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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Gestures Captures Mobile Camera Simplicity

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Gestures, a simplified interface app for mobile cameras, eliminates the use of  buttons and alternatively implements touch screen motions. Previously a photographer, Cofounder Sung Kim set out to change the static camera interface for quick access. Frustrated by the overload of gimmicky features in current camera apps, Kim created Gestures to be the simplest to use. “The window on the screen should be those moments in life that you want…

Dallas Native Wants to Build Sexy Tools for Salespeople

Dallas Native Wants to Build Sexy Tools for Salespeople

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When Jeb Ory describes his startup, 5degrees, it’s easy to think it’s just another contact management app on the surface. But as you dig deeper, there is something powerful to their approach. While 5degrees is based in Chicago, we caught up with Jeb, who is CEO of the company, while he was in town recently. LAUNCH DFW: Jeb, I saw you pitch at the “ Municipality + Symposium” in Lewisville last week. Since…

Blazing the Trail: Joel Fontenot

Blazing the Trail: Joel Fontenot

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Joel Fontenot is Managing Partner at Trailblazer Capital, the only Texas VC firm to consist solely of entrepreneurs. I met with him recently to get a better idea of what makes VC’s tick. We began the discussion talking about the Dallas investment market. Many are already aware of the difficulty getting funding in today’s world, especially in DFW. Over 75 percent of the capital coming to local companies comes from…

Post Launch, Social Dish Happy With Reception.

Post Launch, Social Dish Happy With Reception.

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SocialDish has officially launched since the last story LaunchDFW posted about the startup. I was able to catch up with James Canington of SocialDish to find out how the startup is doing after launch. James tells us about the response. The response has been tremendous.  We have users in all 50 states and we get inquiries from other countries trying to sign up.  We don’t accept users outside the USA…

Startup Profile – iChair

Startup Profile – iChair

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iChair is the creation of Vindi Sedey, who saw a market for an advanced stand + case for Apple devices. The iChair design was inspired by the passion that Apple consumers have for their devices, keeping simplicity and functionality in mind. It utilizes the highest quality materials, with locking mechanisms and advanced manufacturing techniques, to produce a product that provides ultimate functionality and sleek looks. The company is currently looking to…

Startup Profile – MobileMUM

Startup Profile – MobileMUM

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Mobile MUM is a subscription-based video streaming service designed to empower both the parents (via parental control) and the kids (who get to select the type of content they view after each video). To a degree, it’s a set-and-forget type of system since parents get to choose the subscription and don’t have to worry later about what their child is viewing or playing. Currently, the service will work on Android, iPhone, and iPad,…