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Author: OwlSpark Leadership Team

When we created the hashtag #bayoustartupsummer, a rainy summer was not what we had in mind. However, we started the week off strong with another installment in the leadership series. Over the weekend, founders completed a five-factor personality assessment. We discovered the level of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience of our founders. Over lunch, David van Kleeck,...

SenseWatch provides a cloud-based API for mobile application developers to interpret gestures or vital signs from smartwatch sensor signals. Their technology is designed to expand the realm of smartwatch applications to include everything from a gesture-controlled music player, skin temperature operated AC, mood based interior lighting system (which is estimated from heart rate, skin perspiration using smartwatch), and more. In...

John Reale has a background in finance, but his experience extends far beyond that. Using his expertise in business, consulting and startups, John currently serves as Managing Director for Arete Ventures, where he works with entrepreneurs and early-stage tech startups to accelerate time to market, focusing on customer development, industry-validated milestones, and positioning companies for outside investment. John also serves...

Dodgeball, floods, hypotheses, customer interviews, birthdays, pitch practices, mentors and even a field day. It’s been a busy, yet unpredictably awesome few weeks. On May 20, members of the OwlSpark and RED Labs cohorts broke the ice (not faces, thankfully) at Luke’s Icehouse with a friendly game of dodgeball. Teams had a chance to get to know each other over a...

Open Factory is developing an open stereolithography 3D printing platform initially targeting materials scientists. They are using digital light processing (DLP) projection technology to photopolymerize UV curable photopolymers to make 3D objects. In Wise Guy terms — solidifying melted stuff, layer by layer, into what you want....

This week, Dr. Tom Kraft rolled up his sleeves and laid out his advice on entrepreneurship, family and finding a work-life balance. After taking part in NASA Mission Control Center’s design effort, he founded multiple medical device and medical robotics companies. Currently, Dr. Kraft holds 19 United States patents and fosters collaboration among Rice MBA students and the university’s science...

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