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.
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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: ALLEN—InSO , an international call center with corporate office in Texas and international call center located in India, reached a new contract with Urbanspoon for restaurant verification and prequalification for leads and data mining.
Urbanspoon will be contracting InSO— during an initial test pilot program—to facilitate the quality of award-winning call center services that InSO has provided for more than a decade, in efforts to verify new restaurants that will be offered the ability to sign up and be listed in Urbanspoon’s worldwide directory.
The purpose of the contract between InSO and Urbanspoon is to facilitate a prequalified telephonic campaign that contacts restaurants that are listed in the US, Canada, Australia and in the UK to find out if they are actively in business or not.
The pilot project will involve using InSO’s established international call center services to prequalify restaurants around the world to be able to offer them the ability to be added to Urbanspoon’s growing international directory of food service and hospitality entities.
“InSO is pleased to announce this new contract with Urbanspoon,” said Srii Srinivasan, marketing manager for InSO International Call Centers, in prepared statement. “When we began talks with Urbanspoon, we knew that a company of their size was considering numerous proposals from various and reputable vendors like us. After meticulously verifying our credentials and background, our proven track record with more than 250 campaigns, our state-of-the-art facilities, and our innate ability to deliver the results that a project of this international scope requires, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded this contract as a test pilot program with Urbanspoon. We look forwards to a long and mutually prosperous relationship between our entities, as we help Urbanspoon facilitate its further expansion of their business operations around the world.”
InSO is a call center support services provider that features an international call center offering call center support services, contact centers, business process outsourcing (BPO), direct response call centers, technical support – including web, chat and email support – and a variety of other call center services.
Urbanspoon is the world’s largest provider of dining data, and is a division of a multinational corporation; a branch division of Wanderspot LLC.
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