Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Klyde Warren Park Hosts Celebratory Weekend Here in Uptown

To Mark One Year Anniversary

What: One Year Anniversary Weekend: To celebrate the first anniversary of its opening, Klyde Warren Park will host a weekend full of free family-friendly activities Oct. 24 – 27. In its first year, the park has welcomed close to one million visitors, held over 900 programs and hosted nearly 50 special events. With the park’s restaurant, Savor, and its companion kiosk, Relish, officially open, the park is now complete. Savor will host its grand opening this month.
Head to the park to help us celebrate and enjoy free activities and performances all weekend long. Plans include:
Thursday, Oct. 24:
 12:15 – 1 p.m.: Ideas in Bloom with the Staff of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation (The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room)
 5:30 – 6 p.m.: Skyline 360 Tour – Dallas Center for Architecture (The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room)
 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Yoga – Bikram Yoga Dallas (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Music from Decks in the Park DJs (Muse Family Performance Pavilion)
 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.: Music from Le Cure (Muse Family Performance Pavilion)
Friday, Oct. 25:
 6:30 p.m. – Midnight: Carmen Simulcast from The Dallas Opera (Muse Family Performance Pavilion and Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 Activities include a pre-show sing-along and Carmen costume contest
Saturday, Oct. 26:
 9 – 10 a.m.: Boot Camp – SWEAT (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 10 – 11 a.m.: Yoga – Dallas Yoga Center (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 10 – 11 a.m.: Yoginos: Yoga for Youth – Crow Collection (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.: Putting Clinic with Ron Samples (East Lawn)
 12 – 1 p.m.: Capoeira Demonstration with RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu (Muse Family Performance Pavilion)
 1 – 1:30 p.m.: Skyline 360 Tour – Dallas Center for Architecture (The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room)
 1 – 2 p.m.: Secret Life of Pigeons – Trinity River Audubon Center (Muse Family Performance Pavilion)
 1 – 2 p.m.: Dallas Children’s Theater (Children’s Park)
 1 – 3 p.m.: Day of the Dead Craft – Latino Cultural Center (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 1 – 5 p.m.: Build Your City! – Dallas Center for Architecture (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 1 – 5 p.m.: Chess Simul Play and Lessons – UTD (The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room)
 1 – 5 p.m.: Face painters, juggler, story teller, caricaturist (throughout the park)
 2 – 3 p.m.: Music from Victor Andrada (Moody Plaza)
 2:30 – 3 p.m.: Skyline 360 Tour – Dallas Center for Architecture (The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room)
 3 – 4 p.m.: Instrument Petting Zoo – School of Rock (The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room)
 3 – 4 p.m.: Music from Tyler Lowe (Moody Plaza)
 4 – 5 p.m.: Music from Johnny Beauford (Moody Plaza)
 6:30 – 10 p.m.: Open Classical DFW Concert (Muse Family Performance Pavilion)
Sunday, Oct. 27:
 10 – 11 a.m.: Yoga – Exhale Dallas (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 12 – 1 p.m.: J Flash Fitness Class – JCC (Ginsburg Family Great Lawn)
 1 – 3 p.m.: Drumming with George Cortez (Moody Plaza)
Other participating organizations include:
 AT&T Performing Arts Center
 Downtown Dallas, Inc.
 Nasher Sculpture Center
 Oral Fixation – An Obsession With True Life Tales
 Perot Museum of Nature and Science
 The Shabby Sheep
 Spot Studio
Please visit for the most up-to-date information before heading out to the park.
Who: Free and Open to the Public
When: Thursday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Klyde Warren Park
About Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre deck park, designed by the Office of James Burnett, creates an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in Downtown Dallas. The Park includes a performance pavilion, restaurant, shaded walking paths, a dog park, a children's park, great lawn, water features, and an area for games, providing year-round activities to all citizens of Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on volunteering or donations, please visit or call 214-716-4500

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work for them, as well.
1. Don't start a company unless it's an obsession and something you love.
2. If you have an exit strategy, it's not an obsession.
3. Hire people who you think will love working there.
4. Sales Cure All. Know how your company will make money and how you will actually make sales.
5. Know your core competencies and focus on being great at them. Pay up for people in your core competencies. Get the best. Outside the core competencies, hire people that fit your culture but aren't as expensive to pay.
6. An espresso machine? Are you kidding me? Coffee is for closers. Sodas are free. Lunch is a chance to get out of the office and talk. There are 24 hours in a day, and if people like their jobs, they will find ways to use as much of it as possible to do their jobs.
7. No offices. Open offices keep everyone in tune with what is going on and keep the energy up. If an employee is about privacy, show him or her how to use the lock on the bathroom. There is nothing private in a startup. This is also a good way to keep from hiring executives who cannot operate successfully in a startup. My biggest fear was always hiring someone who wanted to build an empire. If the person demands to fly first class or to bring over a personal secretary, run away. If an exec won't go on sales calls, run away. They are empire builders and will pollute your company.
8. As far as technology, go with what you know. That is always the most inexpensive way. If you know Apple, use it. If you know Vista, ask yourself why, then use it. It's a startup so there are just a few employees. Let people use what they know.
9. Keep the organization flat. If you have managers reporting to managers in a startup, you will fail. Once you get beyond startup, if you have managers reporting to managers, you will create politics.
10. Never buy swag. A sure sign of failure for a startup is when someone sends me logo-embroidered polo shirts. If your people are at shows and in public, it's okay to buy for your own employees, but if you really think people are going to wear your branded polo when they're out and about, you are mistaken and have no idea how to spend your money.
11. Never hire a PR firm. A public relations firm will call or email people in the publications you already read, on the shows you already watch and at the websites you already surf. Those people publish their emails. Whenever you consume any information related to your field, get the email of the person publishing it and send them a message introducing yourself and the company. Their job is to find new stuff. They will welcome hearing from the founder instead of some PR flack. Once you establish communication with that person, make yourself available to answer their questions about the industry and be a source for them. If you are smart, they will use you.
12. Make the job fun for employees. Keep a pulse on the stress levels and accomplishments of your people and reward them. My first company, MicroSolutions, when we had a record sales month, or someone did something special, I would walk around handing out $100 bills to salespeople. At and MicroSolutions, we had a company shot. The Kamikaze. We would take people to a bar every now and then and buy one or ten for everyone. At MicroSolutions, more often than not we had vendors cover the tab. Vendors always love a good party.
This article is an edited excerpt from How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It (Diversion Books, 2011) by Mark Cuban (Available at Amazon and iTunes).

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