DFW’s position as a tech leader began shortly after Word War II, as hundreds of telecoms and engineering companies set up shop in the region. Decades of investment by these now tech giants like Texas Instruments has seeded the region with many engineers and high-tech jobs…which attracts other businesses like AT&T and also creates a steady supply of entrepreneurs and startup talent. The metro area’s remarkable business retention is due in part to a friendly business climate with no state income tax and an active entrepreneurial support scene. Nevertheless, startups face a lack of capital, a sprawling geography that impedes a unified startup community, and flight risk of entrepreneurs relocating in order to find investment. Increasing access to capital will be key to supporting and growing DFW’s startup scene.
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Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, investor and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. His experience with startups includes founding Broadcast.com, a streaming site, and investing in successful ventures like Box. Mark is enthusiastic in promoting entrepreneurship nationwide and is known for his substantial experience in entertainment and media.
Gabriella Draney cofounded Tech Wildcatters and Health Wildcatters, accelerators that nurture technology and healthcare startups respectively. In addition to founding several of her own startups and cultivating the Dallas entrepreneurial scene, Gabriella also engages international startups with Tech Wildcatter’s exchange program, Globestart.
Trey Bowles is Co-Founder and CEO at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), which provides resources for the Dallas entrepreneurial field. Trey has extensive experience leading technology companies, and his role in establishing links between the business community and City of Dallas has made him well versed in building partnerships with government.
Darlene Boudreaux is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and accounting software. She now supports and incubates area entrepreneurs through TECH Fort Worth and Cowtown Angels. Nationally, Darlene is also a Board member for the National Business Incubation Association.
Bradley Joyce is the Managing Partner of Velocis Enterprises, a tech accelerator and developer which he founded in 2008. He has considerable experience establishing tech startups like Socialyzer, as well as personal development expertise. He also founded LAUNCH DFW, a site that promotes the North Texas entrepreneurial community.
T.J. is currently the CEO of OpenKey, a startup that offers hotels the technology to control guest room access with smartphones. Before his current position at OpenKey, he was CEO of Koupon Media a coupon curator for retailers. Person is also a mentor for both Tech Wildcatters and VentureSpur.
Alex Muse is the founder and managing partner of Sumo Ventures, a seed stage investment fund. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Chairman of ViewMarket, an online video marketplace. He is an enthusiastic mentor in and proponent of the entrepreneurial community, speaking at events worldwide and serving as a Founding Advisor at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center.
David Matthews is a longtime entrepreneur, investor and current Managing Partner at Trailblazer Capital, a venture capital firm. In addition to funding tech startups, Trailblazer Capital also invests in accelerators and incubators, including Tech Wildcatters and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, in order to promote a stronger entrepreneurial environment in North Texas.
Sammy Abdullah is currently Co-Manager at the Dallas Angel Network (DAN) Fund, a Dallas VC firm. Sammy co-founded the DAN in 2010 in the hopes of cultivating the angel investing community in the city. The Fund targets mid-stage companies and focuses on the Dallas area but also invests nationally.
Chuck McCoy serves as the Executive Director of the North Texas Angel Network (NTAN), having founded it in 2008. With a significant background in the technology business, Chuck leads the NTAN in a variety of early-stage enterprises including, but not limited to, tech companies.
Post WWII found Dallas a budding nexus for communications, engineering and production talent. This was the beginning of the region's tech influence.1950s
Texas Instruments was and continues to be an essential semiconductor manufacturer, and one of the first companies to focus on consumer electronics.June, 1972
Broadcast.com - along with Hotels.com and other notable exits - were landmark wins for the Dallas tech scene during the dotcom boom, seeding the area with experienced talent and capital.April, 1999
2008 was a landmark year for Dallas tech, with AT&T bringing more telecoms talent to Dallas with it's relocation and Electronic Data Systems minting many millionaires with its $13.9B sale to HP.2008
Cohabitat allowed for some entrepreneurial density in Dallas, being the city's first space for startups to work closely together and share ideas.Dec, 2008
Kicking off their first class in Spring 2010, the accelerator soon became a top-ranked program that works with business-to-business startups and would later open a second Dallas accelerator focused on healthcare.April, 2010
Born from a shared vision among small business and entrepreneurship advocates with support from local goverment, the DEC believes investment in entrepreneurs is investment in the community. It is now a core hub for DFW startups.2013
Doubling down on the success of its software-focused Foundry Labs located in Plano, a Dallas suburb, the expanded Labs will focus on the Internet of Things. This is a strong positive signal for the community.Sept, 2013
The Perot Jain fund will target technology companies with annual revenue of $15 million to $50 million, offering much needed growth capital to entrepreneurs in the region.May, 2014
Founded by Stephen Hays, Deep Space Ventures has $20 million to invest in DFW area startups.March, 2016