Dallas’ Festival of Ideas, held at Fair Park on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, gathered not only great minds in the industries of literature, entrepreneurship, health, education and infrastructure/architecture but Dallasites that were completely invested in the improvement of their city. Bishop T.D. Jakes, in last...

Described as “the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare,” Global Entrepreneurship Week has racked up some very impressive worldwide statistics: 157 Countries participated 11,101 organizing partners 28,363 activities 8,285,533 participants (Data collected from...

One of the themes for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 (GEW) is youth entrepreneurship. Below is a personal essay written by Gautam Bhargava on his experience as a youth entrepreneur.   --------- *Disclosure: I recently put together SATUS, a program oriented towards youth entrepreneurs. The following post is...

My entrepreneur and I were blessed to have had amazing pre-marital counseling. One of the key lessons that we learned was the importance of non-negotiable goals or standards. During one of our sessions we were asked to come up with three non-negotiable standards, things that were so important to us...

With Dallas Startup Weekend: Women around the corner, Launch DFW is highlighting female entrepreneurs and innovators during the month of May. Below is a recap by Jeanne Spreier of the Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by UT Dallas for the next generation of female leaders.  This sounds like a recipe...

Every Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM, the leaders behind some of the most interesting business concepts in the Dallas area meet to pitch their ideas to local professionals at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC). An extension of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is a weekly...

It's that time of year when college students everywhere are looking for summer internships and career opportunities after graduation. More and more young people are lured by the appeal of working in a startup: flexible schedules and offices with ping-pong tables, kegerators, and lack of formal...

Each year there are topics that dominate the panels at SXSWi. In 2014 it seemed like everyone was talking about millennials or diversity (specifically gender diversity) in technology. While those are areas that still warrant conversation, this year's panel discussions and presentations seemed to focus heavily on culture in...

The other night, Chris (my friend and business partner) and I were catching up. He told me a story about how he agonized over sending an email to a prospective client. Instead of getting a reply out in a timely manner, he kept thinking and overthinking...

One of the things that sets Launch DFW apart from traditional media outlets is its sense of community and collaboration. I met Bradley Joyce and Rachel Gilliam long before joining Launch DFW as editor and it seemed that whenever there was a conversation happening in the...

Your CFO should be your BFF. You’ve charged this person with managing the financial health of your empire and just like being someone’s best friend forever, this too is a huge undertaking. Chances are the person you’ve hired seen his or her fair share of...

Five years seems like a magical number for some reason. A quick search on Google for “Five Year Plan” turns up an astounding 201,000,000 results. As I have gotten older, I look at time differently. The impatience of a younger me (where six months or even...

"How can we help you?" That was the phrase I heard after my experience as an attendee at 1 Million Cups at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. I thought that it was nice gesture, but in today's world of back to back meetings and busy schedules, how much help...

"That which is simple can still be hard." You should only take other people’s money to maximize opportunity. If taking $1M can get you to $1B market, go get it! But if you are hoping to find $50,000 before you quit your day job, “IDK”. Know the difference...

We build a community, a network, and a village voice where we live and work. When you leave that comfort zone, you are automatically forced to find a new triple threat. In the startup world that can entail not just climbing a mountain, but scaling something...

From grade school to college to playing professional basketball in Europe*, my coaches always stressed the importance of being on balance and in position to pivot. Those lessons still hold true in my entrepreneurial endeavors. I recently read a Tech Crunch article about the fast growing app...