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...

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and will bring those to...

In the spirit of year end reflections, I thought it would be appropriate to look back on the remarkable year the DFW startup community has had—and I mean remarkable in its truest form: worthy of notice or attention. Each year our ecosystem grows exponentially and at this year's State...

I’d like to thank The Dallas Morning News for the writeup on the Dallas-Fort Worth Startup Community. It’s important to recognize what is arguably the fastest growing industry in the region. That it’s the Sunday before the regions largest celebration of entrepreneurship, is very helpful...

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...

During my tenure in the Dallas startup scene, I’ve come across countless startups through working in accelerators, attending (far too many) pitch events, and writing about them for Launch DFW. And over the years I’ve noticed something quite alarming: Most of you don’t know what...

Current marketing director for Dialexa and former director of the Addison Treehouse, Paula Gean drops some serious Dallas startup knowledge in her recent post for Tech.co: "If you haven’t heard of Dallas’ robust startup community, you’re probably asking “Wait… Dallas has a startup scene? What is it? And, why...

The following post was written by Joyce Yeung. We have all heard and maybe even created bad stories that have resulted in content marketing with poor results. I’m talking about poor messaging and positioning, lack of identification with a target audience, with content that sounds derivative. I...

There so many events taking place all day, errday, it can be difficult to determine where exactly you should spend your time. So starting today, and every Friday afternoon from here until eternity, I'll share some gentle suggestions* on what to do this weekend. I'll...

Last night marked the return of Dallas New Tech after a brief summer hiatus—and the first DNT hosted by Launch DFW’s new leader, Michael Sitarzewski. The event took place at the Dallas Public Library’s Central branch downtown. Yes, we drank in the library and it...

Always incubating. That was the constant theme when I met with the Andres and Carrie Fabris to pick their brains about what worked and what didn’t during the early stages of startup Traxo, a Dallas-based mobile app that organizes travel plans and accounts. An industry couple, Andres and Carrie met...

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...

Elon Musk and Hyperloop, Venture Capital, Churn Rate, Hedonism. What are you saying to me? My entrepreneur husband and I come from very different backgrounds to begin with. Now in addition to keeping up with his philosophical musings, we have the challenge of the jargon associated with the entrepreneurial...

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...

Decks in the Park kicked off its 2015 season last night at Klyde Warren Park and it's one of those highly successful and buzzworthy events in Dallas that generate the kind of “This is so cool! It doesn’t feel like Dallas!” commentary that I’ve come...

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...

Who’s your ideal startup partner? Do you want a confident leader with integrity who is competitive, passionate, hard-working, and self-motivated? Do you want a flexible team player who will take risks, cope with ambiguity, and rise above failure? Where do you find someone like THAT? Make a mental...

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...

I get to talk to some really great startups, y'all. We have so many generous, creative and seriously intelligent entrepreneurs in our community, and you work hard. Entrepreneurs also work a lot. And when you're trying to accomplish everything under the sun, it's a little hard to focus....

"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...

We hear it frequently, we bandy about the term casually, and it's been used so much more often now that there's a pretty significant event named after it. "Disrupt." "Disruptive Innovation." "Disruptive Tech." I understand it -- there's a need to shake up the way we're doing things, and we're...

What is a game changer? I think most people would define a game changer as a disruptive innovation that changes the status quo. Game changers come in many varieties, from the very simple, to the very complex. If executed properly the end result is the same:...

"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...

Recently at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), CEO Tim Cook presented where the company is headed and announced two new apps - the HealthKit and HomeKit. (The entire video is on YouTube, in case you missed it.) Most tech entrepreneurs, journalists and developers were a...