CEO and Co-Founder
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
|Startup to Spin Out: From Rice MBA to the Launching of A-76 Technologies
||Bringing Silicon Valley to Houston:
Creating a Vibrant Culture of Innovation
and Entrepreneurship at Rice University
About Lauren Thompson
Lauren Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of A-76 Technologies, a corrosion inhibitor and lubricants company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Thompson founded A-76 while a student at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
A-76 provides a wide range of long-lasting corrosion inhibiting and lubricating solutions for extreme environments. Recently, A-76 was named one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “9 Hot B-School Start-Ups form Competition Season.” Thompson led A-76 through several business plan competitions, most notably, the Rice Business Plan Competition, which is the largest and richest business plan competition in the world. At the Rice Business Plan Competition, A-76 placed second overall and received almost $600,000 in cash, grants, convertible debt, and equity prizes.
While a student at the Rice business school, Thompson held energy venture-focused internships with SURGE Accelerator and Silicon Valley Bank. She also worked in sales and manufacturing process consulting as a Summer Associate for Kalypso. As part of her Action Learning Project at Rice, Thompson conducted a cost and revenue-driver analysis for a marketing company, the results of which led the company to double their profits within a year. Prior to starting business school, Thompson managed multi-million dollar programs in the Middle East and Asia for AECOM, a global architecture and engineering services firm.
Thompson holds a MBA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, where she was the recipient of the Alice Pratt Brown Scholarship. She holds a BA in International Relations, with a minor in Economics, from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
About Brad Burke
Brad is responsible for leading the nationally acclaimed Rice Alliance in its mission to support entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization, and the launch of early stage technology companies in the Houston and Texas regions. The Rice Alliance is Rice University’s flagship entrepreneurship initiative, launched in 2000.
Under his watch, the Rice Alliance has been ranked by the Princeton Review among the top ten U.S. entrepreneurship program for five straight years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), one of only three universities to achieve this distinction. In addition, for the past 3 years, Rice was also ranked among the top 15 programs by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked among the top 15 in 2013 by Business Week. In addition, the Rice Alliance was recognized by the Greater Houston Partnership as Houston’s Greatest Economic Development Ally.
In the first ever extensive analysis of university incubators across the globe, the Rice Alliance was ranked #1 in June 2013 by UBI Index, a research firm based in Sweden.
Since inception, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 1,400 start-up ventures have participated in Rice Alliance programs, raising more than $2.7 billion in funding.
The Rice Alliance also hosts the Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest intercollegiate business plan competition in the world, offering more than $1.5 million in prizes each year. The competition has served as the launch pad for more than 138 successful start-ups that have raised more than $619 million in funding.
Brad joined the Rice Alliance from Viant, an internet start-up company founded in 1996 which went public in 1999. Viant grew to become one of the world’s leading internet service firms with 18 offices around the world. Brad founded and launched the Houston office of Viant. Viant was backed by Kleiner Perkins and Mohr Davidow, two “tier one” Silicon Valley venture capital firms, went public in June 1999, and was acquired in 2002.
Prior to Viant, Brad was a Principal with CSC Index, the management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation. He led multi-million dollar consulting projects for Fortune 500 energy companies that included BP, Mobil, Arco, and Petro-Canada.
Earlier, Brad was an executive at Exxon, where he held management positions in finance, marketing, sales, and strategic planning, including General Manager for an $80 million specialty products business unit.
He received his MBA from Northwestern (Kellogg) as an Austin Scholar and B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Computer Science and Business Administration (magna cum laude).
About The Jones Partners
The Jones Partners is a
committed group of business professionals working to open doors and
increase collaboration between the Jones School and the Houston business