Diana parton

CEO and MANAGING PARTNER

Diana began her career with Fort Worth ISD’s American Indian Education Program. After 7 years and drastically raising the participation rate, she transitioned to the role of Executive Director of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas. During her time with the chamber she worked with the Board of Directors on solidifying partnerships with Native American Chambers across the country to create opportunities for First Nations businesses in Texas to expand outside the state. In 2012, Diana accepted the position of Tribal Administrator of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. She also served on the Boards of the American Indian Center and the United Way Diversity Council of Tarrant County. 

Mark smith

CTO and MANAGING PARTNER

Mark is a serial entrepreneur (Seldon Energy, NeoFirma, iCopyright.com) and strategic marketing expert with 35 years of experience in emerging technologies and disruptive markets. Prior to concentrating on startup environments, Mark had a 15-year career with Intel in Corporate Strategy focusing on new markets and disruption theory. Mark conceived and designed the Intel Electronic Mail Association interconnection project, leading key technology companies including Microsoft, IBM, Novell, AT&T and MCI to work together to transparently interconnect their email systems and data communications networks. Along with his marketing and business experience, Smith is also an expert in many new and existing technology fields including Network Architecture, Blockchain and Cloud Computing.

nick pitts

Director of marketing

Nick brings a decade of marketing experience to the team, specializing in small but high growth environments. His marketing career began with agency Project and Account Management for multiple gaming companies wishing to make an impact in esports. Nick then transitioned to building the domestic and international events program for Astro Gaming in San Francisco. After relocating back to Texas, Nick played a pivotal role in growing tech21 to the #2 mobile accessory company by building and managing their field marketing team, North American channel marketing program and U.S. events. Nick is now the Events Marketing Manager at SOCi in Austin, TX.