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UTEWeek Keynote Speakers: Michael Dell and Rod Canion

Founder of Dell Inc., Michael Dell, and Founder of Compaq, Rod Canion, to be UTEWeek Keynotes.

The Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency and greater UT-Austin startup community are hosting the 3rd Annual UT Entrepreneurship Week (“UTEWeek”) February 28th – March 6th, 2014. We host UTEWeek every year to celebrate and grow the entrepreneurial 40 Acres. Attending the 15+ UTEWeek events will give UT and Austin community members, especially students, the opportunity to share ideas with the community, learn from experts, and grow their ventures… maybe even start helping someone else grow theirs. Whatever it is, your entrepreneurial journey truly does await you.

We couldn’t be happier to announce two legendary Texan entrepreneurs as our keynote speakers. Rod Canion and Michael Dell will speak on March 5th and 6th, respectively. The keynotes will be conducted in interview fashion and McCombs 2013-14 Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Brett Hurt, will facilitate the talk. Compaq and Dell dominated the PC industry for decades. Both enterprises started in the 1980’s while Canion and Dell were inexperienced entrepreneurs. Compaq rose to become the largest PC supplier in the world during the 1990’s before Dell surpassed them as the top supplier in 2001. Compaq was acquired by HP for $25 billion in 2002.

Rod Canion Profile PicRod Canion and his co-founders were all senior managers at Texas Instruments in Houston, TX when they formed Compaq in 1982. Compaq showed the world that Houston could strike it big in something besides oil, and completely revolutionized the PC industry. Rod spent a decade as President and CEO of Compaq before stepping down in 1991. Since then he has endeavored further into the world of startups as an entrepreneur and investor, and has recently published his new book, Open: How Compaq Ended IBM’s PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing.

Michael Dell Profile PicMichael Dell needs no introduction around the 40 Acres. He started PC’s Limited, now Dell Inc., in his Dobie dorm room in 1984 and went on to become one of the greatest Longhorn entrepreneurs of all time. Today, Dell is a leading provider of technology solutions and services with more than 100,000 employees in 80 countries around the globe. Michael took a bold step last year to buy back Dell from public shareholders. As a private enterprise, Dell is reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit and customer focus that propelled its success. Michael, his family and his company continue to have tremendous impact on Central Texas and UT. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has committed $124 million to projects at UT-Austin including funding for the Gates-Dell Computer Science Complex and Dell Medical School.

These two insightful perspectives on the PC industry will be sure to provide great insights. The final fifteen minutes of our keynotes will be reserved for Q&A from the audience so come with questions. You may also tweet @UTEWeek any questions and we will relay them to Brett Hurt. Thanks to the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship for sponsoring this event. We look forward to seeing you at UT Entrepreneurship Week 2014!

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