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Entrepreneur's modest goal: Get rid of greenhouse gas

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Plenty has changed since Scott Lewis formed Brightworks in 2001.

“Back when we started, low-VOC paint was considered exotic and unreliable,” said Lewis, who sold his company to four members of the 18-employee company’s leadership team this month. “Now all the manufacturers make many varieties of it.”

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Unstructured data lures Dallas startup to hook big fish first

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Dallas entrepreneur Dave Copps spent years aiming to develop a technological brain that could learn, search and connect users to unstructured data tied to subjects, topics and words. Nine years later, Copps has raised $15 million for his company Brainspace and has landed three of the top four international consulting firms.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” Copps said. “We have not been  ...

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When the Smithsonian is your highest-profile customer

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It’s been a big year for Corrales-based Ideum and CEO Jim Spadaccini.

The company, which makes both the hardware and software for high-tech touch tables used in museums, has signed contracts with the Smithsonian to develop interactive displays at three of its museums and has secured deals at several other museums worldwide.

With about 10 employees just a few years ago, the company is quickly  ...

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The many lives of investor Mark Ein (Video)

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Ask Mark Ein for a business card, and he’ll pull out a whole wad of them — each for a different company.

There’s one for Kastle Systems International LLC, the Falls Church building security firm where he serves as chairman. And another for Venturehouse Group LLC, the venture capital firm he founded after leaving The Carlyle Group in 1999. Yet another for Capitol Acquisition Corp. II,  ...

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Watch D.C.’s first brick-laying robot in action (Video)

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The construction of a new high school at The Lab School may look pretty typical — until you meet the most unique worker on the site.

SAM100, which stands for semi-automated mason, is increasing productivity for Clark Construction Group LLC as the world's first commercially available robot used for on-site brick placement. Clark began work in November 2014 on a 29,000-square-foot high school in  ...

August 28, 2015 | 5:00pm EDT
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3 tips for making innovation meaningful for customers

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You’ve worked hard on your product. You undoubtedly know it cold. But when you have a product with a health benefit, no one is buying it because it has a cool feature or backlit face.

Innovative features are no longer reasons to buy. As technology becomes more advanced the features become more meaningless.

Things need to be validated in a new way, especially when there’s a premium price  ...

August 28, 2015 | 4:15pm EDT
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Here are some drone makers to watch as Intel invests $60M in one from China

by Cromwell Schubarth Flirtey co founder Matthew Sweeny

Investments in unmanned aircraft startups are taking off, with a $60 million funding of a Chinese drone company by Intel Corp. as the latest example.

Santa Clara-based chip giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) invested in Yuneec, a Shanghai company founded by Tian Yu that claims its drones are so easy to use they can be flown almost right out of the box by inexperienced pilots.


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August 28, 2015 | 3:30pm EDT
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