Future of Technology and the Role of Houston Panel

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Brad Burke
Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Rice University


Brad is responsible for leading the nationally acclaimed Rice Alliance in its mission to support entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization, and the launch of early stage technology companies in the Houston and Texas regions. The Rice Alliance is Rice University’s flagship entrepreneurship initiative, launched in 2000. Under his watch, the Rice Alliance has been ranked by the Princeton Review among the top ten U.S. entrepreneurship program for four straight years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), one of only four universities to achieve this distinction. In, 2011 and 2012, Rice was also ranked among the top programs by U.S. News & World Report, achieving a #14 ranking. In addition, the Rice Alliance was recognized by the Greater Houston Partnership as Houston’s Greatest Economic Development Ally. Since inception, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 1,400 start-up ventures have participated in Rice Alliance programs, raising more than $2.5 billion in funding. The Rice Alliance also hosts the Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest intercollegiate business plan competition in the world, offering more than $1.5 million in prizes each year. The competition has served as the launch pad for more than 128 successful start-ups that have raised more than $460 million in funding. Brad joined the Rice Alliance from Viant, an internet start-up company founded in 1996 which went public in 1999. Viant grew to become one of the world’s leading internet consulting firms with 18 offices around the world. Brad founded and launched the Houston office of Viant. Viant was backed by Kleiner Perkins and Mohr Davidow, two “tier one” Silicon Valley venture capital firms, went public in June 1999, and was later acquired in 2002. Prior to Viant, Brad was a Principal with CSC Index, the management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation. He led multi-million dollar consulting projects for Fortune 500 energy companies that included BP, Mobil, Arco, and Petro-Canada. Earlier, Brad was an executive at Exxon, where he held management positions in finance, marketing, sales, and strategic planning, including General Manager for an $80 million specialty products business unit. He received his MBA from Northwestern (Kellogg) as an Austin Scholar and B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Computer Science and Business Administration (magna cum laude).

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Jacqueline R. Northcut
President and CEO, BioHouston


CEO, Texas BioAlliance Jacqueline Northcut is the President and CEO of BioHouston and the CEO of Texas BioAlliance, an organization affiliated with BioHouston. She is passionate about building the life science industry in the state of Texas. Jacqueline currentlyserves on the External Advisory Committees of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas Austin and the Bioengineering Department at RiceUniversity and is a member of the Board of Affiliates for Rice University’s Professional Science Master’s Degree Program. Additionally she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Texas Therapeutics Institute, a Houston-based research organization at UTHealth that focuses its efforts on translational research and produced development. Prior to joining BioHouston, Jacqueline was a partner with Arthur Andersen. For 18 years, she worked with emerging businesses from the initial start up phase through maturity in various industries including biotechnology, medtech, venture capital and several service industries. While at Arthur Andersen she led several biotechnology industry initiatives including the national Association for Biotechnology Financial Officers. She has a demonstrated track record of experience and leadership in public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and rollups.

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Maryanne Maldonado B.B.M., M.B.A.
Vice President and Managing Director, Energy Acceleration


Maryanne Maldonado is Vice President, Managing Director of HTC Energy, and Director of Client Services at the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a Houston based technology business accelerator and the largest technology business incubator in Texas. In this capacity, Mrs. Maldonado guides the strategic direction and a team of energy executives and professionals to provide strategic, tactical, and operational guidance, as well as investment-related advice to early stage companies developing innovative technologies with applications in the energy industry. She also oversees the Client Acceleration Team. Under Mrs. Maldonado’s leadership, HTC Energy has grown to over 25 energy technology clients, and she has brought to the organization nearly half a million dollars in annual support by integrated energy and service companies. Prior to joining HTC, Mrs. Maldonado was Head of Trade and Investment and Head of the International Energy Team for UK Trade and Investment with the British Consulate General. Here she led the strategic direction for Energy Initiatives for the United Kingdom for the western hemisphere. Previous to working with the UK Trade and Investment, Mrs. Maldonado served as Energy Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate-Houston, providing trade development assistance to energy companies from all across Canada. Prior to this, she held positions in operations, regulatory, drilling, production, and HSE with several independent oil and gas companies. Mrs. Maldonado also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Houston Community College, and has delivered many presentations on entrepreneurship, human capital management, international business, and energy technology adoption. A native of North Carolina, Maldonado holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from LeTourneau University in Longview. Texas. She is married with two adult children and three beautiful grandgirls. She enjoys marathon running, long distance cycling, and looking for the next big challenge!

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Jeff Reichman
Houston Chair,Startup America-Texas Region


Jeff Reichman is a lifelong entrepreneur. In 2009, he moved to Houston and founded January Advisors, a consulting firm that helps develop and execute innovation-related projects. Over the last four years, January Advisors has worked with startups, big companies, schools, cities, and non-profits. Previously, Jeff co-founded two profitable software startups and worked as an innovation consultant in a variety of industries, including consumer web, finance, education, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. He works with Startup America, a national network of startup communities, to bring attention and opportunities to Houston’s entrepreneurs. Jeff is also the founder and organizer of Startup Softball, the current curator of Startup Houston, a co-organizer of the City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon, and a mentor at several startup accelerators. He works on a variety of community outreach projects that fall within his passions of entrepreneurship, STEM education, advanced manufacturing, and civic innovation. Every few weeks, Jeff writes about the Houston startup community on the January Advisors blog.