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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...

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....

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....

Chris Taylor’s career has spanned 17 years, seven industries, and three states. He’s explored, innovated, and established himself as a multi-dimensional leader ready and willing to mentor our founders through their journey here at OwlSpark. ...

Kaz Karwowski, executive director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL), returns to lend his help to OwlSpark for another exciting summer of entrepreneurship and innovation. Whether it be through lectures, mentoring, or just observing, you can find Kaz helping our founders reach for their goals of creating a successful company....

Keith Kreuer, Principal at RedHouse Associates and serial entrepreneur, has spent nearly three decades leading startups in the Houston area. After graduating from Iowa State, he moved to Texas and launched his career with Exxon. Later, he had a brief stint at Arthur Young as it transitioned to Ernst and Young, and began his startup career with a joint venture...

Doug Erwin, Chairman and Principal of RedHouse Associates, has been an entrepreneur most of his life. At seven years old, he started a paper route; his goal was to earn enough money to buy a motorbike. After buying his motorbike, Doug was able to double the size of his paper route. But he didn’t stop there. ...

Brand is business, and for Robin Tooms, business is branding. Robin, Principal and Vice President of Strategy at Savage Brands, received her undergraduate degree in graphic communications from the University of Houston, and then went back to school to get her MBA at Rice University (‘04). She is passionate about helping companies position their brand, and found her sweet spot...

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