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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…

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Kickstart Monday: Oduga, Toys That Grow With Baby

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Ask any parent and they’ll tell you, “kids grow up so fast.” Even looking at my niece, it’s hard for me to believe she’ll be three this summer. I could have sworn it was last year that she was this tiny baby instead of the curious (and highly opinionated) toddler she is today. Because children learn and grow at such tremendous speed during the early years of life, parents spend hundreds, if…

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The New Social Network for Realtors: HipPocket

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Realtors pay attention to this one! HipPocket, the private social network for licensed realtors launches next month. That’s right, no more scouting the web, calling and texting everyone you know, standing in Starbucks just hoping someone wants to buy a house. With HipPocket, realtors have the ability to view all pocket listings, list theirs, and orchestrate deals all within the app. HipPocket’s inventors, James Bohan-Pitt and Clay Stapp, crafted the idea based…

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Local Startup Tixsee Partners with Dallas Mavericks for a Virtual Shopping Experience

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It’s always exciting to hear when local companies are working together, especially when it comes to our beloved sports teams. The Dallas Mavericks announced recently that they’ll be partnering with Tixsee, a tech company here in Dallas that specializes in development of screen-based products and “immersive virtual environment technologies.” “The initial idea for our application wasn’t necessarily pointed at sports or ticket sales,” says Brett Dowling, Tixsee’s founder and president. “Our…

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Snappit: Capturing the events and moments that matter

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If you’ve ever hosted an event, you know how difficult it can be to collect photos from your special occasions. Or if you’re attending an event, discovering that you’re required to use a hashtag customized for the occasion, and finding ways to share those memories and images privately can be a massive headache. Tinh Nguyen was especially aware of this frustration — he saw the issue arise at weddings, specifically, when attendees…

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Navvie: “Closing gaps in the new curriculum standards” in Texas

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In August of last year, I had the opportunity to talk with Jena Draper, founder of Navvie, a local EdTech startup. Navvie is an educational content platform, “bringing schools and consumers an on-demand learning solution.” Today, Navvie announced the official launch of their platform, along with an agreement with content provider Words & Numbers Inc., “to bring high-quality education to schools and learners through a premium content marketplace.” If you’re not familiar with curriculum…

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Following the Progress of Dallas Health Tech Startup, Virtual Visit

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It’s been quite the ride, following the progress of Startup Weekend Health winner, Virtual Visit. The team competed at the Startup Weekend Health event back in September, and won first place that weekend. Virtual Visit is a platform that allows family members to interact with and get updates on the care that their relatives are getting at nursing homes. “It’s a new way for families to track the day to…

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Startup Profile: Take Command Health

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Everyone recognizes the problems and headaches that come with health insurance. Jack Hooper and his wife experienced this first hand not long ago, when they found out she was pregnant with twins. “No one could help us figure out what having twins on a student health plan was going to cost,” Jack explained. He and his wife were thrilled about the addition to their family, but the more Jack researched,…

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Yoxxie: The Next Generation of Event Planning

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If you’ve ever planned or volunteered for an event, you have an idea of just how much goes into pulling that kind of thing off. Whether attendance is in the dozens or thousands, a good amount of energy goes into the logistics behind programming the event, keeping things interesting, and, most importantly, engaging your crowd. And now, more than ever, people are paying attention to the data that comes from…

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A Better Way to Play Fantasy Football: Dumpster Fire

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If you haven’t already started a fantasy football league, there’s still a little bit of time left before the draft. And you might consider supporting a local startup by signing up with Dumpster Fire. “We aim to make the fantasy football experience an enjoyable one, and our platform reflects that,” states cofounder and president, Chris Rodriguez. “Having played on multiple fantasy football platforms myself, we’re trying to make Dumpster Fire…