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January 15, 2014  -  The Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency and greater UT-Austin startup community are hosting the 3rd Annual UT Entrepreneurship Week (“UTEWeek”) February 28th – March 6th, 2014. We host UTEWeek every year to celebrate and grow the entrepreneurial 40 Acres. Attending the 15+ UTEWeek events will give UT and Austin community members, especially students, the opportunity to share ideas with the community, learn from experts, and grow their ventures… maybe even start helping someone else grow theirs.

November 26, 2013 -  Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," generated a lot of buzz and conversation this year, both positive and negative. If there's one thing that isn't in short supply, it's advice. Women are told to lean in, speak up (but not too much), turn around (but don't drown!), wait, don't wait (but definitely don't wait too long). It's like leadership aerobics.

November 15, 2013 -  Clayton Christopher kicked off his Nov. 12 appearance at The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship with a disclaimer: "I asked if we could serve everyone some Deep Eddy Vodka, but I was told I couldn't do that."

November 13, 2013 - Clayton Christopher, creator of Sweet Leaf Tea and Deep Eddy Vodka, spoke to a room of entrepreneurial students and faculty Tuesday. Christopher shared his experiences about the early days of Sweet Leaf Tea, when he used crawfish pots that he filled with garden hoses to brew his tea.

November 7, 2013 -  Cotter Cunningham may be a CEO today, but it wasn't always clear he'd eventually reach the top of the corporate ladder.  "I was a terrible student," said Cunningham during a presentation on behalf of The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship on Oct. 29. 


October 16, 2013 - When asked what he does, Joshua Baer, founder of Capital Factory, the largest startup incubator and co-working space in Austin will tell you: “I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs.” The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship hosted an interview with Baer as part of the Entrepreneur in Residence Speaker Series. Conducting the interview was current Entrepreneur-in-Residence himself, Brett Hurt who is also a Serial Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of ratings and reviews software, Bazaarvoice.

September 18, 2013 - Wild Basin Investments has an interesting spot in the Austin angel world. A family office, meaning an investment firm run for a particular family, Wild Basin invests in a broad spectrum of early stage companies. The current portfolio includes enterprise software companies, mobile, CPG, pharmacology, medical devices and food.

March 26, 2013 - During his Sunday panel, “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur,” John Butler, professor of management and director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship,  called for a support system for entrepreneurs, and cited figures showing that immigrants are more likely to be self-employed. He detailed research institute IC2’s work in creating a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem and pointed to research showing that successful entrepreneurs share the same characteristics, regardless of background.

January 30, 2013 - We couldn’t think of anyone better suited to open Episode Three on Austin’s top female entrepreneurs than Laura Kilcrease. She's been a key player in the development of Austin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Back when people thought incubators were just for chickens, Kilcrease, then executive director of UT’s IC2 Institute, co-developed and launched the Austin Technology ...

October 10, 2012 - Once upon a time there was a company that wanted to purchase another company. But soon the buyer became ensnared in mistrust and turned to deception, poisoning the would-be deal without the seller’s even realizing it. This is no fairy tale. It’s a real-life drama that unfolds all too often, according to research from McCombs. But there is hope for both sides to have a happy ending.