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ICYMI: What’s New and Next in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Today

Jun 25, 2021

News travels fast, and we’re here to help you keep up. Every weekday, Dallas Innovates brings you up to date on what you may have missed in the region’s innovation, technology, and impact news. From startup to enterprise, education to invention, and creative to social innovation, here’s our daily mix of what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth. Don’t miss a thing. Sign up for Dallas Innovates Every Day to get the best of Dallas-Fort Worth innovation delivered to your inbox. Friday, June 25 TOP 10 ⓶  North Texas’ Qarbon Aerospace Will Assemble LIFT’s HEXA Flying Cars ⓷  As Texas Builds a ‘Hempire’ and Cannabis Laws Ease in Baby Steps, Lucky Leaf Expo Returns to Irving July 9-10 ⓹  Dallas’ Big Thought Receives $2.5M in Donations from MacKenzie Scott , Dan Jewett, Rainwater Charitable Foundation ⓽  ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Stars Eugene and Sarah Levy Appear in Ad Campaign for Capital One Auto Navigator ⓾  Southlake Biotech OncoNano Medicine Raises $50M in Series B to Accelerate Cancer Tech THREE THINGS [Photo: Chad Hill/iStock] ⓵ RELOCATION, RELOCATION: What drives so many corporations to relocate from California to Texas—more than any other state? According to site selection expert Joe Vranich, who is the president of McKinney-based Spectrum Location Services, there’s three driving factors: taxes, a better regulatory environment, and quality of life. Around 101 companies have moved to Texas from the Golden State —and Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin are dominating. Vranich told the DBJ that the number one strength DFW is seeing is the variety of communities. From Fort Worth to Plano to Little Elm to Colleyville, the region has a number of various characteristics that attract different types of niche people. Vranich sees regulations not being eased and taxes going up in the future in California. “I personally am in that camp that predicts there will be additional companies leaving California,” he says. “How many? Nobody knows. But I think it will happen.” Parkland Hospital [Photo: Andrew Smith] ⓶ HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES: A longtime staple in the southeast Dallas community, Jubilee Park and Community Center, has partnered with Parkland Hospital to build a clinic on its campus that would provide holistic healthcare to the community. The building will serve community members of all age groups, with general medical and dental care provided by Parkland Hospital and mental health services by the Jewish Family Service, the DMN reports. At the Jubilee clinic, all health and wellness and mental health services will be free. The main goal: to “eliminate obstacles for those seeking healthcare.” The clinic also aims to raise life expectancy, decrease the rate of diabetes and childhood obesity, and decrease the number of emergency room visits, according to the DMN. This mission— addressing healthcare needs in medically underserved areas —is one Parkland has focused on since the ’80s. Through its Population Health initiative, the hospital has developed Community Orientated Primary Care clinics, Youth and Family Centers, and the HOMES program, along with a planned Red Bird Clinic that’s set to open in September 2021. There’s also a quick clinic coming to Bonton potentially late next year. The DMN notes that Parkland often partners with local orgs like Jubilee Park to make these projects come to life. The Jubilee site is expected to be open by next June. [Photo: Courtesy Kodiak] ⓷ TRANSFORMING TRUCKING: The venture capital arm of BMW, i Ventures, has made an undisclosed investment in Kodiak Robotics, the developer of self-driving technology for long-haul trucking. The deal follows tire giant Bridgestone placing a minority stake in the startup. Currently, Kodiak has announced $40M in Series A funding, according to TechCrunch. It plans to use the new capital to “build out a safety case for its self-driving tech stack so it can more quickly commercialize,” the tech pub reports. It will also hire new talent and expand its trucking fleet—right now, Kodiak has 10 trucks rotating in commercial routes between Texas and California. In 2019, Kodiak announced a second hub in North Texas to work toward making “Texas the home of self-driving trucks.” The facility in DFW is Kodiak’s main base for freight testing, operations, and delivery. The team has already gotten support from the state, Governor Abbott, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and more to help further The Lone Star State’s stance as a leader in logistics and transportation. Thursday, June 24 THREE THINGS When completed, a redesigned underpass at Interstate 35E will link the Katy Trail and the Trinity River side to the west of the highway. [Image via The Loop Dallas] ⓵ LOOPY VICTORY: Whether you bike, run, or are walked by your dog, The Loop is where it’s at. The ribbon of paved trails circles Dallas’ city core, connecting neighborhoods to transportation hubs and economic opportunity. The Loop aims to connect 39 miles of trails with 11 miles of new trails , and yesterday brought big news: The Dallas City Council approved an $11.6 million tax increment financing (TIF) Award for the Hi-Line Connector—a one-mile urban trail that will expand the iconic placemaking of the Katy Trail through Victory Park and the Design District to the Trinity Strand Trail. Called “transformational” by project leaders, the Hi-Line Connector sets the stage for more mixed-use development along the alignment with its alternative way to bypass I-35E and the active DART/TRE rail line. The Circuit Trail Conservancy believes the Hi-Line Connector is critical for this neighborhood to continue its sustainable economic growth. Numerous street blocks will be reconstructed to create biking and walking areas protected from traffic—including the city’s first mid-intersection pedestrian crossing. The project will go out to bid for construction in the coming weeks. Erica Mollett ⓶ FIND YOUR SEAT: Dallas edtech platform Banneky has formed a new collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures and Microsoft—called “Find Your Seat”—to educate and create diversity in STEM careers for the next generation in an entertaining way. On June 26, they’ll host a 6-hour livestream event for students called “FIND YOUR SEAT: In Tech, Gaming, and Entertainment” to introduce students to coding tools and STEM concepts. It will be related to the upcoming “Space Jam” film, in theaters and on HBO Max July 16. Find Your Seat brings opportunities to have conversations with STEM professionals— Microsoft developers, game producers, content creators, and well-known gamers like Aerial Powers, FaZe Blaze, FaZe Swagg, and Sceptic—via blended panels, live coding, and fun family themes. Overall, the intent is to get students interested in the digital future. Xebec co-founder and CEO Randy Kendrick [Photo: Xebec] ⓷ INDUSTRIOUS INDUSTRIAL: Xebec, a Dallas-based real estate development and investment management platform focused on industrial and logistics real estate , has announced a commitment from BentallGreenOak (BGO) to invest $475 million of equity in Xebec-sponsored ventures. BGO is a global real estate investment management advisor, and made the commitment on behalf of its clients. “Our new ventures with BGO provide Xebec with deep access to capital for both Xebec’s current core portfolio as well as future executions,” said Xebec co-founder and CEO Randy Kendrick in a statement, “which will accelerate Xebec’s investment strategy and we believe will create significant value.” The strategic partnership includes an initial $170 million joint venture with Xebec Logistics Trust (XLT) in a portfolio of stabilized core assets, and an initial commitment of up to $305 million to Xebec’s future investment opportunities. PLUS Photo: ismagilov/iStock ⟫ GROWING FLATS:  Future apartments are getting bigger. RentCafé says new-build apartments in suburbs like McKinney, Lewisville, and Irving are growing in size. Three words explain why: Work from home. How much bigger are they? About “one small home office bigger,” according to RentCafé. READ MORE Wednesday, June 23 [Image: grinvalds/istockphoto] ⓵ NOTHING BUT THE SPOOF: Spam texts. Fraud calls. Robocalls that never stop. They’ve plagued our smartphones for years and get worse by the day. Now Dallas-based AT&T—which blocks or labels more than a billion robocalls each month—is launching new technology to fight it. STIR/SHAKEN is its newest call authentication technology. Powered with extra data for detection and accuracy, it boosts two company programs—AT&T’s Call Protect, which automatically blocks fraud and offers spam alerts for wireless customers, plus an effort by the company’s global fraud team to block fraud calls on every type of AT&T phone service. STIR/SHAKEN is a protocol that confirms Caller ID isn’t being illegally spoofed with a fake number. It works across IP networks like VoIP landlines and most wireless phones. AT&T says it’s using data from STIR/SHAKEN to help it achieve high blocking accuracy. It’s all part of the new AT&T Active Armor network protection suite to help safeguard devices and data. [Image: marchmeena29/istockphoto] ⓶  MITIGATION MONEY: Dallas-area Lender Compliance Technologies (LCT), has raised $4.15 million in a Series A funding round to further the development of its technology solutions. The funding round was led by Automotive Ventures, Driven Capital Partners, and a syndicate of software entrepreneurs. Specializing in compliance solutions for automotive, RV, marine, and powersports lenders, Colleyville-based LCT was founded in 2020 and is using industry-based, audit-ready solutions to serve the needs of lenders and ultimately create a forward-thinking roadmap. In April, LCT released its first product, Refund Control, which allows lenders to take control of the cancellation and refund process of finance and insurance products. READ MORE [Image: Quiet 3PF] ⓷ VERY FULFILLING: Quiet 3PF,  a leading outsourced fulfillment partner to premium and lifestyle brands, has opened it first Texas fulfillment center with a state-of-the-art facility at 10750 Denton Dr. in Dallas. The company says it’s “creating a logistics model for the future, with human-to-robot relationships.” The facility’s multi-level, mezzanine-style space “enables humans and autonomous mobile robots” to manage inventory without ladders or lifts. More than 35 percent of its exterior walls allow natural light in, compared to 3 to 5 percent at typical warehouses. The facility is expected to earn LEED Certification by meeting and exceeding natural daylighting, energy performance, and indoor environment requirements. “Quiet continues to expand its leadership role in Dallas with this innovative design, and we believe it’s the right model for our digitally-native brand partners who cater to more urban consumers,” said Kate Klemmer Terry, Quiet 3PF’s chief revenue officer, in a statement. Quiet-Dallas is the first facility developed from the ground up by Greenfield Partners LLC, which acquired Quiet 3PF along with Related Fund Management in 2018. PLUS Software innovator C-Hear is one of the newest members of Microsoft’s accelerator program aimed at scaling and growing B2B startups. [Image via C-Hear] ⟫ Dallas-based C-Hear, which unveiled its innovative software to create unfakable documents, produce unstealable images, and allow a user to imbed audio into an image file without saving it as a video in 2019 at SXSW, has been accepted into the Microsoft for Startups program. The company plans to leverage the opportunity to its fullest, said CEO and Founder Adena Harmon. The startup aims to enable growth at scale for its tech through the accelerator. C-Hear’s patented codec can encode visual, audio, and text file types into a single, secure file with levels of encryption and privacy. It has the potential to “revolutionize the future of digital imagery and media” with use-cases across all industries and sectors, the CEO said in a news release. Tuesday, June 22 [Photo: Argano] ⓵ AMASSING ACQUISITIONS: Last week, we told you about Plano-based Argano acquiring Irvine, California-based digital transformation company Arbela Technologies to empower global organizations to transform their businesses with next-gen digital foundations. Now, the ‘digital renaissance’ company has snatched up another: SCMO2, an Atlanta-based supply chain management firm that helps companies improve how they plan, sell, and deliver. SCMO2 will architect supply chains solutions for Argano that are resilient, flexible, and integral to digital foundations. The acquisitions come at a time when the newly launched company is aiming to build a “consultancy entirely focused on all of the operations that live up to expectations being set by websites, portals, and digital commerce sites.” In May, Plano-based Keste and Arlington-based interRel combined with United Virtualities, which has offices in New York, Guadalajara, and Buenos Aires, to form Argano, which is backed by Dallas-based Trinity Hunt Partners. The group is led by Chip Register (above), the former co-CEO of PublicisSapient. Register wants to be the guiding hand that leads enterprises beyond legacy technology and into game-changing products, services, and experiences. [Photo: GameStop] ⓶ TRADING MEMES: Grapevine-based video game retailer Gamestop is back in the news this week after raising more than $1B in its latest stock sale from what the Associated Press calls a new “fervent army of online investors.” It’s all due to a trending phenomenon that’s being referred to as ‘meme stocks’—stars in Reddit chatrooms and other social media platform that have seen excessive trading volume from retail investors from going viral. This often allows for smaller investors to take home big gains from nabbing shares of troubled companies, and be pitted against institutional investors who have shorted shares of these companies, the AP explains. For instance: GameStop is now up more than 1,000 percent this year, despite lagging behind tech trends in gaming. Now, the local retailer is taking advantage of being a meme to raise cash it urgently needs, selling 5M shares in the at-the-market offering. Under Ryan Cohen, the co-founder of Chewy and GameStop’s new chairman, and a revamped leadership team, GameStop is now making moves into digital sales in a way that its brick and mortar stores used to generate. [Photo: UNTHSC] ⓷ FUTURE OF MEDICINE: The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is one step closer to full accreditation thanks to a provisional accreditation granted today from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. According to Dr. Stuart D. Flynn, the medical school’s founding dean, it’s a “tremendous step in solidifying the medical school’s role as a critical partner in making Fort Worth and North Texas a place where medical innovation in education and health care occurs.” Texas Christian University and the UNT Health Science Center’s medical school in Fort Worth, which was formed from a private-public partnership in 2015, hopes to turn traditional medical education on its head . The school flips the classroom: Rather than have lecturers speaking to empty auditoriums, it provides videos and reading to be studied at home, and students come to class for discussions, collaboration, and application of what they have learned. Efficiency, holistic learning, and real-world application are top of mind. In 2019, it welcomed its inaugural class of 60 students after receiving preliminary accreditation. H. Paul Dorman, chairman and CEO of Fort Worth-based DFB Pharmaceuticals, donated the cost of tuition for their first year of classes. The next step is full accreditation, which is expected in late 2023, the Star Telegram reported. Monday, June 21 [Images: Fred Segal/Dickies] ⓵ HIP DICKIES: Dickies has made tough workwear since 1922 for workers who work hard at work. But it’s popped up as a fashion icon for hipsters who want to convey an anti-glam, down-to-earth sensibility. Dickies is now going all in on this intersection with the Fred Segal x Dickies Loves L.A. pop-up shop inside Fred Segal’s iconic flagship Sunset Blvd. store in Los Angeles, now through August 15th. The 1,500-square-foot pop-up shop is Dickies’ first foray into branded physical store space in California, the company says. “For decades Los Angeles has quietly adopted Dickies as a uniform of cultural pride,” said Kathy Hines, VP of global marketing for Dickies. “As Dickies approaches its centennial anniversary next year, we’re seeking to celebrate that covetable stamp of approval by partnering with LA’s most passionate creative makers and LA’s most iconic retailer.” [Image: Meranna/istockphoto] ⓶ CUE THE APPLAUSE: Plano-based Clapper, a social media app that’s had more than 1M downloads, has raised $3 million in a seed round, reports the DBJ. It’s the first funding for the one-year-old company, which plans to use the capital for office space, bandwidth, and hiring. Described by the DBJ as a “sort of alternative to TikTok,” Clapper hosts a platform that encourages users—above 17 only—to show their “candid lives.” Users can post clips that last minutes and add text, music, and other effects. CEO Edison Chen told the publication that while TikTok has “all fancy and staging videos, dancing, and entertainment from young kids,” the social world tends to ignore groups like millennials, farmers, and truck drivers. His vision is to create a space where “everyone can be seen, be heard, and be valued.” The vaccine purchase order was signed on June 16 in Asunción by Dr. Julio Borba, Paraguay Minister of Health and Social Welfare, and Jon Harrison, Vaxxinity Chief Strategy Officer. Ambassador José Han, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Paraguay, was also present (pictured). [Image via Vaxxinity] ⓷ A WHOLE NEW SHOT: Dallas-headquartered biotech firm Vaxxinity has signed a purchase order with the government of Paraguay for one million doses of the firm’s UB-612 COVID-19 vaccine. Paraguay has suffered one of the worst COVID outbreaks by capita on earth. Vaxxinity’s vaccine is the first Multitope protein/synthetic peptide vaccine to fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus. “Vaxxinity’s foundation is a commitment to democratizing healthcare worldwide,” said Lou Reese, co-founder and executive chairman of Vaxxinity, in a statement. “Vaxxinity has prioritized its focus on UB-612, while continuing development of the other vaccines in its pipeline, in order to rapidly develop, manufacture, and distribute vaccines to help combat the global COVID-19 pandemic in countries most in need.” Thursday, June 17 [DI Gif; Aurora images] ⓵ LET THERE BE LIGHT: Dallas-based Aurora, the visionary public arts/tech organization, is heading west to team up with the Arts Council of Fort Worth on a new installation at Pioneer Tower. The New Stories: New Futures exhibition was curated by Dr. Lauren Cross, who picked a diverse roster of ten North Texas artists for the show. The August installation will feature stories describing the collective experiences of Fort Worth and the region. “Three years ago, the discussion to grow Aurora beyond Dallas began,” Aurora Executive Director Joshua King said on LinkedIn. “It’s great that we can now say Fort Worth will be a new story in our history.” For more on the upcoming show, go here . [Image: Azat_ajphotos/istockphoto] ⓶ RAMPED UP: Dallas-based SimiDigi, a high-tech workforce training and development company, was picked for the inaugural OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator from gener8tor and nonprofit ECMC Group. The startup, which joins four other U.S. companies in the Minneapolis-based program, is designed to cut costs for industrial organizations and train a mobile workforce with 3-D and VR tech. SimiDigi will get a $100,000 cash investment, plus $1M+ in deals and perks from vendors like AWS, Rackspace, Microsoft, PayPal, Zendesk, and HubSpot, among other support. UTD’s Dr. Manuel Quevedo has worked for years to develop a technology to detect neutron radiation. ⓷ KABOOM STOPPER: The nightmare: Radioactive material is smuggled into a city like Dallas and exploded in a WMD attack that shocks the world. To prevent that, portable radiation detectors can be used, but they’re fragile, bulky, and very expensive. Now UT Dallas researchers have developed a more accurate portable technology to detect neutron radiation—with manufacturing costs 100 to 1,000 times less expensive than current detectors. “The goal is to make it nearly impossible to move special nuclear materials without being detected,” said Dr. Manuel Quevedo professor and department head of materials science and engineering in UTD’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, in a statement. “For example, if there’s a car loaded with radioactive material, you could detect it and actively track the vehicle motion.” The tech is based on a film as thin as 8 micrometers, the size of a strand of spider silk. Based on perovskite materials, the film can be used in smaller, lighter, highly efficient sensor—which could be used more readily in airports or in tunnels leading into a city to detect special nuclear material used to make WMD. The tech can also be used in hospitals, oil and gas drilling, and scrap metal applications. The discovery is the result of several years of research funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, and Texas Instruments Inc.  Quevedo has been awarded six patents related to the technology, which you can read about here and here . MARKET MOVERS Founder Wilbur You (center). [Image: Youtech] ⟫  DIGITAL SHAKERS: Youtech, a $25 million digital marketing agency bootstrapped in 2012 with a “mere $600 investment” by a then-21-year-old Wilbur You, expanded to Dallas-Fort Worth with a new office in Plano. Now settled in, the company sees the move as an exponential growth opportunity. Youtech has ranked on Inc.’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for four straight years. The company told Dallas Innovates it helps generate $1 billion in sales for its clients globally, with name brands such as MillerCoors, Chick-fil-a, and 3M among its more than 1,000 clients. Youtech also has offices in Chicago and Scottsdale. Its team consists of more than 70 creatives in advertising, design, development, and more. “We are movers and shakers, constantly improving,” the company says in a news release. “Catch us if you can.” ⟫  PARTS IS PARTS: Torrance, CA-based CarParts.com is nearly doubling the size of its distribution center in Grand Prairie to 366,000 square feet. The expansion will allow the company to add 125 new full-time positions when it’s operational in Q1 2022. CarParts opened the site last year, creating more than 200 jobs to date. [Image: Therabody video still via PR newswire] ⟫ THUMPIN’ HQ: L.A.-based Therabody, which makes medical devices and wellness products like the Theragun , will site its second headquarters in Downtown Dallas’ East Quarter. Other tech companies are already in the neighborhood, including Dialexa and Order My Gear. Therabody will take up the top two floors of 2200 Main St. , according to D Magazine, bringing a total of more than 50 new jobs to the region. ⟫  CHARGED UP: Massachusetts-based Inovis Energy, an energy efficiency and EV charging company, is expanding into Texas. To help with the move, Inovis has hired Dallas-based Joe VanOflen as business development manager to develop new projects with large commercial and industrial customers, and support the Texas expansion. ⟫  RUNWAY LESSONS: Edtech company ProComputing, which provides IT consulting and classroom technology, has a new lease at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Stream Realty’s Todd Noonan says the area is in demand with newer buildings and handy access to multiple highways. Wednesday, June 16 Big Thought CEO Byron Sanders (left) and MacKenzie Scott [Photos: Big Thought/MacKenzie Scott] ⓵ BIG BOOST: One of the richest women in the world has taken note of Dallas-based Big Thought. Today, philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett, donated $2.74B to 286 high-impact organizations that are focused on the arts and combating racial inequity. Scott’s settlement in her 2019 divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made her one of the richest women, according to CNN . Right before the divorce was finalized she joined The Giving Pledge, a campaign from Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Melinda Gates that “encourages extremely wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.” Jewett joined shortly after their marriage in March. $1.5M of the recently donated capital went to local nonprofit Big Thought, which is dedicated to educating and motivating the city’s youth. The funding will serve as a catalyst in expanding the work Big Thought is doing with its partners to help close the opportunity gap through educational programs, learning communities, and advocacy. Big Thought also received another $1M from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, a Fort Worth foundation that funds initiatives focused on bettering the lives of children. Neiman Marcus store in Fort Worth [Photo: NMG] ⓶ LUXURIOUS GROWTH: Over the past year, Neiman Marcus CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck said that the Dallas-based chain of luxury department stores has been focused on strengthening the foundation of its business. As the return of luxury accelerates, he wants NMG to be “perfectly positioned” to capture the growing interest of customers. One such way the retail brand plans to do so is through new technology capabilities—and several digital investments. Neiman Marcus recently announced its plans to acquire Stylyze, a Seattle-based machine learning SaaS platform that provides product attribution data and curated content to “power relevant shopping experiences.” The women-founded and -led tech company aims to strengthen NMG’s ability to craft a “differentiated luxury experience” that can create emotional value and high lifetime value. It’s part of the company’s over half-billion dollars in planned gross investment over the next three years. So far, NMG has implemented technology and digital solutions from 25+ companies to “enhance and elevate the luxury customer experience.” Dennis Cail, co-founder and CEO of Zirtue ⓷ ‘REDEFINING THE AMERICAN DREAM’: To shine a light on the entrepreneurial heroes leading America’s small businesses, Forbes created the Next 1000, a first-of-its-kind initiative that the publication says “showcases the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops, and pre-revenue startups in every region of the country.” The rolling list is a culmination of nominations, all screened by business leaders and top entrepreneurs, and will reach 1,000 by the end of the year. All have under $10 million in revenue or funding, but as Forbes says, “infinite drive and hustle.” Just released is summer’s class of 250 standouts , the second installment of the 2021 list—and on it are a number of North Texas names. Deah Berry Mitchell, Co-Founder of Nostalgia Black (Dallas) Kewanta Brooks, Founder of Elite Kids TV (Frisco) Dennis Cail, Co-Founder of Zirtue (Dallas, and pictured above) Stephone Coward, Co-Founder of BankBlackUSA (Grand Prairie) Chanel Christoff Davis, Founder of Davis Davis & Harmon (Dallas) James Griffin, Founder of Invene (Dallas) Chris Hoffmann, Founder of The Ambitious VET Network (Frisco) Jene Denise Huginnie, Founder of Impact Focus (Frisco) Brittani Hunter, Founder of Mogul Millennial (Dallas) Asha Kangralkar, Co-Founder of AVACRAFT (Plano) Monique Little, Founder of You Go Natural (Dallas) Abu Sadeq, Founder of Zartech (Dallas) Stephanie Weibring, Founder of Joy Creative Shop (Dallas) Ernanda White, Founder of Black Girls Drone (Lewisville)   Take your shot: Forbes is still searching for new faces to round out the list. The pub needs nominations from every industry across the U.S, specifically in diverse regions and businesses. Submit a nomination here . Tuesday, June 15 [Cameron Johnson, CEO and founder of Nickson] ⓵ NICELY FURNISHED: Dallas-based Nickson, a startup that fully furnishes apartments on demand, just received $12 million in Series A funding from Pendulum Opportunities, a subsidiary of Pendulum Holdings, reports TechCrunch. Other participants included Motley Fool Ventures, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest, and Backstage Capital. Robbie Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Pendulum, is a former financial advisor to President Barack Obama. He recently founded Pendulum to invest $250 million in startups founded by people of color. He told TechCrunch his firm was drawn to invest in Nickson because of Johnson’s “vision, secular shifts toward renting and subscription consumption, and the company’s disruptive business model.” Nickson currently operates only in Dallas, but plans to expand to Austin and Houston in the next year. For more on how Nickson works and how it got started, read our profile from 2019 . Chip Register, CEO of Argano [Photo: Argano] ⓶ DIGITAL RENAISSANCE: Argano has acquired Irvine, California-based cloud-based digital transformation company Arbela Technologies to empower global organizations to transform their businesses with next-gen digital foundations. The move brings Plano-based Argano’s total employee count to 600—and comes at a time when the new company is racing to build a “consultancy entirely focused on all of the operations that live up to expectations being set by websites, portals, and digital commerce sites.” In May, Plano-based Keste and Arlington-based interRel combined with United Virtualities, which has offices in New York, Guadalajara, and Buenos Aires, to form Argano, which is backed by Dallas-based Trinity Hunt Partners. The group is led by Chip Register (above), the former co-CEO of PublicisSapient. The foundation for the company rests on the “Digital Renaissance.” Register wants to be the guiding hand that leads enterprises beyond legacy technology and into game-changing products, services, and experiences. Arbela Technologies will now operate as Arbela, an Argano company, helping to address the technology deficit many companies face. [Video still: Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute] ⓷ RAISING SPIRITS: Lyda Hill Philanthropies and Lever for Change have selected the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and its “Lone Star Depression Challenge” as the recipient of the $10 million Lone Star Prize, a Texas-based competition launched in early 2020 to improve the lives of Texans and their communities. The Lone Star Depression Challenge is an effort to increase mental health awareness and decrease skyrocketing depression rates in Texas. According to the institute, fewer than one in 15 of the 1.5 million Texans suffering from depression each year receive sufficient care to recover. Tragically, nearly 4,000 people in the state die each year from suicide. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this problem, nearly doubling the amount of people seriously considering suicide. As the prize winner, The Meadows Institute will focus on improving Texans’ quality of life by making mental health care more accessible throughout the state. WHAT ELSE? Video still: Match ⟫  BACK TO LOVE: When the COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of weddings to be canceled and postponed, it also put thousands in the industry out of a job. Dallas-headquartered Match recognizes that—so it teamed up with its board of directors member and Hollywood-favorite actor and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds for a new campaign that would put wedding performers back to work. With the help of Reynolds’ production company Maximum Effort, Match’s new ad features a lighthearted, catchy tune that encourages singles to “Get Back to Love” by joining the dating platform. The song features 12 real-life wedding singers, including three from DFW, and was produced by GRAMMYs President and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “Obviously Satan and 2020 brought people together in a slightly different way,” Reynolds says. “Now we’re trying to bring people together with an all time great song.” Watch the music video here (and try not to get it stuck in your head). [David Coorts, VP of Technical Development for BPS Agriculture. Photo: BPS Agriculture.] ⟫ ORGANIC STATUS: With organic food sales surpassing $56 billion in the last year—up 12.8 percent, according to a trade survey—Argyle-based BPS Agriculture just got a big boost. Its proprietary carrier technology OpusMAX has attained Organic Material Research Institute (OMRI) listing for the U.S. and Canada, with listing in Mexico anticipated soon. The water-based technology, classified by the EPA as an inert ingredient, facilitates the self-assembly of supramolecular structures from active ingredients.The OMRI listing allows OpusMAX to be used in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program and standards in Canada and Mexico. BPS, a diversified agriculture holding company, is currently incubating three start-ups: Verano365, Farm Shield, and PureAcre, with OpusMAX utilized across all three to enhance horticulture and agriculture input performance. “Growers are responding to increasing consumer demand for organic products,” said Verano365 President Herbert Rabalais in a statement. The listing will enable his company “to craft inputs that can advance organic growing practices.”   Monday, June 14 [Photo: sdphotography/istockphoto] ⓵ GIDDYUP:  Fort Worth’s RIDE TV just galloped into new hands. The 24-hour TV network dedicated to equestrian sports, culture, and lifestyle has been acquired by a newly formed investor group, GAC Media, LLC, it was announced today. Additionally, GAC Media acquired the Great American Country Network (GAC) from Discovery, Inc. GAC’s format includes lifestyle shows; it’s available in around 40 million households. Together, Ride TV and GAC will be the first channels in GAC Media’s larger effort to invest in “timeless and entertaining” family-friendly programming. GAC Media was organized by Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners and Bill Abbot, the former president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, the parent company of the Hallmark Channel. “Family-friendly programming that enriches lives and offers safe entertainment options remains as strong as ever,” Abbot said in a statement. “GAC and RIDE TV represent cornerstone assets in this respect, and we look forward to growing both channels even as we pursue the larger goal of establishing new, well-resourced, and engaging family-friendly programming.”  [Image: Artsterdam/istockphoto] ⓶ COOL JOINT: Dallas-based Invesco Real Estate and Charlottesville VA-based Jera Asset Management have formed a joint venture—Mercury Trust—to acquire industrial real estate focused on distribution centers, logistics properties, and cold storage warehouses. The goal: purchase up to $3 billion in assets over the next three to five years. Mercury Trust was seeded with nearly $500 million of assets across the U.S. that have been acquired or are under contract. Acting on behalf of an institutional client, Invesco made a “significant equity commitment for investment in future acquisitions,” according to a statement. In addition, a $675 million credit facility for current and future acquisitions has been obtained. “Invesco’s reputation as one of the top investment managers in the world and a leader in the commercial real estate industry combined with our ability to originate acquisitions of industrial assets and manage portfolios will enable us to substantially grow Mercury Trust,” said Carrington Guy, managing partner of Jera, in the statement. Greg Kraus, managing director and head of transactions at Invesco, said his company shares Jera’s positive outlook on the industrial space and the opportunities it represents. [Photo via Arlan Hamilton] ⓷ NIFTY FIFTY: Dallas native Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital—a VC that invests in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT—was ranked No. 12 on Fast Company’s second annual Queer 50. Created in collaboration with Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, the list honors women and nonbinary leaders in tech, finance, venture capital, media, and entertainment who have a “history of impact” and are inspiring “ the next generation of innovators who are changing the game .” A panel of expert judges, which included notable local AT&T Business CEO Anne Chow, reviewed the top candidates for the list. Fast Company says it’s truly a reflection of the past 12 tumultuous months. Hamilton was recently the keynote speaker at TechFW’s inaugural Women & Wealth event. You can read more about her journey to invest in underrepresented founders here , and explore the Queer 50 list here . PLUS [Photo: sureeporn-istockphoto/istockphoto] ⟫ TEXAS BOUND: Kin Insurance, a Chicago-based insurtech company that sells directly to consumers, raised $69.2M in Series C funding and plans to expand to new markets including Texas . The company wants to make buying home insurance easy. Its tech analyzes over 10,000 property data points to evaluate risk and “price policies fairly,” according to FinSMES. ⟫ PATIENT PARTNER: Dallas-based Axxess, a leading tech innovator for healthcare at home, has a new strategic partnership with Forcura, a healthcare tech company that enhances electronic health records (EHR) by enabling safer patient care coordination and transitions. Forcura’s platform combines workflow and collaboration tools, third-party engagement capabilities, and analytics to support healthcare providers across multiple care settings and services. ⟫ INCARCERATED CALLS: Yusef Jackson, who is the son of Jesse Jackson, has joined Carrollton’s Aventiv Technologies. Jackson is helping the company’s subsidiary Securus Technologies, which provides tech services to prisons. Securus, which has new leadership, has been criticized for how it and the industry handles telecommunications and for charging prisoners too much for calls, the DBJ reports. Jackson has chosen to work to “make the company better.” He shares his perspective in a Q&A. Friday, June 11 The Most Popular Stories on Dallas Innovates This Week ⓵ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Stars Eugene and Sarah Levy Appear in Ad Campaign for Capital One Auto Navigator ⓶   Immersive Van Gogh Opens at Lighthouse Dallas, a New Arts Venue in Downtown’s East Quarter ⓻  Fort Worth’s Foundry District is Getting a Bite-Size Version of the Iconic Sweet Tooth Hotel ⓼   DI People : Comerica, Toyota, Signify Health, Varsity Brands Make Moves ⓽  EdTech Startup Language Learning Market Expanding Its Corporate HQ in McKinney THREE THINGS Bronco II at dusk [Photo: Leidos Holdings, Inc.] ⓵ FLEXIBLE OPS: Fort Worth-headquartered Paramount Group US Inc., Reston VA-based Leidos, and Mississippi-based Vertex Aerospace were selected to enter the final phase of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype program. They were among five teams awarded a total of $19.3 million for prototype demonstrations. The companies will advance the Bronco II (above) to a phase III operational prototype demonstration later this month. The Bronco II is designed to give Special Ops teams “ultimately mission flexibility,” and can be rapidly transformed for multiple roles—with precision weapons, high-performance sensors, mission planning systems, and an electronic self-protection suite. “We believe that Bronco II is the definitive next generation aircraft, which has been designed to be future-proofed against evolving operational requirements in the asymmetrical battlespace specifically inhabited by SOCOM,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, chairman of the global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group, in a statement. Texas Trees Foundation ⓶ IT’S OVER YOUR HEAD: The first Dallas Urban Forest Master Plan has been unanimously adopted by the Dallas City Council, the Texas Trees Foundation (TTF) announced yesterday. The plan “is a major step forward for our city,” said Dr. Bobby Lyle, chairman of the board of trustees for the TTF. “It emphasizes the strategic importance of our urban forest and provides guidance for our community as the City of Dallas sets the standards and takes the lead in urban forestry management in North Texas.” When properly managed, trees can lead to water-quality improvement, stormwater mitigation, erosion control, heat reduction, air-quality improvement, health and wellness benefits, better wildlife habitats, and jobs, the TTF says. You can see the whole plan with its 14 recommendations and 56 action items  right here . ⓷ ORAL MILESTONE: Dallas-based SWK Holdings, a life sciences-focused specialty finance company, today announced that its subsidiary Enteris BioPharma received a $10 million milestone payment from Cara Therapeutics. The payment was triggered by Cara’s completion of an end-of-phase-2 meeting with the FDA for Oral KORSUVA in patients with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease.The milestone was related to the license agreement for the Peptelligence oral formulation technology used in Oral KORSUVA,  a formulation of Cara’s KOR agonist, CR845/difelikefalin. Thursday, June 10 A rendering of Vertical Aerospace VA-X4 [Image: Vertical Aerospace / American Airlines] ⓵ ENTERING EVOTL: Fort Worth-based American Airlines is making its first foray into the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVOTL) aircraft field via a new investment in Vertical Aerospace. Through UK-based electric aircraft maker Vertical Aerospace, American could order as many as 250 planes —a “zero-carbon aircraft that can carry four passengers and a pilot and fly at speeds of up to 200 miles with a range of 100 miles”—for $1B. American CFO Derek Kerr said it was critical for the airline to join the race to use emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions and “develop the next generation of electric aircraft.” Like a commercial airline jet, the Vertical Aerospace aircraft could carry passengers “quickly around urban city centers and to airports,” per the DMN. Omnitracs’ Inattentive Driving+ [Photo: Omnitracs] ⓶ (NOT) ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: Dallas-based transportation pioneer Omnitracs has released new technology that aims to detect and alert distracted or drowsy drivers. Omnitracs, which was recently acquired by Solera, has developed the next generation of SmartSense, its line of intelligent driver-assist sensors and IoT solutions that are meant to identify the most dangerous driving hazards and intervene with drivers before a catastrophic event occurs. SmartSense for Inattentive Driving+  uses integrated cab-facing cameras and sensors  along with AI and computer vision to find potential risk in driver behavior—and proactively notify drivers in fleets both large and small. ⓷ TITLE HOLDER: The VEX Robotics World Championship, from the North Texas-based Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and VEX Robotics, is still the Guinness World Record holder for the largest online robot championships. Going remote this year, the first-of-its-kind global student competition showcased student teams from over 30 countries and 49 U.S. states—garnering 12,693 participants—to compete in live-streamed matches. To accommodate its first online-only showing, the organizers created new state-of-the-art online platforms using interactive and real-time video streaming, match controls, and match scoring to unite teams with their competition fields and robots. In 2019, the competition returned to Dallas for the first time in nearly a decade: See what it looked like in-person here. Wednesday, June 9 THREE THINGS ⓵ FREQUENT FLYERS: MBA students can now try their hand at enhancing the customer experience at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport—via entertainment attractions and leisure activities, bag tracking, and the airport’s app—through a new partnership with the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Because of a recently completed airport consulting project aimed at giving young people real-world tasks, Pepperdine Graziadio MBA students generated recommendations for future consideration at DFW alongside senior-level executives. The program, “Re-Imagine,” required students to “recast the mental image and concept of DFW Airport in a post-pandemic world.” Assistant VP of Terminal Experience at DFW Airport (and Pepperdine Graziadio alumna) Courtney Moore wanted to get the students’ expertise and perspectives to see what the airport could offer to future travelers. [Photo: Hitch] ⓶ PACKAGE RIDE: Last month we wrote about Hitch, the Texas-grown startup founded by 22-year-old Kush Singh (above) that offers an affordable alternative to long-haul ride share . Well, people aren’t the only thing Hitch drives from city to city—packages hitch along for the ride too. Hitch’s courier service means it’s not just competing with Uber and Lyft, but UPS and FedEx as well. Hitch says its same-day courier service costs on average 10 times less than the price of UPS, FedEx and other courier services. “Affordable, emergency shipping is a game changer,” said Hitch investor Jay Manickam, who also co-founded uShip, Everfest, and several other Texas startups, in a statement. “From vital medications delivered that were accidentally left behind, to perishable care packages couriered between shut-in family and friends,” Manickam said Hitch is delivering packages that customers didn’t think they could afford to send until they found the company. Hitch says it has grown 50% month over month this year. [Photo: Lennox} ⓷ REINVENTING AIR: How do you build better air? Dallas-based Lennox International has an idea. The global leader in heating, AC and refrigeration announced today it’s revolutionizing the commercial HVAC industry with its new rooftop unit, the Ultimate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) system. The new system is part of Lennox’ Building Better Air initiative. Lennox says the new unit can remove 99% of the virus that causes COVID-19 from the air, helping businesses improve their buildings’ health. The system combines  a factory-installed UVC Germicidal lamp with MERV 16 filters. Lennox says the MERV 16 filter eliminates 95% of particles down to .3 microns, an industry first for light commercial rooftop units. “Our goal with the Ultimate IAQ system is to help businesses provide a safe, comfortable building environment for their customers and employees,” said Bobby DiFulgentiz, VP of commercial product management and marketing, backed up “with impactful testing data that confirms what the Ultimate IAQ system can do to improve a building’s environment.” WHAT ELSE? ⟫ DREAMING COWBOY DREAMS: Dallas Cowboy Zack Martin is one of the star athletes investing in Eight Sleep, the world’s first “ sleep fitness company .” The Miami-based company announced today it has raised equity from an array of talent also including former Texas Ranger Alex Rodriguez, the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant, the Boston Red Sox’ JD Martinez, actor and comedian Kevin Hart, and others. Tuesday, June 8 THREE THINGS ⓵ REWARDING RENTERS: Richardson-based RealPage has an exclusive partnership with Airbnb to launch Migo, its own apartment home-sharing solution. The tech offers residents and apartment owners an easier solution to sharing their space on the online marketplace for short-term rentals. Owners can differentiate apartment offerings and share the financial benefits of home-sharing with their residents, who can recoup a portion of monthly rent depending on how often they home share on Airbnb. RealPage CEO Steve Winn says the solution fills a longtime gap in the industry for a home-sharing model that allows both owners and residents to participate without impacting existing residents or burdening management with extra work. ⓶ PREMIUM PARKING: A suite of off-street parking services—parking information, reservation services, and an integrated payment platform—from Parkopedia is now available to Toyota and Lexus drivers in North America. Through a new partnership with Plano-headquartered Toyota Motor North America, the world’s leading parking service provider is covering 60,000 off-street parking locations with more than 6,000 reservable locations across the U.S. The ‘Park with Parkopedia’ service will integrate into Toyota and Lexus smartphone apps and vehicle infotainment systems to give drivers the “complete parking experience—locating, reserving, and paying for parking.” [Rendering: Drive Shack] ⓷ HOLE-IN-ONE: Golf venue owner and operator Drive Shack, which quietly relocated its HQ from New York to Dallas this year, is looking for top hospitality talent for its new high-tech mini-golf experience, Puttery. Last month we told you about how Puttery combines auto-scoring tech with the social nature of mini golf in an upscale, lively cocktail environment. This summer, the first venue will open in The Colony and the second in Charlotte. That means Drive Shack is in need of “fun, highly engaged associates” for both locations. But Drive Shack’s growth plans go beyond summer—it hopes to have five Puttery locations by the end of this year and 10 by the end of 2022. Monday, June 7 THREE THINGS ⓵ BE A WINNER: “The future’s so bright” we may need to wear shades for this year’s Tech Titans Awards. This prestigious event—an anchor for Tech Titans, the largest tech trade association in Texas with 300-plus member companies—honors outstanding DFW tech companies and individuals who have made local or industry contributions during the past year. Nominations are free and open to all. Applications are due by Aug. 2. Tech Titans will celebrate those who impact tech for the better: Think innovators, adopters, and executives who give their companies a competitive edge. ⓶ LOCAL GROWTH: Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has acquired Houston’s BBVA USA Bancshares Inc. in an $11.6 billion all-cash deal. According to the DBJ, that will skyrocket PNC’s “already rapidly growing presence in North Texas.” Come October, PNC expects to convert the bank’s systems and branches, increasing its local footprint by 10 times. That makes it one of the largest banks in the region, the DBJ says. And, it will likely triple PNC’s local workforce—the company considers DFW a major market. It hosts 11 “solution centers”, the specialty branch that combines tech- and people-based solutions, here. PNC invests $2 billion per year in its tech, reports the DBJ, and “is excited to move BBVA USA onto its platforms.” ⓷ HOMEOWNER APP: Three industry professionals founded high-tech home management startup  Zyyah when, on vacation in Napa in 2018, they discovered they were talking home headaches instead of Syrah and Zinfandel. Tech exec Bret Hatfield, real estate exec Kris Goggans, and luxury homebuilder Jack Cecil have secured a “multimillion-dollar infusion” for the company, reports D CEO. They’re preparing for the full launch of its app, which is in beta. WHAT ELSE? [Image: Michael Samples] ⟫ HIRING HIGH: Employer hiring activity for tech jobs is at a peak , new CompTIA analysis finds. Employers’ search for new talent reached the highest point since September 2019, and employment in the sector grew in May. Large markets like Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, and others made up about 36 percent of all IT job postings. Read more and get our week’s Top 10  here. Friday, June 4 First responders meet Andy. [Video still: FirstNet] ⓵ GOOD BOY! : Storm season’s coming with potential disasters from coast to coast. But this year, first responders won’t have to face them alone. AT&T’s FirstNet has stationed more than 30 trained Labradoodles nationwide to offer them support on the front lines—easing the depression and anxiety that can come with disaster response. FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform built for America’s first responders and the public safety community. The newest member of its Response Operation Group? ROG the Dog. “Nothing is more important than the lives of first responders and the people they serve,” said Jason Porter, president, public sector and FirstNet at AT&T, in a statement. “That’s why we’re bringing ROG the Dog to the front lines for the men and women who run toward emergencies…helping ensure that those who put their lives on the line are at their best day in and day out.” Studies have shown that therapy dogs have a positive impact on mental and physical health, AT&T says, lowering stress, boosting morale, improving coping and recovery, and reducing PTSD and emotional distress. READ MORE ⓶ FRIES WITH THAT? : Dallas-based conversational AI service  Novo Labs has been acquired by SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions, per CIBC Cleary Gull. The investment bank advised SYNQ3, a Colorado-based tech company that serves up restaurant automation, technology, and other off-premise solutions. Novo Labs, which was founded in 2017 by Clinton Coleman and Jeff Loukas, turns voice interactions into digital transactions that can be personalized and optimized. Novo Labs co-founder and CEO Coleman, who presented at Venture Dallas 2020 last summer, said the service is not a simple chatbot: The startup’s proprietary natural language processing stack handles the “real-world conditions” of how people talk when they place orders. SYNQ3 started more than a decade ago and became the world’s leading call center, processing more than $1 billion in sales for its partner brands. In 2014, the company set its sights on becoming “the world’s leading restaurant innovation company.” SYNQ3 wants to use tech to bring personalization and depth back to the guest relationship, per the SYNQ3 website. READ MORE [Image: PhonlamaiPhoto/istockphoto] ⓷ SOLID BOARD: The NACD North Texas Chapter, the advocate for the profession of directorship, just named a new slate of officers and board members for 2021-2022. It’s an impressive list: Jim Skinner, who currently serves on the boards of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. and CarLotz Inc., will serve as board chair. Margot Carter, president of Living Mountain Capital, will serve as board vice chair. Carter was named a 2019 Most Influential Corporate Director by Women Inc. Magazine and a Top 50 Innovator and Disruptor in 2020 and 2021 by D Magazine. Todd Murray will serve as board secretary. A partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, he serves as a VP of the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice. Billie Williamson will continue to serve as treasurer, with more than 12 years of experience serving on boards including the Ernst & Young Americas Board. Currently she’s on the boards of Cushman & Wakefield, Pentair plc, Kraton Corp., and Cricut Inc. New board members include: Stacey Doré, president and CEO of Sharyland Utilities LLC Donna E. Epps, who is on the boards of Sala Inc. and Texas Pacific Land Corp Marie L. Perry, SVP and CFO of Brink’s U.S. Debra von Storch, board member of CSW Industrials and former partner of EY. Image: Nextflow Software ⓵ DON’T MESH WITH TEXAS: Plano-based Siemens announced today it has acquired Nextflow Software, a provider of advanced particle-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions. Founded in 2015, Nextflow is a startup headquartered in Nantes, France. Terms were not disclosed. Siemens will integrate Nextflow’s meshless CFD tech into the Xcelerator software portfolio “for fast and automated analysis of complex applications with transient flows and motion.” The goal: enabling sophisticated CFD earlier in the design process, resulting in more competitive products made in less time at a lower cost. “Our customers need to leverage sophisticated simulations earlier and more often in their design process, and this is creating a strong demand for rapid and automated CFD of dynamic gas-liquid flows,” said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, SVP OF Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software, in a release. [Photo: Courtesy Tyler Technologies] ⓶ CORRECTIONS CASH: Plano-based Tyler Technologies (above) has signed an $84 million cash agreement to acquire VendEngine, a privately held cloud-based software provider focused on fintech for the corrections market. Operating in more than 230 counties and 32 states, VendEngine aims to take a transparent, positive approach on the corrections market “by better supporting incarcerated individuals and their families.” The company says it offers many key services at no cost to them, from free inbound emails and texts to onsite video visitation, medical requests, access to education, certificates and legal research resources, and trust management and grievance management for those incarcerated. VendEngine also delivers solutions to ease reentry into society. “With a shared focus on leveraging technology to improve communities, a market-leading solution set, and a best-in-class team, VendEngine is the ideal partner for Tyler,” said Rusty Smith, president of the Courts & Justice Division at Tyler, in a statement. The transaction provides significant opportunities for continued innovation and expansion of offerings in Tyler’s corrections suite, the company said. [DI GIF; Images Richardson Today video] ⓷ TOTALLY TUBULAR: Richardson has a new “Rising Star.” Installed at Main Street and North Greenville, the symbolic public art piece designed by RE:site studio is a reenvisioned Texas star. The 28-foot-tall metal sculpture features a woven fabric surface that rises up to reach the sky. Created by pair of artists from Arlington and Houston, the art piece is part of the Main Street Redevelopment project and the Public Safety Campus. It’s a beacon for the community, says Armando Arteaga, director of public art at MetaLab Studios. Wednesday, June 2 [Source illustrations: Kanyarat Yasowong and Julynxa/iStock] ⓵ CALL FOR (SMART) SOLUTIONS: Got an idea that can accelerate innovation? The North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) and Marketplace.city have announced a call for revenue-generating solutions for state and local governments, to help North Texas be the most connected, smart, and resilient region in the U.S. Any company with a tech-enabled solution that can help the public sector enable or capture revenue is invited to submit its idea through a vendor response form. “A top priority for our membership is to focus on revenue-generating solutions and financial models that aid in economic recovery and propel transformative projects forward,” said Jennifer Sanders, NTXIA executive director, in a statement. Needed solutions include asset and data monetization, equitable fee structures, service efficiencies, and solutions that can touch many functions and departments internally and externally. An informational webinar on June 15, and submissions will be accepted through July 16. Read more here. [Image: Company Video still] ⓶ PAPER TRAIL: University Park’s Sean Jackson says he invented a better way to take notes . Jackson, who “has always loved taking notes using pen and paper,” invented the Thinkers Smart Notebook that combines a notebook with an iPhone app, according to People Newspapers. Jackson will celebrate the smart notebook’s official launch at Interabang Books on Lovers Lane on June 12 at 11 a.m. Go here for event details. The Richland campus at Dallas College. [Photo: Michael Samples] ⓷ CLEARING THE BALANCES: “Graduating students who carry hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt is not a recipe for individual or societal success,” said Dr. Beatriz Joseph, vice chancellor of student success at Dallas College in CBSDFW. Joseph says we need to help students, “whether it’s through wrap-around services or outright forgiveness of debt owed on their tuition.” The college announced today its Fresh Start program canceled outstanding debts for around 14,000 students in the past year. Under the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, over $5.8 million was paid off, helping students who faced financial hardship in the pandemic. FOLLOW THE MONEY [Image: SonerCdem/istockphoto] ⟫ GAP COVERAGE: Fort Worth- and San Francisco-based TPG’s impact investing platform, The Rise Fund, announced a $100 million strategic investment in Climavision, an AI-driven weather services platform based in Kentucky. It’s a “one-of-a-kind offering” that can reduce coverage gaps and provide advanced weather prediction modeling, per a news release. “The Rise Fund understands the need and urgency to invest in technologies that will empower businesses and governments to navigate increasingly dynamic weather patterns,” said Climavision CEO Chris Goode. ⟫ “ACCELERATE CHANGE OR LOSE”: Productable, an innovation management platform that honed its innovation process with Mark Cuban Companies and 20+ Fortune 1000 corporations, has a $1.2 million two-phase contract with the U.S. Air Force. A first phase, with AF CyberWorx—the USAF’s leading problem-solving unit— will build a customized innovation program with the goal of eventually expanding the program to all 700,000 Air Force personnel, per a release. Over 60 executive-level projects are using Productable’s methodology, driving “concepts “from ideation to warfighter capability,” said Wm. Brou Gautier, Director of Continuous Improvement & Innovation for the USAF. The Austin-based startup, which has a distributed team in Dallas, was launched in 2019 by Rachel Kuhr Conn. Conn “discovered how to create a personalized workflow” for entrepreneurs while advising startups as Mark Cuban’s Head of Innovation. ⟫ HOT MELT: Advanced materials maker Arkema’s  Bostik  subsidiary has an agreement to acquire Fort Worth’s Edge Adhesives Texas which Global chemicals and a. The Fort Worth plant, which reports sales of around $12 million, makes adhesives. PLUS [Image: WangAnQi/istockphoto] ⟫ ‘CRANES EVERYWHERE’: The Southwest is America’s new factory hub , the WSJ writes. “The lure is open land, local tax breaks, and a growing supply of tech-savvy workers,” according to the publication. Per Eric Stavriotis, the head of location incentives for Dallas-based CBRE, more than year of supply chain disruptions have manufacturers looking to reshore or expand production in the U.S. “If they are going to locate another facility, where does it need to be?” he said in the publication. “The Southwest has won a lot of those analyses.” ⟫ TECH TOPS: Dallas-Fort Worth landed in the top 10 for the highest net migration of tech workers between May 2020 and April 2021, according to fresh LinkedIn data. At No. 9, DFW bested metros including Phoenix, Miami, Orlando, Portland, and Atlanta. Austin was No. 1, while San Francisco was on the opposite end of the list with the largest outflow of tech workers: 80 per 10,000 leaving Bay Area. Tuesday, June 1 THREE THINGS ⓵ NICE NAME, BRO: Last month Dallas-based AT&T announced its $43 billion deal to merge WarnerMedia with Discovery. creating one of the most powerful studios in Hollywood. Now the new company has a name: Warner Bros. Discovery. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who will lead the company, made the announcement today from the historic Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA. In a statement, Zaslav said the new name “represents the combination of Warner Bros.’ fabled hundred year legacy of creative, authentic storytelling and taking bold risks to bring the most amazing stories to life, with Discovery’s global brand that has always stood brightly for integrity, innovation, and inspiration.” The new content company will own one of the world’s deepest libraries with nearly 200,000 hours of programming, bringing together more than 100 brands under one global portfolio—including HBO, Discovery, CNN, HGTV, Food Network, TNT, TBS and more. Dayakar Puskoor [Photo: Dallas Venture Partners] ⓶ I LOVE LUCY: Dallas Venture Capital led a $3M round for Minnesota based AI-startup Lucy, which aims to help companies use all of their data. The funding will help expand the startup’s knowledge management solution. DVC was founded by pioneering Dallas VC Dayakar Puskoor, who has invested in 24 companies with five exits to date. The Irving-based venture firm, unveiled last September , also has an office in Hyderabad, India. Lucy, which “has an intuitive format” from within volumes of unstructured data, is “democratizing access to enterprise data,” Pushkoor says. Other investments by DVC include Rollick, FelixHealthcare.AI, CoreStack, and AmplifAI. Snipitz recently introduced its leadership team. From le

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