New Venture Creation
Rob Adams is an active investor, author, consultant, and on the faculty of the Management Department at The University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, where he teaches in the MSTC and MBA programs and is the Director of Texas Venture Labs.
Dr. Adams is an active angel investor and board member for several start-ups, and is affiliated with numerous venture funds, several of which he started. Prior to the venture business, he was a software operating executive for two decades. Throughout his venture and operating careers he has been a founder, founding investor or involved with the public offering, merger or acquisition of more than 40 companies, representing the launching of more than 100 products, and transactions totaling more than one billion dollars of capital.
Adams is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, company and product strategy, marketing and technology issues. He blogs for Inc.com and has been covered in BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Money, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, on Bloomberg Radio, Public Television, and public radio’s nationally syndicated “Marketplace” program.
Financing New Ventures
Josh Alexander is excited to be here; look at his picture. He is the currently the Director of Mobile Identity at Salesforce, a division of Identity and Authentication. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches Financial Risk Management and New Venture Finance. Before Salesforce, Josh was the CEO and Co-Founder of Toopher (acquired by Salesforce in 2015), which was the industry leader in contextual authentication. Josh has earned honors including Austin's 40 Under 40 award (Technology), Austin Business Journal's Techno-preneur of the Year, and Austin Chamber's of Commerce A-List. Additionally, Josh holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BBA and BA from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a CFA Charterholder.
New Venture Design & Implementation
Mary Ann Anderson
Lecturer, Assoc. Director SCMC
Mary Ann Anderson is the Director of the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence. In this role she serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Supply Chain Majors and the liaison between the students, faculty and corporate sponsors. Prior to joining the Center, MS. Anderson graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Engineering and has over twenty years’ experience in operations and supply chain management. She has taught a variety of the supply chain courses here at UT since 2000 and is currently active in the MSTC program, in which she teaches launch and operational planning for startup companies. In addition to her teaching, she has consulted with numerous firms, ranging from large multinationals to start ups, to improve their operational efficiency.
Dr. Patrick Badolato is a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business. Patrick specializes in courses offered to working professional audiences. Currently he teaches in McCombs' Executive MBA, Daytime MBA, Evening MBA, Dallas MBA, Houston MBA, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Technology Commercialization, and undergraduate programs.
His teaching expertise focuses on Financial Statement Analysis, a case-based class that moves away from generic ratios and metrics and towards critical thinking in an effort to use an array of financial information to understand the past and form well-motivated predictions for the future; Financial Accounting, a class that emphasizes the importance of accounting's thoughtful and logical representation of business events; and Accounting Concepts and Research, a class that offers a deep dive into the business reasons and economic motivations behind US GAAP and IFRS accounting standards.
Patrick earned BS degrees in Accounting and Economics from Villanova University and a PhD in Accounting from Duke University in 2010. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Patrick worked in the assurance and tax practices for Ernst & Young in Philadelphia, PA where he earned his CPA license.
Patrick served as the consultant for the Harvard Business School’s Financial Accounting course in its newly developed HBX program and worked as a writer and contributor for Harvard Business Publishing's Financial Accounting Core Curriculum materials, a series of curated and adaptable readings that will offer a comprehensive and cost-effective textbook replacement for MBA audiences.
Patrick's research interests center around corporate governance, financial reporting choices and the use of financial information. Patrick's research has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics.
Converting Technology to Wealth
Brett Cornwell leads the Converting Technology to Wealth and Assessing Technologies for Commercial Viability course in the Texas MSTC Program. With over 20 years of technology commercialization experience, Cornwell is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization at Texas A&M University System. He has led a number of international technology commercialization benchmarking and training projects including projects with CONACYT in Mexico, Innovisa in Portugal, The University of Otago in New Zealand, and ProTon in Europe.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Program Director, Master of Science in Marketing
Jade S. DeKinder is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Dr. DeKinder received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics with highest honors from Emory University and her PhD in Marketing from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Her research interests include market signaling, information asymmetry and uncertainty in buyer-seller relationships, salesforce compensation, and econometric modeling. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. She also serves as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Marketing program at the McCombs School of Business.
Managing Technology & Business Risks
Dr. James S. Dyer occupies the Fondren Centennial Chair in Business in the Red McCombs School of Business Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are focused on applications of decision analysis and real options to problems of risk management and capital budgeting, and he has published extensively on these subjects in various journals, including Management Science and Operations Research. He is the former Chair of the Decision Analysis Society Group of INFORMS, and the former Area Editor for decision analysis for Operations Research. He was awarded the Ramsey Medal by the Decision Analysis Society, and the Edgeworth-Pareto Award by the MCDM Society.
Technology Transfer in the Global Economy
Dr. Martins is the Faculty Advisor and a professor in the Texas MSTC Program. Dr. Martins conducts research and consults on the role of managerial and group cognitive factors in innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, change, and performance. His research has appeared in several leading management journals, such as Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science, and has been covered in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He has won numerous teaching awards for his courses on innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior, including the Joe D. Beasley Award for Teaching Excellence in the MBA Curriculum, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Working Professionals MBA Program in Houston, and the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education.
His consulting and executive development clients include Accenture, Coca Cola, FBI Crime Labs, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, NASA, and Samsung.
Christopher Meakin is a member of the Business, Government and Society faculty at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.B.A. in Management and Business Analysis from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Legal History from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Houston. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Prior to joining the faculty at UT, Christopher practiced law at Vinson & Elkins in Houston where he represented clients facing a variety of business issues including corporate governance, securities regulation, contracts, and dispute resolution.
Christopher has served on the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center and the Jesse H. Jones School of Management at Rice University. Since joining UT’s faculty in 2001 he has taught courses on Negotiations, Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Law, Marketing Law, and the Legal Environment of Business. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurship Group where he teaches a course on legal issues involved in launching a new business. He has also taught in the Management of Technology Program offered at the Ercole Polytechnique Federale de Luasanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the recipient of many teaching awards including the Faculty Honor Roll for teaching excellence in the fulltime MBA, Texas Evening MBA, Mexico City, Houston and Dallas\Fort Worth MBA programs and received the same honor at the undergraduate level at the McCombs School. Christopher has also served McCombs as an Assistant Director of the Business Honors Program and an Assistant Dean in the full-time MBA Program.
He is married and delighted to be the father of a twelve year old daughter and an eight year old daughter.
Associate Professor, Department of Management
Creative & Innovative Management
Texas McCombs MSTC Communications Coach
Dr. Melissa Murphy is the Founder and Chief Communication Coach of The Pitch Academy and award-winning teacher and scholar in organizational communication and technology at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches business communication at the McCombs School of Business and is the long-standing communication coach for the Texas McCombs Master of Science in Technology Commercialization program. She specializes in business presentations and investor pitches by focusing on three key areas: 1) content, 2) visual aids, and 3) delivery.
Trent Thurman is the Director of the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program at the McCombs School of Business. Prior to this appointment, Trent was Executive Director for Graduate Programs at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Trent was an assistant dean and director at the McCombs School of Business before his stint at Tennessee. In that role, he led the academic, administrative, recruitment and student services aspects of the Texas Evening MBA, the Texas MBA at Houston and the Texas MBA at Dallas-Ft. Worth programs. Under his leadership, the portfolio jumped to #6 in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of part-time programs, the highest ranking in the history of the program.
Trent was awarded the President’s Outstanding Service Award by the University of Texas in 2012 and received the Student Services Excellence Award by the McCombs School of Business in 2011.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988 and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Following his MBA, Trent enjoyed a decade-long career in commercial and corporate real estate, including stints with Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company and Sacramento-based Panattoni Development Company. He was also Director of Real Estate for a regional healthcare system in Memphis, Tennessee for five years.
Prior to graduate school, Trent served on the legislative staff of then Senator Al Gore, where his research focused on legislative and regulatory issues relating to higher education, healthcare, technology and the arts.
Active in the community, Trent served as President of the Memphis chapter of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association and was later elected to the national Board of Governors following his term as president. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Grace-St. Luke’s School in Memphis and chaired the Downtown District YMCA Board of Management.
Graduate Program Coordinator