Startup Grind Houston Hosts Blair Garrou, Mercury Fund
Blair Garrou, Mercury Fund
Blair Garrou has significant experience in operating, investing in and advising startup companies, particularly in the software industry. Prior to co-founding Mercury Fund, Blair was the CEO of Intermat, a leader in product information management software (acq. by IHS). Prior to Intermat, Blair was a Principal of Genesis Park, a Houston-based venture capital and private equity firm, where he focused on the firm’s software investments, including Intermat, FuelQuest (acq. by Saracen Energy), and SAT Corporation (acq. by Invensys). Prior to Genesis Park, Blair helped launch and was the Director of Operations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), the largest technology incubator in the state of Texas, and he led the formation of the Houston Angel Network, one of the largest and most active angel investment organizations in the U.S. Previously, Blair was an investment banker with BMO Nesbitt Burns, and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He received a B.S. in Management with special attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University.
Blair is also a co-founder and advisor of SURGE Accelerator (Houston, TX), a mentor-driven seed accelerator focused on entrepreneurs seeking to solve the world’s energy problems using software. Blair is also a mentor with seed accelerators The Brandery (Cincinnati, OH) and TechStars (Austin, Chicago). Outside of Mercury, Blair serves in board and/or advisory roles for UTHealth, the Post Oak School, the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship, and YPO – Gulf States Chapter. Blair is an Adjunct Professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University where he teaches a course on venture capital. Blair also was named to the Houston Business Journal’s inaugural “40 under 40,” a recognition of outstanding business and community leaders under the age of 40.
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Michele Price, Houston Chapter Director
A "Life-Long Entrepreneur", Michele delivers forward-thinking solutions with entrepreneurial style leadership. She is a fractional CMO with the ability to turn vision into actionable strategy quickly, then oversee successful implementation, that's garnered clients powerful results. Michele offers startups, affordable CMO leadership, delivering growth when it matters.
Michele is the “Voice” of Breakthrough radio, a global business radio show. 7 years Breakthrough radio has delivered content to help entrepreneurs master the inner and outer game of business. Make sure when you visit Houston’s chapter, you ask her about how she tamed a herd of buffalo in Montana.
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