Hyder Alabed, Dynamo VC
Hyder is an investor with Dynamo, a seed fund focused on technology businesses in the supply chain, logistics and transportation sectors. Using his passion for startups and expertise in data analytics, Hyder invests in and advises early stage founders looking to bring innovation to trade and commerce. Previously, Hyder was a part of the investment team at the Disney Accelerator, the venture arm of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that, he worked on a data science team tasked with advising business units across The Walt Disney Company. Hyder graduated from Florida State University with a dual degree in statistics and applied economics.
Mason Arnold, Cece’s Veggie Noodle Co.
Mason Arnold has been a sustainability pioneer and serial entrepreneur for more than 15 years. In that time, he’s started and successfully exited several companies and, between him and his companies, has been recognized with 25 different awards for business innovation, environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship at local and national levels. Mason has also created and sat on the board of several nonprofits and drafted legislation to help sustainability causes.
Carlos Barroso, Campbell Soup Co.
Carlos joined Campbell as senior vice president for Global Research and Development and Quality in July 2013. He reports to Denise Morrison, president and CEO, is a member of the Campbell Leadership Team and heads the Global R&D/Quality Leadership Team. Carlos is responsible for leading Campbell’s more than 700 R&D/Quality employees worldwide, focusing on accelerating innovation and new product development to strengthen the company’s core businesses and expand into higher growth spaces, including new consumer segments, categories and geographies.
Shawna Butler, Singularity University
“A well-intentioned overhelper driven by endless curiosity” (as noted by her first grade teacher), Shawna is steadfast in solving the world’s toughest problems. At scale. Thinking BIG is a regular habit. Shawna’s portfolio of work includes clinical and strategy roles in health, education, the arts, economic development and media production. She is an active mentor to Austin’s startup community and develops partnerships for Singularity University. Her best work is delivered under the influence of chocolate.
Scott Collier, Whole Foods Market
Scott Collier has spent the last 25 years in corporate finance as a venture capital, corporate development and investment banking manager and consultant. He recently joined the Global Growth and Business Development team at Whole Foods Market, managing equity and debt investment activities for supplier and partner companies as well as Friends of 365. He is also a lead advisor for impact investing activities for Pasadera Capital. He has served on the boards of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas, the Austin Technology Council and Texas Business Hall of Fame, and he is an organizing leader for Slow Money Austin and Slow Money Northern California. He has been a guest speaker and panelist for numerous forums on venture capital and social impact investing.
John Doggett, Department of Management, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
John teaches and lectures on international entrepreneurship, global competition and sustainability and energy. Since 1999, Doggett has spent part of each year teaching courses on entrepreneurship and global competition in Austria, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Since 2003 he has led MBA students on annual two-week observation tours of the People’s Republic of China. In 2010 he led MBA students to both China and India. Doggett earned his B.A. from Claremont Men’s College, his J.D. from Yale Law School and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ben Doherty, Favor
Ben is the co-founder of and a board member at Favor, a platform to get delivery from any local merchant. They’re transforming the way people get what they need. In 2016, Austin-based Favor will on-board thousands of Favor Runners in cities across the country and bring millions of dollars to local businesses. The team and customer base are growing fast as they expand their national presence. Favor is backed by top tier investors Tim Draper, S3 Ventures and Silverton Partners.
Scott Jensen, Rhythm Superfoods
Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Rhythm Superfoods. He is also the former CEO and president of Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co., which he co-founded more than 20 years ago with C.B. Stubblefield and two close friends. He also co-founded Stubb’s Austin Restaurant Company, the famous barbeque and live music venue in Austin, Texas.
Lamar Johnson, Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Lamar is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and spent more than 33 years at Procter & Gamble in various sales and supply chain roles. Lamar currently works in the space between faculty, students and industry to facilitate research, develop experiential learning programs for students and enable companies to find outstanding talent at The McCombs School of Business.