Board of Directors
Dean McCall is a catalyst in the technology community of the San Antonio area. His technical capability has naturally combined with his interpersonal skills to yield a record of creativity, entrepreneurialism, and successful collaborative ventures. McCall is a consultant to regional private equity organizations, advising clients on technological innovation and commercialization, product analysis, and marketing, as they develop funding strategies. He understands both local and global technology climates, which helps him devise and develop business and economic opportunities in new sectors and potential high-growth areas. Furthermore, his vision and ability to plan and execute initiatives have resulted in projects with benefits not only to business, but also to the community as a whole. His consulting practice and business and community endeavors follow an engineering and digital communications career with First Dominion Financial, Ltd., JonRuCo financial services, Cox Communications, and Texas Tech University, which is also his alma mater. Current enterprises include IDEAGIN, of which he is co-founder. The mission of IDEAGIN is to create great web sites on a platform that provides an easy way for people to manage content with openly available tools. As technical evangelist for the Mind Science Foundation, he is building the organization's online presence to assist with fund raising, as well as fostering communication among researchers via blog and wiki tools and creating video and audio archives of relevant research. The foundation is engaged in issues of human consciousness, with a purpose of funding leading-edge scientific research and education on mind and brain science. The Digital Convergence Initiative (DCI), of which McCall is a founder and board member, is a project of the Texas Technology Corridor, an outgrowth of the IC2 Institute at UT Austin, in collaboration with the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI), Salsa.Net, Baylor University Department of Communications, and interested individuals. The purpose of the DCI is to promote economic growth in the San Antonio-Waco corridor. A board member of South by Southwest (SXSW), McCall added a digital convergence and mobile technology dimension to the international event. In association with the SXSW Interactive Festival and the DCI in 2006, McCall coordinated a prototype high-definition two-way broadcast between Austin and San Antonio to demonstrate an adaptive web services model. The project included Grande Communications, Rackspace, Neopolitan Networks, IBM, the City of Austin, and LifeSize Networks. At SXSW in 2008, McCall was responsible for ten panels on mobile technologies, as well as keynote speakers.
Blair Garrou is a Director and venture investor in Podcast Ready.Mr. Garrou is a Managing Director of DFJ Mercury, a Texas-based seed and early stage venture capital fund.DFJ Mercury is part of the global intelligence network of Draper Fisher Jurvetson funds. Prior to DFJ Mercury, Mr. Garrou led the sale of Intermat, Inc. to IHS, Inc. (NYSE: IHS).Mr. Garrou joined Intermat as its CEO after leading the LBO which took the company private in January 2003. Prior to Intermat, Mr. Garrou served as a Principal of Genesis Park LP, a Houston-based venture capital and private equity firm, where he focused on the firm's software investment area.At Genesis Park, Mr. Garrou's investments included Intermat, FuelQuest, SAT Corporation and Jybe.Prior to joining Genesis Park, Mr. Garrou assisted in the launch of and was the Director of Operations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a non-profit business accelerator and incubator that assists in the rapid commercialization of Houston-based emerging technology companies. During Mr. Garrou's tenure with HTC, he formalized the organization of the Houston Angel Network, Houston's first angel investment organization.Mr. Garrou's background also includes investment banking with BMO Nesbitt Burns, and audit and assurance services with Deloitte & Touche.Mr. Garrou holds a B.S. from Washington & Lee University.
Andrew Clark is a founder and principal with The Castell Group, an investment and advisory firm assisting technology oriented companies.Mr. Clark has a 25 year career spanning many facets of the technology and energy sectors.Prior experience includes executive stints with Reliant Energy, Compaq Computer (HPQ), and Coopers & Lybrand (IBM).While at Reliant Energy, Mr. Clark assisted in the transition of the company to a fully deregulated electricity market and was responsible for all interactive marketing efforts, including online advertising, online customer service, and the company's website.While at Compaq, Mr. Clark played key roles in launching both the ProLiant server line and the iPAQ PDA.At Coopers & Lybrand, he worked with telecommunications and computer companies in the firm's worldwide strategic consulting practice.Mr. Clark is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.S. degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
Strategic Advisory Board
Rudy W. De la Garza
Rudy W. De La Garza is co-founder of IDEAGIN, LLC. Rudy is also the founder and President of First Dominion Financial, LTD, a business consultant firm. Rudy along with the firm's associate Security Attorneys and qualified SEC Certified Public Accounts has taken private companies to the public market for capital and listing on an Exchange since 1993. Rudy also sits in the advisory board of several public and privately held companies.
Bryan Haardt, New Business Director, Transcvo's
Bryan Haardt, Transcvo's New Business Director, says his position was a natural fit for his talents and experience.
Bryan Haardt is a twelve year veteran of product and technology development in a variety of industries. Prior to joining Transevo, Bryan was the founder and President of 10X Labs, which developed custom software solutions for start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies including Ford Motor Company and American Express. 10X Labs was the first U.S. company to be admitted into the Intel Incubation Program and counted Compaq among its investors.
Additionally, Mr. Haardt oversaw the development and execution of several other companies including SiteForge, a Jupiter Research recognized best of breed content management software solution. Prior to forming 10X Labs, he held various management positions with Enform Technologies (acquired by Sunguard), Enterprise Works (acquired by Iconixx) and Air Liquide. Bryan graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston where he was a distinguished student and member of the Honors College studying artificial intelligence and neuro-networks.