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|

NEWS: True Wealth Ventures’ $20 Million Fund Invests in Women-run Startups

This article originally appeared in Silicon Hills News By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Senior Reporter with Silicon Hills News Women run startups outperform all male teams yet they still struggle to get venture capital. That’s a problem Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, with True Wealth Ventures, are seeking to solve. They are raising a $20 [...]

March 7th, 2017|

NEWS: Duke Alumni Entrepreneur Profile Kerry Rupp

This article originally appeared in Duke I&E Kerry Rupp ’93 didn’t know much about entrepreneurship in college, but she was always interested in business. The biology major took accounting and marketing classes while at Duke, and she took a consulting job after college. She went to business school five years after graduating, and since then, she’s [...]

March 5th, 2017|

NEWS: Ventures and Inventors: Annual Startup Week Launches at Geekdom

This article originally appeared in Rivard Report  Data and timing are on the side of Austin entrepreneur Jean Anne Booth, whose latest invention is a smartwatch aimed at senior citizens like her mother, who still lives independently in her San Antonio home. According to a study by the Kauffman Foundation, venture-backed companies with a woman [...]

February 27th, 2017|