Investments in Austin Technology

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

  • Jamie Rhodes
  • Julie Huls
  • Morgan Flager

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

More and more Austin-based tech companies are getting more and more financing (from sources inside and outside Central Texas). Learn who is investing, what they are investing in and why the area is attracting so much attention. Speakers include G51, Silverton Partners, Jamie Rhodes of Angel Network, Austin Ventures

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Rudy Garza

Managing Dir, G51 Capital Management

Rudy is the founder and managing general partner of G-51 Capital Management. G-51 is a premier, early stage venture capital firm that makes targeted, high-impact investments of $250 thousand to $2 million per round. Based in Austin, Texas, G-51 invests nationally in the software, hardware, internet, and cleantech sectors. At G-51, Rudy focuses on the development of all portfolio companies, syndication partnerships and deal flow. Through mentoring as well as serving on portfolio boards, he is instrumental in driving success through defining and then guiding the implementation of well-grounded business and marketing strategies. Rudy is an expert of successful hardware and software business models, market shaping services, business growth strategies and talent sourcing. Rudy has served as an investor and board member for over 30 companies, selling several to publicly traded firms including SAP, ADP, Prudential, and Cisco Systems among others. Rudy is also an active leader in the venture community, as a longtime member of the NVCA and the Texas Venture Capital Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Texas Alumni Association (“Texas Exes”). In addition, Rudy is a lifetime honorary trustee of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

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Jamie Rhodes

Founder, Central Texas Angel Network

With over 30 years of experience in technology management, Jamie Rhodes is currently the Director for New Ventures at Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization.
Jamie is a serial entrepreneur, co-founding National NanoMaterials, manufacturer of Graphenol™, a functionalized form of graphene and has previously founded numerous start-ups. Jamie spent the early years of his career working in the tech industry at IBM and National Instruments. With the support of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (GACC), Jamie founded the Central Texas Angel Network. He founded the Alliance of Texas Angel Networks. He is a member of the board of the Angel Capital Association, the national organization representing seed stage investors. He is on the board of the Texas Tri-Cities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Jamie was honored to be named one of the 30 Most Influential People in Central Texas in the Last 30 Years by the Austin Business Journal and the Technology Volunteer of the Year by the GACC. He is a Fellow of the IC2 Institute.

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Julie Huls

Pres, Austin Technology Council

As president of the Austin Technology Council, Julie Huls is responsible for setting ATC’s long-term strategy, as well as managing the organization’s overall business strategy and day-to-day operations.

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Andrew Busey

Venture Partner, Austin Ventures

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Morgan Flager

Partner, Silverton Partners

Morgan Flager is Partner with Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm based in Austin, TX. Prior to joining Silverton in 2006, Morgan worked with FTV Capital in San Francisco, where he focused on growth investments in software and technology enabled services. Before becoming a full-time investor, Morgan held various executive positions at Ingrian Networks (acquired by SafeNet) and Kintana (acquired by Mercury Interactive Corp.). Morgan currently sits on the board of BlackLocus, CopperEgg, Socialware and UnboundID and is actively involved with Silverton’s investments in Javelin Semiconductor, Sailpoint and Sparefoot.com.
Morgan received his BS from Stanford University and serves as a guest-lecturer on entrepreneurship at the University of Texas.

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  • Andre Nader
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  • Shannon Boon
  • Rudy Garza

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

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