early law -- Code of Hammurabi

May 16, 2016: This past Thursday I was in Atlanta for the annual ATDC Showcase, a crowded event where I ran into many friends. Even though my son was exhibiting a very interesting business there and I’m personally working on a venture to raise the standards of cancer care, the one universal question I got was: “What did Austin do to run off Uber and Lyft?”

fancy baggage

May 8, 2016: Office hours in our Innovation Center at UT Austin attracted some inquiring student minds this past week. I engage in frequent mentoring or advising sessions like this as part of my EIR role, and there is always a wide range of questions.

railroad engineer in Stasburg

May 1, 2016: Wednesday night I was grateful to be invited to Andrews Kurth in downtown Austin to be a mentor for the McCombs MBA “Venture Fellows.” There were six teams working from a very detailed case presentation provided by the AK lawyers. In my room we had three Fellows playing their assigned roles per the case script and duking out matters of ownership percentages, titles, founder stock vesting, an already messy cap table, and assorted IP landmines.

room full of generals and admirals

April 24, 2016:  You’re financially viable to commence operations, either by running leanly or by having achieved an adequate level of funding to execute your plan. Congratulations. Now comes the hard part.

Startups are easy, scaling them is hard, and exiting successfully is even more difficult. But, to claim your battle ribbons (See plenty in the photo above.) as an entrepreneur, you need to achieve the full cycle. Finishing the job is what distinguishes you from the countless actors in Startup Theater in every high-tech town.

baseball laces

April 17, 2016: Time flies, in English or Latin, but time is also power. The latter is the more relevant notion for a startup.

R/C airplane

April 10, 2016: Thanks to all of you who commented on my essay last week about laws and regulations running amuck and running counter to the priorities of our society. Let’s examine this week two unrelated contemporary legal arenas that DO deserve interference by our elected leaders and their operating agencies.

Experimental Medicine

Shirts from author's wardrobe

April 3, 2016: This essay is about the counter productive intrusion of legal and political affairs into our personal lives and our businesses.

One of my favorite annual assignments at The University of Texas at Austin has been giving a talk each summer to a class of rising high school seniors, the best and brightest from across the state. It has been part of the Honors Colloquium, designed to show some love and attention to the instate scholars that are being recruited far and wide.

news room 1941

March 27, 2016: Two of the biggest unveilings just before and during SXSW in Austin were Condé Nast’s news of opening a Digital Innovation Center in the city and Goldman Sachs’ acquisition of Honest Dollar, with a promise of leaving that team in place locally.

questions at University of California lawn forum

March 17, 2016: The SXSW Accelerator pitches used a new tool called sli.do to gather questions from the audience, and the emcee of the Sunday finals did a great job of summarizing the audience sentiment as the questions scrolled on her screen.


March 11, 2015: Another year, another badge. It’s SXSW Interactive time again, and I’m guessing this is my 10th appearance, beginning several years before I moved to Austin. Here's an early edition of TechDrawl this week with a bit of inspiration for the days ahead.


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