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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Austin Investor Roundtable, sponsored by CoAdvantage, Conversus, PAE-The Woodlands, Leverage PR, Austin Chamber of Commerce . This event was in Austin, TX on October 23, 2014.

    Photo of Steve Welsh, Co-Founder, Dreamit Ventures Steve Welch
    DreamIt Ventures
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    DreamIt Ventures
    Steve started his first big entrepreneurial success, Mitos, in 2001 with hardly a cent to his name. Without ever raising outside money Steve built Mitos into a global company in the biotech manufacturing field prior to selling it in 2007 at the age of 29 to a Fortune 500 company. Under Steve’s guidance Mitos developed several critical innovations and patents which transformed the manufacturing process of biological drugs and vaccines and allowed Mitos to develop a global sales and distribution network.

    Following the sale of Mitos, Steve co-founded DreamIt Ventures, a new business accelerator model. Forbes recently ranked DreamIt the #3 accelerator in the world.

    Photo of Bart Bohn, Director of IT / Wireless, ATI Bart Bohn
    iC2 Institute, Austin Technology Incubator
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    iC2 Institute, Austin Technology Incubator
    Lead advisor to all ATI’s IT & Wireless companies (once again after serving in this role from 2007 – 2011)

    Co-founder of Ravel (acquired by W2O Group in 2012) and Embrace (Techstars Austin 2013), both big data analytics startups Co-founder, Board Member, facilitator and mentor of 3 Day Startup

    Founder of ATI SEAL and several entrepreneurship courses at the University of Texas at Austin

    Original pitch coach for SXSW Accelerator and on-going member of Qualifying Committee

    Co-founder and host of the Entrepreneur Lounge at SXSW

    Former management consultant with Arthur Andersen and BearingPoint, founding Engagement Manager of BearingPoint’s Energy Strategy Practice

    Photo of Randall Crowder, Managing Partner, TEXO Ventures Randall Crowder
    Managing Director
    TEXO Ventures
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    TEXO Ventures
    Randall focuses on Health IT, Technology-Enabled Health Services and Personalized Medicine Technology. He currently sits on the board of TEXO portfolio companies SwipeSense and OpenMarkets.

    Prior to TEXO, Randall worked to expand the entrepreneurial eco-system in Texas. As Executive Director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), he increased CTAN investment activity by 6x and led it to becoming the 4th most active angel network in the country according to the Angel Capital Association (ACA). Like many angel networks, however, CTAN lacked the proper resources to effectively scale its operations. Leveraging his relationships within the University of Texas at Austin, Randall conceived and co-founded Texas Venture Labs (TVL) to not only support the local investor community with valuable graduate student resources, but also provide the mentoring, team-building, market and business plan validation, technology commercialization and domain knowledge needed to start and grow innovative ventures.

    Photo of Molly Cain, Executive Director, Tech Wildcatters Molly Cain
    Executive Director
    Tech WildCatters
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    Tech WildCatters
    Prior to joining Tech Wildcatters, Molly co-founded The Haul Company, a video-focused e-commerce startup that connects social personalities with brands, advertisers and networks for syndication. She is a regular contributor to Forbes, where her leadership column receives nearly half a million views a month, and on a career, lifestyle and networking site for professional women, which she founded in 2011.

    Molly has spent the greater part of her career in Dallas, where in 2012 she was recognized as one of Dallas’ 40 Under 40. Before joining the startup community, Molly managed strategy, communications and content management for Fortune 500 organizations. For more than ten years, she specialized in the development and execution of content management tools and change management initiatives for large and diverse audiences in a number of industries, including telecommunications, financial and media.

    Molly has an MBA from the University of Texas, Dallas and a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University.

    Photo of Chris Felder, Partner, Conversus - Moderator Chris Felder
    Read the full profile for Chris here!
    Born and raised in Austin and now resides in Pflugerville. Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics. Worked in the World Wide Operations and Global Strategy Groups, as well as Corporate Finance. Since my time at Dell I have worked as a consultant in various fields, but primarily in construction or construction services.

    Photo of Casey Minshew, Texas Director, - Opening Remarks Casey Minshew
    Texas Director
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    Casey Minshew is a serial Entrepreneur, but he has deep roots in the Commercial Real Estate Banking & Small Business world. Since 2000 he worked with and helped launched one of top 10 Mortgage Banking organizations in Texas serving over 4000 Loan Officers nationwide. While processing Billions of dollars in loans. In 2009, after the market crash, Casey entered into the technology industry as the COO of a Video Technology company, helping launch better online communications in over 50 countries. This gives Casey a unique perspective from both sides as a person seeking funding and what Venture Capital Firms and Investors are looking for. This makes him the best qualified candidate to assist both parties in achieving their goals..

    Today Casey is advising small to medium sized companies in outsourcing their HR to better prepare for challenges Healthcare reform will bring. He is also very proud and honored Host and Manager for the Houston FundingPost Events.

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