Team

Sara Brand
Sara BrandFounding General Partner
Sara has a unique combination of capabilities as a strategic thinker integrated with a proven success record for delivering results. Over her career, she has been fortunate to work with and contribute to some of the top teams in the technology industry and has cultivated a diverse portfolio of leadership experiences including:

• Managing $150M venture fund with four other investment professionals at Fremont Ventures in San Francisco, named as one of the top 10 venture capital firms for adding value to portfolio companies
• Working in large tech companies including Intel, Applied Materials and Advanced Micro Devices and directly with 3 Fortune 500 CEOs and their teams in strategic and operational capacities
• Leading business units from $0 to $100M
• Acquiring startups and integrating them into large publicly-traded corporations & leading company mergers and cross-functional dynamics
• Consulting across the semiconductor industry with McKinsey & Co. out of the San Francisco office
• Founding (512) Brewing Company, the largest draught only, self-distributing microbrewery in the United States

Sara is an active member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support gender diversity (e.g., founding investor in the Rising Tide Fund, advisor to DivInc, steering committee member of Women@Austin) in the consumer health and sustainable consumer sectors (e.g. advisor to Texas Health Catalyst at Dell Medical School, mentor for CleanTech Open, judge for Food+City) and as an active speaker and writer on the topic.

Sara holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Green Design and Manufacturing, a minor in Public Health and Energy, and a Management of Technology Certification from UC Berkeley where she currently serves on the Mechanical Engineering Department’s External Advisory Board. Dr. Brand also holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin where she now serves on the Cockrell School of Engineering’s External Advisory Board and currently acts as Senior Advisor for Health IoT to UT’s new Dell Medical School to foster health technology innovations across industry, academia and community.

Kerry Rupp
Kerry RuppGeneral Partner
For over 20 years, Kerry Rupp has launched, developed and startup companies and new lines of business for established firms.

As CEO and General Partner at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, Kerry was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities, raised a $20M follow-on fund, and initiated the DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs. DreamIt companies in aggregate now have a market value of over $1B.

Before DreamIt, Kerry was herself the founder of an online travel service, Holiday Golightly, which organized unique group travel excursions for women. She has also advised senior executives at Allrecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on strategy, business development and marketing. Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). In addition to consulting, Kerry serves as a mentor at Capital Factory and International Accelerator and on the advisory board of Medical Innovation Labs, a platform for commercializing innovations in the medical device field.

Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University. Kerry volunteers on the leadership teams of Women@Austin, The Angel Forum, and the Austin chapters of Harvard Business School Alumni Club, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels and the DukeGEN Global Entrepreneurship Network. Kerry is also a judge or coach on many local and national start-up competitions (e.g., athenahealth, Harvard Business School, Rice University Business Plan Competition, TiE Texas, Energizing Health Houston, Texas Venture Labs, AARP Health Innovation). She is also a nationally-certified instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovations Corps (I-Corps) program. Kerry is also an avid adventurer that has visited over 50 countries and 49 US states.

Advisors to True Wealth Ventures

Dr. Pam Ryan
Dr. Pam RyanAdvisor

Dr. Pam Ryan received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with award winning research on the psychology of decision-making in the US venture capital industry. A dual USA-Australian citizen, Dr. Pam has held leadership positions in several international organizations.  Her unique skill set and diverse experiences as a psychologist, entrepreneur, investor, business manager, researcher and author have been applied in business, political and psychosocial arenas around the world.

Dr. Pam has served as a Limited Partner in US and Australian venture capital firms for almost 30 years and acted as informal advisor and consulting psychologist to VC firms in the USA and Australia as well as VC funded portfolio companies – ranging from semiconductor manufacturing to retail to hospitality. She recently advised the South Australian government on building an innovation ecosystem in South Australia, drawing on cutting edge research from around the world on the characteristics of VC firms/funds for optimal success. Dr. Pam has taught entrepreneurship at the McCoombs Business School at the University of Texas and the psychology of decision-making at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Pam is co-founder and former Limited Partner of the Silverton Group of partnerships. As Managing Director of the Tingari Group, Dr. Ryan currently manages a portfolio of business partnerships, organizations and investments. She chaired the Boards of international NGO, Psychology Beyond Borders and international think tank and research institute, Issues Deliberation Australia, for ten years each. Dr. Ryan has authored and co-authored many public policy reports, conference papers and academic articles relating to these diverse projects, including “Why Some Venture Capitalists Escalate And Others Don’t”, “The Psychology of Microfinance” and “The Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Impact.”

Jason Seats
Jason SeatsAdvisor

Jason Seats is a Partner at Techstars Ventures. Techstars Ventures is the venture capital arm at Techstars, a start-up accelerator considered one of the best in the world with offices in 15 cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Jason was most recently the Managing Director of the Techstars programs in Austin and Cloud in San Antonio. Prior to joining Techstars, Jason was a founder of Slicehost, an early cloud computing hosting company. In 2008 Slicehost was acquired by Rackspace and became the core for the initial Cloud Servers product. Jason continued on at Rackspace until 2010 as VP of software development for Rackspace Cloud, managing the cloud engineering teams.

Jason Seats has a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.