April 16, 2016
Well, we made it – thanks to a combination of no snow, this year; brilliant parties atop skyscrapers; Chase; and all the speakers, Dallas Startup Week turned out to be a brilliant success.
The week kicked off with a smashing party at the Tower Club of Dallas with hundreds of excited people, anticipating what would be Dallas Startup Week 2016. Early Tuesday Morning, #BigDOCC kicked things off followed by panels and events spanning topics from real estate and travel to co-working and health, and so much more. By the end of day one, 2,500 people were bustling around.
The diverse nature of topics this year allowed for people representing a multitude of industries from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area to experience what Dallas really has going on. The suits looked impressed; the startup crowd whizzed around on scooters; and the new faces to the room seemed impressed with what was cooking. Exciting new topics this year included “ARTpreneruship”, gaming, and more how-tos about everything you could imagine.
It’s thrilling to hear that startups that started years ago are growing leaps and bounds. In one day, Need announced a branding change to Imprint; PediaQ announced their launch into Houston; the all-mighty lingering problem of “AllCal” was fixed; and there were over 20 events. And that was just one day – imagine five days of that.
Some of the community’s accomplishments in the year since the last Dallas Startup Week were highlighted by The DEC in their annual State of Entrepreneurship event. But some of the biggest accomplishments in the last year weren’t even reported:
The corporate sales guy who, in his nights and weekends, created a new payment product which he managed to get a guy at Google to build in his free time. (I didn’t know guys at Google had free time.)
The single, divorced mom who was laid-off and utilized that time to create a babysitting business thanks to her pains of scheduling her social life around her children’s custody.
The quiet young guy building company after company, all to build someone else up, but plotting his own dreams too.
It’s those stories which don’t get reported – the people who aren’t recognized; the people who are still building the means to be startup founders; and the people who are still trying to figure it out. I salute you and grant you many bravos because you are the future of Dallas Startup Week 2017 (however cheesy that may sound).
After a week of events, the organizing committee thinks they’ll hit between 4,000 and 5,000 attendees by the end of today. So one thing we can say (and say with confidence): Dallas Startup Week 2016 was a success and those unreported or still blossoming startups will be center stage at Dallas Startup Week 2017.
This article is part of a Startup Week content series brought to you by Chase for Business. Startup Week is celebration of entrepreneurs in cities around the globe. Chase for Business is everything a business needs in one place, from expert advice to valuable products and services. The Startup Week tour is almost over, but stay tuned as it winds down with news from Columbus and Detroit.
All photos by Vernon Bryant for Dallas Startup Week
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