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The Case for Texas is an exploration of the changing dynamics of energy, technology and innovation and massive changes to the economy expected here in the Lone Star State.

“The Texas economy is strong and growing – the second largest in the United States, tenth largest in the world, with people (and talent) flooding in.  Oil and gas accounts for a whopping 30% of the Texas economy, and disruptive technologies are on the rise.”

Ok…. an eclipse from an airplane in flight gets a big nod, for sure! https://twitter.com/wonderofscience/status/1246575792001134593 …

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NO SEW MASK! Please share with your friends !

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Bill Gates is funding factories to manufacture 7 potential COVID vaccines, even though most won’t be used, so the best ones will be ready as soon as they’re tested. “A…

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A flash flood warning is in place for the Austin area until 7:30 p.m. tonight. Avoid flooded roadways and remember #TurnAroundDontDrown. #StayAtHomeATX

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ATX needs your help feeding our community! Join forces with @CTXFoodBank, @KeepAustinFed, Save The Food Austin + many others to help create safe food-donation collection and food-donation distribution solutions. Here…

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I had to share this one! Sad, but probably quite accurate… #finance #startup #fintech #banking #tech @jblefevre60 @Nicochan33 @dinisguarda @sallyeaves @archonsec @maxjcm @finteched @Stevewal63 @AghiathChbib @AshokNellikar @JoelViseeon @enricomolinari @andi_staub

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. @UTAustin distinguished alumna and former Commencement speaker, Raquel Bono, has been tapped to head the #COVID19 response for Washington State #WhatStartsHerehttps://utex.as/2V4mGBZ 

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No takers NY FED RECEIVES NO BIDS FOR OVERNIGHT REPO OPERATION – NY FED WEBSITE

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TX-News2 2020-03-31 03:21:52: TEXAS GOVERNOR ISSUES STAY-AT-HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER ******************* Texas: Where they go big AND go home. Smart move, Gov.

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Fun Fact: The last time the 2-3 year HODL Wave age band represented ~15% (2.25m) of available #BTC was November 2015, when BTC was $345 Today, ~15% (2.74m) of all…

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The year 2020 so far: Wildfires Oil price crash Locusts plague Volcano eruption Major earthquakes Droughts and famine OPEC/Non OPEC clash USA/Iran’s brinkmanship North Korea missiles tests Covid-19 Pandemic Outbreak…

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Our #MCTX19 alum @Camppedia has responded to COVID19 by compiling a list of current operating chidcare facilities and camps that are available for families in need! Read more https://hubs.ly/H0n-sxj0 

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RT @mtifouni

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“As bad as the coronavirus has been in wealthy countries, it will likely be much more devastating in poor countries that have worse health-care systems.” Donate to effective charities here…

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Our @ATX_311 staff are always ready at their phones to take your calls, but #DYK you can submit a request via our online service request form too? We’ve added a…

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“This analysis comes frm people who simply dont undrstand ripple effects & massive ramifications of complete shutdown. They perceive its small collateral damage bc they also believe everything can go…

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We’re highlighting the community’s efforts to unite, support, and keep one another safe during this difficult time. How are you caring for and connecting with your family, friends + neighbors?…

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@unchainedcap CARAVAN is the best way to do a #bitcoin   bet. If he won’t agree to it – It’s time for a public shame campaign.

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Lung damage in coronavirus patient who had ‘no symptoms’. Disturbing video shows how #COVID19 ravaged the lungs of a patient who had been asymptomatic days earlier.” This is why even…

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I’ve been on calls all week with individuals and businesses who are looking for centralized ways to give that will benefit a wide swath of those most affected by #COVID19…

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Analog multisig can’t protect your treasure from adversaries gaining control of a physical location. #Bitcoin multisig fixes this https://www.reddit.com/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/fpqzlg/antique_safe_france_around_1780_1810_with_three/ …

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Pandemics Depress the Economy; Public Health Interventions Do Not: Evidence from the 1918 Flu https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3561560 … HT @KClausing “[C]ities that intervened earlier and more aggressively do not perform worse and, if…

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I have been withdrawing my #bitcoin from exchange to multisig using @unchainedcap vault. If you fear of losing your bitcoin on exchanges in case of insolvency, you need to act…

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Want to help with getting PPE donations to where they are needed most? Go here #Austin #Texas #ATX https://twitter.com/mellieprice/status/1243373545234796544 …

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A new dashboard has been added to our #COVID19 site that displays frequently updated info on case counts at the city, state, national, + global levels. The dashboard also allows…

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“America First” https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/1243306987775053828 …

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Yeah. That https://twitter.com/TaviCosta/status/1243304911980249088 …

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I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’ll sell ya, too. (for #Bitcoin , of course) https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/1243267094852055041 …

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STUNNING—drop in key money mkt rates means many banks still not lending to each other—at ANY price. Despite Fed going “full Zimbabwe” money mkts got WORSE yest. IT’S NOT TOO…

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ATX needs your help feeding our community! Join forces with @CTXFoodBank, @KeepAustinFed, Save The Food Austin + many others to help create safe food-donation collection and food-donation distribution solutions. Here…

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this is brutal https://twitter.com/julpepitone/status/1243154090458320896 …

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Interesting……… https://twitter.com/johnauthers/status/1242869830832848896 …

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“What’s Liquid?” We’re Bitcoin’s ‘Layer 1.5’ for traders.

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The new Coronavirus @sciam from @WaytGibbs looks at pandemic computer models that help predict when we can ease social distancing. And at efforts to create tests to see who has…

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500 patients in northern Italian hospitals are receiving right now ventilators, produced by hacked scuba gear that was shipped by Decathlon! This is incredibly cool. Cograts to Isinnova and their team, @temporelli73,…

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Everything is about
Interconnection

In just the past 5 years, whole industries such as energy, retail, manufacturing and financial services have been eclipsed by the massive “Data Brokers.”   Companies such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google (often referred to as the FAANG stocks) are front-running the inevitable future of a fully digitized life.

DATA is the new Electricity

Data has become the most valuable resource on the planet, connecting and informing humanity in unprecedented ways.

This interconnection is changing the knowledge landscape, replacing traditional business models with disintermediated and decentralized ones.

Opportunities for innovation are more ubiquitous than ever, but the concentration of capital on the coasts has created a funding vacuum in innovation investing.

Innovators Leading
Transformative Change

We partner with innovators who are creating systemic, network-enabled business value, and, who are on the verge of massive scale, regardless of industry or geography.

By focusing on early stage investments, we maximize the impact of our operational expertise, and help our partner companies implement the efficient use of people, processes, and technology.

We invest in companies leveraging network enablement to drive disruption and promote adoption, and, that focus where opportunities exist to capture adjacent markets.

   We believe startups are in two fundamental states:  Dying or Growing to Death.  The very act of value creation is an iterative process focused on finding business opportunities through innovation and market dynamics. Ecliptic identifies investment opportunities that are on the brink of success and poised for scale. It is at this point that the investment is least risky and is well-time for a capital infusion to fuel business growth.

 

We create unique investment optionality for large-scale endowments, foundations, private equity, sector focused capital managers and high net worth individuals to selectively participate in co-investment opportunities through-out our entrepreneurial capital process.    The GPs are life-long Texas entrepreneurs and know first-hand how fast innovation is expanding, and, where the true opportunities are hiding.

Radical Transparency
Leads to Better Returns

Transparency is key to the democratizing venture investing, and unlocking the value from our Investors, beyond just their capital.

Ecliptic’s partners bring decades of serial entrepreneurship (multiple exits), deep CxO connections at thousands of corporate enterprises, and Wall Street fund management experience.

We enable deep connections with a wide array of eco-system partners (e.g. Universities, Accelerators, Venture Studios, Co-working Facilities, Incubators, VCs, Private Equity, Consulting Firms, Investment Banks, etc.) to mature investing in the new digital economy.

We use a resourceful blend of machine learning, automation, and human judgement to select for the most transformative companies in which to pursue. Our fund deploys capital initially in the $50k-$250k pre-seed range, then again by leading priced rounds in the $250k-$5M range, and then lastly by orchestrating investor-led rounds in the $10-50M range.

 

Our investors get the unique optionality to co-invest in Ecliptic portfolio companies to satisfy their specific themes and theses. They can cherry-pick targeted deals that are “perfect fits” while creating the optionality to deploy significantly larger capital in later rounds.  Our model sharpens a strategy seemingly forgotten in current venture investing: We’ve created a scalable VC platform to “go strategically deep” (the traditional mechanism of value creation) by targeting startups that are on the verge of commercialization and staying connected with them as they scale.

 

Bio

Mike has over 30 years of experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and startup investor with multiple exits. His most recent exit was to Accenture in 2015.

Mike W. Erwin
Founder, General Partner,

Chief Investment Officer

Bio

Whurley is a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, a 2018 Eisenhower Fellow, and an IBM Master Inventor. His most recent exit was to Goldman in 2016.

Whurley
Co-Founder

and General Partner

Bio

Adam is a former Operations Director at Genentech & Roche, has held COO/CEO positions at multiple startups, and sits on several corporate advisory boards.

Adam Lipman
Managing Partner
Bio

Mike is a former CIO at Fortune 100 companies including Aflac, AllState, and Robertson Stephens. Mike also has experience as a startup Founder and CEO.

Mike Boyle
Managing Partner
Bio

Christy has over a decade of experience in Investment Banking & Private Equity where she managed $12B in transactions for Citibank, BlackRock and First Reserve.

Christy Cardenas
Managing Partner