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With a deep background in sales and marketing, Leland Putterman dove into the entrepreneurship community almost inadvertently. After spending years at IBM, he transitioned to a smaller company, Oracle. He later invested in a startup called ACORN, who then asked him to join them in building another startup. In 2012, he co-founded Trivie, a trivia based corporate training app, and...

For the women out there: have you ever felt anxious going to the gynecologist for your annual exam? Have you ever felt uncomfortable during the exam? LilySpec is redesigning the vaginal speculum for improved patient comfort and visibility for OBGYNs....

Leaning on a background in software development and business, Adam Wulf launched several ventures after graduating from Rice University in 2005, working for several major software companies along the way. He now resides in Houston, Texas where he runs his two companies, Graceful Construction and Milestone Made, and serves as a mentor for OwlSpark....

Michael Kane has the success story that many entrepreneurs strive for. Although Kane didn’t grow up with entrepreneurship in mind, he found a successful career in his first company, Caltius Capital Management, that he’s been with for 21 years. Michael is a trusted OwlSpark advisor and gracious donor....

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for! The countdown to Bayou Startup Showcase is finally over! Monday and Tuesday of this week was dedicated to the final days of pitch practice. Founders and coaches focused on enunciation, eye contact, gestures, and presentation aesthetics. After rounds of pitch practice, the founders have finally gained the confidence they need for the...

If you’ve ever needed a solution to planning a party for a large group of people, Cinch has got you covered. Comprised of four friends—including a pair of fiancees and a pair of siblings, Cinch aims to become a one-stop-shop for planning and coordinating bachelor and bachelorette parties....

Week Nine is here and we can hardly believe it! We kicked off the week with leadership lunch featuring Kaz Karwowski, who discussed the art of negotiation. Founders devoured lasagna while Kaz explained the importance of being a good negotiator. The founders walked away with a better understanding that despite popular belief, negotiation is a win-win, not a win-lose situation....

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What do a tech company, an online library for undergrads, the energy industry, professional sports, and higher education have in common? Kathleen Clark—the versatile, innovative marketing executive who brought her award-winning experience to a broad range of brands and industries....

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