Eric Hennenhoefer of Obsidian Software Talks about the Entrepreneurs Organization
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Washington DC, was a toddler in Dallas, and lived a dozen places before settling down in Harrisburg PA for kindergarten. If you’ve visited Hershey’s Chocolate World or remember Three Mile Island, I’m from up there.
What university did you go to?
I went to Penn State University and have a graduate degree in Computer Engineering.
What brought you to Austin?
I’m a migrant tech worker. I was living in Vermont and working for IBM when AMD lured me down to Austin to work on the Athlon microprocessor. I figured anywhere that serves ice tea year round works for me.
What group are you with?
I’m the Texas Director for Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), and I work with the boards of the Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston EO chapters.
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a global network of more than 7,000 business owners in 38 countries.
What need does it fulfill?
EO provides a peer to-peer-learning experience for entrepreneurs. Often entrepreneurs find that as their businesses grow, they need a safe forum to discuss their personal and business challenges with others facing similar problems. EO offers a way to connect with your peers to learn and grow.
What exactly does your group do?
The EO chapter has monthly education events and members are placed in a forum. Forums contain 8-10 fellow business owners who meet once a month for a confidential discussion. EO is not a networking group and there is a strict non-solicitation policy.
Who is it for?
EO is for founders and controlling shareholders who operate companies with over $1 million in sales.
What was the most challenging aspect of starting up the group?
Reaching entrepreneurs is difficult. The number one complaint I hear from new members is they wish they heard of us earlier. You can check out our Membership video
What is the next step for you and your group?
Growth, Austin EO is looking for new members.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Follow your passion.