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We beat the Monday blues with a little help from Kaz Karwowski (RCEL). He helped us kick off Week 8 with another Leadership Lunch, teaching us how to motivate one another. Founders discussed their experiences with motivation and lessons learned from past failures. Pumped, we rounded out the afternoon with Pitch Practice #2. Founders received feedback from Keith Kreuer (RedHouse...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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