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Kick-Off Dinner 07.21.00

Venture Capital in Texas
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There is little doubt that Texas is making great strides in entrepreneurialism and venture capital investments. Over the past year alone, Texas has jumped from tenth to fifth nationally in the amount of venture capital attracted to this state. Yet Texas is a land of many contrasts, and its three leading cities - Houston, Dallas, and Austin - possess strikingly different characteristics. As a result, they are attracting strikingly different forms of interest.

What do these cities' differences mean for Texas overall? Can Texas be a tri-partite state? How do the VC and entrepreneurial communities deal with the differences? On a more local note, it is clear that Houston's efforts are currently much less noticed than those of Austin or Dallas. Can Houston catch up? Are we ready for a Silicon Valley environment?

Special Guest Panelists:

Scott Crist, Founder and CEO of Telscape International and a general partner of Venture Bridge LP, an early-stage venture capital fund.

Suggested Reading:

Deep in the Pockets of Texas
Upside Today
June 10, 2000

The Best Little VC in Texas
Red Herring May 11, 2000

Dallas, Austin Vie for High-Tech Title
The Dallas Morning News March 19, 2000


Wednesday, June 21, 2000
6:30 p.m. Cocktails (open bar)
7:15 p.m. Dinner and Round-Table Discussion
8:30 pm. Panel, Open Discussion

The Houstonian—The Aspen Room
111 N. Post Oak Lane, 713.680.2626

Dinner is $55.00 for accepted and paid Members and $65.00 for non-Members—fixed price dinner. Advance reservations only. First come-First served. Space is limited. Please makre your reservation by June 16, 2000. Reservations are non-cancelable, non-refundable.




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