Where there’s a Wheless, there’s a way: How a 1940s deal led to 2017’s hottest Houston-area market

BY BRANDI SMITH

“It took 70 years to come to fruition,” William “Bill” Wheless III, president of Wheless Properties chuckles as he surveys a map of more 5,000 acres nestled along Lake Houston.

Bill Wheless’s grandfather, William M. “Fishback” Wheless Sr., J.S. Abercrombie and others purchased the property in the 1940s before the City of Houston erected a dam along the San Jacinto River, creating the lake in 1953. That was shortly after Wheless Sr. and Abercrombie  bought the acreage that would become Cinco Ranch in Katy.

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Buzzword or fixture? Texas experts weigh in on the future of coworking

BY BRANDI SMITH

Last month’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival is a reminder of what Texans already know well: Austin is one of the hottest spots in the country when it comes to technology and innovation. The festival’s “Interactive” track drew more than 30,000 people to sessions highlighting smart cities, digital journalism and more over the course of five days. The other 360 days of the year, the crowds are smaller, but the ideas and passion are still there.

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Artificial Intelligence in the Retail Market

According to Matt Marshall of Venturebeat.com, outdoor clothing retailer The North Face recently launched a mobile app that lets their customers easily find items they are seeking by using Watson,  the powerful artificial intelligence computer owned by IBM.   The customer speaks openly to Watson in a question-and-answer conversation via their cell phone.  Watson then automatically calculates the customer’s needs and quickly shows items that fit his/her specifics.

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