It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close, but here we are looking back at another great year. In October, we celebrated the sixth anniversary of Mark Haidar and I founding Dialexa and one thing is clear heading into our seventh year—that we’re a maturing company that’s retaining a startup mentality.

Looking back at 2016, we’re proud of the successes we’ve enjoyed and the successes we’ve watched for our clients. But looking back, 2016 was all about preparing for an even better 2017.

Building a Growth Engine for 2017 and Beyond

Growth and maturity were major focuses for us in 2016. Historically, we’ve gained new business from referrals and tech leaders “in the know.” That referral engine is the backbone of our services business and we plan to keep it running full steam ahead in 2017.

But this year we’ve made a big push to create a growth engine that stacks on top of our referral engine. In 2016, we added multiple world-class leaders to establish that growth team:

These key additions will help us build on our strong referral business as well as create a brand with even greater reach.

Client Success Stories Make It All Worthwhile

We’ve always been proud of the work we do for clients, but 2016 was a special year as we watched numerous client success stories emerge. Just to name a few:

  • ParkHub went from concept to an absolute rocket ship of a company with success at the Super Bowl and investment from Jerry Jones.
  • We helped one of the world’s largest technology companies expand their presence in the emerging virtual reality space with cutting edge R&D.
  • We worked with a travel industry veteran to innovate around the traveler experience.
  • We’re currently working with a major automotive player to overhaul its strategy in a major reorganization and modernization endeavor.
  • We’ve partnered with Flexdrive to build a commercial-grade platform that enables the highly disruptive car-as-a-service offering.

In addition to these client successes, 2016 brought some great success stories for our Dialexa Labs companiesFrom Vinli partnering with Cox Automotive and Meineke to Robin’s success at TechCrunch Disrupt bringing robots to lawns everywhere, we’re seeing more and more projects foster innovation within our company.

Add to that the volunteer work the women of Dialexa and Vinli did with Girls Can Code and it’s clear that we have a lot to be happy about looking back at 2016.

Thankful for 2016 Recognition and Looking Forward to 2017

It’s one thing to reflect on our own projects and maturity, but 2016 brought us a lot of external recognition as well. As a company, we had the joy of receiving several prestigious awards, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year, being named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America,” and making the Dallas 100 list.

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Without a doubt, this was a great year for Dialexa. But our plans for growth and maturity show that we aren’t going to be complacent. Here’s to another great year moving into 2017!

 

 

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