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Rocketeer Recognition: Bottle Rocket Earns #50 on the Dallas 100 List

Dallas 100 is an annual awards program that identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing privately held companies in the Dallas Metroplex. Whether the company is three years old and has seen rapid growth, or 25 years old and recently got a boost in sales, these companies and their leaders have interesting ideas about how to run and grow a business. To qualify for the Dallas 100, a company must meet a number of criteria based on its legal status, location, sales history, credit report, and character. 

Founded by Southern Methodist University’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in 1990, Dallas 100 is a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of the emerging businesses North Texas. The companies honored in 2013 have made significant contributions to the area by generating jobs, increasing the tax base and fostering North Texas’ reputation as a premier economic development center.

We are honored to find ourselves on the Dallas 100 list as the #50 fasting growing company in the Metroplex.


Rocketeer Recognition: HISTORY App Wins a Tabby Award

We are excited to announce that HISTORY won a Tabby Award in the video category!

The Tabby Awards are the first worldwide competition for the best tablet apps. The History app was selected from more than 150 apps for iPad, Android or Windows 8 by a panel of 17 international tablet professionals. Judging was based on the overall value for the user, speed, concept, navigation, design, innovation, ease of use, use of tablet device functions and performance.

"This winners' list shows developers are creatively leveraging the tablet and building software that re-imagines the way we interact with information”, said Ravi Bhatt, CEO of BranchFire and chairman of the judging panel. “The Tabby Awards are about celebrating that innovation."

We’d also like to congratulate our client ooVoo for their win in the social category. Finalists and winners were celebrated this evening in a ceremony at the TabletBiz Conference & Expo in New York City. 

To see a full list of winners, click here.


Rocketeer Charity: Rocketeers Support KERA FM

In the spirit of being thankful this month, this week's charity drawing goes to KERA FM, the NPR affiliate for North Texas that's been around since 1974. Thanks to this station, residents of North Texas have access to topic driven local radio news programs, spot news and music programs mixed with national news, talk shows and radio magazine programs from sources that include National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM) and the BBC World Service.

Rocketeer Sevilla Garza submitted the charity to receive some Rocketeer love because it's an organization that supports the local scene, including musicians. The station's programming includes Think, hosted by Krys Boyd and CEO, hosted by Lee Cullum. Jeff Whittington hosts the call in radio talk show Anything you Ever Wanted to KnowThink and CEO also each have television versions, seen on KERA-TV.

For more information about KERA, click here!


App Launch: MSNBC App Now Available on iTunes

The new MSNBC app for iOS has officially launched today and is available on iTunes. The cool thing about this app is that you can actually watch live episodes in real time on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. We're especially proud of this app because it's the first one from Team AWE that showcases our live streaming capabilities. 

The MSNBC app is the only app where you can watch all of your favorite shows including The Rachel Maddow Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Additionally, you can go behind the scenes with exclusive stories and video from the biggest shows on MSNBC. Here are some things you can expect from this AWEsome app:

  • MSNBC live: For the first time with the MSNBC app, you can stream live episodes of your favorite primetime shows as they air, and watch breaking news as it happens from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You can catch up with the latest political stories and news in real time, free with your MSNBC subscription through participating providers.
  • Full episodes of your favorite shows: Watch full episodes of your favorite MSNBC shows on-demand including The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Rachel Maddow Show, All in with Chris Hayes, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton, and Up with Steve Kornacki. Full episodes are free with your MSNBC subscription through participating providers.
  • Exclusive MSNBC stories and free video clips: Be in the know. Stay connected to everything you love about all of MSNBC’s shows. Not only can you watch your favorite shows on the go, you can read their blogs and dig deeper on the stories and issues that matter to you. Go behind the scenes with exclusive video content, and watch bite-sized clips.
  • Personalize and create your own Watchlist: Make it your own MSNBC. Create a customized Watchlist and catch up on your favorite MSNBC shows whenever you want, or save your favorite episodes for later. Watchlists make it easy to keep up with MSNBC wherever you are, at whatever time is convenient, so you never miss a story or show.

To download your app today, go to iTunes!


Breaking News: WPP Acquires Bottle Rocket

Dear Clients, Future Clients, Future Rocketeers, Partners, Fellow Mobile Enthusiasts, Friends in the Press and everyone else reading this:

I have amazing news that I would love to share with you! I am excited to announce that Bottle Rocket is joining forces with WPP, the world’s largest and most respected network of advertising and marketing service companies including Ogilvy & Mather, Grey, JWT, G2, AKQA, Wunderman and Young & Rubicam Group. WPP's global span includes 150 different companies around the world with more than 165,000 employees over 3,000 offices in 110 countries. 

I, along with my fellow Rocketeers, am thrilled with this development. Bottle Rocket will remain as a separate company under my leadership and we will maintain our culture, our products, our services, our offices, our focus and our clients. We will continue to deliver the quality of work our customers expect from us, but now with much more horsepower, capacity and capabilities. 

What will change is our access to the top minds in the industry. Our company will be stronger, more capable and have wider national and international reach. You will see even bigger things from Bottle Rocket… all in the service of our client partners.

I hope you share in my excitement about this extraordinary development. Bottle Rocket means the world to me! I have a vision and feel that our new partners will help make that vision a reality. As you can imagine, this didn’t happen overnight. We’ve very carefully selected a company we feel to be our true soul mates. They’re smart and passionate people focused on producing original and outstanding work, just like all 170 of my fellow Rocketeers.

Let’s do something amazing with the power of this new partnership, together…

With much anticipation and excitement,





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