The Entrepreneurial Grab Bag: Busy Week at UT Austin

I’ll bet you’re just the type who would want to know…

  • Gary Hoover continues to delight as entrepreneur-in-residence at the McCombs School, which is a role he so obviously relishes. He recently discussed his Eight Keys to Building a Successful Enterprise, the first installment of which is posted here: Curiosity. What Gary does so well is survey the landscape of business history and connect the dots to draw conclusions for today’s entrepreneur. Here, he talks about chicken feed, Toys R Us, and the serendipity of learning. An edu-taining 11-minutes. You’ll smile, you’ll learn something. (Another Hoover speech is recapped here by Neville Medhora who took this snapshot.)
  • Shawn Lesser of Sustainable World Capital recently ranked the best universities for promoting cleantech energy initiatives. UT Austin is number three on that list, and Franklin Fuchs (outgoing president of the McCombs CleanTech Group) sent a note to make sure we told the world. World, you are hereby told, and there is a bit more on this story here, with a video if you wish.
  • It’s too late to attend Jim Nolen’s webinar on venture capital and private equity (sorry) but there is blurb about it here and I hope more will come. This preview: A recent survey from executive search firm Polachi Inc. polled more than 100 venture capital executives, 70% of which were partners or managing partners. It found that a majority, 53%, of respondents, indicated the venture capital industry is “broken.”
  • Here is a seminar that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, you’ve got time to register with a discount. The 5th Annual McCombs Alumni Business Conference will feature faculty members talking on current state of the financial markets, green energy, social media and other hot trends.
  • And this one is free…the ProductPotluck (bring ideas, not food) will be at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Wednesday the 20th. Topics on product management and marketing are discussed at this un-conference. Don’t think of it as free, actually, because the level of discussion and the value delivered is excellent. It’s priceless! Hope to see you there.
  • But I’ll be leaving early to walk down the hall for the Texas Ventures panel discussion on the future of the Texas Economy, moderated by professor John Highbarger, who was featured in this recent post. I’m excited to learn more about Texas Ventures, a “network of entrepreneurs at Texas universities which mentors start-up enterprises and offers early-stage investment opportunities.”

I’m off to meet with the dean of the business school to talk about his up-coming blog, which I’ll tell you about when it is launched.


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