It’s not surprising that Dallas has emerged as a rising American tech startup hotspot. Texas, with more state incentives to attract business than any other and over 13 million workers—the nation’s second largest civilian labor force—has always maintained an entrepreneur-friendly atmosphere.
Dallas is ranked 3rd in the nation when it comes to the number of Fortune 500s that call the city home; groundbreaking startups have also given the local job market and economy a strong boost. Here are 13 tech startups from the city that you need to be aware of in 2016.
Started by a man who turned a personal favor into a thriving business, PICKUP is a service that specialized in hauling items with a pickup truck. Every delivery is insured up to $20,000.
Open Key redefines hotel room access by turning the ubiquitous smartphone into a hotel key. The solution works alongside existing systems, so you can still use traditional physical keys if your phone is powered off.
Mend—soon to be known as Family Health On Call—is a provider of on-demand urgent care, dispatched direct to your home with a click or swipe of its app.
With Ilumi’s smartphone-controlled light bulb, you can adjust the color and other settings via Bluetooth and the accompanying app. The lights detect your presence and can be adjusted individually or all at once. There’s even a setting for vacation security.
Vinli turns your car into a wireless internet router and provides notifications regarding routine vehicle checkups, accident, and even roadside assistance.
Not only does Gmaids perform background checks on all of their maids, they’re also environmentally-friendly: the company exclusively uses green and non-toxic cleaning products. The website features easy online booking and immediate pricing.
Socrates’ Companion is a diabetic blood glucose monitoring device that clips to the wearer’s ear and provides an accurate reading in just seconds, saving the patient from a finger prick and expensive test strips.
Xpire is a mobile app for shrinking your digital footprint: by integrating with your Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts, the solution enables you to manage them all in one place. Share self-destructing posts, delete old/risky posts, calculate how much risky content you share, and more.
Space Agent allows you to advertise your Airbnb, VRBO, FLipKey or HomeAway listing to a highly relevant audience of travelers interested in upcoming events, vacations or attractions in your location. The app features a campaign dashboard for tracking your performance and weekly reports showing ad views and listing clicks.
TangoTab makes a donation to a local food bank each time you dine out—just check in with the app at participating restaurants during your next meal for a special discount/promotion. So far, the company has fed over 1,500,000 people.
5miles is a free local marketplace app for helping you buy and sell items in your area. The company has thus far helped over 10 million users and facilitated more than $1 billion in local sales.
Vignature’s solution creates an online signature using a photo from your smartphone. The app also allows users to provide a photo instead of taking a live snapshot.
PediaQ’s solution allows you to dispatch pediatric urgent care to your home easily and conveniently: simply use the app to request a pediatric specialist nearby and receive a live call to discuss your child’s symptoms. Upon being dispatched, a specialist will arrive in an hour or less to diagnose/treat your ailing child in person.
Corporate giants like Texas Instruments and American Airlines may dominate the DFW area’s enterprise landscape, but a plethora of new ventures are stealing the show when it comes to innovation. From smartphone-enabled virtual hotel room keys to apps that feed the homeless, Dallas tech startups are developing bold, imaginative offerings that may soon reverberate on the global stage.