[Texchange] Human Capital: The Source of Venture Success
Emerging growth companies, especially those funded by venture capital, are the molten hot crucibles of capitalism. While large firms can grow, or shrink, at a more leisurely pace, emerging growth companies do not share this luxury of time. This rate of growth, and pressure to be capital efficient, places tremendous demands on the human capital of these companies. Both on those who must manage this growth and those who assist management. Jeff Browning is the Recruiting Partner for Austin Ventures, which is one of the largest venture capital firms in the US. His responsibilities include the acquisition of executive talent for AV's portfolio companies. He will share his experiences and thoughts on the characteristics venture firms look for in executive talent.
Jeff Browning joined Austin Ventures as Director of Talent in May of 2000 to launch AV's talent initiative. He was named Vice President of the Talent Network in January of 2001 then promoted to Recruiting Partner in 2004. In this role he is responsible for developing and managing the programs that facilitate recruiting and retention within the portfolio. Jeff also works closely with the leaders of Austin Venture's portfolio companies to build their executive teams and staffing related strategies. He brings 15 years of high-tech recruiting experience and was previously in Executive Staffing for Dell Computer Corporation. Jeff serves on the statewide board of Texchange (www.texchange.org), the advisory board of Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation and Idea Network (www.takestock.org), and is the Event Chairman for The Austin Cup (www.austincup.org), an annual high-tech charity bowling tournament.
Texchange Dinner Format
Meetings start with with refreshments and informal conversation followed by a sit-down dinner where attendees can become acquainted with others at their table. After the speaker's presentation, each table discusses a pre-set technology or entrepreneurial topic among themselves. All attendees are encouraged to share their viewpoints and, especially, share knowledge gained through their own unique experiences. Afterwards, there is a moderated "open table" discussion. Dinner is provided as part of the registration fee.
Elm Room, Houstonian Hotel
111 N. Post Oak Ln