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Startup Family: Confession of a Startup Wife—A New Paradigm was Needed

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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 my own little children’s item resale business and halfway through the pregnancy with our second child. I knew this startup was his passion and the best path for him but…

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Spice Madam: changing the way people explore different cultures through food

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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 for a spice subscription box to bring flavors from around the world into people’s lives! I wanted to create a monthly box of different spices from around the…

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Editor’s Note: Waxing Philosophical on Facebook’s Instant Articles

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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 was blown away. Instant Articles is a tool for news publishers to distribute fast, interactive articles to their readers within the Facebook app. As someone who consumes a ton of…

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From Corporate Marketer to Startup Storyteller: Joyce Yeung Shares Her Story

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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 was going to work in a corporate job until 59 ½ and happily enter retirement with my IRA and 401K. You probably (used to) think the same thing. I…

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1MC Weekly: Marma & Kwest Recap

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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 community event promoting entrepreneurship on a national scale. With a growing weekly audience of over 2500 professionals nationwide, dozens visit each week for the caffeine and networking…

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Startup Family: Starting up and Staying Together

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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 and the list is pointedly shorter. Thankfully, this year two podcasts have launched to address just this subject: Entrefamily is a run by Stephanie and Ryan Langford who between the…

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From a Habanero Pepper to a $50,000 Check, Why Building Your Community Matters.

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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 most important things you can do to market your startup is to get your name out there and build connections before you need them. The stigma of “PR-hungry startups”…

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Startup Millennials Pt. 2: Creatives and Game-Changers

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“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 college and has found her tribe among the growing Dallas creative community. As the Head Buyer and Head of Brand Relations for Need, Morrison helps drive the beautifully curated…

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Startup Millennials: The DFW Natives

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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 to both love and loathe. I’m guilty of using that phrase frequently during my first year in Dallas to articulate my pleasant surprise. The events…

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10 Advantages Women Didn’t Know They Had

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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, and one of the key reasons you’ve got what it takes to start your own company. Stereotype: Women are scatter-brained Advantage: Women multi-task like a boss Men marvel at many…