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: AUSTIN—The executive teams of Manticore Technology, a provider of SaaS marketing automation software, and Sales Engine International, a B2B integrated marketing and sales acceleration company, executed an agreement to merge the organizations.
Manticore and Sales Engine—partners and mutual clients since 2009—have merged to form a new company that will operate as Sales Engine International.
The combined resources of the new organization is designed to confront the emerging problem in the world of demand generation: a lack of defined internal processes, inadequate content and insufficient dedicated staffing which prevent clients of all marketing automation tools from fully leveraging the potential of the software.
“Although the marketing automation segment has grown 75 percent, most companies are realizing only a fraction of the potential from their investment,” said Sales Engine International chief executive Paul Rafferty in a prepared statement. “We are finding that the problem lies not with the software, but with content creation, establishing uninterrupted cadence, and aligning marketing and sales for the closure of leads and opportunities. Sales Engine has perfected a business process to address these failure points and drive true business results.”
“I am thrilled to take Manticore Technology and Sales Engine ahead as a single company. The two organizations have worked very closely over the last few years as we both built world class businesses,” said Nick Walker, former President of Manticore Technology, in a statement. “Merging the power of the Manticore Technology software platform with the proven content-centric model of Sales Engine gives us an exciting story to take to market.”
Under the new company structure, Rafferty will remain chief executive, overseeing business development efforts. Mike Vannoy will be chief operating officer, managing day-to-day operations. Nick Walker will serve as chief technology officer. Stacey Steiger will serve as vice president of product management and marketing. Jonathan Halligan will serve as vice president of sales and support. Kim Cool will serve as director of program management and Marisa Luchsigner will serve as director of marketing operations.
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