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Rent it Out with RentBillow

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“When you think about renting, you think about houses, cars, boats…big items. You don’t usually think about renting something in your house. And you should!” That’s how coffee with Anabella Watson, CEO of RentBillow started this past week. She isn’t building just an online peer-to-peer rental business (within 9 months her site has had over 400 signups and she created an iOS app), she is building a community. Let’s start with the peer-to-peer rental story. According to Anabella,…

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Kickstart Monday: Village Initiative Tackles Student Loans Through Crowdfunding

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The Village Initiative is an early-stage startup that will be a community-based crowdfunding platform which allows individuals to become members, tell their stories behind their student loan debt, and allow their own “villages” or network, contribute to their campaign. Co-founders Jason Hilliard and Randon Knighten are alumni of University of North Texas and secured student loans to finance their education so the creation of The Village Initiative is very personal. The goal is…


Memory Science Helps Students Learn and Remember What Matters Most

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It’s that time of year when college students all over the country are preparing (or have already completed) final exams. You know the drill: highlighters, 3×5 flash cards, and pages scribbled with notes—the trifecta of testing time, all so that you can retain just enough information to ace the test. The team behind Dallas-based ed-tech startup, Memory Science, believes there’s a better way. Using cognitive and neuroscience methodologies, Memory Science has…

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Imgr Turns Your Text Messages into Custom Branded Content

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With Facebook limiting the visibility of overly promotional posts, many small businesses and entrepreneurs are having to find new ways of low-cost advertising. Imgr is hoping to make this a little easier by leveraging mobile marketing. “Imgr helps companies and individuals build their brand through personal and social interactions by enhancing instant messaging,” said Blake Lind, Founder & CEO of Imgr. Messages can be customized to include special promotions, new product…


Kickstart Monday: Marma, Natural health products inspired by Grandma’s remedies

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Sore throat? Sunburn? Bad cough? Who remembers all of the childhood memories of your grandmother putting together the weirdest ideas to produce a remedy to cure you? Jump forward years later from the playground and as adults we think only what the doctor says or what the medicine bottle states is true to healing us. New Dallas-based startup Marma is believes otherwise: that traditional remedies can work and can be…


Number 7 Coffee delivers Coffee + Hope

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I am not a morning person but the one thing that has made mornings a bit more manageable, is the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. Whether you prefer a slow, ritualistic pour, a French press, or rely on your friend Mr. Coffee, for many of us, mornings just wouldn’t happen without coffee. Mayra GH, co-founder and CEO of Number 7 Coffee has taken her passion for a good cup…


The Power of 9 Happy People: If You Can Dream It, Do It!

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From the Dalai Lama, to Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, an overstressed world is actively seeking happiness. And now, happiness has come to South Dallas thanks to Candice Quarles and Amrit Kirpalani, co-founders of 9 Happy People. Founded in February 2015, 9 Happy People is a socially-conscious fashion brand. The model, based on Tom’s Shoes, is simple. Buy a t-shirt, create a job, and strengthen our city….


PediaQ brings on-demand pediatric care to busy families

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Any parent of a young child will tell you that kids get sick all of the time and that going to an urgent care clinic is pretty much the worst: waiting forever in a germ-infested waiting room, surrounded by more crying, sick children. Enter PediaQ: a mobile-app for on-demand pediatric urgent care launching in Frisco and Plano this May. With PediaQ, families can now access the highest quality after-hours pediatric…

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No more ramen noodles: FiveOH! finds food for $5 or less

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Many of us still walk through the grocery store and smile with nostalgia when we come across that giant box of ramen instant noodles. How could we not? It was always available, easily prepared, and cost next to nothing. But doesn’t today’s college student deserve better? Shail Bhatt and Ali Mirza, co-founders of FiveOH! certainly think so. FiveOH! is a free mobile app that helps college students find an alternative to ramen…


Points on Paper: Transform Jumbled Thoughts Into Concise Points

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For anyone who has fumbled their way through an awkward pitch (and for those of us who have been subject to such train wrecks), Points on Paper is a lifesaver. Points on Paper is a Dallas startup designed to help people find their purpose in what they communicate. The Points on Paper method focuses on the fundamentals of effective communication and begins by asking three targeted questions: Who is your audience? What do you do? What…