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Dallas Startup Week is a free five day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of Dallas. Join in for a few events hosted all around town to learn, network and help make Dallas better for everyone. 

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Wednesday, March 4 • 10:00am - 11:00am
The Challenges of Leaving An Industry

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As a successful specialist in industry, accustomed to the predictability and stability of corporate life, you may find yourself dreaming about startup possibilities from time to time. Is startup life right for you?  There are no easy answers.  Join us to learn about some of the challenges of leaving industry.

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John Adolph

Founder, Parqer
In 2013, John created Parqer to bring PCI-compliant mobile payments to the parking industry, initially focused on valet providers. Parqer's software-based solution, which requires no hardware, allows valet companies to seamlessly accept credit cards without slowing their existing curbside processes, capture valuable customer history, and securely and effectively account for collected revenue.
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Ross Bates

Co-Founder & CTO, Key Ring
Ross Bates is the Co-Founder and CTO of Key Ring, one of the most popular mobile shopping apps on both iOS and Android. In 2009 he left his position as a Technical Architect at AT&T to pursue the dream of building something from the ground up. In the following years he helped build product, hire a team, raise VC money, scale the company, and ultimately had a successful exit in 2012. Ross made the leap from industry to startup and survived to... Read More →
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David Hess

Founder, The Well Community Church
David K. Hess (Dave) brings 20 years of executive management, software development, computer security, computer administration, networking and entrepreneurial experience and expertise to the founding of Data Bakery – delivering turn-key custom software services and solutions. Over the past 15 years, Dave has worked at four startups – founding two and being among the first five employees in the others. With his experience as a CTO, Dave has... Read More →
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Ed Lopategui

Founder/CEO, RevVision
Technology evangelist, entrepreneur, and aerospace engineer specialized in the software tools and technology which enable engineering, design, and product development, specifically Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Data Management (PDM), Knowledge Management, and Computer Aided Design (CAD/CAE/CAM).With 8 years of experience with PLM and 18 years of experience with CAD I have had the fortune of understanding the challenges of enterprise... Read More →
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Marta Soncodi

Co-founder, Latticera
I am a cofounder of Latticera, a company specialized in custom business applications. I started Latticera in late 2013, after spending most of my work life in corporate telecom - as a software developer, software development manager and project manager. My current interests are in applications for business process automation, including sensing devices (IoT) and data collection and visualization. I am also investigating technology to... Read More →
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Freddy Vaca

SVP IT & Strategy, The Pinnacle Group
As the Senior Vice President of Strategy for The Pinnacle Group, Freddy Vaca leads the Pinnacle family of companies’ business strategy and IT service operations throughout the United States and Canada. Vaca is responsible for many key areas of Pinnacle’s operation including IT strategy, vendor management system, payrolling services and strategic initiatives. As one of the longest-tenured employees in the company’s history... Read More →

Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
White Space 2001 N. Lamar, 5th Floor