Hi everyone, during shelter in place, we changed up our format a bit in hopes of sharing ideas and valuable information to strengthen our community while supporting fellow entrepreneurs and businesses that may have been struggling during COVID-19.
I’m Tarek Morshed with The Morshed Group at Sothebys, where we specialize in representing entrepreneurs and founders in residential Real Estate. Welcome to The Entrepreneurial Home Podcast where we interview Austin’s most successful men and women and discuss their business journeys and the entrepreneurial home that empowers them to thrive – both in business and in life. On this special edition we have local entrepreneur, Kevin Koym.
A seven-time startup veteran and CEO and founder of Tech Ranch, a venture accelerator for companies around the world, Kevin Koym is a recognized pioneer in the startup community whose influence has been felt by over 6,500 entrepreneurs from 42+ countries. Kevin’s continuous ability to replicate entrepreneurial success for emerging technology companies is a result of a proven community-based approach to provide the support and pragmatic agitation needed for entrepreneurs to not just accelerate their business, but also disrupt their targeted markets. Kevin Koym is an international speaker, coach, and consultant. His work has earned him features in publications such as Forbes Korea and afforded him the opportunity to speak in numerous countries on 5 continents.
His motivation to work with startups stems from his belief that supported entrepreneurs create more innovation, which leads to more solutions to address society’s most pressing issues. As a result, Kevin is known worldwide for his work in establishing entrepreneur networks.
His distinguished career fuels his passion for advising startups, which has seen two $0-to-$1 million startups and four others that made the $500,000 mark, and a number of “firsts” including the development of the first internet banking application in 1995 and the first large-scale e-commerce application engine, which generated over $2 billion in revenue for Dell Computer in the late 1990s. Kevin was at the forefront of exploring profile-driven commerce, the use of Linux to secure networks and exploring the feasibility of Affective Computing. And, his experience working with technology luminary Steve Jobs at NeXT influences his ability to inspire the global entrepreneurs he supports.
Prior to founding his own companies, and in addition to NeXT, Kevin worked for the UT Health Science Center, Southwest Research Institute, Motorola, and IBM. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and is an Eagle Scout.
(0:27) Zoom Introduction
(1:15) Who is Kevin Koym to The Morshed Group
(4:05) Entrepreneurial Journey
(6:23) A bank in Mexico
(8:15) Austin’s first coworking space
(9:55) How Tech Ranch came to be
(12:25) Impact Innovation
(15:00) Why Austin is special
(23:00) How Covid-19 has affected Tech Ranch
(35:47) Kevin’s workflow tips
(41:10) Wrapping Up
Thanks for watching everyone! Watch previous and future EHP interviews here at The Morshed Group website.
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