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    Austin Peeps

    • Amos Schwartzfarb - Managing Director at Techstars in Austin
    • Amy Simmons - CEO at Amy's Ice Creams, Inc
    • Andrew Tull- Vice President Corporate Development at Globalscape, Inc.
    • Bob Metcalf - co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law. Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.
    • Brett Hurt - Hurt Family Investments
    • Bruce Leander - BioAustin
    • Chelsea McCullough - Co-Founder & Director at Wake Up
    • Chris Earthman - Aragona Family Office; Austin Ventures
    • Claire England - Executive Director at Central Texas Angel Network
    • Clayton Christopher - Deep Eddy Vodka, Sweet Leaf Tea
    • Chris Valentine - Founder / CEO at Adeo InterActive
    • Dennis Cavner- Cavner Social Enterprises
    • Dan Graham - CEO, Owner at
    • Emma Cartmell - Partner at Exsede
    • Gary Hoover - Founder, CEO at The Spark Factory, Founder and CEO of Hoovers. Check out his Wikipedia page here.
    • Hall T. Martin - Founder and CEO, Texas Entrepreneur Network
    • Ingrid Vanderveldt - Founder, Chairman & CEO at Vanderveldt Global Investments & EBW2020
    • J.R. Kraft - Cofounder, Owner at
    • Jim Bledsoe - Solid Green Systems
    • Joe Merrill - Partner/investor at Sputnik ATX and a mentor to startups.
    • Joe Milam - Founder and CEO of AngelSpan, Inc.
    • John Burns - President & General Counsel, BioAustin
    • John Thornborrow - Managing Partner, Vitesse Capital Partners
    • Josh Baer - Austinpreneur - He helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. Executive Director, Capital Factory
    • Justin Petro - Executive & Entrepreneur Consiglieri for all things User Experience, Startups, and Design
    • Kelly Hill - Hill Country Angel Network
    • Kate Henderson - President at Seton Healthcare Family
    • Kevin Koym - Founding Partner at Tech Ranch Austin
    • Kerry Rupp - Innovation & Strategy Consultant; Startup Coach; Capital Factory Mentor; Advisor to Medical Innovation Labs
    • Larry Peterson - Executive Director at Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities
    • Laura Lorek - CEO at
    • Kristi Henderson - VP, Virtual Care & Innovation
    • Luis Felipe Rincon - Co-Founder / CEO,
    • Matt Kouri - CEO of Mission Capital
    • Megan Tull - Generate Huge Profits with Your Passion/ Entrepreneur Success Strategist/Leadership Training Expert/Author and Speaker
    • Mellie Price - Founder & CEO @SoftMatch / General Partner & MD@CapitalFactory / Founder@FrontGateTix =>8XEntrepreneur/Investor/Mentor
    • Mini Kahlon - Vice Dean, Strategy & Partnerships at Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin
    • Oksana Malysheva - Managing Partner/investor at Sputnik ATX and a mentor to startups
    • Paul O'Brien - Tech Economic Development and VC CMO
    • Pat Niekamp - Publisher & Co-Founder at "Texas CEO" Magazine
    • Peter Zandan - Global Vice Chairman at Hill and Knowlton Strategies
    • Phil Siegel - Managing Partner at Tritium Partners and Master Teacher at Acton School of Business. Check out other stellar Acton teachers here.
    • Randall Crowder - Managing Partner at TEXO Ventures
    • Rick Hawkins - President & CEO at Lumos Pharma
    • Rob Adams - McCombs Entrepreneurship Faculty, former Venture Capitalist, Operating Executive and Entrepreneur. Check out his website here.
    • Sam Decker - Entrepreneur, Investor, Board Member
    • Sara Ramirez - Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Central Texas
    • Scott Collins - Proven Leader, Innovator, Strategist, Advisor, Problem Solver, Success Seeker; BioAustin
    • Steve Guengerich - Principal, Powershift Group and Co-founder, Appconomy, Inc.
    • Steve Vandegrift - Technology Executive and Venture Capitalist
    • Susan Strausberg - CEO at 9WSearch, Inc, Founder, CEO and President of EDGAR Online
    • Suzi Sosa - Co-Founder & CEO at Verb Inc.
    • Thom Singer - Professional MC / Speaker / Conference Catalyst / Hybrid Event Host - Sets the tone for amazing events. And the host of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.
    • Wendy Smith - National Leader Delivery System Transformation at AON

    Houston Peeps

    • Jon Nordby - Managing Director of MassChallenge Texas in Houston
    • John Reale - TMCx Executive in Residence and Managing Director Integr8d Capital
    • Robert Pieroni - Central Houston
    • Barbara Burger - Chevron
    • Susan Davenport - Greater Houston Partnership
    • Neal Murthy - University of Houston

    Dallas Peeps

    • Trey Bowles - CEO and Co-founder The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC)
    • Steve Guengerich - Executive in New Venture Development, Marketing, & Operations

    San Antonio Peeps

    Corpus Christi Peeps

    El Paso Peeps

    • Joe Wardy - President and CEO of The Hub of Human Innovation
    • Nancy Lowery - VP of Operations at The Hub of Human Innovation
    • Gary Williams -Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce at University of Texas at El Paso

    Twitter Influencers