More Entrepreneurial Grab Bag: Moot Corp and Other Tidbits at UT Austin

Is it any wonder my head is spinning? Here is more fun stuff going on…

  • Didn’t get invited to TEDxAustin this Saturday, Feb. 20th? No worries, all the cool people are watching the live feed and talking about it on Facebook and Twitter. Here is how. Tickets were hard to come by, with less than 300 seats available in the KLRU studios, and lots of people were left wishing for a chance to participate. I did get a ticket (can I sell this thing on Craigslist?) but I’m seriously considering staying at home and watching the live feed, because the feed page lets you discuss speakers via Twitter or Facebook while they speak. Being a bit ADD I would enjoy that. So if you didn’t get a TEDx ticket, lets get together on the live feed page this Saturday. [The feed is possible thanks to Shannon Chapman at the McCombs Executive and Working Professional MBA programs at McCombs. Is an MBA in your future? See Shannon.]
  • Fast Company says you should start a company in Austin. Lots of good bragging details, but wait till you hear what Rob Adams is cooking up at The University of Texas at Austin. His public announcement is coming on March 10, 2010 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, but I can tell you his new venture startup initiative (with major support from business school dean Tom Gilligan) is a significant step forward in leveraging the considerable startup resources at the university and across Austin.
  • Entrepreneurs need to understand the economy, and Professor Lew Spellman is the guy with the insight. He is lecturing at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on March 1 and 8 for the Reality Bites alumni lecture series (you don’t have to be a UT grad to attend). There is a $15 fee for attendance. Part 1 is entitled The Perfect Storm, addressing the converging pressures of the recession, government deficits, and the aging of the Baby Boomer generation. Many of Spellman’s former students follow his on-going commentary on finances and the economy.
  • Gary Hoover, entrepreneur in residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at McCombs, continues his delightful lecture series on Keys to Successful Enterprise. Here is #5 in the series, Consistency of Vision. I must mention, it would be easy for someone of Hoover’s credentials to take an appointment at the university and just fulfill the minimum required. That’s not Hoover’s way, and he has made himself very popular among students and faculty members for his exuberant engagement with all things entrepreneurial at the business school. In a recent faculty meeting the topic of conversation was all about the “breath of fresh air” that is Gary Hoover.
  • Speaking of the Kelleher Center, did you know that center director John S. Butler (around here you can just say Johnny and everyone knows who is being talked about) was the first black member of the LSU Tiger Band, as a young Ph.D. student? He is being recognized for his role as a trailblazer at LSU this weekend. He is a true champion for entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin, is director of the IC2 Institute, and is an entertaining singer and musician to boot. Congrats Johnny.
  • Finally, just for fun, check out the new video series LINGO that attempts to simplify tangled business jargon into bite-size explanations that both educate and amuse. First topic: Moral Hazard. LINGO is the brainchild of digital media producer Kris Maxwell.

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