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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 bi-weekly feature

As our community continues to grow, Launch DFW is on an ongoing mission to introduce you to some of the region’s incredible startups. We’ve partnered with Capital Factory, a tech hub and accelerator new to Dallas that also offers coworking, to

If you are personally inspired by women killing it at their hustle, then Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso might be your next podcast to binge. This podcast series is constantly releasing content covering a variety of topics. Just recently, Girlboss

StackPath, a leading platform of secure edge services, recently announced it has partnered with Sectigo, formerly Comodo CA, the global innovator of security solutions, to include private SSL certificates for no additional cost with StackPath content delivery network (CDN), web application firewall

Of all product development aspects, what is most crucial to achieving success? The answer to this question probably varies, but to many in the tech industry - the user experience should never be ignored. This mantra is the basis for

When it comes to size, did you know that DFW ranks fourth behind only New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles with approximately 7.4 million residents? It is no secret that there’s so much momentum right now in Dallas- Fort Worth

DFW-based coworking company Common Desk celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Fort Worth hub last Thursday. Common Desk members, as well as the general public, enjoyed food from HG Sply Co, beverages from Balcones Whiskey and Topo Chico, an airstream photobooth,

It’s Sunday and it's football season. Your team is on fire. It’s time to place your bets with PostitPlayit, an online platform that allows users to wager on traditional sporting events and skills-based contests like peer-to-peer sports challenges. Sports wagering is

Since our inception almost a decade ago, Launch DFW has been committed to the continued growth and success of North Texas startups. Local founders are an integral part of our brand's ethos. Whenever our team has an opportunity to partner

As our community continues to grow, Launch DFW is on an ongoing mission to introduce you to some of the region’s incredible startups and business innovators. We’ve partnered with Fort Worth-based WeWork ClearFork to spotlight a few of the DFW-based entrepreneurs that

A disruptor is any entity that effects the shift of fundamental expectations and behaviors in a culture, market, industry, technology or process. Lincoln Stephens has lived a very predictable life. But not in the traditional sense of the word. His journey has predictably been

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center has added one more location to its universe with the grand opening of the DEC @ Redbird on Thursday, Nov. 1, at a party that saw more than 500 attendees enter the 7,300 square foot space

Innovation is alive and well in North Texas. A recent summit hosted by Capital One not only shined a light on the latest in product and design innovation, but it also introduced an incredible lineup of industry thought leaders and

RoboKind is one of those companies that flies relatively low on the radar of the DFW startup community, but since 2011 they’ve gone from 5 to 22 full-time employees, raised $17 million dollars locally, and reached students in 35 states,

Dallas-based online travel agency Travelocity is launching its first augmented reality (AR) experience allowing users to snap travel photos and videos with the brand's popular spokesperson, The Roaming Gnome. The travel icon appears on-demand in 3D anywhere around the globe

Medical tragedies can strike anyone at any time and the last thing you want in that situation is to waste a ton of time trying to make sense of the mountains of paperwork and forms. That is why Kelli Thomas-Drake created

Local Arlington couple Luke and Lauren Brewer have officially opened the doors to their new coworking space, Union Worx Coworking.  Located at 500 East Front Street, the space is Arlington’s newest spot for coworking, shared workspace, private offices, meetings and

It’s official. His “Airness” Michael Jordan has joined the eSports ranks alongside Hall of Famer and business impresario Magic Johnson. The two NBA legends bought an ownership stake in aXiomatic, the parent company for the industry-leading Team Liquid. This marks Jordan's first

Depending on the industry or company you work for, getting a MBA  can be extremely helpful. But when you're launching a company, going back to school is often the last thing on a founder's "to-do" list because of the lack

For most people who live inside a gated community, you are very familiar with the infamous remote or "clicker you receive when you move in. They are easy to lose, easy to break, but you have to have it if

Unconscious bias has become a bit of a buzzword lately, with companies such as Starbucks, Google and Facebook publicly talking about the training they are doing to educate employees about it.  While there is no quick training that anyone can

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 bi-weekly feature

With 27,000 members around the world, Dublin-based Digital Marketing Institute is ready to bring its unique digital marketing certification program to the states with the launch of its first U.S. office in Dallas, Texas. With an already strong foundation in the U.S., DMI, which

Local marketing entrepreneur Tarsha Polk has been selected to lead a new business center designed with DFW's businesswomen in mind. LiftFund’s Dallas/Fort Worth Women’s Business Center (WBC), a new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resource center, will provide business education, consultations,

Go to any startup event and you are sure to overhear talk about "scaling". How do companies build a scalable business model, workforce, or idea? Many entrepreneurs often avoid such heavy topics until it becomes impossible to ignore the inevitable.

As our community continues to grow, Launch DFW is on an ongoing mission to introduce you to some of the region’s incredible startups. We’ve partnered with Capital Factory, a tech hub and accelerator new to Dallas that also offers coworking, to

“Music is a labor of love.” Jeff Mitchell's entrepreneurial journey truly lives and breathes this sentiment. He’s the founder and CEO of Decks in the Park, a free, tech-driven, music festival series that regularly draws 7-10 thousand people to Klyde Warren Park during

Background reading: Small business v. Startup Checklist for choosing a startup lawyer One of the most influential concepts that entrepreneurs are told to emphasize as they build their companies is iteration. Don't fret too much about getting things perfect up-front. Just

Paul Mitchell hair products. Patron tequila. These are the products and brands that most people associate with John Paul DeJoria, the self-made billionaire whose extremely modest beginnings taught him the value of hard work and persistence. But JP – as his

Brazen, a membership organization for female CEOs and women entrepreneurs, recently partnered with Golden Seeds and law firm Polsinelli, to host cocktails and a thought-provoking conversation on the state of capital and current resources available for female entrepreneurs in Texas,

There is no denying the impact the concept of a  "glocal" economy has had on the North Texas innovation ecosystem. So it was no surprise to hear that Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international initiative powered by the Kaufman Foundation and

The hustle. The grind. Whatever you call it, it is a lot of work to win at life. And we all want to win, don't we? Maybe you want to start a business, to climb the ladder, or to do

Since Launch DFW's inception in 2009, a big part of our brand identity as the cool kids would say has been community collabs and partnerships. Our community impact continues to grow because of the support from our incredible partners 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 biweekly

Shortly after the not guilty verdict was returned in the Trayvon Martin case, recovering politico and public health professional Kevin Dedner, sick with sadness, fury, and grief, turned to his circle of friends and family members to check in on

Over the past few years, technology has been sneaking its way into everything from finance, to energy, to clothing and more. Many companies are now even adding in a coding requirement with their job descriptions. Technology is everywhere. Our educational system

After considerable thought and discussion, we have made the decision to cancel tonight’s Community Roundtable event. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community and ticket sales indicated that fact, but we also received considerable pressure to not host

Although his background includes designing for some of the biggest brands in the world, Jarrod Ausborne feels right at home now as Chief Design Officer at Gig Wage, a  venture-backed payments platform specializing in independent contractors. Headquartered in downtown Dallas,

Featured Event: LinkedIn Local -  meetup concept that allows Linkedin users to connect with their networks offline, and create meaningful interactions. Venue:  WeWork Clearfork Organizers: Joe Crenshaw, Evans Duren & Jake Jordan Prominent Speaker: Evans Duren Sponsors: Rev19, WeWork, Beacon Hill

The eSports industry continues to post staggering growth numbers that have sent companies flocking to join the ranks of advertisers who use the sport to promote their products and services. For companies looking to get involved but thinking “we don’t

NoD Coworking has announced a new partnership that combines gaming with raising awareness and funds for cancer patients.  The North Dallas-based coworking & events venue founded in 2014 by local entrepreneur Chirag Gupta, has partnered with local nonprofit 1UpOnCancer.org to create a 1,000

The Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) announced its 2019 Annual Conference will take place at the Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas June 11-12, 2019. As part of its commitment to boost local presence and expand its audience,

BenefitMall, the leading provider of employee benefits and payroll services, announced its acquisition of Planet Payroll, a payroll service bureau located in Phoenix with a client base in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Headquartered in Dallas, BenefitMall partners with a network of 20,000 Brokers and CPAs

Today's another big day for the Texas (and Dallas) startup ecosystem. Conversable, a leading conversational intelligence platform with a focus on the quick service restaurant and hospitality industries, today announced that is has been acquired by LivePerson, a New York-based, leading provider

While rideshare is convenient, especially in a city like Dallas, it certainly has its risks. That is until a new company came along with a new approach. Bubbl, a rideshare company that uses current and retired law enforcement as its drivers,

If you ever visited an arcade in the early 90’s, you no doubt witnessed dozens of gamers huddled around NBA JAM, a two vs. 2 NBA game featuring actual NBA players. The popular phrase, “He’s on fire,” was born in

Last month, two local membership organizations, Public Relations Society of America (Dallas Chapter) and ColorComm Dallas, hosted one of Uber's top executives in town for a special community event. Bernard Coleman III, global head of diversity and inclusion (D&I), served as the

As our community continues to grow, Launch DFW is on an ongoing mission to introduce you to some of the region's incredible startups. We've partnered with Capital Factory, a tech hub and accelerator new to Dallas that also offers coworking,

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures announced today that it is participating in a series of events across the United States to meet promising entrepreneurs that are looking for funding. As part of the "call for innovation" initiative that it unveiled this

In a time when society appears to be going more digital, there is a local company that is defying the odds and not only expanding, but revolutionizing an industry. Flexpress is not your ordinary printing company. In fact, the owner, WP Ward,

Glamping, virtual reality, techies and live music this weekend on a ranch about 25 miles outside of Fort Worth? No, we're not talking about the set of a new Texas indie film. We're talking about RebelCon and we'll bet serious money that

Approximately 14 months ago, Epic Games released a quirky little game featuring 100 over-the-top colorful cartoon characters dropping onto an island to try and eliminate each other in a fast-paced Battle Royale. This free game, Fortnite, has gone on to

When we think of a treehouse, we can picture a physical tree fort constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of a strong tree above ground level. More often than not, a treehouse can be used for

Kobie, a Florida-based, global leader in customer loyalty marketing solutions and reward program technology and services, announced today the opening of a new office and contact center in Dallas. Kobie is one of the largest marketing firms in the Tampa Bay

Women are chipping away at securing more funding and penetrating the ranks of leadership, but we still face numerous challenges getting ahead.  While men and women enter the workforce at pretty equal rates, women hold only 21% of C-level positions

Background reading: Angel Investors v. "Angel" Investors Friends and Family Rounds California, and particularly Silicon Valley, is its own world as far as early-stage startup investing goes. The reasons for that aren't complicated: because so much of the "angel" money swirling

Booking.com, one of the world's largest travel e-commerce companies, is on the hunt for inspiring women in technology. They have have officially opened nominations today for the 2019 Technology Playmaker Awards. Introduced by Booking.com in 2017, the awards aim to recognize and

In a time when our lives appear to be consumed by all things digital and social media, Denton startup Upventur is on track to shift the status quo with a pretty cool announcement today -  the completion of its acquisition and

Rank One Sport, a Dallas-based software company and leader in sports team management applications for K-12 athletic directors, certified athletic trainers (ATCs) and coaches, has announced the launch of Rank One Health, an app designed to help standardize student-athlete injury

We’ve all been there. You’re dedicated to your career, so much so that you end up neglecting your health despite all the warning signs. This was Patrick Smith’s story, the founder of a new and rapidly growing startup that’s been

Nearly two months in and the DEC’s CEO Alyce Alston sounds like a woman who has found purchase in the shifting sands underneath her feet. Getting the Lay of the Land Her office at Capital Factory + The DEC is likely far

You’ve heard the phrase, “I’ve died and gone to heaven:. Well, if you’re a gamer, the Dallas Mavericks Gaming Pavilion is the epitome of paradise. I attended the grand opening of the gaming pavilion tonight and boy oh boy, walking into

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

As eSports races towards becoming a billion-dollar annual industry, celebrities, and business titans race to stake their claim in the market, and corporate partners pour budgets into the gaming industry. This begs the question, should eSports become an Olympic sport? The Olympics

As our community continues to grow, Launch DFW is on an ongoing mission to introduce you to some of the region's incredible startups. We've partnered with Capital Factory, a tech hub and accelerator new to Dallas that also offers coworking,

Cognizant today opened its newest U.S. regional technology and service delivery center in Irving, Texas.  The opening follows a November 2017 announcement by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on the company's plan to invest more than $8 million to expand in

Over the weekend, the soon to be billion dollar eSports industry suffered it’s first major tragedy when a man competing in a Jacksonville Madden Tournament, opened fired on fellow gamers after a defeat, killing two and injuring ten. Madden football is one

Bestow Inc., the company expanding insurability and democratizing access to consumer life insurance, today announced its expansion to 32 states bringing its modern life insurance products to families across the country, including Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Arizona, Utah,

Follow your passion - it's becoming a dreaded and overwhelming statement for many of us. How does one follow this so-called "passion" when it's not so easy to find? Maybe you're lucky and knew from childhood what your passion was

A self-described “average guy” from Fort Worth, Cam Sadler’s love of technology and teaching has led him down his own unique path of entrepreneurship. He was in high school when he launched his first business, a blog where he reported

Do you remember the days when your parents told you video games were a waste of time? Well, those days are long gone. Not only can playing video games be extremely lucrative (just ask gaming Superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who generates

For the third time in four years Toyota has been named to Fortune magazine's Change the World List. No other auto company has been named more than once. Ranking Toyota at #31 of the top 57 companies, Fortune recognized Toyota for believing

As our community continues to grow, Launch DFW is on an ongoing mission to introduce you to some of the region's incredible startups. We've partnered with Capital Factory, a tech hub and accelerator new to Dallas that also offers coworking, to spotlight

How can drivers remain confident as they age? That's a critical question that faces drivers 50 and older, and two organizations committed to keeping drivers safe through effective deployment of technologies and education will team up to understand how best

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

Launch DFW recently served as a partner and supporter for the inaugural Blueprint Summit, a full day business conference that brought together an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, creatives, digital influencers and tech enthusiasts. The event was hosted by Cosign Magazine,

Serial entrepreneurs Brandon Warman and Daniel Vitiello have known each other since high school, and they’ve come a long way since then. As is the case with many entrepreneurs we chat with, their entrepreneurial journeys began early on with their

You know the names Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant, but how familiar are you with Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, and Nneka Ogwumike? Perhaps those names don’t ring a bell even though those are three of the hottest

RollKall, a platform for managing and scheduling off-duty security officers, closed a $1.5 million Seed round investment led by Founder Equity Fund and The Athos Group. Founder Equity Fund, a venture studio with offices in Chicago and Dallas, looks for opportunities

In an environment where many are decrying the death of brick and mortar storefronts, Julian Addo is leaning into the in-person shopping experience. “It [opening a store] is only risky if there is no experiential element,” Addo said. “People want an

Having only released the beta for video in the summer of 2017, active LinkedIn users have witnessed firsthand the platform's massive rebrand and new features. Top LinkedIn influencer Goldie Chan, known for her bright green hair and Disney themed videos,

Research findings from the first year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program led by Digital Promise and supported by Google, suggest that instructional technology coaching is a promising approach to improve education equity and close the digital divide,

Crestline Investors leads round with participation from North Bridge Venture Partners, 83North, Advanced Technology Ventures, Heritage Group, Andreessen Horowitz, and Others to Capitalize on $50B Market Opportunity as Enterprises Embrace Multi-Cloud Data-as-a-Service Actifio, the world's leading enterprise Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) software provider,

Gamers traveling through the DFW airport now a have a great reason to arrive several hours early

Independent spots for entrepreneurs and startups Let’s get one thing straight; Texas hospitality is special and unique, which explains why so many businesses are being established in this state. The "can do" and "how can I help you succeed" ecosystem allow

Fetch, the first off-site package solution for apartment buildings, recently announced $3 million in Seed funding, led by Silverton Partners.  With the financing, Kip McClanahan of Silverton will join Fetch's Board of Directors. Fetch was founded in 2016 in Dallas and has

Dawn Dickson knows a few things about bootstrapping. The serial entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio began her career before the cottage industry of self-help guides and advice books from successful entrepreneurs took off. As a marketing manager for Nationwide Insurance in 2001,

Outside of binge-watching Law & Order, it's safe to say many of us are not well-versed in legal jargon. You may be someone who knows the difference between a defendant and a plaintiff, but what about the difference between an NDA

Background reading: Bad Advisors: The Problem with Localism Ask the Users Navigating Referrals in a Connected Startup Ecosystem A noticeable theme over the past 2-3 years is the “cross pollination” of startup ecosystems. By that I mean that the traditional zero-sum

ODEM, creator of the world's first On-Demand Education Marketplace, is joining forces with the InternetBar.org Institute and leveraging blockchain technology to provide displaced populations with digitized educational records. Collaboration with the IBO will use cutting-edge cryptographic technology and ODEM systems

Freelancers Union is a national non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY that promotes the interest of independent workers through advocacy, education, and by providing resources. The community aspect of Freelancers Union is SPARK, which are local monthly meetings hosted the

New sleep research from Parks Associates reveals nearly 29 million U.S. broadband households currently own a product that helps them track their sleep quality, representing less than half of the nearly 60 million consumers who report having at least one sleep

Originally posted here. RevTech, a Dallas-based seed fund and venture accelerator focused on early-stage innovation, today announced the initial close of a $10 million follow-on fund. This new fund allows RevTech to support its portfolio companies as they scale, with investments

M12, Microsoft Corp.'s venture fund, in collaboration with the EQT Ventures fund and SVB Financial Group, recently announced the Female Founders Competition, seeking to accelerate funding for top women-led startups focused on enterprise technology solutions. Two winners will share $4

The University of Texas at Dallas recently announced that it has achieved the critical benchmark criteria required to qualify for funding from the National Research University Fund (NRUF), an exclusive source of research support available to the state's "emerging research

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