The last time I had an opportunity to do this at such a scale was during Amazon’s Startup Day. What is the state of the Texas venture capital ecosystem? Interestingly, personally, since speaking for Amazon, Austin has been hemming and hawing about HQ2 and while the merit of that happening or not, is fodder for
Peter Thiel, notable by way of PayPal, Founders Fund, and Zero to One, if you’re not familiar, noted once that, “a great company is a conspiracy to change the world.” I was honored recently to be asked by one of Austin’s great mentors and investors, Ryan Merket, to keynote Amazon’s AWS Startup Day in Austin.
Tomorrow is 2017’s University of Texas at Austin’s Longhorn Startup Demo Day and given the incredible and increasing impact Texas is having on entrepreneurship and innovation, I thought we should talk about cattle. Let me first be clear that though I’ll be making some incredibly obvious references to the University of Texas and the great Longhorn
You know that licking of your lips and grasping at air that one does when trying to put in to words a dream. How you think through, as you’re talking with someone, something you just can’t quite simplify. What I’m thinking about is not a dream but a vision. Something magical is happening by way
On our first day in Austin my true love gave to me, a grackle in the Treaty tree. It’s the hap-happiest season of all, with those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings, when friends come to call. There are parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow, well… cold. There is
Why Austin, TX, the live music capital of the world, doesn’t yet have a bound for Broadway musical about it is beyond me. And rather than complain, what should any good entrepreneur do? Now seeking writers, producers, and cast! It’s the story of an upstart “technology entrepreneur” who packs up her Mac, guitar, and a
I’ve been frequently asked lately who are considered Austin Angel Investors and though we’ve explored later stage, institutional venture capital in Austin, Texas, I realized I hadn’t put much thought to those whom really stands out as a traditional Angel investor. The distinction matters, and the question an important one, as raising capital requires that you engage