Does Dallas Have What it Takes to Be One of the World’s Top Tech Hubs?

first_imgPyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A… Tags:#engagement#tech hubs 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Related Posts Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hi… Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Dallas, and they’ll probably say football, steaks, and JR Ewing. But lately the answer has been a little different: “Disruption.” You wouldn’t think Dallas, a city deeply rooted in tradition, is becoming synonymous with creating new markets and upending old ways of doing things. But sure enough, that’s exactly what’s happening.The city’s pro-business environment, talented workforce, affordable real estate, and lack of state income taxes have always made it a magnet for traditional businesses like energy and finance. Other industries often felt it wasn’t worth their time to try and infiltrate what was seen as an Old Boys’ Club — but that antiquated perception has changed. Here’s a look at why that is, plus explanations from some of the top CEOs and entrepreneurs in the city about the ongoing transformation.Disruption in Dallas: A look at the numbers“The Big D” as many call it is usually absent from discussions on which city will be the next Silicon Valley, but perhaps it doesn’t need to talk that talk. It has quietly put itself on the forefront of technology, now ranking as one of America’s fastest growing tech centers. Dallas is business wealthy, ranking second in metro job creation (behind only New York). Historically that was because of the aforementioned traditional industries like oil, cotton, and cattle. But now, Dallas now has the 7th highest concentration of tech jobs in the country; in fact, it’s one of just four cities that have regional U.S. patent and trademark offices, a nod to the number of patents produced there. Today Dallas is home to several world-renowned universities, 22 companies on the Fortune 500, 4 major sports franchises, and one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world. Amazon is even famously considering it to be home of its new HQ2, or second headquarters.Other tech companies, too, are digging in — companies like Facebook and Salesforce. “We see Dallas as a strategic location,” says Marie Rosecrans, senior vice president of small and medium-sized business at Salesforce. “Its growing reputation as a tech hub, combined with pro-business platform and even its geographic location make it a great place for any small business looking to grow.” To that end, Salesforce is bringing its popular Business Growth conference to Dallas on March 22; anyone curious about using technology to connect systems and serve customers can attend for free.Dallas as Start-Up CentralBut it’s not just about the well established enterprises. Dallas is also home to a burgeoning field of startups and fast-growing businesses. One exciting development: Austin-based accelerator Capital Factory recently joined forces with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) to grow Texas’s startup and investor profile. The DEC’s Trey Bowles believes Dallas’s underrated tech community has a lot to offer. “Dallas is extremely startup friendly,” he says. “If you think about larger markets like Silicon Valley or New York, there are often a lot of closed doors and hurdles you can’t overcome unless you have major connections — but in Dallas, truly anyone can start a business.”One new founder is former NFL standout Darren Woodson. Woodson, who gave every snap in his career to the Cowboys, grew up in Arizona, but chose to stay in Dallas when he left the NFL. “Dallas gave me an incredible football career, and now I try to give back to the city in my second career as an investor,” Woodson says.Woodson concentrates on investing in new companies and startups that give a boost to the local economy. Today Woodson is the founder and CEO of CounterFind, a company that sells patented software that recognizes and eliminates counterfeit merchandise online. “This software idea came up, and it seemed like a no-brainer. Several people asked whether or not Dallas was the right place to build this business, but to me there was no question. Dallas had the brains, the drive, the expertise.”OK, but do you have to have to have name recognition to start a business here? “Not at all,” says Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Head of Strategy at Launch DFW. “Dallas has really diversified over the past decade in terms of workforce and industry. Now that we’ve grown into something of a tech hub, people have seen the benefits of taking chances. Anyone can have access.”Today technology companies abound in Dallas. Consider travel logistics maven MUV, which began in Dallas to disrupt ground transportation and logistics. CEO Mark Shrayber says Dallas was an easy choice. “At a basic level, the mid-continent location puts us close to all of our customers, which is vital. Beyond that, all the Fortune 500 companies here in Dallas bring both an incredible workforce and a vibrant community.”Traditional to transformativeLance Auburg, a 4th generation Texan, has been witness to the transformation of Dallas and the entire state. Auburg’s family has been influential in the agricultural sector for generations, but recently Auburg has seen the opportunities presented by the influx of tech. It’s a new line of thinking that has transformed even the oldest of industries here. “What we’re seeing today is a marriage of technology with the industries Dallas is known for, like energy and agriculture. While the innovations in those sectors are phenomenal, it’s especially exciting to see how entrepreneurs of all stripes are collaborating across Texas. There have been a lot of ups-and-downs in the Texas economy over the years, but I’ve never been more excited about the future of Dallas and Texas as a whole.”last_img read more

TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4

first_imgPBA IMAGESEmotions got the better of TNT import Glen Rice Jr. on Sunday and was ejected in the first quarter of TNT’s all-important Game 4 tussle against Ginebra.The high-scoring reinforcement threw the ball to a fallen Kevin Ferrer with 1:41 left in the opening frame with the KaTropa leading, 35-23.ADVERTISEMENT After the Gin Kings called timeout, Rice continued to trashtalk with the Gin Kings bench as TNT personnel tried to restrain him.He was then attested with a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical foul, ending his stint in Game 4 quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRice had two points, three rebounds, five assists, and a steal in his 10 minutes of play for the KaTropa.He is averaging 31.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the conference. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La Salle Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio escorted him back to the team’s dugout, but quickly left the Big Dome midway through the second quarter.TNT, which has its season on the line, is still on the driver’s seat, 66-52, against Ginebra at halftime. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 2 Stoke City 1

first_imgBournemouth 2 Stoke City 1: Late comeback caps dream week for Cherries Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 2/4/18 Bournemouth - cropped Getty Images Joshua King and Lys Mousset both scored inside the final 20 minutes to rescue a late victory for Bournemouth at home to Stoke City. Bournemouth struck twice late on to continue their fine form in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Substitute strikers Joshua King and Lys Mousset were both on target in the space of 10 second-half minutes to overturn Xherdan Shaqiri’s early opener and extend the Cherries’ unbeaten run to seven Premier League matches.Eddie Howe’s men, full of confidence after their stunning midweek win at Chelsea, were looking to shore up a top-half spot and pull further clear of the bottom three, but their plans were thrown into disarray inside five minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An unmarked Shaqiri nodded the visitors ahead and they retained that lead to the break despite Bournemouth’s sustained pressure.The relegation-threatened Potters were themselves seeking to maintain an undefeated start under Paul Lambert and might have extended their lead through a couple of Peter Crouch half-chances after the restart.However, King equalised with 20 minutes remaining and that opened the door to Mousset’s winner – his first Premier League goal making it four wins in seven top-flight fixtures for Howe’s side.FULL-TIME Bournemouth 2-1 StokeBournemouth fight back against an impressive first-half display by Stoke, goals from King and Mousset completing a comeback for Eddie Howe’s side#PL #BOUSTK— Premier League (@premierleague) February 3, 2018Lambert’s decision to draft in £14 million deadline-day signing Badou Ndiaye immediately paid off as the Senegal international swung in a fine cross for Shaqiri’s unlikely opener.Left unmarked on the penalty spot, the Swiss star coolly guided a rare header into the bottom-right corner to ignite an entertaining first half.1 – Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal was his first headed strike in 139 matches in Europe’s big five leagues, out of 24 goals in total. Nod.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2018 The Cherries’ early setback, which came just moments after Shaqiri had seen a shot cleared off the line, was soon compounded by a Steve Cook injury, with Howe turning to King in a tactical reshuffle.Jordon Ibe and Callum Wilson were both unsuccessful with ambitious attempts to restore parity, while Ndiaye scuffed a promising opportunity wide following Crouch’s clever lay-off.Bournemouth appeared certain to equalise when King’s low cross reached Ibe at the far post in the 35th minute, but Erik Pieters came from nowhere to block the winger’s point-blank finish.Jack Butland’s smart save from a Junior Stanislas free-kick and Wilson’s heavy touch at the end of the half meant the visitors reached the break with their lead intact. Bright start on his debut.City continue to lead at the Vitality Stadium.(0-1) #SCFC — Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 3, 2018 Howe’s men were back on the front foot immediately after the resumption as King tested Butland with a swerving effort and Ibe fired into a brave Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Crouch, who had come in for Mame Biram Diouf at the point of attack, issued a reminder of Stoke’s threat by fizzing a half-volley at Asmir Begovic and then skimming a header off the top of the crossbar.The bulk of the pressure continued to be applied at the other end, though, and Bournemouth were finally rewarded with an equaliser on 70 minutes.A one-two between substitute Mousset and Dan Gosling broke kindly for King, who swept a clinical finish inside the bottom far corner.And the quickfire comeback was complete when Mousset rose high to head home Ibe’s teasing free-kick for his first top-flight goal in English football. Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have enjoyed their first double over Stoke in their 13th season meeting the Potters in league competition.- The Cherries are unbeaten in seven Premier League games (W4 D3), their longest run without a loss in the competition.- Ndiaye is the first player to register an assist on his Premier League debut for Stoke since Shaqiri in August 2015. read morelast_img read more

Jordan Spieth Forgot How To Putt

In other words, up until his caddie, Michael Greller, pulls his Scotty Cameron Circle T 009 from the bag, Spieth is generally where he has been in recent years: ahead of the field. Only then, however, does Spieth transform into Judge Elihu Smails.“Everyone goes through peaks and valleys of results in any part of your game, and I just got a little off in setup (with the putter),” Spieth said this week. “I’m really starting to bring it back now. It feels very good.”Top golfers often get put into two categories: those who win with the putter and those who win despite the putter. But a closer look at the numbers reveals that it’s not unusual for putting performance among top golfers to be inconsistent year to year. Take Phil Mickelson: He ranked between 40th and 70th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting from 2005 to 2008, fell to between 130th and 145th for the next three seasons, and then stormed back, ranking 11th in 2012 and tied for 5th in 2013. This season, Mickelson ranks second, behind only Jason Day. So it’s possible Spieth could get it back quickly.One can only hope. With so few scoring opportunities this weekend at wind-swept Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y. — there are only two par-5s and numerous unreasonably long holes on the 7,445-yard course, which boasts undulating, relentless greens — putting will no doubt be crucial. Since the turn of the century, no major has a higher average score to par than the U.S. Open.And if Spieth wants to start winning again, he’ll need to correct his putting problems. A strong showing at Shinnecock Hills, one of the toughest courses out there, would go a long way for his confidence — and for his fans. A week later, Spieth missed a 1-foot putt at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. “You’ve got to be joking” was the reaction from one broadcaster.As the season whirls into its second half, the yips haven’t subsided for Spieth on the green, where he ranks 190th out of 205 qualified players in strokes gained with the putter, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. Considering that Spieth ranked no worse than 42nd in the metric in each season from 2014 to 2017, even ranking in the top 10 in 2015 and 2016, this precipitous decline is perplexing.Spieth doesn’t discriminate, either; he misses putts of all lengths. He ranks outside the top 140 in putts inside of 5 feet, putts from 5 to 10 feet, putts from 10 to 15 feet, putts from 15 to 20 feet and putts from 20 to 25 feet. On putts exceeding 25 feet, Spieth ranks a cool 91st.These marks are made starker by the fact that he’s still performing at an incredibly high level in other areas of his game. It’s as though Kyle Korver suddenly forgot how to shoot free throws but the rest of his arsenal was left intact. Spieth ranks in the top 20 in strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained on shots approaching the green, strokes gained on shots around the green and strokes gained tee to green. Spieth’s putting slumpJordan Spieth’s average strokes gained per round for different aspects of his game, 2013-18 2014+0.03+0.29+0.26+0.40+0.98 2015+0.49+0.62+0.47+0.57+2.15 YearOff the teeApproach the greenWithin 30 yds. of the greenPuttingOverall 2017+0.28+0.91+0.37+0.32+1.87 2013+0.61+0.48+0.20+0.18+1.47 2016+0.40+0.15+0.26+0.76+1.57 Strokes gained represents number of strokes by which a player outperformed the field in each round.Source: PGA Tour 2018+0.55+0.63+0.36-0.44+1.10 Not too long ago, pundits and golfers alike were awestruck by the meteoric rise of Jordan Spieth. The charismatic Texan, who claimed three major championships before he turned 24, ostensibly was en route to perhaps the greatest professional golfing career ever recorded. A fresh-faced kid — who in 2015 confessed to never having heard of the “The Price is Right” — was conquering golf.“Take any field — finance, marketing, other sports, whatever — and few, if any, can boast as impressive of professional achievements as Spieth can in golf,” read a July 2017 article on the official PGA website.Spieth has regressed considerably this season, however. Sure, he made a valiant charge on the final day of the Masters in April. But he has as many missed cuts as top-10 finishes on the season and hasn’t ranked in the top 20 at any event over the past two months. With the U.S. Open scheduled to begin Thursday on Long Island in New York, it’s worth noting that at this juncture in each of the past three seasons, Spieth had claimed at least one victory on tour. This season, he has finished no higher than third at any of the 15 events in which he’s played.That diminished success can be traced to a singular element of Spieth’s game: putting. Perhaps no player on tour has put forth a better Happy Gilmore impression this season than Spieth, who has imploded on the greens.Consider, for example, Spieth’s infamous final-hole performance at the Players Championship last month. After lacing his tee shot into the water, Spieth managed to land his approach shot within 5 feet of the cup. Rather than drain a shot that tour players are making more than 81 percent of the time this season, Spieth three-putted. The quadruple bogey dropped him from tied for 17th to tied for 41st. Average strokes gained read more

Rivaldo Vinicius Junior must earn his spot at Real Madrid

first_imgBrazil legend Rivaldo believes that Vinicius Junior hasn’t played yet because the coach doesn’t think he’s readyExpectations are high for the 18-year-old following his €40m arrival from Brazilian side Flamengo earlier this summer.But, despite an impressive pre-season with Los Blancos in their US tour, Vinicius was left as an unused substitute in the club’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and last Sunday’s opening day win over Getafe in La Liga.Reports have suggested that head coach Julen Lopetegui is trying to protect the teenage winger.But Rivaldo, who spent five years at Barcelona, believes that Vinicius’ absence means that he has not earned a spot in the team yet.“If Vinicius doesn’t play then it’s the coach’s decision, but not one to protect the player,” he explained in an interview with BRT News, via Marca.“If he has been included in the squad then it’s because he’s ready to play.“He shouldn’t lose any more game time.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Real president Florentino Perez is hopeful that the young Brazilian will develop in a similar way to Neymar when he was at Barcelona.“The beginning of the season is the best moment to hand a player his debut,” continued Rivaldo.“When the big matches arrive then it’s more complicated to play a debutant.”La Liga have recently announced that they will be hosting some of their domestic fixture in the United States.“It seems to be a financial issue,” speculated Rivaldo.“It doesn’t take into account the supporters of the Spanish teams.”Rivaldo scored 130 goals in 235 games for Barcelona and won La Liga twice during his five-year spell at Catalonia.last_img read more

Marco Silva proud of Evertons display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva credited squad depth and inner resolve for his team’s late winner over Crystal PalaceThe Toffees broke the deadlock late in the game thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was introduced in the 82nd minute which was followed by another substitute Cenk Tosun in the 89th minute.The Eagles were made to rue their missed chance after missing from the spot.“Sometimes you make changes and everything goes well, like this afternoon,” Silva told Sky.Marco Silva hails Everton’s strong personality after Wolves win Andrew Smyth – September 1, 2019 Everton manager Marco Silva praised his team’s strong personality after scrapping a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wolves on Sunday.“The other times you try and it’s not the same but in that moment it was important for us, we changed the formation with the substitutes and they did well.“They came on and helped the team and showed that everybody is ready to play and everybody is fighting for positions in the squad.“That is really important. It’s not just the 11 players but the squad and that’s what we want as a club.“I’m happy because the three players came on and they helped. Cenk, Lookman and Dominic are working really hard to achieve what they want, which is to play in our starting XI and this afternoon they helped the team.”last_img read more

United not giving up on top four hopes Valencia

first_imgManchester United captain Antonio Valencia has echoed the sentiments at the club stating that nobody is giving up on the chase for a top-four place in the League.United’s next game is at home against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and the former Wigan man urged the squad to develop a consistent run in the bid to secure a top-four spot.”Absolutely,” he replied when asked by MUTV if the top-four scrap remains alive, prior to Saturday’s 5-1 win over Cardiff City.“Nobody is giving up at all. You know there is half a season left to play so it’s all about working hard, battling and playing well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.”We know we have got the quality within the squad to be able to do that. It is all about being focused and the aim is still to get into those top four places. We also want to go as far as we can in the Champions League – why not get to the final? Why not try to win the two cup competitions we are still involved in?”Wagner’s men are on a relegation fight but the fact the festive fixture is at home is of a benefit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.”I think it is good,” explained Valencia. “The main thing is to get everyone together at Old Trafford after Christmas and it is a great fact we don’t have to travel as it’s on our doorstep. Playing in front of our fans is always a special occasion.”We are getting the chance to make them happy and hopefully put any recent bad results behind us to get into good form again. We need to start putting a string of wins together and putting in a good performance to make the fans happy.”last_img read more

Digicel service restored in sections of Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Digicel can announce that its mobile service is steadily being restored across the Turks and Caicos.Communities in Providenciales in and around: Richmond Hills, Blue Hills, Tabernacle Church, Lower Bight, Grace Bay, Venetian, Cinema and Wheeland can now connect with their families and friends.The Digicel Turks and Caicos team activated its recovery plan as soon as the all-clear was given with an additional response team from across the Caribbean arriving in to Turks and Caicos shortly after.   This fleet of engineers is working round the clock to restore service with steady progress being made.As the relief and recovery efforts continue, Digicel would like to encourage the public to heed all relevant advice from the appropriate agencies and take all necessary precautions to stay safe.last_img read more

Mitchell Clark set to return to action after injury layoff

first_imgAston Villa loanee Mitchell Clark is set to return to action this weekend after suffering an injury that laid him off for three weeks.The 19-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in Vale’s 1-0 home defeat to Swindon Town in November which ruled him out of matches against Yeovil Town, Stoke City U21s and Morecambe.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Clark has now recovered and is set to return to Port Vale’s starting lineup for their match with Cheltenham Town on Saturday, according to Birmingham Mail. Aston Villa are particularly interested in the match as striker Kelsey Mooney who is currently on loan at Cheltenham will also feature in the League two clash.Aston Villa have an option to recall Clark to their team in the January transfer window should club manager Dean Smith wish to use him in the first team or a club in League One seek his services.last_img read more