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BIO

I’ve been advising startups for more almost 20 years.  During that time I have made more than 250 investments in early-stage companies as a venture fund manager and angel investor, and have been involved with raising more than $80 million in growth and venture capital.  From my 28-year career as an operator in high tech companies, I have an IPO and a $200-million acquisition exit under my belt.  Now, as co-founder and president of Austin’s Capital Factory and through my content creation practice, Shockwave Innovations, I have the pleasure of spending 100 percent of my time educating, advising, and investing in startups.
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