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“Always be hustling,” the corporate motto at Uber, also seems to apply fittingly to Sarah Groen personally. The General Manager of UberEverything in Houston, Texas, is helping to bring the logistic services of the future to your doorstep. In just one year, Sarah and her team have constructed a complete product and service that brings food right to your doorstep....

Tom Levitz is living the American dream. From his humble beginnings sweeping the warehouse and loading trucks for the family business in Miami, Florida, Tom moved up to become the CEO. Tom, now an independent management consultant, began his career as an electrician’s apprentice. After completing the four-year program, equivalent to an associate’s degree, he began working for his family’s...

Why have a slice of the pie when you can devour the whole pie? Rich Winley, serial entrepreneur and sales guru, learned at a young age that making a full profit is a lot better than taking a commission. Rich, Vice President and Partner at GUI Global Products, started building his business acumen at a young age. Growing up in Greenville,...

What’s more American than the side hustle? That was the environment that Chris Church, Founder and CEO of MacroFab, grew up in. As part of a military family, Chris moved around quite a bit and money at times could be scarce. His family built several businesses to provide for themselves, ranging from the buying and resale of consumer goods to rebuilding...

Tom Kraft has had quite the career. The Director of Technology Ventures Development at Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship has studied mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as mathematics and business, at prestigious institutions such as UCLA, Stanford and Rice. However, Tom always learned more from his pursuit of knowledge in ‘real world’ experiences....

“It all started with a competition,” says oil and gas veteran Matt Bell. In the early 90s, Shell offered to sponsor students who wanted to spend their summer working on their own idea. Matt and a friend decided they wanted to see what was left of the Berlin Wall, so they submitted their idea and Shell cut them a check....

No matter how much we hate to admit, our parents are sometimes usually right. In seventh grade, Melanie Jones’ parents told her that she needed to be an entrepreneur. They were spot on. Melanie now runs her own firm, Marketing Interface, which helps startups and growing organizations select the best tools and strategies to scale their marketing operations and...

Starting his first business in high school and teaching himself to code from a young age, Nir Leibovich has always had an interest in entrepreneurship. From day one, Nir has been inspired to build phenomenal products, make an impact on people, and control his own destiny. Currently, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of Houston-based GoCo, Inc., which aims to...

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 mentor for OwlSpark startup teams....

The other day, we sat down with Ray Simar, founder of Rebel Putter and OwlSpark Class 2 alum. In the year after OwlSpark, Ray has added another product to his line of putters. Drawing from his first iteration, the Jedi Putter, his new product is aptly called the Sith Putter. Ray has continued development of the Sith Putter with the...

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