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
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
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
is a Texas-based,
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
- A focus on technology entrepreneurship,
fostered by networking and mentoring, boosted by a no-soliciting
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
Invitations are generally extended
- Technology entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs
- Professionals in finance, law,
accounting and information systems.
- Angel investors, VCs and technology
- Professionals in related business
incubation, academic and government
- Professional journalists in related
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.