Hear from Jay Steinfeld of Blinds.com and Richard Yoo of Space, two of Houston’s Originals as they share their true, unfiltered experiences in launching and scaling two of the most prominent companies in business today!
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Jay Steinfeld | Blinds.com
Jay Steinfeld is the founder and CEO of Blinds.com, the world’s largest onlinewindow coverings store. After starting a small chain of window coverings retailstores in Houston, Texas, he launched the Internet’s first blinds Web site in 1993,and sold his company to The Home Depot in 2014.Jay is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He writes a weekly column forInc. Magazine called Chief Effective Officer, which is about becoming a moreeffective leader. He also serves on the Innovation Board of the XPrizeFoundation, which is focused on solving the world’s greatest challenges throughthe spirit of competition.Awards given to Blinds.com include the American Marketing Association’sMarketer of the Year, Houston’s Best Place to Work, Best Companies to Work Forin Texas, National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Wellness, theAward of Excellence by the Better Business Bureau and National Call Center of the Year.
Richard Yoo | Rackspace
Richard Yoo is the founder, and was previously the CEO, of Rackspace Hosting, Inc (NYSE:RAX). Through his vision and influence, Rackspace has become a powerhouse in the web hosting industry, leveraging its bullet-proof infrastructure and “Fanatical Support” offering. With revenues exceeding half a billion annually, its customer list now includes names like Sony Music, GE, Hilton Hotels, Delta Airlines, Virgin, and Miller Brewing.
Yoo also set out and founded the perfect “Self-Managed Server” company. Built from the customer up, ServerBeach (TSE:PIX) used custom proprietary technology to tailor the hosting product for a more technical and scrappy user. “The Beach” (as its often called) has become popular with influential internet hipsters such as Nick Denton of Gawker and Evan Williams of Twitter.
Today, Yoo can be found functioning as an advisor to several companies including Inventables and Natuba. While he enjoys spending time advising others with their entrepreneurial endeavors, he spends most of his days at his own start-up incubator – Hush Labs.
As an avid technology evangelist, Yoo can be heard via radio as a regular guest of the The David Lawrence Show.
He is an active member of the Trinity University Computer Science Advisory Board, and has been recognized as one of San Antonio’s rising stars with the San Antonio Business Journal‘s Annual 40 Under 40 Award for 2003. Additionally, he is a Houston Technology Center‘s Emerging Technology Council member, an I.T./Web 2.0 Advisory Board member of Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship, served as the Chair of the Accessibility Internet Rally for Houston, and as a judge in the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC).
Of course, Richard has a blog which can be found at http://www.richardyoo.com/blog/.
Specialties: Technology Assessment, Start-up Coaching, Branding and Marketing, Angel Investments