Republicans Really Are Losers

Republicans really are losers. Yeah, I know there are a few exceptions, but those exceptions are rarer than photos of Miley Cyrus in clothes. Case in point: We have the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader in the Senate and other outraged so-called leaders of the Party who are having absolute meltdowns about a clumsy tongue-lashing Donald Trump offered to a judge overseeing an ongoing class action lawsuit over Trump University, a real estate investing seminar program that has since ceased operation.    The Speaker and Majority Leader’s embarrassing meltdowns were only outdone by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mark Kirk, R-Ill), both of whom were only the most irrational comments of the many irrational comments made by “real” Republicans.  These Republicans have never attacked Democrats like this. Ever.   Let’s stipulate that Trump went a definition too far. And what he did say obscured the larger point he was trying to make; the judge in question is a member of several La Raza affiliates Read More... Read more »

Death Comes for the Party

  “What the hell is “conservative” about uncontrolled immigration and corporate trade pacts?” Donald Trump’s electoral rampage through the Northeastern states and then his stunning Indiana victory – taking all but five counties statewide and walking away with 57 delegates – did a lot more than drive Ted Cruz and John Kasich out of the race. It has driven a stake in the heart of the post-1988 Republican Party. It’s dead Read More... Read more »

Nina Vaca accepted into 2016 Henry Crown Fellowship Program

Nina Vaca, founder, chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Pinnacle Group, has been accepted into the 2016 class of Henry Crown Fellows. The latest in a stream of achievements for the business leader, this program highlights entrepreneurs under the age of 45 that have hit their stride in careers across industries. “For society, (the fellows) represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times,” said Peter Reiling, executive director of the… Read More... Read more »

Dropbox marked down 34% in expected secondary sale of stock

Dropbox is reportedly expected to approve a secondary sale of its stock at a price that is about 34 percent below what its private backers paid in its last funding round. Buzzfeed cited documents for a deal it said is being handled by EquityZen, which says that all of its private stock sales are approved by the companies whose shares are being sold. These types of deals give startup employees and others a chance to to sell stock in tech startups whose shares aren’t publicly traded. San Francisco-based… Read More... Read more »

What companies are now on Google's shopping list?

VMware co-founder Diane Greene has a shopping list for Google now that she is running its cloud business and it includes some interesting names. Greene herself came to the Mountain View, California search giant by way of its acquisition of Los Altos, California-based bebop, a stealthy company she had been working on. But the names on a list reported by Re/code on Friday aren’t stealthy at all. The names come from unnamed sources and haven’t been confirmed. But they include: — Shopify: This is… Read More... Read more »

Google may sell robotics firm that created "Atlas"

Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the Waltham, Massachusetts-based robot-maker the tech firm acquired in 2013, is reportedly up for sale. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. Google owner Alphabet Inc. concluded that Boston Dynamics “isn’t likely to produce a marketable product in the next few years and have put the unit up for sale,” according to Bloomberg, which cited two people familiar with the company’s plans. Possible acquirers include the Toyota Research Institute, Bloomberg said. A… Read More... Read more »

​Dallas-based startup Mend wins big at SXSW

Dallas-based health care/tech startup Mend was one of three winners of the 2016 ReleaseIt competition at SXSW Interactive. Thousands of companies from around the globe applied for the opportunity and 10 finalists were chosen to present and pitch their business on the first day of the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin on March 11. Dallas resident and board-certified emergency physician Jonathan Clarke launched Mend in March 2015. Clarke, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Navy who served wartime tours… Read More... Read more »

Xerox acquires Imagetek Office Systems

Imagetek Office Systems, a full service document services provider serving the Dallas/Fort Worth areas, has been acquired by Norwalk, Conn.-based Xerox (XRX). The company specializes in customized solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enterprise environments. In operation since 1993, its corporate offices, sales offices, service facility, dispatch center, parts depot, and warehouse are strategically located between Dallas and Fort Worth. Imagetek is a certified national Women’s… Read More... Read more »

Google says “orchestration” is next big trend in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has officially advanced past the “hype” stage, according to conference panelists including a Google developer. At the Bluetooth World conference in Santa Clara, California, Wayne Piekarski, a senior developer advocate for Google, said he believes the next big push in the Internet of Things is “orchestration,” meaning multiple connected devices aware of each other working together. “When you walk in your home, the lights come on and coffee machine goes on,” Piekarski… Read More... Read more »

The future of self-driving cars: 5 takeaways from Senate hearing

Several U.S. senators got to cross the Potomac River in self-driving cars earlier this week and lived to tell about it. The demonstration rides were a prelude to a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of self-driving cars, and the government’s role in seeing that this technology advances in a safe manner. Here are five takeaways from the hearing: Human drivers only make self-driving cars less safe That’s the lesson Google Inc. has learned from its seven years of testing of autonomous… Read More... Read more »