Chamillionaire: From UH Student to Hip-Hop Legend to Venture Capitalist


Hip-hop legend Chamillionaire, a former University of Houston student, as joined Mark Suster’s Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence.

As Mr. Suster writes on his blog:

After seeing Chamillionaire interact with several entrepreneurs both at events and as an investor I started introducing him to startups in an advisory capacity. It always started the same way – a founder would ask for an intro because they figured he could help with promotion. And after one meeting they started asking for his advice about marketing, customer engagement, product design, monetization – whatever.

Chamillionaire has a way more refined sense of what customer behavior is like than most ivy league graduates with nice Powerpoint slides that I meet. If you want to get schooled by a guy who’s done it all I suggest watching this video interview I did with him that has already been watched 55,000 times or if you prefer summary version in writing it’s here.

A while back Chamillionaire started telling me he wanted to immerse himself even more in the tech world – learning to build products, studying different business models and committing himself to being a true tech entrepreneur. He attends many of the high-profile tech conferences and has been hanging out with a few partners at Y Combinator and such.

Kudos to Chamillionaire!  Be sure to check out the discussion that started it all below; a very interesting conversation and a merging of ideas across cultures. Not bad for a kid from Acres Homes!

[Edit 7/19/15 – It looks like the above video got removed from YouTube. If I can find another copy I’ll be sure to update it.]

Your not-so-smart author left Chamillionaire off his list of Houston hip-hop songs for Coach Herman to check out. So, without further ado, Mr. Color Changing Lizard himself: