Blair Garrou has significant experience in operating, investing in and advising startup companies, particularly in the software industry. Prior to co-founding the Mercury Fund, Blair was the CEO of Intermat, Inc., a leader in product information management software (acq. by IHS). Prior to Intermat, Blair was a Principal of Genesis Park LP, a Houston-based venture capital and private equity firm, where he focused on the firm’s software investments, including Intermat, FuelQuest (acq. by Saracen Energy), and SAT Corporation (acq. by Invensys). Prior to Genesis Park, Blair helped launch and was the Director of Operations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), the largest technology incubator in the state of Texas, and he led the formation of the Houston Angel Network, one of the largest and most active angel investment organizations in the U.S. Previously, Blair was an investment banker with BMO Nesbitt Burns, and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. Blair is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. He received a B.S. in Management with special attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University.
Blair currently sits on the boards of Mercury Fund portfolio companies Alert Logic, GameSalad, Graphicly, Koupon Media, and ShareThis. Blair is also a co-founder and Board Member of SURGE Accelerator (Houston, TX), a mentor-driven seed accelerator focused on entrepreneurs seeking to solve the world’s energy problems using software. Blair is also a mentor with seed accelerators The Brandery (Cincinnati, OH) and Excelerate Labs (Chicago, IL). Outside of Mercury, Blair serves in board and/or advisory roles for HTC, UTHealth, the Post Oak School, and the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship. Blair is an active member of YPO – Gulf States Chapter, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University where he teaches a course on venture capital. Blair also was named to the Houston Business Journal inaugural "40 under 40," a recognition of outstanding business and community leaders under the age of 40.