NEWS: Women Funding Women: An Interview with True Wealth Ventures

Women Funding Women: An Interview with True Wealth Ventures This article originally appeared in foundingAUSTIN.  Having recently received a $250,000 federal grant and made its first investment in a female-founded Austin business, True Wealth Ventures is one venture capital fund that’s ready to lift the under-funded sector of women-led companies in Austin and across the [...]

March 20th, 2017|

NEWS: How Universities Can Be More Like Startups

This article originally appeared in Texas Monthly. University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves and the school’s Director of Innovation Bob Metcalfe are launching a startup. Sort of. They’re not decamping to Silicon Valley or anything, but at their SXSW interactive session, “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups,” the UT leaders laid out [...]

March 20th, 2017|

NEWS: Opportunity? We think so! See the latest women founders getting VC $ here

3/14/17: Venture Capital’s Funding Gender Gap Is Actually Getting Worse - PitchBook The latest numbers are out, and the punchline is that things haven’t really changed in terms of women receiving VC investment dollars. FUNDING: In 2016, women received just $1.46 billion in VC money compared to $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders. (That's not [...]

March 16th, 2017|

NEWS: Encouraging More Startups at the University of Texas at Austin

This article originally appeared in Silicon Hills News By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, explored ways that universities can have a bigger impact on the world at the “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups” session at South by Southwest. Metcalfe, [...]

March 14th, 2017|

NEWS: Austin Isn’t Going to Be the Next Silicon Valley. And It’s Perfectly Fine With That

This article originally appeared in Inc.  Each March, Austin hosts throngs of out-of-towners who know it only as the birthplace of South by Southwest, the annual music, entertainment, and technology festival. The city has picked up a number of honors that apply year round, however: The Kauffman Foundation named Austin the No. 1 city in [...]

March 10th, 2017|

NEWS: If I Knew Then: Sara Brand

This article originally appeared in Crain's Austin  The Mistake: Allowing a certain dynamic to exist while working in corporate America. I was always in very male-dominated environments being in mechanical engineering, and having worked toward a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD. Then I spent 20 years working in the semiconductor industry, especially in technical and operational [...]

March 9th, 2017|

NEWS: Venture Capital Funds Eyeing Health Tech Startups For Higher Growth

This article originally appeared in Tech Times There is a new zeal among venture capital funds in aiming for health tech startups. Oper8, VC fund of Ringleader Ventures or RLV is targeting healthcare providers and has hired Tony Burke as the firm's industry director. Burke is a former American Hospital Association Solutions President and CEO. The [...]

March 8th, 2017|

NEWS: How Austin is tackling the imbalance in corporate diversity

This article originally appeared in Austin Business Journal Gender and racial diversity remain pressing topics in human resources. New York City money management firm State Street Global Advisors this week placed a statue of a little girl in front of the iconic Wall Street bronze bull as part of a call for more women on [...]

March 8th, 2017|

NEWS: 10 Awesome Austin Speakers at SXSW, Pt 3

This blog post originally appeared here The Forrest Four-Cast: March 8, 2017 SXSW blooms in the year-round culture of creativity that continues to thrive in Austin. We are excited to showcase many of the city’s most innovative thinkers as part of March Magic (click here and here to read the first two installments of this series). [...]

March 8th, 2017|

NEWS: Women-led venture capital firm has sights on local health tech startups

This originally appeared in San Antonio Business Journal An Austin-based venture capital firm with a unique investment strategy has plans to evaluate and potentially invest in San Antonio area technology startups in the coming months. True Wealth Ventures, co-founded by Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, pitched their idea to the San Antonio Angel Network investors [...]

March 7th, 2017|