Making Dallas Even Better
Children’s Health is leveraging technology to launch a new brand of care that will include telehealth services for adults as well as children. Family Health launched Tuesday and aims to extend Children’s services to a larger demographic as well as provide new ways for patients to receive access to care. This marks the healthcare provider’s first separate brand as well as the first time the company has ventured into adult care. “We’re providing amazing care in hospitals, but we’re also finding ways to get back to the home,” Julie Hall-Barrow, vice president of virtual health and innovation at Children’s Health,… Full StoryFull Story
Six coworking spaces are offering free workspace to those that have been displaced from their downtown offices due to the police activity surrounding Thursday evening’s shootings.
GeniusDen and Common Desk in Deep Ellum, Fort Work and KoWork downtown, NoD in North Dallas, and The Mix Coworking in East Dallas are providing open seating, free Wi-Fi, conference space, and coffee Friday and Monday. Affected workers can show up and request space, no questions asked.Full Story
Missing SMU police officer identified. The SMU police officer who officials believe may have drowned in Turtle Creek during storms early Tuesday morning has been identified as Mark McCullers, who had been a patrol cop for SMU since February of last year. Rescue teams recovered his car but are resuming their search for McCullers this morning.
$10 million suit filed against american airlines. After a 13-year-old girl said she was groped while traveling alone from DFW International Airport to Portland last month, her family is suing American Airlines for negligence and Chad Cameron Camp, who’s accused of the assault. On the flight, a flight attendant had noticed that Camp’s hand was on the victim’s crotch, so Camp was moved to a different seat and met by law enforcement when the plane landed. However, the lawsuit states that it took 30 minutes before the crew did something about it.
First human case of west nile virus for dallas county this year. Yesterday, Dallas County reported this year’s first human case of the virus. A resident of southern Irving was diagnosed. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said that this “first human case for West Nile Virus is a strong reminder of the dangers of this disease and the importance of personal responsibility.” Be careful out there, people.
Mavs sign Warriors’ Harrison Barnes. The forward signed a four-year, $94 million contract with Dallas yesterday. More signings for the Mavs will become official today, including re-signing Deron Williams and Dwight Powell. And Dirk’s two-year, $40 million contract will soon be finalized.Full Story
City Sues Ross Avenue Auto Mechanic for Fixing Cars. Hinga Mbogo—the auto shop owner who, for 11 years now, has been battling zoning laws that closed down auto shops and lots in the Bryan Place area—is back in the news. In April, when last we read about about him, Mbogo was denied an extension on the special-use permit that would allow him to stay in business for a couple more years. At that point, the city had already given him several years after other much-loved shops shuttered (such as Woodard Paint and Body, the place that once fixed my crunched-up Hyundai). Now, the city has filed a lawsuit, asking for up to $1,000 a day in fines since Mbogo’s permit expired in August 2015. As DMN‘s Tristan Hallman explains, “The government isn’t taking Mbogo’s property from him. He just can’t run an auto repair shop in that spot.” A libertarian legal group has agreed to fight for Mbogo all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.
Search Continues for SMU Officer now presumed dead. Authorities have yet to release the name of the SMU police officer who was swept away by flood waters early Tuesday morning. His car was pulled from Turtle Creek yesterday afternoon, but there are still no other signs of the officer himself. Rescue crews started today’s search at sunrise.
Local Hero Saves Teen From the Bottom of Samuell Grand Park Pool. The 13-year-old girl followed her cousins into the deep end and didn’t know how to swim. Luckily, Steven Hall of Pleasant Grove noticed her lifeless body and dove in. Let this be a reminder to us all to get those kids signed up for swim lessons. I hope more organizations like the Fort Worth YMCA will begin offering free classes for communities that need them.
Something None of Us Need a Reminder About. It’s hot.Full Story
Mexican theater chain Cinépolis has relocated its U.S. headquarters from Los Angeles to Addison as it prepares continues its expansion across the country.
“Our company is just blowing up,” said April Mendoza, vice president of marketing and sales for Cinépolis USA. “It’s becoming this amazing growth story.”
The company, the world’s fourth largest movie theater circuit, moved into a 5,040 square-foot office at The Addison, located at 14951 N. Dallas Parkway, on June 14.Full Story
Dallas’ west end can look forward to smart streetlights and public wi-fi. If you plan to walk around the West End near the end of the year, you might encounter new technology including free public Wi-Fi, streetlights that measure air pollution, and an app designed to help you find an open parking spot. This is the work of the Dallas Innovation Alliance. Yesterday, it announced these initial projects, to be tested in the West End, which could improve the city. Other technologies include phone charging stations, touchscreen maps, and solar-powered waste management.
Dallas DA candidate under scrutiny. Heath Harris, a Democratic candidate for Dallas DA, signed a dismissal motion for a criminal case that has created suspicions of bribery, but not accusations at the moment. Harris was the first assistant to former DA Craig Watkins but resigned in 2014 after Susan Hawk won the spot. He also has said he planned to run against Hawk. Regarding the criminal case, Anthony L. Robinson, Watkins’ former investigator, faces up to five years in prison for persuading a prosecutor to drop criminal charges in exchange for money.
Youth sports facility at DFW airport coming from jermaine o’neal. Former NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal is planning to create a $10.4 million youth sports facility near DFW Airport on 16.2 acres of land near the south entrance. O’Neal, who lives in Southlake, hopes to open the facility during the first half of 2017. Today, the airport’s board is set to approve plans, which entail a 75,000-square-foot gym facility with up to 10 basketball or volleyball courts and outdoor fields. O’Neal wants to impart health and wellness knowledge on the next generation.
Man killed near Skyline high school. 20-year-old Daniel Ruiz was shot late Tuesday evening at 7986 Chariot Drive and died after being taken to the hospital. Four people attempted to steal his car, but Ruiz was shot in the chest after he refused. Police are asking for tips about the killing.Full Story
The Dallas Innovation Alliance has solidified its first several projects and is unveiling its vision for the West End’s living lab via images and a virtual reality experience.
“It can be kind of abstract talking about smart cities,” said Jennifer Sanders, DIA executive director. “But putting people into an immersive experience … helps connect the dots.”
The public-private partnership, which aims to develop Dallas into a smart city, teamed up with Dallas design firms Boka Powell and 900lbs of Creative to develop static images and a virtual reality exploratory tour of the future of the West End. The visual aids, which Sanders can show via an iPad or the HTC Vive, will help the DIA continue to educate the community, potential partners, and interested parties outside the city about what the DIA has planned for Dallas. The DIA plans to showcase its vision for the West end with the new materials at its community meeting on Wednesday evening at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center.Full Story
Bottle Rocket has expanded its footprint to London, which will serve as the home to its third office next to Dallas and New York.
London is the first international location the company is tapping out of a slew of other opportunities it’s considering including Germany, Amsterdam and Paris. The London team, based out of the office of WPP, the company that acquired Bottle Rocket in 2013, will spend some of their time determining what parts of Europe and Asia make sense for expansion.Full Story
D Magazine seeks a smart editorial research coordinator to join our staff and help us put out one of the best magazines in the country. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently and manage multiple data-driven projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate would be a pleasure to eat lunch with, and, additionally, the ideal candidate would be the sort of person who remembers to pick up whatever he or she just printed and not just leave it on the printer, contributing to the ridiculous stack of unclaimed print jobs that wastes paper. The ideal candidate would never say, “Hot enough for ya?” The ideal candidate would not have a criminal record or a code name like The Muffin Man that was given to him or her by the FBI during the course of an investigation. The ideal candidate would know that “data” is a plural subject.
Please note: this job is not the right fit for someone whose goal is to write and edit longform magazine stories. This job is about gathering and managing survey data.
The ideal candidate should send a great cover letter and résumé to Kathy Wise (firstname.lastname@example.org). Here are some specifics to help you decide if you are that candidate:Full Story
Yesterday, I told you about how hot our office has gotten without AC. In the comments to that post, Nancy revealed that the heat was especially hard for her to take, given that she has a UTI. That’s the background information you need to adjudicate the following bet that Nancy and I just made:Full Story
A Dallas native responsible for a rapidly expanding education technology startup in Asia is now conquering a new mission: digitizing global industrial firms with help from his two co-founders, formerly of Google. The startup has already garnered the world’s largest oil and oilfield services companies as customers and investors.Full Story
Valley view center will officially be torn down. Dallas City Council members voted yesterday to tear down the 43-year-old Valley View Center at LBJ and Preston around the end of the year. Only the Sears store will survive. The Dallas Midtown development will be built in place of the mall, which has been struggling to survive for quite some time. Dallas Midtown will include features like a new-and-improved AMC mulitplex, a park, office buildings, a 250-room hotel, and a grocery store.
there might be a deck park above I-35E by the dallas zoo. The City Council approved a resolution that would endorse a Klyde Warren-esque deck park near the zoo as part of the Southern Gateway project. Some council members liked the idea. Carolyn King Arnold called it “lipstick on a pig.”
North texas areas to be sprayed for west nile. Mosquito traps in Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Richardson, and Lancaster tested positive for the virus. Crews plan to spray overnight Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday in Lancaster; overnight Thursday, Friday, and Sunday in Cedar Hill and Duncanville; and overnight Thursday and Friday in Richardson. Use that insect repellent, people.
Thanksgiving tower bomb threat determined to be hoax. Yesterday around 6 p.m. police and fire crews responded to a bomb threat at Thanksgiving Tower downtown. A disgruntled client on the phone with someone who worked in the building threatened to set off a bomb. The entire building was evacuated. The threat was determined to be a bluff, but it’s still being investigated.
Southbound I-35E to close Friday night. From 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, the southbound lanes of the highway by downtown will all be closed for construction. Heavy traffic will also affect Woodall Rodgers and I-30, but drivers on I-35E will still be able to get on westbound I-30. So if you’re planning to drive through this area during that time, you’ve been warned.Full Story
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has made a $205,000 investment in the Dallas Innovation Alliance. The social innovation grant will help DIA, which aims to help Dallas become a smart city, fund its 2016 operations, project management, community engagement, outreach initiatives, and research. The funds come when the DIA is working to finalize its priorities and begin implementation of its first projects in the West End, which will serve as the DIA’s living lab, in the upcoming months. The DIA is led by Jennifer Sanders. Read more about her plans here. United Way also runs the GroundFloor social innovation fund and accelerator program.
Texas Instruments has appointed PwC leader Jean Hobby to its board of directors. She will take her post July 20. Hobby has spent 32 years at PwC, most recently serving as strategy officer from 2013 until she retired in 2015. She previously served as U.S. sector lead for PwC’s multibillion dollar technology, media, and telecom practice from 2008 and 2013, and chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008. She also serves on the board of Greatbatch Inc.
The Fort Worth Business Assistance Center is gearing up for its 6th annual Business Plan Competition. The competition, a partnership with sponsor Capital One Bank, will award more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind services to the competitor that develops a strong business plan or enhances an existing one. The competition will select 25 businesses, which will have access to one-on-one counseling, professional development workshops, and coaching from industry experts at the BAC and its partners. Ten finalists will be selected to pitch in front of judges in October, with the top three competing for prize packages. First place will win a cash prize of $6,000, second will get $4,00, and third will receive $2,000. Applications are due by July 1.Full Story
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis International is scooping up Fort Worth-based Encore Vision as it aims to introduce the market’s first topical treatment of the eye condition presbyopia.
Novartis, a Swiss public company that raked in $49.4 billion in revenue last year, announced the agreement Tuesday, but did not disclose the financial terms. Full StoryFull Story
Southwest Airlines has teamed up with the Addison TreeHouse for a competition that will award a woman or minority entrepreneur in North Texas one year of free travel. The TreeHouse, a coworking space founded by the Town of Addison and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, will manage the Southwest Airlines Soar to Success Business Competition. Local startup experts will judge all the applications to pick four finalists, who will pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of judges in September. The winner will receive up to 24 e-passes on Southwest Airlines and will be expected to share their year of travel on Southwest online media channels.
Dallas-based Cornbread Hustle, a startup led by Cheri Garcia, is one of the 10 finalists competing for a $50,000 grand prize as part of AT&T’s Agility Challenge. The contest invited small business across America to explain what agility means to them and how the grand prize could help them be more agile. More than 1,000 businesses responded. Cornbread Hustle, which aims to aid prison inmates’ transition back into society by teaching them entrepreneurship skills. The startup is the only Texas company chosen as a finalist.
Dallas-Fort Worth ranks sixth in the nation for its tech talent, according to a recent report released by CBRE. The Scoring Tech Talent report, released last week by CBRE, gave DFW a score of 59.95, which is based on 13 metrics to gauge the ability to attract and grow tech talent pools. Dallas followed Austin, which took the No. 5 spot on the list, with a score of 60.99. The San Francisco Bay Area took the top spot, followed by Washington, D.C., Seattle, and New York. DFW had a total of 162,060 tech occupations in 2015, representing a 38 percent increase from 2010. The majority of those jobs were in computer support and database and systems. During 2013-2014 school year, 5,010 students completed tech degrees, with the majority in computer engineering. About 77 percent of tech talent in the region is male.
The Fort Worth Business Assistance Center has appointed a new coordinator. Michael B McClinton, a former business instructor at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois, will coordinate programming and activities for the center. McClinton comes from an entrepreneurial background, having started businesses in various industries including real estate, retail, construction and transportation. He also spent nearly seven years with The Northern Trust Co.Full Story
Children’s Health has begun offering patients an ingestible microchip and digital patch that can track whether an individual takes his or her medicine and monitors their diagnostics afterward. The technology is part of the health system’s initiative to expand its telehealth programs and bolster the portfolio of its investment arm, which now includes four companies. Full StoryFull Story
Dallas entrepreneur Matt Alexander is facing some of the tough realities of leading an early stage startup. His company, Edition Collective Inc., recently cut 60 percent of its team and got locked out of its downtown headquarters. “It’s been a difficult few weeks,” said Alexander, explaining that he’s watched the investor market cool down in his sector. “We just had to make some difficult decisions to make sure [our position] remains positive.”Full Story
The North Richland Hills startup that two months ago challenged developers to make improvements to its application, which served as the main calendar for Dallas Startup Week, has hired two team members as a result of the competition. Allcal’s initial plan was to pick the strongest designer who showed up during the challenge at Dallas Startup […]Full Story
There have been a few new plans for Fair Park batted around since the effort began to consider moving the management of the city facility to a private non-profit organization. This latest one comes from a Dallas-based urban planning firm called Ash + Lime, and it makes a simple, but compelling argument. Yes, the State Fair of Texas is too big, the Ash+Lime study contends, but the people who should be most upset about the sprawling fair that gobbles up the park aren’t park or neighborhood advocates, but rather the State Fair itself. That’s because the size and layout of the State Fair is actually leaving money on the table.Full Story
A group of veterans in security and information technology have teamed up to launch a Dallas cyber security service firm.
Zyston LLC, a security advisory firm founded in May, boasts an executive team that includes the former chief information security officer at Fujitsu, Johnathan Steenland; the former national leader of PwC’s Cyber Breach Response, Remediation and Investigation Practice and and former global CISO at Textron, Richard Dorough; and the former president of brand protection firm Authentix, Craig Stamm.Full Story
Those of you who remember Peter’s wonderful profile last year of the British artist Richard Patterson will want to read Richard’s thoughts on what has transpired across the Pond. As you read his essay on Glasstire, know that Richard wrote it as an email to several of his friends in Dallas. A taste:Full Story
Tech Wildcatters has made some big changes to its executive leadership team, eliminating the jobs formerly held by Executive Director Molly Cain and Chief Revenue Officer Clarisa Lindenmeyer.
The cuts came after a meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday as Tech Wildcatters continues its growth strategy under its new merit-based funding model, The Gauntlet.Full Story
Dallas home healthcare startup PediaQ has raised $4.5 million in bridge round of funding that will help expand its footprint and the services within its mobile application.
With the new funding, all of which came from Texas investors, the company plans to make its on-demand pediatric house calls available to communities including Rockwall, Heath, and Mansfield. In fall, it plans to launch in Austin, which will mark the company’s third market. It entered Houston earlier this year. The funding also will help fuel PediaQ’s video consultation services, which launched across DFW and Houston this month.Full Story