How to Make Texas More Startup-friendly

Over the last decade, Blake Commager (@commagere) has raised over $12 million in venture capital funding, started seven companies and sold five—including the first version of Facebook Causes and some of the most popular apps on Facebook, such as Zombies and Vampires. Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Commager graduated from Rice in 1999 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003. Commagere is the CEO of MediaSpike and an angel investor, advising several startups in the Bay Area. His v...
More

Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 2/24/17

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Austin’s Venture Capital Eliza Martin, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation In her latest post for the McNair Center, Martin follows up on her previous analysis of Austin’s booming entrepreneurial ecosystem. Martin highlights Austin’s decreases in VC investmen...
More

Austin’s Venture Capital

In my previous blog post, I discussed Austin, Texas' strong history of entrepreneurship and the many resources in the ecosystem. Supportive Austin policies have resulted in the creation of the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, and resources like Capital Factory and Tech Ranch Austin have emerged. Austin's entrepreneurial ecosystem appeared to be healthy. A recent PitchBook Report discussing venture capital in Austin shows the ecosystem to not be as healthy as previously thought. In 2014, Aus...
More

Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 12/02/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Keep Austin Entrepreneurial Eliza Martin, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation In 2016, Austin was ranked as the number one U.S. city for startup activity by the Kauffman Foundation. Austin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem began in the 1970s and 1980s, and was orig...
More

Keep Austin Entrepreneurial

Ranked number one for startup activity in the last two years by the Kauffman Foundation, Austin, Texas is one of the strongest emerging entrepreneurship ecosystems in the United States. Austin's history of entrepreneurship and supportive government has facilitated Austin's emergence as an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Austin's History of Entrepreneurship During the 1970s and 1980s, Austin's entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on computer and semiconductor manufacturing. Efforts by the Austin Chambe...
More