The Technology Entrepreneurs’ Exchange ("Texchange") cordially invites you to its Kickoff and Informational Cocktail Party-Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter

Tuesday, March 19, 2002


6:00 p.m. Cocktails with Texchange organizers and founders

6:30 p.m. Discussion--Purpose and Organization of the DFW chapter of

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. opportunity to speak one-on-one with founders and

8:00 Adjourn


Ciudad Restaurant, 3888 Oak Lawn Ave., One Turtle Creek Village (Blackburn at Oak Lawn), 214.219.3141

For additional information, call Holly Vershum 214.468.3742; William Tincup 817.469.6910; or Jack Plunkett, 713.932.0000.

The highly-regarded Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange is establishing a chapter for select members in Dallas/Ft.Worth. You are invited to participate and to provide your thoughts on how this non-profit, membership-based organization can best serve the Dallas/Ft.Worth technology community. A complete description of The Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange can be found at www.texchange.org  Participation  in this group is by invitation only-however, you may send an associate to
this gathering in your place if you are unable to attend.

The Technology Entrepreneurs’ Exchange (“Texchange”) www.texchange.org  is a Texas-based, not-for-profit 501(c)
networking organization for technology entrepreneurs/executives, professional and angel investors, and related professionals in services firms, government, media and academia. The organization’s purpose is to
provide, through its regular round-table dinner meetings, the following advantages for its selective membership:

  •  An environment where common topics of interest can be discussed.
  • Supportive collaboration among members.
  • A focus on technology entrepreneurship, fostered by networking and mentoring, boosted by a no-soliciting atmosphere.


The Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange (Texchange) is built around round-table discussions in which all members participate. Its format and organization are similar to the well-known design first used by Round Zero in the Silicon Valley, which is considered by many to be the most
successful community-building organization in the technology arena.

www.roundzero.com, The initial Texchange chapter
was launched with great success in Houston in June 2000. The Austin chapter launched with great success in early 2001. We are greatly looking forward to establishing the DFW chapter at this time. We will soon achieve our goal of
operating exciting chapters filled with top quality members in each of Texas’ three major cities. Members have rights at each chapter, so that they may visit the Houston, Austin and DFW events of interest to them, thus broadening their statewide technology networks. Texchange events are distinctly different from other events, such as lecture
series or mixers. That’s the key to the success of this format. Each dinner’s topic is announced well in advance, and a suggested reading list is posted. The evening starts with cocktails, followed by brief, introductory comments by an expert. This leaves the balance of the dinner time for people who are seated together to discuss the evening’s topic, exchange views and truly get to know each other. Members and guests enjoy a dinner and in-depth
discussion at round tables of seven people each. Before and after dinner, members are free to mingle over refreshments. Texchange is highly successful at building community and enabling members to build lasting
business and personal relationships. Solicitation and recruiting are not allowed at dinners.
Discussion topics are decided by the local board of directors well in advance of each meeting. Knowledgeable commentators and table leaders are invited to each dinner. The topics are technology business-related.

Invitations are generally extended to:

  • Technology entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and executives.
  • Professionals in finance, law, accounting and information systems.
  • Angel investors, VCs and technology bankers.
  • Professionals in related business incubation, academic and government
  • Professional journalists in related fields.

Dinner Format:
Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and informal conversation. Dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. A comfortable environment is utilized to enable attendees to become well acquainted with others at their tables. After introductions, each table discusses a pre-set technology or entrepreneurial topic among themselves. Attendees are encouraged to share their own viewpoints and, especially, to share knowledge gained through their own unique experiences. Later in the evening, there is an “open table” format, where attendees may mingle and meet those seated at other tables.

A reasonably-priced, fixed menu is provided at dinner, and members are responsible for their own tabs each evening.

This unique discussion format gives members and their guests an opportunity to get to know the viewpoints of others at their dinner tables, and to provide an opportunity for meaningful interaction that can lead to lasting
friendships and business relationships. Attendees at dinner meetings are asked to be familiar with a short reading list of related magazine articles or the topics within them in order to prepare for the discussion phase of  each monthly meeting. Topics and reading material are posted a website.

Members have the privilege of attending Texchange meetings at the organization’s chapters in various cities, and are encouraged to use Texchange as an opportunity to meet members throughout its various chapters.




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