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VentureSpur Pitch Day Announced

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Mark your calendars for October 29! VentureSpur Pitch Day is coming up and promises to be an awesome event! Pitch Day is the culmination of the 2014 VentureSpur program, which is currently housed at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. “Pitch Day will feature investment and product pitches from our six early-stage technology companies who have completed the 12-week VentureSpur acceleration program. This year’s startups are focused in technology for the restaurant, retail…

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October Dallas New Tech: Announcing a New Venue and Our Amazing Presenters!

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We are just plain GIDDY about the upcoming Dallas New Tech coming up in just three weeks — not only do we have some amazing presenters for you this month (as always), but we’ll be at a new venue! Join us on October 7 at the Venue at 400 North Ervay. We’ll be on the rooftop and can’t wait! The Venue promises to be a perfect location — we’re looking…

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Kickstart Monday: Pump Up West Dallas

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Most of the Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns that we’ve featured are tech-related, so this week’s project is a little bit different – but it’s for a great cause that we’re excited to hear about. Pump Up West Dallas is a campaign to install bicycle repair stations in the West Dallas and Oak Cliff areas. With the increase of bicycle travel in our fair city, the need for stations like this…

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Dallas Fort Work is Moving Downtown!

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Dallas Fort Work, a coworking community in North Dallas, will be joining in the downtown fun come this November. “The pioneers of Downtown’s revitalization at 211 N. Ervay continue to expand their innovative concept at Alto 211 with the addition of Fort Work as their latest tenant,” stated today’s announcement from Dallas Fort Work (DFW). DFW will be setting up shop at 211 N. Ervay, joining the Tech Wildcatters and Health Wildcatters…

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Why Game Changers Are So Important

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What is a game changer? I think most people would define a game changer as a disruptive innovation that changes the status quo. Game changers come in many varieties, from the very simple, to the very complex. If executed properly the end result is the same: a bar is raised, and a new standard is established. But why are game changers coveted so much more than just incremental innovation? Because…

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Dallas-based tripBAM Wins at the Innovate 2014 Conference

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tripBam is a hotel shopping service used by corporations, hotels, travel agencies and travelers based in Dallas. They won the Business Travel Supplier Innovation Award at The Business Travel News Group’s inaugural Innovate Conference in New York last week. “It’s an honor to win this award, particularly given the impressive display of technology at the Innovate Conference,” said Steve Reynolds, founder and CEO of tripBAM, in a press release. A…

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The DEC and American Airlines Launch Business Extra Partnership

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The Dallas Entrepreneur Center and American Airlines have partnered up to provide the DEC startups and entrepreneurs with Business Extra points. American Airlines has provided entrepreneurs with programs and opportunities for travel, through its Innovators Initiative. “We’re excited about the opportunity to build loyalty for American Airlines through the Business Extra program,” said Trey Bowles, cofounder and CEO at the DEC. “We also hope that other Dallas-based corporations will provide the…

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Crowdfunding Platform MassCatalyst Exhibiting at TechCrunch

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MassCatalyst is representing Dallas at TechCrunch Disrupt this week with their new crowdfunding platform. “Unlike traditional crowdfunding platforms, MassCatalyst operates as an auction for investors,” states a company release. “Think of them as the eBay of business funding.” Crowdfunding has been largely successful, providing companies with the opportunity to reach wider audiences to help them fund ideas and products. “Donation-based platforms like Kickstarter have flexed the powerful muscles of crowdfunding…

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Dallas-based Vinli Launches at TechCrunch Disrupt

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Vinli is a connected-car platform, and they’re launching TODAY at TechCrunch Disrupt. “Vinli is a game changer because we have created the  first open-platform for developers that works on over 700 million vehicles around the world. It can make a car manufactured in 1996 smarter than a car manufactured in 2014,” said coFounder and CEO Mark Haidar. Vinli is based in Dallas, and is currently incubated at Dialexa Labs. Vinli is a…

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Dallas Named One of the Top in Tech

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Dallas ranked third in the nation in a recent report from JLL on the state of technology-related jobs. Steve Brown with the Dallas Morning News reported that “only California’s Silicon Valley and the Boston area have more high-tech workers” than the Dallas area. “Continued high-tech growth is forecast due to Dallas’ low cost of doing business, aggressive company recruiting efforts, low cost of living compared to many high-tech markets, and…