As an Associate at Philo Ventures, Austin leads discovery of startup opportunities through business model design, assumption validation, and market research. Austin brings a blend of experiences in instructional design, business model validation, and operations consulting from his roles at Business Model Competition Global, Blue Forge Studio, and Fifth Partners. He earned a B.S from BYU in Statistical Science and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. He graduated with the "University Honors" distinction for a thesis project: a course study on the impact of decision based learning in general education statistics. Austin enjoys traveling, backpacking, and cycling.