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This summer, Kaz Karwowski has taught multiple sessions on leadership, with a focus on team-building, decision-making, negotiation, management, communication, motivation and ethics. While some leaders are born, others like Kaz are bred. Kaz’s own leadership style has evolved from interactions with those leaders he worked with during his 21 years of service in the United States Army....

Most founders have always known they have the “entrepreneurial DNA.” For others, there is a defining moment, one where the possibility of entrepreneurship is dropped into their lap. Emma Fauss, however, has both. Though her parents each started their own businesses, they never talked about the idea of entrepreneurship....

ShowCoach connects young baseball players with coaches nationwide. By sending videos to coaches they know, or coaches they’ve chosen based on reviews and background information, young players can connect with these private instructors and receive feedback on their game....

Negotiations, negotiations, negotiations. During Monday’s Leadership Lunch, Kaz Karwowski (RCEL), divided founders into groups, with each group acting as a party in a negotiation. All parties were charged with settling a deal between an energy company and county government, setting into action their negotiation skills and price optimization strategies....

When you hear the name Arovia, you likely aren’t thinking of the Spontaneous Pop Up Display (SPUD). Founders Alex Wesley, Rocky Wu and George Zhu are creating SPUD, the only 20+ inch electronic display that collapses roughly to the size of a handful of tater tots. Backed with an eight-hour battery life, SPUD is a high-resolution 1080p display that connects...

In the Houston startup community, Deborah Mansfield is known for her ability to connect and enable people. In fact, you can find her on Twitter under the handle @dotconnector. “If you feed your network, the people are very generous,” she says. In her roles of Director of Life Sciences Acceleration at Houston Technology Center (HTC) and Associate Director of the Gulf...

Week six went by in a flash of lightning (literally, what is up with this weather?). On Monday, founders scaled Mount Everest, though some needed rescuing from the mountain. Kaz Karwowski, Executive Director at Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) led teams in a team decision-making simulation exercise. Founders balanced individual goals with those of the group in attempt to...

Cancer and its associated treatments can wreak havoc on the digestive system and its accessory organs, often affecting the taste of foods, and resulting in adjusted or tailored diets. DigiChef is creating a mobile solution designed to provide consistent meal plans, recipes, and digital coupons based on the patient’s medical history, lab results, and fitness goals....

This week, Kaz Karwowski, Executive Director at Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) started us off with the third of our weekly leadership series. Kaz discussed a leader’s vision through examples of successful role models. Our afternoon session had us learning about operating agreements with Mike Blaney, Shareholder at Winstead PC....

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,...

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