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
In celebration of China-based Camelot Information Systems Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange, executives from Camelot, joined by Bridge360 CEO, rang The Opening Bell.
Bridge360 CEO Brenda Hall, joined partner Camelot Information Systems Inc., chief executive Simon Ma and COO Heidi Chou to ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange Friday. The visit to the exchange was in celebration of Camelot's initial public offering on July 21, 2010. Camelot, headquartered in Beijing, China, is a leading provider of business solutions and IT services.
Austin-based Bridge360, a technical quality leader for software, custom software development and test automation, partnered with Camelot in 2007 by facilitating the legal and business aspects for Camelot to set up a U.S. base in Austin, Texas. Camelot had provided the same service for Bridge360 to open operations in Beijing.
Camelot is the 18th Chinese-based company to join the Ne wYork Stock Exchange. However, it is the first IT services company.
“Simon and I believe in building strong and lasting relationships based on tried and true principles of trust and integrity, and I’m thrilled to see the fruits of our vision to build a strong ‘global bridge’ that supports business and creates job growth on the international field of commerce,” said Hall.
Bridge360 is a company of technical software experts focused on supporting corporations that want to export their products into global markets. Bridge360 reduces business risks and costs by applying software development, translation and project management expertise to all phases of the software life cycle. Bridge360 offers a complete suite of services that supports client global deployment without compromising quality such as: Internationalization and Localization; Custom Application Design and Development; Legacy Software to the Web Implementation; Compliance and Certification for China as well as QA Test Automation.
The Bridge360 customer base ranges from young companies to world technology leaders, spanning industries such as automotive manufacturing, Wi-Fi/Broadband, fast food to fashion. Bridge360 is headquartered in Austin, Texas with Asian operations in China. For more information, visit www.bridge360.com.
Camelot was founded in 1994, Camelot is a leading domestic provider of enterprise application services and financial industry information technology (“IT”) services in China, focusing on the high end of the IT value chain. The company is the largest domestic provider of SAP-based Enterprise Resource Planning services in China as measured by 2009 revenue and by number of SAP consultants as of December 31, 2009. Camelot also operates in other areas of the Asia Pacific region, including Taiwan and Japan. The company provides services to a wide range of industries, including financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing and automobile, technology, as well as telecommunication, media and education.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: The West News proves the value of a great weekly newspaper in a community torn up with grief and chaos; Chinese investors checking out Texas, Austin; Texas makes bounce house operators carry liability coverage, but not plants like West Fertilizer; bSpaceX’s Grasshopper leaping to NM spaceport;American Airlines, US Airways to name post-merger leadership within weeks; Texas power cushion seen at lowest level in a decade; Media outlets reflect Houston's diversity; and more.