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Why Successful Area Founders Don’t Reinvest After an Exit

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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 3,000 participants from across the region. I expect that to double for 2016. We have accelerators, incubators, coworking space coverage like few other cities, eight Startup Weekends, our media is…

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Recognizing the Needs of a Strong Startup Community

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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 the seven years I spent in the Boulder/Denver startup ecosystem that led to the invitation to the panel in the first place. The topic was the growing tech scene in…


Editor’s Note: Setting Boundaries and Unplugging

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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 a demanding corporate job, or building a startup, you’re expected to be connected 24/7. While there will certainly be exceptions, it’s incredibly important to set boundaries. Especially in the startup industry, there is…


Real-life bloopers: Examples Of Bad Storytelling

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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 have certainly been guilty of the latter. I’ve written about how in my early years, I tried to incorporate as many buzzwords into…

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The convergence of startups and civic culture

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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 too. With circles of civic leaders popping up every day it can be hard to choose the best cause. Do I support the city? Do I support other startups?…


Stuff you should do this weekend

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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 share some events from around the startup community as well as a suggestion or two from the general community (because sometimes it’s a good thing to…


The (Un)Official #BigDNT Recap

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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 was awesome. Hosting the event at the library isn’t just symbolic of Launch DFW’s commitment to community and civic engagement, it also highlights the new…


One Idea, 10 Days, Infinite Possibilities

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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 land clients in a repeatable and scalable manner. Ten days later I landed my first client with check in hand. This is on top of my normal, full time work…


Startup Family: Andres & Carrie Fabris of Traxo

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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 while working for a large travel based corporation. When Andres left his salaried job to build Traxo in April of 2008, the couple had only been married…

3 startup marketing strategies you should be doing

3 Startup Marketing Strategies You Should Be Doing

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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 relationship between you and your audience. And, like all good relationships, good marketing is made up of communication, transparency and trust. I know what you’re thinking, “this is nice and…