Ben Ochoa looking like a big city lawyer.

LawHeroes is Up!

If you have been wondering what I’ve been up to, why I stopped updating this site so often, the reasons are 3-fold: I am getting married in June and planning for that takes up a bit of time. We hosted Startup Weekend last weekend, which was great but also sucked up time. (I wrote some…

Jeff and Councilman Gonzalez before kicking off Houston Startup Weekend Fall 2013.

What to Bring to Startup Weekend

So you have signed up for the maker edition in 2 weeks, and you are ready to build actual, physical products. Beyond your good looks and clever comebacks, here are some suggestions for useful items you should bring each day in order to get the most out of the weekend.

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2014 Update

So I have been really out of it for a while. Life has been busy to say the least. If you want to know more PM me. My experiments with blogging have been pretty successful, I think. Blogs serve as a networking enhancer. Writing without a supporting community is hard to get going. But writing…

Panelists answer questions at Enventure's talk on Venture Deals, Mergers and Acquisitions.

5 Tips for Starting Your Biotech Company from Enventure

Though Houston is not a hub for biotechnology yet, the enthused entrepreneurs at Enventure are working hard to change that. As part of their efforts to grow a startup community around medical tech in Houston, they have been hosting bench to biotech discussions on how to launch your own company. Last night, they hosted a…

If you need a place to work, check out open coworking every Thursday at Start.

Free Coworking at Start Houston

If you are a freelancer or small company and you want to get out of your home/office, check out free co-working every Thursday at Start Houston. I go there almost every week, and I enjoy being able to get out of the house and talk about my ideas with other entrepreneurs in the startup community.…

Solar power stations will provide energy. The initial mining station will provide the materials to build more and bigger versions of itself.

Space Mining with Artificial Gravity

Two companies have announced plans to investigate asteroid mining. While the basics of identifying likely mining prospects with telescopes and deep space probes is straight forward enough, what the companies have not disclosed is a method for refining discovered ore. I believe that by adapting smelting and refining technology we currently use on Earth for…

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Heritage Law Marketing

During the October Demo Day at Start Houston, I met Nima Heydarian, a true entrepreneur if I have ever seen one. For the last several years, he has spent his days as a programmer at a big company, and his nights developing innovative marketing solutions for attorneys worldwide. His current business is Heritage Law Marketing.

Come listen to me, Ben Ochoa, speak about Open Source Licensing on Nov. 7 at Start.

Top 5 Startup Events this November in Houston

It’s the beginning of the month, and that means it’s time for another edition of the Top 5 Events in Houston this month. Even though we have Thanksgiving, there is still no shortage of great things to do. Let’s #startsomething. 5. Open Source Licenses What: Learn the ins and outs of open source licenses for…

A captive audience watches the companies present at Start Houston's October Demo Day.

October 2013 Demo Day in a Nutshell

The good news is the house was full and the companies stellar, but unfortunately, last Wednesday was Start Houston’s last Demo Day for the year. Here is a quick rundown of each of the presenting companies, presented in no particular order. 

The Orion Capsule and Command Module. Courtesy of NASA.

NASA’s Manned Space Program is a Waste of Money

Good news, I guess. Next year, NASA is going to begin testing its new human rated space capsule, the Orion, by launching it atop a Delta IV Heavy. I cannot fully express how happy it makes me to see NASA, which was founded on the principle of pushing the limits of human exploration in space,…