How To Improve Your City’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem With Kevin Koym
BY William Griggs ON Aug 16, 2012
Today’s guest is Kevin Koym. Kevin is the founding partner at Tech Ranch Austin, a venture accelerator for early-stage technology startups, based in Austin, Texas.
In this episode, I am going to talk with Kevin about what you can do to improve the entrepreneurial community and ecosystem around in order to foster innovation and improve your bottom line.
Championing the cause of startups for over a decade has given Kevin the chance to launch a number of companies across the world. The culmination of those experiences has led to the founding of Tech Ranch Austin, a venture accelerator for early-stage technology companies. Through Tech Ranch Austin, Kevin has optimized his ability to assemble the pieces necessary to get a startup functioning and growing quickly. Before Tech Ranch Austin, Kevin founded, or was on the founding teams, of 7 different startup companies and four entrepreneur networks in the US, Mexico, and Chile, that he continues to actively grow. And Kevin’s service to these groups was also recently recognized as “Technology Community Leader of the Year” for 2010 by the Association of Information Technology Professionals, Austin Chapter. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Kevin fell in love with the startup process while working for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer, Inc.
Personally and professionally, Kevin is defined by his ability to inspire both individuals and businesses to seize the technological and social revolution on the horizon in order to better their community as well as their profit potential. The key roles Kevin has played in a variety of startups throughout his life have enabled him to fine-tune his ability to replicate the success of helping entrepreneurs build what they never thought as possible before.
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About William Griggs
William Griggs is a product and customer acquisition strategist who has helped numerous startups including companies backed by Andreessen Horowitz, FLOODGATE, & 500 Startups. In addition to his consulting work, he has written for Mashable, VentureBeat, & ReadWrite. You can check out his podcast on iTunes (The Startup Slingshot TV) or follow him on Twitter @william_griggs for Tweets chock-full of delicious knowledge nuggets.
In addition to everything tech startups, William loves breakfast tacos, dogs, short emails, and Amazon Prime. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his beautiful wife Elizabeth.