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The Iron Yard Joins Growing Roster of North Texas Coding Schools

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The Iron Yard has announced the opening of a new campus in Dallas. Starting in March, the Dallas campus will offer courses in Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering in an immersive, 12-week format designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as junior programmers after graduation. With the addition of the Dallas campus, The Iron Yard now operates four campuses in Texas with other locations in Austin, Houston and San Antonio….


Art, Fashion and Philanthropy in the City at Ignite DFW

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by Marlene Den Bleyker LaByron Thomas, Navy Veteran, Producer and Entrepreneur spoke at Ignite DFW 3 about some of the ways his company is giving back to the community through capturing philanthropic events and sharing them with supporters. Beginning his career as a Navy man in Europe with the Naval communications department, Thomas helps produce video content for new recruits to understand what it’s like in the Navy. After leaving…

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From the Streets to Fitness Company CEO

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By Marlene Den Bleyker In 2004, Ade Hazley spent his Christmas selling drugs. Looking around at his situation, it dawned on him that he had a pocket full of money, and two options ahead, die or dream. Hazley, said, “I chose to be positive.” Driving straight to Target his dream evolved as he stood in the organizational section and bought supplies to begin his new life as a fitness trainer….


From Ignite DFW III: The Magic of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Interdependence

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by Taryn O’Brien Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro can expose the darkest places of the human heart, according to Amber Curry Gracia, Founder and Principal of Cinco Strategy Group. She grew up with an uncompromising sense of independence and learned to be quite ambitious. “I liked to climb everything,” she explained. “Grit, determination, and uncompromising independence—these are the values I hold dear.” Gracia met her husband, Rene, who accepted Amber’s “own brand…


New Startup, Project Halcyon Addresses Key Needs for Growing Startups

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Around the United States at any given time, thousands of companies are raising capital; some of those funds fuel growth and expansion and while other resources are earmarked for acquisitions and mergers. New sources of funding certainly can jumpstart next level growth, but nearly every single organization faces the same human capital challenges: how to identify and keep top performers, how to attract and grow new hires into the next…


Startup Profile: Coregami, High Performance Formal Wear for World Class Musicians

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Performance wear meets the symphony. This might seem like an unlikely pair, but as Kevin Yu realized, it was a pairing that made formal wear more comfortable. His idea of “performal,” formal meets performance wear, is allowing musicians of the finest symphonies to perform without breaking a sweat. Coregami, founded by Yu, businessman and musician, is an online retailer of high-performance formal wear based in Dallas and is currently the…


Building forms for today’s web experience

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By Marlene Den Bleyker In today’s web environment, creating a form requires a frontend and backend developer. “Web 3.0 is here, and APIs are the connective tissue across the Internet,” according to Form.io, LLC CEO Gary Wetzel. To overcome this issue, Form.io offers an API platform for interactive web forms for developers. Wetzel said this is the number one choice for peer-to-peer services, so the company develops forms that work…


Helping people sell their services with Beecose

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By Teryn O’Brien “How many of you have moved out of state or to a new city at least once?” asked Edmundo Torquemada, founder of Beecose (Kellerworx, LLC, dba Beecose). Moving to a new place is always difficult, because simple things are unknown. And getting to know a city and one’s neighbors can be hard. So what can make it easier? Community. Beecose’s goal is to empower normal, everyday people…


One-stop shopping, scheduling and paying for home services

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By Marlene Den Bleyker Maintaining your home can be time consuming and expensive. Additionally, finding service providers and managing them also brings a new set of issues. Pallavi Raj, cofounder of HomeBlis, Inc., laid out the challenges by pointing out that the average homeowner needs four to six service providers with an average cost of $500 to $700 per month. Raj also stressed the amount of time needed each month…


Heavy lifting without the hernia: There’s an app for that

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By Marlene Den Bleyker Heavy lifting without the hernia: There’s an app for that If you have ever gone to one of those big box stores and bought something only to realize it’s not fitting in your car, PICKUP, LLC is for you. Think of it as the UBER of home delivery. “We are an app-powered service company that helps customers get bulky items from point A to point B…