The DEC Education: Intro to the Dallas Startup Community


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This is a free orientation to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs learn how to plug in to the Dallas startup scene. Get the inside scoop from one of the local community leaders to get acquainted with the exciting entrepreneur scene in Dallas.

You'll learn where the entrepreneurs hang out, what investors are active in town, what blogs to read, where to talk to media outlets, where to find talent, and more.

Startup growth in Dallas
Why doing business is good in Dallas
What we do well
Big companies you need to know
Top startups you need to know
VC’s, angels and media
Accelerators, Incubators and Coworking spaces
Networking events
Other ways to get involved

Alexander is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of startup experience. In October he transitioned from CEO to Chairman of ShopSavvy to dedicate full time on his latest startup, the HAUL Company. Muse contributes back to the startup community through his work with Startup America and several startups including Socialyzer, PayTap, Order Mapper, iTag and

PRESENTED BY, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is an entrepreneurial support system dedicated to bringing together the resources, support and opportunities that Dallas-area entrepreneurs need to start, build and grow their businesses. Launched in 2013, the DEC connects entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, educators and other business and community leaders in order to advance the economic interests of the Dallas community. Learn more at

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The DEC Education: Intro to the Dallas Startup Community

  1. 1. I N T R O T O T H E D A L L A S S T A R T U P C O M M U N I T Y P R E S E N T E D B Y : A L E X A N D E R M U S E , T H E H A U L C O M P A N Y
  2. 2. @amuse Alexander Muse Co-Founder at HAUL Office: 214.550.2003 Mobile: 214.558.1079   1333 North Stemmons Fwy, Suite 110   Dallas, Texas 75207 Website: Personal Blog: LinkedIn: Twitter:
  3. 3. Agenda • Entrepreneurial hub? • Growth of the Startup Scene • Notable Dallas Startups • Notable Startup Exits (M&A and IPO) • VC’s, Angels and Media • Accelerators, Incubators, Coworking • Networking Events, Meetups, Conferences • Where to Find Talent • Other ways to get involved • Q&A
  4. 4. W H Y D A L L A S
  5. 5. Pros and Cons • Concentration of Fortune 500 companies • Fourth largest metro in the US • Third largest in self-employment • 19,000 new companies each year • Ranked third for startup founders ~Kaufmann Foundation • More tech jobs that Austin & Houston combined • Low cost of living/doing business • Two major airports • Dearth of experienced VCs • VCs have very little committed capital • Very little early stage capital • Few high growth entrepreneur angels • Few startup focused service providers • Leveraged Workforce • Inexperienced Startup Workforce • Massive Geography (9,286mi v. 46.9mi) PROs CONs
  6. 6. Startup Growth in Dallas (in 5 minutes) • • Barcamp/PitchCamp • Startup Happy Hour • Startup Weekend • CoHabitat / Tech Wildcatters • LOTS of startups
  7. 7. Notable Startups • Koupon Media • ShopSavvy • Genband • Firehost • Epic Playground • Bookshout! • Connectcloud • Hiplogic • HAUL • Pure Discovery • Image Vision • Traxo • Architel • Modx • • Mutual Mind • ZenCash • Order My Gear • Convey Computer Corp • ID90 Technologies • Biscotti • NetSocket • Mobility Ventures • Vivify Health • Quiqq • Who@ • Sparxlife ShopSavvy
  8. 8. Notable Dallas Exits • (Yahoo for $5B, 2001) • EDS (HP for $13.9B, 2008) • Gamestop (IPO) • Gearbox Software (IPO) • (IPO) • Id Software (ZeniMax for $105M, 2009) • ITKO (CA Technologies for $330M) • Metasolv (Oracle for $219M, 2006) • New Toy (Zynga for $53M, 2011) • Perot Systems (Dell for $3.9B, 2009) • Quickoffice (acquired by Google, 2012) • Softlayer (acquired by IBM for $2B, 2013) • Texas Instruments (IPO) • (Amazon for $110M, 2010)
  9. 9. VC • Trailblazer Capital • Silver Creek Ventures • Dallas Venture Partners • Remeditex (Pharma/Life Science) • Cypress Growth Capital • Green Park & Golf Ventures • Naya Ventures • Pangea’s Edge Holdings, Ltd. • Aristos Ventures • Mark Cuban Companies • New MainStream Capital • Covera Ventures • Sevin Rosen • HO2 • Orix Fund Dead Pool
  10. 10. Angels • Dallas Angel Network • Dallas Ventures Angel Network • Dallas Women’s Venture Fund • North Texas Angel Network • Lone Star Angels • Cowtown Angels • Golden Seeds - Dallas • Southwest Venture Forum • Texas Mezzanine Fund • Tyler Texas Angel Network • Baylor Angel Network • Texas Entrepreneur Network
  11. 11. Media Publications • Dallas Morning News • Dallas Business Journal • LaunchDFW • Dallas Observer • Pegasus News • Culture Map • Dallas Startup Digest • Texas Biotech News •
  12. 12. Accelerators • Tech Wildcatters • Forbes top 10 Accelerator • 37 companies including: Key Ring, Proxomo, Koupon Media • Health Wildcatters • Raised $1M from 30 investors • VentureSpur • Dual classes in session in Dallas and OKC including mine: HAUL • Pipeline at Bio Center • NTEC • Bootstrap Dallas
  13. 13. Incubators • The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (Dallas) • North Texas Entrepreneur Center (Frisco) • Collide Center (McKinney) • Tech Fort Worth (Fort Worth) • Venture Development Center (UTD) • United Way’s The GroundFloor (Dallas)
  14. 14. Coworking • Common Desk (Dallas - Deep Ellum) • WELD (Dallas - Design District) • SpryRocket (Dallas - Greenville) • The Grove (Dallas - West End) • XL Lounge (Dallas - Mockingbird) • Oak Cliff Hive (Dallas - Oak Cliff) • Dallas Fort Work (Dallas) • Dallas Makerspace (Dallas) • Connective Hub (Addison) • CoLab (Fort Worth) • Dallas Cafe Bedouins • Creative Consortium Group
  15. 15. Networking • BioCenter Dallas • CEO Netweavers • Creatives in Dallas • Dallas Entrepreneur Center • Dallas Maker Space • Dallas Internet Marketing and SEO • Dallas Startup Happy Hour • Digital Dallas • Entrepreneurs for North Texas • EWomenNetwork • Health Industry Council • Mobile Monday Dallas • Red Oak Hackerspace • Social Media Club Dallas • Texchange Dallas • TIE Dallas • Untyed
  16. 16. Meetups • Dribbble Meetup • AIGA DFW • Refresh Dallas For Creatives • Dallas Android Developers Group • iPhone Developers Group • Drupal Developer Group • HTML5 User Group For Developers • Social Media Club of Dallas • Results Oriented Web For Marketing • DFW Scrum • Dal Mob • DevOps Live For Product • Dallas Startup Weekend • CoFounders Lab Misc
  17. 17. Conferences • Big Design Conference (October) • Circles Conference (September) • Emerging Tech Conference (July) • Big Android BBQ (September) • Front Porch (Front End) Web Developers (October)
  18. 18. Where to find talent • Campus2Careers • Meetups • LaunchDFW • University Job Boards • CoFounders Lab
  19. 19. Other ways to get involved • Join the conversation online - comment on articles, tweet, spread the word that you’re a part of the audience. • Volunteer your time at meetups, events, startup weekend, mentor, host open office hours • Contribute your own stories or event recaps on your own blog or write for LaunchDFW • Give before you get, and when you get, pay it forward.
  20. 20. Q & A