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Thursday Feb. 22
Pathways to Entrepreneurship: Shayna Brown and Sam Decker
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Library

Are you doing what you love? What are the pathways for turning your passion into a viable, sustainable business?

Entrepreneurs are not born. They’re made. The emergence of creative enterprises is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. We want to prepare our students for this new economy, whether you use these skills to launch a business or just be more marketable in your career. Join us Feb 22 to kick off Pathways to Entrepreneurship, featuring two successful entrepreneurs with incredible stories, (and who just happen to be married.) Sam Decker and Shayna Brown represent very different tracks to success, one through technology, the other through artistic and creative talents.

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These monthly gatherings are being designed as a community event, with food, and fun, and sharing of stories from student entrepreneur “cameos” to help create a new mindset about what’s possible, to empower and inspire creatives to turn their passion for arts and culture into viable, sustainable enterprises.  

Brought to you by the College of Fine Arts and the School of Design and Creative Technologies, Pathways to Entrepreneurship includes a monthly speaker series and interactive roundtables throughout the semester that are open to all UT students and faculty.

Shayna Brown is founder of Chez Boom Audio, an Austin-based post-production sound studio. Nominated for an Emmy in 2012, she has worked on over a hundred Hollywood movies and TV shows, and was part of the sound team that won the Academy Award for Best Sound for the movie Gravity. Brown is a graduate of UT (Hook 'Em!) and holds a degree in philosophy. She deeply believes in the power of the arts to lift people up and create a more meaningful world for all. Shayna spends her free time doing yoga, drinking coffee, and supporting local book stores. She has a 9-year old boy who is the center of her universe.

Sam Decker was CEO & Founder of Mass Relevance, the leading platform integrating real-time social content into web sites, events and TV shows. (Merged with Spredfast in April ’15.) He led Dell’s consumer web site, building http://Dell.com into the largest consumer eCommerce site with $3.5B in annual sales, and has authored two books on word of mouth marketing.

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