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The Technology Entrepreneurs' eXchange (“Texchange”) focuses on
the discussion and sharing of management expertise in emerging
technology fields and related support fields in order to foster
Jack Plunkett, Marco Rimassa, Mike Goodwin, Bill Keough, and
Kyle Pope founded the Technology Entrepreneurs' eXchange (“Texchange”)
in early 2000 in response to what they saw as a lack of coordinated
Houston-based and statewide support for emerging technology entrepreneurs.
Rimassa and Plunkett met through an entrepreneurs’ event in
San Francisco in September 1999, sponsored by the venture catalyst
firm Garage.com. Along with long-time friend Kyle Pope, the two
felt there was a vital need for a collaborative, networking organization
in Texas that would be focused on emerging technology entrepreneurs,
similar to extremely successful groups currently existing in the
Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay areas.
In early 2000, Rimassa and Plunkett met Goodwin and Keough,
who were also looking to create a technology-focused networking
group in Houston. The four decided to merge their efforts, and
the Technology Entrepreneurs' eXchange was born.
The group was initially very impressed with the well-known Round
Zero organization in Silicon Valley because of its monthly dinner
meetings and unusual format of pre-selected discussion topics
at small round tables. The founders of Texchange saw that such
a format offers unique opportunities and advantages not found
at other types of gatherings. By using this type of discussion
format, Texchange founders believe that the organization’s members
will have a chance to truly get to know each other and benefit
from each others’ experiences. As opposed to “mixers” or meetings
focused on listening to a speaker, the discussion format enables
members to interact with each other in a very personal and focused
way, affording them the opportunity to learn from other views
and to develop lasting friendships and business relationships.
Texchange intends to create a lasting and highly effective organization
that will fulfill its goals in fostering success among Texas-based
entrepreneurs in technology fields of a wide variety. We are committed
to building and maintaining an active membership of the highest
possible quality, and we hope you will join us and support us
in this effort.