Fellows Directory

Randall Crowder

TEXO Ventures

Randall is passionate about new venture creation and the innovative spirit that fuels entrepreneurs. As an active investor and entrepreneur, he understands what it takes to successful launch and grow a new business. He regularly publishes articles on entrepreneurship, venture capital and healthcare, which can be found under News & Events. Randall is also a member of The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only membership organization comprised of the world's most elite and successful young entrepreneurs.

Randall focuses on Health IT, Technology-Enabled Health Services and Personalized Medicine Technology. He currently sits on the board of TEXO portfolio companies SwipeSense and OpenMarkets.

Prior to TEXO, Randall worked to expand the entrepreneurial eco-system in Texas. As Executive Director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), he increased CTAN's investment activity by 6x and led it to becoming the 4th most active angel network in the country according to the Angel Capital Association (ACA). Like many angel networks, however, CTAN lacked the proper resources to effectively scale its operations. Leveraging his relationships within the University of Texas at Austin, Randall conceived and co-founded Texas Venture Labs (TVL) to not only support the local investor community with valuable graduate student resources, but also provide the mentoring, team-building, market and business plan validation, technology commercialization and domain knowledge needed to start and grow innovative ventures.

Entrepreneurs rarely lack passion or vision, but often fail to properly prepare and execute. This level of planning and attention to detail is something Randall internalized as an officer in the United States Army. After Airborne and Ranger School, Randall went on to receive two Bronze Stars for actions during two separate combat deployments to Iraq, where no playbook or historical precedent existed. In the absence of clear guidance and with lives on the line, innovation and execution were paramount to success.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Randall earned his MBA from McCombs at the University of Texas at Austin where he served as Director of Venture Fellows and was awarded the 2010 McCombs Student Leadership & Service Award. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point in General Management and Environmental Engineering.

Randall enjoys mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs as an advisor for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program. He also has experience teaching several forms of martial arts, to include Kuk Sul Won, Krav Maga and CQD for the Army.

A member of Class 15, Randall served his fellowship at TEXO Ventures under the mentorship of Dr. Philip Sanger and Jerry DeVries.