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Joshua Baer Instructor

Joshua helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs.

In 2008 he founded Capital Factory, a startup incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. Josh was recently recognized as the Austin Community Leader of the Year, Tribeza Person of the Year, Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum. Josh lives in Austin with his wife Amy and three children.

Mellie Price Instructor

Mellie is an experienced investor, executive, fund manager, technologist, and eight-time entrepreneur

Mellie is a co-founder of Capital Factory and currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She is also the co-founder of SoftMatch, a service company that connects Fortune 1000 enterprises with the highly fragmented global startup ecosystem. Ms. Price was also the Founder & CEO of Austin’s own Front Gate Tickets. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Commercialization at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Metcalfe Professor of Innovation

Bob has 23+ years of successful experience in science, engineering, high-tech entrepreneurship, and venture capital.

He is UT Austin Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, directing the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Professor of Information Management in the McCombs School of Business.