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AT&T’s Q1: Highlights From the Latest Earnings Call

AT&T Inc. beat analysts estimates during its first quarter, when it also experienced a rise in revenue due to the DirecTV acquisition. The quarter represented the fourth straight quarter of double digit growth for adjusted earnings per share. During the earnings call, the company announced video streaming services, updated investors on DirecTV cost efficiencies and progress in Mexico, and discussed its transition to becoming a software-defined network.

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Author: Glass Ceiling Won’t Shatter Until Men are Caregivers, Too

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, is a big fan of Anne-Marie Slaughter, who’s written a new book about attaining “true equality” between women and men, including in the workplace. The author “has given us a blueprint for the future in which women truly have freedom to choose,” Hutchison wrote in a […]

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Troy Aikman Dissolving His Foundation, Moving $1M Into Donor-Advised Fund at United Way

Editor’s note: At the request of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the following information was to be “embargoed” to media outlets today until 7 p.m. However, once Cheryl Hall of The Dallas Morning News posted a story (tagged “Exclusive”) containing the information well before 7, we had no choice but to follow suit.    […]

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Dallas Menswear Startup Mizzen+Main Raises $3M

Dallas startup Mizzen+Main raised a $3 million Series B round of funding adding more big name investors to its lineup. The round, announced Thursday, was led by Ben Nash, CEO of PCS Wireless; NFL star Thomas Morstead, who plays for the New Orleans Saints; George Couri and Bruce Kalmick of Triple 8 Management; Vegas Tech Fund; and Brian Tochman of Dallas-based MRCA Investment. Other private investors also participated.

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Common Desk Rolls Out Pop-Up Office Spaces Across Dallas

Common Desk has launched a new option for companies looking for temporary dedicated office space in areas across Dallas. The first space will debut at Dallas Startup Week’s Chase Basecamp at 1700 Pacific on Tuesday. The concept is called Common Desk – Anywhere, a pop-up office space leased on a weekly basis.

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Cybersecurity Firm Armor Appoints Diana Massaro as CMO

Diana Massaro has taken the chief marketing position at Armor, aiming to effectively communicate the market advantages of the Richardson-based cybersecurity company formerly known as Firehost. Massaro replaces Steve Lesem, who served that post from July 2014 to September of last year. Three days into the job, she’s already strategizing for the future of Armor.

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Dallas Innovation Alliance’s First Exec Director Outlines Smart Cities Plans

As the first executive director for the Dallas Innovation Alliance, Jennifer Sanders knows she has the opportunity to create a lasting impact on the city and its people. The Dallas Innovation Alliance, announced in September of last year, is a 501c(3) private-public partnership that aims to develop smart cities strategies for Dallas. The organization comprises the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, the city of Dallas and nearly 20 Dallas-area organizations and companies, including AT&T, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, IBM and Microsoft.

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United Way’s GroundFloor Program Unveils Five New Investments

Five nonprofits are being awarded more than $494,000 in seed funding, mentoring, and social-capital investment as the newest class of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ GroundFloor Fellows program. The program, founded in 2013 with investments from AT&T, EY, and individual donors, is a social innovation fund and “impact accelerator program” that provides support and […]

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New Fund Deep Space Ventures Discovering Tech Deals in DFW

A new venture capital fund has entered the Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneurial community, making its first two deals in Dallas startups. Deep Space Ventures officially launched on March 1, and has already invested in Dallas startups Panamplify and Vinli, and Dallas-based accelerator program Tech Wildcatters. The fund is run by managing partner Stephen Hays, a former investment banker who most recently served as an executive at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, the investment banking arm of SunTrust Banks Inc.

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Dallas Fed’s Robert Kaplan: No Balance in Oil Supply and Demand Until Mid-2017

The Texas energy industry can expect to see more than its share of “restructurings, mergers and bankruptcies” in 2016, which will be “a tough year” due to continuing low prices resulting from an oil glut. That was the view of Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, in a keynote […]

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AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament Aiming to Raise $14 Million This Year

Organizers of the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament hope to raise $14 million through sales this year, up from the $13.4 million that was raised last year. Net proceeds from those sales will go to support Dallas’ Momentous Institute, a nonprofit serving needy children and their family members with education and mental health programs. […]

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Dallas 500: Jennifer Sampson, United Way

The first woman to lead the local United Way, Jennifer Sampson oversees the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve education, income, and health in four North Texas counties. Sampson previously served as the nonprofit’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, strengthening the group’s financial management, expanding its technology systems, and improving its internal controls. The CPA also is a member of the Crystal Charity Ball Committee and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas.

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