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Guidrr—Here’s to #NewTravel

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Guidrr is a Dallas-based travel startup founded by world traveler and tech entrepreneur, Aassia Haq. The Guidrr app is available in Dallas, Sao Paulo, Florence, Paris and more major travel destinations around the world, and features curated lists of things to do in the particular city or town that you are visiting. Their app is built for travel influencers—no more worrying about the accuracy of traditional guide books or online review sites. Haq…


Tech Talent South Launches 3rd Class in Dallas

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On Monday, Tech Talent South launches its third class of coding courses. We caught up with their director of community operations, Melissa Nemec to see what they’ve been up to.   Raquel Vincent: What can students expect from Tech Talent South?  Melisa Nemec: Students at TTS can expect an exciting and challenging intensive 8 week adventure of “learning to code.” We truly believe that anyone willing to work hard can…


Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

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Today not only marks the beginning of October (and hopefully cooler weather) but it also signals the start of #WEDallas, a month long celebration of women entrepreneurs hosted by The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC). I chatted with Lauren Zeien, VP of Programming for The DEC to learn more about this new initiative. Last Spring, The DEC hosted some programming geared especially for women entrepreneurs. Is #WEDallas a continuation of those efforts?  When…

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Startup Hustle: Molly Cain

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If you’re in the Alto 211 building downtown, you might be lucky enough to run into Molly Cain. And despite her height (she still has me beat), you’ll pick up on her determination and energy, probably right away. It’s infectious, actually, if you get the chance to sit down and talk to her, which I did earlier this year. Molly hails from Arlington, TX, and grew up in the area….


Meet LAUNCH Executive Director, Lauren Zeien

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Lauren Zeien came to Dallas in January 2014 with a handful of contacts and plans to make a big splash. Lauren hails from the north — Minnesota, to be exact. She was at Loyola for her Bachelors, and spent time in the startup scene after graduation there in Chicago. And then the opportunity for more growth presented itself — a move to Dallas, to participate in a local incubator program….

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LAUNCH DFW Interview with Disrupt Radio

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In case you missed it, LAUNCH DFW founder, Bradley Joyce, had the chance to chat with Cynthia Nevels at Disrupt Radio yesterday. Cynthia met Bradley at an event at (where else?) 211 North Ervay, where LAUNCH DFW is now officially located (and where we had last night’s amazing Dallas New Tech event!). She brought Bradley on the show to answer the question “What’s going on with the startup culture in Dallas?”…

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Perk Ally: Following Up with the Lean Startup Weekend Winners

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Recently Dallas hosted the first ever Lean Startup Machine (LSM) event. For those who aren’t familiar with the three-day-intensive workshop, it’s been organized in various cities and functions as “a workshop & educational series. [The] focus is on teaching founders a process through case studies and hands-on mentoring.” We’re excited to see Dallas participating in the Lean Startup Machine movement! Kara Brown (DEC Ambassador, Tech Wildcatters Alum) and Kyle Taylor (TechMill)…


LAUNCH DFW Talks About Our Startup Community with Michael Yorba

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We’re always excited to talk about what LAUNCH DFW is up to and how much we love being a part of the startup community here in North Texas. Today, LAUNCH DFW founder, Bradley Joyce, had the opportunity to speak as a guest on Yorba Media’s “Traders Network,” along with Michael Gilbert of The Garage. “Bradley has been the voice of the tech startup community,” says Gilbert, Chief Mechanic at The…


Know Your City – D Academy Now Accepting Applications

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Dallas is a surprising city. Right when you think you have it “all figured out”, you learn something new, or create surprising connections. But these kinds of epiphanies only occur if you open yourself up to the opportunities that abound here. That’s kind of the idea behind D Academy. This program is underwritten by the owners at D Magazine and provides a unique series of courses tailored specifically to various…


iLumi Closes Mark Cuban on Shark Tank to Tune of $350k

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Plano-based startup iLumi hit the big time on ABC’s Shark Tank this past Friday night. Founders Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora squared off against the sharks as they pitched their bluetooth-enabled smart lightbulbs, initially asking for $350,000 in exchange for 15% equity in the company. The iLumi bulb can do some pretty cool stuff like adjust colors/hues, sync to the rhythm of music, and turn of/off as you move to different…