** We're bringing back Kickstart Monday, a regular column where we highlight an interesting local Kickstarter / Indiegogo / crowdfunding campaign ** If you're a developer you've been there. The daily standup rolls around and you're wondering what the heck you're going to say when it's...

If you have a pair of ears on your head and you live in/around Dallas, you probably heard the emergency sirens going off last night. With no severe weather in the area, nor the forecast, everyone was wondering what was going on. As I normally do...

Secure cloud company Armor, based in Richardson, announced this week $89M in new funding from ST Telemedia (STT). This brings Armor's total funding to almost $150M. STT has become a joint lead shareholder with The Stephens Group (TSG), the existing majority shareholder. The investment from STT will...

What does your startup need right now? We've been asking this question across Twitter and Facebook recently to encourage conversation amongst our community. What is community, after all, if not helping each other out when we can? What do you need? What can you offer to someone? I...

Houston/Austin/NYC (I know right?!) startup The Square Foot is making inroads into the Dallas commercial real estate market and has started heavily advertising via Facebook, of all places. The company "enables businesses to search and find the ideal space for their business, while landlords and agents get...

Curated men's retailer and lifestyle magazine Need has announced the closing of its $500,000 seed financing round. The round was led by New York-based investor and apparel industry veteran Greg B. Abbott, Imran Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer of Aftershock London U.S., and Mobelux, Need’s development partner. “When...

The Deep Ellum neighborhood  just got some serious pipes! Ellum.net, a service of Opus 3, has strung fiber optic lines throughout the neighborhood and has already begun providing local business like coworking space Common Desk with speeds up to 1Gb/s. Prices start at $50/month for 50Mbps up/down...

I am SUPER pumped to announce today that LAUNCH DFW has partnered up with the one and only FoundersCard to bring you special pricing on FC membership! I absolutely love my FoundersCard benefits and am constantly telling friends they need to get on board. Now y'all...

Dallas Startup Happy Hour is teaming up with PledgeCents to help our teachers! PledgeCents is in the current Tech Wildcatters class and is hosting their launch party on Thursday, May 15th. All ticket proceeds go to the selected cause. ** YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE! ** http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dallas-welcomes-pledgecents-tickets-11163098127 *The...

TeXchange and TravisWolff present 2014 One to Watch Awards SAVINGS WINDOW EXTENDED TeXchange has extended the early registration window so get your tickets asap! May 1, 2014 6-8:30PM Sixth Floor Museum Speakers George Dunham, Chairman & CEO of epaCUBE Eric Fortenberry, President & CEO of OrgSync Jay Lopez, President & CEO of Estill Medical Technologies Moderator Ed Mello, Co-Founder...

InnoTech is back in Dallas and there will be a Women in Tech summit event as well, for which LAUNCH DFW is a very proud sponsor. The Women in Tech Summit is a special event designed specifically for women in IT. This event includes a fireside...

FPX, a Dallas-based company that provides "configure-price-quote" software and contract management solutions, just announced it has acquired Portland, Oregon startup Glider. Glider had built a beautiful, modern contract management platform. With the acquisition "FPX now has one solution to manage the entire end-to-end sales process that extends...

The upcoming SAI Community Action Conference will be hosted on May 3, 2014 at the Winspear in downtown Dallas. The conference brings together leaders in the business, education, non-profit, healthcare, and social services communities to develop commitments to action. Since there are limited seats available, please have...

After a few month's off, Startup Happy Hour is finally making its way back to Cowtown! Hosted and sponsored by TECH FW, you won't want to miss the best event for getting connected with fellow tech entrepreneurs. Be sure to head over to Meetup and RSVP! http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Startup-Happy-Hour/events/173793622/   ...

Hopefully y'all are as excited as we are for tomorrow's Dallas New Tech! We already have over 120 attendees so this will be the biggest BigDNT yet! If you don't have your ticket yet, be sure to register ASAP! Here are this month's presenting companies! Trusted Riding Trusted Riding...

As the metroplex continues to draw people from all over the country for jobs, etc, its also pulling startups from Silicon Valley. The latest is GeneSolve, a company that believes it can improve your life by analyzing and tweaking your body chemistry. According to the company: By optimizing...

UPDATE: Chui is now over 100% funded on their crowdfounding campaign. There are only 16 pre-order slots left for the first batch so you better get on it if you're interested. https://preorder.getchui.com/the-world-s-most-intelligent-doorbell Want to see who's at your door? Leave an automated message for a friend, or...

IBM's Dallas Innovation Center is holding a workshop next Monday to learn about BlueMix, IBM's new cloud development platform. BlueMix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Capabilities include Java, mobile backend...

The UNT Innovation Greenhouse (shoutout to Nancy Hong who is a warrior for startups/entrepreneurs!) is hosting THE Big Data Hackathon at the end of this month, and you won't want to miss it. The event will feature Lisbeth McNabb, CEO and founder of DigiWorksCorp, as the...

FireHost founder Chris Drake announced today that he will be transitioning from CEO to CTO of the fast growing hosting provider. FireHost is known for it's "secure cloud" products and has raised a significant amount of money to date. Replacing Drake as CEO  is Jim Lewandowski, an...

In case you haven't noticed, we're on a bit of a FREE spree here at LAUNCH DFW. Last week, we made all job postings 100% free (go post one!). In case you haven't already noticed, we've also made tickets to April Dallas New Tech 100% free! This...

Mouyyad Abdulhadi wanted a better way to stay connected with his contacts, so he built Luper, a simple mobile application to keep in touch. We caught up with Mouyyad to learn a little more about Luper. What's the 1-sentence elevator pitch? Helping you stay in touch and sustain your...

PingGo is a location-based social network recently launched by Varsity Letterman LLC. We caught up with cofounder Tom Munley to learn more. What's the 1-sentence elevator pitch for PingGo? Ping. Chat. Meet. What do you do and who are your customers? We just launched our first, location based social networking app,...

I've just upgraded our job board section and to celebrate you can now post jobs for free right here on launchdfw.com! Free listings are visible for 30 days. You can upgrade to a featured listing (premium placement and 60 day visibility) for just $49 per job....

Dallas startup Yvolver just unveiled its product to the public on Monday. The company provides game developers with tools to keep their existing user base more engaged with their games. "Yvolver™ lets everyone earn prizes simply by playing their favorite phone and tablet games. Your Yvolver...

According to research conducted by Professor Yael Hochberg (MIT) and Professor Susan Cohen (University of Richmond), Tech Wildcatters lands at the number 8 spot in the their Top 15 Accelerators list. The rankings come out amidst a growing sentiment that the startup world is currently in...

CardSpur, the Dallas startup that combines offers with gift cards to give consumers and the retailers more value in a much more likely transaction, was selected to present at Startup Oasis at SXSW today! CardSpur cofounder Rich Fletcher will be doing the pitch. Startup Oasis is powered by...

Time is running out (today!) on $10 early bird tickets so if you haven't got one for March 4th yet hop over to Eventbrite and gittterdone. Here are your presenting companies for Dallas New Tech on March 4th: MyDealerService A service that connects the automotive service center to...

Every year droves of startups and entrepreneurs from the metroplex make their way down to SXSW. This year, there are even more opportunities to turn the trip into a breakout event for your startup. Here's a quick rundown on some of the pitch competitions/events that you...

Tech Wildcatters just announced their 2014 class of startups and it's their biggest one yet, with an acceptance rate of about 4%.  This year's class also includes a number of international startups. “We are increasingly impressed with the quality and number of international applicants to Tech Wildcatters. Our...

Tech Wildcatters Program Director Stewart Youngblood will be leaving the accelerator and moving on to new things, he and TW announced yesterday. “I cannot thank the Tech Wildcatters staff, investors, mentors, and alumni companies enough for the amazing experience I had while working for TW. I...

Big news everyone! I've just upgraded our calendar plugin and community members can now directly add both calendar feeds and single events to the LAUNCH DFW Community Calendar. Our goal with the calendar has always been to provide a single source to see ALL the awesome...

Dallas travel startup Traxo released a new version of their iPhone app, updated w/ iOS 7 styling as well as a brand new Android app. The mobile app allows you to track all of your travel plans as well as loyalty points in a single location. The...

OrderMyGear, the Dallas company that provides a platform for sporting goods dealers to create and manage online stores for team uniform and equipment sales, announced this morning that it has closed $550,000 in funding as well as bring on serial entrepreneur Len Critcher as CEO. Founder Kent McKeaigg will now...

Health Wildcatters graduate Cariloop just announced a big milestone for their company. Not only have they come of beta and launched their new website, but they've also closed a partnership with the Texas Organization of Residential Care Homes, or TORCH. Cariloop walks families and caregivers through a...

Uber continues their special occasion craziness with the introduction of Uber Sky, an opportunity for you to skywrite a message to your significant other with the same ease as requesting an Uber ride.   At just $500, it's a steal, right? Here are all the details from the...

Remember when we told you about a new version of March Madness about to hit? Well local startup Kinesio is getting in on the action. 64 companies are currently competing to move on in the bracket-style competition with Kinesio currently pitted against Phoenix-based Orb Health, a...

February Dallas New Tech is NEXT WEEK and we're excited to announce the next 6 presenting companies. This will also be a very special #BigDNT with food provided by culinary sensation Rhonda Sweet. Rhonda has an amazing entrepreneurial story and we're honored to have her be...

Filesharing service Box will be making a stop in Dallas on February 18th during their "World Tour" event series. The event will be a lunch "summit" at the Intercontinental and will feature Box VP of Customer Success Jon Herstein as well as Mark Andersen, manager of...

Michigan-based Avegant will be in Dallas on Wednesday to show off the Glyph, their head-mounted display that utilizes virtual retina display technology to project images directly onto your retina. This isn't your bulky VR gear of generations past. Imagine having incredibly high quality imagery and premium...

The Garage, a new collaborative workspace in Deep Ellum, is holding its grand opening event this Thursday. The event will feature guest speaker Ben Davis, founder of The Gent's Place. RSVP to the grand opening on Facebook. We caught up with The Garage co-founder Michael Gilbert to chat...

Another day, another episode in the city's crackdown on tech-enabled ridesharing/car services like Uber and Lyft. This evening the city will hold a public hearing where a special committee put forth new recommendations on regulations affecting how such services can/should operate. Many within the city council support...

TLDR: We need to know attendance numbers further in advance, we'll be having Feb event catered by Master Chef Season 2 contestant Rhonda Sweet! Ticket prices will go up 5 days before event. The Dallas New Tech event has been growing like crazy and we couldn't...

To celebrate the new year and connect the startup community with the foodie scene, YoBelly (www.YoBellyApp.com), the foodiac-themed mobile app that matches palates to dishes, will be giving away 2 FREE Chef DAT Underground Dinners to LAUNCH DFW readers in February. Don't miss out on...

Applications for the next cohort of Tech Wildcatters are due this coming Friday. Tech Wildcatters, while one of many seed accelerator programs out there, is uniquely focused on B2B companies. If you've been considering applying to a seed accelerator and have a B2b focused business then...

2014 is off to a killer start for the DFW tech/startup community. Already there's been buzz around acquisitions, new incubators and all kinds of awesomeness. Well you can add to the list a couple of local entrepreneurs gracing the pages of D Magazine.. .specifically D CEO. The...

New York-based Infor, a provider of a multitude of business software solutions, announced today that they've acquired Dallas-based PeopleAnswers. PeopleAnswers, a predictive talent analytics platform, enables companies to bring science/analytics into their human resources processes. From the press release: PeopleAnswers' cloud-based talent science platform adds analytical rigor to...

We are pleased to announce the next 6 companies to present at Dallas New Tech happening TOMORROW, January 7th. Dallas New Tech is a monthly event showcasing some of the most interesting tech companies from around the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. Each company gets 5 minutes to...

Let's bring Lean Startup Machine to Dallas! LSM is a hands-on workshop that helps entrepreneurs follow Lean Startup principles to test and validate their startup ideas. They've ran their program in cities all over the world and have helped many a startup get off the ground. From...

It's been a really great year here at LAUNCH DFW. We've been putting out a lot more content every week, and as a result visits and pageviews on the site have been making new records just about every month. Here's a look back on some of the...

SIVI, the startup behind LaunchLeader, a gamified e-learning platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, announced yesterday that they've raised a financing round of over $340k and closed a partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. “You can't talk about the thriving entrepreneurship community in Dallas without mentioning the DEC,”...

Render, a startup founded by University of North Texas students, has won CauseCode's 500Hrs competition. CauseCode, a company that looks to help entrepreneurs bring high-impact ideas to life, recently launched their 500Hrs competition in which early stage startups compete to get their MVP built for free,...

Fort Worth-based Encore Vision has just raised a $5M investment round according to an article posted by the DMN's Hanah Cho this morning. Encore Vision (EV) is developing a patented eye drop that treats presbyopia, which is a condition in which the lens of the eye...

As you all know Jenna officially joined LAUNCH DFW not too long ago as our first paid writer after a long stint volunteering her time and efforts. We've been so fortunate to have Jenna on the team. She works hard and is passionate about sharing your...

Fort Worth-based Simpli.fi just announced that they've closed a $16M Series B financing led by Frontier Capital. Simpli.fi is an ad-tech company that leverages massive amounts of unstructured data to provide customers with highly targeted marketing solutions. The latest financing will be used to support accelerating demand from...

Local tech company Dialexa just announced they are opening an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts near MIT. The company also plans to increase its presence in NYC as well. Here is the full announcement from their blog: Dialexa opens an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts near MIT/Kendall Square to...

via Press Release Satori Capital, a private equity firm that partners with companies operating with a sustainable approach, has acquired Ranger Wireless Solutions, a technology-enabled service provider to the wireless telecom industry. Ranger Wireless' patented service connects roaming wireless subscribers to their provider's customer care center...

It's so exciting to see how fast the DFW tech/startup scene is growing right now in all aspects. One indicator of that is how local media outlets are really starting to take notice of the stuff that's going on. I was happy to have the chance...

Roberts Foster LLP continues its INSIGHTS seminar series next week with an event highlighting IP issues for entrepreneurs. The event, hosted by The Grove, will cover the basics of intellectual property issues that entrepreneurs face as well as some common misconceptions. It's 100% free to attend and...