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Startup Weekend Houston Keynote July 2012

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I delivered this address about entrepreneurship - and specifically entrepreneurship in Houston - at the opening of Startup Weekend July 27, 2012.

I delivered this address about entrepreneurship - and specifically entrepreneurship in Houston - at the opening of Startup Weekend July 27, 2012.

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  • 1. Houston, we have liftoff Bryan Guido Hassin @guido23
  • 2. I am a global cleantech entrepreneur /professor of entrepreneurship at Rice • Founded/led four startups – Plug-and-play office energy savings – Web environmental compliance – Digital social business card – Mobile/wireless disaster response • Educated at Rice (computer science) and IMD (business)
  • 3. Why do we even care about startups? 3
  • 4. Startups drive economic growth 4
  • 5. Startups keep the economy relevant 5
  • 6. Startups are awesome! 6
  • 7. Houston is an awesome place for awesomestartups! Loads of Low Cost of Talent Living Customers Friendly everywhere Labor Law 7
  • 8. How does Startup Weekend help? 8
  • 9. Large corporations marshal resources aroundpre-determined goals . . . New End Means 1 2Means Means 1 3 Starting Fixed Means End New End New End 2 3 . . . but successful entrepreneurs start with their means and imagine new possibilities Source: Effectual Entrepreneurship 9
  • 10. Startups create new options by expanding theirmeans Who I Market am Feedback Experience Advice / Mentorship New MeansRelationships Whom What I Knowledge I know know Brokering Source: Effectual Entrepreneurship 10
  • 11. Mentors who have been there, done that areworth $186k to first-time entrepreneurs Source: Effectual Entrepreneurship 11
  • 12. Startup Weekend catalyzes ventures byaccelerating these development processes 12
  • 13. My challenge to you: create more than justeconomic value Source: Startup Genome Project 13
  • 14. When was Houston’s last epic startup? Swingfor the fences! 14