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: AUSTIN—Texas American Resources Company named Tim Taylor as executive vice president.
In an effort to strengthen strategic planning and the technical development of two oil-prone repeatable plays TARC chief executive David Honeycutt asked Taylor to help accelerate growth and technical understanding of company assets in the Texas Panhandle and South Texas.
“Tim is a tremendous strategic thinker and hard worker,” Honeycutt said in a prepared statement. “He brings a lot of experience to bear and will be instrumental in the evolution of our company The move is intended to free up some of his time for critical thought for value creation.”
The company is re-aligning its management team after closing the sale of its DJ Basin Properties to Bill Barrett Corporation for $150 million.
“The transactional metrics for the sale of our DJ Basin assets are very compelling; we are delighted with the outcome Honeycutt commented on the sale,” Honeycutt said. “We had a fine collective effort from our Denver and Austin staffs, I am very proud of the talent we have in our organization. The benefits from our DJ Basin sale will allow Texas American to focus on the development of our very attractive oil-prone Eagle Ford assets in South Texas.”
Taylor previously served as chief operating officer of Texas American Resources Company. The company is not seeking a replacement for the COO position at this time.
Texas American Resources Company is a privately-held independent energy company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Since its founding in 1990, TARC has focused on the acquisition and exploitation of proved or near proved properties in Texas and the Rocky Mountain region of the United States.
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