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Funded in Austin

3/10/2013 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Funded in Austin features Founder/CEO’s of three startups who have pursued and secured investment in their entrepreneurial ventures – one from crowdfunding, one from angel funding, and one from venture capital – totaling about $110 million in funding. Together, we'll explore their in-the-trenches startup fundraising experiences. We'll share an in-depth and broad conversation around these three types of funding and the challenges and benefits of each from the Founder/CEO’s unique point of view.

Funded in Austin is part of the SXSW Interactive Startup Village programming and the Startup Austin track, which highlights the robust startup, entrepreneur, and investor community that exists in Austin. Startup Austin allows current and future entrepreneurs to network with and learn from Austin's technology trailblazers and startups.


Barry Evans

Founder & CEO

Calxeda Inc

Barry Evans founded Calxeda in 2008 to fundamentally remake hyperscale computing infrastructure with cell phone technologies and compete directly with the most formidable companies in hi-tech. He led the company to raise $48M in one of the single most significant fabless semiconductor startup financings in recent history while earning recognition by MIT as one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world. Calxeda has since raised a total of $103M and changed the world of computing.

Barry is a 20 year veteran of the semiconductor industry. He holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Boston University.

Claire England

Exec Dir

RISE Global

Claire England is Executive Director of RISE Global. RISE – a Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs – is Austin's free conference series for entrepreneurs, a nonprofit program in its seventh year. RISE empowers Austin's startup community by lowering barriers to entrepreneurship. What truly sets RISE apart from any other entrepreneur program is that it is free, crowd-sourced, and decentralized. RISE Week Austin is May 13-17, 2013 and was named a "Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes.

Claire is an entrepreneur advocate whose background encompasses nonprofit administration, fundraising, digital marketing, and public relations. She spent 10+ years in nonprofit management at organizations such as Foundation Communities, Caritas of Austin, and Houston Grand Opera. Prior to joining RISE, Claire worked in the private sector as a digital media strategist and served as Senior Accounts Director for KBJOnline, a social media startup. She is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University with a BA in Mass Communication – Public Relations.

Justin Jensen

Founder & CEO


Matt Cohen

Founder & CEO


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