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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….

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Will it fit? Size Up Furniture Before Moving it In

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by Marlene Den Bleyker If you have ever moved into a new apartment or condo only to realize the challenges of fitting your furniture into the space, Roomored is here to help. The company creates interactive 3D models of interior spaces currently serving the multi-family rental and condo communities. Farrukuh Malik, founder of the company said that the company vision is to bring this concept to the home buyer in…

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Codesk joins growing network of coworking spaces around North Texas

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Chandni Manoharan had a dilemma: when she quit her job to work on a personal project during the summer of 2015, she needed a place to work. She tried working from home, coffee shops and libraries, but none of those spaces suited her. She enjoyed the coworking spaces in Dallas and realized that there were no coworking spaces in the Irving/Las Colinas area. So she started her own. Codesk is…


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…

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Dallas New Tech February Post-Show Recap

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Dallas New Tech (DNT) is a monthly showcase of emerging startups across the DFW metroplex. If you aren’t familiar with the format, startups get five minutes—and five minutes only, to pitch their company. That pitch is followed by a five minute Q&A from the audience. DNT is also a great time to hear about other events and news taking place throughout the community. One of the things that should be…

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Startup Profiles: EDUsquared Helps Navigate Planning for College

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Going off to college should be an exciting although admittedly anxiety-driven time in a young adult’s life. Applications must be filled out, transcripts requested and dorm room decorated to suit your personality. Among the college to-do list should be figuring out what major to study and how you and your parents are going to fund your education. With so many avenues that families of college students have to navigate, it…

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Startup Profile: GF-17

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As everyone knows, there are only 24 hours in a day and no one gets more or less based on their status. With so much that goes on in each day, it’s hard to carve out time to do what you really want to do, not what you’re obligated to do. Small housekeeping duties take up minutes or hours that can be used to exercise or take up something new….


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…

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Events of the Week: Feb 1-5

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With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region and will bring those to you at the start of each week. Dallas Tuesday | BigDOCC – Dallas Open Coffee Club | 8am Tuesday | Whiteboard Sessions – Aaron Terwey…


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…