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May 5, 2016 Demo Day UT

by Larry Chiang on March 23, 2016

 Unedited by Larry Chiang

Hello Larry Chiang, 
You are invited to the following event:


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

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Longhorn Startup at the University of Texas at Austin invites you to Demo Day where we will showcase the undergraduate startups from our Spring 2016 class. 

The evening will begin with an exclusive interview of Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Mike Maples, Jr. by our very own Dr. Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation and inventor of Ethernet. 

Read Mike’s recent blog posts on encouraging entrepreneurs to Dare to Make Your Startup Legendary and explaining to investors about Finding Billion Dollar Secrets.

Each startup will have 4 minutes to present on stage followed by a reception where each startup will have a table set up for demos. It’s always a packed house – a few years ago the security guards had to escort Mark Cuban out because he stayed so late!

There is some surface parking at the Library for those who arrive early, and the nearest UT garage is the San Jacinto Garage (SJG).

Bob Metcalfe & Mike Maples, Jr.


Mike Maples Jr has been on the Forbes Midas List since 2010 and was also named one of “8 Rising Stars” by FORTUNE Magazine. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.)

Some of Mike’s investments include Twitter,, ngmoco, Weebly, Chegg, Bazaarvoice, Spiceworks, Okta, and Demandforce.

Mike is known for coining the term “Thunder Lizards,” which is a metaphor derived from Godzilla that describes the tiny number of truly exceptional companies that are wildly disruptive capitalist mutations. Mike likes to think of himself as a hunter of the “atomic eggs” that beget these companies.


Bob Metcalfe has 23+ years of successful experence in science, engineering, high-tech entrepreneurship, and venture captial. He is UT Austin Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, directing the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Professor of Information Management in the McCombs School of Business.


Starting your own company is a great way to change the world.  You’ve heard how Steve Jobs changed the world with his insanely great products from Apple Computer.  More examples: James Truchard changed the world with National Instruments, Bill Gates with Microsoft, John Mackey with Whole Foods Market, Michael Dell with Dell, and Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook.  All these founders and their teams are still changing the world, with impacts measured into the millions of jobs and billions of dollars.  

Three of these entrepreneurs are still running their companies in Austin.  One started his $60B company in a dorm room at UTAustin; another started his $10B company after dropping out of UT; and the third got a PhD here before starting his $1B company. These students want to follow in their footsteps.

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