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PayHub Launches In Dallas, Joins LaunchDFW as New Sponsor

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Payments and payment processing aren’t exactly cool conversation topics. And when you buy tickets or items online, you probably don’t wonder about the inner-workings of how that credit card goes from your hands to the merchant. However, effectively managing payment processing is incredibly important to a growing business and that’s precisely what new Launch DFW sponsor, PayHub does. PayHub offers a full suite of utilities that empower businesses to get the most…

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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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Being Two Steves: Why Learning Improv Makes You a Better Entrepreneur

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“The system is that there is no system. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a process….and no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.” —Steve Jobs “Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.” — Steve Martin As an entrepreneur, you know that success is one part inspiration and 99 parts…

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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….

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Why Hardware Startups Fail to Deliver

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We’ve seen it play out over and over. A hardware startup goes down the crowdfunding route, successfully raises money and then misses its first delivery timeline. A few months go by, and the team misses its timeline again. If you are lucky, you eventually receive the product but in many cases the company just folds. Less than 40% of Kickstarter projects are successfully completed. Why is that? A few reasons:…

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GreenBuzz Dallas joins forces with Ellen’s Southern Kitchen for new eco-friendly initiative

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GreenBuzz Dallas is a new initiative from The Grove Coworking Community in Dallas’ Historic West End. The goal is to empower local businesses to incorporate sustainable practices through community support. Businesses that participate in GreenBuzz agree to invest a certain percentage of the single-day sales in eco-friendly upgrades. In exchange, patrons swarm to support the business for a few hours on the designated day. Justin Nygren, co-owner and managing partner of…

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Editor’s Note: Actually, Millennials like Dallas just fine.

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Last month marked the three-year anniversary of my move to Dallas. The night I moved in to my Design District apartment was the same night that the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened to great fanfare. I watched the fireworks light up the sky from the top of our parking garage and felt the same surge of excitement and promise that I used to feel when overlooking New York City from Brooklyn…

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Caffeine, Community, and Collaboration—1 Million Cups Dallas Weekly

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Every Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, two new entrepreneurs take the stage to showcase their products or services to other local professionals. Presenters have a total of six minutes to explain their business concept to a sizable audience, who in turn provide about 20 minutes of feedback. Created by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups (1MC) is based on the idea that networking and creative…

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New Coding Boot Camp Comes to Dallas

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Dallas’ evolving need for technological talent has caught national attention and attracted new business to the city. To that end, Tech Talent South (TTS), a rapidly growing education startup, will be hosting their coding boot camp in Dallas next month. TTS offers eight-week code immersion courses that prepare startups and aspiring web developers alike with the coding and web development skills needed to succeed in Dallas’ thriving tech industry. The boot…