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Wednesday, April 23, 2003


Topic: "Customers & Cash - The Secrets to Success"


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Sponsor: Deloitte & Touche

How do we measure success for entrepreneurs in today's business climate? Should we use old economy measures of success today? Is success merely survival? Is it reaching profitability?

On April 23, three successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences on their companies' road to success – securing funding and building a customer base.

Table discussions, led by experienced entrepreneurs, will follow the presentation. Come share your perspective in an informal evening of lively discussion and networking.

Our Panelists for the evening:

Vinay Bhagat, CEO of Convio
Elizabeth Davis, Founder & CEO of QuickArrow
David Settle, COO & CFO of Mirage Networks

Time: 6:00 PM



Austin Country Club

4408 Long Champ Drive

Austin, TX 78746

$30.00 per person (Entrepreneur Members)
$45.00 per person (Non-Entrepreneur Members)
$60.00 per person (Non-Members)

Our Discussion Leaders for the evening include:

John Derrick, Former CEO of Chicory Systems
Kim Kassee, VP Marketing, Motion Computing
Rick Krause, CEO of Boxx Technologies
Peter Norwood, SVP, Products & Services Whole Security
Raj Shah, Chief Marketing Officer of Clear Cube
Dan Sullivan, CEO of Applied Science Fiction

For more information on TEXCHANGE, please visit our website at: http://www.texchange.org

Suggested Reading:

Get More Out of Your Cash - Famous entrepreneurs offer tips on squeezing everything you can out of the cash in your start-up without sacrificing the quality of your product or service.

Avoid These Common Startup Finance Hazards - Since checks won't be arriving for a while, how are you planning to cover the initial expenses of starting a business? Here are some risks you'll encounter and how to cope with them.

Four Tips for Navigating Cash-Crunch Times - With a weak economy and uncertain prospects, many companies -- large and small -- are urgently looking for more of two things: customers and cash flow.

Financing in Tough Times: Entrepreneurs Describe Tactics for Overcoming Obstacles, On EntreWorld.org for January

Desire: Connecting With What Customers Want - There's too much of everything: a head-spinning array of products, an eye-glazing gaggle of ads, a mind-numbing barrage of information. So what are the most desirable ways to reach your customers? Melinda Davis and her Human Desire Project have developed five answers. Marketers with a desire to succeed are paying attention.

Shaping Relationships in 2003 - Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Ph.D., share their insights about relationship trends for 2003.

Do You Know How to Grow?

Local TEXCHANGE Board of Directors:
Past Chairman: David Lee, Sentient Ventures
Chairman: Mark Murdock, Thompson Knight
President: Elaine Wetmore, Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation
President-Elect: Thom Singer, Andrews & Kurth
VP Administration & Programs: Becky Gates, TheLinkPartners
VP Membership: Scott Eggleston, Entrepreneur
Secretary: Walter Bissex, Fulbright & Jaworski
Allison Allen, Entrepreneur
Gary Cadenhead, University of Texas
Stuart Edwards, Silicon Valley Bank
Kim Evans, BlomWireless
Rod Favaron, Lombardi Software
Nick Fox, Vinson and Elkins
Paige Manley Martin, Entrepreneur
Carol Thompson, The Thompson Group

Local TEXCHANGE Board of Advisors
Gene Albert, VidBook, Inc.
Vinay Bhagat, Convio
Lawson Brice, IBM
Jim Butler, City of Austin
Clint Bybee, Arch Venture Partners
Ed Cavazos, Andrews & Kurth, LLP
Steve Coffey, Hunt Ventures
Jonathon Gilliam, Deloitte & Touche
Gary Hoover, Hoover's Online
Bill Morrow, Grande Communications
Paul Tobias, Wilson Sonsini
Steve Wagh, Entrepreneur
Amy Warmke, Ernst & Young
Ellen Wood, Virtual CFO

Membership opportunities for the Austin Chapter of TEXCHANGE are available to those who are interested.
Please check the website at http://www.texchange.org.
Membership is limited.

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Online reservations require payment by credit card. Cancellations greater than three business days from the event will be honored and a credit towards the next Texchange dinner will be issued. Cancellations less than three business days from the event will be honored; however, no credits or refunds will be issued. Replacements will always be honored.

May meeting - May 14, 2003 - Special guest - Mike Maples, Sr.

Mike Maples, retired from Microsoft Corporation as executive vice president of the Worldwide Products Group and member of the Office of the President, reporting directly to Bill Gates. Mike was responsible for all product development and product marketing activities.

Mike has over 38 years experience in the computer industry. Before coming to Microsoft Mike worked for IBM for 23.5 years where he was director of software strategy for IBM Corporation.

A graduate of Oklahoma University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Oklahoma City University with a Master of Business Administration, Maples has been involved with many organizations tied to technology.

He sat on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of America, and was president of the American Software Association. He was also a member of the board of the University of Washington’s Technology Center and the Board of Advisors for Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership. He served on the Austin Economic Development Council and was a board member of the Austin Software Council. He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for the Engineering School at the University of Oklahoma and the College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin.

He chaired the Lt. Governor's Advisory Council on the Digital Economy for Texas in 2000. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of Alibre Technology, Computer Moms International, J. D. Edwards and Company, Lexmark Corporation, NetIQ Software, Motive Software, NewISys, and Concero. He is on the board of advisors for 12 high tech firms and venture funds. In addition he sets on several non-profit boards.

June meeting - June 25, 2003 - Speaker - Osmo A. Hautanen, one of the founding fathers who built brand equity for Nokia in the United States.


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