Back in 1998, I provided seed capital to start Rackspace. The three founders (Richard Yoo, Dirk Elmendorf and Pat Condon) had an idea to make it much easier to host complex websites. That idea evolved into what is known today as managed hosting.
Six months after investing in Rackspace, I put my real estate business on hold (www.westoncentre.com) to act as CEO until 2006. While CEO, Rackspace grew from 12 to 1200 Rackers (employees) and from $1m to $200m in annualized revenue. Lanham Napier (president since 2000) became CEO in 2006.
My personal mission is to create constructive environments for start-ups and entrepreneurs to flourish in the San Antonio area. I focus on collaboration with a number of businesses, individuals and organizations in the city to make the investments today that will make a better city for everyone, tomorrow.
I’m drawn to big, transformative ideas. It’s the reason I helped found Rackspace, Geekdom, and the 80/20 foundation. I’m passionate about issues of entrepreneurship; specifically, how cities can build and maintain fertile environments for young entrepreneurs to learn the skills they need to create the next wave of innovation.
Due to my very busy schedule, it’s often hard for me to meet with everyone who shares my commitments, but I have the right people in place to help with your requests and bring the most promising opportunities to my direct attention. Please contact me using the meeting request form and a member of my team will be in touch with you shortly.
In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at my blog and explore some of the projects I’m currently involved with.
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