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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

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

The U.S. Department of State selected Dallas-based designer and entrepreneur Steven Kinder as one of 45 leaders sponsored to implement entrepreneurial and community development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of the Young Leaders of the Americas

Guest Contributor: Beth Casey Starting your own business is never easy. Among the plethora of other decisions, you must also consider how best to market yourself. Today, the name of the marketing game is digital. Statista reported that there were over

BenefitMall, the leading provider of employee benefits and payroll services, today launched PayFocus Mobile – a mobile app designed exclusively for PayFocus and PayFocus Pro end-users. PayFocus Mobile is the newest enhancement to PayFocus, state-of-the-art online payroll solutions designed to provide

Dallas-based MoneyGram is extending its global digital footprint with the launch of its award-winning online platform in five new countries. Customers in Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Austria can now send money 24/7 directly to more than two billion bank accounts

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,

Compass' Sharif Fotouh has been recognized as one of the most influential executives in the edge computing industry by Data Economy Magazine in its first annual "Edge 50" list. Data Economy Magazine instituted the Edge 50 list this year to

The Launch DFW team is excited to introduce you to some of the innovative entrepreneurs and creatives that call North Texas home. This week's spotlight is on a content creator that offices at Industrious and has a true passion for flavorful storytelling. Meet

I am a Fort Worth mom with four young children, but as a digital business owner I am an old-timer. I started my first online business more than a decade ago, and now I am running my fourth online business.

Dallas is known as the kind of city where, on any given day, a single interaction could change your life. A new job, a big business deal, an opportunity of a lifetime

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

Some of our favorite pics from We Work's official Fort Worth grand opening last month, courtesy of our events contributor Ashlee Inman.  

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

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

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