Blair Garrou, Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Since the late 90's, Blair Garrou
has focused on funding, operating and incubating startup software companies.
Blair's current investments include Alert Logic, BlackLocus, Fluensee, GameSalad, Graphicly, Infochimps, Koupon Media
, ShareThis, and Wide Open Spaces.
Blair's previous investments have included Phurnace Software (BMC Software), FuelQuest (Saracen Energy), Intermat
(IHS) and SAT Corporation
Blair is a co-founder and Managing Director of Mercury Fund, a seed and startup venture capital firm headquartered in Houston, Texas.
With over $100 million under management, Mercury
invests in compelling and novel software and science-based start-up opportunities, focusing on entrepreneurs and innovation originating in the U.S. Midcontinent
Since inception in 2005, Mercury
has become one of the most active venture funds in the Midcontinent, becoming a "go-to" fund for entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of idea generation, company formation, and market execution.
is an active partner and/or investor with seed accelerator programs throughout the middle of the country.
Blair is a co-founder and Board Member of SURGE Accelerator (Houston, TX), a mentor-driven seed accelerator focused on entrepreneurs seeking to solve the world's energy problems using software.
In addition, Blair
is a mentor with seed accelerators The Brandery (Cincinnati, OH), Excelerate Labs (Chicago, IL), and Tech Wildcatters (Dallas, TX).
Prior to co-founding Mercury, Blair was the CEO of Intermat (NYSE: IHS), a leader inproduct information management software; a Principal with Genesis Park, a Houston-based private equity firm; helped launch and was the Director of Operations for the Houston Technology Center, the largest tech incubator in the Southwest, where he led the formation of the Houston Angel Network, one of the largest angel investment organizations in the U.S.; was an investment banker with BMO Nesbitt Burns; and began his career with Deloitte & Touche.
Blair received a B.S. in Management from Washington & Lee University.
Outside of DFJ Mercury, Blair serves in board and advisory roles for the Houston Technology Center, the Post Oak School, Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship, and UTHealth.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University where he teaches a course on venture capital.
Blair is an active member of YPO - Gulf States Chapter, and was named by the Houston Business Journal as one of its inaugural "40 under 40," a recognition of outstanding business and community leaders under the age of 40.