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Health Wildcatters Moving HQ to Build ‘Health Innovation Hub’

Health Wildcatters is leaving the hub it shared with Tech Wildcatters at Alto 211 to open what it hopes will become a health innovation hub.

“For our region, it will mean we will have a resource center,” Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek said. “In healthcare, there isn’t a place (for startups) to move to where there’s all the resources.”

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Former Chaotic Moon CEO exits again: Finds buyer in Zynga

Just 11 months after selling Chaotic Moon to Accenture, Dallas entrepreneur Ben Lamm has made another sale to a public company.

Team Chaos, an Austin-based gaming company for which Lamm serves as co-founder, recently sold to San Francisco-based Zynga, according to VentureBeat, which broke the news Thursday. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Seeks to Hike Insurance Rates 60%

The largest health insurer in Texas has filed with federal regulators for a big increase to its customers’ premiums in 2017:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has about 603,000 individual policyholders and, unlike other insurers in the state, offers coverage in every county. In a recent filing with federal regulators, a summary of which is available on, the company said it is seeking increases averaging from 57.3 percent to 59.4 percent across its individual market plans.

In a statement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas said its request is based on strong financial principles, science and data. “It’s also important to understand the magnitude of the losses … experienced in the individual retail market over the past two years,” the statement said. The company says it lost $416 million in 2014 and $592 million last year.

Texas is the health care law’s third-largest market, after Florida and California. Texas state regulators said the insurer’s request is confidential and they can’t comment on it. However, Insurance Department spokesman Ben Gonzalez said the state can withdraw approval if the request doesn’t meet requirements and standards in Texas law.

The federal Health and Human Services Department says this rate request by Blue Cross is just the beginning of a process, that those seeking insurance individually will have lower-rate options for next year.

And if get your insurance through an employer (most of us), don’t expect to see increases quite this eye-popping.

Leading Off (5/31/16)

City manager A.C. gonzalez to resign. 64-year-old Gonzalez plans to leave in January, following three years as Dallas’ city manager. He informed City Council of his plan yesterday. Council members Philip Kingston and Scott Griggs would prefer Gonzalez to leave sooner, but they did not have enough support from other members to accomplish that. Gonzalez has been one of the highest-paid city managers in the country, and now intends to make the switch to the private sector.

Rangers beat indians on memorial day. The Rangers celebrated Memorial Day right with a decisive 9-2 win yesterday over Cleveland, during which rookie Nomar Mazara hit a three-run homer. The Rangers are leading the AL West.

Man arrested in stabbing death of girlfriend. 45-year-old Kenneth Alan Amyx was arrested yesterday after his girlfriend, Jennifer Streit-Spears, was found stabbed to death at her apartment in Plano. After police received a disturbance call, they found Streit-Spears to be dead, as well as Amyx with knife wounds. A nearby hospital determined his wounds to be possibly self-inflicted, and Amyx is now being held in the Collin County jail after being charged with murder.

Health Innovation Pitch Winner Makes Monitoring Blood Sugar Painless

A Dallas startup that created a noninvasive blood glucose monitor landed the top prize at the Health Innovation Pitch Competition as part of the 2016 Healthcare Dealmakers Conference.

Socrates Health Solutions, founded in 2013, developed a sensor that clips on to the user’s ear and sends blood glucose readings to the user’s mobile device.

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Meet the Trainer Behind Golf Phenom Jordan Spieth

At last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, I had a chance to talk with Damon Goddard, shortly after he held workout sessions with two of his clients, PGA golfers Jordan Spieth and Kelly Kraft. Goddard has been in the sports performance business for 18 years. He began working out with a few PGA pros about 10 years ago and saw a need to help more players incorporate strength and conditioning into their golf game.

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Toyota Partnering with Uber to Offer New Leasing Option

Toyota Motor Corp., which is relocating its North American headquarters to Plano, has entered a partnership that will give Uber drivers a new way to pay for their cars and explore future collaboration opportunities.

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Leading Off (5/24/16)

Susan Hawk in Houston indefinitely. The Dallas County District Attorney, who returned to the Menninger Clinic in Houston due to severe depression, doesn’t have a return date set yet. She was treated there last year before resuming her work in Dallas. Messina Madson, Hawk’s top prosecutor, will deal with daily office goings-on in the meantime.

Loose dogs captured in Oak Cliff. The loose dog problem continued when two dogs allegedly bit a man in east Oak Cliff yesterday morning. Police and animal control officers ended up capturing the dogs after fending the dogs off themselves.

High-speed internet coming to southern dallas. AT&T is aiming to bring high-speed internet to southern Dallas neighborhoods, which will help residents and businesses become more connected. Executives from AT&T are announcing the plan at a press conference this morning at Dallas City Hall. Mayor Rawlings says this shows that major companies are now concentrating on southern Dallas.

Dallas bachelorette JoJo Fletcher begins her journey to find love. The 25-year-old’s season premiered last night. It entailed a man riding in on a horse dressed as a unicorn, a guy wearing a kilt, another guy dressed as Santa Claus, and, obviously, alcohol-fueled antics. Good luck, JoJo.

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Labor Secretary Lauds Southwest Airlines For Fair Compensation

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez praised Southwest Airlines today for the way it compensates some of its workers. Addressing a national conference of business journalists in greater Washington, D.C., Perez said the decline of “union density” over the years had led to lower wages and contributed to income inequality. Today “there’s no leverage to […]

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