Civic Hack Night, Photo Credit @fileunderjeff

September Startup Events in Houston

Ready to get out now that the mind-scorching heat of August is past us? Here are 4 free events I am really looking forward to this month: Collaborative Consumption & Marketplaces with LEAN Startup Circle What: Learn about the sharing economy and disruptive startups with the CEO of Ayoopa, Wayne Lopez. When: 6:30 PM, Thursday, September 4,…

My page only has 136 likes.

Why Facebook Page Likes are Worthless

Every time I post to my Facebook page for my law firm, Facebook (‘FB’) suggests that I pay for a campaign to drive likes to that page. But, having used FB for quite a while, and having kept up with changes to how FB populates user’s newsfeeds, I know that spending money to drive likes to my page…

Nick mastering the audio for Strataba's video; Ben being himself.

Creating the Explainer Video for Strataba

Though it has been somewhat on the downlow, my friend Nick and I have been working on a new company, Strataba. Two weeks ago we made a video to explain what Strataba does. Check it out at If you like what we are doing, fill out our comment form at the bottom so we…

Post-Showcase Celebration. Credit @UHRedLabs.

Houston Universities Launch Startups, Awesomeness at Bayou Showcase

Last year, Houston saw the launch of two startup incubator/accelerators: Owlspark at Rice and Red Labs at UH (full disclosure: I am a coug-owl). This year, those two incubators hosted the First Annual Houston Bayou Startup Showcase. It was not a competition, but a collaboration, designed to showoff the best startups our city has to offer.…

Bayou Startup Showcase featured Startups from Redlabs and Owlspark.

August Startup Events in Houston

Looking for things to do this August? Well, check these out: Bayou Startup Showcase What: Hear the Startups from Owlspark and Red Labs pitch their businesses When: 2:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, August 14, 2014 Where: McNair Hall, Rice University (map) Sign-up: GroundUP Houston (Return Event) What: Coffee and Networking for Startups When: 6:00-9:00 PM, Thursday, August 21,…

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.


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.…