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On a side road, in an unassuming warehouse near Addison Airport, the lean team at Hand Drawn Pressing is producing 3,000 vinyl records per day. The company is part of a international resurgence of vinyl production and sales. Dustin Blocker,

Three years ago, Ruben Izmailyan was in a very different place in life. He had just moved to Dallas with his wife for her job, and the day after they landed in town he began class at a local coding

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. --Harvey S. Firestone As we began to think about what company should be selected for the very first installment of our latest feature, Walk The Walk, we quickly realized that

Launch DFW is partnering with Spaces McKinney Avenue for the return of our Startup Community Happy Hour on July 19, and we want to introduce some of the people that make Spaces a great place to cowork. The Spaces coworking concept

The Launch DFW team is excited to introduce you to some of the innovative entrepreneurs that office at local coworking space Industrious.  Meet AddedIQ Founding date/year: May 2017 Founder: Martin Zacarias and Paul Ingram Company Mission To provide our clients with intelligent data applications that help

If you're not familiar with #BigDOCC, you should start by telling yourself to ignore all of the "I'm not a morning person" messages your brain is sending you right now, and set your alarm to be on time for 8:00am

BBVA Compass has selected 16 social entrepreneurs from across the country to participate in its BBVA Momentum accelerator program, designed to help participants enhance their operations to impact the lives of more people. The program includes five months of online and

Sponsored by Egan Nelson The market for early-stage emerging tech corporate lawyers ("startup lawyers") has for a long time been bifurcated in the following way: on the one hand, you have massive law firms with hundreds or thousands of top-tier lawyers,

Guest Contributor: Chirag Gupta Area high school students are participating in local startup community events now more than ever these days and they are not just coming to observe. Over the past few years Dallas has seen several young entrepreneurs start

Starting a business is exciting, but it often comes with many risks and uncertainties. For most entrepreneurs, having a trusted resource when problems arise can often be the very element needed to achieve game changing success. “Ask the Expert”, our biweekly

Guest contributor: Michael Martin The popularity of solar power continues to grow daily in the states. According to Pew Research, 89% of American adults believe we should deploy more solar. Why? The quality of Solar power is getting better and cheaper every

Ever since the announcement last year that Capital Factory was launching a Dallas location, the local tech and startup scene has been buzzing about what the expansion would look like and why the move to North Texas. The org has

Last summer, we launched #LaunchCEO (pun intended), a new event segment designed to shine a light on North Texas CEO’s taking bold ideas and creative innovation to the next level at our monthly Dallas New Tech events. For our June #BigDNT event, we invited Marshall

Paul Quinn College, a private, faith-based, four-year, liberal arts-inspired college located in southern Dallas, continues the expansion of its "urban college model" by partnering with iDesign, an instructional design firm that will build an initial set of courses to be

Hypergiant continues to stay on our radar with the announcement of a new, but well known local addition to its Space Age Solutions Division. C.K. Sample will join the AI powerhouse as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), primarily responsible for engineering leadership. A

Startups are known for three things  - hustle, grit and an uncanny ability to keep going despite how hard things get. The Annual Startup of the Year program, created by TechCo, is looking for DFW's biggest hustlers, startup hustlers that is, for

Launch DFW team is excited to introduce you to some of the innovative entrepreneurs that share our space at Industrious. Each month, we will be featuring some of our neighbors, and this month, we are thrilled to introduce you to

Guest Contributor: Cameron Cushman, Director of Innovation, UNT Health Science Center Have you ever been on a pub crawl? What about a pub crawl for startups? What about a pub crawl, in spaces where startups hang out that features local startups?

Blue Star Sports, a fast growing global provider of sports technology, will begin operating under a new name as part of a company rebrand. The name change to Stack Sports signifies a continued focus on transforming the entire sports industry,

 Bestow Inc. today announced it closed $15 million in Series A funding, led by Valar Ventures, with participation from existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Core Innovation Capital, 8VC, and Morpheus Ventures. This closing brings Bestow's total financing to more than

If you're at all involved in Dallas's tech community, you know it's booming. But unfortunately our city does not always get the national recognition it deserves. Many Dallas entrepreneurs and companies are trying to change this. Doug Platts, Vice President

Starting a business is exciting, but it often comes with many risks and uncertainties. For most entrepreneurs, having a trusted resource when problems arise can often be the very element needed to achieve game changing success. “Ask the Expert”, our biweekly

Nathan Butorac has been an entrepreneur since he was 11 years old. Like many kids trying to make a quick buck, he began by mowing lawns in his neighborhood. As he grew older, his ideas became more ambitious, although not

Startup Name: Goodieboxx Overview/summary of company: Goodieboxx provides a frictionless, integrated, point of consumer convenience as a scalable last mile solution for consumers and retailers. Goodieboxx stores are custom-branded, self-service retail stores that combine the luxury of online shopping with the

Downtown and Uptown in Dallas has long been known as the place to go for a night out, but there is a new contender for hosting the best night out any day of the week. Big Beat Dallas, a multi-venue

If you've read Launch DFW's feature on them back in February, you'll know that Stoke Denton is doing big things both in and for the entrepreneurial community in Denton. With many of their recent events, they're aiming to draw in

Sponsored by Egan Nelson LLP Executive succession, particularly involving the Founder CEO, can be a tense time in the history of a startup.  But not always. In fact, in my experience working with VC-backed startups across Texas and elsewhere, there are many

When it comes to taking action in the wake of recent school shootings across the country, UT Dallas student and Founder/President Ashlesha Nesarikar is putting her money where her mouth is. One of two recent winners of Richardson’s recent U.S.

Starting a business is exciting, but it often comes with many risks and uncertainties. For most entrepreneurs, having a trusted resource when problems arise can often be the very element needed to achieve game changing success. “Ask the Expert”, our biweekly

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit, and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, have announced that Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference, will be held in Toronto, Canada in 2019. Size of tech sector, diversity and inclusion of Canada and

Launch DFW appreciates the support of our Community Patrons who further our mission of building connections and collaboration in the region and enhancing the possibilities for the communities that we serve. When Longview-native Andrew Plan started his undergraduate career at Stanford

Guest Contributor: Cameron Cushman Last week I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to represent the United States at the 10th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), a gathering of about 2,000 entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial community builders from 170 countries. I joined six other

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos launched Amazon back in 1994, he packaged orders from his garage and delivered the orders to the post office himself. "I knew the UPS guy so well that he would let me in five minutes after

Brazen, a membership organization for women entrepreneurs, has officially launched today in six cities nationwide and is on a mission to unlock the tremendous potential in “growth-seeking” women business owners; a powerful segment underserved by an existing entrepreneurship support and

In Focus Brands announced a merger with Dallas-based firm BM5 Consulting and L Martin Management, hoping to expand resources for startups to the Dallas area. "I've seen hundreds of companies approach business development with poor and outdated strategies, causing stagnant growth

So many conferences. So little time. With so many cool events scheduled to take place in Texas this year, how do you know which should be on your radar? Have no fear. Your friends at Launch DFW are here with the

Launch DFW has officially settled at our new headquarters at Industrious Dallas, and are excited to introduce you to some of the innovative entrepreneurs that share our space. Each month, we will be featuring some of our neighbors, and this

As an accountant-turned-product development specialist, Snag My Wedding CEO Tammy Bowser is a stickler for process improvement and eliminating waste along the business production line. These skills have served her well in her corporate career, but Tammy is also a

As an avid golfer, I often draw parallels between the sport of golf and business. As you may know, the goal in golf is to limit the number of shots you take. From a business perspective, this translates to being

Dawn Shannon and Tamara Payne's journey together began years ago at a women's group that Payne ran, which then progressed into a professional relationship with Shannon providing professional coaching and Payne performing marketing tasks. Now the duo has teamed up together

OrderMyGear, a high growth downtown Dallas based software company that provides e-commerce, order management, payment and supply chain software to the team sporting goods and group apparel markets, announced today that it received a $35 million investment from Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE).  The

Sponsored by Egan Nelson LLP One unfortunate, and somewhat unique, aspect of startup ecosystems is that they have a large power/experience imbalance between parties doing business with each other. On the one hand, you have seasoned, well-connected investors who close multiple

You have the best idea, product, or service, and the world must know about it. It’s time to work to work with a communications professional. But do you hire internally, or work with an agency? What about freelance professionals? Plus,

Earlier this month, Dallas-based FastVisa pitched in front of a crowd of nearly a thousand people for the 10th annual 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. "I was like don't screw up," said FastVisa co-founder Paul Kang. "All the other companies that

In recent months, blockchain and cryptocurrency have gone from technical talk to common terms among businesses and innovators. Community influencers like Sunday Ogwu-Chinuwa and Gerald Reihsen hope to start conversation on the future of these topics to Dallas. A few weeks

Fort Worth's very own Cameron Cushman has secured one of six coveted mentor roles at the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress next month in Istanbul. Cushman, who currently serves as Director of Innovation Ecosystems at the University of North Texas Health

Launch DFW has officially settled at our new headquarters at Industrious Dallas, and are excited to introduce you to some of the innovative entrepreneurs that share our space. Each month, we will be featuring some of our neighbors, and this

With private companies starting to take clients into space and continual talk of reaching Mars, we are entering a new age of space exploration. The Back to Space movement is positioning themselves to be on the forefront. Over 300 students and

It’s Monday, and you’re back to the grind (yes probably both with coffee and work). Check out this week’s hot stories and local events guaranteed to keep you plugged in.   The Latest Reads to Launch your Week Looking to attend #DSW18? Check

Randall L. Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T, will be the featured speaker during SMU’s 103rdall-University Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Moody Coliseum. Given the current U.S. antitrust trial against AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of Time

With March Madness upon us, you've probably spent a decent chunk of time looking at statistics to find the winning bracket predictions. With his app EPLAY, RevSports's Co-founder and CEO Ryan Girardot is working to change the way basketball statistics are collected,

Techstars Startup Week Dallas (formerly “Dallas Startup Week”), returns to the Metroplex April 2nd through April 6th. Gaming, one of last year's most popular tracks due in part to the leadership of 2017 Track Captain David Fares, also returns to

Starting a business is exciting, but it often comes with many risks and uncertainties. For most entrepreneurs, having a trusted resource when problems arise can often be the very element needed to achieve game changing success. “Ask the Expert”, our biweekly

When it comes to running a successful business these days, entrepreneurs need a formidable mix of grit, ambition, faith, a strong network and technology too. You don’t have to be a tech whiz to take your company to the next level,

In the world of startups, who you know is everything. The team here at Launch understands this so an important part of our mission is introducing you to some of the leaders in our global innovation community. We love the

Everyone has a favorite snack, and if you asked Adam Van Cleave, beef jerky would be his first pick every time. So it's no surprise that he developed his own snack company, Van Cleave Dry Goods, with a mission to produce

It’s Monday, and you’re back to the grind (yes probably both with coffee and work). Check out this week’s hot stories and local events guaranteed to keep you plugged in.   News You Can Use This Week Microsoft, Softtek partner with Apollo living

The idea of space exploration has always been an intriguing possibility for many. And no one knows this more than Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Charlie Duke. The living legends, who made history when they walked on the moon during each

“I get emotional every time I talk about this,” said Necole Kane. Standing in front of an audience of 200 women on a rainy Saturday morning in downtown Dallas, Necole Kane appears shier than her previous alter ego would suggest. As

McKinney-based ShearShare has secured a coveted spot (along with 11 other startups) to pitch at the sixth annual Google Demo Day on March 28. Google for Entrepreneurs is sponsoring this event at their San Francisco office, inviting startups from North and

Starting a business is exciting, but it often comes with many risks and uncertainties. For most entrepreneurs, having a trusted resource when problems arise can often be the very element needed to achieve game changing success. “Ask the Expert”, our new

Last summer, we launched #LaunchCEO (pun intended), a new event segment designed to shine a light on North Texas CEO's taking bold ideas and creative innovation to the next level at our monthly Dallas New Tech events. For our March #BigDNT event, we invited

IgniteDFW is set to return for a 9th edition on March 13th, featuring another incredible lineup of local community influencers at a brand new home, Deep Ellum Art Company, whose mission truly honors the heart and soul of the Ignite movement

There is nothing stopping you from creating and launching the ultimate business

It’s Monday, and you’re back to the grind (yes probably both with coffee and work). Take a step back from this week’s to-do list to launch some personal development into your week. Check out this week’s list of local events

When it comes to running a successful business these days, entrepreneurs need a formidable mix of grit, ambition, faith, a strong network and technology too. You don’t have to be a tech whiz to take your company to the next level,

Coming from a background in small business solutions, Biztrack CEO Kevin Carrillo’s career so far has led him to where he is today: launching his own business. In his time working with smaller businesses, he began to realize that they

The newest business hotspot in Irving, TX, isn’t located in Las Colinas but right outside of old downtown, just past a transmission shop-turned-fountain and next to City Hall on Irving Boulevard. The Study opened its doors in August 2017 as the

Working in a startup, you face many unconventional hours and unpredictable schedules, and its easy for fitness to fall by the wayside. NERDbody CEO and Founder Scott Ericsson shares his tips to keep you active even with the busiest of schedules. GET PHYSICAL When

Texas-based Hypergiant has officially launched this morning with plans to provide a new industry model for machine intelligence and a commitment to providing business outcomes through technology. Leveraging platform products and services to create powerful technology solutions and smarter, more efficient

Back in 2012, theSkimm began as a free, daily email newsletter produced from the comfort of co-founders Danielle Weisberg's & Carly Zakin's couch. Now, over 6 million people utilize theSkimm as their daily news source. "Skimm'd From the Couch" is the latest development from theSkimm bringing

Most startups know that sometimes the great idea you start out with in the beginning of building a business isn’t quite the same one that you end with. Iteration is the name of the game, which often times results in

Wednesday, VMware announced its acquisition of Seattle-based CloudCoreo, a portfolio company of Dallas-based venture capitalist Aristos Ventures, just 20 months after CloudCoreo's launch. "VMware [is] integrating CloudCoreo and bringing our team on board in order to continue our vision, expand our charter,

This is the time of year when love is in the air, candle-lit dinner tables are being booked, and we put aside the practical for the romantic. However, for the coupled owners of an estimated 3 million small businesses in

Steve Case, co-founder of AOL Time Warner and now CEO of Revolution, announced on Wednesday morning that Dallas will kick off the Rise of the Rest 7.0 Tour on May 7. As in years past, this tour will consist of Case leading a

Few cities in the metroplex have the reputation and pride that Denton does when it comes to community. From music and arts, to food and education, this often forgotten corner of the metroplex has also been making quite a name

It's Monday, and you're back to the grind (yes probably both with coffee and work). Take a step back from this week's to-do list to launch some personal development into your week. Check out this week's list of tech events

When it comes to running a successful business these days, entrepreneurs need a formidable mix of grit, ambition, faith, a strong network and technology too. You don’t have to be a tech whiz to take your company to the next level,

Need to find a gift for that special someone? Or are you flying solo this year and want to treat yourself? Either way, the Launch DFW team has you covered with our top gift picks for Valentine's Day. Ditch the

While there are so many compelling podcasts out there for you to check out, I am excited to share one that is produced locally, "Amituckeredout".  This new[ish] podcast stands out among its counterparts because of the unique message Ami Thakkar and

On the first Tuesday of every month, Dallas New Tech brings our community together for connection, collaboration and to encourage new ideas. Special thanks to Chris Alvarado for the photography. Join us on March 6th for the next show.        

Starting a business is exciting, but often comes with many risks and uncertainties. For most entrepreneurs, having a trusted resource to go to when problems arise can often be the very element needed to achieve game changing success. Launch DFW is

Last summer, we launched #LaunchCEO (pun intended), a new event segment designed to shine a light on North Texas CEOs taking bold ideas and creative innovation to the next level at our monthly Dallas New Tech events. For the first #BigDNT

I'll never forget my first ever Cafe Momentum pop-up dinner. It was 2011 and I got a call from my good friends Dan and Giles that I needed to cancel whatever plans I had and join them for a really cool

Today is the day when the world recognizes the best of the best in football, but we would be remiss if we didn't talk about technology too. The NFL hosted its third annual "1st and Future" startup pitch competition which highlighted

As Launch DFW continues on our mission to inspire and empower startups in a big way this year, we'll be introducing you to an eclectic mix of tech/biz voices, locally and beyond, that will share their thoughts, experiences and advice

Do you find yourself always asking "why?" and questioning the things you hear? I definitely do, especially when I am bombarded with articles about the latest studies regarding my health, my diet and basically every facet of my life. What

To kick off 2018 in a big way, Launch DFW is excited to announce that our offices have moved to a new destination - Industrious Dallas.  Our team has officially settled in to our Arts District office space and are

The past year has brought growth for Common Desk founder Nick Clark. The SMU graduate, who started his career in commercial real estate before transferring his community building and marketing skills to launching Common Desk coworking in 2012, opened his

Sustainable, beautiful and healthy describe a dream home in the eyes of the innovative TreeHouse team. TreeHouse opened its newest location in Plano last week. TreeHouse provides customers with cutting-edge technology and custom services all using eco-friendly materials. They offer home solar,

it's not everyday that you get an opportunity to chat with someone who's built and sold a company for billions. Yes, billions with a "B". But when you chat with Lance Crosby, you quickly discover that regardless of the big

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