Jason Calacanis Founder Office Hours

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Rice University - McNair Hall

McNair Hall, Loop Road

Shell Auditorium

Houston, TX 77005

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Jason Calacanis Founder Office Hours

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Office Hours is a 1:1 session where 7 founders will have the opportunity to share their most difficult challenges and brainstorm how to solve that problem with Jason Calacanis in front of a live audience.

Typically these sessions are reserved for Jason's portfolio companies only, but he has decided to open it up to the public. So if you are a founder with a product in market, feel free to apply HERE and join us live on March 4th!

Date: Wednesday, March 4th

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Where: Shell Auditorium | McNair Hall, Rice University

**Please Note: Address for GPS directions: 1900 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005.


9:00am-9:30am | Registration

9:30am-9:40am | Welcoming Remarks, Harvin Moore, President of HX

9:40am-10:00am | Jason Calacanis Opening Remarks

10:00am-10:10am | Topper Luciani, CEO and Founder of Goodfair

10:10am-10:20am | Katharine Forth, CEO and Founder of Zibrio

10:20am-10:30am |Safir Ali, Co-founder and CEO of Hamper

10:30am-10:40am | Amy Gross, Founder and CEO, Vineslueth Inc

10:40am-10:50am | Ksenia Yudina, Founder and CEO, UNest

10:50am-11:00am | Panos Moutafis, CEO and Co-founder, Zenus

`11:00am- 11:10am | TBD

11:10am- 11:15am | Closing Remarks

11:15am-1:00pm | Networking


Jason Calacanis is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and the host of the popular podcasts This Week in Startups and Angel. As a “scout” for top Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and later as an angel investor, Jason has invested in 200+ early-stage startups including 7 "unicorns" (billion-dollar valuations). His book "Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups: Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000" was published by HarperCollins in July 2017. He lives in San Francisco, California.


We are excited to share with you #HTXTechRodeo! Houston Exponential is here to corral multiple events to spur innovation & tech in Houston, TX. There will be activations across the city to multiple segments inside the tech ecosystem.

Each day we will highlight themes such as Founders Roundup, Angel 101, Tech Talent, and Women in Tech. Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, and we will be celebrating it with events focused on women throughout the week! A unique opportunity to access all things Houston and Tech.



From U.S. 59

  • From Rice Boulevard, take Entrance 20 and turn right at the second stop sign, Laboratory Road; McNair Hall will be on your left
  • The entrance to the Central Campus Parking Garage will be on your left at the end of McNair Hall
  • Proceed to Main Level

From University Boulevard

  • Take Entrance 8 and turn left at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Turn left at the next intersection
  • McNair Hall will be on your left
  • You will see the entrance to the Central Campus Parking Garage on your left at the end of McNair Hall
  • Proceed to Main Level

Parking Rate: $6/hour - $12/day maximum

Campus maps are available at:


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Shell Auditorium

Houston, TX 77005

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