President's Austin Innovation Board Member Biographies
President's Austin Innovation Board Member Biographies
Ken DeAngelis (Board Chair)
Ken DeAngelis (board chair), is a cofounder of Austin Ventures (AV) and has served as a general partner of all 10 AV funds, representing $4 billion in committed capital. During his 35+ year career at AV, Ken has worked with companies at all stages of development across a myriad of industries. In 1999, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas. In addition to his AV work, Ken is a member of the executive committee of UT Austin’s Development Board, as well as a past chair of the McCombs School Advisory Council. He is also a past chair of Austin’s PBS affiliate, KLRU-TV, and is currently an advisor to its CEO regarding Austin City Limits. Ken received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Heather Brunner is chairwoman and CEO of WP Engine. In that role she has steered the company to hyper-growth and global expansion, with offices in Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, London, Limerick and Brisbane, serving 90,000 customers in more than 135 countries. A 27-year technology veteran, Heather helped create billions in value-driven customer success, and led business strategy for both privately funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies. She received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Central Texas award for technology. This year, Fortune has given WP Engine three awards for Best Place to Work for Millennials, as a top midsized business and as a top workplace in technology. Heather serves on the boards of directors of Camden Property Trust and The Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Clayton Christopher is the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, a company he started in 1998 with a family recipe. Sweet Leaf grew to be a nationally recognized brand, and was then sold to Nestle in 2011. Following his success at Sweet Leaf, Clayton cofounded and served as chairman of the board of Deep Eddy Vodka. Deep Eddy became the fastest growing brand of spirits within the U.S. and was then sold to Heaven Hill Distilleries in the summer of 2015. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Rhythm Super Foods and chairman of SKU, an incubator/ accelerator specifically for consumer brands and their product offerings. Clayton is now co-founder and managing partner of CAVU Venture Partners. In 2006, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas and is a recipient of Austin Under 40 – Austinite of the Year Award.
Cotter Cunningham is the founder and chief executive officer of RetailMeNot, Inc., a leading savings platform that empowers brands to engage with active shoppers. Cotter founded the company in 2009 and raised more than $300 million from investors before leading the organization to an initial public offering (IPO) in July 2013. In 2017, RetailMeNot was acquired by MacAndrews and Forbes. Prior to that, Cotter was the CEO-in-residence for Austin Ventures. He also previously worked as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Bankrate for seven years, responsible for taking the company public in 1999. Cotter formerly served as a vice president and general manager of VML, as well as assistant vice president of H&R Block. In addition to his responsibilities at RetailMeNot, Cotter is on the board of directors for Global Wildlife Conservation, and several private companies. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Rod Favaron moved to Austin 20 years ago to build successful technology companies. He is a serial “startup” guy with three very successful B2B software startups over the past 20 years. Rod has served as chairman and CEO of Spredfast for the past seven years. His company’s enterprise social software connects the world’s largest brands to their customers. Spredfast grew from a startup to nearly $100 million in revenue in eight years. Spredfast was acquired by Vista Private Equity in October 2018. Prior to Spredfast, Rod was chairman and CEO of Lombardi Software from an early startup into a global leader in business process management software. Lombardi was acquired by IBM in 2010. Rod also served as CEO of Mediaprise, Inc., a brand asset management software company; SVP Sales & Marketing for pcOrder, a pioneer in e-commerce software and internet content services; and as general manager at Mentor Graphics Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. Rod currently serves on the boards of directors for Upland Software, and Bypass Mobile, and is a mentor to many technology entrepreneurs.
Rick Hawkins is the CEO of Lumos Pharma. He has extensive expertise in the biotechnology industry, as founder of Pharmaco, founder of Lumos Pharma, cofounder and chairman for the Sensus Drug Development Corporation, co-founder and director of Covance Biotechnology Services, Inc., and CEO, president and chairman of LabNow. Rick currently serves as a director for Cytori Therapeutics, Savara Pharmaceuticals, and AiCure. In 2005, he was inducted into the Hall of Honor for the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin and was named one of the Top 10 Life Sciences CEOs in Texas by the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute. Rick is also a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas. In 2015, he received Ohio University’s Konneker Medal, the highest honor given to a faculty member or former student for entrepreneurial excellence. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ohio University.
Kenneth M. Jastrow
Kenneth M. Jastrow, II is former chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc., an Austin-based Fortune 500 Company with interests in paper, forest products, real estate and financial services. He currently serves as a director of KB Home, MGIC Investment Corporation, and Genesis Energy, LLC. For UT Austin, Kenny served as chairman of The Commission of 125 and UT’s $3 billion Capital Campaign. He also served as chairman of the Development Board, the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and Neighborhood Longhorns. In 2007, Kenny received the Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal from the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities and in 2014 he was recognized by the National Director Institute as the Public Company Director of the Year. In 2004, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas and was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, 2003. Kenny received a Presidential Citation in 2010 and was presented an Honorary “T” in 2008. He earned his BBA in 1969 and MBA in 1971 from UT Austin.
Kevin Lalande is managing director of Santé Ventures, a life science venture capital firm he co-founded in 2006. Santé Ventures helps create and finance innovative new health care companies, including: LDR Medical (Zimmer Biomet), Explorys (IBM Corp), AbVitro (Celegene Corp), Molecular Templates (Nasdaq:MTEM), Millipede Medical (Boston Scientific), TVA Medical (Becton Dickenson) and Claret Medical (Boston Scientific). Kevin is also the founder and chief investment officer of Santé Capital, a quantitative hedge fund that began trading capital in 2015 based on a set of machine-learning algorithms he developed. Prior to his current roles, Kevin spent seven years as a venture capitalist with Austin Ventures and before that was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and an MBA with highest distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was both a Baker Scholar and a Siebel Scholar.
Mark McClain is co-founder and CEO at SailPoint. Mark brings to bear over 30 years of experience in the enterprise technology market. Under Mark’s direction for the past 12 years, SailPoint has grown from a venture-backed startup into a publicly traded leader (NYSE:SAIL) in the identity management software market. Mark directs and drives the overall vision and strategy for SailPoint, which is underpinned by his commitment and passion for building top-performing teams, creating a collaborative and innovative work environment, and focusing continuously on the needs of customers. Prior to SailPoint, Mark founded Waveset Technologies, which was ultimately acquired by Sun Microsystems, where he served as vice president of software marketing. Mark’s career also includes diverse experience in international sales and marketing with Hewlett- Packard and IBM/Tivoli Systems.
Walter Robb is an investor, mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies. Former co- CEO of Whole Foods Market, Walter has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. He joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market board of directors. In 2017, Walter transitioned his leadership focus to his role as a passionate advocate for greater food access in underserved communities, serving as chairman of the board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Walter also serves on the boards of directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven, HeatGenie and Apeel Sciences.
Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way. She started her company in 2002, just three months after her first son was born, with only $500. Known for her dynamic use of color and genuine materials, Kendra’s commitment to innovation, quality and detail has brought her from a small startup to a billion-dollar business and brand that has won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike. Since she began her company, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, having donated over $25 million to local, national and international causes since 2010.
Martin Taylor joined Vista Equity Partners in 2006 and was the first president of Vista Consulting Group. He currently sits on the Flagship Funds’ Investment Committee and is responsible for motivating the transformation and operational improvements of the Vista Flagship Funds’ portfolio companies. Prior to joining Vista, Martin spent more than 13 years at Microsoft. His most recent role was corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN. Martin delivered business leadership as well as product and marketing management for Windows Live services, MSN and the Microsoft Live platform. During his tenure at Microsoft, he managed corporate strategy, sales, product marketing and various segment-focused teams in North America and Latin America. Martin attended George Mason University and was an economics major.