Weekly Entrepreneurship Roundup 4/14

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: How to Make Texas More Startup-Friendly Iris Huang, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation McNair Center’s Huang interviews Blake Commagere, entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor in the San Francisco Bay Area on how to improve an entrepreneurial ecosys...
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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...
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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...
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Reducing Recidivism through Entrepreneurship

Reducing Recidivism through Entrepreneurship High rates of recidivism in the United States negatively affect prisons, inmates, the government and tax-paying citizens. In 2013, the U.S. imprisoned 2,220,300 people. A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that within three years of release, 67.8% of released prisoners were rearrested. Within five years, 76.6% of released prisoners were rearrested. Researchers typically link recidivism to unemployment, low levels of education, mental health ...
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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...
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A Conversation with Bob McNair

On August 29, 2016, the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted an evening with Bob McNair.  As the founder of Cogen Technologies and the founder, chairman, and CEO of the Houston Texans, McNair drew on his vast experience in business and philanthropy to offer advice to Rice University students and young professionals. In 1960, McNair arrived in Houston with $700 and a goal to break into the trucking industry. However, after he established his trucking company, the industry b...
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