Mr. Anderson has been involved in many entrepreneurial activities since graduating from Brigham Young University in 1979. He has founded 10 companies in 28 years, mostly technology related. His career began in Real Estate development in Midland, Texas during an oil boom.
He set off to Atlanta in 1982 to stake a claim in the newly forming PC industry when the IBM PC was first introduced. Over three years, the company he formed with his partner became the first company to develop a PC based solid modeler for mechanical design. Cadetron also won a NASA grant for $500,000 to develop a finite element meshing engine. Cadetron received many industry accolades and free publicity being placed on the front covers of CAE and Mechanical Engineering magazines. The publicity led to Cadetron being bought by Autodesk in 1987.
Mr. Anderson later founded another software company called Easysoft, dedicated to making personal computers more user friendly. Over 50,000 copies of the software were distributed before Microsoft finally introduced a version of Windows that became the industry standard. Mr. Anderson later formed two import businesses, sourcing products all over asia. He has traveled to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and Malaysia establishing manufacturing relationships and managing quality issues for clients.
In 1998, Mr. Anderson formed Aexis Telecom, Inc. which later became the 4th largest telecom company in Italy out of 100 competitors. The company maintained offices and switch locations in about 15 cities in Italy with company headquarters in the heart of Rome near the Trevi Fountain and many other historic sites. Mr. Anderson left his entrepreneurial activities in 2008 to help Brigham Young University license out technologies to private companies and Entrepreneurs. In a short three years, licenses in the office exploded by over 400%.
Dee is married to Elizabeth Anderson with 7 children between them.
Robert L. Robb's perspective of new venture development is that of entrepreneur, venture investor and institutional venture developer with over 27 years experience in creating, managing and advising emerging enterprises. He has funded, founded, nurtured and/or managed 24 early stage companies and served as CEO of 7 emerging enterprises. Seven of the 24 companies Mr. Robb assisted or managed have established a combined market capitalization in excess of $1.3 Billion with several of these enterprises being acquired by larger firms. He has coached entrepreneurs and advised early stage companies in all facets of creating and managing new ventures and has raised more than $80 million for start-up and early stage companies.
Mr. Robb's experience includes 6 years as a venture investor with two, seed-stage, venture capital firms, including a public venture fund, which he founded. Also, he served as Director of the Technology Management Office at the University of Michigan with responsibility to reorganize and rebrand the TMO and proactively commercialize Michigan's innovations through the creation of new ventures. Additionally, Mr. Robb served as Executive Director of Venture Development for BCM Technologies, Inc., the technology commercialization arm of Baylor College of Medicine.
He currently serves as an advisor or consultant to several early stage companies, including, Aqua-Synergy, Catawater Enterprises, BioSig ID, MicroTransponder, Solarno, Pungo, Inc., and North Texas Enterprise Center, a business accelerator.
Mr. Robb received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Parasitology/Microbiology from the University of Utah.
Thomas L. Muir is the Director of the Venture Development Center at UT Dallas. Mr. Muir holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Texas Woman’s University. He worked for over 20 years as Treasurer and Controller of United Television, Inc., a publicly traded television broadcasting company, with annual revenue of $325 million. In that role Mr. Muir, managed an investment portfolio worth over $250 million, tightened internal and operating controls, developed forecasting systems for revenue, cash flow, and earnings, managed internal and external financial reporting, including SEC filings, managed employee benefits, and prepared all corporate tax returns.
He negotiated a $75 million revolving credit facility, and co-led a $60 million public subordinated debt offering. Mr. Muir performed due diligence and implementation of financial systems for acquisitions and mergers ranging from $23 million to $5.3 billion. For the past 10 years, Mr. Muir has held various financial positions, including CFO, in a variety of industries, including healthcare insurance, distribution, food service, mortgage banking, real estate development, and public accounting. As an entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Muir enjoys managing the Venture Development Center and nurturing the commercialization of new technologies developed at UT Dallas.
Mr. Schultze graduated cum laude with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and in May, 2008, he received his MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from UT-Dallas. He was project manager for a million-dollar process development program at a large semiconductor company and has experience with product development, prototyping, and manufacturing processes. Recent projects include the development of a marketing plan for a trucking security startup and a market analysis of a cutting-edge photonics technology.
Anne Isaac holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where her field of study was characterizing the molecular interactions between a mammalian transcriptional repressor protein and nuclear viral DNA. She continued on to do her post-doctoral research at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She has several years of experience within the UT system performing evaluations of technologies from diverse disciplines and making patentability recommendations. In her current role as Technology Commercialization Manager she is responsible for securing patent protection and for the commercialization of a portfolio of technologies developed at the University.