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March brings a new month and a new look for Launch DFW. While the revamping is finally finished, there's some catching up to do with posts from February. Launch wants to take this moment to continue the Black History Month

March brings a new month and a new look for Launch DFW. While the revamping is finally finished, there's some catching up to do with posts from February. Launch wants to take this moment to continue the Black History Month

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

Since 2009, Launch DFW has been the leading blog covering the seed and early stage startups market for Dallas/Fort Worth. There are others that cover startups, business, enterprise, and our friends at Dallas Innovates are focused exclusively on innovation across

Black History Month was created and is observed annually for remembrance and appreciation of notable people and events in the history of descendants of the African diaspora or people of African ancestry. This month gives us a chance to highlight

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

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

February is a special month. While the shortest, it packs in a lot of love and appreciation with the holidays and celebrations observed. A fairly unknown celebration of this month is the love of structures that mean so much to

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

Black History Month was created and is observed annually for remembrance and appreciation of notable people and events in the history of descendants of the African diaspora or people of African ancestry. This month gives us a chance to highlight

Businesses can take various paths to grow but the life of an entrepreneur, no matter stage or age, can benefit from some key tips for laying the foundation for a growth mindset and for maintaining momentum once the ball starts

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

Transaction-based experiences have been leading the way to blur the lines between virtual and real life experiences. For example, a customer doesn’t really see the difference between a physical or online store – to them, it’s just a store. 36% of

Every week, I meet with future community members relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They're coming from all over, including the State Capital. A common thread is the opportunity here versus others, and of course the cost of living. These

There are many ways to compare one thing with another. When it comes to Silicon Valley, one common unit of measure might be the number of times the sound of a startup’s pitch bounces from one border to the other,

There are several things we hear regularly about the Dallas-Fort Worth startup community. The two most popular among founders are: “We need more investors willing to take risks,” and “it’s hard to find talent.” Skipping right over the fact that there

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

Below is a blog post submitted by James Loomstein, Managing Partner, Rogue Marketing Startup life is always a roller-coaster ride. Even when the planets align, execution is flawless, and customer acquisition is through the roof, you’ll likely feel you’re perched atop an

Think back to when you were 5-years-old: you were cute, mischievous, smart, and full of dreams for your life. Dreams that included what you would be when you grew up. Entrepreneur, public servant, business executive, philanthropist, owner of the Dallas

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

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

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

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?

For one night every two years, the Dallas Arts District turns into a magical wonderland of contemporary art, light installations, music, and more called Aurora. Aurora is one of those kinds of events that make you proud to live in Dallas.

In the summer of 2013, I spent two weeks in Eden, Utah working for an event called Summit Outside. It's nearly impossible for me to adequately put that experience into words but it was something like TED meets ACL. During those

Today’s startup community is like a freight train rolling through just about every business sector—and many of them, despite our visibility, aren’t prepared for it. Dallas Startup Week 2016 is in planning, and if you’ll recall we had close to

I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel to kick off the Oaktopia event in Denton, Texas. The path to the seat on the panel is as crazy as you’d imagine—from the 45 minute drive to get there, to

Everyone needs a break and evenings, weekends, even holidays may not automatically mean you get that break. How many of us ended up doing work on Labor Day? Technology has made it such that whether you're a creative freelancer, working in

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,

This following is an essay written by Stephanie Campos, Cofounder & Publicist at Social Revolt.  A sustainable and thriving startup takes the type of person who not only believes in their business, but who can get others to believe in it

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

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

On June 15th I decided to start a business. I’ve started businesses in the past, so it was nothing new to me. I decided to try a different approach. I’m a consultant by trade and my goal was to quickly

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

What is marketing? No, not what is the definition of marketing… What does “marketing” mean nowadays – in our big data, Internet of things, social media enriched lives? Ah, so glad you asked such a smart question! Marketing is a

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

I want to talk about data and reports for a minute. I was a sociology minor in college which meant that I spent a significant amount of time conducting research and analyzing and interpreting data and reports. As a communications

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

During the month of May, Launch DFW is highlighting female entrepreneurs and innovators in support of  Dallas Startup Weekend: Women which starts tomorrow. Below is a personal essay from Kimbery O'Neil, CEO of The Giving Blueprint.  The past few months have provided me with

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

For the first two years of our startup life I viewed this thing as my husband’s world. “I don’t care what you do that is your world, your business. I am doing my own thing.” Literally when we launched the startup I was running

With Dallas Startup Weekend: Women around the corner, Launch DFW is highlighting female entrepreneurs and innovators during the month of May. Below is a Q&A with Spice Madam Co-founders, Meghana Moya and Kim Simithraaratchy.  What's the story behind Spice Madam? Meghana: I had the idea

Typically when Facebook announces any updates, I could care less. A newly designed Timeline? Who cares? Videos that play automatically in my Newsfeed? Meh. But when I read about (and later discovered for myself) Facebook’s recent “Instant Articles” feature, I

With Dallas Startup Weekend: Women around the corner, Launch DFW is highlighting female entrepreneurs and innovators during the month of May. Below is a personal essay written by Joyce Yeung, Founder and CEO of StoriedUp.  This is the honest truth: I seriously thought I

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

Launching a startup and raising a family has sent many families to the brink. Google work/life balance and you will get thousands of hits. Try that same search for resources for the families and significant others that support these entrepreneurs

With Dallas Startup Weekend: Women around the corner, Launch DFW is highlighting female entrepreneurs and innovators during the month of May. Below is a personal essay written by Helen Tien, Co-Founder and Marketing Director of Kinskii.  Kinskii’s journey to Seed Sumo One of

“The world has been so focused on New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but I really believe Dallas is the next city to be in.” Twenty-two year old Hannah Morrison (quoted above) moved to Dallas five years ago for

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

Plenty of stereotypes get thrown around about why women would be bad leaders - women are too sensitive, opinionated, or only care about going shopping. But many of these so-called “negative” qualities could actually be advantages you never knew you had,

Each week, some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the Dallas area meet to pitch their business concepts to members of the local community at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. 1 Million Cups is a weekly community event that is

"The system is that there is no system. That doesn't mean we don't have a process

Last month marked the three-year anniversary of my move to Dallas. The night I moved in to my Design District apartment was the same night that the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened to great fanfare. I watched the fireworks light up

So your company’s success is skyrocketing and your staff just grew from 2 to 10. That home office, local coffee shop or coworking space is no longer large enough to maximize your productivity and fit your growth plan. While you’ve

Last Friday I was invited to attend an event surrounding the collective editing of a script for a short film called Making Moments written by Jeff Vogt. As I consider myself a highly collaborative person I was extremely intrigued by this concept. Making

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,

I’ve spent a good part of my career acting as a sort of translator for clients working with creatives. Whether it’s a website redesign, a logo and brand identity creation, or any other creative marketing and branding effort, effectively communicating

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

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,

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

I know that referencing a show that highlights the advertising industry in the 1960s seems like a stretch for this media outlet, but when you look past the smoke, misogyny, and general tomfoolery, Mad Men can teach us a lot

We try not to say the "S" word around here. If you’ve lived in Texas long enough, you know that we have two seasons: winter and summer which is why that short promise of spring is all the more reason

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

Mobile live streaming app, Meerkat was the darling of SXSWi. Boy, what a difference a few weeks make. With the release of Periscope, individuals and brands alike are still figuring out best practices. Take a peek at either platform and

Nothing beats the high of having a great new idea along with the means and vision to implement it. "What could possibly go wrong?" you might ask your business partner. "It's perfect!" Indeed, it very well could be perfect. But, just like

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

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

Over a year ago, I met Bradley Joyce, founder of LAUNCH DFW, at The Grove coworking space in the West End. I was trying to get my consulting business off the ground, and had spent a lot of time at home

Building or working in a startup isn’t for everyone. If you’re lucky, hours are long and pay is enough. If lightening strikes, you hit the jackpot. Being an entrepreneur can be isolating. Your significant other grows tired of hearing you

Lots of exciting activity is taking place on the Dallas startup scene right now. The tech and startup communities are thriving. The job market is booming. And Dallas’s very first Startup Week will be held March 2 through 6. If

We were young, care-free, and rolling in cash. We had just purchased a hotel with a combination of family funds, borrowed funds, and an assumed note. Total deal value $1.1 million with only a $100k down payment - yeah for leverage! We

Starting a company means a beginning. It’s a “Once upon a time…” that you desperately hope will turn into a “…happily ever after.” You go into the story with an idea and whatever money, talents and reputation you personally have. Eventually,

If you're like me, you've maybe thought about some resolutions for 2015, but you never really put them down on paper or announce them to the world. In fact, the idea of setting a goal for the year seems ridiculous

2014 was a banner year for North Texas startups. If you weren't able to attend the State of Entrepreneurship event that the DEC hosted earlier this month, there's a spectacular website with a TON of stats, links, and insights to catch you

It’s been a 33 year journey, but I’ll skip the super early stuff. In 2008, I was a top sales producer at ADP, selling software and services to small businesses in Phoenix. I was there for about one year. I left there

This morning I had coffee with a young entrepreneur who is building a really cool business here in Dallas. This entrepreneur and I talked about marketshare, technology, growth plans and he really seems to have a solid plan. The startup is

In Texas, crowdfunding has been taken to a new level. Recently, the Texas State Securities Board passed a ruling to allow any resident, regardless of net worth, to invest up to $5,000 in companies via equity crowdfunding. Before the ruling, only

When I was 6-years-old, I was in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. My family had moved to Texas from Colombia, South America three years earlier and my English wasn’t par with my peers. My memories from ESL

What’s unique about North Texas’ startup community? Besides our Southern drawl and warm smiles, North Texas offers a bevy of opportunities for startups to succeed. And not abstract opportunities that may lie in a networking happy hour, but real, concrete opportunities

Companies all over the world are formed every day. From that fleeting moment of the idea, through the culmination of toil to bring it to life, entrepreneurs are often on a path with no edge, no direction and no sense

Recently Sam Altman posted a great article on his blog about Silicon Valley: Why Silicon Valley Works. This isn't an argument against the article - Silicon Valley DOES work. As he points out, Silicon Valley makes it possible for startups --

Unbeknownst to many, the fashion technology industry has been around for a long time. The use of technology to acquire fashion items (i.e. via the internet) has been around since the 1990s. In the past, funding and press have centered around fashion

Earlier this year, I was kept up countless sweat-drenching nights facing one of the most important decisions of my life – the type of decision that would impact my future, as well as the future of those who depended on

Whether you're into 80's punk or EDM, there's a lot of great music out there. I consider myself to have a pretty broad range of musical interests, and it occurred to me the other day that there are a good number

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

"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

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

To the people who read LAUNCH DFW (yeah, you!): Diversity in startups is a topic often whispered about but never really talked about. So I decided it was time to SCREAM about it. We're starting a new series. On the last Friday of

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

As of March 2014, smartphone mobile market penetration was sitting at 68.8%, with an astounding 166 million people in the U.S using smartphones with 80% of utilization time being spent on apps. Along with this huge user base of smartphone-ready

"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

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

Over the last week, we have explained the critical need for H1B visas and the amazing shortage we currently face for skilled workers. We've also heard stories about H1B visas and the lives affected by the lottery system. We have identified the problem with

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

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,

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