without big marketing budgets. And that's a good thing, but the pay-per-click Facebook advertiser faces the same old problems as huge corporate

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

Whenever we get to pick the brain of a founder behind a super successful company, we have to ask what helped them reach that coveted position that so many are vying for. Why do some mediocre startups do so well,

https://youtu.be/BIV4o1qClDs Startup entrepreneurs often find themselves up to their knees in tricky decisions about how to give their idea legs and make it a reality. Luckily, there is a North Star to follow that will make all those questions a lot easier to

https://youtu.be/8KWTtJuQYUM Virtual reality is one of those areas that has always inspired fantasies of the fantastic things technology might enable us to do. Perhaps one day, literally any experience could be lived out through advancements in technology. While the actual technology available has

Dallas Startup Week included an impressive presentation that addressed the financial side of operations, as shared by Gary Wetzel, CEO and cofounder of Form.io, which focuses on engineering serverless data management workflow. In his section of the event, Wetzel outlined things to aim for, as

Among the presentations during Dallas Startup Week, one that took place was a seminar that focused on how to build solid client foundations. The presentation was given by Fred Felcher, co-owner of the Marcole Design Group, a software development consulting firm. Felcher provided

The first segment on Thursday during the Dallas Startup Week event was a breakfast session in the monthly Pulse series of presentations, with featured speaker Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, director of Innovative Surgery and assistant professor of Surgery at Stanford

One of the many presentations available to attendees during Dallas Startup Week was one that focused on the current state of developing for the Internet of Things (IoT). Hosted by Adrian Fernandez, microcontroller development experience manager at Texas Instruments, the segment addressed

During Dallas Startup Week, Brandon E.B. Ward, creative director for Precocity, LLC, shared a presentation on how to make good selections when hiring user experience (UX) designers. Among the topics covered were what sorts of questions to ask, what sorts of

https://youtu.be/7MtPdUeIhgE Dallas Startup Week held a panel discussion about Life After Series A for healthcare startups. A Series A is considered a company's first significant round of venture capital financing. Dr. Jonathan Clarke, CEO of Mend, moderated the panel that included Paul Herchman,

https://youtu.be/D2RbQML0L7o Blogging is about content, but the new trend is video. At Dallas Startup Week, a panel of YouTube/Vloggers in the fashion and entertainment industries came together to discuss the trend for fashion video and getting their brand message out. The panel

https://youtu.be/nvu949cB5X4 What if you could replace a wall of text with a simple diagram that takes five seconds to understand? Or turn a massive and confusing dataset into a neat visual representation of past, current and future trends? Stephen P. Anderson,

https://youtu.be/jrQ35nepiV8 Anyone who knows a gamer can tell you that their itch to play on a daily basis, sometimes for hours on end, borders on a legitimate addiction. Now diverse businesses and organizations looking to increase customer engagement are trying to give their

https://youtu.be/8uHZWf2xQgo The interactive voice-recognition systems most of us are used to are potentially convenient for tasks like paying bills on the go or getting an operator on the line. But most are nothing to write home about, and some even find

Innovative alcoholic drinks-on-demand delivery app LASH Delivery is expanding its repertoire to include a whole range of delicious-tasting snacks and meals to go with its customary entrees. LASH Delivery, which sponsored and helped provide drinks for the Dallas Startup Week closing

A session of House of Genius formed one of the many presentations during Dallas Startup Week, bringing together innovators from diverse business areas. The format of House of Genius is an invitational discussion group intended to address problems from established startups

Among the various presentations that took place during Dallas Startup Week, the Secrets of Health System Innovation panel offered information from a range of contributing speakers of diverse medical backgrounds. The list of panelists included Shawn Lovelady, Sr., director of strategic development

During a Dallas Startup Week event, Ryan Roberts gave a presentation on Common Seed and Venture Capital Deal Terms that intended to help sort through raising capital, with a particular focus on what that situation is like in Dallas. A self-described

https://youtu.be/dqAgFXhXz0E During Dallas Startup Week 2016, panel moderator Laura Miller, head of small business of Chase Commerce Solutions at JPMorgan Chase, began by saying that the goal of the panel was to demystify the credit process and enable entrepreneurs to use credit

https://youtu.be/h2XH5dA-EpU During Dallas Startup Week 2016, Kevin Kirkpatrick led a panel that discussed marketing through games and games for marketing. Essentially, the gamification of marketing. The panel consisted of four entrepreneurs of Dallas startups, who spoke about using a game platform to

Developing a new identity midstream isn't always an easy choice. But in the case of the Dallas-based company Imprint, the decision turned out to be a genuine need. It wasn’t performing quite as well as the other concepts falling under the sustainable,

https://youtu.be/79tXieBESeo?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx Inspirational speaker Nikki Duong Koenig was right at home on stage at Ignite DFW 4 when she spoke about vegan fashion. For those of you who don’t know what vegan means, it excludes all animal products and byproducts, in all aspects

https://youtu.be/HCDpy0VeQEQ?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx Krista Nightengale, managing director of the Better Block Foundation, took to the stage at Ignite DFW 4 to inform us about the future of Dallas. “We are on the cusp of greatness, but we can’t screw it up," she said. She

https://youtu.be/vLlyy7-rmTY?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx Michael Pratt, founder of Panamplify, stepped up to the Ignite DFW challenge to inspire the audience with his talk about the "Star in Our Faults." According to Pratt, the reference to "star" means our strengths and the "faults" are our vulnerabilities.

https://youtu.be/oglr4t2dOJY?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx Why does following your dreams lead to stunning success for some but idleness and failure for others? Can we finally get to the bottom of this so that all of us can know the formula for making ideas reality? Business owner Ashley

Sometimes, paperless isn’t just a pipe dream. Implementing electronic processes can be an honest relief for entire industries that have not yet transitioned to being fully digital. An innovative idea for handling clinical software for this purpose has taken Plano, Texas-based VaultMR, a

https://youtu.be/Ck6Lk0Cprcw?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx Sharing your ideas is a touchy subject for entrepreneurs. The technology world is teeming with hungry developers and investors looking to be launch the next Facebook, Twitter, what-have-you, and they know they are just one stellar idea away. This is

https://youtu.be/YF4epHaXouo?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx A look through the cannon of science fiction will surprise the reader not so much for how fantastic the gadgets and machines are, but for how familiar they are. The liquid-fueled rocket, the cell phone, the submarine -- all of these

https://youtu.be/anMBBisVFMM?list=PLBSUBckYUX-PKuGpCBrZKAWMc4ATe9Nnx You may have heard the word abundance used by New-Age types to refer to prosperity -- presumably because the word "money" has picked up some bad energy, or something. It's not just an abundance of lucre they refer to, but

One thing that most entrepreneurs in the Dallas/Fort Worth startup community will agree on is that besides trying to make money from our ideas, we need to have fun while we're doing it. And what better way to have a

Staying ahead of the game in an ever-changing technological landscape takes concerted effort and intentional collaboration. Dallas’ business community, though it is unique, is no different than any other in recognizing this need. The method in which the business community is

How can an app help people cope with a problem as severe as cancer? In the age of data, it's just like the solution to any other problem. It's really all about how people navigate the information. CancerQ, the year-old Dallas-based

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

https://youtu.be/-S3DFvtXXeQ Dallas Startup Week 2016 kicked off with a panel of guests who were there to welcome and motivate attendees. The key message was to navigate the event and learn all you can about being an entrepreneur and tapping into the

Creating In Cahoots -- a purposefully designed part coworking studio, part photography studio that is wholly devoted to the production of media -- will be opening its doors to the public in McKinney on or about May 1, in order to

Sometimes, when it comes to business, and the proliferation of an idea, it's more important to think about the concept than the raw product. When people think of the vehicle of the future, they are usually conditioned to think of

A recent article in The Seattle Times covering teen entrepreneur Max Lock, and his Portland-based logistics startup Fleet, announced that Hunt Technology Ventures LP, a Dallas-area venture capital firm, headed funding for the new venture to the tune of $4

Mark Hopkins, CEO of Dallas instantaneous digital video production and content marketing firm Roger Wilco, recently announced intent to join forces in creating a collaborative space that aims to provide incubation capital and other support to Dallas startups organized by several

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

Jeff Hroncheck, founder of BlueCar, introduced his service as a dispatcher application for your smartphone during the Dallas New Tech event on April 12. Not to be confused with a central dispatcher like Uber, BlueCar uses a User Directed Dispatch

During the Dallas New Tech event on April 12, Brody Holohan, cofounder of Verifomics, explained how the company analyzes your DNA and offers personalized methods, centered on your specific background, to improve your health. “The central motivating idea is based

During the Dallas New Tech event on April 12, Marcus Benavides, an intellectual property (IP) attorney, spoke on the topic of trade secrets to illuminate the various qualities that make them so useful to startup companies. Operating from the basis that all

During the Dallas New Tech event on April 12, Todd McGee, CEO of Cataboom, introduced a behavioral marketing engagement platform that uses Pavlov’s behavioral conditioning theory to instantly and consistently reward a good behavior and change behavior over time through gamification. McGee

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

When BEVscore founder Joshua Stramiello was in law school, he experienced the loss of a family friend -- a realtor who went to meet a client and never returned. This was the motivation behind his new product BEVscore, an app

https://youtu.be/swRcjiSm5zQ?list=PLBSUBckYUX-Py1kGD-x56iXUhRz31e7h6 Anyone who has ever had a home improvement project knows that going from a phone call to a contractor to a quote to a final price can be fraught with unpleasant surprises. From wildly different price quotes to hidden costs,

https://youtu.be/uoPYKZDnUg8 Stock brokers have long debated the ingredients that go into lucrative stock picks. Some have maintained that only careful study and prudence provide long-term success, while others have argued that sheer luck is behind many investors' fortunes. This seems like

Check out the audio version of the show on iTunes here and Stitcher here. Matt Johnner is back on the show with a new company, Bank Labs, designing innovative, web-based mobile apps specifically to power a competitive advantage for community banks.  Matt shares

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

Once in a blue moon, a conference or festival will have a unifying phenomenon emerge from the event where practitioner and executive alike can, without any introduction, can strike up an instant conversation about a topic. Throughout all of the hectic

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

It's all very well having a great idea, but whatever business you make out of it is unlikely to stand on its own two feet without some kind of financial backing. Unfortunately, the vast majority of entrepreneurs don't have a

Technology has transformed the real estate industry, with online real estate listings and digital documents services helping agents to ramp up sales like never before. But now technology is playing another role in real estate, helping agents to work with

Austin-based venture capital firm LiveOak Venture Partners is getting a healthy new dose of entrepreneurial expertise in the shape of Dr. Ram Velidi, who's joining the firm as its newest Venture Partner. It's a natural fit for both parties considering

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

Fashion blogging monetization startup RewardStyle has just checked into a new 32,000-square-feet space at The Centrum, an office, residential and retail tower in Oak Lawn. The upgrade is a sure sign if ever there was one that this is one

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

E-commerce clothing startup Mizzen+Main has just landed a $3 million funding round that it says will be used to grow its cash reserves, with some of it being earmarked for marketing, additional staff hires and new inventory. Mizzen+Main has already hit

A Dallas startup named teleCalm, which provides a novel phone service aimed at protecting Alzheimer's sufferers from the curse of telephone marketers and scammers, has achieved recognition for its efforts. Its been chosen to present its offering at the AARP Health

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place

Technology is a strange and awesome thing that seems to grow every minute. Tasks that people struggled with 10 or five years ago can either be easily accomplished using an app or another device. In the world of real estate, there’s

Dallas' Health Wildcatters, recently ranked by MIT as the leading healthcare-focused accelerator in the Southwest region, is now accepting applicants for its fourth accelerator class. Health Wildcatters said it's accepting applicants from now until June 15 to join its accelerator program,

Dallas is getting ready for its second annual startup week, with this year’s event expected to draw some 6,000 attendees, almost twice as many as last year’s edition. Taking place from April 12-16 in downtown Dallas, we’re looking forward to

Dallas' startup scene is getting bigger by the day, and there are few better measures of success than the number of get-together's taking place in the city, which are increasing with every year. This week, for example, there's an exciting developer

Local mobile access startup OpenKey has just landed another major customer in the shape of The Godfrey Hotel Boston, following the recent release of version 2.0 of its mobile app. OpenKey is quite a rarity among Dallas startups in that it's

Dallas-based gaming studio Playful Corp. might not be a household name just yet, but it's made-for-virtual reality platform game Lucky's Tale is already on the radar after it was chosen to be bundled for free with every single Oculus Rift headset

Graduation, open houses, birthdays, housewarmings and most other events have two things in common: They are often times for celebration and merriment, and people have to be invited to a party for there to be one. So how do you invite people

A new fund from LendTech Capital Partners brings together venture capitalist leaders from Liberum, Ranger Capital, and Velocity Venture Group to create a Dallas/London-based early stage venture capital fund entirely dedicated to the financial technology sector.  Liberum, based in London, has raised nearly

Check out the audio version of the show on iTunes here and Stitcher here. Joe Scott is on the show today.  With his site and product, Cankerboy, he’s improving people’s lives and helping them live pain free, by solving an incredibly common problem