| Founding Directors |
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
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.
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
meetings. By using this type of discussion format, Texchange founders believe
that the organizations 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.