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—MutualMind, a social media technology developer based in Dallas reached an agreement with LexisNexis, a leading provider of legal content and technology solutions, to bring to market an exciting portfolio of social media intelligence solutions, specifically designed for small law firm marketing.
This agreement will integrate MutualMind's innovative tracking and analytics technology as a complementary service enhancement to LexisNexis' successful suite of web and social media marketing services.
MutualMind's technology will, among other things, enable LexisNexis, on behalf of law firms, to monitor, analyze, and report on social media conversations related to legal topics, sentiment, and other factors. Combining MutualMind's social media intelligence platform with LexisNexis' social media content and configuration solutions will further enable small law firms to strategically tap social media channels to yield more high quality prospects and win more business in competitive markets.
“From our extensive social commerce and social marketing work with premier leading providers such as LexisNexis, MutualMind is often seen as helping them to achieve unique alignment with the ultimate voice-of-the-customer,” said MutualMind chief executive Babar Bhatti in a prepared statement. “With today's announcement, we are thrilled to be part of this new offering especially tailored for small law firms and the online legal services consumers.”
By leveraging social media more effectively, lawyers and firms are better able to generate more new business, demonstrate thought leadership, extend the reach of their websites, improve site performance on search engines, and convince prospects of their authority on key legal topics. MutualMind will now enable LexisNexis to provide additional strategic intelligence to inform social media strategy, ensuring that small law firms compete effectively and make the best use of their time and resources with social media marketing.
“Consumers use social media tools to find the information they need, including finding lawyers and legal information,” said LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell chief executive Phil Livingston in a statement. “The new collaboration with MutualMind adds critical social media monitoring, analytics and engagement services to help law firms optimize their social messaging and lead generation, and ultimately achieve a measurable increase in their social media ROI.”
MutualMind Inc. is privately held and based at the ng Gravity Innovation Center located in Plano.
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