Seeing is Glass-Media’s defibrillator to resuscitate brick and mortar retailers

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Glass-Media, the Dallas-based startup has re-imagined the way customers see, engage and even interact with a brand when shopping the old fashioned way…in person.

We picked the brain of Glass-Media’s founder, Daniel Black, to understand why he’d leave behind the glitz and glamour of lead generation, content/social media marketing, and SEO to focus on a dying art: physical shopping.

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Modular: Taming the Wild Frontier of Distributed Networks

Nirvana. Maroon 5. Weezer. The Ramones. Some of the world’s most influential bands started out in their garage.

Garages, however, aren’t just a petri dish for experimenting musicians. They’re a breeding ground for earth shattering tech and mind blowing business concepts, too. Think Google. Microsoft. Apple.

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Our next startup may just be well on their way to following in those footsteps. Made up of developers, programmers and other technical warriors, Modular may not make it to your workout playlist, but they’re rock stars in their own right. You see, they’re pushing bytecode to the next level – and they intend to disrupt the way you and I access the block chain universe.

We spoke with Christopher Brown, founder of Modular, to find out how his team is taming the wild frontier of distributed networks and harnessing the power of Ethereum.

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On-time package delivery? It’s not a far-fetched idea.

Apartment living is the ultimate social experiment. From thin walls that give you more insight into your neighbors lifestyle than you want, to the fight for the last parking spot, to those awkward resident pool parties. Yah, it’s safe to say that communal living is not for the weak.

But all those “amenities” pale in comparison to the aggravation that apartment dwellers face with package delivery. Lost. Stolen. Late. Broken. Sig required. Undeliverable. The list of excuses for failed deliveries are endless. However, on-time package delivery within an apartment complex isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. In fact, the team at Fetch is well on its way to making package deliveries something that makes living with hundreds of your favorite transient besties a little more palatable.

Fetch is the first off-site package solution for apartment buildings – as well as one of our brave Startup Roast contenders. We recently talked with Michael Patton, founder of Fetch, and a corporate-finance-guy-turned-delivery-superhero, to learn more about his new package solution concept.

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How to turn your PICKUP truck into a revenue hauler

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On any given commute through Dallas, you’ll see hundreds of them. Big, bright, shiny trucks. Texas, after all is the truck capitol of the world. I mean, c’mon, Ohio didn’t get its own Buckeye State Edition Ford F150.

Tragically however, most of these trucks will never fulfill their destiny. They’ll never have an off-road experience or haul anything of consequence – besides, of course, that good-looking digital marketing exec.

But our friends at PICKUP are changing all of that. PICKUP is not only helping truck owners turn their urban crawlers and mall monsters into revenue-hauling machines – they’re also one of our stars at this year’s Startup Roast. We caught up CEO Brenda Stoner who’s leading the charge to make PICKUP the standard in 2-hour deliveries for heavy items.

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Teenagers are aliens. But there’s an app for that - Skratch

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Teenagers are aliens. At least that’s how a lot of adults feel. But the folks at Skratch are trying to change that perception. Skratch connects teens with their best future self by using good old-fashioned work as the foundation. It’s a mobile platform that pairs teens with people and businesses looking for help with small tasks and jobs. The teens in turn earn some scratch in the process.

Skratch will also be one of our star startups at this year’s Digital Dallas Start-up Comedy Roast at the Dallas Comedy House. We sat down with Scott Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Skratch to learn more.

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AMPlifi SPORTS: the Def Jam of sports technology

AMPlifi SPORTS is a truly disruptive open sourced software platform and killer application that’s helping Amateur Athletes gain a competitive edge and break through the clutter with the hottest sports performance technology.

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“Our purpose is to help the kid, and the parents, while so many are out to hustle them. Frankly, I grew tired of seeing it. We are staunchly committed to helping young athletes develop, build their profiles and reach full potential on and off the court or field of play. The core problem we solve is uniting the athlete and youth sports ecosystem with Super Data. Right now, everyone is operating in silos. Where I grew up in Blue Collar Pittsburgh, you were taught to watch your front, your back and your sides too!"

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Broken Box: Turn first dates into seconds

When Pandora opened that silly box, she did the worst thing possible – she let loose that one question that’s plagued civilization ever since: so, what’re we doing tonight?

Ahhh, it’s the worst! Getting your significant other or group of friend’s consensus on what to eat, where you want to eat it and what you’re doing afterward is the worst kind of evil. So wouldn’t it be rad (yes, I’m a product of the 80s) if there was an app for getting you and your date on the same page with the push of a few buttons? Follow me here, wouldn’t it be great if there was a “group consensus” app?

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Oh wait, there is! The brain child of Josh Stram, Broken Box is turning first dates into seconds, online profiles into real-world relationships and an otherwise boring night out with friends into something to Snap home about.

Can't wait? Watch Broken Box get roasted this Wednesday night at the Startup Comedy Roast.

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Ride-a-Long Media: The next evolution in engaging marketing

How many ads do we get blasted with every day?

10,000

We might go to bed at night remembering one or two of them. So, if you’re a brand manager, being memorable – much less persuasive, is a daunting task.

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But that’s where our next Digital Dallas Start Up Comedy Roast guest comes in. Ride-a-Long Media is the brain child of Joe Van Olfen. Joe came up with his mobile ad idea while tooling around the roads of Dallas as a Lyft driver.

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Inception Lighting: Our StartUp Roast is Gonna be Lit!

Here’s a riddle for you. What do you get when you cross a professional tennis player with a serial entrepreneur? You get a guy who serves up an ace start-up company that wins match point…every time.

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Meet Scott Eddins

For the locals amongst us, you might know Scott Eddins from his days as a collegiate (TCU) and professional tennis player. But after nearly a decade-long successful run in tennis, he retired his racquet to serve up a new kind of success, only this time in the corporate world.

“I come from a family with lawyers and so I thought that was the direction I was headed when I retired as a pro tennis player,” said Eddins. “But after getting more involved, I realized I could be more successful by providing tech to the legal community than I could as an attorney. My first startup tech company focused on mesothelioma litigation, which I built up and eventually sold.”

Enter Inception Lighting

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That successful foray led to Eddins’ most recent start up – Inception Lighting. And let me tell you, this new company is lit…literally.

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We're lighting up our roast with Bonfire!

But first, this...

Blind dates are so overrated. Maybe that’s my “better-know-before-you-go” gene talking. Come to think of it, it’s probably just my general intolerance for risk. Ok, who’re we kidding – it’s a combo deal.

Truth is I never got any kicks out of meeting someone I didn’t know with the intent of sharing my affections – especially if I’m not fully, wholly and substantively committed to making this (whatever “this” is) work.

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