Founded: June 2011
Current Organizer: Amar Rama
Email: austin@houseofgenius.org 

Times: Sessions occur from about 6:26pm – 9:16PM. It’s helpful to arrive about 15 minutes early.

Austin has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, a fantastic music scene, and tons of smart people. So naturally, it was our first experiment for bringing House of Genius to become part of the eclectic mix. Launched in June 2011, Kevin Verde and team have already made a significant impact in the city.

Don’t forget, anyone can apply but you must be invited! Please do so if you are interested in attending.

Team

 

Amar AustinAmar Rama, Organizer
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Amar Ramakrishnan is a proud Austin resident of 14 years. He is married to Kim and is father to two beautiful girls. He loves good stories.

He enjoys entrepreneurship because at its heart, it is the ability to craft incredible stories involving the user. He has a MS in computer science from University of Arizona and a MBA from U.Texas at Austin. He humbly requests that people do not hold either of these against him.

Amar occasionally muses on the world of business at zacharyglass.tumblr.com

Matt Fox linkedinMatt Fox
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Matt Fox is Senior Director of Business Development at Avnet in the IBM Software Services group. He joined Avnet through the acquisition of Ascendant Technology in 2012. Prior to that, Matt held a variety of leadership roles in business development, sales, and marketing at Ascendant and in the Software Group at IBM. In addition to his “day job”, Matt moonlights as an entrepreneur. He was co-founder of Spotzen which offers a collaboration platform tailored for the film and video production process and related production services, and he remains an active board member. He works with other Austin startups in a consulting/advisor role, mostly regarding partnership and go-to-market strategy.
Matt is an MBA graduate from Columbia Business School. He is the father of three great kids and husband to an amazing wife. In his spare time, Matt enjoys tennis, running Town Lake, camping (one night only!), listening to music, and cooking and eating great food.

vaskinVaskin Kissoyan
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Vaskin Kissoyan graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science in 1996 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. In 1994 he introduced the campus to the wonders of the Internet during a semester project by installing CERN on a server and installing Mosaic on the workstations. Throughout Vaskin’s career, he’s had a sharp focus on technologies that enable business to outperform their competitors. His ability to explain complex technical issues in a way that non-technical stakeholders may understand dovetails well with his investigative skills with integration points that make up a living IT system. Almost two decades of experience gives Vaskin the breadth and depth of knowledge that is brought to bear on any given issue.

Vaskin began his career by enabling FedEx marketing department with their first intranet in 1997 with Oracle technologies for Quest Interactive Media. After Quest was acquired by USWeb, Vaskin moved to Washington DC and joined the east coast eCommerce practice in Bethesda as an Enterprise Architect then later a Director with oversight on numerous active projects. In 2001, Vaskin helped found Lokion which quickly began to garner a reputation for being a leader in eCommerce implementations. Over the last decade of work with Lokion, Vaskin has continued focus on technologies that drive automation and the reduction in business process friction. Vaskin is currently CEO of Lokion Interactive where he consults with large to mid-size enterprises about all aspects of their web applications.

 Kevin Verde
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Passionate about technology, travel, and food in equal measures, Kevin is the CIO of the 235-location fast-casual chain, Jason’s deli. At Jason’s, Kevin is leading a team that is pioneering the use of cloud technology in the hospitality and retail space.

Before Jason’s, Kevin was enjoying tapas and sangria in Spain while he was the Director of IT at St. Louis University’s Madrid campus. Additionally, he taught software engineering with a focus on open-source technology.

After attending a Boulder House of Genius session, Kevin started the first expansion ‘House’ in Austin, Texas which has been cheerfully welcomed by the Austin entrepreneurial community.



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Venue

Current:
AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum Blvd., 7th Floor
Austin, TX 78759

Past:
Link Coworking
2700 W Anderson Lane
Suite 205
Austin, TX 78757

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Upcoming Sessions

  • Next session is scheduled for Tuesday 04/22. You must be invited to attend.