Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: SEOUL, Korea & AUSTIN, Texas—SK TIC and SK Innovation, members of the SK Group, Korea's energy, chemicals and telecommunications giant, and HelioVolt Corporation, an Austin-based manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film photovoltaic modules, reached an agreement to collaborate on technology development and global manufacturing expansion.
The SK Group has invested $50 million to expand HelioVolt Austin's manufacturing operations and has begun collaboration to develop HelioVolt's global capabilities.
“We believe in the value of long-term investing in alternative energy and are happy to be able to leverage SK leadership across our many complementary industries in order to create an outstanding global partnership with the HelioVolt team,” said S. H. Park, chief executive of SK TIC in a prepared statement.
“SK's technical and engineering expertise will provide HelioVolt with tremendous market, manufacturing and supply chain access,” said D. S. Kim, SK Innovation's chief technical officer.
HelioVolt's significant technical progress and rapid module cost reduction are providing SK, through this partnership, an opportunity to play an important role in the rapidly growing global renewable energy market.
“The solar energy market is going through a transition period--one that is creating unprecedented opportunities for world-class leadership,” said B. J. Stanbery, HelioVolt's chairman. “We welcome SK's manufacturing, engineering and operational expertise in order to accelerate commercialization of our technology and business expansion to deliver the most cost-effective and efficient solar power.”
In connection with the transaction, Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as exclusive placement agent to HelioVolt.
SK Group, Korea's third largest conglomerate, covers a broad spectrum of businesses through its 75 subsidiaries and affiliate companies which share the SK brand and culture.
HelioVolt Corporation, based in Austin, Texas, is a manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules for the commercial rooftop and utility markets. HelioVolt has raised over $200 million to fund the company's move to volume production and international ex
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