Who We Are
Adam Dell - Founder and Chairman
Adam Dell is Venture Partner at Austin Ventures. Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Mr. Dell was a partner with Impact Venture Partners and Crosspoint Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Mr. Dell worked as a corporate attorney in Austin, Texas, with the law firm of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick. He received a B.A. in political economy from Tulane University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Dell's prior investments include: Buzzsaw (ADSK), Hotjobs (YHOO) and Connectify (KANA). Mr. Dell founded and served as chairman of the board of MessageOne, which was acquired by Dell, Inc. in 2008. He currently serves on the board of directors of XO Communications, BagBorrowOrSteal and Open Table and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute. Mr. Dell teaches a course at the Columbia Business School on business, technology, and innovation and is a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he teaches a class on the role of law in innovation.
Jeff Chambers - CTO and Technology Advisor
Jeff Chambers is the CEO of PropertyMaps.com, a residential real estate search portal and brokerage in Texas. In addition to PropertyMaps.com, he has recently launched VacationRentalsForSale.com, which focuses on the buying and selling of vacation rentals. He is also the founder of BabysList.com - a marketplace for gently used baby items. Prior to these ventures, Mr. Chambers was the U.S. Product Director for HomeAway.com - the online leader in the vacation rental marketplace. He currently is involved in two other startups in Austin as an angel investor and advisor, MommyMixer.com and Glamajama.com.
John Dromgoole - Advisor
John is the owner of The Natural Gardener, Austin's organic garden center, and Lady Bug Natural Brand, His award-winning nursery is a three-time winner of Today's Garden Center's "Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers," ten-time winner of Austin Chronicle's "Best of Austin," and has been featured in many national gardening magazines. In 2008, The Natural Gardener was honored with the national award of "Innovative Garden Center of the Year" by Garden Center Magazine.
For 27 years, John has hosted America's longest continuously running organic gardening radio talk show on 590 KLBJ. On television, John once hosted the first national organic gardening series on PBS, "The New Garden." Currently he appears on "Central Texas Gardener" (over 10 years) and the "Weekend Gardener" (19 years). He has won state, local, and regional awards for his work in promoting organic gardening and farming, including "Texas Legendary Promoter of Organics."
John's main focus is to bring new and old gardeners on board with the organic technique, teaching them how easy, beneficial and beautiful it is to be an organic gardener.