Longhorn Road Trip: UTinSV 2014

The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering brought together leaders from Austin and Silicon Valley to exchange Texas-sized ideas and venture capital know-how at the second annual UTinSV event, held in Menlo Park, Calif., on Feb. 6.

  1. With the largest concentration of engineering alumni (outside of Texas) living in the Bay area, UTinSV is the perfect opportunity for the Cockrell School and UT Austin to connect with alumni and investors in Silicon Valley.
  2. UTinSV 2014 kicked off with nine UT Austin startups presenting nine-minute pitches to a select group of Silicon Valley investors and venture capitalists. These startup leaders proved that UT Austin has the ingenuity and drive to bring solutions to many areas, from the environment and health care to wearable electronics and mobile apps.
  3. Professor of innovation and Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe and Cockrell School leaders selected the startups: AdBm Technologies, Admittance Technologies, FemtoSurg, Lynx Labs, M87, ProteanSeq, RideScout, Toopher and WiseWear.

    Pictured below: McCombs School of Business lecturer Josh Alexander, of Toopher
  4. Pictured below: Cockrell School biomedical engineering professor Tom Milner, of FemtoSurg
  5. Following the pitch event, startup and venture capital veterans Greg Horowitt (T2 Venture Capital), Bill Gurley (Benchmark Capital), Mike Maples Jr. (Floodgate) and Bob Metcalfe led a captivating panel discussion on business trends, entrepreneurial challenges and the difference between startup culture in Silicon Valley and Austin. Greg Horowitt said the two locations are successful at startups because of their belief systems — "support the crazies, allow people to fail."

    Pictured below: Greg Horowitt, Mike Maples Jr. and Bob Metcalfe
  6. Pictured below: Bill Gurley and Greg Horowitt
  7. The panelists covered topics ranging from industry risk-taking and technology's cyclical nature to entrepreneurial bubbles and cultivating "unicorn" startups.
  8. After a day of pitching and discussion, UT Austin and Cockrell School alumni, faculty and thought leaders networked and mingled with Silicon Valley investors and innovators.
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