October 28, 2011 Leave a comment
My new company, Blacklocus, is an Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) company and we presented yesterday at the Texas Venture Labs Expo in Austin. I stopped by to hear the pitches of 5 graduating companies, including ours. I was deeply impressed by the presenting companies, at least 3 of them are truly innovating massive industries including online commerce (us!), nuclear power and combustion engines. These programs are examples of increasing efforts by the University of Texas to integrate with the local business community to develop entrepreneurs, facilitate investment and commercialize research generated through the University.
Now that we are fully relocated to Austin, I’m really energized to get more involved. There are several objectives I have for “getting involved” with the local entrepreneurial technology community:
- Build the BlackLocus brand locally through thought leadership, mentoring and recruiting outreach. The more we promote our vision and progress, the more attractive we will become to partners, customers and employee candidates.
- Do my part to further entrepreneurship and development of high growth companies in Austin. This community has so much to offer for entrepreneurs, venture investment, existing companies looking to relocate and I’d like to become involved in initiatives that promote and actualize those attributes. Capital Factory and Startup America are examples of successful and far reaching programs to promote our city and develop successful new companies. There is a real talent shortage here, as in many high tech hubs across the country, and it really is a zero sum game that we need to solve.
- Actively invest in promising high-growth startups. As I’ve written about previously, I’m active but picky in my search for investments in new companies where I have something to offer in addition to capital.
Yesterday was a great introduction to a few programs dedicated for furthering local entrepreneurship and I look forward to becoming far more integrated over the coming months.