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McCombs Well-Represented on List of '20 Austinites You Simply Must Know'

Austin Business Journal
"20 Austinites you simply must know"
Aug. 30 2012 

More than a third of the Austin Business Journal’s recently published “20 Austinites you simply must know” list of entrepreneurs and business leaders shared a McCombs School of Business connection.

The list included Austin icons like McCombs alumni Amy Simmons (MBA ’92), founder of Amy’s Ice Cream; Hall Martin (MBA '86), general partner at Austin Ventures; Jamie Rhodes (MSTC '02), founder of Central Texas Angel Network; and Gary Farmer (BBA ’80), president of Austin Title Co. of Austin Inc. Also included was Isaac Barchas, director of the Austin Technology Incubator, a University of Texas at Austin resource for high-tech startups. 

Two figures who hold current leadership roles at McCombs were also included — John Butler, director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, and Laura Kilcrease, managing director of Triton Ventures LLC and McCombs’ newest entrepreneur-in-residence. Here is what the ABJ said about these two savvy business leaders:

Spending your lunch hour across the table from Butler is gold. His connections are impressive and his institutional knowledge is deep — and both span well beyond the McCombs School of Business or even Austin's business scene. He leads an academic center that boasts of being the best in the U.S. His heart and teachings are in startups, but he offers sage advice on any business level.


Some call [Laura] Kilcrease the mother of Austin's birth as a technopolis. She helped UT launch the Austin Technology Incubator, and was its founding executive director from 1989 to 1996. She also set up The Capital Network, a group of angel investors, and co-founded what's now the Austin Technology Council. In 1999, she founded Triton, an Austin firm that invests in technology startups and spinoffs.

To see the complete list of ABJ’s “20 Austinites you simply must know,” click here.

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#1 Butler beyond doubt is an

Butler beyond doubt is an inspiration to us all. This man possesses so much insights in entrepreneurship that it's scary!

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