My journey to join the Techstars team started in late 2011, when Techstars was ramping up to launch the first Cloud program in San Antonio. I was working for HP Cloud Services at the time, helping to build HP’s public cloud. After meeting with Jason Seats, the original Managing Director for the program, I volunteered to serve as a mentor for the program. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I hoped that I would be able to provide some value to the companies that had been selected.
Since that day, I have been continuously impressed by the quality of the people involved with Techstars. The passion of the founders, the generosity of the mentors, and the power of the network have been awesome to experience first hand. A year and half after I started mentoring, I found myself leaving HP to join ZeroVM, a 2013 Techstars Cloud alumni company and today, I am extremely excited to be taking over as the Managing Director for the Cloud program.
The roster of alumni from the first two Techstars Cloud programs includes some great companies and even better founders. I don’t want to name names, because I know I will leave someone out, but these companies have raised serious money and are doing amazing things. I am excited by the opportunity to continue to build on the legacy that Jason and these first two classes have pioneered.
Let me share a little bit about myself. Prior to my current role with Techstars, I was leading the team building ZeroVM after Rackspace acquired the company behind the technology. I have spent most of the last five years building public clouds for both Rackspace and HP, working primarily in Product Management. I was also lucky enough to be a part of the team that launched OpenStack, the open source cloud management platform.
Before my adventures in the clouds, I spent seven years building grand format digital ink-jet printers for a startup called Gandi Innovations. I have a degree in Computer Engineering, and I volunteer on the board of the Brighton Center. I live in San Antonio with my wife and our son, and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of his little brother.
The next Techstars Cloud program will be kicking off in San Antonio in early 2015 with applications opening up this Fall. Stay tuned for more details and the exact timing for the upcoming program.