Ash Maurya



Life’s too short to build something nobody wants. I have been building web-based products for more than a decade, and throughout that time I have been in search of a better, faster way for building successful products. I’ve tried everything from building products in…

Brent Warrington



Brent Warrington, CEO of SecureNet, has two decades of experience in the commerce and payments industries. As the head of SecureNet’s leadership team, Brent develops and executes the company’s growth initiatives and market expansion strategy. Prior to joining …

Bryan Menell



A finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Bryan has 25 years of experience founding and growing Exact Systems (1991), Perficient (NASDAQ: PRFT) (1997), Fusion Learning Systems (2001), and Mahana (2013). He is active in Austin’s technology scene, …

Christopher Calnan

Austin Business Journal

Technology Reporter

Christopher Calnan covers technology, finance and clean energy for the Austin Business Journal.

Claire England

Central Texas Angel Network

Executive Director

Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network, one of the nation’s top angel investing networks. A native Austinite, her background includes 15 years of executive and nonprofit leadership. She recently worked on local and international startup ecosystem …

Clayton Christopher

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka

Founder/Board Chair

Clayton Christopher spent his early days as a competitive cyclist. It was fun while it lasted, but Clayton says he got tired of staring at the back of Lance Armstrong’s jersey. He tried his hand as a charter boat captain in the Florida Keys….

Gordon Daugherty


President & COO

After spending the first ten years of his career in brand name companies like IBM and Compaq, Gordon progressively gravitated towards early stage and high growth companies. He spent eight years in the videoconferencing industry, including four years as President of an …

Jacqueline Hughes

Austin Startup Week

Founder & Organizer

Jacqueline loves working with companies, organizations and the community to create extraordinary experiences, meaningful moments and connect people through events. Over the past four years, she has had the opportunity to plan and produce dozens of events including company …

Jonathan Berkowitz


Chief Product Officer

Jonathan is the Chief Product Officer at Aurea. He has 16+ years of experience leading both consumer and enterprise product strategy initiatives with companies ranging from pure Internet startups to the Fortune 50. Prior to joining Aurea, Jonathan was the CEO of Thinktiv, a…

Joshua Baer

Capital Factory


Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He runs Capital Factory, the largest startup incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a …

Joshua Jones-Dilworth

Jones-Dilworth, Inc. (JDI)

Founder and CEO

Josh Jones-Dilworth founded Jones-Dilworth, Inc. (JDI) in June of 2009. JDI is a communications firm focused on shaping and bringing new technology ventures to market. Before JDI, Josh spent 5 years at global agency Porter Novelli, splitting his time between the New York and…

Julie Huls

Austin Technology Council

President | CEO | Board Director

Recognized as a visionary, take-charge leader and authoritative decision-maker with a rare combination of strategic awareness, analytical rigor, and relationship skills. Strategic thinker with success in market analysis, competitive positioning and revenue generation and growth …

Kevin Koym

Tech Ranch Austin

Founding Partner

Kevin Koym is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tech Ranch Austin. Tech Ranch Austin provides accelerators for pre-seed and seed stage technology companies of Central Texas entrepreneurs. Kevin has developed a combination of training and web-based systems designed to create a local …

Kimberly Patrick

Startup Grind

Chapter Director

Full life cycle recruiter and career counselor who works with the “best-of-the-best”. Strong success and track record of aligning with premier organizations and placing talent that sticks. Clients – I want to learn about your employment needs and challenges to …

Kimberly Patrick

Startup Grind

Chapter Director

Kimberly is full life cycle recruiter and career counselor who works with the “best-of-the-best”. Her strong success and track record of aligning with premier organizations and placing talent that sticks.

Shari Wynne Ressler


Founder & President

Shari Wynne Ressler is the co-founder, CEO + Managing Partner of MWR Legal, a business law firm representing and connecting entrepreneurs and investors. Shari focuses her practice on transactions and funding to accelerate business growth and development. Shari founded SKU …

Tamara Hudgins


Executive Director

Tamara’s professional background is in nonprofit management and development. She has managed and raised support for educational organizations, and was executive director of a community foundation serving Williamson County, Texas before joining Girlstart. Before her move to …

Thomas Ball

Next Coast Ventures

Co-founder and Managing Director

Tom is co-founder and managing director of Next Coast Ventures. He has a simple vision to create a different kind of venture capital firm focused on company building, thought leadership and giving back to the Austin community. With a dedication to investing in entrepreneurs…