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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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

Mindfulness in the workplace dominated in 2017, and the topic continues to rule as professionals manage stressful environments and take control of mental and physical health. From corporate retreats to midday meditation, organizations have found innovative ways to provide solutions

Ever wonder how companies like Bumble and Airbnb got started? I'm bringing back some of Guy Raz's best with his popular NPR podcast series "How I Built This with Guy Raz". This series first aired back in September 2016 and

Around Thanksgiving of this last year, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World hit the bookshelves with not only stellar reviews, but also the backing of an author and podcast personality many know and love

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, a podcast about growing and scaling businesses, is on a mission to "illuminate big concepts and simple hacks that can change everything". Each episode features an entrepreneur (i.e. Mark Zuckerberg, Linda Rottenberg, Reed Hastings, and

Chad Houser of Dallas-based Café Momentum, a restaurant training platform for juvenile offenders, won the top prize of $50,000 last week as the BBVA Momentum program for social entrepreneurs closed out its inaugural season in the U.S. BBVA Momentum has been operating

For many vendors at the Re-Imagine RedBird Pop-Up Market, the blossoming revitalization and investment in the region, spearheaded by the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Entrepreneur Center and the Red Bird Mall redevelopment team, is bringing much-needed excitement and interest in

Raise Your Hand. Say Yes., hosted by Tiffany Han, features "the creative adventures of [extra]ordinary people”. Each Tuesday, the energetic host invites subject matter experts onto her show to speak the honest truth about the struggles and concerns we face

If you’re an avid Launch DFW reader, you know that we’re passionate about creating and supporting our local community. So in keeping with the holiday spirit, we’re bringing back a special annual tradition

Genre: Business/Motivational  Guy Raz is the award-winning host, co-creator, and editorial director of NPR’s TED Radio Hour. TED Radio Hour is a hugely popular podcast that covers a variety of topics and stories about people from all walks of life. According

Dallas New Tech is one of DFW’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies. The format is ever evolving. Last summer, we launched (pun intended) a cool, new event segment at Dallas New Tech designed to shine

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,

Calling all fabulous women who are passionate about Dallas, startups and looking for their next big opportunity. Brazen Global is on the hunt for an Interim Director. Read on for details

At a time when many food businesses are shutting their doors, Haitian-born Valery-Jean Bart's sweet startup is expanding. With a cult-like social media following, a solid growth strategy that now includes two unique locations (an adorable "shack" off of Oak

VARIDESK, a Dallas-based manufacturer and design firm of height-adjustable standing desk solutions, active office accessories and office furniture systems, has partnered with The Dallas Mavericks and Mark Cuban Companies on a mission to transform traditional offices into truly active workspaces. 

Clavis Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm, has invested growth capital in Azimuth Technology, a leading manufacturer of precision components for OEM’s and aftermarket distributors in the firearm and defense industries. Financial terms weren’t announced. Headquartered in Naples, FL, Azimuth

Reddy Ice Holdings Inc. and Reddy Ice Corporation have announced the appointment of Deborah Conklin as their new Chief Executive Officer. Conklin was also elected to the Board of Directors of Reddy Ice. Bill Corbin will continue in the role

SAAP Lao Kitchen has discovered the secret recipe for finding and maintaining business success with their popular style of cooking that deliciously pays homage to family, heritage and the love of a very popular treat

Governor Abbott's Small Business Forum, sponsored by the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW, is a must-attend for budding entrepreneurs in North Texas. Bringing together the inspiring ideas, best practices, and successful leaders from Texas, and beyond, this year's conference aims to

Digital platform Music Audience Exchange (MAX)  has announced the appointments of Greg Glenday (Shazam) to its Board of Directors, Steve Fullbright as Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Lara Dulaney as VP of Finance. In conjunction with the high-profile additions, MAX has also

Bar Louie has announced the opening of its newest bar and kitchen at popular new entertainment lifestyle center, Toyota Music Factory, furthering the company's expansion as its 13th location in the state of Texas and its seventh in the Dallas/Fort

In the aftermath of its wake, Hurricane Harvey is being called the most destructive event for vehicles in the nation's history as it has caused a massive demand for close to a million new cars in the Houston area. Approximately 85

Blue Star Sports, the Frisco-based global provider of youth, amateur and professional sports technology, has announced the appointment of Alex Alt as its President and CEO. Alt joins Blue Star Sports from Sabre, where he served as President of Sabre's fast-growing

Fanpage, a Dallas-based startup, whose app allows users to create fanpages and connect with others based on compatibility, has raised $3 million in cash and media promotion and partnered with radio heavyweights Townsquare and iHeartMedia. After months of user testing and

Podcast Pick Of The Week: Second Shot with Chad Prather & Heath Oakes Category: Motivational, Business Chad Prather rose to internet Fandom as the man who’s “Unapologetically Southern.” Heath Oakes is a published author who “failed his way to success.” Together they

Summer may be coming to an end, but Carolyn Phillips' frozen pops biz, Alchemy Pops, is hotter than ever as she prepares to launch her very first brick-and-mortar shop in one of Fort Worth's up and coming areas, South Main

Dallas-based sporting goods company Warstic announces the acquisition of a building at 2900 Main Street with plans to open a hand turned wood baseball bat manufacturing facility, flagship retail location, and headquarters in Dallas' historically cool Deep Ellum neighborhood. The

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories has acquired Texas-based Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. The transaction is expected to be completed early in the fourth quarter of this year and VF will pay Williamson-Dickie shareholders approximately $820

Today Match Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group Americas, to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Match Group, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Ginsberg will succeed Greg Blatt, who will remain in his

Serendipity Labs Coworking announced today that it will be opening its first location in the Dallas Metroplex this November at KPMG Plaza at HALL Arts in the Dallas Arts District. Renowned entrepreneur Craig Hall, the founder and chairman of HALL

photo credit:  Siblings Kathy Purser ('81) and Joe Guerra ('96) help run third-generation family tortilla company in Carrollton. The North Texan, UNT Teasdale Latin Foods ("Teasdale"), a leading national provider of private label and branded Hispanic foods to the retail, food

Kim Fewell was a self-taught Pit Master recreationally long before he joined the Dickey's Barbecue family. Although the barbecue enthusiast enjoys the at-home pit-smoking process, what intrigued him about Dickey's was the combination of delicious, authentic barbecue with the ease

Equinox, the high performance lifestyle leader, today announced a significant minority investment from L Catterton, the largest and most global consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. Equinox is a pioneer in the luxury fitness industry and has grown into an

Despite the fact that Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S., Latinos own less than six percent of franchises in America, according to an International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation report. This segment is growing at a fast pace,

You may be thinking that independent contractors have been around forever so what’s the big deal? One word: Technology. The “Uberization” of Everything Grab your smart phone and get access to billions of people. Download an app and a marketplace of people are

Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion, including Whole

Ready to take your business to the next level? Salesforce has you covered with a very cool event that makes a big splash in downtown Dallas next week. Whether your business has two or 200 employees, join Launch DFW and an

YourCause LLC, an industry leader in employee and nonprofit philanthropic solutions, surpassed milestones of $1.3 billion dollars and 23 million hours in employee and corporate giving and volunteering, respectively, through its CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform. In 2016 alone, the YourCause

Until a few years ago, if you or a loved one were sick, you would pack up a book and extra patience and visit your local emergency room, particularly at night or on the weekends when your family doctor's office

Dallas-based Nectar Agriculture is an agriculture and technology manufacturer founded with the goal of moving the focus of agriculture to a more sustainable model.  In order to meet this goal, Nectar designs and develops aquaponic systems for the home that are easy

Chicago-based Fooda has brought its innovative food service to Dallas. In a market saturated with all kinds of food delivery services, Fooda brings the restaurant to your office lobby. Fooda works with local restaurants to provide a steady rotation and variety each day.