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I was raised in Austin where I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 25 years. I bootstrapped my first IT venture, Flood Data Services, out of my apartment. A few years later, I was fortunate enough to be named Ernst & Young’s Austin Entrepreneur of the Year. I sold most of FDSI to First American Financial (NYSE: FAF), where we continued to turn mortgage services from paper into digital data. The unit was spun off in 2010 as CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), now the world’s leading provider of real estate information services.
I love the creative process and working with early stage concepts, whatever that might entail. I’ve made a film, helped develop Austin’s Warehouse District, and started a nightclub – all very different from IT, but have found a commonality in the process – they all started with a vision. Like most entrepreneurs, I’ve also had my share of duds.
I graduated from UT Austin with a BBA degree and a minor in Biochemistry. I live in Austin but love to travel, and, time permitting, am open to meet with anyone passionately committed to a start-up.
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