MDI President
IC² Research Fellow
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. John Sibley Butler

John Sibley Butler holds the J. Marion West Chair in Constructive Capitalism and is the former Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. As past Director of the IC² Institute, Professor Butler has been influential in the start-up community in Austin and globally. He and his wife Rosemary were the first investors in Glofish, a bio-genetic company which revolutionized the pet industry, where he now sits on the Board of Directors as well as start-ups True Temperament USA and Tagcash TV.


His books include Global Perspectives on Technology Transfer and Commercialization (with David Gibson), The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Eco-Systems (with Fetters, Greene and Rice), Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship (with George Kozmetsky), Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black-Americans and An American Story: Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation among Mexican Americans. His recent awards include The LSU Alumnus of the Year Award (LSU), and the Technology Innovation Special Achievement Award (Austin Business Journal). He received his undergraduate degree from LSU, Baton Rouge and the Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.