It was a great honor to recently come back to my alma mater, Rice University, to give the opening keynote at the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship’s 14th annual Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum.
My first experience with entrepreneurship dates back to a presentation I gave in May 2000 at the Rice Alliance — then their 6th venture forum— on a startup idea that two classmates and I had developed for the monitoring & control of industrial process flow lines. It was called EJP Technologies, though you’re unlikely to find it on the web.
After work at Microsoft and Google, and four startups later — not counting the ill-fated EJP Technologies — it was fun to come full circle and sit before the next batch of young entrepreneurs. In the 16 years since I graduated from Rice, its commitment to entrepreneurship has only increased, as has the quality of the presenters and startups.
The talk was not videotaped, but I’ve put a link to the slide deck here for those interested.
Thank you Rice Alliance for giving me this opportunity, and for admitting me into your ranks 20 years ago.
About The Author
Founder & CEO of @ParsableHQ. Investing at @OutlierVC. Founded @ChoiceVendor (acq. by @LinkedIn). Product-centric tech entrepreneur. @merci’s biggest fan.