Commencement Speakers

Fall 2014 Commencement: Victor Hwang

Victor Hwang is CEO and co-founder of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation.

T2 mentors and invests in innovative companies with breakthrough technologies. But unlike any other firm of its kind, T2 also leverages the practical know-how of company-building to design innovation ecosystems around the world.

This expertise includes capital formation, innovation policy, and entrepreneurial development for partners such as the World Bank, USAID, and numerous governments and corporations.

Global Innovation Summit

Hwang is executive director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference on building innovation ecosystems that attracts delegates from nearly 50 countries.  Hwang is past president of Larta Institute, a leading organization commercializing technology from key government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Hwang is co-founder of Liquidity Corp., a water purification company with breakthrough technology for households worldwide. He was chief strategy officer of Veatros, a video search company, where he led the company's acquisition by DivX. He is the chief strategy officer of Blue Planet Strategies, a startup with technology that enhances copper mining yields. Hwang is a Kauffman Fellow, a network of leaders in the venture capital industry. He has mentored hundreds of startup companies over the years.

Author, columnist

Hwang is primary co-author of the books “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley” (Regenwald, 2012) and “The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2013). He also is a contributing columnist to Forbes magazine, where he authors the blog Riffs from the Rainforest. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur.

Previously, Hwang was a corporate attorney in technology matters with Irell & Manella and the international firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. Hwang practiced in a variety of legal areas, including negotiating venture capital investments, public and private equity and debt, and multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Hwang also has counseled on a range of new technology issues, including software development, telecommunications, multimedia, intellectual property, and the Internet.

Hwang graduated from Harvard University, studying government plus additional studies in computer science, computer architecture, and operating systems design. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Chicago. He was appointed as a law clerk in the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1997 and served in national politics from 1995 to 1997.

National, international leadership

Hwang serves on the International Science and Commercialization Board of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  Hwang was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. Hwang was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program for emerging transatlantic leaders. Hwang has reviewed grant investments in startups for the National Science Foundation and the State of California. He has testified on technology policy for both the California Senate and Assembly. His opinions have been cited in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He served on the Steering Committee of the International Banking and Finance Committee of the American Bar Association. He is the co-author of “Selected Developments in Federal Securities Law and California Corporate Law,” Business Law Section of the State Bar of California; Hollywood Unstrung (Entertainment in a Wireless Age); Sand Dollar Report (An Analysis of Venture Investing); and numerous other publications.

Past commencement speakers

  • 2014 (Spring) Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director & Chief Executive of National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • 2013 (Fall) Ben Barnes, Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas
  • 2013 (Spring) Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman
  • 2012 (Fall) Wilhelmina Delco, Former Texas State Representative, founding member, ACC Board of Trustees, and Dr. Exalton Delco, Former ACC Vice-President, Academic Affairs
  • 2012 (Spring) Dr. John Roueche, UT-Austin Community College Leadership Program, and Dr. Suanne Roueche, Editor, NISOD Publications, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, UT-Austin
  • 2011 Kirk Watson, Texas State Senator
  • 2010 Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools
  • 2009 Wilhelmina Delco, Former Texas State Representative, founding member, ACC Board of Trustees
  • 2008 Donna Howard, Texas State Representative
  • 2007 Mark Strama, Texas State Representative
  • 2006 Richard Oppel, Editor, Austin American Statesman
  • 2005 Toby Hammett Futrell, City Manager, City of Austin
  • 2004 Gustavo Garcia Austin Mayor
  • 2003 Reynaldo Garcia, Executive Director, Texas Association of Community Colleges
  • 2002 Della May Moore, Outgoing Board of Trustees member
  • 2001 Carole Keeton Rylander, State Comptroller
  • 2000 Will Davis, Founding Member, ACC Board of Trustees
  • 1999 Kirk P. Watson, Mayor, City of Austin
  • 1998 Congressman Lloyd Doggett, U.S. House of Representatives, District 10
  • 1997 Dr. Richard Fonte, President, ACC
  • 1996 Barry Waite, Senior Vice-President Motorola
  • 1995 Dr. Donald G. Phelps, W.K. Kellogg Regents Professor, UT
  • 1994 Dr. Bill Segura, President, ACC
  • 1993 Dr. Charles A. Green, Chancellor, Houston Community College System
  • 1992 Dr. Manuel J. Justiz, A.M. Aikin Regents Chair in Education Leadership, UT
  • 1991 Rod A. Risley, Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa
  • 1990 Lawrence Williford, Sr. VP Corporate Relations, Allstate Insurance Company
  • 1989 Hon. Parker McCollough, Texas House of Representatives
  • 1988 Larry Jenkins, VP, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
  • 1987 Dr. William H. Pickens, Executive Director, California Postsecondary Higher Education Commission
  • 1986 Gonzalo Barrientos, State Senator, District 14
  • 1985 Dr. Dan Angell, President, ACC
  • 1984 Dr. Lorrin Kennamer, Dean, College of Education, UT
  • 1983 Raymond Bynum, Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
  • 1982 J. J. Pickle, Congressman, 10th Congressional District
  • 1981 Br. Stephen Wlash, President, St. Edward’s University
  • 1980 Dr. Kenneth Ashworth, Commissioner THECB
  • 1979 Wilhelmina Delco, State Representative District 37-D
  • 1978 Carole McClellan, Mayor, City of Austin
  • 1977 Lloyd Doggett, Member, Texas Senate
  • 1976 Jimmy Snell, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Austin
  • 1975 Gonzalo Barrientos, Texas House of Representatives
  • 1974 C.C. Colvert, Professor Emeritus, Community College Education, UT