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: DALLAS—Real estate developer Harwood International reached a lease agreement with Emirates in the Rolex Building.
Emirates expanded its offices to the district of Harwood due to its recent launch of non-stop daily service between DFW and Dubai (DXB) International Airport.
“A direct link between DFW and Dubai will open new opportunities for North Texas to become more connected with key business centers in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent now just one stop away,” said Bob Drenka, Dallas/Fort Worth sales manager, Emirates Airline in a prepared statement.
The Rolex Building has been a Dallas landmark since its doors opened in 1984 as Uptown Dallas' first office building.
The building overlooks the acclaimed Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, a 1.5-acre European-style rooftop garden recognized in the Urban Land Institute's Office Development Handbook.
It is also within walking distance to many other restaurants such as Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Nobu, Ocean Prime, and Saint Ann Restaurant - located at Saint Ann Court, Harwood International's newest office tower.
“Emirates appreciated the fact that Harwood houses many global brands while within walking distance to the American Airlines Center, W Hotel, and The Ritz-Carlton,” said Jihane A. Boury, vice president of leasing, Harwood International.
Founded in 1988 by Swiss-born Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Harwood International is a real estate developer and investor with offices and projects in niche markets in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Geneva, London's West End, Paris, Sunnyvale, and Zurich.
The corporate headquarters are located in Harwood, Uptown Dallas' newest and fastest growing district. Home to such companies as Amegy Bank, The Boston Consulting Group, Frost Bank, Jones Day, MoneyGram International, McGuire, Craddock & Strother, Prologis, and Rolex, the six-building development by Harwood International showcases more than two million square feet of premier Class AA office buildings, residential multi-family living, retail space, and garden cafes. In addition, the park-like campus features pocket parks, restaurants, and The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection. Now a 17-city-block district, HARWOOD plans to grow to more than seven million square feet of high-rise and mid-rise office, retail, and multi-family residential developments.
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